I was recently visited by the 2015 version of me. Aside from living in a cardboard box behind Denny's and eating scraps and live rats, he also still reads video game news. He broke into a rich guy's house, stole a time machine (they have those apparently), and traveled back exactly one year to take everyone's breath away with future video game news (and to prevent "the incident" from happening)!
Sadly, I had to murder my future self to prevent a universe-imploding paradox from happening. I guess I won't trust me again! Hahaha!
I never did find out what that incident was though... oh well.
Back on topic. Here are the 6 best games of 2014, as chosen by the mainstream video game press:
6. Conor Oberst Presents: The Melancholy Adventures of Padraic!
So everyone was surprised recently when the metal band (u mad?) Avenged Sevenfold announced they were going to have their own video game. However, it was even more surprising when Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame announced that he was helping design one as well.
Enter "Conor Oberst Presents: The Melancholy Adventures of Padraic, an indie game in the style of Gone Home about a super depressed guy that goes around the United States talking about depressing things and making other people depressed. He also occasionally informs people of the super universe and the reptilian menace.
The game was originally a surprise hit, but sparked a backlash from people claiming that it wasn't a real game.
5. Dear Esther: Dead 2 Rights
In 2014, The Chinese Room announces a shocking change of pace:
"We were told by an exceptionally large portion of the gaming community that our games were too pretentious and story-focused," said Dan Pinchbeck, the Creative Director for the company. "We want everyone to know that we were listening, and we don't want to make the same mistakes that Gone Home and The Melancholy Adventures of Padraic."
The game stars the ruggedly handsome detective Jack Donnelly, who must avenge the murder of his wife Esther by a European drug ring.
Critics praised the game's fast-paced action and said that the story was much easier to understand and didn't make their brains hurt.
4. Bad Dudes Online
No one predicted that Bad Dudes would return, let alone as a MMORPG, but, surprisingly, it was a huge hit!
Soon before it was released the game was dubbed "The true WoW killer," and it proved incredibly accurate. After the span of 2 months World of Warcraft's playerbase dwindled to 23 players, while BDO reached upwards of 9 million. Truly impressive!
By the end of 2014, Bad Dudes is a hot property, with merchandise and even food product tie-ins being sold everywhere.
3. Call of Duty: Memories of Arghel'Elon
The release of Call of Duty: Ghosts in 2013 proved that gamers were hungry for something different, and Call of Duty: Memories of Arghel'Elon delivered perhaps too much of that.
While shunned by it's original fanbase, the game was a huge hit with JRPG players, with it's bright, colorful graphics and deep, moving story that will surely stay with people their whole lives.
Depending on who your are Call of Duty: MoA'E is either the best or worst game in the franchise. If you hate it, however, there's always Silent Hill: World at War (it didn't make the list).
2. Persona 5
A sleeper hit. NO ONE predicted that Persona 5 would be a taco stand simulator. Originally the change from previous entries was jarring, but Persona 5 delivered on the quality that fans of the series had come to expect, and proved to be on the top of many "best of 2014" lists.
Like previous games, players had to balance the daily life of the protagonist with other segments, in this case running a taco stand. The school-life segments proved satisfying, while the taco stand parts were fast-paced, challenging, and fun.
Near the end of the game, however, gamers unlock the legendary "mixto" ingredient, which many found made the game too easy. This was the main complaint for the taco stand gameplay.
Regardless of a few flaws, Persona fans will not be disappointed!
1. Shenmue 3
With absolutely no warning, SEGA dropped Shenmue 3 on the Apple store and Google play (it's a mobile title). Everyone was immediately skeptical. "This is just SEGA trying to cash in on a well-known franchise the rushed crap!" many wrote angrily in video game site forums and comment sections.
As it turned out, it was the best game ever.
With a huge world to explore and hundreds of different activities, Shenmue 3 is a sprawling masterpiece and will certainly go down in video game history. Even the hardcore sex scenes and child soldier training missions were praised by critics for their quality and originality.
Everyone across the gaming industry agreed that Shenmue 3 was the game of the year, and it even got its own national holiday that takes place on the day it was released, which is... I actually can't remember. Hmmmm...
There you have it! You can expect all of this and more in 2014! Anyway, I gotta go. I have a body to hide.