The Top 10 Must – The Best Pc Games Of 2014

*”s Game of the Year (Highest-scoring new title, min. 7 reviews)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U) 92
Grand Theft Auto V (PS3/360) 97
The Walking Dead (360) 95
Batman: Arkham City (PS3) 96
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) 97

It appears that gaming”s transition year has turned into transition years. The first full calendar year for next-generation consoles PS4 and Xbox One failed to spur the release of more than a handful of great games—and most of those high-scoring releases were merely re-releases of older titles for the new platforms.

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For the second straight year, just 11 console games (representing 9 unique titles) scored 90 or higher. Of those, only three were new games rather than ports of previously released titles. Overall, there were just 14 90+ releases in 2014 (see list at the bottom of this page), the lowest such total since 2006.

Even this year”s highest-scoring new release—Nintendo”s Super Smash Bros. for Wii U—had a significantly lower Metascore than previous Game of the Year winners. Three other products actually surpassed Smash Bros.”s 92, but all three (including XB1 and PS4 versions of 2013″s best game, Grand Theft Auto V, as well as a PS4 release of 2013″s The Last of Us) were remastered ports of older titles, leaving Smash Bros. as the year”s highest-scoring new game.

Over the following pages, we”ll reveal 2014″s best-reviewed games for each individual platform. Before that, here”s a quick look at how the various game platforms compared this year:

Console/PC Comparison – 2014

Console # of Scored Games* Score Distribution Average Metascore Great Games** (90 or higher) Good Exclusives** (75 or higher)
PlayStation 4 146 73,63,10 72.0 5 4
Xbox One 98 47,48,3 72.4 1 6
Wii U 74 29,34,11 66.8 3 9
PC 338 132,189,17 70.4 1 45
PlayStation 3 98 35,53,10 68.0 1 2
Xbox 360 71 20,45,6 66.7 1 0
Handheld Comparison – 2014

Console # of Scored Games* Score Distribution Average Metascore Great Games** (90 or higher) Good Exclusives** (75 or higher)
Nintendo 3DS 72 26,36,10 67.3 1 17
PS Vita 84 27,55,2 70.1 1 5

* Games with 4 or more reviews in”s database released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (based on North American release dates, except in cases where a game has not been released in North America). ** Excludes games with fewer than 7 reviews. All Metascore data for this and all other tables in this report is from December 20, 2014. The pie charts reflect the percentage of all releases for each console with Positive Reviews (receiving a Metascore of 75 or higher indicating), Mixed Reviews (receiving a Metascore of 50-74), and Negative Reviews (receiving a Metascore of 49 or below). Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

And here are 2014″s best-reviewed titles, regardless of platform (iOS games are excluded; they”re ranked in a separate article):

The 90+ Club: The Best-Reviewed Games of 2014 (Any Platform*)

Title / Platform Publisher Genre Metascore
1 Grand Theft Auto V XB1 Rockstar Games Action-Adv.

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2 Grand Theft Auto V PS4 Rockstar Games Action-Adv. 96
3 The Last of Us Remastered PS4 Sony Action-Adv. 95
4 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wii U Nintendo Fighting 92
5 Dark Souls II X360 Bandai Namco Action-RPG 91
6 Bayonetta 2 Wii U Nintendo Action 91
7 Dark Souls II PC Bandai Namco Action-RPG 91
8 Dark Souls II PS3 Bandai Namco Action-RPG 91
9 Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition PS4 Blizzard Action-RPG 90
10 Rayman Legends PS4 Ubisoft Platform 90
11 Velocity 2X VITA FuturLab Action 90
12 Fez PS4 Polytron Puzzle/Platform 90
13 Shovel Knight 3DS Yacht Club Platform 90
14 Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition Wii U DrinkBox Action 90

*Excluding iOS games. Minimum 7 critic reviews. Games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding.

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Continue to the next page for rankings of the best and worst 2014 games released for each platform, including the top titles exclusive to each platform.

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