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article imageOp-Ed: The 10 best video games of 2014

By Stan Rezaee     Dec 26, 2014 in Entertainment
2014 may have been a slow year for the gaming industry but there was plenty of titles available. Now as the year comes to end, it's time to look back at the 10 must-play games of the year.
10. Watch Dogs (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) - A new take on the action genre that attempts to combine elements of stealth and puzzle solving into an open world techno thriller influenced by works of pop-culture like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Aiden Pearce is a hacker and vigilante seeking to avenge the death of his niece by venturing into Chicago's underworld.
The open world genre has for the most part been dominated by crime themed games that relied more on action. Watch Dogs forces the player to plan their actions using the tech skills and experience they have to overcome a challenge. This is best demonstrated by the fact the player can't "shoot and driver" but instead has to be cleaver when being chased.
9. F.E.A.R. Online (PC) - An MMO developed with in the context of the F.E.A.R. series. Following the destruction of the Origin Facility, Fairpoint City has been overrun by demonic creatures led by Alma Wade. In response the government deploys the Task Force to contain the situation. The game pits players in either the role of the Task Force or Armacham Technology Corporation (ATC) in either traditional multiplayer games or Co-op missions.
In game screenshot of  F.E.A.R. Online
In game screenshot of 'F.E.A.R. Online '
8. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) - Hideo Kojima introduces gamers to what he hopes will be a new direction for the series. Following the events of Peace Walker, Paz Ortega Andrade and Chico have been captured by XOF and are being held at Camp Omega in Cuba. Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) needs to infiltrate the camp and rescue them before sensitive information regarding Militaires Sans Frontières (Soldiers Without Borders) is leaked to The Patriots.
Despite being a short game, Ground Zeroes stood out for how it radically changes one of the most iconic series while beginning to tell one of the most significant character transformations. However fans will have to wait until The Phantom Pain to learn what happen to Big Boss.
7. Alien: Isolation (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - A game that overcame many obstacles to escape the failure of its predecessor emerges as one of the best horror games of the year. Return to Ridley Scott's original vision of terror in a true horror survival set in the context of a science fiction setting. Players take on the role of Amanda Ripley as she searches for her information about her missing mother in a space station infested with a Xenomorph.
The horror genre has been stale for sometime as most games (like Resident Evil 6) have abandoned the concept of survival in favor of an action title. Isolation puts you in the role of a vulnerable character who has no combat skills and is forced to use the environment to hide from the Xenomorph.
6. Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - Gamers embark on a journey in an exotic conflict inspired by the Nepalese Civil War. Ajay Ghale returns to Kyrat to spread his mother ashes only to join the resistance in their struggle to overthrow Pagan Min. While the gameplay is identical to its predecessor, the story forces players to make a moral choice with in the background of a civil war.
Pagan Min is the main antagonist of  Far Cry 4 .
Pagan Min is the main antagonist of 'Far Cry 4'.
5. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) - With the shooter genre saturated with so many Call of Duty knock-offs, Wolfenstein: The New Order brings the charm of an old-school shooter to a new generation. Players will once again take on the role of William "B.J." Blazkowicz as he leads a resistance movement against Nazi war machine in an alternative 1960's. This a classic shooter with a well crafted story that explores the wickedness of the Third Reich.
4. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - This mythical tale has players relive some of the series most iconic moments while working along side memorable characters. The Stick of Truth has been stolen and war between the Kingdom of Kupa Keep (led by Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick) against the Elves (lead by Kyle Broflovski and Stan Marsh) is about to escalate. The new kid, whose arrival has been foretold in the prophecy, must pick a side and recover it before evil is unleashed upon the land.
Screenshot from the the new Super Smash Bros. video game
Screenshot from the the new Super Smash Bros. video game
3. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U and 3DS) - The only reason any gamer would regret not having a Wii U or 3DS. As with its iconic predecessors, this game has players duke it out as their favorite video game chracter in an unorthodox fighting setting. Play as either Mario, Link, Sonic, Fox or the other 51 characters available.
Everything gamers loved about the classic could still be found in the Wii U and 3DS version. Fans of the series could relive their childhood by once again spending the weekend battling it out without having to find the old N64.
2. Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - The third game in the iconic RPG series combines the best features of its predecessors to create one the best games of the year. A conference between mages and templars is destroyed in an explosion which opens the Breach which unleashes an army of demons. Players take on the role of the only survivor of the attack who must work to close the rift and save the world of Thedas.
1. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One) - The Next-Gen version of one of the most iconic games is also the must have title of 2014. Michael Townley, a former robber in witness protection, is forced back into his old profession (with his protege, Franklin Clinton) to pay a debt to a drug lord. This gets the attention of Trevor Philips (his former partner in crime) and a corrupt FIB agent who uses the group as pawns in his petty feud with the IAA.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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