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