Well the year has come and gone and we have had the first full year of next-gen gaming. Plenty of time has been spent on my PS4, Wii U, 3DS and Vita this year and I figured that I would give the lowdown on what my favourite games of the year were. There were plenty of great games but only a handful of them did I put a great deal of time into, so follow along and let me know what games made your list!
5) Super Smash Bros (Wii U, 3DS)
This game is barely a month old but I have put plenty of time into it already. If you are unfamiliar with the series, Smash Bros games are fighting games that are filled with characters from Nintendo games (and on occasion some cool guests) where you generally fight in 4-player battles that are full of mildly controlled chaos. This new game however adds 8-player battles and it’s as fantastic as you would expect. I’ve spent plenty of time both playing matches solo but the game shines when you have some friends over. This is a great party game and is another key title in the Wii U’s stellar library. A must own for fighting fans and fans of Nintendo in general.
4) Child of Light (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Vita)
One of the most original and engaging experiences of this past year is Ubi Montreal’s fantastic roleplaying game. With a gorgeous water colour art style, memorable characters and a soundtrack created by Coeur de Pirate, everything about this game adds up to something you can’t afford to miss. The game also has a great combat system that focuses on using the touchscreen and digital controls, and mixing and matching sets of characters. The fights are very intense and were always something that I looked forward to, with the boss battles were always something worth looking forward to.
3) Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (3DS)
Square Enix has hands down been one of the biggest supporters of the 3DS, constantly coming up with great new experiences, and in this case a new spin on old classics. Bravely Default was a very refreshing experience, even when it is set in the mould of classic Japanese roleplaying games and the bulk of the game is all about grinding levels and jobs for characters. It’s refreshing because the style of the characters and the story that is told in it were a welcome relief from the more serious Western roleplaying games that i’ve played as of late, and the combat system is topnotch. All in all if you need a great RPG on the go, definitely pick up Bravely Default.
2) Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)
Easily one of the best RPGs of the last number of years and one of my favourite series in general, the new Dragon Age has completely lived up to expectations and then some. I’ve been a fan of Bioware’s games for years and the Dragon Age series is one that I have dabbled with over the years, but with this new release I am all-in with the stories that they are telling. The world is incredibly well developed, the characters are memorable and the voice acting is some of the best I have ever heard. The world is humongous and it’s an adventure that will take you upwards of 100 hours to finish, and even when you do you will just want to start it all over again.
1) Destiny (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Some people are pretty divided on the topic of this game. Destiny seems to be the game that many love to hate and you can count me among them. Destiny launched back in September to a lot of bravado and for the most part it lived up to it. Developer Bungie were focused on creating an always-online shared world shooter and for the most part they succeeded. However there have been numerous issues, bugs, glitches and an overall lack of story that have plagued the game. You may wonder why I’ve ranked the game so highly though, and it’s because it simply is one of the best shooters I have ever played, and when you have people to play with, well honestly nothing beats this game. I’ve put so much time into this game and while it is a bit of a grind, when it’s working it’s hands down the best shooting game i’ve ever played.