Welcome to the first ever Mega Dads Game of the Year Awards!! Okay, so maybe it’s not really an award. We don’t have any cool trophies to hand out to developers. Heck, we don’t even have a fancy graphic to slap on top of our screenshots. What we do have is our picks for our favorite games of the year though. Here at Mega Dads we both have day jobs and families and other daily distractions, so we don’t get to play EVERY game that comes out like most of the other websites out there. But we still play quite a bit. So the way we are doing it is each of us have picked our top 3 games of the past year. It was a good year for gaming and thanks for spending a few moments of it with us!
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the type of game that I don’t play much of anymore. With the more limited game time I have these days I tend to go for the 8-10 hour games. But I couldn’t resist Dragon Age. Like Skyrim before it, this game draws you into a huge world full of endless quests and a quality storyline. It’s one of the better looking games I’ve seen in awhile and I couldn’t wait to see what the next area in the world map looked like. The character editor lets you create a character that truly feels unique and the options for finding and crafting armor and weapons will have you mining ore and collecting hides to deck your hero out in the coolest gear. I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of this game and I’m sure it will keep me entertained well into 2015.
2. Sunset Overdrive
Sunset Overdrive was a breath of fresh air when so many games feature brown and grey color palettes and are so grim and serious. Insomniacs latest game is full of bright, colorful environments and a hilarious, care free attitude. The story might be throw away but you’re having too much fun to notice. You’ll be grinding, swinging and bouncing your away through the open world while unleashing hell with a nutty assortment of weapons from a sprinkler that spits acid to a chain gun that launches bowling balls. Add to that some of the coolest, biggest and most fun boss battles I’ve played in years and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a good time during the awesomepocalypse!
1. Mario Kart 8
I’m a sucker for Nintendo. And Mario Kart 8 is Nintendo at it’s absolute best. In what might be the best game in the series, they have managed to inject enough new into the trusted formula that this game never gets old. You get tons of tracks, from classics with a new twist to brand new courses full of imagination. A giant lineup of racers and kart customizing options add to the fun as well as an online mode that Nintendo actually gets right! They even nailed the DLC which adds characters and tracks from Zelda, Animal Crossing, F-Zero and Excitebike! I will be playing this game for years with the entire family and it will be a blast every single time.
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the first game in the series that I’ve played. And what an amazing introduction it has been. The world in this game is rich with history and characters that while I’m sure I would get more out of if I’d played previous entries, never feels confusing for a newcomer. Every area in the game feels unique and different from the one before and are amazing to look at. There are endless customization and crafting options if you want to get deep, but it never forces you to use them. The game is as complex as you want it to be. And with a seemingly endless amount of quests to go on, I’m sure I’ll be exploring the world of Thedas for months to come.
2. Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight, from new developer Yacht Club Games has become one of the greatest Kickstarter success stories ever. After receiving over 4x their fundraising goals they’ve created a love letter to gamers of the 80’s. Drawing inspiration from NES titles such as Mega Man, Castlevania and Duck Tales, Shovel Knight blends the right amount of nostalgia with modern mechanics to create a game that is both retro AND innovative. And with both charming visuals and a great sountrack, Shovel Knight was one of the biggest surprise hits of the year.
1. Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 is Nintendo hitting on all cylinders. For a series that’s over 20 years old to be able to put out what is possibly the best entry yet and not feel like it’s just beating a dead horse is so impressive. With a huge amount of tracks, racers and karts the racing never gets old. The soundtrack is amazing and the new customization features add a welcome new strategy to the game. Nintendo is also embracing some modern gaming conventions with great DLC and the ability to upload replays to YouTube. Mario Kart has always been a family favorite of ours and I’m glad to see that it will continue to be into the future. So there you have it! Those are our favorite games of 2014. Let us know in the comments below what you think and what YOUR favorites were.