5) The Walking Dead: Season 2 (PC)
Season 2 didn't have quite the same heights as 1, and the last chapter had some cheap tricks up its sleeve that disrupted the overall narrative. Nevertheless, The Walking Dead continues to tell a captivating story, and Clementine's growth into a tough survivor intrigues me to no end. I'm very much looking forward to the eventual Season 3.
4) Dark Souls II (PS3)
Despite all of my misgivings about game balance and questionable hit detection, Dark Souls II kept me thoroughly entertained during my sojourn through Drangleic. It's a solid effort by a team that took the reins and managed to keep the wagon from completely falling over the cliff. I hope From Software takes some time to further separate Dark Souls and Bloodborne in the future, however. Things could get rather stale if Dark Souls follows the Armored Core approach.
3) South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3)
I only recently started playing The Stick of Truth, and I can already tell it's a fantastic experience that truly captures the magic of the show. I've been watching South Park for nearly eighteen years now, and this game may be one of the best things to come out of the series' long history. It stands up to the movie in terms of humor and wit, and the gameplay reminded me of playing in the woods of my small suburban neighborhood. And no, I never farted on anyone.
Okay, maybe once...
2) Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC)
Man, what a ride it's been with Diablo III. Most developers would have abandoned ship and begun work on a fourth title instead of trying to save a fairly broken game, but that's what makes Blizzard so special. Reaper of Souls managed to get me back into the world of Sanctuary, and its focus on proper endgame content and gameplay balance means that everyone can have fun slaying monsters and collecting precious loot again. Keep it coming, Blizz!
1) Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
If you told me earlier this year that Inquisition would be my favorite game of 2014, I would have called you crazy. And yet, here I am thinking about my party and all of things I have left to do in the fields of Thedas. I still have some companion quests to finish up, and those dragons need to meet a proper end at the hand of my Qunari rogue. Inquisition is a wonderful game you can truly lose yourself in and play for hours and hours, and I can't wait to see where the franchise goes in the future.
The Banner Saga (PC)
I know, I know. I need to play this game. Stephen's been yelling at me for nearly a year to give it a shot. I've got some time set aside for this during the holidays, and I'm very much looking forward to it.
I've seen more interesting environment and monster designs in one area of Bloodborne than I saw in the entirety of Dark Souls II. It's clear that Hidetaka Miyazaki wants to push the measured combat of the Souls games into new territory, and every screenshot and video has salivating for more. Here's hoping Bloodborne lives up to the hype!