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Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays: The Highs And Lows

It's that time of year again. :)

Christmas is upon us once again and as such, it's time to reflect on another year in gaming.

First and foremost, we want to thank all our readers and everyone who always shows up every day to contribute and participate. To you most of all, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Seasons Greetings!

Now, as for the gaming year, what are your thoughts on what has transpired? As you sit there, digesting your massive holiday feast or basking in the glow of the perfect gift(s), perhaps you'd like to pontificate on 2014; the highs, the lows, the times when we all just went, "meh." It was a year of remasters, remakes, definitive editions (and make sure to tell us which one is your favorite), and a year of delays and disappointments. Billed as a wonderfully impressive year, this being the first full year of a new generation - a new generation that was long overdue - expectations were through the roof.

That being the case, it's difficult to say that 2014 wasn't a disappointment, at least to some degree. Many of the most anticipated titles weren't all they were cracked up to be, for a variety of reasons. We liked Watch Dogs more than most but even so, it's accurate to label it as a "great game but a missed opportunity." Driveclub was one of several games beset with technical difficulties at launch and Assassin's Creed Unity was the other, although we were most impressed with the level of ambition in the latter.

Destiny didn't really seem like the revolutionary MMOFPS it was purported to be, games like Alien: Isolation, Lords of the Fallen, and The Evil Within didn't exactly deliver the AAA goods, even though they were all solid efforts. Still, there were a couple of really great surprises: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was one and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the other. For me, I did not expect the new CoD to be as good as it was.

And of course, we can all appreciate the excellence in Dragon Age: Inquisition. The year was hardly a total loss, right?

Tags: merry christmas, happy holidays, holiday greetings, psxe

12/24/2014 10:25:42 PM Ben Dutka

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SASSYGIRL82
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 @ 11:00:51 PM
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In my opinion unity ran into such a bad launch because it was designed on the ps4 n scaled back to run on the xbone at basically the last minute drive club on the other hand was delayed almost a year we lost the ftp PS plus version and still got stuck w a broken launch imagine if they had of launch it w the ps4 it would a been worse than most game alphas lol

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DemonNeno
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 2:40:01 AM

Driveclub's servers were broken; not the game. Sucks that it ended up being the way things happened. It obviously hurt the focus on expanding the game and robbed many of the opportunity to truly enjoy it.

As far as ACU is concerned, it's fair to say every platform had some serious bugs. It has been a big XB1 item (to say the very least), but the issues had more to do with the rushed launch.

Either way, both parties claim that the sting from the outcomes have taught them invaluable lessons. Let's just hope the talks from them are more than empty promises... I kind of doubt either would be so naive as to think consumers will accept these shortcomings again.

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cadpig
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 @ 11:32:58 PM
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I think this year has been pretty good for the PS4. I'm not complaining. 2015 is going to be even better.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 @ 11:57:34 PM
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It was a miscellaneous year for me due to all the high profile disappointments, but I did find some fun stuff from the land of the rising sun to fill the gaps. My PS4 collection is actually pretty big, but only 1 of those games isn't cross-plat, which is sadder than sad.

Merry Christmas all! Have fun with your new games :)

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Bio
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 12:34:02 AM
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Merry Christmas PSXE. For better or worse you've been a part of my life for 14 years and I love and hate you for it!

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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 12:39:03 AM
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For me even though in the end I played both enough to get a good amount of time in, Destiny and the GTAV re-release were both disappointments as far as hype and end product go. Both were good games but both also had issues that made them disappointing for me.

I'm not so disappointed in the delays as most as its given me time for other games. I'm enjoying this extra time! But I can't wait for those games to hit store shelves, like The Order and The Witcher.

one thing that's happened to me this year is downloading all of my games. I was against it before, and still have my reasons why it will never work as a single way to purchase games. But what happened was I purchased all hard copies of my PS3 games. I actually ended up selling 95% of my library (over 100 PS3 games) to help fund my PS4. After that physical copies didn't seem as important. That was a tough thing to do but I don't regret it.

Anyways I'm enjoying my PS4 and all of my games. I'm really enjoying Shadow of Mordor right now after taking a hiatus from GTA.

Merry Christmas PSXE!

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robinhood2010
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 12:42:35 AM
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Well I picked up my PS4 this year so can't complain.

