Games of the Year 2014

Josh Curry's Awards
5) Child of Light (PS4)
If I were a more creative writer, I would write this snippet as a poem, probably butchering the rhymes as badly as Rubella. Child of Light doesn't do anything that hasn't already been done in either Final Fantasy or Grandia, but it's ultimately so charming that none of that matters. You will get swept away in the cutesy rhymes, beautiful art, and entertaining whimsy of Child of Light, making it feel like a fresh experience.

4) Transistor (PS4)
Bastion was one of my favorite games of the last console generation. Obviously, I had high hopes for Transistor — most would say unfair expectations. While Transistor never wowed me like Bastion, there is no denying that it is a terrific game with a breathtaking soundtrack. The art, world, and story were something that stuck with me long after I had stopped playing Transistor. The game screams personality, and that made it one of my favorite experiences of the year.

3) Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)
Diablo III was already a great game. With the addition of Reaper of Souls, with Bounties and Nephalem Rifts, you have the game that people were hoping for in a sequel to Diablo 2. And ultimately, that is the best praise you can give a game.

2) Destiny (PS4)
Destiny is a flawed game. People can complain that there isn't enough content or even that the leveling system is flawed, but at the end of the day, I just don't care because it is so much fun to play. 13 years ago, Bungie revolutionized the shooter genre with Halo, and each subsequent game release has improved on their winning formula. Destiny is an amazing shooter with decent RPG elements. No, it wasn't the MMO we were promised, but I played through dungeons over and over again with a smile on my face because the gameplay was so enjoyable.

1) Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
There were bits and pieces of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II that I liked, but overall, they were games that never really grabbed me. Origins had a big world and interesting characters, while its sequel had wonderful combat. Ultimately, it made me view Dragon Age as the ugly, disappointing brother of spectacular games/series like Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Thankfully, Inquisition is the first step in the series toward being deserving of BioWare's impressive legacy. Inquisition successfully melds the best parts of the previous games and produces a game that captivated me. Previously, I was always excited for the next Dragon Age game because I saw the potential of the series. Now I can't wait for the next game because I am a fan.

Best Non-RPG
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
There is so much praise I can give to Hearthstone, but what sums it up best is the number of hours I've dumped into the game; I played over 500 hours of Hearthstone this year, and that is ignoring the countless hours of streams and tournaments I've watched. I have never really played any other CCGs, but Blizzard did a great job making the game easy to pick up for newcomers to the genre while also adding that addicting quality that is so prevalent in all of their games. Beware: this game is video game crack, but you will never regret the addiction.

Category Awards
Traditional RPG Action RPG Graphic Adventure Strategy RPG Indie RPG Best Hybrid RPG Port or Re-Release Best Combat Best Visuals Best Sound Best Story Best Protagonist Best Supporting Character Best Ensemble Cast
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2014
Editors' Picks
Caitlin Argyros Andrew Barker Neal Chandran Josh Curry Derek Heemsbergen Sean Hutton Stephen Meyerink Kyle Miller Mike Salbato Robert Steinman John Tucker Dave Yeager
Readers' Choice
Readers' Choice Best RPG of 2014

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