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The Bestest Best Strategy 2014 – Distant Worlds: Universe

By RPS on December 14th, 2014.

Moving from the earliest steps toward the stars to space operas and sci-fi dreams that could be responsible for an expanded universe of spin-off novels, Distant Worlds has never seen a horizon that it doesn’t want to touch. It copes with the enormous scale by allowing players to pick and choose their responsibilities. Yes, the game was first released four years ago and, yes, it’s an expensive and acquired taste. But this is the most complete version of one of the most unique, enormous and engrossing strategy games ever made.

Adam: They should have sent a poet. And a playwright, and possibly a novelist or two.

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The Bestest Best Worldbuilding Of 2014: Dark Souls 2

By RPS on December 13th, 2014.

Dark Souls II may not be the greatest Souls game ever made but despite its flaws, it’s still one of the year’s finest. Behind the hideous enemies and the stern challenge lies a world unlike any other – the combat systems and RPG elements may be at the heart of From’s series, but it’s the world of Drangleic that lingers in the memory.

Adam: An exercise in archaeology.

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The Bestest Best Kickstarter Of 2014 – Divinity: Original Sin

By RPS on December 12th, 2014.

In a year when the genre seemed to be in the ascendant once again, Divinity: Original Sin is the most playful and experimental RPG in a strong field. Taking its cues from the intricately interactive world of Ultima VII as much as previous Divinity titles, Original Sin is one of the year’s finest games.

Adam: Partly crowdfunded, wholly crowdpleasing.

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The Bestest Best Co-Op Of 2014: Far Cry 4

By RPS on December 11th, 2014.

When Far Cry 3 came out in 2012, we were as surprised as anyone to see it top our advent calendar. It’s less surprising to discover that Far Cry 4 offers many of the same joys, from the liberation of an exotic land’s outposts and fortresses to the liberation of player movement as you zip about with a grappling hook and wingsuit. There’s one big thing that’s new – or, er, newly good – and that’s co-op.

Graham: Far Cry 4 is the best co-op game not just in 2014, but maybe ever.

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The Bestest Best Adventure Of 2014: The Wolf Among Us

By RPS on December 10th, 2014.

Adventure games have been experiencing a resurgence this past year, but our favourite was by a developer that’s hit a creative peak of their own after grinding away at the genre persistently for years. It’s The Wolf Among Us.

Adam: Wolf-a-Mongoose, as my computer just autocorrected, pips a couple of other contenders to the post in this category thanks to its new-noir style. If the quality of Tales From the Borderlands keeps up after a surprisingly strong start, it might be Telltale’s best series since the first Walking Dead, but in the battle of Clem and Bigby, the wolf is king.

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The Bestest Best Exploration Of 2014: Salt

By RPS on December 9th, 2014.

Salt has been a real treat this year – a real alternative. Where survival games have (rightly) mostly focused on intense difficulty, Salt put its emphasis on just idling about. And that’s a fantastic thing to have in the mix. Even in its early alpha form, with minimal goings-on, it’s still the most pleasant exploration I’ve had this year, and that makes it Bestest.

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The Bestest Best 4X Of 2014: Endless Legend

By RPS on December 8th, 2014.

Amplitude have released two games this year and either one would be deserving of a place in this bestest best December round-up. Dungeon of the Endless can slumber on in cryosleep for now though because it’s time to sing the praises of Endless Legend, the finest 4X game of recent times.

Adam: Science fiction, fantastic factions.

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The Bestest Best Landscape Of 2014: Mountain

By RPS on December 7th, 2014.

Most PC games are about terrain, but Mountain was the only monadnock this year to cause the RPS chatroom to feel empathy, to mellow, and to excitedly compare notes.

Alec: Passive game-viewing is the new game-playing, apparently. I’m not quite ready to leave the homeland and sign aboard the HMS Twitch myself, but Mountain made for a happy medium. The game that plays itself. The game that tells me when something of note has occurred. Hell, the game which tells me which emotion to feel. A simple line of text and a tiny musical sting evokes so much more than an impeccably-rendered CGI face trying to show love or regret while orchestral strings swirl, it turns out.

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The Bestest Best Combat Of 2014: NEO Scavenger

By RPS on December 6th, 2014.

A lot of games contain an onslaught of right hooks, high kicks and hot lead, but few manage to make each individual encounter with violence meaningful, tense, exciting, important. NEO Scavenger manages to do all of the above through a turn-based RPG with permadeath, and it has offered more memorable fights than any other game this year.

Graham: I could happily give every one of this year’s awards to NEO Scavenger.

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The Bestest Best Word Of 2014 – MGR: Revengeance

By Alice O'Connor on December 5th, 2014.

Raiden there, demonstrating how to spell 'Revengeance' in entrails.

Revengeance is a real word, you know. It’s an obsolete, and a mite ostentatious, form of ‘revenge’. But my, how ostentatious is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance! The tutorial level’s mid-point is a fight with a robot dinosaur where you leap between its missiles in mid-air and ultimately cut it in half lengthwise, coolly sheathing your sword as it explodes behind you. The tutorial!

I’m glad that we’re awarding Revengeance a trophy for Bestest Best Word, because if it were Bestest Best Ridiculous Amazing Oh Gosh Wow Just The Best Fighting, I wouldn’t be equipped to write about it. That’s something I’ll never fully experience or understand, and more’s the pity.

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The Bestest Best Puzzles Of 2014: Hexcells Infinite

By John Walker on December 4th, 2014.

There really wasn’t any competition for this one. As a straight, purest puzzle game, Hexcells Infinite stands heads and shoulders above anything else. As the closing entry of a trilogy, it’s the finest, most refined of the three, and a puzzle lover’s joy.

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The Bestest Best Tactics Of 2014: Door Kickers

By RPS on December 3rd, 2014.

Long for a tactical diversion fit for a five minute or five hour play session? Door Kickers will satisfy, by being able to meet the needs of genre-newcomers, the time-poor, as well as those who know their crisscross from their buttonhook.

Graham: Door Kickers can be simply described as being like Frozen Synapse with a lick of Rainbow Six paint, but it’s also a lesson in the power of theme and setting.

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The Bestest Best FPS Of 2014: Wolfenstein The New Order

By RPS on December 2nd, 2014.

‘FPS’ can mean an awful lot of things, but for this award we’re narrowing it down to ‘singleplayer, lots and lots of bullets, moving primarily forwards.’ Does that cover our backs sufficiently? Excellent. In which case, Wolfenstein: The New Order is our Bestest Best FPS of 2014.

Warning – some spoilers.

Alec: Here’s a true story: someone from 2082 with long-harboured regrets about the premature death of the Wolfentstein series got into a time machine, went back to around 2012 and interfered with the development of an inevitably uninspired sequel to a long-running shooter franchise.
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