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Now it's time again to do a summary over this year in gaming. Every year is special and some will be remembered as amazing years and looked back on fondly while others will be quickly forgotten as mediocre or worse. 2014 for me was perhaps the weakest year in gaming with a never seen before low of interesting titles and the average quality of the games that I did play were much lower than in recent time. Hopefully 2015 will be much different!
The games i looked forward to the most this year were the following:
3. Sims 4
What game lived up the anticipation the best?
Transistor: After a very memorable game and experience in Bastion I had much hope that Transistor would be equally as good if not better but as always the danger of expecting much from a game is a lot of disappointment. That did however not happen with Transistor that not only lived up to my expectation but also above it. It got an amazing soundtrack in addition to great visuals and gameplay. The story and the characters in the game are exactly what I expected to find. Quality!
The largest disappointment
Sims 4: This year had not real disappointments like previous years so I've had to think differently this year to make up for that. Sims 4 is a decent game that offered a decent experience but it was very shallow compared to the previous installments and it really felt even more so due to Sims 3 having the benefit of many expansion packs filling it to the brim with content. Sims 4 lacked a lot of features that it badly need and therefore it's given the disappointment of this year!
Place 10 - 8
10. Plague Inc: Evolved - Had far more fun with this title than I expected that I would. The fun I had making humanity die from various diseases and the like is hard to really put to word. The frustration of falling short and having to come up with a new strategy to exterminate humanity is this games real strength!
9. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Unlike the vanilla Diablo 3 this game worked with me and the time spent in it felt worth it instead of like a waste and it was a much more enjoyable experience than Diablo 3 itself was. Blizzard took the criticism to heart and made a better game from it. This is what Diablo 3 should've been from the very start.
8. InFamous: Second Son - For being an early PS4 title InFamous: Second Son still felt like a good game and worth the time and money spent. A bit short and lacking in many elements are made up by fun gameplay and pretty visuals, it was a game that made my PS4 be used this year and that's not too common!
South Park: The Stick of Truth - The danger of licensed titles are well known by now so I went into this game with almost no expectations at all and for the longest time didn't think about getting this game but I did and I've not had any regrets about it. It's a very good game that felt true to South Park and just was overall a blast to play and a worthwhile investment that clearly made me want more of this, more of South Park!
7. Sims 4 - While the disappointment of this year it still managed ot be fun to play and beat out a couple of titles this year. It got potential to be a much better game and I advise people to wait and see if the developers managed to have the game fullfill that potential.
6. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor - A title that made me appreciate just how important I value good combat and gameplay in my games. The story and the characters are not worth speaking about but the gameplay can be mentioned a thousand times over. It's enjoyable and made better through the "Nemesis" system that the game has.
5. The Wolf Among Us - TellTale did it again and delievered another remarkable title that after a slow start managed to capture my interest for a long time and made me come to appreciate TellTale's approach to storytelling in another way now when they dealt with something else than the brilliant Walking Dead. Bigby is a great lead character and I look forward to more!
This years winner is Transistor! Not the largest surprise really considering just how amazing Bastion was in the soundtrack department and Transistor does the legacy justice with even more amazing soundtracks that really could be considered masterpieces. "The Spine", "Paper Boats" and many more soundtracks are common in my playlists. I can't say enough good about this soundtrack and hopefully more like Bastion and Transistor quality soundtracks are in the near future!
Most Impressive Aesthetic
Transistor is the worthy winner here. That game is so impressive in how it look that it would be a strong contender many of the last few years. The contrast between the colours used end up letting the player see things that really show that gaming is moving forward in terms of quality. Supergiant games know what they're doing and they do it so very well!
4. South Park: The Stick of Truth - As already mentioned at this point it felt true to South Park and not only that was a blast to play and made me want more delivered just like this game was.
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition - Bioware finally managed to deliver on a title after a few years of less than stellar games from the Canadian studio. Inquisition is a very good RPG that made the Dragon Age world feel more interesting than ever before. The game got amazing characters and soundtrack. The game look great on the Frostbite engine and hold a lot of promise that Bioware can do better with more experience with the engine. Future looks bright once more!
2. Transistor - A worthy successor to Bastion that entertained me just as much as Bastion did with it's great visuals, awesome soundtrack and solid gameplay. The story and characters made the world in Transistor very much worth the time spent in it and it's a title that I look forward to playing again in the future. Can't wait for what might come next!
Character of the Year
Dorian Pavus - Bioware really nailed Dorian with him being a mage from Tevinter and giving us completely new information on this nation that we've always heard so much about but never enough about. Dorian come with a fabulous personality, sarcastic and sassy jokes and never ever felt dull to be around. He also wear his facial hair like a boss which only make me approve of him even more. His personal story really touched me and made me understand much more the struggles some people go through in life and I've thanks to Dorian become a better and more understanding person. Dragon Age: Inqusition would be a much poorer game without Dorian and I just can't see my party without this amazing man!
Game of the year
The Walking Dead: Season 2 - This years winner is The Walking Dead: Season 2! 2014 was a very weak year and it's reflected in the fact that the winner of this year is the somewhat weaker second season of TellTale's "The Walking Dead" Now don't get me wrong this game is absolutely amazing and I was so pumped and happy to be playing as Clementine who is a character that I adore unlike any other at this date. She really is the star of The Walking Dead. The game was just like the previous season full of tension and hard choices and I can honestly today not say if I ever knew what I really were doing. TellTale did far better than I could hope for them to make me play as a child a worthwhile experience and I'm once again in their debt for making gaming a hobby that I can support with so much energy. I'm really excited for the future TellTale games and I really hope for more The Walking Dead and especially more Clementine. At this point I'm not sure if I can really play a Walking Dead game that doesn't have her in it.