1. Middle Earth : Shadow of Mordor
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open world action-adventure video game set within Tolkien’s legendarium, developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The story of the game takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Officially announced in November 2013, it was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in September 2014 and released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November 2014. Talion, a ranger captain, serves within a Gondorian garrison stationed at the Black Gate of Mordor. The garrison is attacked by Sauron’s Orc forces led by three Black Númenórean captains, the Hammer of Sauron, the Tower of Sauron, and their leader, the Black Hand of Sauron. Talion, his wife Ioreth, and his adult son, Dirhael, are captured and ritually sacrificed by the Black Hand in an attempt to summon the wraith of the Elf Lord Celebrimbor. However, Celebrimbor (who suffers from amnesia due to his centuries as a wraith) instead merges with Talion, preventing him from dying alongside his family. Talion and Celebrimbor then depart to both uncover Celebrimbor’s identity – increasing their power and avenge the death of Talion’s family. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor received critical acclaim, with critics praising its story and combat system. It was also awarded as the Game of the Year 2014.
2. Dragon Age : Inquisition
Dragon Age : Inquisition is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, the third major game in the Dragon Age franchise. The game was released in November 2014 for Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One video game platforms. A peace conference between mages and templars is destroyed in a large explosion which also opens the Breach and numerous smaller rifts, from which demons from the Fade emerge. The Chantry’s senior clerics, including its leader, the Divine, are killed in the explosion, along with many mages and templars. The only survivor of the blast is the player character, who emerges from a rift with a mark on his or her hand capable of closing the rifts, but no memory of what happened. Cassandra and Leliana, former assistants to the Divine, enlist the player character’s help in closing several rifts. The player character begins to be referred to as the Herald of Andraste. Together with former templar Cullen and ambassador Josephine, they carry out one of the Divine’s last orders and establish the Inquisition, an organization which can act independently to address the crisis and close the Breach and defeat the one who created it. Dragon Age : Inquisition received critical acclaim, with critics praising its story, voice acting, soundtrack, detailed environments and combat. It was awarded multiple year-end accolades and nominated for more, including Game of the Year and Best Role-playing awards from several gaming publications, as well as from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ annual D.I.C.E Awards.
3. Alien: Isolation
Alien : Isolation is a first-person survival horror stealth video game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Announced in January 2014, the game was released on 7 October, 2014 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Part of the Alien series, the game is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien(Movie) and 42 years prior to Aliens(Movie). The game follows Amanda Ripley, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother. Amanda is transferred to the space station Sevastopol to find the flight recorder of the Nostromo only to discover an Alien has terrorized the station and killed the vast majority of the crew. Alien : Isolation was very well received upon release. Many critics praised the environments, pacing, the nostalgic affection for Ridley Scott’s Alien, stealth mechanics, and the artificial intelligence of the Alien. Some critics noted the long story campaign, the unoriginal narrative, and poor voice acting as flaws. The game won numerous awards and was a commercial success.
Destiny is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. Released on September 9, 2014, Destiny marked Bungie’s first new franchise since the Halo series. Set in a “mythic science fiction” setting, the game features a massively-multiplayer “shared-world” environment with elements of role-playing games. Bungie described the setting of Destiny as a “mythic science-fiction” world, The setting follows a prosperous period of exploration, peace, and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. Upon its release, Destiny received mixed to positive reviews with criticism centered mostly around the game’s storyline and post-campaign content. The game was praised for maintaining lineage from the Halo franchise, particularly in regards to its competitive experiences.
5. Dark Souls II
Dark Souls II is an action role-playing video game. The second game in its series, Dark Souls II was developed for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by From Software, which also published the game in Japan, while Bandai Namco Games published the game in other regions. Dark Souls II was announced at the Spike Video Game Awards on December 7, 2012. Hidetaka Miyazaki, who served as director on the two earlier games in the series, Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, acted as a supervisor, while the game was directed by Tomohiro Shibuya and Yui Tanimura. Although set in the same world, there is no direct story connection between Dark Souls and Dark Souls II. The game uses dedicated multiplayer servers. Taking place in the world of Drangleic, the game features both player versus environment (PvE) and player versus player (PvP) play, in addition to having some co-op components. As in the earlier games in the series, it once again features challenging gameplay, but with a more powerful graphics engine and more advanced AI system. The game had its official launch in North America on March 11, 2014, with the PC release launching on April 24, 2014. The title is a compilation of the original game and its downloadable content and patches, and also encompasses a remastered port of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with upgraded graphics and expanded online multiplayer capacity.
