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Games of the Year 2014

Kyle Miller's Awards
5) Destiny (PS4)
Staggeringly unambitious, yet addictive. The core gameplay is superb. I don't give a fig for Halo, and Bungie has seemingly put blinders on post-release (I'm bitter about the first "expansion"), but the shooting is too damn competent for me to give it up. I recommend playing with a loved one, such as a little sister who may be better than you at the game...

4) Dark Souls II (PS3)
It pales in comparison to the original Dark Souls, but what game doesn't? I solo'ed Dark Souls II, and I did it through sheer stubbornness and force of will. How many other games can build character?

3) The Banner Saga (PC)
Poetry. A somber, grave, melancholy journey that encompasses all that is harrowing about life on the move.

2) Divinity: Original Sin (PC)
Poetry. A somber, grave, melancholy journey that encompasses all that is harrowing about life on the move.

1) Legend of Grimrock II (PC)
Pure magic. The antidote to AAA conformist mediocrity and overproduction. A testament to the potency of a little imagination, ingenuity, and strangeness.

Honorable Mention
Child of Light (PS4)
Where did this game come from? A gorgeous storybook adventure that invigorates the boring old turn-based battle system with a few simple additions. Playing on Expert was grand.

Best Non-RPG
Wolfenstein: The New Order
It's not what you expect. Unpretentious and at once self-aware and self-assured, this new Wolfenstein is absurd on paper, yet convincing in the moment. It gets away with alternate history narrative murder and it has fun doing it. There's something appealing about a game that knows — and is — exactly what it wants to be. A wildly unpredictable shooter with brains and, I daresay, a heart.

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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