Greetings, XP4Ts. They say that comparisons are odious, well, what’s really odious are some of the games on this list. We’ve sat down around the Christmas table here at XP4T headquarters and had a good think about our best and worst gaming experiences in 2014. And in the spirit of Christmas sharing, we want to tell you all about it. The only rule our brandy-addled minds could handle in this exercise was that all the games on the list had to actually have been published in 2014. Other than that, the gloves are off for the stinkers, while the good gaming experiences we’ve had are given the praise they deserve. Check out the video above if you’re feeling lazy, or give your eyeballs a workout with the text version, the choice is yours! (Make sure you don’t find any of the rotters under your tree – ask digital Santa to check the links at the end!)
It has everything a great FPS should have and plenty more besides. A modern military shooter that manages to incorporate realism, great map design and authentic sound effects within a well-balanced game. This hardcore tactical shooter can make you feel like a John J Rambo one minute and Gomer Pyle the next. The game is best experienced in PvP mode, where careful navigation of the map and covering your corners might make you live that little bit longer – I can think of no other game that can give you better clutch moments where you’re the only man on your team left against an untold number of enemies. Even in co-op mode, the bots will challenge you – they don’t just run headlong into your line of sight, but given half a chance they will flank you and try to kill you. New World Interactive look to be embracing their community too, with free DLC and mod support keeping this feeling fresh months after it’s January release. Publishers of so-called AAA titles take note!
The Wolf Among Us
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Have you ever given up before you’ve even started? If you have, then perhaps you’ve worked for Teyon, the developers who made Rambo: the Video Game – a lacklustre effort with no redeeming features. Just looking at it you have to constantly remind yourself that this was made in 2014, not 1987. And when you take into account the fact that it was delayed from it’s planned 2013 release, you have to wonder what hell was going on – what did they use to polish it? Dog shit? There’s no character control in this on-rails, Operation Wolf clone. You just control the crosshairs, shooting at enemies that all look alike, again and again and again. It also has the worst QuickTime Events I’ve ever seen. Don’t have ninja reflexes? You’re going to have to restart again, and again, and again. Only a few minutes in, you’ll have seen everything it has to offer, and it’s monotonous and brain numbing. Even die-hard Rambo fans will not get any enjoyment from it. I cannot even see a reason for this game to exist . So if it’s that poor, it’s going to be cheap right? Wrong! this is almost a full-price game, and to ask that much money for it, you must have King Kong-sized balls.
“Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off! It wasn’t my war!”