I’m a huge fan of video games and wish I had more time to play them so it was a lot of fun to choose my favorites of the year. Granted, I didn’t get to play tons of them but the ones that I did, and featured here, stood out as highlights for me. This isn’t a top ten list rather a few runner ups and then my Game of the Year, which might surprise some people.
So, here we go!
First up is Grand Theft Auto 5, reissued on XBox 1 and PS4. It’s a glorious release. Upgraded in pretty much every way, it’s a massive, gorgeous game and a true benchmark for the series. I played it originally on 360 and playing it on the One felt like a whole new experience. Well done.
Unfortunately, the only WiiU entry this year but certainly one of the most fun. The latest entry in the Mario Kart franchise, Mario Kart 8, is a wide-eyed blast. Insane courses, super fun races, all your favorite characters (including Link via DLC FINALLY!) Mario Kart 8 shows off the capabilities of the Wii U and I can only imagine what we’ll get next in this still fresh franchise.
Holy wow, Outlast. I’ll sum it up with just one comment: This game shared the ever loving shit out of me. Get it on XBL or PSN. Worth every penny.
The first next gen (current gen now I guess) exclusive release in the Call of Duty franchise is arguably one of its best. Advanced Warfare is super fun, a great evolution of a long running series, and has Kevin Spacey. So I don’t know what else you need.
Another Bioware classic. Massive story, endlessly immersive, super fun, exciting, beautiful, and damn near perfect. Dragon Age: Inquisition is a benchmark game and one that will be very hard to top.
If you’d have told me that a Lord of the Rings game would be one of my favorite games of the year a few months ago I would have laughed in your face. Then I played Shadow of Mordor, and played it, and played it, and didn’t stop playing it. Its fun as hell, addicting, satisfying, and one of the biggest surprises of the year. I have so much fun playing this that it’s not surprising to notice I’ve lost hours to it. Great fun and a great way to experience Middle Earth in a dark and violent way.
Game of the Year
One of my favorite franchises hasn’t fared very well in the world of gaming. With the release of the disastrous Colonial Marines it seemed as if all hope for a decent game set in the Alien universe was lost. Enter, Alien: Isolation and the digital Alien universe has been saved. Tense, Scary, fun, Alien Isolation is one of, if not the, best games in the Alien franchise. It’s full of heart pumping tension, out of your seat scares, and takes a classic film and builds upon its lore almost flawlessly. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see what we get next.
That’s it guys! My favorite games of 2014. 2015 is sure to bring some great games as well so keep an eye out for our coverage and reviews from this years releases!
Coming soon, my favorite MOVIES!!
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.