Jada’s Favorites Video Games by the Month for 2014

2014 is wrapping up and I decided to pick out my favorite game for each of the month, so without further ado here are my top picks for 2014.

January – Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

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Last year our favorite Tomb Raider got the reboot treatment, and just under a year later, Square Enix gave Lara Croft the HD paint job for the new-gen consoles. If you thought last year’s game looked great, then be ready to be surprised by the improved visuals on Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. The story and its gameplay from last year are still topnotch to put Tomb Raider to the top slot for me in January 2014.

February – Bravely Default


Bravely Default is everything you would expect out of a classic JRPG from Square Enix. It has a great battle system with new twists on the classic turn-based combat, an amazing soundtrack to keep the lengthy hours of gameplay from becoming stale, and a story that does a solid job of tying everything together. By far one of the best breakout new IP RPGs we have seen in years, and with any luck we will see the sequel Bravely Second in 2015.

March – South Park: The Stick of Truth


Matt Parker and Trey Stone are at it again, and this time they captured not only the fanbase of their hit TV show, but also fans of video games and RPGs. With enough jokes and sexual innuendos to fill an entire season, South Park: The Stick of Truth is a solid RPG experience with a great story that is well worth a play-through for any fan of classic RPGs.

April – Child of Light

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Child of Light is a platforming RPG with inspiring art and a beautiful unique story about a girl, Aurora, stolen from her home and her quest to retrieve the moon, stars, and the sun from the mysterious queen so that she may return home. Utilizing an active time battle system and optional cooperative experience to have a friend join in for assists in time of need, this is a great game to experience either alone or with friends.

May – 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. It 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.

June – Shovel Knight

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Do you have a passion for retro gaming and the difficulty that comes with it? Then Shovel Knight is for you. Utilizing 8-bit graphics and inspired by classic 2D platforming games like Duck Tales, Castlevania, and Mega Man, the game creates a difficult yet enjoyable side-scrolling adventure back to the time of difficult challenges and even greater feelings of triumph when finishing a game.

July – Last of Us: Remastered


My personal choice for 2013’s Game of the Year, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us was their take on a zombie-esque apocalypse. This year it got the HD paint job that many games got, with all of its DLC content, an even more brutal difficulty, and a photo mode where you can create breathtaking photos with custom effects. The game is one of the best PlayStation exclusives in years and if you are new to the PlayStation family, then there are a few other games out there that reach this one’s caliber.

August – Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare


The age-old war on your front lawn between plants and the undead are at it again this time; however, they have a whole new arsenal at their hands…petals…and vines? Whatever they have, they have a lot of it. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is the newest in the franchise, and this year EA cashed in on the PvP side of things with a hybrid of third-person class-based shooters with some tower defense mechanics mixed in. Think Team Fortress 2 with plants, zombies and tons of customizations and you’ve got the picture.

September – Destiny


Bungie is back baby and bringing out all the stops now with Destiny. Since its launch in September, it has been met with mixed reviews; some really love it and some not so much. While some people may feel that there isn’t enough content to keep them playing, they often forget that Bungie has a 10-year plan in place. While the games single player was a bit on the short side, the multiplayer and limited time events keep me coming back for more and just as ready to gear up for that next raid.

October – Sunset Overdrive

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Insomniac Games, one of my favorite game developers, are the minds behind the Ratchet & Clank series. This time they bring their take on crazy weapons like the “T and Teddy” (a teddy bear infused with TnT) and unique gameplay to the table for their take on the zombie apocalypse. With the concept of keeping on the move by being able to bounce, grind, and wall run on just about anything in the world, the game brings the childhood games to new levels.

November – Super Smash Brothers

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Super Smash Bros is back and if there was ever a reason needed to buy a WII U, this is it. With the most characters, stages, music and customization to date, SSB4 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.

December – Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix


This year we were treated with another Square Enix’s HD remastering of three Kingdom Hearts games. Last year’s 1.5 had the original Kingdom Hearts, Chain of Memories, and KH 358 days/2 which was converted into a short-length movie covering all the story elements of the original game. This year Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix follows the same formula that includes Kingdom Hearts 2, Birth by Sleep, and KH Re:Coded. We get an HD paint job to the games and the Final Mix extra content to KH 2, which was never previously released in the U.S. If you’re looking for a whole new Kingdom Hearts experience, look elsewhere, but if you want a trip down memory lane, or for if you missed these games the first time around, then you will be in for a magical ride.

Hope you all enjoyed 2014 as much as I did for gaming and everything else. I for one am looking forward to a jam-packed 2015! So be safe, play some games with friends, and have a happy New Year to one and all.

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