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John Carpenter's Top 5 Games of 2014

The Horror Master graces us with his presence once more to briefly discuss his favorite games of the year.

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Remember last year when we somehow duped John Carpenter, the director of movies like The Thing, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness to write us a top 10 (or, well, to be more accurate, top six) list of his favorite video games? That was pretty cool. Sure, it was a sparse list, but considering we never expected him to reply at all, we weren't complaining.

This year, we decided to try our luck again, and see if The Horror Master himself had more games he wanted to list out and talk about. Lo and behold, he replied. If this year's list is any indication, next year's list will probably just be one Ubisoft game followed by a signature. And we'd totally publish that, too.

Here is John Carpenter's list of his top five games of 2014, presented in unedited form.

Top video games of 2014.

1) ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY

2) FAR CRY 4 (despite loading screen issues)

3) THE EVIL WITHIN

4) BORDERLANDS THE PRE SEQUEL

5) MURDERED

JOHN CARPENTER

Once again, we offer our thanks to Mr. Carpenter for participating.

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Glad to see he still responded

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Edited By Nightriff • 

Once again I hope it just isn't some random dude playing with you Patrick pretending to be him.

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John Carpenter has an odd affinity towards Borderlands that I wouldn't have expected

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Edited By VierasTalo • 

I like how #5 is just MURDERED

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I think he means Murdered: Soul Suspect.

It's always interesting to see what games he liked in the year. It's always completely unexpected- much like his movies in a way.

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physicalscience • 

I would totally play all the borderlands with john carpenter. Also he is from my home town which is crazy

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Edited By GalacticPunt • 

Alright Hollywood producers, throw him a couple million and have him make a movie called "John Carpenter's Murdered"

Easy profit.

Also, he dropped he's dropping a fucking sweet album of new instrumentals this next year. Check it out!

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Edited By Dynamix • 

JC must've really hated those loading screen issues.

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John Carpenter is a man of few words, but at least someone enjoyed Assassin's Creed this year!

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Well argued, Mr. Carpenter. Well argued.

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Someone knows 24fps is the best fps...

Joking aside I also liked Unity.

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This list is scary for many reasons. I just hope this doesn't mean these are the only games he's played this year >,<

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Edited By GalacticPunt • 
Terror comes home to your console!  John Carpenter's Unity!
Terror comes home to your console! John Carpenter's Unity!

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Murdered: Soul Suspect.

Well, each to his own I suppose...

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I think I may disagree with Alex's point of it being more interesting to hear how a top games of the year list are reached, in this case.

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Edited By Krataur • 

Now I can ask people, Q: what do John Carpenter and I have in common?

A: We both have AC Unity as our favorite games of 2014.

And we're likely the only ones.

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Yeah Murdered: Soul Suspect. John Carpenter knows a thing or two about a thing or two.

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Edited By viking_funeral • 

Huh. Did not expect Unity to top a list. Destiny, maybe, but not Unity.

Nor did I expect the return of Mr. Carpenter. Good on him... I think.

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Finally some recognition for Evil Within. It's an incredible experience.

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John Carpenter is Giant Bombs answer to 'yep' and 'nope'.

I see the Far Cry 4 loading issues came with an uncharacteristic rant. I've noticed it too, at times. It does take a bit long, even on PC.

John carpenter is a trip, an icon of personal history for me. My wife when she was alive loved his movies, also.

Edit, definitely will check out Vortex.

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@nightriff: It would have to be the same guy running his Twitter account, I can recall him tweeting about playing both Borderlands and Far Cry in the last few months.

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Edited By MannyMAR • 

You can't hate a man who gets straight to the point. Love this guy's movies. I'm surprised he sends a list, but I guess he digs the notion that someone wants his opinion on something outside of movies.

I must admit Far Cry 4 is probably my 2nd favorite FPS this year behind Wolfenstein: New Order. My guess for his AC: Unity pick has to be for the tech side of it. When it works at least.

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I knew Evil Within would end up on his list. Classic Johnny Carp.

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Thankfully he's not tired of us yet.

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Edited By NTM • 

I like how you mention those films, when his most popular film and probably well recognized is Halloween (my favorite is The Thing, but Halloween is the one I think deserves the most recognition, even though it's not my kind of movie.) As for the list... Hm. I wonder if he played Alien Isolation.

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John Carpenter loves him some videogames. The annual JC list continues!

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Glad to see Murdered: Soul Suspect on this list. That game looked like it had a lot of problems (a lot!) but its heart was in the right place.

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I thought Unity was great, never had any problems with it performance wise... I guess that is what you get when you have a good PC and not a console running at at 15FPS....

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We need Uwe Boll next year, while Carpenter is a man of few words, Uwe likes to ramble on forever.

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Yes! The Horror master loves The Evil Within!

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Aw shit, JOHN CARPENTER came 6th? Man.

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hehe, his top 2 from this year are basically upgrades from last year (FC3 to FC4 and AC IV to AC U)

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Murdered huh? Well okay then.

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That's a John Carpenter list alright! Surprised by his No.1, but the others are in line with what I was expecting. Still waiting for the inevitable PS4/XB1 port for The Pre-Sequel.

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And the question of whether or not Kurt Russell is an online gamer will go back to being a mystery for one more year.

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Doesn't matter if the Bomb Crew are lame-oes about Borderlands, John Carpenter knows what's up.

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hehe, his top 2 from this year are basically upgrades from last year (FC3 to FC4 and AC IV to AC U)

Unity changed a lot of stuff from 4. Most of it was for the worse but it was significantly different.

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Cool. So apparently it was me and John Carpenter who liked Unity. I'll take it. That game's pretty good.

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I'm not even sure what to say to this list. At least Murdered is in all caps.

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I'm sure Danganronpa 2 is a close #6 for him

@spiritof said:

And the question of whether or not Kurt Russell is an online gamer will go back to being a mystery for one more year.

I bet he has a pretty sick Claptrap build