Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
PS Vita – February 14, 2014 (First released on PSP – November 25, 2010 Japan only)
This is the first game in the ‘visual novel’ genre that I’ve played and I have to say that I was very impressed. The game is effectively Battle Royale meets Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and although it is not overly difficult it kept me going with an engrossing story full of interesting twists and turns.
PS4 – September 9, 2014
Although this was roundly derided on release for its lack of plot and not delivering anything game changing in my opinion everything that Destiny did deliver was routinely excellent. Gorgeous visuals, impressive music and some of the tightest controls I’ve ever experienced in a first person shooter. Add to this excellent co-operative play and some ingenious raids and you’ve got a game that’s addictive to almost problematic levels.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
PS4 – November 21, 2014
Although I wasn’t overly taken in by the plot and series lore I was ultimately drawn in to Dragon Age: Inquisition by the massive varied world and the sheer amount of missions you are given to do in it. For anyone out there like me with a compulsion to complete all side quests in a game this will keep you going for a good long while.
PS Vita/PS4 – July 29, 2014 (First released on Microsoft Windows – June 27, 2013)
Rogue Legacy is an unbelievably addictive ‘rogue like’ game that is almost impossible upon dying not to have just one more go on. Upon dying the mission to conquer the castle is taken up by one of your character’s offspring (all with varying characteristics of their own) who you then go on to take control of. Along with this the mechanic of being able to spend the earnings of your last run on levelling up your family tree helps create an excellent game that is difficult to put down.
PS4 – March 11, 2014 (First released on Ouya – June 25, 2013)
This game is so good that I have no hesitation in putting this on my list despite only actually playing it twice. If you can manage to get a bunch of friends over (or utilise the PS4’s Share Play feature to play online) you will find that this is an enormously fun game with excellently simple controls that allow you to pull off some amazing shots and moves that you actually intended to perform.
Broforce – PC – April 7, 2014 (Early Access)
Driveclub – PS4 – October 8, 2014
OlliOlli – PS Vita – January 22, 2014
The Swapper – PS4 – August 6, 2014 (First released on Microsoft Windows – May 30, 2013)
Velocity 2X – PS Vita – September 3, 2014
Games I loved but wasn’t allowed to put on my list despite me playing them this year because, at this point, I was basically taking the piss:
Fez – PS Vita/PS4 – March 25, 2014 (First released on Xbox 360 – April 13, 2012)
Gone Home – PC – 15 August 2013
Guacamelee! – PS Vita – April 10, 2013
Gunpoint – PC – June 3, 2013
Minecraft – PC – November 18, 2011
Spelunky – PS Vita – August 28, 2013 (First released on Xbox 360 – July 4, 2012)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – PC – April 16, 2012 (First released on iPad – March 24, 2011)
Tearaway – PS Vita – November 22, 2013
The Last of Us – PS3 – June 14, 2013
Thomas Was Alone – PS Vita – April 24, 2013 (First released on Microsoft Windows – June 30, 2012)
To the Moon – PC – November 1, 2011