Noah’s 2014 Game of the Year Picks
This year was a busy one for me in terms of gaming, and it was really hard to narrow down the games I’ve played into a top 5 list. A lot of great stuff has come out on the PlayStation consoles, and I’m even more excited to play in 2015. Here are some of my other favorite games of the year, before we get to the best.
Honorable Mentions: inFamous First Light, Dust: An Elysian Tale, PT, Outlast, Peggle 2, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Velocity 2X, Luftrausers, and Sportsfriends.
1. Danganronpa 1 + 2
Danganronpa was a game I never really wanted to try. I heard whispers of it on the internet all around, but never thought to play it for myself. One day I picked it up, and it was amazing. I played all 20 hours in 2 days, and then repeated that when the second game came out in September.
The gameplay never really amounts to much, but the story was one of the best I’ve ever experienced in a game. High schoolers are trapped inside a school, and forced to kill each other to leave. The one catch is that they have to do it without anyone finding out it was them. Both of these games are a delight, and everyone with a Vita should at least give the first game a go.
I’ve had Rogue Legacy on Steam for a while now, but you know how that goes. I played it for like 5 minutes and then it drifted away into the depths of my Steam library. But then it released on PlayStation consoles, and it got to me. I was either glued to my PS4 or Vita at all times, trying to finish the game. It’s addicting, the music is great, the platforming is tight, and it’s an all around amazing experience. Another game you owe to yourself to try out.
3. Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
This one I did play a lot on PC, but it became even more of a hit between me and my friends when it hit PS4. The updated graphics and other changes didn’t interest me that much, but the obsession hit even harder for some reason then on PC. This game, like Rogue Legacy took over my life for about a week. It was fun to discuss crazy runs with my friends and show each other videos we captured of the game. If you didn’t pick Isaac up when it was free from PlayStation Plus I’d still recommend dropping money to play it.
OlliOlli was more of a sleeper hit for me and definitely caught me by surprise. I was very skeptical of the game from videos and gameplay that I had seen, and was nervous about picking it up. I was wrong. Everything about the game reminded me of the old Tony Hawk games that I loved so dearly. Not to mention the daily challenges that I would spend way too much time on…
5. Geometry Wars 3
Coming off a RESOGUN withdrawal from last year, I needed a good arcade shooter to play. Geometry Wars 3 wasn’t on my radar, but I picked it up after watching a gameplay video somewhere. It’s pure fun in the form of a triangle shooting squares, circles, and every other shape you learned in first grade. It’s great, trust me.