Best video games of 2014 — what to watch for in 2015

Superheroes, prehistoric creatures and a beloved little Italian man highlight 2015's big releases.

2014 was a great year for gaming. The next gen systems got to flex their new muscles and show gamers what they are made of, previous gen systems gave gamers one last hurrah, and mobile gaming continued its rise to prominence. Now that 2014 is over, let’s take a look back at the top 5 games of last year — and what may be the top contenders for 2015.

5. Destiny
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Developer: Bungie
Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Destiny was, without a doubt, the most talked about game of the year. The makers of Halo attempted to bring players into a new sci-fi universe rich with exciting gameplay and an immersive narrative. I say “attempted” because Destiny’s narrative fails to be immersive and just ends up being confusing. Story aside though, Destiny does deliver exciting gameplay, allowing players to explore an alternate version of the solar system, shoot creepy aliens, get cool loot, and level up their character as high as they can, all while playing online with as many friends as they want. Plus it looks really pretty.

4. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Developer: Monolith Productions
Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

What happens when you cross the free flowing combat system from the Batman: Arkham series with the free running and stealth from Assassin’s Creed? You get Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. But instead of knocking out orcs with your fists you chop of their heads and stab them with a sword, all while free running and sneaking across a pre-Lord of the Rings version of Mordor. What really makes this game unique is the ability to take control of enemies. You can make them fight other orcs, give you intelligence, or rise through the ranks of Sauron’s army. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in Middle Earth.