Inquisition: The Lone 2014 Masterpiece
The term "masterpiece" is very subjective, but I think it's fair to say that 2014 has been disappointing for most gamers.
Given the potential of the 2014 lineup, most would've predicted multiple masterpieces by the end of the year. Sadly, several games with the most potential disappeared into 2015 and a bunch of others fell shy in the eyes of critics and gamers alike.
inFamous: Second Son and Titanfall were good, possibly even great, games. However, I'd hesitate to call them masterpieces. Watch Dogs had a darn good shot at the lofty moniker but that didn't quite live up to our crazy high expectations. Same goes for Destiny and Assassin's Creed Unity. Perhaps ironically, the one franchise everyone bashed relentlessly heading into 2014 - Call of Duty - ended up with one of the year's best entries.
And then there's Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is arguably the only game this year that did live up to expectations. An argument could be made for Dark Souls II and I think Bayonetta 2 blew a lot of people away, but the hype for these games wasn't quite as high. On top of which, let's not forget that in the eyes of many RPG aficionados, BioWare had a lot to prove, which makes Inquisition's success all the more impressive. On the one hand, it's a little depressing to say, considering the crazy potential for 2014. Still, one masterpiece is better than none, right?
11/21/2014 Ben Dutka