The end of the year is upon us and it’s time to reflect on a year that brought as many remastered titles as there were sequels and original IP’s. 2014 was indeed as good as any other year and this week we’ll focus on the games that stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. The winning title for each category have been voted for and debated by the SA Gamer editorial team, but fear not, in early January you’ll have your say and we’ll list the best games of the year as per your votes. You’re welcome to leave your opinion in the comments below.
The Wii U certainly didn’t have an abundance of games this year. With most 3rd-party publishers abandoning the platform altogether Nintendo have taken the quality over quantity stance. A quick glance at some of the gems that have been released on the console… we aren’t complaining. Looking at all the systems titles along with most developers outlook towards the system it’s surprising that this year’s winner isn’t a first-party title. That’s right, the winner of best exclusive Wii U game for 2014 goes to:
Is it really such a surprise that a traditional “Nintendo title” didn’t win best game? After all Bayonetta 2 was up against Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Anyone who played Bayonetta 2 would reply “Not surprising at all”. The game in its entirety is as good as it gets not to mention that the game has already won various other accolade in this year’s SA Gamer awards.
Bayonnetta 2 boasted some of the best visuals, gameplay and one of the most memorable soundtracks we’ve heard this year. Platinum Games pushed the Wii U hardware more than any game ever has, in fact, all too often you’d be excused for thinking that you were slashing demons on one of the more hi spec’d consoles. Everything about the game stood out from the rest and had nearly as much flair as Bayonetta herself. If ever there was a reason to get a Wii U… Bayonetta 2 is it.
Runners up: Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Mario Kart 8