#2 this year is another example of the creativity that can be seen from the Indie market. Just like my #1 pick for last year, The Swapper, today’s game tells a lot without needing millions of dollars of development and advertising and continues to prove that Indie developers can stand with AAA in terms of quality.
For #3 we turn to what has arguably become one of the best selling games of 2014, a launch pad for the Amiibo and a celebration of all things Nintendo.
#7 is another licensed IP game and one that everyone was expecting to fail. After the disaster of Alien Colonial Marine, the franchise seemed dead but Alien Isolation not only managed to revive it but also horror for AAA developers as well.
For #8 we have the first of two very successful games based on IPs in 2014 starting with Shadow of Mordor that managed to take a world that we all know and flip it on its head both design and story wise.