Amnensia: A Machine For Pigs – I’m normally too scared to play through horror games, but a friend and I managed to double-team this one last weekend (a handy tactic I’ll re-use in the future). Very scary, but the horror was grounded in a fascinating story that I’m still thinking about – manifesting lots of 1899’s paranoia towards industrial technology, Nietzschean modernism and the perils of science.
Stanley Parable – Funniest game of the year, hands down.
Tomb Raider – Metroidvania in Uncharted clothing. Well, unnecessarily-revealing-sexy-lady clothing. But great fun.
Gone Home – I waited until the “hrrghgh I liked Gone Home me too me too!!” hype died down and played this in December. It felt like diving into a really good short book. Loved it.
Batman Arkham Origins – Critics lamented that it offered more of the same. So what? I like the same! Give me more Batman. (Okay, be a bit different next time around).
Guacamelee! – I must really love Metroidvania games, eh? Guacamelee is the best 2D offering of this genre in years. Also one of the better soundtracks in ages.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – Thanks to me currently reading Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, I was really in the mood for this, which I picked up only recently in the Steam sale and have been plowing through since. Probably the best Western ever, if it weren’t for Red Dead Redemption.
Ridiculous Fishing – I unlocked everything. Says it all, really.
Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior – How can a game about Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior show, featuring melee combat, pirates, ninjas and vikings NOT BE FUCKING GREAT?
GTA V – Disappointing story and characters that takes a step back from GTA IV’s immigrant story, but you still can’t beat GTA V’s incredible recreation of an entire city and surrounding region.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Best couch co-op of the year, and probably my favourite SC game.
Hotline Miami – Guns, beats and animal mask weirdness. So damn cool.
The Last of Us – Weird how this came out only this summer, but feels like a timeless classic already.
Battlefield 4 – Alright the bugs and crashes were utterly terrible, but when it works, BF is still the best multiplayer shooter out there. Some pretty incredible moments like watching a tank take down a helicopter while you race by on a jetski over a jump, shooting an RPG at the tank so EVERYTHING EXPLODES BEAUTIFULLY.
Killzone: Shadow Fall – One of the better shooters of the year, and the best of a long (though not great) series. Not amazing, but at least tried something new by placing players in Dishonored-style open sandbox environments, giving them a bunch of strategic tools and solid shooter mechanics.
Resogun – Man this game is awesome. A sleeper launch hit for PS4. I’m not even a huge bullet-hell genre fan, but this really struck a chord with me.