2014 was an amazing year in regards to gaming. Here are the games I liked the most this year:
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Shadow of Mordor is an amazing orc killing simulation. The unique Nemesis system that creates rivalries between you and special orcs turned this from a mere Batman: Arkham Asylum/City clone to something more. I played a ton of it – and I will play more of it with the new DLC. This could be the game I try to go for „achievement complete“. It is awesome. Play it.
Warlords of Draenor
The new expansion of World of Warcraft brought me back to playing it – it is just amazing. Blizzard did some fancy time-travel/paralel universe stuff to allow us to fight against some etablished heroes and villains of the past that were already beaten years before WoW even started. And it turned out to be quite good. After the Kung Fu Panda expansion and Cataclysm it felt like the forgot how to do an amazing expansion. I really like the way the introduced player housing with a small fortress for every player. Although it has some Farmville or Clash of Clan elements it adds some new layers of fun. I should proably sue Blizzard though for making me addcited again…
This War of Mine
This is one of those games that the indie game movement made possible: A game about the people in a city during a civil war. Not the fighters: It is about the poor guys hiding during the fighting and hoping to come out alive. But winter is coming, there is not much food left and you have to scrample for survival. During day you try to do stuff in your base, during the night you try to find stuff you need for survival while wittnessing the crimes of war. You will die. Often. Too often. It is great in making you sad. Great nonetheless.
A 4x on a world between fantasy and magic. I watched a Let’s Play and bought it in episode 1. While it in some way looks like Civ 5 it is a unique experience. Every race plays totaly different – and this does not mean that they have different skins for their units. Instead the races switch the rule sets of the game, leading to some interesting things. A good hero system with a battle system reminding of the likes of Heroes of Might and Magic makes for a great experience. Furthermore the option of winning the game by following the story campaign is also quite a nice feature.
Hand of Fate
A mix of Arkham Asylum style action and a trading card game. While still in early access it is great. I did my first Let’s Play on this game. Check it out 🙂
I won’t pick a favorite out of all the games because they are all amazing.
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