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Feature: Games in Review for 2014

My Top 10 Games of 2014

Game of the year awards are dumb, so here’s mine:

10. Persona Q

One part Etrian Odyssey, one part Persona, all parts amazing JRPG action on your 3DS. There’s nothing about Persona Q not to love. I don’t have a lot more to really say about it other than if you’re a fan of JRPG’s at all, you really need to check this game out.

9. Transistor

The creators of Bastion hit their second game out of the park with Transistor. The sci-fi noir setting is beautifully complimented by it’s synthetic soundtrack and gorgeous art style. Together, it’s easy to get lost in the world. One of the things that struck me about the gameplay was the way the damage penalty forced you to try different combinations with your abilities, which in turn opened me up to new ways to play. I never really had a one combo that I stuck with because I was always reinventing them. It was a truly unique experience.

8. Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight isn’t just relying on a nostalgia kick to lure you in and take your money. It’s using classic game design and melding it with modern gameplay conventions to make for a truly unique experience that will satisfy 8-bit game lovers and modern game lovers alike.

7. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

I didn’t think Blizzard could top Mists of Pandaria in terms of the quality of their content, but it turns out I was wrong. Warlords brings with it a killer storyline, better dungeons, and the biggest reason ever to log into the game every day: garrisons. There’s so much to do, so many improvements to older systems (like professions), and so much to see that I think this is, without a doubt, the best expansion for Warcraft yet.

6. Smash Bros. for Wii U

Anybody who knows me probably won’t be surprised to find this on my list. I’m a huge fan of the Smash Bros. series. Not only is it a fantastic game, it’s a wonderful reflection over the past decade and beyond of Nintendo that reminds me why I love that company. Yeah, maybe it’s just Nostalgia Simulator 2014, but god damn if it isn’t one of the best looking games this year.

Everybody wants 60 frames per second and 1080p visuals on their new PS4 and XBOX One, but it’s sitting right here on last-gen level technology running without a hitch. It’s thanks to a solid artistic vision and technical know-how that this game looks better than almost anything I’ve played this year.

5. Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker

It may not have been the biggest game, but Captain Toad still filled a big hole in my gamer heart with color, laughter, and legitimately clever puzzles. I’ve spoken before about what this game means to me, so just suffice it to say that I have no qualms saying it’s one of the best games to have come out in 2014.

4. MarioKart 8

Until Smash Bros. came out, I hadn’t spent as much time with friends in any other games combined as I did with Mario Kart 8. And I still enjoy going back to it, especially thanks to the incredibly high-quality DLC they released in November. The absolutely gorgeous visuals, the gripping gameplay, and the amazing design of the tracks keeps you coming back. Battle-mode aside, which is the worst the series has ever seen, Mario Kart 8 stands well above it’s predecessors in a long line of pretty great games.

3. PT

I’m not sure whether putting this game on this list says something about me, the horror game wheelhouse at large, or the video game industry at general, but here it is. I’ve effectively nominated a movie trailer on YouTube for Best Picture at The Oscars in saying that PT, which literally stands for Playable Teaser, was one of the 10 best games last year.

PT was a great horror experience. You walk through the same hallway over and over again, slowly noticing subtle changes each time, and watching as things descend into madness. The atmosphere is top-notch compared to full-price horror games, relying more on mood and subtlety than jumps and loud noises. But most impressively, it got me excited for the first Silent Hill game in over 5 years, as it turns out this whole experiment was one big teaser for the upcoming Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro production, Silent Hills.

2. Bayonetta 2

Every bit as insane as the first game, and in most cases: more so. The smooth, yet chaotic combat returns with stunning visuals, a bonkers story, and even an interesting multi-player mode to check out. Character action game fans need to take note: this isn’t just one of the best games of the year, it is among the best in the entire genre.

1. Hearthstone

To clarify, this list isn’t me trying to rank the 10 best games, it’s just ten great games that came out this year that I played and that I want you to play. So while the previous nine weren’t ranked in any particular order, I did consciously put Hearthstone at number one for no other reason than because it’s the game that I really have loved the most and spent the most time with in 2014. Between the Naxxramus single-player content and the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion, I’ve had a stellar time with Blizzard’s free-to-play card game, and will continue to do so well into 2015.

