Top Action Games of 2014

We'd seen a resurgence in action heroes over recent years, with the likes of Sly Stallone and Arnie coming back to our cinema screens, and other screen verterns like Liam Neeson carving out new careers as no nonsense hard men.

No franchise proved this more than Stallone's own Expendables, which through together a load of ageing muscle men and watched the money roll in. Sadly the third film proved to be a damp squib, but thankfully there was plenty of action to be had in the video games industry in 2014.

inFamous: Second Son brought a whole lot of visual wonderment to PS4 early in the year, showing all doubters exactly what the new console was capable of. Meanwhile on Xbox One Titanfall proved it was possible to do something a little different in the FPS space.

Watch Dogs also impressed, even if the game didn't quite live up to the early hype publisher Ubisoft did so well to create. And don't forget GTA 5 which launched for PS4 and Xbox One, making a wonderful game even better thanks to a host of visual enhancements.

  • 30.

    Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel Review

    Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel

    Unless you’re in the market for a couple of cool new weapons, Fallen Angel does little to justify the price tag. Over in just shy of an hour, the second Untold Stories episode follows a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One

  • 29.

    Platformines Review

    Platformines

    A promising concept that hits one mediocre note then just stops. Well that's a shame. For a moment, Platformines looked like the next indie... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 28.

    Guardians Of The Galaxy: The Universal Weapon Review

    Guardians Of The Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy is an okay mobile game. And that sentence is as exciting as the game itself… Guardians Of The Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an interesting mobile... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 27.

    Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review

    Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation

    Fans of the franchise will enjoy building out the mythology and exploring the world, but this Creed is still too flawed. One for Creed completionists more than anyone else, Liberation's HD makeover... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PS Vita

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    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

    A huge disappointment, given the obvious potential. Always beautiful, sometimes spectacular, yet often uninspired and in some... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 25.

    LEGO The Hobbit Review

    LEGO The Hobbit

    After the impressive voice acting and general spectacle of the main adventure starts to fade, you’re left with an altogether dull world in which to roam. It's another Lego game! Beyond a new setting and some minor tweaks, it's the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Wii U,Nintendo 3DS,PS Vita

  • 24.

    Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Review

    Sleeping Dogs

    As a package this is as feature-complete as you could want, but it's a long way from the version it could have been. As far as titles go, "Sleeping Dogs: The Definitive Edition" is rather... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Sunset Overdrive Review

    Sunset Overdrive

    Sunset Overdrive has some excellent ideas, but its triumphs are sadly suffocated beneath ultra-repetitive mission design and unsatisfying enemy encounters. For most of the time you're playing it, Sunset Overdrive is insistent on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One

  • 22.

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review

    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

    A complex and enjoyable JRPG, if not a brilliant one. Lightning returns, fixing some of the XIII series' problems in the process... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    The Last of Us: Left Behind Review

    The Last of Us: Left Behind

    An enjoyable intriguing piece of DLC that doesn't add much to the almighty experience that was The Last Of Us. If the conversations I've had are indicative of gamers as a whole, no one is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PlayStation 3

  • 20.

    inFamous: Second Son Review

    inFamous: Second Son

    Second Son rations the good stuff, giving too little too late. InFamous: Second Son is dull. Sometimes, it's arduous. At almost all times,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart Review

    Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart

    The fundamentals are beginning to tire, but this is surprisingly decent DLC. As news of Batman: Arkham Knight lights up message boards, Twitter feeds and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 18.

    Kirby Triple Deluxe Review

    Kirby Triple Deluxe

    Another decent series entry, with smart levels, puzzles and unlockables that’ll keep the Kirby Hardcore happy. Kirby: Triple Deluxe isn't going to be the type of game that people go crazy... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 17.

    Watch Dogs Review

    Watch Dogs

    Undoubtedly enjoyable, but it won't linger long in the memory. Neither the tragic failure some expected nor the introduction to a 'proper'... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    State of Decay: Lifeline Review

    State of Decay: Lifeline

    Turns out it’s a lot of fun to play soldiers at the end of the world. Dropping you into a proper city, Lifeline immediately grants all the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PC

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    inFamous: First Light Review

    inFamous: First Light

    First Light is Second Son with most of the fat trimmed, making it ideal for newcomers. This stand-alone prequel expansion (I know that doesn't make sense) tells... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    Hyrule Warriors Review

    Hyrule Warriors

    Hyrule Warriors is fun, pays decent fan service, and uses the Dynasty Warriors template well. If you know what Dynasty Warriors is about (bash out combos in an attempt to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS,Wii U

  • 13.

    Skylanders: Trap Team Review

    Skylanders: Trap Team

    Activision's toys-to-life series is still wonderfully entertaining, but Trap Team's relentless encouragement to buy new toys can be draining on your enthusiasm – and your wallet. As much as I try and tell myself otherwise, it is a kids game, and if you're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,Wii U,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Nintendo 3DS,Wii

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    Assassin's Creed: Rogue Review

    Assassin's Creed: Rogue

    Being more of an epilogue than a sequel, Rogue falls short of delivering a full-fat experience. Generalisations incoming: It seems that there are two types of Assassin's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360,PlayStation 4,Xbox One

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    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Review

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

    A pleasant return to old-fashioned tomb raiding. Fan of Tomb Raider games where you actually raid tombs rather than perform... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review

    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

    A great game made better thanks to a lovely lick of paint. Tomb Raider remains a very good game. It was one when it was released early... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PlayStation 4

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    Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King Review

    Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King

    A great amount of content, if a little unbalanced and with a high entry barrier. Crown of the Sunken King fits right into Dark Souls 2: it's infuriating,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Dead Rising 3 Review

    Dead Rising 3

    A better version of an already good game, Dead Rising 3 on PC is as close to the game's reveal trailer as we'll get. Editor's Note: Below is an overview of the PC-specific graphics and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One

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    Assassin's Creed Unity Review

    Assassin's Creed Unity

    Unity may have the intention of being Assassin’s Creed’s next-gen reinvention, but it’s remarkably faithful to its roots. Sometimes you have to look back before you move forward. Unity may have the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

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    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    LEGO Batman 3 starts slow and then gets a lot better, and then overwhelms with so much content it's hard to be disappointed. I don't think I've ever played a game so clearly made with hardcore fans in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Wii U,Nintendo 3DS,PS Vita

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    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Geometry Wars 3 makes big changes, but retains the excellent core gameplay and delivers another addictive blaster. I stuck my middle finger up at my TV within five minutes of playing Geometry... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    A triumph of emergent gameplay, slightly let down by a heavily scripted ending. Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,Xbox One,PC,PlayStation 4

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    Bayonetta 2 Review

    Bayonetta 2

    Bayonetta 2 is a system seller. It's a Nintendo-published game that is rarely seen, and a game that will legitimately make non-Wii U owners jealous. I don't think I enjoy Bayonetta, and its sequel, for the reasons gaming's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Nintendo Switch

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    Dark Souls 2 Review

    Dark Souls 2

    A refined, slicker version of one of the greatest video games ever made. Dark Souls. That's the really hard one, right? Sure, but the difficulty is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

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    Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of GTA 5... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PlayStation 5,PlayStation 4