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Game of the Year 2014: Best PC Exclusive

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We’re getting into the thick of our awards for 2014’s games of the year. Now seems like as good a time as any to reveal our pick for Best PC Exclusive.

And the winner is…

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Apparently, my tactic of shouting ‘Hearthstone!’ really loudly until the rest of the staff gave in was effective. And, yes, Hearthstone did come out on mobile, too; but we’d be remiss not to give it a spot in our Game of the Year awards – so here it is.

I’ve already eulogised at length about Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. In fact, it was my personal choice for Game of the Year (spoiler: no matter how loud I shouted it didn’t win the TGH award).

Without treading too much old ground, suffice it to say Hearthstone looks amazing, sounds wonderful, and boasts a level of overall presentation typical of Blizzard, but uncommon in the free-to-play space.

There’s certainly microtransactions to engage with; but such is the breadth of cards and deck-building options that simply paying to win isn’t really possible. Instead, investing time in balancing out the best combination of monsters, warriors, buffs and debuffs — not to mention class-specific spells and skills — is what makes Hearthstone feel so rewarding.

Equally, in-game monies trickle through steadily enough that spending real cash feels appealing – but not imperative.

Here’s a picture of a gnome:

HS gnome

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