I'm going to say something really weird here and say Dungeons and Dragons Online (ddo)
I've been playing this MMORPG on and off with friends for a while and the updates that came out this year were simply amazing. It's rare for an 8-year-old
MMO to toss out ALL
of it's mechanics (D&D 3rd edition mostly) and start from scratch to end up with a completely new system that is incredibly better AND
have the players also be happy about the change. A very gutsy move that really paid off.Disclaimer: I have spent around 30$ on the game by now so my enjoyment does factor microtransactions (most of the $ being the expansions)Honorable mention: LoL
... I'm still playing that darn thing a lot.2) Saints Row IV
(technically came out in 2013, but I waited for GOTC which is 2014)
God damn this game is incredible. This serie has fully mastered the art of simply keeping the fun in a game and removing everything else.
The superpowers steal the show completely.
The choice of music is also divine for anyone that likes techno.Honorable mention: Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius
(which will receive its last update early 2015! woohoo) & Divinity Original Sin3) The Banner Saga
While the storytelling is good, I can't say the same about much of the rest. The system is archaic and there are way too many useless parameters. The amount of people under you for example is a huge mechanic and yet it does not serve you at all. Other than getting the happiness achievement, you are hencefort much better served to keep your money and let them starve. Oh yeah, you don't have money either, you need to pay for food with XP... The choices you make aren't choices at all. To make a choice you need long term consequences which aren't here at all. You thus just go on a wiki and find the good answer to every question. Again, there is ZERO consequence to anything other than characters dying which is usually for the stupidest reasons.Honorable mention: Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
(I'm still hopeful that SC is better though)
The lack of JRPG is sad, but most of the ones I played were from 2013 and the Xillia games are like cold pizza, not bad but still far from anything truly delectable. I do need to play Ar Nosurge still though.
I also haven't touched DA:I. Again, waiting for a GOTY/Complete edition.
And so without further adieu, here is mine.
Without further goodbye? Oh wait, further 'ado' =P