This year has already given us a lot of different games, but compared to the first half of 2013 the overall quality of projects fell. This is explained by the transition. Old console still popular, and new just started its ascent. So many publishers are cautious.
In this article, collected 15 best, in our opinion, games first half of 2014 in order of increasing sympathy for them. With the best downloadable games of the first half of 2014 can be found here .
15. Watch Dogs (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
The original idea of ”sandbox about hackers” missed with a decent implementation. Some elements of the game mechanics prevent others – made at a rudimentary level and quickly bored. The plot does not use one-hundredth part of its potential, turning into a jumble of feelings of the protagonist and digital rubbish. Many third-party orders, but tangible benefits from them is not. The company seems Ubisoft after a long break again made an open world, where you have to look for a very entertaining.The game is notable for an interesting basis, and want to believe in the inevitable sequel creators correct errors.
14. Thief (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
The updated version of “Thief” inexcusably long swings. Only in the second half of the campaign to get used to crooked minded parkour, a small number of options for passing missions and dull, but mandatory walks through the narrow streets of the city. As a bonus, the game allows you to feel uneasy being a master thief on their skin and take possession of cleverly hidden secrets. However, the replacement for dumb cruel fantasy tale, spiced whining Garrett diminishes the dignity of a few games.
13. Tropico 5 (PC)
Wonderful occasion for unsophisticated public acquainted with the economic strategies. Appeared in the fifth innovations make managing a small island easier and more affordable, as well as relieve the newfound dictator from headaches. Despite this, to maneuver between the superpowers, develop the state at different times (from colonial times to the present day) is still fun. Besides serious competition from Tropico 5 no. The Xbox 360 version will be released on August 29 for the PS4 – towards the end of this year.
12. Titanfall (PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Outright winner in the nomination “the best first impression.” In the local rules easier to understand, and multiplayer battles from the first minute conquering heroes and battles kulbitami “Titans.” Alas, enthusiasm quickly supplanted boredom. It happens because of similar modes, weapons and a small amount of unpleasant omissions like the lack of clans and private matches. And the desire of the authors to release the game without the story campaign, which would represent the universe, it does not add points in the fight for the top places in the list. Still to come up with something a little success out of the ordinary, it is also necessary to provide a sufficient number of their offspring content.
11. Sniper Elite 3 (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Adventures in Africa sniper halo surrounds the “unprincipled trash.” Then you and disgusting story, and not credible name of the developer and the bad legacy of the second part. But for all its shortcomings, the game stands firmly on his feet. The creators have built location considerable size, have not forgotten about alternative routes and with rare exceptions provide complete freedom of action hero. Weak-sighted enemies seem logical compromise in the game with open field. Sniper Elite 3 – not the crown of game development, but the mechanics at work here better than in other games with a big budget.
10. InFamous: Second Son (PS4)
With the release of militants were closed all questions about the uselessness of the new console from Sony. Rainy Seattle performed by Sucker Punch dizzy advanced graphics and believable lighting effects in the lulls, and during confrontations with enemies superman. Distinctive features of the previous parts, like the protagonist with an impressive array of superpowers and exciting campaign, did not disappoint fans. However, the world around us, with all its technological reminded static scenery with mannequins-residents, and an optional assignment was utterly monotonous.
9. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
While other publishers are in no hurry to release big-Platform, Nintendo can not afford to make a sequel Donkey Kong Country Returns without significant changes. Adventures of a family of monkeys touches decorations and come alive in a good shock difficult challenge. Locations clogged secrets, for which it is necessary to demonstrate the outstanding skills of acrobatics and reaction. Veritable goldmine bright emotions interspersed with bouts of frustration when you can not deal with the catchy test.
8. GRID Autosport (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
“If you long to suffer, then something happens” – asserted themselves GRID racing series creators and finally rolled out a distinct arcade simulator. Aggressive and intense racing on narrow city streets and suburban routes give pleasure and not give a chance to write off failures absurdities physical model. Campaign heterogeneous and monolingual modes alternate with annoying hassle, but in general the way to win more happy than sad. In multiplayer, the boy racers waiting for an opportunity to gather his collection of cars and leave behind their opponents.
