By: Casey Curran
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2014
10) Dark Souls 2 — Made some design choices that infuriated me (depleting health on every death is a horrible idea) and its world was not as fun to explore as the original Dark Souls, but at the end of the day it’s still more Dark Souls.
9) Pokemon Omega Ruby — Even though it remakes the weakest Pokemon generation and is way too easy, it’s still more Pokemon.
8) Wolfenstein: The New Order — A nice blend of old school and new school first-person shooter design. Plus, it feels nice to shoot Nazis again.
7) Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze — Great level design, an excellent soundtrack and the return of Dixie Kong. What more could you ask for?
6) Titanfall — The lack of a true single-player campaign was disappointing, but the gameplay was so much fun that I did not care. And I am a gamer who prefers single to multiplayer games.
5) Threes! — The perfect mobile game. Very addicting and a great way to kill a few minutes while also having enough to make me still play it regularly months after it came out.
4) South Park: The Stick of Truth — A little too easy and doesn’t have the deepest RPG mechanics, but it was also every South Park fan’s wet dream.
3) Super Smash Bros for Wii U — A great new roster of characters in a package oozing with content. Eight-player fights are a thing of beauty.
2) Bayonetta 2 — The game I wish I was playing while suffering through something boring. Bayonetta 2 is not just the Wii U’s best game, it’s one of the best action games you can find.
1) Dragon Age: Inquisition — Offering a compelling story with great characters, fun combat and huge areas with plenty of fun stuff to do, Dragon Age: Inquisition delivered everything I could ask from an RPG.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF 2014
Destiny: I thought I would be getting Borderlands with the care and attention that Bungie put into Halo’s mechanics and level design. The mechanics were great, but the level design felt lazy. Destiny ended up being a game that was just fun enough to get me to keep grinding for more loot until I decided I’d rather play something else.
MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES OF 2015
5) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End — I can’t wait to see what Naughty Dog will do with new technology. The gameplay demo only made things sweeter.
4) Pokken Tournament — A Pokemon fighting game is something I’ve wanted for years. Bring it on!
3) The Legend of Zelda Wii U — Seems to be taking the series in the direction I wanted with its emphasis on a huge world to explore.
2) Bloodborne — Looks exactly like what From Software should be working on: A game which captures what people love about Dark Souls with a different approach to combat to make things feel fresh.
1) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — I know I’ll be talking about this game 20 years from now, just like with every other Metal Gear Solid. And that’s all I need to make it my number one.
PlayStation GOTY: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Xbox GOTY: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Nintendo GOTY: Bayonetta 2
Downloadable GOTY: The Legend of Korra
Portable GOTY: Pokemon Omega Ruby
Best DLC: The Last of Us: Left Behind
Best Story: Dragon Age: Inquisition