7 of 2014’s Best Offerings (So Far)

Time flies when you’re having fun (or so the expression goes). It doesn’t seem like that long ago since I was stuffing myself with turkey while pretending to enjoy Uncle Norman’s stories and watching “Shrek” on the tele in the mayhem otherwise known as Christmas. Not to mention the hours racked up on the brand spanking new next generation console that appeared at the foot of the Christmas tree.

However, while the winter is full of new game releases left, right and centre, the same can’t be said for the summer. One look at the release calendar for July shows tumbleweed (that’s not a new IP, by the way), providing gamers with the perfect opportunity to play through the ever-growing pile of shame or to catch up on 2014’s best offerings.

“What are the best game releases of this year so far?” I hear you ask. Here are seven recently released titles that would make a great addition to your collection:

Child Of Light


Platforms:
PS3, PS4, 360, XBO

Release Date: April 30th, 2014

Console Monster Review (80%): “Child of Lightoffers a free-form experience that adapts well to the player’s wishes. Following the story is an option, and an eventual inevitability, but there is also ample time to freely explore the fantasy environment, flying free amongst the clouds or through the burrows beneath the roots of the forests. The flimsy skill system feels a little arbitrary and anaemic and the abundance of potions means there’s almost always some means of escaping defeat, but the story and rewarding gameplay render these areas for improvement rather than game breaking flaws.”

Dark Souls II


Platforms:
PS3, 360

Release Date: March 14th, 2014

Console Monster Review (83%): “[Dark Souls II] will calmly scorn the overly bold and swat aside the hesitant, eventually rewarding the diligent with an all-important and refreshing sense of accomplishment, something all too often forgotten in an industry obsessed with instant gratification, and at a massive 45+ hours to completion this is the antithesis to instant gratification. Not for those with low self-esteem – if there’s a game to push someone over the brink, it’s Dark Souls II.”

South Park: The Stick of Truth


Platforms:
PS3, 360

Release Date: March 7th, 2014

Console Monster Review (85%): “It’s clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into South Park: The Stick of Truth to make a brilliant overall product. While the combat isn’t particularly innovative and there’s little replayability once players have overcome the twelve hour campaign, the brilliantly-scripted story mode contains many laugh out loud moments. This is the game fans of the television series have been waiting for (just don’t forget to bring a towel).”

Titanfall


Platforms:
360, XBO

Release Date: March 11th, 2014 (XBO)/April 11th, 2014 (360)

Console Monster Review (93%): “Titanfall demands little but gives a lot. Whilst a greater selection of gunlocks and customisation may be demanded by those reared on recent iterations of theCall of Dutyfranchise, there’s enough here to set to work at. Level design of master quality, chaotic adrenaline-inducing gunplay, visuals to set the eyes alight, we may not be entering a truly next generation evolutionary stage of the first person shooter, but Respawn have definitely reached somewhat of a zenith with their little metal brainchild. If there’s a game so far to justify investing in an Xbox ONE, it’s Titanfall, so have your wallets at the ready.”

Trials Fusion


Platforms:
PS3, PS4, 360, XBO

Release Date: April 16th, 2014

Console Monster Review (83%): “Trials Fusion begins as an unassuming romp but quickly becomes an addiction; maddeningly challenging tracks forcing the player to either accept the shame of defeat or hone their skills to perfection. Improvement comes fast, but the road to mastery is long and arduous. Fusion is at its best with a bunch of friends and a few bottles of suds, soundtracked with oohs and ahs and countless expletives. A greater selection of bikes and quads would have been great but what’s here will give hours of misery and jubilation in equal measure as ‘one more go’ becomes a hundred.”

Watch_Dogs


Platforms:
PS3, PS4, 360, XBO

Release Date: May 27th, 2014

Console Monster Review (85%): “Watch Dogs is a fantastic title that is let down by the slow start to the story mode and the weak driving physics. However, there are a number of redeeming factors including the asynchronous single player and multiplayer working in the game’s favour and there is plenty of gameplay to keep players occupied. It may not be as revolutionary as everyone was hoping, but this is one of the Xbox One’s best offerings … for the time being, at least.”

Wolfenstein: The New Order


Platforms:
PS3, PS4, 360, XBO

Release Date: May 20th, 2014

Console Monster Review (85%): “It is good to see this game sideline industry pressure to implement multiplayer in the game and instead focus on its characters and telling a good story. Thankfully its developer, MachineGames, have delivered in all these areas. Wolfenstein: The New Order is a solid game throughout and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. If you’re into your first-person shooters and you have the urge to cap some Nazi behinds, then this is the game for you. You might not find much longevity on completion of the game, but the journey there is wunderbar!”

Are there any other titles that we have missed out? Let us know in the comments below.

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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