This my final Top 5 Friday of the 2014 so I’ll be picking my favorite games from this year. Now because I’m not terribly big on convention, I’m not limiting my choices to games that came out in 2014, I’m simply choosing the games I enjoyed the most in 2014, regardless of when they were made. So, without further ado, here they are:
Broforce is one of those games that just speaks to my sensibilities. As a game, it a bit short (although it’s still in early access so hopefully there is more to come), but everything about it makes me smile. The fast-paced action, the random bros, the tongue-in-cheek humor. It’s all so wonderfully silly. Depending on how much more is added to the game in 2015, don’t be surprised if you see it on this list again.
- The Wolf Among Us
I have a confession to make; at the time of writing this, I haven’t actually finished The Wolf Among Us yet. It’s on my list of to-do’s but I’ve been incredibly busy so I simply haven’t gotten to that last episode yet. Still, even without finishing the game I have to put it on this list. The main reason for doing so is that The Wolf Among Us has reinvigorated my interest in adventure games single-handedly. I was not a fan of The Walking Dead, so when I decided to give The Wolf Among Us a shot, I didn’t expect much. Boy was I surprised. The aesthetic of the game, the nature of the world, it all really worked for me, and it helped me to remember that there can be more to a game than just shooting stuff.
- Dark Souls II
There is little doubt in the mind of any fan of the Souls series that Dark Souls II the least innovative and interesting of the series. Even still, the worst Souls game is better than most of the other junk out there. And in a year full of games who’s potential seemed to go woefully unmet, Dark Souls II was a game that I poured hours upon hours into and enjoyed thoroughly.
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
In what has to be my Is This Really Happening moment of the year, I’m saying with 100% honesty that I really love Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The campaign is pretty cool, and Kevin Spacey does a great job bringing some gravity to it and the combat is as tight as it’s always been. The real star of the show here is the unique twist that the exo-suit allows for. The horizontal cover shooting that the series has become known for (and hindered by in recent titles) is upended by double jumps, dashes, and hovers. The double jump all by itself breathes enough new life into the series that it feels like a new experience. With Advanced Warfare, the series feels a bit like an Unreal Tournament game, but with a far more grounded combat experience.
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Diablo fan, so it should come as little surprise that this is my number one pick. You know who it did surprise though? Me. Coming into 2014 I had pretty much given up on Diablo 3. The problems with the game’s economy had crippled it so badly that there was very little fun left to be had. With some shrewd changes to the gameplay and loot systems though, the game was able to be reenergized. The expansion not only fixed the existing problems but it added a new class, new abilities, new loot, and new monsters to slay. In addition, the team has introduced seasons which captivated me a lot more than I was expecting.