But now, with the holidays mostly passed, we must return to the task at hand: the Best of 2014 list! Part Seven brings us number seven and eight, and one step closer to the top of the list! In case you missed them, here are the prior entries:
[PART ONE] [PART TWO] [PART THREE] [PART FOUR] [PART FIVE] [PART SIX]
8. Infamous: Second Son (Naughty Dog)
|Did I mention this game is incredibly pretty?|
Because that's not a cutscene above.
The entire Infamous series is various shades of excellent -- the original was quite good, if not a bit unpolished, and the sequel was entertaining -- but Second Son is the true master of the franchise. You play as Delsin Rowe, a delinquent from a native tribe near Seattle, who inadvertently absorbs the powers of other "bioterrorists" when he comes in physical contact with them. At first, you start with the power of smoke, being able to pass through wire fences and throw fireballs at people, but quickly gain the ability to control neon, TVs and, eventually, concrete.
|Second Son also featured an ARG called Paper Trail, that|
had you alternating between in-game missions and searching
for clues on the internet. It was most excellent.
You can snipe people with neon blasts while hovering through the air in slow-motion. You can transform into smoke and go shooting through air ducts all the way onto the roof of a building. You can form a ball of concrete around you and roll down the street, steamrolling all enemies in your way. Everything in Second Son is a continuation from the previous entries and everything about it is fantastic. Second Son is an excellent addition to any game library -- and, as a PS4-exclusive, is an absolute must for any Sony gamer.
7. Alien: Isolation (The Creative Assembly)
|Forget the motion tracker: it's already too late.|
Alien: Isolation is the game that fans of the Alien franchise have wanted from the beginning. Forget Alien vs Predator, or the complete shit-show that was Colonial Marines -- Alien fans want to be scared. They want to experience what is what like to be Ellen Ripley being hunted through the bowels of the Nostromo as her crewmates died one-by-one. They want to hide in a vent, their motion tracker frantically pinging as they desperately looking back and forth, trying to find an escape route. Alien fans (and horror gamers in general) want an imbalance of power: they want to feel vulnerable to the xenomorph and no game has gotten this more perfect than Alien: Isolation.
|The xenomorph isn't the only thing you'll have to worry about|
on Sevastopol Station: the androids and other humans are
dangerous in their own right and not to be crossed.
I love Alien: Isolation, even though I usually can't handle the stress of survival horror games, and it’s because it's truly a love letter to the original movie from 1979. It is one of the best licensed games ever created and the only reason it does not rank higher on my list -- sorry, Darren -- is because I still haven't managed to finish it. I need to go back to Sevastopol Station, despite the gnawing dread in my gut, because I need to see Amanda's story to the end -- xenomorph be damned.
And there is Part Seven completed! Part Eight will be coming tomorrow, most likely, so stay tuned all this week when I hammer out the rest of my Best of 2014 list!
Get anything exceptionally awesome for Christmas this year? Think that I'm insane for not placing Alien: Isolation higher on my list? (I already said I'm sorry, Darren! Jeez.) Drop me a comment and we can chat about it! I love hearing about cool presents and swag, and I always love discussing video games!
'Til next time!