As 2014 winds to a close and I read the “top 10 games of 2014” lists from around the interwebs, I put together my own list of my top games of 2014.
Before I jump into the list, I decided to compile some gaming stats from the year. These stats come from the available information from my profiles on Xbox, TrueAchievments, Steam, etc. Let’s dive into those first:
Fascinating Gaming Statistics of 2014:
- On Xbox LIVE I unlocked 494 Achievements for a total of 11,264 gamerscore.
- For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, I won achievements in 46 of the games I played.
- The top Xbox game that gave me the most achievements and gamerscore this year was Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. I earned 1200 gamerscore out of 54 achievements in that game!
- I earned over 1000 gamerscore in three games this year. They were Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Nutjitsu, and Monopoly Plus.
- My most popular genre this year was shooters. Action, card & board, and party games all were close to being the top genre though.
- The Xbox game that gave me the most gamerscore in a single achievement was Nutjitsu. This tied with Monopoly Plus and Fibbage, with Threes! missing the tie with an achievement for 199 gamerscore.
- On May 18th, I got the most gamerscore I have ever gotten in a day since March 28th. This was a total of 1032 gamerscore from 18 achievements.
- This year on Steam, I had 107 games I did not touch in my library. This is about 43% of my entire collection on Steam.
That’s a whole lot of fun and interesting stats that I could gather from Xbox, TrueAchievements and Steam. Next year I’m hoping to track more for yet another post. Let’s jump into my top 5 games:
Top 5 Games of 2014:
Sidenote: I played a lot on my Xbox One this year. Not much on PC, and I do not have a PS4 or WiiU. While I’ve played games on those platforms, I don’t feel comfortable saying they were my one of my favorite games of the year unless I own it. My ‘top games’ list is limited to just the Xbox and PC platforms. Sorry!
Oh Destiny… The one game I was very hyped for to come out before it was even announced. I’m a huge fan of the games Bungie creates, and when details about their next franchise started to leak out everything I heard got me excited. Once September 9th came, I wasn’t quite as excited as I originally was, mainly due to the lack of content I feel Destiny had to offer to me.
Gameplay wise, Destiny is great. I love the bulk of what Destiny offers in terms of the variety of modes to play. You have everything from basic story missions, to more elaborate strikes, to the almighty raids which take hours upon hours to complete and perfect.
While I find it very fun, it lacks when it comes to content. The game feels very stale, having you repeat the same exact missions over and over again. I dislike having to play single day, grind out missions I played a few days before, just to stay on par with friends when we want to group up and do a raid or strike.
I have high hopes for the future of Destiny both as a game and a franchise. I expect Bungie to address the concerns of not only myself but their fans over the coming years as they iterate more and more on the game.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was a surprise hit for me this year. Plants vs Zombies came out at a point in the year where there wasn’t much available on the Xbox One. I decided to pick it up for only $40 and it immediately sucked out 50+ hours of my gaming life out of me.
This game surprised me. I was not expecting a really fun third person shooter to be set in the Plants vs Zombies universe. The game features everything from a very fun co-op horde mode to an intense mutliplayer mode. Best of all, this game has been constantly receiving new content and updates since the game was released.
I recently dropped off of playing it, but it was one of the more enjoyable gaming experiences I have had this year.
Earlier this year, I purchased Fibbage on Xbox One. I saw it released for only $6, and figured I couldn’t lose much if I purchased it. After those months passed, I ended up finally getting a group of friends together and we played Fibbage. It was one long day of laughs and a fun time. Shortly after we played, Jackbox, the developers of Fibbage released a collection of fun games very similar to Fibbage and I instantly purchased it on Steam.
The Jackbox Party Pack is a collection of really fun party games where you play only using a web browser. Any device that can connect to the webpage for the game, such as a phone, tablet, or computer, can play these games. Best of all, some of these games can support many players, one of which supporting up to 100.
Overall, the Jackbox Party Pack is one of my favorite games I have played. It’s brought many great party game sessions and many laughs between my friends and I.
Look, I know Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched with a ton of issues, and still has some lingering issues, but the Halo fan inside of me won’t let me not put this any lower than it is.
Halo: MCC contains every campaign and multiplayer map from all of the Master Chief Halo games. It is one game collection that any Xbox One owner cannot pass up on. It offer way to much fun for anyone who likes first person shooters (like myself) and those who are fans of the Halo universe. Additionally, this title brings a ton of nostalgia from my childhood, when Halo 2 was one of the only games I played. The remastered “Halo 2: Anniversary” included in the game just makes my inner child very happy.
Like I said, Halo: MCC launched with a lot of issues, and some are still there. Luckily, 343, the developers, are actively working on fixing these issues and it continues to improve. They’re even throwing in a brand new campaign, Halo 3: ODST, for free in the coming months.
I have high hopes for this game, and have already logged 60+ hours of greatness in the collection, and it highly outweighs the flaws this game originally had.
Fantasia is my favorite game of 2014 by far. I had no idea I’d get so hooked on the game, but once I downloaded the demo I barely made it through the first two songs before buying it!
Harmonix’s latest game is a blend between both Rock Band and Dance Central, at least in my eyes. It’s a rhythm game that doesn’t force you to fully dance, but can still get your groove on. If there was ever a reason to own an Xbox One and a Kinect, Fantasia is the reason to do so.
There isn’t a time where I don’t get excited when talking about this game. In fact, once I’m done writing this post, I’ll be on Fantasia having a ton of fun.
Honorable Mentions of 2014:
There are plenty of other games I played this year that didn’t quite make the top games list. These games are simply listed below in no particular order. Enjoy!
- Threes! on iOS and Xbox One
- A City Sleeps on PC
- Worms Battlegrounds on Xbox One
- Dungeon Defenders 2 on PC (Early Access)
- Titanfall on Xbox One
- Peggle Blast on iOS
- Oreo Twist Luck Dunk on iOS
- Monopoly Plus on Xbox One
2014 was one hell of a year, even if I actually didn’t play a lot of games, at least not a lot based on my previous habits.
Next year is just about to begin, and I’m really excited for another great year of gaming. I’m hoping to pick up another platform, or at least play more games on my PC, so hopefully next year my “top games” list is more diverse…
Anyways, that’s all I have left to say for this year… What were some of your favorite games in 2014 and what are you looking forward to in 2015?