Published on January 6th, 2015 | by Mica Rose0
Top Games Of 2014
2014 was a big year for the games industry; it was the first full year for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and in many ways the games released were a showcase for what truly makes the new consoles stand out from both each other and their predecessors. The Need to Consume team have thought about which games made a lasting impression on them and have chosen the following games as their top games of 2014.
Studio: Obsidian Entertainment/South Park Digital Studios
Format: P3, Xbox 360, PC
“For a game that seemed to be stuck in development hell and had it’s release date pushed back constantly, this was a real surprise. First off, with the show using very basic animation, the game was able to recreate it perfectly. I honestly forgot at times that I was playing a RPG and thought I was watching the show. If you haven’t watched any of the umpteen seasons of South Park then a lot of the throwaway jokes are going to be lost on you. This is definitely a game made for the fans. Even all the pointless loot you can collect to sell off references one episode or another. I was a little annoyed that the EU version had a couple of censored sections but overall it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the game. Worth picking up now as I imagine it will easily be sub £20!” – Duke
Studio: The Creative Assembly
Formats: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
“I made the transition from PS3 to PS4 this year, so that was exciting. My PS4 came bundled with Ubisoft’s hotly anticipated Watch_Dogs, which sadly was a bit of a disappointment, all things considered. Played beautifully, but the plot and characters were so two-dimensional you wouldn’t believe it. The only *truly* next-gen game I have so far is InFamous: Second Son, which I love to bits. Big fan of the first two games, so I was delighted to see that make a comeback. Travellers Tales’ Lego franchise continued to churn out the games, which are always fun, and I’m just now playing through Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which has reignited my enthusiasm for that series (albeit it’s a 2013 release).
My favourite game released in 2014 is pretty easy to pick, though; it’s Alien: Isolation. I’ve been crying out for a good game based on Alien for years. Aliens lends itself better to lazy action releases, though I hope Colonial Marines has put the kibosh on that for a while, but a proper survival horror based on the original, with you virtually helpless on a spaceship against a single xenomorph is something I’ve wanted to play for ages. Creative Assembly absolutely nailed it. The mood, the tone, the atmosphere, all absolutely drips with the tension and menace of the original film. The AI on the beast itself is great; any time it appears is genuinely nerve-wracking. It’s a spectacular game.” -Richard Bradley
Studio: Lionhead Studios
Publisher Microsoft Studios
Format: Xbox 360, PC
“Picking my favourite game of the year was a very tricky decision as there have been several games I’ve loved playing this year, notably Halo: The Master Chief Collection which I love dearly; and Destiny which came out in early September that I had preordered over a year prior to release and even with its lack of story, constant grinding and minimal options in multiplayer I still love playing it.
I think my favourite has to be Fable Anniversary though. I lost days on the original as a child and finished the games numerous times in different ways, and to enjoy it all again in a prettier skin, with all the annoying bugs and user interface issues gone was a joy to play; the new menu was a little odd at first but was definitely manageable. Overall though, I loved every nostalgic feeling when finding the hidden chests, opening the demon doors, dressing as a chicken and ultimately killing Jack of Blades. Any owner of an Xbox 360 should play this game.” – Chris Chapman
Studio: Telltales Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
“It’s a tough fight, but “The Wolf Among Us” just pips “Dark Souls 2”. “Dark Souls 2” is as beautiful, compelling, and obsession creating as the first, but not quite up to the quality of its older sibling, in part due to a less inspired selection of areas, which bumps it down to take second place to Telltale’s excellent “The Wolf Among Us”, which, although technically debuting in 2013 delivered the bulk of the game’s episodic content this year. Noir as a genre is underrepresented hugely in games, but Telltale’s “Drive” inspired “The Wolf Among Us” hit every note perfectly, even down to QTEs that you can fail, which not only makes them a significantly less irritating addition to any game, but gave a bloody realism to the fairly frequent brawling.
It also gave Fable fans a particular treat, with a digital comic hitting sometime this month, and a print one to be released sometime in the new year, which somewhat softens the blow of the excellent “Fables” coming to an end in the next few months. Tight storytelling that stays true to the source material, and still allows the player to mould protagonist Bigby Wolf to their own ideas is nothing to be scoffed at. Yeah, it had the usual set of Telltale faults, but for me, “The Wolf Among Us” has been their best series, and my choice for Game of the Year, 2014.” – Edward Martin
Studio: Ubisoft Montreal
Formats: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
“It’s not often that I’ll find a game that I’m so eager to play that I’ll sink so much time into it without even noticing. I actually felt like I was neglecting the other games on my shelf due to how much time I was spending on Far Cry 4, but I just couldn’t tear myself away. The setting is absolutely beautiful; you’ll spend most of your time in Kyrat, but are able to travel to the snowy Himalayas and the mysterious Shangri-La, the latter of which feels as though you’re playing inside an oil painting. There is so much to do, from hunting animals and finding collectibles to defusing bombs and rescuing hostages all of which are seriously fun, even more so if you play in coop with a friend. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and you can definitely see the sense of humour of the makers shining through (just check out the descriptions of some of the loot if you don’t believe me!
Far Cry 4 maintains its flair towards the end of the story, where the missions get more intense, though the lack of a difficulty curve means that you don’t realise how close you actually are to finishing. The mixture of your final actions at the end, the soundtrack and the credits rolling leaves you feeling pretty epic, and wanting more. I personally can’t wait to see what the downloadable content brings.” – Mushu
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
“My favourite game of 2014 has to be the new World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor. It has lots of great new features, a brilliant store and beautiful graphics. This is why the game stood out for me. I don’t know what else to add apart from read my review of why it’s my favourite game of 2014!” – Ninjette Natasha
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Formats: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
“MachineGames brought us the latest in the long running Wolfenstein series, complete with an alternative history twist. This game is hardly high art but it is great fun and gleefully old school. There are no escort missions, no covering a friendly while they take an age opening a door, just BJ Blazkowicz and hordes of soon to be dead Nazis. The alternate ‘Nazis win the war’ take is hardly original but is well executed, the mechanics likewise unpretentious but hugely satisfying. BJ is no silent protagonist but thankfully nor is he constantly quipping like a Nathan Drake, in fact, you even get a sense that all the killing is weighing him down. His supporting cast are all well realised (thrillingly including Jimi Hendrix in one of the games two divergent timelines), even if they don’t get a huge chunk of screen time. It won’t change the world but it’s the most fun I’ve had in gaming this year.” – Michael Guest
Want to see what else the team rated in 2014? Check out what NTC have already chosen as their Top picks for Comics, and keep an eye out the rest of the week for Top picks for TV shows, Films and Tabletop games in 2014. Don’t forget to let us know what were your most consumed games in 2014 in the comments or on Facebook!
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