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Here it is, friends! We have the final installment in our Game of the Year awards! Today, we have the Worst Burning Pile of Trash award to deliver, as well as Video Game Choo Choo’s official Top 10, with an overall Game of the Year winner! Isn’t that literally the best thing you’ve ever heard in your life?
We’re also closing out the Top 10 lists with soon-to-be-former Editor-in-Chief Mike Cosimano’s personal Top 10 list as well as Andi Clare’s and Demiurge Studios’ Casey Malone’s favorite games of 2014.
Worst Burning Pile of Trash: The Witch and the Hundred Knight (Runner-up: DriveClub)
Look, just read the review.
And now, here are the Ten Best Games of 2014, as decided by us!
10. Forza Horizon 2
8. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order
6. Sunset Overdrive
5. Dark Souls II
4. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
3. Super Smash Bros for Wii U
And, finally, our big winner is…
Game of the Year: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
There’s something about Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair that crosses boundaries. Some come to Danganronpa 2 for its ridiculous, thrill-a-minute storyline. Some find solace in its surprisingly nuanced and memorable characters. And there are a not-insignificant group of folks who see themselves in the way Danganronpa 2 handles themes of depression and friendship. If a game manages to be a cipher without losing its identity, doesn’t that speak to an exceptionally unique capacity for expression? Yeah, it’s a weird visual novel that you can only play on the Vita. But this is where we’re at right now: good videogames are everywhere, in every genre. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is unique, compelling, and effortlessly unforgettable. It’s also Video Game Choo Choo’s Game of the Year for 2014.