Vidjagame Apocalypse 70 – The Best Games of 2014 (So Far)

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We’re just past the halfway point of 2014, which means it’s time to fall back on a lazy topic look back at the past six months of games and collectively pick out our favorites. Also, Tyler and Mikel argue about Sniper Elite III, Henry talks about wrestling, and we call out your favorite videogame butts of all time.

Question of the Week

What are your personal five favorite games (or favorite, singular, if you’d like to go into detail about it) of 2014 so far?

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28 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 70 – The Best Games of 2014 (So Far)

  1. Wolfenstein: The New Order, Nazi robot overkill (band name?) has never felt so refreshing with not only great combat and style but a surprisingly good narrative and characters.

    1. Followed by Age of Wonders III, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8 and South Park: Stick of Truth.

      Still need to play Dark Souls II.

  2. I posted an answer in the forum section, buttz I’ll use this space to call out my most disappointing game. Twas Infamous 2nd Son, PS4’s were made available the same week it came out and I already owned an XB1 buttz I impulse bought a PS4/2nd Son and was really bummed. It looks astonishing but it’s still just Infamous nothing else is close to next gen. Also the characters were so awful/cliche, Fetch was cool and I’d love her DLC if not for the fact that I was Neoned out by the time I finished the main game.

  3. Shovel Knight. The game takes elements from several NES classics without outright copying a single one the most, mixes them up, and then adds it’s own charm, completely original world and characters, with also some well placed modern design. (destructible checkpoints and collectible money bags instead of the antiquated “Lives” system.) Thus making it an awesome game all on it’s own.

    Dark Souls 2 and Strider would be the runner ups. DS2’s brand of combat and level design are still unlike what any other franchise offers, and Strider’s insanely fast paced combat and platforming set it apart from other metroidvania games.

  4. I haven’t played many new games this year considering I don’t own a XBONE or a PS4 and don’t wan’t to play the last gen ports of games such as Titanfall or Watch Dogs. So my Favourite Game of 2014 so far is South Park: Stick of Truth.

    I’m not really into the whole turn-based RPG genre but I am into South Park and after hearing good reviews I decided to buy the Grand Wizard Edition. Surprised to say, I wasn’t disappointed in what I played. It’s the best game that I’ve played that’s based off a TV licence since The Simpsons: Hit and Run.

  5. My favorite game of the year so far without a doubt in my mind is Transistor. Every part of the game is of the highest quality. Fantastic art, deep gameplay and outstanding music (bought the soundtrack right after I finished the game). I loved it so much that I replayed the game right away to get the platinum.

  6. Man, it makes me super happy every time another host finally gives the Dark Souls series a fair try and then is inevitably on board and gets why it’s so awesome, here’s hoping Tyler will stop being stubborn and try it out next! XD

    Also…

    Chris: “Shovel Knight is great but… I don’t think Throwbacks should be put on best games of the year lists”

    *Less than 5 minutes later Mario Kart 8 is on the number 1 spot mainly due to Chris’s insistence, and then he starts raving about Mario Kart 8 and how cool it is that it transports you back to the era when you enjoyed the first Mario Kart games*

    >______________________>

    1. Been re-listening to TalkRadars lately and I notice that in one, when talking about their Anti-Game for 2011, Chris mumbles about Modern Warfare 3 being a contender for his and then, two podcasts later, when reading out reader responses to what is their Anti-Game of 2011, he’s complaining that anyone who says Modern Warfare 3 “hasn’t played enough games.”

  7. 1. Sniper elite 3
    2. Mario Kart 8
    3. wolf among us
    4. Walking dead season 2
    5. South park stick of truth
    Honorable mention Metal Gear solid ground zeros aka Demo Gear take my money i’m an idiot. For clarification I purchased it too, so I am calling myself an idiot and am not excluding myself.

  8. Henry’s on this one? Alright! Love the Hankinator.

    Top 5 for me (in no order):
    South Park: The Stick of Truth (helped me get back into South Park after not watching the show or caring about it for about three years)
    Watch Dogs
    Mario Kart 8
    Shovel Knight
    inFamous: Second Son

  9. My list is kind of atrocious. I have actually been plying older stuff mostly. I feel it has been a rough year so far.

    5. Mario Golf
    4. Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII
    3. inFAMOUS Second Son
    2. Fable Anniversary
    1. Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster

  10. Transistor hands down. I played the last of us this year and it was soooo good, but did not come out this year. Same situation with ni no kuni. But Transistor did come out this year and I couldn’t love it more. Practically every element is perfect and stylized, the gameplay is prettt awesome and I really want more games to copy it cause I feel like its a perfect blend of action and strategy.

