Chris’s Top Five Games of 2014

Chris IconA lot of games came out in 2014 and a lot of them didn’t do much for me. Some of the larger AAA developers advertised games we thought would blow us away but didn’t even come close to impressing while smaller companies continued to release indie games on the PC that I found myself enjoying much more.

But while I spent most of 2014 continuing to play Arena Nets Guild Wars 2 and exploring the new world of Hinterland Studio’s The Long Dark, there were still great new stuff from Bioware and Telltale that made the year still worth a damn.

“Chris’s Top 5 Games of 2014”
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5. ThiefThief

Many people didn’t care for this game saying it was dumbed down, and for sure it was, but as a fun stealth game it still works. It was a blast being a master thief again and stealing what I wanted. The story wasn’t anything special and the last boss fight was ridiculous, but sticking to the shadows, planning your next attack and seeing how the enemy A.I reacts to things you do in the world all combined nicely and made me wanting to play this game when I was anywhere but my computer. The game has its issues with bugs average graphics and sound but the fun factor kept me coming back.

4. Dragon Age: InquisitionInquisition

First off Inquisitions graphics are amazing. I just love loading into this game and finding a mountain top and looking down into a valley below and just staring. The gameplay is good too and the missions are alright, but the lack of real personal investment with my character is damaging in my opinion. This game looks good, it sounds good and it plays good. It features good fighting animations and good music too. But even with all of this I still just couldn’t sit down and play the game for long periods of time. Inquisition is definitely a great game, but some issues with combat, story and a lack of connection with your created hero holds it back.

3. Shadowrun: DragonfallShadowru

One of the last games I played in 2014 and also one of the best. The graphics are horrible, the music is bland and the UI could use some tightening, but while looking at the game you wouldn’t think it is anything special, its the gameplay, the choices, and the create a character that will pull you in and keep you around. The gameplay just makes you want to play the game and overlook any small problems you may have. The intelligent story and the deep combat should please any hardcore role-player. Divinity may be the PC RPG everyone was talking about in 2014, but Dragonfall is the better game.

2. Middle Earth: Shadow of MordorMiddle Earth

One of my favorite games of last year was Assassins Creed IV Black Flag and this year the game that scratched that itch was Middle Earth. Now Mordor didn’t have boats but what it did give you was great combat, easy maneuverability, beautiful landscapes and a new system that made enemy encounters and boss fights some of the most memorable moments of the year. I loved every minute of playing this game and eagerly await a sequel.

1. The Wolf Among Us

Wolf Among UsThis game was just fun from start to finish. I loved the lore, the graphics and the story. Everything was well paced and I loved every decision I was forced to make while playing as Bigby Wolf. I rarely remember most characters in a game but I remember each and every character, both big and small, that I ran into in this one because they made that much of an impression on me. Telltale blew people away with The Walking Dead, but since zombies don’t do much for me, I skipped that one. But badass fairytales in a gritty New York? I was hooked from the very beginning, as I believe most who give this game a try would be.

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Chris is a contributing writer to Counter Attack and a co-host on the podcast CA! Radio. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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