Game of the Year 2014 Day 2 of 3

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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

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

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Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney

Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright were finally coming together after years of success on Nintendo portables. The two popular Japanese adventure game franchises were supposed to form the formidable duo to tackle a mystery that required both their skillsets. The Professor and his investigative skills would gather evidence while the Ace Attorney would utilize said evidence in courtroom. I was hoping for seamless collaboration but instead there was a clash of styles that hurt the overall experience.

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LTTP: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Logo

LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

I didn’t jot down my thoughts on Professor Layton and the Last Specter but then again, there wasn’t much to report. It was a was a new trilogy that introduced some new characters and side activities but it didn’t further the series in any meaningful way. I enjoyed the story but coming from the finale of the last trilogy, it was a bit of a step down.

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Checkpoint: Anime Edition

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Checkpoint - Anime Edition

I used to watch anime — specifically the popular ones that made its way to North America. Since the mid-2000’s, I’ve only watched a couple of anime series including a fair amount of Bleach and the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

I enjoyed Bleach until the first wave of fillers came in and then it was unbearable and I essentially stopped watching anime.

It took popular anime inspired memes to pique my interest and look into The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya. After Bleach, I had strict rule for finite anime runs; no more 150 episode commitments only to end in disappointment. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya fit that bill and I enjoyed it.

Since then anime exposure has been infrequent. The most anime related things that I partook in were Persona 3 and 4 for the PlayStation 2. I enjoyed those role playing games very much.

 

If you count cutscenes, then you can count the Professor Layton games as well. They’re charming works that deserved to escape the confines of Nintendo handheld screens. So when they finally released the Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva feature film, I made sure to watch it. It was okay.

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