7. Age of Wonders 3 (PC)
Global turn-based strategy, so even with the elements of tactics, almost extinct. So that such instances are especially valuable, and let the local interface is inconvenient, but to get to such a high position is not helped game genre affiliation, and mechanics-designed with the development of cities and armies, intense battles and study powerful spells, monsters and call the combination of the global control areas with local battles. Perfect example of the “old school” with plenty of opportunities to show their talent commander.
6. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Another unbeaten series again makes Nintendo competitors swallow the dust. Eighth of Mario Kart has not made a revolution in the genre of arcade racing, but the gameplay remains the standard balance and reasonableness surprised even such trifles as dependence issued hero bonus from his position in the race. Moreover, the inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom fun with anti-gravity racing through twisted routes and pick up the items in the garage for karts. The most important innovation was stable network code that threw open the gates of the game online. I am glad that magicians from Nintendo did not forget how to create endless entertainment for children and adults – a unique phenomenon nowadays.
5. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
As it turned out, cheating can be a fun event. New Wolfenstein build from a spinal shooter, and turned out to excellent action adventure with nonlinear passage of many moments in the scenery Nazi dystopia. At the expense of newspaper clippings and other sources of information implicit surrounding world the impression of the vast universe. The decor in the campaign is constantly changing, and BJ Blaskowitz snuck past the guards, understood with a simple riddles and sought out the Achilles heel of bosses, and sometimes arranged Fritz genocide, driving fighting robot. Difficulty and perks system influenced the style of passing. Excellent franchise rebirth, albeit in unusual disguise her.
4. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PC)
This supplement should be considered in conjunction with patch 2.0.1 , which radically changed many aspects: from loss of things to implement difficulty levels. But even with the proviso Reaper of Souls is exemplary sequel, due to interesting new character and the new regime with the random generation of missions. In its current state, Diablo 3 is a polished project, not strange crafts with an eye on the virtual auction. 19 August for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 will go on sale edition Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, which will include original and supplemental.
3. Dark Souls 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
Time goes by, and the series Souls still dominates the majority of role-playing games. Nobody dares either, or just do not want to put together a multi-faceted and difficult to learn combat system, ruthless punishment for errors, and the oppressive atmosphere of the dying fantasy kingdom. The authors, in turn, not treading water and introduce new opportunities to improve the armor, making adjustments in battle and brought to mind the interface. Mediocre graphics do not interfere with the project to be unique hardcore adventure.
2. Divinity: Original Sin (PC)
More convincing justification for the existence of the program and service Kickstarter early access Steam difficult to think. Creators of Original Sin is not just collected money from fans and then sold the beta version, they consistently informed the public about the development, listen to the customers and improved their offspring. As a result, the light appeared scale, complex role-playing game, where there is no useless components, and even the most insignificant element affects the outcome of the match. The world is full of fun activities, both combat and peace. Real gift for fans of the classics of the genre.
1. South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
“Hear, mortals! History of the War of the Stick of Truth – the best thing that ever happened to the gaming industry for the time of her miserable existence! We are side by side with rookie saved our city from the zombie Nazis and aliens. Of course, without his ability to let gases and so we would have coped, but the goat all the time been one step ahead! Anyone who does not agree, I advise to take the tractor and fell in its eight-bit Canada! This I say to you – great magician Eric Cartman “- great magician Eric Cartman.
“Do not listen to zhirdyaya! The Stick of Truth – a good game, but if you are not familiar with our town and our problems, then it will not cause delight. Pass by, do not delay, make room for true connoisseurs! “- High Elf Kyle Broflovski.
The backbone of the best games still consists of a multi-platform, but by the number of exclusives (including temporary Tropico 5 and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls) leaders had escaped into personal computers. Moreover, objectively best game half (Cartman, silent!) Divinity: Original Sin in the console is not going as great global strategy Age of Wonders 3. Nintendo unsuccessfully develops its series, although two of the project is hardly a worthy substitute for the absence of a multi-platform on the Wii U. It’s also easy to notice that not all publishers have the strength and resources to support all major platforms, and some games are released only on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.