While much of the buzz this year has been about next gen consoles, the PC remains a hotbed of creativity. And if you are fortunate enough to be part of 'the glorious PC gaming fraternity', we reckon these following five titles were the top dogs in 2013 - and well worth a punt if you haven't already snapped them up...
Offering its usual blend of turn-based empire management and real-time battles, The Creative Assembly's exhaustive ode to all things Roman and testudo-shaped remains as beguiling as ever. Expect to lose centurions/centuries as you succumb to the sheer scale of this long awaited-sequel.
While 'merely' an expansion pack, there's nothing meagre about this epic addition to the world's greatest strategy game. Featuring nine new civilizations, eight new Wonders and much more besides, the most important changes are actually under the hood - the arrival of ideologies and tourism for instance - that give the game a whole new strategic layer to indulge in.
After the farce that was FF XIV, Square Enix could have scuttled off and sulked in a corner. Instead, the company got busy revamping its epic MMO and turned it into a thing of astonishing scale and beauty - all while featuring a class system to die for. The egg from Enix's face has been well and truly scrubbed away...
After a seven-year wait, the sequel to the world's best WWII real-time strategy game was finally sent over the top and on to our PCs. Better AI, a more varied single player campaign and a host of clever design elements including its brutal TrueSight System meant that COH2 is an essential purchase for any armchair general.
Annual updates to successful franchises can be an exercise in cynicism by publishers, offering 'tweaks' but nothing game-changing. Not so with this year's Football Manager that boasts of 'over 1,000 improvements' but most importantly, a completely revised tactics system that offers a far more intuitive, streamlined experience.