2014. The year of the re-releases apparently. I don't think its been that bad to be honest. The WiiU had a strong year, there's been a lot to play on the new consoles (Ps4 passing 18 million in just over a year puts those 'Consoles are dying' stories from the previous year to bed), Nintendo announced yet another 3DS model, PSTV seen a release in the west that everyone called for but no one bought in to, #GamerGate exploded (It was going to happen at some point with the state of the mainstream press), the likes of IFI/NISa/Marvelous etc really stepped up their game and brought us plenty to play and we've had a decent year ourselves here as views have increased and more publishers work with us. Highlight of the year was finally taking the plunge and purchasing a moped though as it inspires an air of mobility freedom, its cheap to run so more money elsewhere and people serenading Grease 2's "Who's That Guy?" to me as I ride past never gets old. 2015 is looking like its going to be even better for games going forward, as multiple Japanese studios shift their focus to Playstation 4 and the usual suspects here in the west up their localisation drive to bring us more nich goodies. So lets see what I enjoyed last year..
Game of the Year - Senran Kagura Burst (3DS)pre-order) and my 3DS was revitalised for a while. Whilst the gaming press in their immaturity decided to focus on the characters bewbs - there was actually a damn good side scroller to be had for everyone else. The fast paced combo based gameplay was a joy to play on the 3DS handheld, although a little repetitive after a while, with ample oppurtunitys for the game's special moves & transformations to make good use of the 3D capabilities of the 3DS. It's not just the gameplay that was slick either, as the games writing was of a fairly good standard - characters backstorys actually had a lot of depth and attention to detail with their individual traits offering insights into their pasts. Colourful graphics, stellar use of 3D, decent soundtrack, story & character packed with depth, slick action gameplay & great moe, all came together to create a surprisingly great,and unique,entry for the 3DS' library in the west. It's still a game overlooked by many, but for those that gave it a chance - its a testament to not believing everything you read.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Fairy Fencer F