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Eurogamer Names Mario Kart 8 As The Best Game Of 2014

2014 has been and gone and we had the opportunity to play some fantastic games. Online gaming publication Eurogamer believes that the super-fun Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U was the definitive game of the year, beating the likes of Destiny and Dark Souls 2. Here’s what they had to say about Mario’s latest and greatest Mario Kart title as well as the site’s overall top ten games of 2014.

For my money, Mario Kart 8 is the best game in the series since that Super Nintendo classic, and one of the greatest arcade racers of all time. It holds that knife-edge balance between luck and skill better than any Mario Kart since the first, and locks the player into the zone with an exquisite stack of boost tricks that give you something new to think about every second and a half. It’s also an audiovisual wonder: the most beautiful game of the new hardware generation to date, a game that lights up your synapses as it laughs off the Wii U’s horsepower deficit in a riot of colour, brilliant animation and blistering performance; a game that evokes the dazzling, long-lost wow factor of the arcade.

But the best thing about Mario Kart 8 is that it is defiantly old-school and thrillingly modern all at once. It incorporates some of the best features of contemporary social gaming without jumping on any bandwagons that might lead it astray. It offers depth and customisation and a long tail of unlocks, but it doesn’t put grind before purity. Online, it’s competitive but friendly, with excellent ranking and matchmaking, a level playing field and – something previously thought impossible – a charming lobby. It’s a game you keep playing again and again and again because you’re having fun, not because you’re working towards your next meta-goal. It’s even got an add-on that’s worth buying.

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. Destiny
  3. Hearthstone
  4. Bayonetta 2
  5. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
  6. Alien: Isolation
  7. Dark Souls 2
  8. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes
  9. Towerfall Ascension
  10. Forza Horizon 2

87 thoughts on “Eurogamer Names Mario Kart 8 As The Best Game Of 2014”

      1. There are opinions, but then there are facts, Bayonetta has way more quality and stuff than MK8, that’s not an opinion!

    1. Yeah they should do a X Kid Icarus DLC pack 3 with Pit, Dark Pit and Palutena being selectable characters and at least one track inspired from a Kid Icarus Uprising level… that would be awesome in my opinion

        1. Actually, it’s not the bikes. The balance/luck system can contribute to the problem of being broken in MK. I have no problem with bikes because they have a risk factor when drifting with it if poorly timed and/or executed.

          1. Nintendo Elite Commander Quadraxis

            1v1 the bike is severely better than a kart…

            And this stupid bug or whatever that you get a longer boost by jumping makes the game even worse…

            1. Then also make use of it? Look at it as a extra skill to master. Because eventually that’s what it is. It’s not like those ultra shortcuts, or that item based. Everyone can do it, first or last so it’s not even a unfair advantage.

              1. Nintendo Elite Commander Quadraxis

                It makes the game more boring and shorter and I don’t want to use it because it’s just not Mario Kart with real skills for me…

                1. MK Wii’s bikes ruined all the challenge for the game. MK8 too, but to a lesser extent. The inside drifting was broken as fuuuuck

    1. Games: PS3 > PS4
      System Infrastructure: PS3 < PS4…
      But system infrastructure doesn't mean a thing if there aren't amazing games on it… But the PS4 does have a good amount of gems. (although most are multiplat)

  1. do you sometimes forget to wipe your arse propely when going to the toilet i did yesterday before getting in to bed?

  2. Whenever I have a friend over the house while playing Mario kart I always hear the same comment, I need to buy a Wii U this game is tight or this game off the hook. Nintendo needs to keep up the advertisement for this game.

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  4. Almost took them serious till I saw Destiny at #2 . Wipe that turd off this list (along with Forza and Alien Isolation) and it looks a little better . Add Dragon Age, Shadow of Mourdor and it looks a lot better.

      1. Alien Isolation – 76 on metacritic

        Forza Horizon 2 – 85 on metacritic

        That’s your answer as to why they don’t belong and for the record, my GOTY pic went to Bayonetta 2 with Smash Bros coming at a very close second

  5. Smash Bros got snubbed from this list big time but it’s nice to see some Nintendo games on the list with one topping it

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      1. Nintendo Elite Commander Quadraxis

        1. Xbot game…

        2. Not a real game…

        3. Mario Kart 8 is overrated compared to Double Dash and Mario Kart 64…

        1. So by number 1, you’re saying all xbox games are shit. That’s talking nonsense, every console (almost) has a t least one or two superb games. Hey, I like GTA. And from number 2, you’re saying racing games are invalid to qualify as ‘real’ games. So… Why is it that you say mario kart is a game? It never was since the SNES according to the not simian logic of NECQ.

          1. Nintendo Elite Commander Quadraxis

            I’m sure kart racing in real life defies gravity, throws projectiles made out of shells, bananas and fire amongst things at others or can create a lightning strike to minimize opponents…

          2. Nintendo Elite Commander Quadraxis

            I see that you haven’t been here for a longer time…

            To set things straight from the start, I despise everything Xbot related and I couldn’t care less about what they have…

  7. The European sites giving the awards to games people actually enjoyed playing. Where as the big American sites are giving the awards to American games only a minority of people actually enjoy, and that will be forgotten by next month..

  8. I’m surprised its gotten as much praise as it has. the tracks are better than they’ve ever been sure. but the items aren’t nearly as fun or even creative as they’ve been in the past, the lack of actual battle tracks hurts that whole mode, if you can still even call it that. and the character selection has more characters but it’s less diverse, the dlc helps but I mean did we really need four types of mario and peach? sorry i realized how negative i’m being. It’s a great game and the value is fantastic but really best game of the year?

      1. I guess i should have know my opinion on mk8 would be way off from the norm since doubledash is my favorite entry in the series.

        1. Dude, I dont care what anyone says. Double Dash was Boss. Never had so much fun in a racer. And you get your friends in there and it was heaven. Good times.

          1. I thought it was amazing how it turned a racing competitive game into a co op. it was so much fun me and my younger brother, i was the driver and he was the gunner and whenever he wanted to drive you could swap at the touch of a button. I guess I just wish they would offer that again. you know you’d have 50cc 100cc 150cc mirror and doubledash mode!

  9. 2013 SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD,A SUPER MARIO 3D LAND rehash was a game of the year

    2014 MARIO KART 8
    A MARIO KART 7 rehash becomes game of the year

    WOW eurogamer,how much did Nintendo pay you guys?

    1. Your logic of thinking SM3DW being a rehash is understandable but it isn’t. 3d world was an extension and actually innovated. Multiplayer, choosing between 5 characters, new powerups (typical). Mario Kart games are never rehashes (maybe except for super circuit). They comr out only once per generation unlike CoD and always change in some way

  10. If Mario Kart 8 is the best in the series, then why did I have more fun in Mario Kart Wii and Double Dash? The graphics are definitely the best in Mario Kart 8 though.

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