6. Far Cry 4
Far Cry 4 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, The sequel to the 2012 video game Far Cry 3. The game was released in North America, Australia, and Europe on November 18, 2014. The game takes place in Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country, and follows Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American of Nepali origin, as he is caught in a civil war. Gameplay focuses on gunplay and exploration, and features many elements found in a role-playing game. Players fight enemy soldiers or dangerous wildlife using a wide array of weapons, while completing side missions, liberating outposts and bell towers, and journeying through the game’s main story. Far Cry 4 was met with a mostly positive critical reception upon release. Most critics praised the open world design, visuals, characters, particularly antagonist Pagan Min, the new gameplay additions, and the wealth of content. Some critics did however dislike the characters, including the antagonist, mission design, and the vehicles. The game was a commercial success; selling 7 million copies by December 31, 2014, it is the fastest selling game in the Far Cry series.
7. Wolfenstein : The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order is an action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released on May 20, 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4,Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. The game is the first main entry in the Wolfenstein series since 2009’s Wolfenstein. Set in alternative history 1960s Europe in a world where the Nazis won the Second World War, the single-player story follows war veteran William “B.J.” Blazkowicz and his efforts to stop the Nazis from ruling over the world. The game is played from a first-person perspective and its levels are navigated on foot. The story is arranged in chapters, which players complete in order to progress through the story. A morality choice in the prologue alters the game’s entire storyline, some characters and small plot points are replaced across timelines. Development duties were shared between many studios worldwide. At release, Wolfenstein: The New Order received generally positive reviews, with praise particularly directed at the combat and the narrative of the game. Considered a positive change to the series by critics, it was nominated for multiple year-end accolades, including Game of the Year and Best Shooter awards from several gaming publications.
8. InFAMOUS : Second Son
inFAMOUS : Second Son is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game was released worldwide on March 21, 2014. Like in previous InFamous games, the player-controlled protagonist possesses superpower abilities that players use in combat. The story follows protagonist Delsin Rowe fighting the Department of Unified Protection (D.U.P.) in a fictionalized Seattle. Over the course of the game, Delsin acquires new powers and becomes either good or evil as player choices influence his morality.
Watch_Dogs is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released worldwide on 27 May 2014 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while a Wii U version was released on 18 November 2014 in North America, 21 November in Europe. Set within a fictionalized version of Chicago, Illinois, the single-player story follows a hacker and his efforts to seek revenge after the accidental death of his niece. The open world design lets players freely roam Chicago, which includes the urban city, open countryside, and slums. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle. Players control Aiden Pearce, a highly skilled grey hat hacker who can hack into the “ctOS”, a centralized operating system which manages the hyper-connected city of Chicago, and formed after the Northeast blackout of 2003 was caused by a hacker. An online multiplayer mode is also provided in the game, allowing up to eight players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting. Watch Dogs was widely anticipated. At release, it received a polarized reception, praise was particularly directed at the game’s hacking elements and mission variety. The game received criticism concerning the overall gameplay and some technical issues. Watch Dogs was a commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest first day sales of a Ubisoft game, and becoming the biggest launch of a new IP ever in the United Kingdom at the time. As of December 31, 2014, the game has sold over 10 million copies.
10. Assassin’s Creed : Rogue
Assassin’s Creed Rogue is a historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Sofia and published by Ubisoft. It is the seventh major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, and acts as a sequel to 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and a prequel to 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III with its final mission being the prologue to 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity. It is the last of the Assassin’s Creed games to be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, The game was first released on thePlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November and December 2014, and released on Microsoft Windows on March 10, 2015. The story is set in the mid-18th century during the Seven Years’ War, and follows Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar. Gameplay in Rogue is very similar to that of Black Flag with a mixture of ship-based naval exploration and third-person land-based exploration with some new features.