2014 was an okay year for video games, there were quite a few good games, but not many fantastic ones. It was a year that seemed to be filled with controversy, from buggy releases to silly comments from developers (looking at you Ubisoft). Now since I don’t enjoy rushing through games there’s still some titles I’ve yet to play this year, like Far Cry 4, Super Smash Bros Persona Q and Alien Isolation. But it’s that time of year again where we make lists. This is mine. Here is my top 5 favorite games of 2014.
5 – Shovel Knight
Every once in a while a game will come along that does everything right. The art, the music, the level designs, characters. Shovel Knight is one of those games. It was originally released on the 3DS, Wii U and PC, but I’m glad to see that it’ll be coming out on the PS4 and Vita some time next year.
4 – Bayonetta 2
Bayonetta 2 is a game that is incredibly polished and improves on every aspect that made the first one so good. The action is fast paced, frantic and so much fun. You’ll be fighting small demons, huge demons, you’ll be fighting on top of fighter jets, on the side of buildings. It’s crazy, it’s fun and it’s wacky. The developer, Platinum Games has a reputation for making some of the best over-the-top action games and Bayonetta 2 is probably their best game yet.
3 – Wolfenstein New Order
Earlier in the year I was annoyed at the lack of variety in games that were coming out later in 2014 and in 2015 and wrote a blog post were I sort of criticized the industry. I used Wolfenstein as an example before I even played it and I regret it now. After playing the game and beating it, its become one of my favorite games of all time. The thing is, it doesn’t really do anything drastically different than other first person shooters. It just does everything incredibly well. The shooting, the story, the pacing, it was fantastic. This game had so many great and memorable moments. Developed by main guys behind the brilliant Chronicles of Roddick games, Wolfenstein New Order is exciting, fun and I really hope they make a sequel.
2 – Dragon Age Inquisition
When a BioWare game comes along, I tend to put every other game on hold. They tend to feature gameplay elements that I enjoy a lot. If Dragon Age Inquisition is any indication of what we can expect from BioWare in the future, I can’t wait until the next Mass Effect game comes along.
1 – Mario Kart 8
When I have friends over and we want to play something, Mario Kart 8 is what we end up going with. It’s easy to get into, it’s competitive and it can be just silly fun. It’s one of those games that I’ll end up playing for a very long time, until Nintendo release their next console and the next Mario Kart. The game has its flaws, like the incredibly disappointing Battle Mode, but all other aspects are just so good, even the online mode works like a charm.