Better of the Relaxation: Jessica’s picks of 2014

ATTENTION: The yr 2014 has concluded its temporal self-destruct sequence. In case you are among the many escapees, please be a part of us in salvaging and preserving one of the best video games from the irradiated chrono-particles.

Best of the Rest: Jessica's picks of 2014

Threes

Threes is ingenious. Its simplistic presentation belies lovely, considerate design and butter-clean mechanics. Threes is not a matter of “much less is extra,” it is absolutely encapsulated and pushed to the bounds of what it intends to do, offering hours upon hours of repeated gameplay on that 4-by-4 tiled display. On prime of the mind-teasing numbers recreation, author Asher Vollmer, illustrator Greg Wohlwend and composer Jimmy Hinson infuse Threes with character, giving the numbers voices and faces, and tipping Threes from “Enjoyable” to “Completely cute. And, in fact, enjoyable.”

Best of the Rest: Jessica's picks of 2014

The Strolling Lifeless Season 2

The first episode of The Strolling Lifeless Season 2 is probably the most effective that Telltale has ever been. There was quite a bit driving on that one, following the triumph of Season 1 – the protagonist can be Clementine, beloved Clementine, and the writing needed to maintain up individually from the narrative momentum of these first 5 episodes.

The remainder of the season was equally sensible, for probably the most half – my points with The Strolling Lifeless Season 2 lie virtually solely within the ultimate episode, whereby the fragments of Telltale’s narrative formulation are on clear show. Nonetheless, Telltale is a grasp of level-and-click on drama and The Strolling Lifeless Season 2 proves that the collection – and Telltale – is way from lifeless.

Best of the Rest: Jessica's picks of 2014

The Talos Precept

Timing is a bitch. I actually consider that if The Talos Precept had launched just a bit earlier within the yr, it might be throughout Joystiq’s Recreation of the Yr record. It is a puzzle recreation wrapped in a philosophy lesson and affected by questions of morality, humanity and know-how – but it is nonetheless mild-hearted, it is nonetheless quirky, it is nonetheless enjoyable. The puzzles are splendidly balanced, deep ideas allowed to simmer whereas gamers full mild-bending or block-stacking riddles. The Talos Precept is tense and lovely, and it one way or the other does not turn out to be preachy, even with all the speak about gods.

Best of the Rest: Jessica's picks of 2014

Towerfall: Ascension

Rattling the principles – Towerfall for GOTY 2014! Technically, it got here out in 2013 on Ouya, so this one is out of the operating for 2014’s lineup, however Towerfall will all the time discover a comfortable house with me. Towerfall is native co-op at its best, that includes retro sounds and design, and a quick-paced, aggressive platform. Every spherical of Towerfall often ends in loud cries of, “Did you see that?!” or “No method, that was superb!” and each degree, co-op or competitors fashion, is charming and unpredictable.

I shall be enjoying Towerfall for years to return, assured.

Best of the Rest: Jessica's picks of 2014

Murasaki Child

Murasaki Child carried out a miracle – it made me OK with the Vita’s rear touchpad.

This little recreation snuck into my coronary heart in 2014, that includes that odd little woman together with her upside-down head and coronary heart-formed balloon wandering the terrifying and unusual roads of a Tim Burton-esque universe. Murasaki Child takes full benefit of the Vita’s controls, utilizing each bit however by no means over-utilizing a single mechanic. The platforming and energy-switching designs are completely on-level, and Murasaki Child is a should-play recreation for anybody with a Vita. It is bizarre, type of unhappy and insanely comfortable – however principally, it is a terrific recreation.

[Images: Asher Vollmer, Telltale, Devolver Digital, Matt Makes Games, SCEE]

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