Top 10 Video Games of 2014


Happy Holidays, gamers and geeks! 2014 has been an interesting year to say the least for the video game industry. We have had overhyped games flopping, games with low expectations blowing us away, and indie game developers bringing us some of the most innovative titles we’ve seen ever. 2015 looks like it is shaping up to be a great year for gaming, but before we blaze the trail into the future of video games, let’s hit the pause button and reflect on the Top 10 Video Games of 2014.

The list is voted by the staff at Nerd Reactor, Videogame BANG!, and many of our friends from the YouTube and Twitch community. Lets just clear something up from the start, because this is our list and we can do whatever we want. We decided to allow people to submit votes for expansions as well as re-releases. We are not discriminating because we want to paint a complete and accurate look at 2014 in gaming. This list is compiled of games that we, the people, found fun and innovative. So without further delay, we will get this party started with our number 10 game of 2014…

10. Halo: Master Chief Collection


Admittedly when the Halo: Master Chief Collection was first announced, I rode the wave of excitement because they were remaking my personal favorite game, Halo 2, and stood stunned in disbelief at the fact that the collection would include every game featuring Spartan 117 for the low, low price of $59.99. What could go wrong? Well a lot actually. The game was riddled with server issues, giant patch updates, and various bugs. The game’s facelift was beautiful, but in this day and age with so many other games vying for our attention, Halo: MCC kinda fell by the wayside. Who knows though, if 343 would have had a smoother launch, this game might have made its way further up the list.

9. Titanfall


You read this right, people… Titanfall actually made the list. It was a game that was hyped to the max. Even though it was billed as the next major FPS franchise, it didn’t quite live up to the hype. The game was fun and ended up being one of the first major titles on the Xbox One post launch. Many people scoffed at the game, breaking it down as “Just Call of Duty with Mechs,” but what it really ended up being was “Call of Duty with Mechs and no campaign.” As a shooter the game was incredibly smooth and in my experience servers were reliable. Personally the game wasn’t worth full price, but on sale this game is definitely worth taking for a spin. Spoiler alert: Although Titanfall is only number nine on our list, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare did not make the list at all. That in it and of itself is a victory.

8. GTA V

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Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox One and PS4 resurfaces in 2014 as one of the top games of the year. It does nothing too new from last year but it does everything correct. In fact GTA V was the number one game on our list last year, so it speaks volumes that for a second year in a row we felt the game’s re-release was worthy to be Top 10 material. From the graphics to the driving to the story, Grand Theft Auto V just seems to do everything about right. With the addition of first person mode and the promise for an online heist mode in 2015, Grand Theft Auto solidified its name on the best of games 2014.

7. Mario Kart 8


Mario Kart 8 brings 30 iconic Mario characters back to race once again with online play, customizable karts and even DLC for characters and race tracks. MK8 even had one of the most famous memes of 2014, The Luigi Death Stare. Add it all together and you’ve got Mario Kart 8.

6. Far Cry 4

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With the many things that Ubisoft did wrong in 2014, they seem to have gotten it very right with Far Cry 4. This game expands on the open world gameplay of its predecessors but gives much more action and a variety of things to do in the world. Wildlife can play a part in combat, you can have a friend join you in some multiplayer missions, or you can go at it alone. Whatever you do Far Cry 4 has some type of fun for you. It’s got an epic storyline with some of the most villainous bad guys and aesthetically pleasing scenery that made this is a game so big you can literally get lost in it for countless hours.

5. Alien Isolation


Long gone are the days of having nightmares from seeing that the closest thing we had to an up-to-date Alien franchise video game was the god-awful Alien Colonial: Marines. We can now breathe easier and sleep better with Alien: Isolation. This game pays homage to the incredible franchise from whence it came, and lives up to the genre of “survival horror.” Each mission and cutscene have a Prometheus feel, making Ridley Scott proud to have ever created such a universe of Xenomorphs and Ellen Ripley. The game is a fast-paced, in-the-moment horror survival game that goes beyond mere creature scares, but on a more primal level.

4. Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor initially received a lot of negative publicity for looking like an Assassin’s Creed clone. Now that the game is out, it has proven to be an enjoyable an action-packed game on its own. The combat and animation are as fluid and visually kick-ass as the Batman: Arkham series. Even though the story and missions could be better, the game’s presentation makes up for it to become one of the better games of 2014.

3. Super Smash Bros.


Super Smash Bros is back and if there was ever a reason needed to buy a Wii U, this is it. It has the most characters, stages, music and customization to date, and it is the definitive fighting game for the Wii U. The addition of 8 player modes, amiibo peripheral support, upcoming DLC, and cross play with its 3DS partner make this the Wii U game of the year for just about everyone.

2. Destiny


There is not a lot that hasn’t been said already about Bungie’s new IP, Destiny. Love it or hate it, people are still buzzing about the game and it shows no sign of slowing down. There are no shortage of opinion pieces, gun and armor reviews, Xur Agent of the Nine location and inventory breakdowns being created online every day. Destiny is a high quality shooter with MMO aspects and some of the most difficult Raid missions ever. This game has been pretty much a science experiment since its debut and even to this day, the Bungie team is working tirelessly to progress the game. Although the game is far from perfect, it has captured enough fan support and media attention, both positive and negative, to make it a force to be reckoned with in 2014.

1. Dragon Age Inquisition

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It was a dogfight between Destiny and Dragon Age Inquisition up until the very last list submitted by our esteemed panel, and Dragon Age came out on top by the slimmest of margins! BioWare has done it again and knocked it out of the park with DA:I. Everything we loved about the first and second installments were brought back for number three with the addition of a beautiful open world landscape. We also received a mostly new cast of companions, and some of the most hilarious romance cutscenes to date (Iron Bull). The combat system takes the best parts of the hyper tactical Origins and the fast-paced hack-and-slash aspects of Dragon Age 2, mixing them together to form a smooth gaming experience to be enjoyed for years to come. The game launched with minimal bugs and has hundreds of hours of game content and nearly limitless replayability.

Well there you have it; the Top 10 games of 2014. Although 2014 wasn’t quite as bad a year for video games as 2013, we hope that 2015 raises the bar. Huge thanks to all the people who submitted their lists and most of all thank YOU, Nerd Reactor readers. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite games of 2014 were. What games did we miss? What games should have been ranked higher? Let us know that and whatever else is on your mind in the comments below.

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