2014 has been a good year for games despite some not living up to expectations. So called ‘next gen’ consoles are slowly beginning to find their feet and some visually stunning titles have been released, albeit often with teething problems.
Here’s a run-down of some of the games we’ve particularly enjoyed this year…
The release of Watch_dogs was met with a fair amount of criticism due to a visible downgrade of its graphics compared to its original e3 reveal. This however, did not stop us enjoying it immensely. Apart from delivering a world that actually felt alive, it provided a wealth of interesting content and a solid revenge story to tie it all together. We’re certainly looking forward to the sequel to this.
2. Assassin’s Creed Unity
Another Ubisoft release met with criticism, the latest instalment of the Assassin’s Creed series was a buggy yet much needed back to basics iteration. With an atmosphere akin to what many would say is the best of the series – Assassins Creed 2 – Unity provided an opportunity to explore an exquisite recreation of Paris and engage in countless activities including the surprisingly enjoyable rift missions and criminal investigations.
It was unfortunate that Driveclub‘s release was a mess. The loss of all online features at launch and the resulting withdrawal of the PS+ edition meant that the game received a lot of negative press and no-one really seemed to talk about what it did right. Driveclub simply looks amazing, and luckily the core of the game is great. The handling strikes a fine balance between realism and arcade, feeling like a new Project Gotham Racing game at times. The kudos-like points system further cements this comparison. Now that the online functions of this title are back online, we cannot recommend it enough.
4. Alien Isolation
The Alien franchise has had its ups and downs over the years, in terms of both films and games. Alien Isolation is certainly one of the ups. A true survival horror experience; combat is kept to a minimum, and stealth is an absolute must unless you want to find yourself skewered by a Xenomorph. Alien Isolation is not a game for a everyone due to some truly tense and atmospheric situations, but if you’re feeling brave and can live with sometimes replaying the same bit of game multiple times due to an untimely death, it’s well worth checking out.
5. Diablo: Reaper of Souls
This re-release of Diablo 3 which includes the expansion Reaper of Souls is an absolute must for any action RPG fan. Countless improvements have been made to the base game to the point where it actually feels like a whole new game. Its co-op gameplay is especially impressive and runs silky smooth at all times. Truly a game that you will lose many an hour to whilst looking for that elusive legendary loot!
Continue onwards to page 2 to see the rest of our Top 10 Games of 2014!