It’s that time of year again where we look back at what impressed and disappointed us fickle gamers. We started 2014 with the expectation that the then new-consoles would hit their stride. Has it come true? I’m not so sure but there steps in the right direction, I can think of some delightful moments but at the same time, there has been some massive disappointments, some decidedly last-gen and others just flat-out not good enough. I asked around Gamer Attitude’s office and here is what we think are the best and worst video games in 2014.
Best: Mario Kart 8 – It brings all the old school mechanics we love about the franchise together with a new polished look and some of the most innovative features to hit 2014!
Worst: Basement Crawl – If this is what is in store for PS4 owners in the time to come. I would be terrified. There is literally no game to play!
Best: Far Cry 4 – The only reason being i’ve had barrels and barrels and BARRELS of fun playing with my mates, one of the best co-op games i’ve played in a long time. Plus, ELEPHANTS!
Worst : Assassin’s Creed: Unity – For being a shamelessly unfinished and downright unplayable game, making the already finnicky and frustrating controls of the franchise even worse.
Best: Bayonetta 2 – Bayonetta’s exhilarating encore stands as the Wii U’s finest third-party exclusive and the best action game of 2014. The silky-smooth action is backed by fantastic enemy variety and outrageous boss encounters that continually escalate in scope and intensity. Equally impressive is how the game continually throws fresh, exciting new ideas that shake up the already zany action and keeps players wondering what Platinum Games could possibly throw at them next. The surprisingly solid co-op mode lets fans bring a buddy along for the insane ride. Bayonetta 2 accomplishes everything a great sequel should and, in true Bayonetta fashion, makes it look easy doing it.
Worst: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – What was supposed to be a launch-pad for Sonic’s recent reinvention only manages to send the hedgehog hurtling head-first into a brick wall. A boatload of technical glitches (a choppy framerate chief among them) make the game feel like it’s being held together by paperclips and old chewing gum. Even if things worked under the hood, the lackluster level design and uninspired gameplay make Sonic Boom more yawn-inducing than anything. Don’t even get me started on the foursome’s non-stop barrage of cringe-worthy dialogue. Sonic’s going to have to wrap himself in a lot more bandages to recover from this debacle.
Airaka Galley and Devon Wild both picked the same games
Best: Dragon Age: Inquisition – This game served as a reminder of how far we’ve come in regards to RPGs. My unpopular opinion has always been that Dragon Age 2 was a solid game, though there is a difference between a solid stand-alone and a sequel to one of the most beloved games of this decade. That being said, EA and Bioware took the disappointments of Dragon Age 2 and made probably one of the best games I have ever played. The amazingly real and beautiful characters, open world and gorgeous scenery mixed within an epic story will offer a new gauge for RPGs of the future.
Worst: Assassin’s Creed: Unity – This may not have been the -worst- game of 2014, but it was definitely the biggest disappointment for me. It took it’s own features from previous games and mangled them, coupling that with huge gaping errors, bugs and the money-hungry (and awkward) add-on features that charged people real money on an already full-priced triple-A game. 2015 will have to be an amazing year for Ubisoft or their fans may never forgive them.
Best – I have to say Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare really surprised me and breathed life into the series.
Worst – Thief (if I could swear I would!). Just not a good game at all, decent idea, poor execution!
Hal wasn’t particularly impressed with anything this year, just replayed GTA V on the PS4 a lot.
Lastly, yours truly
Best: Alien: Isolation – A very easy choice this one! In my opionion Alien: Isolation was a nearly perfect game. The story was a little long but it captured the essence of Alien like no other has ever done before. It’s dark, atmospheric, down-right unsettling and the creature possesses some the most sophisticated AI I have ever seen. A must for any Alien fan or gamers into the survival genre.
Worst: This wasn’t as easy of a choice as my Best. Assassin’s Creed: Unity and DriveClub were and still broken at launch but does that make them bad games? How about Destiny or Watch Dog’s? Sure, they were overhyped but I still enjoy a quick blast on Destiny. After scouring my own reviews over the year, the choice became obvious and I couldn’t believe I think didn’t think of it sooner – Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.. I absolutely adored High Moon’s Cybertron series. They told a great story and being a Transformer (Autobots or Decepticon) was never more fun. The games looked fantastic as well. I loved the G1 look of the robots in disguise and Cybertron, for a machine world was surprisingly wondrous. All these factors didn’t feature at all in Rise of the Dark Spark. It looked like it came from 2006 and it was an amalgam of a shameless movie tie-in and a cheap imitation of High Moon’s games. It was full of glitches and an absolute chore to play. Thinking back, I’m surprised I didn’t score it lower!
So there you have it. Nintendo made it into our list at several points, confirming its resurgence and Assassin’s Creed: Unity is overwhelmingly the worst game of 2014. You can also check out our recap of the biggest gaming news of 2014 below. What are your best and worst games? Let us know in the comments below and have a happy New Year.