With Batman: Arkham Knight PC unplayable for everyone without a supercomputer leant to them by NASA, a lot of PC gamers are finding their weekend plans crushed. Crushed beneath Batman’s steel boot. You were supposed to be here to defend us Bats.
Without Batman: Arkham Knight we find ourselves in a void, and what better way to fill this time than unearthing a few hidden gems. Now, more than ever, there are a heck of a lot of PC games coming out. In 2012, 386 games were released on Steam. In 2013, this rose to 584. Then it was a massive 1,848 in 2014. In 2015 there’s already been 1,315 games released on Steam, and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. It’s the Moore’s Law of videogames. With all that, it can be all too easy to overlook some hidden gems in the flood, and we want you to share your spectacular secret finds here.
Until I tragically put my foot through my laptop screen (don’t ask), Cookie Clicker was the bane of my life. I’d been clicking feverishly for weeks, watching my cookie empire expand beneath my fingertips. I had so many auto-clickers that clicking wasn’t even worth my time. I was a cookie gazillionaire. Such power I wielded through such tasty treats. Clicker Heroes takes the clicking concept and applies it to questing for gold, killing monsters and recruiting new heroes. It’s dangerously addictive and you’ll often question why it is you’re even doing this, but it’s free and fun, so who cares?
Unlike the mountains of trailers and hype we got for most of its games, Ubisoft basically farted out Grow Home earlier this year with barely a whisper. Developed by British studio Ubisoft reflections, this is a charming sandbox platformer worthy of the laziest of Sunday afternoons. Playing as BUD, you can grow your own path upwards through a strange alien world, attempting to ride to the stars in ever increasing vertigo-inducing moments.
Crypt of the Necrodancer
Roguelike meet rhythm game. Rhythm game, meet roguelike. If you’ve ever found yourself tapping along to some glorious midi dungeon-stomping tunes, then step forward Crypt of the Necrodancer. All of the movement and attacks in this hardcore roguelike must be to the beat of the music for maximum performance, challenging not just your rhythmic skills but your ability to think ahead and stay calm in overwhelmingly stressful situations.
Look, I know this is a huge AAA title published by Bethesda, but The Evil Within seemed to come and go quick as a flash. This is Shinji Mikami’s work, the Resident Evil master! It didn’t help that its October launch was quickly crushed beneath a flurry of excellent titles. The Evil Within needed a launch in the first half of the year to really breathe. This is a heck of a good survival horror game, with grisly action and a heavy nod to horror greats.
They can have multi-million dollar budgets or be made by a solo indie dev, but we want to know what great games you think haven't got the attention they deserved. So please clearly state below the game title, genre/type of game, and if you can a little reason why these games have been hogging your time; and are the best kept secrets in gaming!