SA Gamer Awards 2017: Best PC Exclusive

Hi, my name is Garth and sometimes I feel like I am in a serious minority when it comes to PC games and giving them love. Whole genres feel lonely and well, PC had a pretty good year! The biggest issue is that many games are learning that launching on a single platform only isn’t always the best strategy, especially with a darling device like the Switch capturing hearts of even the most stalwart PC only players and developers.

Even so, there are some games that only really work on PC, I think, and titles that haven’t made the jump to console just yet. In a way I am sad because it makes this category smaller, but it makes me happy because maybe, just maybe, I can see the absolute joy when people play these games on console too.

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 was an absolute treasure to play. After the slick first game, I thought that the sequel would never reach the same heights. Was I happy to be wrong! Better spell effects. Better combat. Better companions and such an amazing story.  My wife and I embarked on a 90-hour journey, trying to find every quest, every secret and every book. Each companion had a stellar quest worth exploring or hopping in their shoes to feel it out yourself. Would you be a travelling bard that is also possessed by a powerful demon? Would you play a magnificently bearded Dwarf pirate who seems more emotionally attached to his hat than anyone else? What about an undead that seems to come from a precursor race? Those are just a few of the choices waiting as you journey, quest, pickpocket and fight your way through the campaign.

It isn’t often I want to dive straight back into a game I just finished to play with different party members or different skill combinations. Divinity: Original Sin 2 takes me back to a time when I first discovered a CRPG and had near infinite time to replay things. Not many games do that.

Runner-Up: Endless Space 2

Honourable mentions: Total War: Warhammer II

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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