Top 5 Tuesday: My Favorite Video Games of 2014

OK, I should preface this by saying that I don’t own a PS3 or PS4 so no PS exclusives will be on this list. Know that I have nothing against Sony, it’s just that I haven’t played any of those games. Now with that said, I should also mention that I’ve grown sick of the typical FPS, so don’t expect that on my list. So, let’s start the countdown.

5. Prison Architect

While this game hasn’t gotten past Alpha, and has been in Alpha for a long time, I’d still include it in this list because it is friggen fun. There are quite a few bugs, but the bones of the game are quite good. I’ve had a lot of fun playing it and I was lucky enough to get it at a good price. The game is bound to get better once it is fully completed.

4. Destiny

Destiny_box_artDestiny is very much a typical fps, but the range of futuristic weapons and powers makes it differ greatly than the usual bunch. There were quite a few problems with the game, it constantly losing connection to servers being one of them. Another issue is the game’s weak story that goes out with a whisper and the rich backstory that is barely mentioned in game. Despite all those cons, there’s just something inherently fun about the game. Jumping really high, shooting the enemy’s and having Peter Dinklage talk to you are possibly all good reasons for that being the case, I’m not 100% sure. All I know is that it was fun to play and has a solid amount of replay value.

3. NBA 2k15

Despite the server issues with this game, as well as Destiny, NBA 2k15 proved quite plainly that it was the best sports game of this year. Updated graphics, a rich story to the MyPlayer mode and an occasionally entertaining MyPark mode make this version better than the previous and better than its competitor. I’ve heard the FIFA game was also really good, but I haven’t had the chance to play it in many years, so I have no idea what to expect when I do play it.

2. Sunset Overdrive

This might have been the biggest surprise of the year. I had little expectations when it came to this game, but with the over the top violence and unique sense of humor, Sunset Overdrive captivated me with its story and characters, making me laugh harder than any game in recent memory. It had the perfect release date and makes me so happy that I purchased it on its release. This is a must play for Xbox One owners, especially fans of the zombie franchise, though it’s not really a straight up zombie game.

Dragon_Age_Inquisition_BoxArt1. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Hands down the best game that I’ve played all year. A rich story line kept me playing for 90+ hours. Interesting characters made me crave more and more interactions, which the game provided. Funny at times, sad at others. This game was so damn good I can’t even finish sentences right. Despite my first impressions of Dragon Age II being positive, the game had little replay value and second and third playthroughs made me realize it was a weak game. The same can’t be said for Inquisition as parts of the game are better after playing through once before. Playing as a different race or gender makes the game feel new and one of a kind. I can’t wait for DLC because I know that I will eat up another chunk of my days playing it. Bioware really impressed me with this one.