  11. Another great episode, everyone!

    QOTW:
    1. Hearthstone (Amazing game with a lot of tense/exciting moments)
    2. Dark Souls II (Very fun and atmospheric)
    3. South Park: The Stick of Truth (Really funny and the combat was surprisingly good)
    4. Mario Kart 8 (Multiplayer is great and the LT tournaments were very fun!)
    5. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze (Fun and pretty platformer)

    P.S. Agree with Tyler that MoH: Allied Assault is one of the best multiplayer FPS ever!

  12. My favorite game of the year so far that nobody has mentioned yet is Super Time Force. A very interesting gameplay mechanic and a unique selection of characters to choose from make this game stand out. It has high replay value and is extremely fun while still being challenging. This is the type of hard game that you guys were talking about like Hot Line Miami and Super Meat Boy where it’s hard but it’s not impossible unlike Dark Souls which just grabs you with its powerful ogre hands, puts you on your hands and knees and whispers into your ear, “This is my swamp,” within the first 5 minutes.

  13. Wolfenstein: The New Order
    South Park: The Stick of Truth
    The Blackwell Epiphany (indie adventure game, fifth and last game in the series where you play two characters and one is a ghost)
    The Wolf Among Us (well, it’s mostly 2014)
    Broken Age (so far)

    The last two are a bit contentious seeing as one was partially 2013 and the other isn’t finished yet, so I might well swap in Thief. Yes it’s flawed and nowhere near as good as the original trilogy or even Dishonored and fundamentally misunderstands the series… but I still liked it. Just.

  14. 1) Watch Dogs
    2) Infamous Second Son
    3) South Park Stick of Truth
    4) Wolfenstein The New Order
    5) Shin Megami Tensei IV

    I actually just got a Wii U today and it’s doing it’s first system update as I type this, so Mario Kart 8 could be taking a spot here soon and I still need to play Super Time Force.

    1. I also should give some mention to Dark Souls 2, but I’m still really early on into it so I wasn’t willing to give it a spot.

  15. My list would sound basically the same as yours – but I have to mention Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze! It was challenging, full of secrets, had awesome music, and sweet sweet grayphex (I mean, look at the fur. Look at it!)

  16. This has been a “meh” year as far as game releases go. I agree with you guys that it is at the expense of 2015. However, there have been some good games this year.
    1. Wolfenstein: The New Order
    2. Mario Kart 8
    3. Watch Dogs
    4. Infamous: Second Son
    5. Mario Golf: World Tour

  17. Plants vs zombies: Garden Warfare. Initially I bought it because it was cheap and I wanted something new for my Xbox One. I figured at the very least my kids would get some fun out of it. Instead neither of my children seemed all that interested, so I took it online one night to test the waters. Cut to a few months later and I’ve logged over 100 hours and unlocked every character variant, and I’m only about halfway through the stickerbook. Thank god for more free DLC this week. Seriously, it’s a great game. Play it.

  18. Holy Crap this is AWESOME! wow this was a great episode! thanks guys this felt exactly like an Tdar ep. I haven’t been listening regularly but if Vidjagame podcast is like THIS consider me a regular subscriber!! Thanks Again

  19. Game of the Year 2014 (so far): GRID Autosport. As a racing game it covers every base needed. handling is not super realistic but the more realistic you treat it the faster your laps will be. 5 categories, from road cars to super cars, and even all the way up to IndyCars, so all types of racing are covered. finally, in multiplayer griefers are forced to live with any damage they cause for multiple races. it doesn’t fully stop them, but it does keep them to a minimum.

  20. 1. Titanfall
    2. Mario Kart 8
    3. Hmmmmmm…
    4. Errrrrr…
    5. Man, it’s been a pretty weak year so far.

  21. Incidentally, did you guys know that Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark has a 3DS version by WayForward? That’s actually a tactical RPG in the style of Advance Wars/Fire Emblem? I only just found this out!

  22. One comment on Dark Souls II. It’s very much like the original Zelda. They just drop you on a map, with no direction to go. Some directions have much stronger enemies, and you learn the world of Hyrule simply by exploring. You get a challenge and learn as you play. Exactly what a video game should be.

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