Giant mecha suits, a Middle-Earth Ezio Auditore, a sexier Lara Croft, Kevin Spacey: Yep, the videogame industry is as awesome as ever as 2014 paved the way for epic titles for our brand spankin’ new next-gen consoles. But, as with every other complex industry, not everything is good in the war of framerates and resolutions.
Gather ‘round, fellow gamers, ‘cause we’re about to close 2014 with a throwback of what were awesome and what were crap in gaming this year!
1) All Aboard the Hype Train!
If we can define the gaming industry this year in one word, it’s “over-hyped.” Every gaming expert believed that 2014 was going to be the greatest year for videogames with the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and the XBOX One, out in the market. Although in reality, 2014 didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations (looking at you, Watch Dogs and Destiny), we were still able to get our sweaty, pizza-smelling fingers on some bad ass AAA games like…
2) Clash of the Titanfall
Titanfall is a combination of two of God’s greatest gift to humanity: Call of Duty and Pacific Rim. It was one of the most over-hyped videogames in 2014 mostly due to its mind-blowing trailers and its exclusivity to XBOX One. In an era where human characters rule the FPS landscape, Respawn Entertainment gave the norm the middle finger and allowed players to control giant mecha soldiers—thus giving us so much win.
3) Call of Duty: Hold X to Pay Respects
Hands down, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has the most gorgeous visuals in the franchise. While its gameplay can leave a lot to be desired, what makes this COD famous (or infamous) is the cameo appearance of Kevin Spacey and one of the weirdest things we’ve seen in videogame history, the “Hold X to Pay Respects” moment where—you guessed it—you need to press and hold X to pay respects during a funeral. WTF, right?
4) Dark Souls 2: Stress Much, Pare
The sequel to the critically acclaimed game, Dark Souls, DS 2 is just as stressful and difficult as its predecessor. The demented fantasy action RPG felt like we were going through the seven gates of hell as every monster we face is not only fugly, but damn hard to kill. We had to watch a Disney movie after every session to shake off the fear and trauma.
5) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
With the rise of the PS4 and the XBOX One, we thought the Wii U would be as dead as Ai Ai delas Alas’ career. With Nintendo’s latest console about to sink in a sea of gamers demanding top-tier graphics, the Japanese company kept afloat thanks to the Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. The brawler is hella fun. Heck, it’s more fun and polished than most PS4 and XBOX One games out there! It’s also sometimes a reason why friendships die—bawal mapikon pag talo!
6) NBA 2K15: Kampihan na, mga tsong!
Also known as the game everyone in the FHM Nation is dying to get their hands on. Just like Call of Duty, the year isn’t complete without another NBA 2K title where we can draft our own Dream Team or play the hell out of our character in My Career until he becomes MVP. Although nothing much has changed from the last NBA 2K in terms of gameplay, we’re still adding NBA 2K15 in our list of must-play videogames whenever there’s a bro-night. Because NBA, bitches.
7) Assassin’s Creed Unity: A Glitch Slap to the Face
Assassin’s Creed Unity pretty much tells the story of the videogame industry this 2014: stunning graphics, so-so gameplay, and a lot of “’Tang*na, ang daming glitches! Minadali ba nila ito?” The latest AC game shows off how powerful the PS4 and XB1 are in the graphics department, but when it comes to story and content? Meh.
8) Middle-Earth Shadows of Mordor A.K.A. Assassin’s Creed Middle-Earth
Watch Dogs, Destiny, Hearthstone: All of these new titles are without a doubt awesome, but if we had to choose which new videogame franchise we’d love to play over and over again, it’s Assassin’s Creed Middle-Earth Shadows of Mordor. It’s an adventure where you go around the Lord of the Rings universe not as a Hobbit, but as Ezio Auditore, a bad-ass zombie Ranger.
9) Remasters, Remasters Everywhere!
Aside from the new titles we so rightfully deserve, 2014 also had its share of game remasters, or upgraded old-gen games to match the graphic engines of the PS4 and the XB1. Even though we already have copies of the Last of Us, Tomb Raider, or Halos 1-4, we didn’t mind shelling off thousands of pesos so we can see how lovely Lara Croft’s boobs are in 720p (XB1) or 1080p (PS4).
10) Happy 20th Anniversary, Sony PlayStation!
2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the console of your childhood, the Sony PlayStation. Now on its fourth iteration, the PlayStation brand is showing no signs of slowing down with the release of PlayStation Now (a streaming service which lets us play classic PlayStation One and PlayStation 2 games on our PS3 and PS4) and Project Morpheus, Sony’s answer to the Oculus Rift. We’re still waiting for a LEGIT Final Fantasy VII remake though. Do it, Square Enix!
Happy New Year, bros! Here’s to a much more epic year in gaming! (Minus the glitches, of course.)