Ive enjoyed every game I've played this year. I'm not too worried about game delays because I will get my mitts on them eventually. I can wait.

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DemonNeno
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 2:32:32 AM
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Not a loss for me. In fact, it was a great year! I wish that more time could be spent gaming, but that's far from the case. It's not that I don't play much, but a matter of how I tend to go about doing so.

Just exchanged gifts with my lovely girlfriend and unwrapped ACU along with GTAV. Still getting through DAI and ambitious (to say the very least) to get my hands on Driveclub.

Unity is installed and all patched up. Had to off Injustice to make room for the new games along with my PSN movie gift.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Have to snooze now so my little monster will have a conscious dad at 7am for his Santa gifts. Of course he has 3 Wii-U games under the tree. Lego Batman 3,Epic Mickey 2,and Scribblenauts along with tons of batman themed school supplies and that bad ass Play Arts Kai Batman Origins figure. I'm kinda jealous! Haha... Ah!

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 7:04:41 AM
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Merry Christmas to all, hohoho and such! Yes 2014 has been a rather flat year for gaming, admittedly it has improve this fall but there aren't many stand out titles which really have excited me,many im curious to play like Watch Dogs, The Evil Within, Advanced Warfare, Wolvenstein, but I still believe 2015 is where the ps4 will get a lot more interesting and I am thrilled to have a ps4 ready for the new year. I just know The Phantom Pain will be worth it.

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ethird1
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 9:10:28 AM
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Merry Christmas!

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cLoudou
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 9:56:42 AM
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Merry Christmas fellow PSXers

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tes37
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 10:42:47 AM
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Merry Christmas everyone and my condolences to those who have a birthday this month.

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Karosso
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 10:50:18 AM

LOL that's me and my two weeks old baby boy.
Happy Holidays everyone!!!!!!!!!

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tes37
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 10:53:08 AM

Congratulations on the newborn.

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Temjin001
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 12:59:46 PM
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enjoy your day some more by reading about this great upcoming action game.

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slow and smart
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 1:43:16 PM
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Merry Christmas everyone,
2014 was a meh game year,but 2015 will be good i gues,enjoy

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matt99
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 3:05:17 PM
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Wolfenstein!!!! For me that was the sleeper hit of the year, I had very little expectations for it but it ended up being one of my favourites, if not my favourite game that I played this year.

This year was a bit of a disappointment but we did catch glimpses of greatness and the games slated for next year have loads of potential. So I am really looking forward to 2015!

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 5:53:54 PM
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Merry Christmas to all the good caring people out there. For the first year of PS4, it doesn't seem to bother me since I don't own one yet. Imho, I don't think spending $400 is worth it yet.

Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 12/25/2014 5:54:41 PM

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Karosso
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 7:34:22 PM
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DISCLAIMER!! This is going to be one nasty post!
***********Read at your own risk*****************
Here is hoping the new year brings death and ruin to these hackers bastards!
Hope they get raped and contract some deadly form of meat eating bacterial infection and die a horribly agonizing death, Cheers!!!!

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Karosso
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 7:35:40 PM
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To the good people at PSXExtreme have a wonderful holiday season, whatever holiday you celebrate!

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fatelementality
Thursday, December 25, 2014 @ 9:10:22 PM
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Merry Christmas. Stuffed & catching up on backlogs. Almost done with FC3 since I've been drooling for 4. Hell, still working on ACIII since it's my least fav so far. Good thing I've held off. Black Flag is now $20 & Unity will probably be even cheaper when get to it. Hope everyone got what they wanted. Can someone tell me if FC4 is split screen?

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Fane1024
Friday, December 26, 2014 @ 12:48:56 AM
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the PSXers out there!

I guess 2014 was a bit of a disappointment, but Dragon Age turned out great, so I'm good.

I still haven't got a PS4 and won't be getting one on Boxing Day (as expected), since I need to get a new TV instead.

p.s. I don't care what the rest of you say...I miss The Highlander.

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tes37
Friday, December 26, 2014 @ 4:07:53 AM

I miss Highlander too. Hope he's having a nice Christmas.

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fatelementality
Friday, December 26, 2014 @ 4:20:44 AM
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Merry Christmas ____ you bitter #@*#.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 6:16:46 PM
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well i guess you could say there were really only a couple a great games DA: inquitsion and shadow or mordor. everything things else sticks out to me as meh or brocken games

happy gaming

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