(Note: All games were received from their respective publishers for coverage and review purposes.)
This week we happily say goodbye to Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and Blue Estate and welcome my surprising front runner for shooter campaign of 2014: Sniper Elite 3. I also added a new list at the bottom for Hall Of Fame titles that represent some of the best games that you can find on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or both.
- Sniper Elite 3 - After reviewing the disappointing Enemy Front for Gamespot (LINK), I had wondered how long it would take before I played an above average World War II shooter. I had been too busy to research Sniper Elite 3, so to find that it actually was set during WWII was a great surprise. The gruesomeness of the game’s sniper kills are all the more complemented by the satisfying preciseness when you learn how to properly snipe.
- Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition - Xbox’s Games With Gold still has a long way to go before it can consistently impress me like PlayStation Plus does, especially when I feel like they’re cheating by adding the free-to-play Gotham City Imposters. That said, I hope this definitive edition of Guacamelee is a sign of even more great things to come.
- Valiant Hearts - Given that last Saturday was the 100th anniversary of World War I, I’ve been reading, watching, and playing all things WWI-related. Despite the time difference with the Sarajevo timezone, I stayed up late so I could be awake at the approximate time Franz Ferdinand was shot.
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Even after I eventually reach Level 50, I suspect FFXIV will be on this list for quite a while. Semi-related, the U.S. leg of the first FFXIV Fan Festival sounds very tempting.
- Watch Dogs - Bumped back to the Top 5 thanks to the first batch of DLC content. The new outfits and weapons are forgettable, but the three missions were a blast, especially when two involve enemy hideout infiltrations.
- Wolfenstein: The New Order - In retrospect, I’m surprised Bethesda showed us the first five chapters in their preview event earlier this year. It was not an adequate sample of what the full game turned out to be, which turned out to be spectacular.
- Transistor - There’s something deep about wielding the weapon that was meant to kill to you. It’s not quite as disturbing as having your arm ripped off and being bludgeoned with it, but it’s close.
- Resogun - This was supposed to enter the Hall Of Fame list but the newly added Heroes expansion called for an earned bumped to the Top 8. The added (and free) ship creator patch is also much appreciated.
- 1001 Spikes - As I type these words, the urge to drop everything and play 1001 Spikes rises. Then I realize the long weekend is starting soon and that I don’t want to kick it off with stress.
- Strider - A welcome return to the list by way of its PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection availability. While it’s not even among the top 25 best MetroidVania games, it is at least worthy of the Strider name.
- Towerfall: Ascension - This game also makes a surprising return via Instant Game Collection. Considering its fast pace and level design, having characters with finite, but retrievable ammo adds a ton to Towerfall’s challenge.
- Super Time Force - Prediction: The upcoming Super Time Force Ultra for PC will only be a timed exclusive, so I’m pretty sure we’ll see this game return to this list many months from now. In other news, you can get the soundtrack from Bandcamp: LINK
- Child Of Light - I haven’t played this future hall of famer since the week it came out, but I can still picture its dreamlike art direction in my head. If you’re having trouble finding the Confessions, here is a guide I wrote for GamesRadar: LINK
- Entwined - This might be the last week of Entwined on this list and I hope the student team behind this little gem have follow-up plans, whether it’s a new game or an expansion of Entwined. Now I’m motivated to finally beat Rez HD.
- Sportsfriends - Between this, Infamous: Second Son, and Trials Fusion this last spot was a tough choice. This also might be the most same-screen multiplayer games I’ve had in a power rankings list in a single week.
Hall Of Fame
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Rayman Legends