Well ladies and gents, I didn’t get to game as much as I would have liked to this year. I was plagued with a lot of money sinks — a back injury that put me out of work for two months mostly, but immediately after I had a trip to Seattle to attend PAX. PAX was great fun and I’ve never done anything like it but it definitely cut into my fun budget that would normally go to gaming. Since my budget is so low I typically play outdated games on the cheap — however, I did get to play a lot of games I really enjoyed that came out this year. Here are my picks for Game of the Year.
5. Titanfall (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
Titanfall wasn’t exactly what we all wanted it to be. When the game first came out it was to be “The COD Killer”, but it just didn’t pan out that way. However, Titanfall did make the game fun for everyone playing. You always feel like you’re contributing to the team and when you lose the game still isn’t over. There is a chance at escape. Titanfall brought forth a lot of cool things that are exciting and fun. Probably the best use of mech warfare in a game to date. It just didn’t seem to have the staying power we all hoped for. The game was innovative and a step forward, which is why it took a spot on my list. I for one will be interested in what they do for Titanfall 2.
4. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
I am a giant Pokemon nut. I love all of the main Pokemon games and Omega Ruby was no different. The main story wasn’t my favorite of all time, but it was interesting to play through and makes me want to play through Alpha Sapphire now because the games actually may feel different enough, though I know they wont be that much different. The real star of the show however, was The Delta Episode. It was short and sweet but exactly what a Pokemon endgame should be like: a cool epilogue introducing a story to actually make you want to continue past the main game. When you play Pokemon at a competitive level for as long as I have, going through the endgame to get the random legionaries doesn’t have the same certain something that it did when I was a kid. No one will be impressed by the Mewtwo I caught.
3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)
What can you say about Super Smash Bros. that hasn’t been said before? Like seriously, I don’t know. It just a great fun game and the Wii U version brought in some new cool stuff like bigger maps for 8-player battles. The 3DS version was more fun than I expected but some of the game modes did kind of lose their excitement — even so, playing against the computer and friends was always enjoyable for me. I’ve seen some lump the two games together but really they are totally different and should be treated as such, in fact I nearly put both on my top five!
2. WWE 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4)
First, I’d like to point out that current gen and last gen games are completely different for this game. I did not get to play the last gen version, nor do I wish to because of the current gen’s story mode. This one will look weird and I’m sure you won’t find it on any other list, but as a wrestling fan — and seeing how this is my list — I get to be biased. This game is so much like actual in-ring action that I was actually shocked by the game I was playing. This is, for the most part, the game I have been waiting for. Many outlets slammed the game for its minimal roster and slowed gameplay. But I think 2K tried to make a new game and they succeeded in many ways. The slowed down gameplay adds to the real wrestling feel. The HUD makes sense in terms of wrestling. The small roster is due to the current state of wrestling where they are actually low on stars. This could be supplemented with DLC in the future, and I hope they do that, maybe add some throwback characters because of the actual roster being even smaller than what is offered in the game. I hope to see improvements on its very few shortcomings in the future, but I love this game and it is fighting for my favorite wrestling game of all time (WWF No Mercy).
1. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (PC, iOS, Android)
Hearthstone took a really hard medium to master and did it. Card games in general have a hard time trying to succeed, but making an online version is even harder. Taking a card game from nothing and building it into one of the best card games played online is incredible. I was hooked from day one. I took a brief hiatus but then I had friends join the fray, and now I’m more into Hearthstone than any other game. It is such an easy game to pick up and play either competitively or casually — they did a good job grabbing at all audiences with their fun animations and voice work. In fact, Hearthstone the only game I play on a daily basis.
That’s my list of nominees of 2014, and I’m positive no other list will look like it. I hope that this article gives you a bit of insight on what kind of guy I am and that maybe you take one of these games you wouldn’t have normally tried and give it a whirl. Let me know on Twitter @elfizz if you want to discuss my list or leave a comment down below. Thanks for being a fan of APGNation in 2014 and here’s to a better APGNation in 2015!