Review of Games 2014

RBJBrian By RBJBrian, 4th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Brian reminisces about the top ten news stories regarding video games in 2014. Such topics include the DDoS attacks, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Destiny, remastered games, Xbox price drops, Watchdogs, Twitch, and more!

Review of Games 2014

Is 2014 already over? Man, does time go by fast or what?! The two juggernauts in video game consoles - the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One had their one year anniversary this year. At the same time, Nintendo Wii U celebrated its two year anniversary. How did these consoles do in 2014? In this article, I will be breaking down the top ten stories in video gaming. These stories are rated by me, and will be an educated opinion. It can be good or bad, relating to specific games, or about the company in general. Without further ado, let’s get started!

10. Destiny - Bungie was without the direction of Microsoft for the first time in over a decade. There was a lot of anticipation for this futuristic shooter. The beta, available to play in July was a lot of fun. While it only let you get to experience level six, there was a lot to like about the game. Since its release in September, the game lost a lot of its luster, and while it still looks great, some were disappointed in its replay value. However, that may change with upcoming DLCs.

9. PT (Silent Hills) - PT, Playable Teaser, was released by Sony for the Playstation 4 in August. The playable teaser was released without any references to the Silent Hill series, and players didn’t know until the end of the teaser that it was a Silent Hill game. In addition, the game features a high profile actor (Norman Reedus). The teaser primarily highlights the amazing graphics provided on the PS4 and using the Fox Engine, but doesn’t let you do much besides walking around and zooming in on hints and clues as to your purpose for being in the creepy house.

8. Watchdogs - Ubisoft’s next big IP was released in May and had a lot of hype. What wasn’t to love? The graphics and gameplay were demonstrated at E3 2012 and 2013, and people were excited to immerse themselves in a world where you could control anything connected to the electric grid, and peer into people’s private lives via their cell phones. In the end, while it wasn’t a disaster, it definitely was less than the original hype.

7. Remastered games galore! - There were a lot of remastered games that were released in 2014. Some of them included The Last of Us, Halo: Master Chief Collection, GTA V, and others. While the games looked amazing, my feelings about the nature of remstered games in general are pretty cut and dry (see http://redbuttonjamfest.com/articles/brianrant3.html).

6. Twitch Purchased by Amazon for $1.1 Billion - In August of 2014, it was announced that Amazon had purchased Twitch for $1.1 billion. This massive amount of money is an example of how popular the media platform has become. As of this writing, it is the fourth largest user of Internet bandwidth (Source: NY Times) and has brought in more viewers than some prime time television series finales.

5. Xbox One Offered without Kinect for $399 - When it was released, the Xbox One (with Kinect) cost $500. In June of 2014, only having been released less than eight months before, Microsoft decided to offer another SKEW and bring a Kinect-less Xbox One for $399. What was special about this price point was that it was the same as Sony’s Playstation 4. Amazingly, it was promoted during the 2012 E3 that the Xbox One’s Kinect was an integral part of the hardware, and gaming experience. So when the price was cut by one hundred dollars, and the Xbox One was sold without the Kinect, one had to wonder just how integral the Kinect was in the first place.

4. Assassin’s Creed Unity - From gigantic developer Ubisoft, the now annual release of the Assassin’s Creed franchise was released on Veteran’s Day. Upon its release, many discovered to their horror, that their sixty dollar investment was inundated with errors that prevented even some reviewers to play through the game long enough to give readers and viewers enough content with which to work.

3. Xbox One Lowers Price to $349 (for a limited time only) - On November 2nd, the MSRP of the Xbox One was lowered to $349, fifty dollars off the $399 price (please note that this is the Kinect-less version). In addition to that, it included the bundles - for example, you got the console, a controller, and a game (either Sunset Overdrive, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, or Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and Unity). PS4 had consistently beaten the Xbox One in sales since their release. However, in November 2014, for the first time, Xbox One sales were higher than that of the Playstation 4. The sale is supposed to end in January for Xbox One, so it will be interesting to see whether or not the Xbox One will maintain the lead once both consoles are selling at equal prices. Then again, perhaps the limited time only sale may stick around longer or permanently.

2. Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros Wii U - While there have been some great games that came out for the Wii U since its release in late 2012, they generally have not been big enough reasons for people to go out and buy the console. I attribute this for a couple reasons. First, is marketing from Nintendo. For the average consumer, most did not realize that the Wii U was a new game system - many assumed that it was just a new controller. The name is too similar, and the console itself, especially when not compared to the original Wii, looks a lot like its predecessor. Secondly, there are not a lot of big name third party games that have been offered for the Wii U. Even the ones that exist, such as Watchdogs and Mass Effect 3, were released after their initial release on other consoles, thus didn’t sell as well as they would have otherwise. Prior to Mario Kart 8’s release in late May of 2014, it seemed that the Wii U was completely doomed for failure, with Nintendo posting financial losses in consecutive quarters. However with the release of both Mario Kart 8 in May and Smash Bros Wii U in November, there seems to be new life in the Nintendo system. These are two games that have convinced people to buy consoles. It will be an interesting 2015 with such anticipated games such as: Splatoon, Legend of Zelda, and StarFox.

1. DDoS Attacks, or Denial of Service Attacks were numerous in 2014 - They occurred throughout the year, and essentially affected millions of individuals attempting to use the online services of companies such as Blizzard, Sony, and Microsoft. On Christmas Day, both Sony’s Playstation Network as well as Microsoft’s Xbox Live were offline, leading many people to question whether their new console they received for Christmas had a defect. Will 2015 be plagued by more DDos attacks?

So what do you think? Did I hit on all the biggest stories of the year? Something I missed? Something you want me to discuss in greater depth?

Feel free to contact me:
email - brian@redbuttonjamfest.com
Twitter - @RBJBrian

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Assassins Creed, Ddos, Game, Microsoft, Nintendo, Playstation, Ps4, Remastered, Twitch, Video Game, Wii, Wiiu, Xbox

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