Not only do we love to help artists around the world create video games here at Digital-Tutors, we also love to play them. For many of us here, video games have played a big role in our lives ever since we were young, and like most 3D animators, modelers, riggers, programmers, etc., video games are something all of us share a common interest in.
Depending on who you ask, 2014 can be seen as a year of disappointments and duds, or the year when some excellent new IPs were established. Whichever boat you fall under, most of us can agree that 2014 saw the release of some great new video games, whether they were new installments or brand new franchises. As this year comes to a close, we've decided to take a look back at some of the games that were released this year. Here is the list of our favorite video games of 2014 (in no particular order). If you have your own list, be sure to post them in the comments below, because we'd love to hear them!
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Just like The Last of Us Remastered, Tomb Raider came out in 2013, however we felt this one should certainly make it onto our list, because Tomb Raider Remastered is a game we certainly played a lot of in 2014. The original version of Tomb Raider was already any extremely solid title that rebooted the franchise in a very successful way. Tomb Raider Remastered takes what we already loved, and gave it a big graphics boost.
You can watch our full Game Review by Game Artists for Tomb Raider Remastered to see why we enjoyed this game so much.
Watch our Game Review by Game Artists for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Yes, Rayman Legends is another release on next-gen hardware for 2014. Rayman Legends, despite its very kind friendly gameplay style, this is a video game that just about any age is going to enjoy, and there were many of us that certainly put some hours into this game. The gameplay mechanics are rock solid, and being able to play with five players simultaneously makes it a great game to play with a group of friends. In addition, like Super Smash Bros. Wii U, it's up to 5 people on the same console, not over the Internet.
The art style is another aspect of the game we truly enjoyed and the way the devs were able to achieve a 2D/3D look with completely 2D assets was really impressive. Also, the whimsical and unique levels throughout the game kept you engaged.
Watch our full Game Review by Game Artists.
This War of Mine
This War of Mine might be a game that slipped under your radar, it's certainly not a AAA title, but it was somewhat of a surprise success of late 2014 that has gained critical acclaim among gamers, including ourselves. Instead of focusing on intense combat like most war-themed video games do, This War of Mine lets you play through the eyes of civilians, as you try to survive in a besieged and war stricken city. You must survive by gathering food, materials, etc., and it's your responsibility to keep the civilians alive. The game takes a unique approach to the typical survival game, and the sketched look to gives it an interesting aesthetic you don't see in many games.
Child of Light
Child of Light is a beautifully constructed game that reinvigorates an old style RPG side scroller. While these types of turn-based RPGs may not be for everyone, many of us found the game to be enjoyable. The devs at Ubisoft managed to bring something unique to the gameplay. One of the things that kept us enthralled with the game was the immersive environment, and the beautiful art style. While it's a game that may not be as action packed as something like Destiny, it delivers a compelling story and a unique experience that earned its place on the list.
This was our top list for our favorite games of 2014! Sadly, not everyone's choice at DT could make the top 12. If you feel differently about our choices, feel free to post your favorite video games of 2014 in the comments below!