Games of the Generation: 2014

The next generation of video games is quickly drawing near. With that in mind, now’s a great time to look back on years past and highlight some of the greatest games to come to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles. There might even be a few games that you forgot about or didn’t get the chance to play.

To pick these titles, I’ve gone through the top games of each year, as designated by Opencritic. Eligible titles need to have launched first on Xbox One or Playstation 4, so no ports or remasters.

Let’s kick the series off with a look at 2014.

Honourable Mentions:

Titanfall

While certainly not perfect, Titanfall was the first multiplayer game that I really got hooked on this gen, and many others felt the same way.

Titanfall had some of the most satisfying gameplay in years. If you could get the techniques down, you could traverse the maps with ease. Couple that with some excellent weapon balancing and great mech gameplay, and you’ve got the formula for a great game. Let’s hope Respawn revisits the series for a third entry.

Sunset Overdrive

I’ve talked about how great Sunset Overdrive was in the past, and as one of my favourite games of the generation, I feel like I have to mention it here.

Much like Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive features some amazing traversal mechanics, opening the door for some awesome combat encounters where you’ll be grinding, bouncing and soaring through the air while bringing destruction upon Sunset City.

The game was so much fun, and it’s a shame that poor financial success killed any potential for a sequel.

5. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of the most acclaimed titles of 2014. Receiving well over 50 Game of the Year Awards, the game clearly landed with a number of people.

As one of this generation’s breakout hits, it received critical acclaim for its engaging combat, world design and most notably, the nemesis system; a feature designed to track notable enemies in the game, which can ultimately make them stronger and more fearsome

4. Transistor

Developed by the team that brought us Bastion, Transistor was Supergiant Games’ next project and was just as beloved as their first.

Set in a cyberpunk-esque city of Cloudbank, this isometric action-RPG featured a stunning artstyle, much like Supergiants other catalogue of games. That’s not all though, as it received praise for its deep gameplay elements and an awesome score.

3. Forza Horizon 2

Despite being one of the most critically acclaimed franchises of the gen, I feel like Forza Horizon doesn’t get the credit it deserves. This spin-off series has quickly grown to become the benchmark racing series this generation, and Forza Horizon 2 is proof of that.

Set in Southern Europe, Forza Horizon 2 was lauded for its stunning visuals and open-world setting, which provided for a diverse set of landscapes.

2. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Back in 2014, you would’ve found most Game of the Year awards being split between this and Shadow of Mordor.

Dragon Age: Inquisition was seen as a successful return to form for the series. As the inquisitor, players were tasked with closing a mysterious tear in the sky known as the “breach” which spawned an army of otherworldly demons.

The series is in a better place thanks to Inquisition, and with another Dragon Age on the way, I’m sure fans are looking forward to it.

1. Super Time Force

It’s arguably the most unknown title on the list, but some would argue it might just be the best. Super Time Force is a side-scrolling action shooter with a twist. Utilising time as a gameplay mechanic, players can work alongside their own ghost after they die.

Super Time Force also features some great pixel art, and despite it being a bit of a challenge, is fun for just about anyone. If you missed this one initially, Super Time Force is definitely worth checking out.

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