It’s been a fantastic time for PC gamers recently. With Christmas coming up, we’ve already seen loads of brilliant PC games that I can’t put down. Here are the three that have been occupying my time as of late, and what makes them so damn good!
What it’s about: Dishonored is a tale of revenge in a fantastic alternate past world, where whale oil powers everything and plague rats kill thousands. As Corvo, you’re pressed into work as an assassin for a shady group of rebels, where you use your skills and magic to infiltrate deep into the heart of your enemies and accomplish your goals.
Why I can’t stop playing it: Each mission has a specific target, but how you get there is up to you, with a relatively open game world. You have a host of magical powers and lethal and non-lethal methods at your disposal, allowing you to either sneak through the world undetected as a ghost, noisily assassinate anyone in your way or any combination of the two that you like. With plenty of side quests and a compelling setting, Dishonored is a treat to experience.
Where to get it: Dishonored is available on Steam for $60, and is also available for PS3 and 360.
2. Borderlands 2
1. FTL: Faster Than Light
What it’s about: FTL is a spaceflight simulator game, in which you’re tasked with escaping across galaxies from the encroaching Rebel horde. The ship at your command can be customised and upgraded, from fitting new weapons and recruiting new officers to upgrading subsystems and adding drones. Each time you jump from system to system, you’ll get a random encounter – anything from a friendly trader to a Rebel scout, or just some aliens that need help with a natural disaster. You make your choices, fight if you need to, then collect the scrap and other loot and jump again.
Why I can’t stop playing it: FTL is different each time you play, with the series of randomised encounters shaping your ship and crew’s development. You can’t just buy your favourite gun and call it a day, you have to struggle and survive with anything you can find, with each upgrade being a tough call to make. Do you buy a new gun, upgrade the shields or take on a new crew member? Should you rely on drones to defeat your enemies, an ion cannon, missles or lasers? Each have their own price, and it’s constantly compelling to try and weasel your way across the galaxy. With multiple ships to unlock and hundreds of random encounters to experience, it’s easy to spend hours on the bridge.
Where to get it: FTL: Faster Than Light is available on Steam for $10, a most reasonable amount. The soundtrack is also available.