No matter how you slice it, 2014 was a disappointment.
Even though we always have plenty of games to play (something the youngsters don't fully appreciate), 2014 was billed as one of the best years in gaming history. It didn't turn out that way.
In doing up the Game of the Year nominees today, I realized just how big of a letdown the past year has been, especially if we consider the expectations for 2014. Many of the most anticipated games of the new generation just didn't blow us away; starting with inFamous: Second Son and Titanfall earlier in the year and moving through Destiny , Driveclub , The Evil Within , and Assassin's Creed Unity later, the year simply didn't deliver the defining experiences it promised.
On top of which, the constant delays took their toll. Without the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , Batman: Arkham Knight , Evolve , Battlefield: Hardline and The Order: 1886 , we were left with mostly uninspired, technically unstable games. We caught a few glimpses of greatness in games like Unity , Watch Dogs and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor , and Dragon Age: Inquisition and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were both great. Even so, it's really not what everyone had anticipated.
The question is, will 2015 be the year 2014 should've been? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End , Bloodborne and The Order lead the PlayStation charge, along with the aforementioned titles. Plus, you've got Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain , Final Fantasy XV , No Man's Sky , Rise of the Tomb Raider , Mortal Kombat X , Halo 5: Guardians , etc. Maybe that's the year that will make us all happy to be new-console owners.
What do you think?