Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Top 10 Games of 2014

The year is once again coming to an end and it's time to let you guys know what games I enjoyed the most this year. And what a year this was... batshit insane titles like Goat Simulator that I never thought could exist, mixed in with a lot of older games being re-released such as Strife and Eradicator. It's been a hell of a ride. So without further ado... let's get to it.

10 - FAR CRY 4 (PC)

It's not always I orgasm over graphics in games but Far Cry 4 is definitely one of those times. This game is drop dead gorgeous and I found myself incredibly immersed in it. It's one of those games you want to explore simply because the world is so lush and beautiful and inviting! The lighting in this game pretty much makes the entire atmosphere. It's far from a perfect game though as I had to do some tweaking to get it running smoothly, the mouse controls were pretty wonky at first before I tweaked my settings as well and to be honest, gameplay wise this game is just Far Cry 3 with a new coat of paint. But that's okay with me as I absolutely loved Far Cry 3. The story is great too with Pagan Min serving as a perfect substitute for Vaas. The game also supports co-op which is a huge plus for me. Definitely worth checking out if you loved Far Cry 3 and want more of the same. If not, you can easily pass on it.

9 - VELOCITY 2X (PS Vita)
Velocity 2X is one of those games I fear fell under the radar this year, and undeservedly so. Being on PS4 and PS Vita, the game mixes elements from several genres, being both a horizontal and vertical shooter with a beautiful electro soundtrack that will make you orgasm (seriously)... There's a twist though as the game uses the element of teleporting to give it a bit of a puzzle feel as well, so you definitely have to think a bit 4-dimensionally to be good at it. The graphical style is entirely unique and very appealing with a lot of great use of lighting and very intense colours, looking hand drawn but futuristic at the same time. I've found myself playing this game a lot on my Vita this year and with two DLC packs already released, it offers a ton of play time for those who want it. Definitely check this out if you're a fan of oldschool 2D shooters and need more Vita or PS4 games to play.

While it technically released last year, the final episodes of Wolf Among Us came out this year, completing the game and I didn't buy it until very recently and I'm very glad I did. The Wolf Among Us is one of the best adventure games I've played to date and as someone who has read the Fables comic it was interesting to get a prequel to the whole thing. The game had me really invested in the story in a way only TellTale can do and I couldn't help but love the unique graphical style of the game, the strong characters and just the entire noir atmosphere. Seeing such a sleazy hard-boiled take on something that we associate with our childhood is amazing to me and I can't recommend this game enough. It has some unique gameplay elements as well, time being a factor and the choices you make shaping the story so each playthrough has a chance of being different from your last one.


This is easily the best RPG this year. Offering an experience that is both oldschool yet innovative at the same time, it gives an entirely unique co-op experience where the two players can interact in a way that I've rarely seen done in co-op RPGs and actually reminds me more of a proper tabletop RPG experience. It's a LOT of fun to play with great atmosphere, music and all around a very good story. The combat system is the crowning achievement though as it is turnbased but has a gimmick of giving you the ability to "save" action points for your next turn. Highly recommend this if you're a RPG fan and want something to play co-op cause that is in my opinion the only way to play this game.


Speaking of oldschool RPGs... Wasteland 2 finally came out. Yeah, in 2014 of all years. Wasteland of course is pretty much the grandfather of the Fallout franchise, and you can definitely tell the connection is there. Wasteland 2 feels like it was made in the 90's and to me that's not necessarily a bad thing. The character customization is extremely good and offers a lot of specialization which is good when building a strong party. The combat reminds me of Divinity: Original Sin but with guns so if you play these games back to back, it'll come as second nature. The story isn't all that good but the post-nuclear atmosphere is thick as oil and the gameplay is rock solid. Worth checking out if you're a fan of oldschool RPGs or Fallout.


Watch_Dogs is not an amazing game and definitely doesn't live up to the insane hype that was built up around it. However, I do find it to be a pretty fun and solid experience with a story that isn't epic or big, but doesn't need to be. It feels relatable and touching, and to me that's perfectly acceptable. Not all games need big epic storylines, sometimes it's okay to have a more soap-opera'esque story in my opinion. And the game still looks pretty gorgeous, making the city of Chicago come to life in a way few games take time to do. People react very realistically to the things you do and I can't help but feel like my character actually has an impact on his world in this game and that's an amazing achievement to me. Like I said, this game is not amazing, but what is there is solid and offers an experience for those who give it time to grow on them. If you get past your initial expectations, you might actually come to enjoy it like I did. It's definitely not something for everyone, but it depends on what you are looking for...


I am probably one of the few people who enjoyed Aliens: Colonial Marines. But while I did enjoy that game, this game... this game is in a league of its very own and doesn't AT ALL compare to Colonial Marines. Comparing the two games is unfair because they are in entirely different categories with entirely different inspirations and goals. Colonial Marines was a shooter. It was based on a movie that took the franchise in a more action oriented direction. It made sense to be a shooter and in my opinion, Colonial Marines did a good job of offering a simple alien shooter experience. Isolation however takes its inspiration and influence from the first movie. It takes the franchise back to its hardcore sci-fi horror roots and focuses on the very core of what Alien is meant to be. Facing a creature that is invulnerable and superior and surviving against the odds. Alien: Isolation is one of the most terrifying games I've played and does its job perfectly. The atmosphere is spot on and makes me feel like I am actually inside the first movie. Attention to detail is stunning and nothing is left to coincidence. If you're an Alien fan, in any way shape or form, get this game. Believe me, please believe me when I say this game GETS IT. This game GETS what Alien is meant to be. If you are going to get ANY Alien game, it HAS to be this one. This is a MUST OWN!


