Top Games of 2014

2014 saw the PlayStation 4 take a commanding league the next-gen console war, with the Xbox One struggling to compete with a console that is more powerful and cheaper. It was also the year in which Microsoft bungled an announcement that the next Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, would be exclusive to Xbox platforms. The ambiguity over whether or not it would ever come to other platforms poured cold water over the announcement and left many gamers fuming.

In terms of releases we saw plenty of high profile games slip from their planned 2014 release dates, with big hitters such as Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield: Hardline and Evolve all now due in what should be a busy 2015. So, of the games that did manage to arrive in 2014, which are the best? Is a remaster the best of the year, or perhaps a collection of classic Xbox games starring a green-suited warrior? Read on to find out.

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  • 30.

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Mixing futuristic tech with established fundamentals, Sledgehammer has created the first truly impressive Call of Duty in years. Note: This week Activision held a review event for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. VideoGamer.com... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 29.

    PES 2015

    A superb football game held back by a frustrating flaw in its passing game, this is the best football title on new-gen. But it could have been the best of all-time. PES 2015, like Gazza in Euro 96, is inches away from greatness.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

  • 28.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition

    A worthy addition to the Dragon Age series, but it takes some time to prove it. Dragon Age: Inquisition had me worried. As soon as the prologue wrapped up and my newly-made character had been branded the saviour of the entire... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 27.

    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 intention of being Assassin's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

  • 26.

    Far Cry 4

    Evolution rather than revolution, and better for it, Far Cry 4 is the best the series has to offer. A Far Cry 3: Brotherhood of sorts, the latest Open World Ubisoft Game (this one is the Iconic Himalayan Edition, for reference)... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 25.

    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 mind. Not only is LEGO... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 24.

    Pokemon Omega Ruby

    Why feeling largely familiar, Omega Ruby still offers a solid game of Pokémon with addictive online trading functionality to keep players obsessively catching 'em all. "Hey! I'm not weird or anything" says an elderly gentleman... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 23.

    LittleBigPlanet 3

    LBP3 reaches new highs for the series by delivering some of the best levels and gameplay yet seen, but also disappoints with a fleeting campaign. LittleBigPlanet is a strange beast. I've now finished six games starring Sony's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, PS3

  • 22.

    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 Wars 3. It was a moment of elation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 21.

    Nidhogg

    One of the best local multiplayer games I've played in years. Bushido Blade by way of Prince of Persia, Nidhogg is one of the best local multiplayer games I've played in years. Its surreal looks and beautiful animation are... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 20.

    Shadow Blade

    A fantastic mobile game that you should probably buy. The majority of iOS games I sit down to play are useless in minutes because the controls are gumpf. Either overly complicated or just completely unresponsive, it's impossible... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 19.

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided

    A superior episode, and one that bodes well for the rest of the season. You'll be especially thankful for the "Previously on..." introduction in this second episode, as it's been bloody ages (read: three months) since Telltale... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 18.

    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    A wonderful crossover. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the dictionary definition of lovely. It's the kind of game you settle down to play on a rainy night, whilst sinking into a big armchair with a big... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 17.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

    Fixes problems, buffs loot, nerfs boredom. A worthy expansion. Make no bones about it, Reaper of Souls is what Diablo 3 should have been to begin with. Blizzard has stripped out all the unnecessary mechanics related to their... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 16.

    Monument Valley

    A monument to mobile excellence. Monument Valley is a significant accomplishment by ustwogames - simultaneously beautiful, challenging, soothing and poignant. As the delicate and silent protagonist, Princess Ida, you must... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 15.

    Trials Fusion

    A melding of the established template and something just new enough, RedLynx’s creation is a wonderful thing. The Trials series increasingly faces a common creative challenge. Just how should it innovate when it has established... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

  • 14.

    Child of Light

    A beautifully-presented and surprisingly deep RPG that is deserving of everyone’s attention. Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat that offers both accessibility and complexity, it is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 13.

    Mario Kart 8

    It may just be more Mario Kart, but that continues to be no bad thing. In case you're the type of person who sees a wall of text and gets 'the fear', heed this, and heed this well: Mario Kart 8 is exactly what you want.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 12.

    The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way

    Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you’ll go to escape. It's unsettling to look back at the choices I've made throughout my time in The Walking Dead. Over the course of the two seasons thus far... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 11.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

    The best (console) version of Diablo 3 money can buy. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition brings a welcome list of new features, alongside the expected visual bump. If you like hitting things by pressing buttons on a controller... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3

  • 10.

    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back

    Episode five, thankfully, gives you the room to decide where Clementine ends up and suggests that your decisions are going to have a permanent effect on her future. In my mind, this second season of The Walking Dead is all... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS Vita, iPhone

  • 9.

    Super Smash Bros.

    The best Smash Bros. in the series to date, giving the Wii U version a lot to live up to. Fighting games often require countless hours of dedication in order for players to become some semblance of 'not shit'. The beauty... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 8.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    There's been a Mordor Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with Assassin's Creed (for now). Shadow of Mordor is an Orc army on a disc, packaged with the tools and contextual excuses you need to wage... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

  • 7.

    Alien: Isolation

    CA has finally nailed the true horror of Alien in video game form. It's only taken 35 years. A masterwork of atmosphere and environmental design, Alien: Isolation may be standing on the shoulders of giants, but it's also... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 6.

    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

  • 5.

    Super Smash Bros.

    Smash Bros. for Wii U outshines its portable counterpart, comfortably sitting as one of Wii U's very best games. Update - 29/11/2014: Now that EU servers are live it's finally possible to test the online portion of Smash... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 4.

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    Mais encanto no regresso. Há cerca de um ano, Grand Theft Auto V batia recordes de vendas e era visto como um sério candidato a ocupar a primeira posição das tabelas referentes às melhoras obras do ano. Chegado à PlayStation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

  • 3.

    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 far from why it is so memorable. The freedom of choice when it comes to every... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 2.

    The Last of Us: Remastered

    The best version of one of the last generation's best games. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of The Last of Us Remastered, and how they affect the game itself. For a review of the PS3 version... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 1.

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    A beautiful, intelligent remaster that is worth double-dipping for. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of GTA 5 on PS4, and how they affect the game itself. Also featured is an overview of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One