There were a bunch of excellent games released this year – we are celebrating them with all our awards today. However, many of us are looking back on 2014 and wondering what happened. It was supposed to be an amazing year for gaming, but so much went so wrong.
There are some games I knew were coming that lived up to expectations – Dragon Age, Mario Kart and others were announced far in advance, and didn’t disappoint. There were even some games that weren’t on my radar originally that blew me away, like Shadow of Mordor. However, other games seemed to miss the mark. Perhaps I built up Watch Dogs too much in my head, but it just didn’t blow me away in the ways I was hoping. Titanfall and Destiny both promised to change the pew pew genre, and yet didn’t really live up to expectations. And do I even need to talk about Assassin’s Creed: Unity?
More than that were the delays. I don’t mind delays – I’d rather see a game delayed than play something broken. However, many of the year’s most anticipated games were delayed into 2015. Just look at our E3 awards – we were desperate for The Witcher, Evolve and Batman… none of which are coming until next year. They will hopefully be worth the wait, but they made 2014 feel that little bit less amazing.
In fact, for much of 2014 there was nothing I was excited to play; it’s only been the past month or two that I’ve been happily addicted again. Debating about which games should get what awards has reminded us how few games really blew us away this year. 2014 was a bit of a let down, despite the presence of some incredible games.
Are we just moaning for no reason, or was 2014 a bit of a disappointment for gaming?
Last Updated: December 19, 2014