Game of the Year 2014: Honorable Mentions

goty2014 honorable mentions

(Originally written in 2014)

It’s GOTY season once again so time for a top 10 list. Sadly these following games didn’t quite make the cut for the list but I felt needed to get some form of acknowledgement so here is an Honorable Mentions list in no order.

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

This is the first CoD game I’ve bought in years It looks fantastic and the exo suit stuff adds a lot of mobility and cool options to the combat.  The story is one of the better ones I’ve played in the CoD franchise thanks to playing as one single soldier and focussing more on the Atlus corporation and the character of Jonathan Irons and what a man would do with his own private army that operates around the globe.

 

Bravely Default
Bravely Default

A classic style JRPG that calls back to the old Final Fantasy titles with their crystals and job systems but sadly let down by a terrible, repetitive second half. The game has a lot going for it with beautiful backgrounds, interesting classes, a bunch of entertaining characters and options that make the old turnbased random encounter design feel fresh. Sadly the second half puts a stop to all your momentum as you essentially replay the game about 4 or 5 times (or if you want it to go “fast” you  just need to beat 4 bosses 4 or 5 times).

 

South Park The Stick of Truth
South Park The Stick of Truth

A surprising RPG that perfectly captures the visual style and humour of the show. I’m not really a fan of South Park any more but this game was great fun even with all the South Park references. The battles are fun and fast taking inspiration from the Paper Mario style of battle where a well timed button press gives more damage or bonus effects and there is are a lot of equipment types that boost your stats or give you different abilities that will satisfy RPG nuts.

 

Infamous Second Son
Infamous Second Son

Infamous Second Son was a great early PS4 title. It looked amazing and showed off how open world games on this new generation could look. The game featured some likeable characters and a bunch of powers that were both fun to use and cool to look at. Sadly the game suffered a bit in with the side content not being as engaging as it could be but I still played it through twice for the Platinum trophy. The addition of the photo mode added a lot to the game and let players showcase just how good the game looked. I spent quite a bit of time in the photo mode taking shots and posting them on NeoGAF.

 

The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra

Even though this was a short, low budget game Platinum did a great job transitioning their great action gameplay to the Avatar universe. It’s a bit of a slow start due to the game locking your bending but as you get more and more, and level them up, you become more and more powerful. There are plenty of equippable items that alter your abilities and stats and can change how you play the game. There is a lack of enemy variety which does limit enjoyment but on the whole it’s still an enjoyable action game.  With a bigger budget this could have been something fantastic.