There you have it, the ten best games that came out last year. If you have any you’d like to throw in, please feel free to do so in the comments. This is all in the spirit of getting people to play better games, and unfortunately I couldn’t play everything out there. But I’d love to see what other recommendations of games I should play that you have.

Persona News Blowout.

Persona News Hyper Mega Blast Body Slam Edition XY Gold Plus.

(There’s a lot of news with Persona stuff.)

Ga-reetings and welcome friends of all things Persona! If you were until now unaware, Atlus recently held a big bang blowout of a newsfest and gave us some delightful teasers for what we can expect from our favorite series within the next year. Keep in mind this is all announced as far as Atlus of Japan is concerned, and nothing has been promised to hop the ocean, but given the series’ international appeal, it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeingmost of this at some point! There’s a lot to go into so jumping right in seems best. Let’s start with probably the biggest teaser of them all, the next entry into the franchise: Persona 5!

Persona 5

Great little teaser. Nothing’s really revealed as all we see are some chairs with ball-and-chains around them and an Adult Swim style bump saying “You are slave. Want emancipation?” I don’t know what’s up with that, but my personal hope is that we’re growing up from high school to a sort of wage-slave job. There you are living the doldrums of your dead-end life when something Persona-y happens and sparks a crazy adventure that breaks you free and teaches you to move forward in life.

Or it’s more high school drama. I really don’t care either way, I want in.

The interesting thing is that we’re looking for Winter 2014 for a release date, and on PS4. So much like Persona 4 before it, they plan on holding for a year after the new console launches to put a game out on the old one. Not a bad idea, I mean more people have PS3’s than 4’s at this point. But more so, it’s cheaper. I’m honestly surprised this wasn’t coming out for Vita given the popularity of Persona 4: The Golden, but at the same time I’d bet we’ll see a re-release at some point.

Persona The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold

More update than sequel, like Street Fighter 2 Turbo rather than Street Fighter 3, this version of the incredibly good Persona 4: The Arena appears to be leaping from arcades to PS3. That means more fighting game goodness. The introduction of Yukari and Junpei from Persona 3 helps bolster the ranks. As does the addition of a new character, Sho Minazuki

Ultra Suplex Hold is a way better subtitle than “Turbo”

The game will also continue where the storyline from Persona 4: The Arena left off, so it can be considered a sequel in that regard. Who knows what craziness awaits, but between playable shadow versions of all the characters (which is more like a “B Mode” than an actual additional character), and all the new characters (including one Adachi if the trailer is hinting correctly!), this game is shaping to be tremendous on every level.

If you missed the original announcement for this in September, here ya go!

Persona Q: Shadows of The Labrynth

It turns out this is the game I’m most excited for, although I bet some of that has to do with the fact that Persona 5 had no footage and Persona Q is on the 3DS. This game boasts a gorgeous and adorable artstyle featuring the cast of Persona 3 and 4 having to fight something evil. It appears Tartarus is back, or something very similar has arrived, and along with it are all your favorites. At first I thought this would be some mini-game collection or a Mystery Dungeon style game, but taking a look at that trailer shows that the combat is almost identical to that of Personas 3 and 4.

Dat Austin Powers logo.

It seems weird to bring this out on 3DS when only Vita and PS2 owners have had a shot at the series. I wonder if there’s a reason why 3DS owners are getting this specifically, but as an owner of all the things, I am in no way, shape, or form bothered by this. I look forward to it, in fact!

Persona 4 Dance All Night

So. It’s a Persona 4 rhythm game. Two of my favorite things together rarely ends poorly so I’m down. I enjoy the look of the main characters Rise, Yu, and Kanami, who hardcore fans may recall was Rise’s rival in her social link. The art style and dance moves look gorgeous, and the music sounds superb, so while this seems like a bit of a ‘just for fun’ type of game, I’m all about it. We’ll hopefully see more on it later this year.

I can’t stop laughing at the English in this trailer. It’s so great.

So what do you think? Any of these you’re excited for? Running out to by a Vita so you can watch Yu Narukami dance for hours on end? Let me know what you think in the comments!