Games I Finished in 2014

Arranged in the order I beat them. At the end of the year, I will rank them from best to worst.

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  • 5/5

    The best cast of characters in any video game, ever. Every moment in this game serves to build the characters' personalities and the relationships between all of them. Any game trying to build believable and interesting characters needs to learn from Persona 4 Golden.

  • 5/5

    My new favorite Blizzard game of all time. I've always been interested in CCGs, but have never played them because they always seemed to have such a huge barrier to entry. Leave it to Blizzard to make something accessible, fun, and deep all at the same time.

  • 5/5

    At first blush, VLR's story seems to be a little too similar to 999's story. But as the plot evolves, VLR does a fantastic job of creating its own unique story while not forgetting its predecessor. I just sincerely hope that a third one will come out to tie up all the loose ends.

  • 5/5

    I've never played a Devil May Cry game before, so thankfully I didn't come into this game with preconceptions like "DANTE'S HAIR IS SO STUPID!" Rather, I was blown away by the amazing combat and stylish gameplay. Ninja Theory continues to be one of my favorite developers.

  • 5/5

    As an Asian-American, Sleeping Dogs has a special place in my heart. It also doesn't hurt that the game is damn fun too.

  • 5/5

    I love tower defense games, and Kingdom Rush is king in the genre.

  • 5/5

    I thought the story tried to be a little too esoteric and mysterious for its own good, but I thoroughly enjoyed the in-depth strategy gameplay. The game became more engaging as it got harder. Also, Transistor has the honor of being my first platinum trophy.

  • 4/5

    Insane story of Metal Gear + stylish action of Platinum = love.

  • 4/5

    The new loot system made Reaper of Souls a ton of fun to play. And as someone who usually plays the warrior/barbarian class in these kind of games, Reaper of Souls made me realize that other classes are usually more interesting.

  • 4/5

    Although I've followed the FGC for years, I haven't played SF4 since Super. But after finally getting my first arcade stick this year, I've gotten deep into Ultra. Now if only I could consistently do my one-frame Rose BnB combo...Gotta get back in the lab and practice my plinking.

  • 4/5

    Yo, it's Uncharted. And I like Uncharted.

  • 4/5

    Steam says I put in 72 hours in Dragon Age. I also started this game back in 2010. So that's about 18 hours per year. At least I finally finished it!

  • 4/5

    Making the origami while the game was installing was one of my favorite gaming moments in 2014.

  • 4/5

    You teach me and I'll teach you!

  • 4/5

    I still haven't beaten this game yet because the last few puzzles are way too hard.

  • 4/5

    It's astounding how excellent the fan translation for this game is. This is also the only Ace Attorney game in which every single case in the game relates to one another, creating a cohesive storyline that continues in every case. I believe this connects all of the cases in a more effective way, and I hope all future Ace Attorney games do this.

  • 4/5

    I have no nostalgia for the classic adventures games of yesteryear, but the stunning visuals and creative story of Broken Age were great on their own right.

  • 4/5

    Like every other Tales games, the gameplay was fantastic, but the story ended up being just ridiculous nonsense by the end. At least the writing wasn't cringeworthy like it was in Tales of Graces.

  • 4/5

    I played this before Phoenix Wright vs. Professor Layton just to get a feel for the Layton world and characters. I absolutely love puzzles and riddles, so this was right up my alley.

  • 4/5

    Without a doubt the best controls and gameplay of any Metal Gear Solid. I can't wait for the Phantom Pain.

  • 4/5

    I play these games mainly for the story, but with my newfangled arcade stick, I ended up liking the actual fighting just as much as the story mode.

  • 4/5

    What a ridiculous, hilarious, insane game. The constant non sequiturs got a little tiresome by the end though. Good thing it's only about 2 hours.

  • 4/5

    Vaas is such a great character. I wish I had a powerful PC to play this on because playing on the PS3 is definitely not the best way to experience Far Cry 3.

  • 4/5

    Bravely Default was so close to being a 3/5. The second half of the game absolutely sucked. It would have been an easy call, but the excellent first half makes up for its shortcomings.

  • 3/5

    The way the story ends is fantastic, but that doesn't salvage this promising combination of two of gaming's greatest detectives from feeling a bit haphazardly thrown together.

  • 3/5

    I don't think Unity is as bad as everyone says, but this is the first Assassin's Creed game in which I haven't done all the side missions, synchronized all the viewpoints, etc. As a huge Assassin's Creed fan, I guess that speaks volumes.

  • 3/5

    I couldn't even beat the last boss because it was too hard. I either needed to play co-op, or grind to upgrade my weapons. No thank you!

  • 3/5

    I played this game furiously for about a week, and then I completely stopped. I didn't even hit the max level. I don't really know why.

  • 3/5

    There's only one thing that sticks out to me about this game: the unusually brown color palette. I expect Tales games to be really colorful and vibrant, so that particular aspect stood out to me.

  • 3/5

    I thought this game got unnecessarily hard near the end. In a loot game like this, it's all about upgrading your gear to make you feel more powerful, and I don't think Torchlight II did a good job of that.

  • 3/5

    I didn't get attached to the characters as I thought I would, and the shooting is just way too painfully mediocre.

  • 2/5

    Coming into this game constantly hearing about how it's a PS2 classic colored my expectations the wrong way. The combat is awful, and the controls have not aged well.

  • 2/5

    I remember David Jaffe calling this his Game of the Year the year it came out. And now, as I try to remember this game at the end of the year, I'm drawing a blank. The only thing I remember is that it's wonderfully weird. Oh, and the fact that I felt a little ripped off after playing it.