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.

  • 30.

    Civilization: Beyond Earth Review

    Civilization: Beyond Earth

    Not just 'Civ 5 in space', but excellent series additions are offset by problems old and new. Describing Civilization Beyond Earth as 'Civ 5 in space' feels monstrously... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 29.

    Football Manager 2015 Review

    Football Manager 2015

    Whether you’re scrawling tactics onto a board or on the training pitch in a tracksuit, Sports Interactive has crafted another great Football Manager experience for you. The sense of helplessness felt by managers at times of strife can be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,PC

  • 28.

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

    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... more

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

  • 27.

    PES 2015 Review

    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. That... more

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

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    Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

    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... more

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

  • 25.

    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: PC,Xbox One,PlayStation 4

  • 24.

    Far Cry 4 Review

    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... more

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

  • 23.

    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

  • 22.

    Pokemon Omega Ruby Review

    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 working at a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    LittleBigPlanet 3 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PlayStation 4

  • 20.

    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

  • 19.

    Nidhogg Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 4,PS Vita

  • 18.

    Shadow Blade Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 17.

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

    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... more

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

  • 16.

    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Review

    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    A wonderful crossover. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the dictionary... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 15.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 14.

    Monument Valley Review

    Monument Valley

    A monument to mobile excellence. Monument Valley is a significant accomplishment by ustwogames -... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 13.

    Trials Fusion Review

    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... more

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

  • 12.

    Child of Light Review

    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... more

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

  • 11.

    Mario Kart 8 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 10.

    The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way Review

    The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3: 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... more

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

  • 9.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition Review

    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,... more

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

  • 8.

    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back Review

    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 about figuring out... more

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

  • 7.

    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

  • 6.

    Alien: Isolation Review

    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... more

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

  • 4.

    Super Smash Bros. Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Nintendo 3DS,Wii U,Nintendo 3DS

  • 3.

    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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    The Last of Us: Remastered Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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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 4