1. LEGO The Hobbit
Another year, another LEGO game. That’s never a bad thing, in our opinion. This time, we venture into the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and even more of the band of brother that came along for The Hobbit’s ride. The brand new character building mechanics of LEGO The Hobbit and the new wood/crystal mining all make this LEGO adventure a deeper experience than most child-centered video game releases.
2. Child of Light
The gaming world needs more quality releases such as this one. You must go out of your way to experience the artistic platforming RPG mash-up that is Ubisoft’s Child of Light. It evokes elements of everything from Studio Ghibli animated films to games such as Limbo and Grandia II. Aurora’s beautiful world looks good and performs well in all areas.
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle
Be thankful that Namco Bandai made the effort to bring this once Japan-only fighting game over to the States and the U.K. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle brings together several of the manga’s most eccentric characters and pits them in an awesome cel-shaded battle royal. The graphics are the biggest stand-out feature of this anime extravaganza, but the solid battle mechanics and amazingly animated super moves will keep you enthralled.
4. Raiden IV: Overkill
For fans of hectic vertical ship shoot ’em up games, the Raiden series is the top of the line. The downloadable PS3 upgrade of the 4th game in the series brings over the same bullet filled gameplay that fans know and love. This time, you’l get to take three new fighter type ships into battle and experience the madness of a new mode titled “Overkill.” This shoot ’em up is as fun as it gets in the genre.
1. R-Type Dimensions
R-Type fans have become quite hooked to the series fast-paced space shooting gameplay and wonderful sprite based visuals. This PS3 remastered edition of the series comes with a new graphical sheen, a newly arranged soundtrack from Kenichiro Iwasaki, more comfortable control scheme options and a brand new slow-motion feature. All these additions strengthen this shoot ’em up with modern upgrades, while the same fun space blasting gameplay still holds up quite well.
2. Watch Dogs
Ubisoft’s open-world, tech-focused game was a bonafide git! The world of Chicago gets even more lively and hectic as you control Aiden Pearce and use his gadgets to cause harm or be a savior. This new IP released to gamers who were ready for something new to engage in. Watch Dogs and its solid gameplay and new technological tampering mechanics is one of the summer’s best.
1. GRID Autosport
GRID Autosport offers tuner heads so much variety when it comes to the vehicles they know and love. You can partake in street races, hop on some tracks for open wheel racing or even participate in tuner car competitions. As last-gen video games go, this one looks like on of the best. The challenging A.I. and crazy sense of speed make this racer one of the best of 2014.