2014 was a weird year for gaming. With the PS4 and Xbox One coming out, it was definitely a transitional year as developers figured out what to do to shift gears to the new hardware. As I stated previously, much of the focus of the new systems have been on Multiplayer, which I am not a fan of. Thus, I was left out of the loop with many of the 'triple A' games this past year. Also, more big budget games were released broken in 2014 than in any other year in recent memory. Things were looking dire indeed.
But indies came to the rescue.
While I had no interest in Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive (which I think look positively horrid) and yet another Assassin's Creed game, I dove into the wonderful world of Indies. I only have two games on my list this year - because I only LOVED two games. I played a lot, but these games stuck with me.
GAME OF THE YEAR: SHOVEL KNIGHT
With fantastic gameplay, excellent visuals and an absolutely amazing soundtrack (listen to Mole Knight's stage. It's freakin' awesome! -->
and an unexpectedly touching story, Shovel Knight is the leader by far. Nothing even comes close. FANTASTIC game. If you haven't played it and you're a fan of platformers (or good games in general) definitely check it out. Much love for Shovel Knight!
RUNNER UP: FENIX RAGE
Fenix Rage is an absolutely fantastic precision platformer that didn't get a lot of love from gaming culture upon its release, but I absolutely adore the way it plays. The controls are tight and responsive and it's just a thrill to play. According to Steam, I've put in over 80 hours into Fenix Rage - and I'm ready to put in another 80. While it does run out of ideas/mechanics and starts to feel repetitive towards the end, it's still super fun to play and has become my go-to 'chill and unwind' game. Much love for Fenix Rage as well.
And that's it. 2014 was a strange year - but there was still goodness to be found in it. Here's to more awesome games in 2015!
SIDE NOTE: I have no desire to get either PS4 or Xbox One, but the Xbox is getting Ori and the Blind Forest - which looks *amazing*.
I'm not buying a system for one game, though. If I would, I would've bought the WiiU to play Bayonetta 2 (which I'm still bummed I can't play. LOL)
Much love, y'all. Happy New Year and Happy 2015!!