SegmentNext Awards: Best PC Game of 2013

Regardless of the popular beliefs, PC is still thriving and add to that Kickstarter revolution and Valve’s Steam Machine initiative; you can bet on PC to be the dominant platform in the coming years.

Compared to consoles, a lot fewer AAA titles are released on PC but that shouldn’t discourage anyone for sticking to PC because it still remains the platform that delivers best graphics and performance.

Let’s have a look at the nominees:

  • Bioshock Infinite
  • DOTA 2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Battlefield 4
  • XCOM: Enemy Within

And the winner is Bioshock Infinite.

Similar to the air-borne city of Columbia in a parallel reality, Bioshock Infinite takes you sky-high. For many, the concept of parallel realities has always been fascinating; curious to know what will become of them in an alternate universe.

The city of Columbia feels alive and warm at first with people busy in local fairs, kids bathing from leaking taps, and a few neglected shops here and there. The color-scheme has been chosen to give a more vibrant and real-feel of America. Roaming atop these clouds are few of the most memorable characters of gaming.

Playing as Booker DeWitt, you embark on a journey to unveil the truth, confront evil bosses, and fatal monsters. Your first mission is to find a girl named Elizabeth, who will never leave your side throughout the whole campaign. And unlike other games, Elizabeth knows how to handle herself. Hell, she’ll even save you from trouble a couple of times.

As far as combat is concerned, Booker has loads of tools at his disposal ranging from firearms to mysterious powers. In terms of gameplay, the game offers tons of ways to compliment your own play style. And as the game progresses, you’ll find yourself relying on Elizabeth more than ever!

Needless to say but Bioshock Infinite’s story is what makes it so special. Though it starts a bit slow but gains pace gradually. Elizabeth will mostly act like a guarding angel to you and over the course of gameplay, your relationship with her will become stronger.

Being quite snappy and unpredictable, it’ll leave many people gawking at some of the biggest twists of this gaming era.

When it comes to graphics, I would definitely recommend getting the PC version. Both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions are a big disappointment, and it hardly feels any better than the six years-old Bioshock.

You’ll also feel some occasional frame-rate drop and blurry textures while playing on a console. With the atmosphere and feel of Columbia being the first thing that catches your eye, you don’t want any compromises in the visuals section.

Bioshock Infinite has certainly overturned the first-person shooter genre and has presented innovative mixed with an engaging combat. The history will remember this!

Runner-Up: DOTA 2 defines what a PvP title should play like. Unlike other PvP games out there, DOTA 2 provides players with an even playing field where the only thing that matters is your skill. However, if you’re like me who never even touched DOTA, then you must know that the learning curve is steep, and you’ll be bashed a lot in matches. However, it’s always good to be a part of the largest gaming community of Steam.

Dota 2 features two opposing factions, who need to protect their sacred structures called ‘Ancients’. The two factions are connected by three main paths where all the engagements take place.

With around 105 champions and seven game modes to choose from. Each champion has its very own ability and attributes; filling in different roles.

As the progression builds, the champions start to level up to the maximum of 25. Players gain gold by taking out creeps which can be used to create new items. However, the most important factor is being a team-player and playing for the objective.

DOTA 2 is a clever game which will get you addicted in no time; provided that you spend-in some of it.