To me, Advanced Warfare is the best Call of Duty game in a long time. It mixes the core CoD gameplay with new and fresh elements and focuses on the most important thing: being fun! I haven't had this much fun with a Call of Duty since I got into the franchise with MW3 and to me that is an amazing feeling. The story is solid as well with amazing performances from everyone involved, especially Kevin Spacey who does a wonderful and memorable role as the villain. I can't recommend this game enough if you're a Call of Duty fan, this is easily a must have. And if you want an entry point for the series, this is in my opinion the best game to choose so far. Everything is rock solid, the amount of customization is INSANE and the exo suits give the series a new dimension that makes everything 10 times more intense, but at the same time 10 times more fun.


Borderlands being pretty much my favourite franchise, I was insanely hyped for this game. And boy did it deliver. It's actually hard for me to go back to playing the earlier games now since this game makes a lot of improvements to the franchise and adding new elements as well with the low gravity environment and more mature writing. The music reminds me a lot of Mass Effect, which fits the more space-oriented theme very well. Gameplay wise it's just more Borderlands but if you're as much of a fan as I am, that's not necessarily a bad thing.


Wolfenstein: The New Order is arguably the best game in the entire franchise so far. With an amazing story with characters that you will never forget, with the best graphics since RAGE, with an intense musical score that creates an unsettling and mechanical atmosphere, with gameplay that mixes oldschool and new school flawlessly, with an insane amount of attention to detail, this game is in my opinion flawless. It gets EVERYTHING right and is one of the most awesome experiences I've had in a long, LONG time. It's to this day one of the only games on my blog I've given a perfect 10/10 score and I proudly stand by that. It's the first time I've seen a game that takes the Wolfenstein name seriously and does something unique and memorable with it, something special that will live on with me forever. And that's why it's my game of the year.


  1. Do you make video reviews? I agree with these views, but aren't much of a reader

    1. Video reviews is a lot of work and would take up a lot of time for me. I prefer writing since I can just spend a couple of hours writing an article and post it instead of spending days filming footage for a video review. And on YouTube at least you have like a sea of reviewers making much better video reviews than I ever could so I feel like I wouldn't have much chance anyway. I prefer writing since it doesn't take as much of an effort as making an entire video.

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  3. I agree with Wolfenstein The New Order being the best game this year. I put Alien Isolation as my second favorite, though, as that game was one of the few that legitimately terrified me in a long time.

    1. Well my taste lies mostly in action/shooters so that's why it didn't score higher for me. It is an amazing game though, I just find myself almost never in the mood for it...

    2. Same here. I haven't replayed Alien Isolation even though I've replayed Wolfenstein The New Order many times because Alien Isolation is one of those games that requires me to be a certain mood to play. But I still put it as my second favorite game this year due to it being one of the few games that scared me in a long time.

      Funnily enough, Wolfenstein The New Order and Alien Isolation were the only two games I bought last year. All the other games on this list, I played at friends house. Might pick up CoD Advanced Warfare. Never considered myself a CoD fan (even the Modern Warfare series) but I did enjoy Black Ops 2 and I had fun in CoD Advanced Warfare, so when a sale comes around I might pick it up.

      Far Cry 4 felt too similar to Far Cry 3 for me to really pick it up (also, it's no Blood Dragon and Ajay is no Rex Power Colt) and Borderlands The Pre Sequel feels too close to Borderlands 2 for me to really pick it up.

      All in all, 2014 felt a bit dry. It probably says something when I spent more time caring about games journalism and the political correctness bullshit permeating games media rather than actually playing games. :S

      Speaking of which, what is your opinion on the whole GamerGate situation? I'm a supporter, so I'm curious of what you think. If you're pro, anti, don't give a shit, it doesn't really matter. I like reading what you write (and we're like one of the few people out there who like Duke Nukem Forever, lol). I'm just curious.

      Here's to hoping 2015 will be better, considering there's both Uncharted 4 and DOOM coming out! Hopefully!

    3. I generally have more interest in games themselves than stuff happening around games. Regarding GamerGate and that whole thing I just frankly don't care.

      Far Cry 4 IS very similar to FC3 yes, so how much you'll like it will depend on how much you liked FC3. And agreed, it's no Blood Dragon.

      Regarding the Pre-Sequel, while it does feel really close to Borderlands 2 there are tons of tweaks in it that does set it apart from BL2 and in my opinion it plays very differently even if it looks the same on the surface. Even the writing is very different and more mature. I recommend at least trying it out if you have the chance to.

    4. Fair enough. I didn't really give a damn myself until the gaming press started all those "Gamers are Dead" articles attacking me as a white cis het male bigot (I'm Chinese) and there weren't really any major releases to distract me from it.

      I might pick up Far Cry 4 and Borderlands The Pre Sequel sometime in the future, as I did enjoy both Far Cry 3 and Borderlands 2. But because they're so similar to their previous entries, I'll focus on getting Advanced Warfare first (which, while still having the standard CoD formula, at least had SOME extra things compared to the previous entry).

      So looking onward to the future: Any game you looking forward to?

    5. I'll be posting my anticipated games soon when I feel ready to "announce" them, so pay attention to the blog. ;)