Five Best Video Games from 2014
The release of brand new consoles at the end of 2013 certainly made 2014 seem like the year for exciting, new game releases. However, a serious lack of notable title releases in the year left much to be desired. It wasn’t a completely gone case; though, a few games did make a mark and gave gamers something to hope for. Here are five of the best games from 2014 that definitely deserve your attention.
1. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
If I were to pick my favourite game of 2014, it’s got to be this one. Interestingly, I had never seriously considered Shadow of Mordor to become a worthy title until I noticed some design familiarities with Assassin’s Creed games. Developers Monolith Productions may not have a consistent record to show but this is one stint that they would never forget. Suffice it to say, this is THE best Lord of the Rings game out there to date.
There is one catch; though. While the game is set in Middle Earth, you’d hardly come across renowned characters from the movies. Allow me to state that’s actually a good thing. It’s appreciable how the game still manages to keep players immersed in the experience by capturing just the right kind of mood that remains consistent throughout the game. Players of the Batman game series would feel right at home with an awfully similar set of controls to play with. All in all, Monolith Productions has ended up creating a gem by following a simple formula that most movie based games miss: DON’T copy/paste the whole damn movie in the game!
2. Infamous: Second Son (PlayStation 4)
As one of the first exclusives on the PlayStation 4, Infamous: Second Son offered more of the same Infamous experience with enough additions on top. Its success can’t just be chalked up to the visual magnificence but terrific bit of voice acting by one of the very best in the industry, Troy Baker. Players take on the role of a cheesy protagonist Delsin Rowe and make Seattle their own little playground to do as they please.
While Sucker Punch Productions has a good story to tell, it allows players complete freedom to explore the world outside of that story. A variety of ‘colourful’ superpowers at your disposal would multiply the element of fun and most likely make you feel invincible as you take down foes and even friendlies should you feel frisky (trust me, you will). However, nicely phased boss battles will offer just the appropriate amount of challenge to keep you on your toes. To sum up, this may not qualify as the best game of the year but it surely proves its worth as a solid entry in the pool of next-gen games.
3. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
Wolfenstein is a game that’s crazy, over-the-top and quite frankly…a Nazi-killing frenzy. Guess what; that’s precisely the kind of formula that works well in its favour. It’s clearly not another Call of Duty or Halo title that we are used to by now but offers something fresh. Set in 1960, the game puts players in the shoes of William B.J Blazkowicz whose thirst for Nazi blood grows by every second of his life.
Fans of Wolfenstein 3D must not get into this thinking they would get to experience more of the same. Instead, this title finds middle ground with its bombastic nature. Machine Games establishes a world that is marked with horror, blood and ruthlessness. Players are faced with human enemies as well as a variety of war machines that are dead set on making this mission a living hell for them. While the action and explosions deliver the wow factor in Wolfesnstein, the impressive story does well to complement it. All of these elements combined easily make Wolfenstein the best FPS of 2014.
4. Dragon Age: Inquisition (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
RPGs are all about living your fantasies and letting your mind go. BioWare establishes a sprawling stage in Inquisition for you to accomplish just that. It’s easily the kind of game that could have you invest hundreds of hours or bore you to death in an instant depending on your interests. If elements such as magic, exploration, combat and power pique your interest, this is the one for you.
Basically, true to its name Inquisition would put you in command of your world. It’s upto you to take your throne and decide people’s fate, command an entire army to take down another city or delve into the action yourself to bring down a mammoth fire-breathing dragon. A remarkable team of characters with brilliant bit of voice acting along with an impressive story make it worth your while. It wouldn’t be wrong to state that this is now the latest gold standard when it comes to RPGs.
5. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
From the outset, Mario Kart 8 seems like more of the same experience that fans have played and enjoyed. Truth is that there is so much more on offer that it’s unfair to look past a worthy title such as this. It quite rightly offers the same formula of pace-paced racing action with a number of new additions. Though, it’s hard to put my finger at just one and say it stands out better than the rest but let’s try, shall we?
The most appreciable and fun addition has to be the anti-gravity karts that allow players to stay on the road despite the deadly turns and twists along the way. It may sound simple but the real magic lies in the execution of this particular formula. Nintendo’s level designers deserve applause for the effort they’ve put into creating insane tracks that complement this strategy. It’s the kind of thing that infuses life into this new addition in the Mario Kart series. The stunning graphics in HD look better than ever before. Add to that the fact that Mario Kart 8 offers the most stable online experience which leaves you with no excuse not to enjoy the fun together with friends on your side.