Game of the Year 2014 Day 2 of 3

There were plenty of disappointments in 2014. On the flip side, there were some genuine surprises for me as well. Kart racers, space shooters, Seattle and sports titles make their way into this year’s awards.

Most Disappointing Game of 2014

Winner: Destiny

Destiny PS4 Box Art

I’ve said my piece on Destiny, so I won’t repeat it again. Instead I’ll point you to towards Jeff Gerstmann’s excellent rant which echoes my sentiment.

If only I didn’t buy a digital copy…

Runner ups: inFamous: Second Son, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Most of Surprising Game of 2014

Winner: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 Box Art

I have to stress, this is a personal list and not one that reflects “the industry” per se. So yes, Mario Kart 8 was the most surprising game of 2014 for me. I tried to enjoy Mario Kart throughout its many iterations but none of them ever clicked with me. But I was drawn to Mario Kart 8 after its E3 2013 trailer and decided to roll the dice on it. I wasn’t disappointed whatsoever. What a fun a game despite the Blue Shell’s bullshittery.

Runner ups: FIFA 15, Hitman Go

Checkpoint: Just One PS4 Game Edition

Checkpoint - Just One PS4 Game Edition

I just got back from trading in inFamous: Second Son leaving me with only one PlayStation 4 game, Battlefield 4. (My brother has his copy Call of Duty: Ghosts but let’s just consider that gone).

I’ve played Mercenary Kings, Outlast, Resogun and a tiny bit of Don’t Starve: Console Edition but for me, the PlayStation 4 is pretty much a wasteland at the moment.

Watch_Dogs doesn’t appeal to me above $20. I’m waiting for Rayman: Legends to hit the same price point as well. The only other disc based title that appeals to me is Wolfenstein: The New Order.

This kind of drought was to be expected and thankfully DICE made Battlefield 4 playable because without it, I don’t know what my PlayStation 4 would be used for. It’s not even my go to Netflix or Blu-ray machine — that honor goes to the PlayStation 3.

Thankfully E3 2014 is just over a week away.

I wish I could muster the will to play and finish Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It’s not clicking with me. I keep blaming the fact that I have to use the Wii U Gamepad to play it but I don’t think that’s the only reason. The same criticisms I had with Donkey Kong Country Returns could be levied here.


inFamous: Second Son Review

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inFamous Second Son Logo

Year one of a console generation is essentially a write off and I hope that this generation is the last one with this kind of ramp up. Sucker Punch’s inFamous was an eye opening title for me and the sequel expanded many of their original ideas. InFamous: Second Son felt like a reboot for the franchise. There were core elements that were brought over from the PlayStation 3 games, however most of the ancillary niceties were no where to be found.

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PlayStation 4 launches on Nov. 15

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Well it is official, the PlayStation 4 will debut on November 15, 2013.

The date isn’t a surprise. Everyone knows consoles debut before Black Friday and this year, that means before November 29th.

This year’s Gamescom was chock full news for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Let’s start with Microsoft’s announcements:

Microsoft confirmed over 20 launch games but no launch date. I presume they were waiting for Sony to make their move before committing to a date of their own.

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