This week, the New Game Plus cast and crew reveal their favourite games of the year. To close the week off, New Game Plus’ big boss Jason O’Callaghan gives his verdict on the best games of 2014.
While many seem to think 2014 was a disappointing year in gaming, it is all a matter of perspective. The offerings on the now current-gen systems weren’t as risky and solid as those in previous years, but no more so than the ‘overhang’ years of any other generation. Then there was ‘the Troubles,’ which showed again that humanity is not quite ready for reasonable discourse on the internet. It was, however, a chance for the Wii U to shake off the early wobbles and hit its stride, and it most definitely did that.
To continue that theme, Japanese developers have embraced the Unreal Engine and shattered every single “brown Unreal game” joke you can make. While there were previously Japanese games made using Epic’s toolset, most notably all of Suda51’s recent offerings and the brilliant Asura’s Wrath, there are some big games which made the move to the engine: D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, Kingdom Hearts 3 and, in a big coup, both Street Fighter V and Tekken 7.
With a gaming compass firmly skewed to the East, you would not have be disappointed with this year at all, and chomping at the bit for 2015, even if my list isn’t hugely representative of that fact. With that said, let’s do this. Continue reading »