Solh0und's best of the best of the 2014(including videos!)

Howdy folks! I'm a couple of days late and a few dollars shy of a 10 here but I figured I would share my list of my some top games I really liked and then some....

Solh0und's 11 to heaven

11. Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall: Director’s cut

While I didn’t say much about it here on the site, the original Shadowrun on the SNES holds a small piece of my childhood. I remember spending a great number of hours playing through the campaign just because I liked the setting. The genesis version however…..is another story. Anyhow, I really liked Shadowrun: Returns despite its flaws and go figure I would love its expansion. The fact that the game’s overall plot is way more likeable than its predecessor. The characters you meet (While not the deepest) and the fine-tuned gameplay, Dragonfall is a one of my favorite games of 2014.

10. Child of Light

While it wasn’t on my watch list until it was close to release, Child of Light was one of the purchases I am honestly glad I made. Ubi Art has always been a style that impressed me with Rayman Origins and Legends games and Child of Light was definitely stellar. With an great art style, innocent premise, and a party member than can’t rhyme to save their life, Child of Light is a great downloadable title.

9. Titanfall (Xbox 360)

Titanfall(or Tit-an-Fall) is a strange case for me. I had no immediate plans to buy a Xbox One and the minute that a 360 version was announced, I was….really skeptical. After finally getting a chance to play both versions, I can definite say it’s a fine port of a well-made first person shooter. If I had any gripe with it, I would say the game’s campaign should have been a much better experience.

8. Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax

Hey,you know when Street Fighter ll(or IV) became “Super”? Yeah, P4A did their version as well. Not only take a game that was already a solid fighting game and make it a great fighting game. 5 new fighters (excluding the 2 DLC fighters), an interesting mode that takes a few elements from the RPG games, and a brand new story makes Ultimax a great game. If only the online was more populated….

7. Wolfenstein: The New Order

Like Shadowrun, Wolfenstein has always around though my life growing up. The New Order has a lot going on as a game. Two different “timelines”, no TACKED-ON multiplayer, shooting that feels good, and stabbin’ Nazis in the face and neck.

6. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

A lot of people were skeptical about this one prior to release. Even my friends who liked the LOTR franchise. What can be said about Shadow of Mordor that hasn't been said already? Other than “You don’t have to be well versed in Tolkien lore”?

5. Dark Souls II

I personally liked Demon’s Souls and the first Dark Souls. I mean I’m no hardcore fan of it or anything but I found some enjoyment out of this one. I can’t put my finger on what I like about it so much but it just feels…..right.

4. Far Cry 4

Fitting how this game happens to be my fourth favorite, huh? The Far Cry franchise has always been something I dabbled in for some time. The first game was quite…..something (You’ll see my thoughts on a recent rerelease). The second was an interesting take on a different kind of game, Far Cry 3 was a solid mix of good shooting, good atmosphere, and a likeable antagonist. Far Cry 4 is more of that but instead of being on a tropical island, we’re out in the mountains this time with a more likeable villain! I just loved trampling people with Elephants.

3. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Inquisition takes a lot of steps in the right direction while tripping up in a few steps. I actually liked the cast this time around and the world feels more established and I DON’T HAVE TO PLAY MULTIPLAYER TO GET SOME KIND OF READINESS OF WAR FILLED UP FOR A GOOD ENDING.

2. Battlefield 4(PS4)

I couldn't even put the last-gen version on my list because it was just plain unplayable at times. I only upgraded to the PS4 version just so I had a starting game for my console. I've been playing it here and there with no issues to report and the ability to play with 64 players, the full size maps, and at a smooth 60 fps make this my most played game on PS4 by far.

Annnnnnd my #1 game is......

FOR THE GREATER GOOD!

1. Freedom Wars

My all-time favorite game of 2014. This game scratches the monster hunter itch that no other games like this can ever do. It has elements that I love dearly and a world that I can get behind. If you told me back in January that my favorite game of the year would be a portable one, I would have kicked you. Freedom Wars is my #1 game of 2014

Honorable Mentions:

Alien: Isolation

I didn't play enough of this just yet to sum up my feelings on it but I will spend some time with it very soon!

The Evil Within

See " Alien: Isolation" above

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

I wished I liked this more than I did so I could put this on the list but it missed the mark by a smidge. I honestly can't wait for The Phantom Pain and MGO 3!

Look here,Miss. You and I are gonna go places.

Transitior

I have played a small bit of the game and I can already tell I like it.....just not enough to add it to the top list.

Total Letdowns:

Watch_Dogs

It may have taken a girl two weeks to fall in love with a guy nut 4 hours is all it took for me for me to go " Yep....total letdown". From the boring story to the not so interesting side missions. Even the soundtrack to me wasn't that impressive. Part of me thinks that the numerous delays and playing other open world games inbetween this game's announcement and release day probably has me this way. Ubi did hint at possibly turning this into a possible franchise.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see how that turns out.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

I remember a friend of mine and myself having a small conversation about how long we would be playing entries in the Call of Duty franchise and I told him in complete honesty "Black Ops ll would be the last game I would buy in the series as I am getting plain tired of these now. Here we are in 2015 and I have played the last two games and was pretty disappointed in both. While Ghosts was way worse, Advanced Warfare just didn't wow me at all in the multiplayer department. From weapons just feeling under powered to the kill-streaks just not giving me the badass feeling like they did in the games of old. I DID like the single player though. Maximilian's review pretty much sums up the same feelings I have with the game so I'll include it here:

The sh!t-stick 2000 award:

Far Cry Classic

I really, really wanted to this to be awesome since Far Cry was an awesome game on the PC 11 years ago. BOY has this not aged well! They adding little things like modern day FPS sprinting, aiming down the sights. and even adding the tagging system from Far Cry 3 and 4. I should point out that this is the first downloadable game where I encountered numerous bugs including the game completely freezing on me during some levels.

Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this.

So What will I look forward to in 2015?

- I’m looking forward to moving into Nintendo territory and purchasing a 3DS XL and a decent Wii-U bundle just so I can play Bayo 2, Sm4sh, Fire Emblem, Xenoblade X, and the upcoming Legend of Zelda.

- The Witcher 3 sure looks pretty, doesn’t it? Despite it not releasing until May(Grrrrr....)

- Hopefully Dying Light will be something to write home about.

- BloooooodBoooooorne

- Whenever MGSV: the Phantom Pain releases.

- Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD will probably be anticipated in my eyes than XV will.

And that's all folks! Thanks for reading!

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