Top 5 must-buy video games in 2014

With the year coming to an end in three days, it is only tradition for gamers everywhere to ask themselves the question: what were the best video games of the year? I took the liberty to reflect and came up with this list of top five must buy video games of 2014.

Review by Brian Lee

I consider 2014 as the first year of what can be referred to as “current-gen” video games. The era of the Xbox 360 and PS3 is ending and a new epoch is beginning, with promising games showing up on not only the PS4 and Xbox One, but the Wii U as well.

Two players duke it out on the board as they play their best cards against each other. Courtesy of us.battle.net.

Two players duke it out on the board as they play their best cards against each other. Courtesy of us.battle.net.

5. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

While the game has been in open beta since late 2013, Hearthstone saw its official release back in March. Each battle is a one-on-one match between two opponents where players take turns to play cards from their hand, casting spells and summoning ‘minions’ to do battle on their behalf.  The players are represented by their chosen “hero”; an important character from Warcraft lore, which in also represents a particular “class” from World of Warcraft. These “classes” are important as they determine the special cards and unique hero power available to the players. At the beginning of each match, the hero starts off with 30 hit points, and if that number is reduced to zero, the hero is destroyed, and the controlling player loses the game. The game provides the players with hours of entertainment as there are a bunch of cards players can attempt to collect by completing tasks within the game. Players can also craft cards by destroying old ones, as well as purchase new ones through in-game money.

Look for it on your mobile devices as Hearthstone, initially released for the PC, made its way to both the Apple and Android store.

The player making their way through the carnage and chaos that is Sunset Overdrive. Courtesy of wired.com.

The player making their way through the carnage and chaos that is Sunset Overdrive. Courtesy of wired.com.

4. Sunset Overdrive

Next up is Sunset Overdrive, an open world third-person shooter comedy video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft for the Xbox One. Within the game, players navigate the open world metropolis Sunset City in the year 2027 which has been overrun by mutants called OD’s or Overcharge Drinkers. The game focuses on “agile combat” that has the players’ fight their way through the mutant hordes with skills including wall running, zip-lines, parkour, and acrobatics while at the same time equipping them with outrageous weaponry that can range from a rocket launcher that launches TNT filled teddy bears to a bowling ball launching mortar. Now doesn’t that just sound fun?

The crazy chaos that is 8-player smash. Courtesy of miiverse.nintendo.net.

The crazy chaos that is 8-player smash. Courtesy of miiverse.nintendo.net.

3. Super Smash Brothers for 3DS and Wii U

Like the rest of the series, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are non-traditional fighting games where players use attacks to weaken their opponents and knock them out of the arena. The game includes many crossovers and features many characters, items, music, and stages from various Nintendo and third-party franchises. Along with new characters, the game also introduces new features such as having up to eight players at a time on the Wii U and usage of Miis.

Along with this, Nintendo also released the Amiibos, which are figures of the playable characters that when connected on the Wii U gamepad will introduce a computer generated character that will learn and grow based on how real players play themselves! A little creepy, but a cool concept none the less. I just hope that this doesn’t turn into some type of weird underground digital cock-fighting.

Image courtesy of gamespot.com

Image courtesy of gamespot.com

2. Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor

Shadows of Mordor is an action-role playing game developed by Monolith Productions and was published by Warner Bro. Entertainment. The game is from the “Lord of the Ring” franchise and takes place between the events of “The Hobbit” and the trilogy. The players play as Talion as he starts his journey through Middle-earth by using the “Nemesis System,” a unique game mechanic which remembers the player’s interactions with characters in the game and adjusts their interactions with the player. Through this system, enemies can develop their own interactions with the players. For example, if a player chooses to burn an enemy, that enemy may show up again seeking revenge on Talion for now being disfigured. This paired along with the games action and sneak mechanics make a wonderful experience for players of all kind.

Image courtesy of origin.com

Image courtesy of origin.com

1. Dragon Age: Inquisition

The game that I feel gamers must buy before seeing off the year is Dragon Age: Inquisition, an action role playing game developed by BioWare, available for both current gen and old gen consoles.

The game takes many elements from both, Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, and fuses them in the game. Combat in the game plays very similar to the previous games with slight improvements. The game-play is very smooth and enjoyable, and the plot is even grander than before and provides the player with over 50 hours of dragon slaying and immerse dialogue. If this isn’t enough, the game also comes with a multi-player function where players can group online and tackle waves of enemies in hope of better loot for not only them, but their in-game party as well.

If you don’t agree with anything on my list, comment below and tell us what you believe are the must-buy games of 2014!

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