We can now reveal the top ten games of the year, as voted for by the VG247 community.
After more than 2,600 votes you lot have managed to whittle down a list of 38 of the year’s biggest games to the top 10. Here they are in descending order, as voted for by you…
10. The Last of Us: Remastered
Still a stunningly beautiful game over a year since it was originally released on PS3, The Last of Us is Naughty Dog at its finest. The great storytelling, horrific atmosphere, human characters, intriguing exploration and tight gunplay were present before, but the PS4 version added an extra level of polish to show off the true capabilities of Sony’s latest console.
09. Super Smash Bros. Wii U
The only Wii U game on the list, it seems knockabout fighting is still one of Nintendo’s core strengths. While the console struggles to make sales and find a wider audience, games like Super Smash Bros. are unashamedly made for an ever-loyal fanbase. Maybe Nintendo is doing the right thing with its quirky console after all.
08. Forza Horizon 2
The only Xbox One exclusive on the list is easily the best racing game released this year. It looks fantastic, is easily accessible and offers a lot of depth. While Sony’s Driveclub spluttered out the gate, Forza Horizon 2 sped off the grid like the finely tuned vehicle it is. 2014 may have been the year that saw a remastered Chief debut on Microsoft’s console, but Forza Horizon 2 and Xbox One were made for each other.
07. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
After the kind of launch Ubisoft is going to struggle to shake off, it seems that players are still loyal to one of the biggest franchises in video games. Assassin’s Creed certainly has its detractors, but the development team has got its formula of exploration, spectacle and acrobatics locked down tight. Would it have performed better in this list had it not been so buggy at launch? That’s something we won’t know, but it seems as though Unity has managed to roll out from under that disastrous shadow.
06. Dark Souls 2
The only last-gen game on the list, some say it’s not a patch on the original Dark Souls. But the fact is Dark Souls 2 is still a fantastic third-person adventure RPG. It’s hard, yes, but it’s much more than that. Mysterious mechanics and brutal bosses aside, Dark Souls games suck you into a world that slowly, tantalizingly unfolds into a real personal gaming experience.