10 – Spelunky – Sure it is hard, but Spelunky’s tight controls and unforgiving gameplay kept me coming back over and over. That is why it is my number 10 game of the year.
9 – The Stanley Parable – I played this very recently, and maybe it is still fresh in my mind, however as someone who plays a lot of games, The Stanley Parable offers a lot of “inside jokes” directed towards the gaming industry. I laughed loudly and often, and that makes it my number 9.
8 – Gunpoint – It’s quick , it’s fast paced, and it’s unique. Paired with the fact that it was Tom Francis’s first game, I cannot imagine a better debut.
7 – Battlefield 4 – Plagued with crippling problems, bugs and crashes, I know that Battlefield 4 wasn’t on many lists this year. The fact that even with all the problems I could not stop playing it means it deserves to be on my list.
6 – Saints Row 4 – Crackdown 3 would have been a better name for it, and maybe that’s why I loved it so much. How they topped Saints Row 3 is beyond my understanding, but I am glad that they did. Great game that only further helps differentiate the Saints Row series from the GTA games.
5 – Tomb Raider – I haven’t played a Tomb Raider game in a very long time, so I was very surprised when I picked up Tomb Raider. Leaning more towards an Uncharted feel, it paired great exploration with tight combat. I was just as surprised as everyone else.
3 – Bioshock Infinite – Again, a great game that had its problems, but the good far outweighed the bad.
2 – The Last of Us – I have problems with games that make me feel bad, or uncomfortable. When I’m put in those situations I usually put down the controller and walk away. The Last of Us found a way to give me that same feeling, but made me care about the characters. And that is the key, and what makes it great.
1 – Rogue Legacy – Hours and hours later, I am still playing it. And with a patch that adds new things to do, I can’t imagine I’ll stop playing it anytime soon. It wasn’t even a contest between 1 and 2. Rogue Legacy has the tightest controls, of any game I’ve played since Super Meat Boy. Go play it now.