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.
- Mario Kart 8
- Bayonetta 2
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
- Alien: Isolation
- Dark Souls 2
- Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes
- Towerfall Ascension
- Forza Horizon 2
WIIU FUCKING WANK
Fifa is available on Wii U and GTA V is for kids.
Where is their precious FIFA and GTA V? Ha ha!!!
Wii U has Fifa, and GTA V is for kids.
Actually Wii U does not have Fifa15 specifically, but the Wii has Fifa 15 :)
But why? MK8 is trash compared to Smash
Bayo2 is better
I believe that’s called an opinion. Just like this is their opinion. Crazy, I know.
Even though it’s fact that Bayo has a higher ranking than MK8
There are opinions, but then there are facts, Bayonetta has way more quality and stuff than MK8, that’s not an opinion!
Yes it is… *facepalm*
Keep dreaming, ritsuka6.
Both are different games but MK8 came first. Bayonetta 2 is great dont get me wrong but MK8 was something special for 2014.
Sure, but my real question is… Did they hate Smash Wii U or something? It’s not even ON the list!
I wonder if there is gonna be more DLC after the Animal Crossing one.
I hope so.
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…..now that would be awesome in my opinion
At least one more DLC pack for Battle Mode with enclosed arenas..like shittons of it to fix that stupid ass decision for full tracks as battle maps.
In my opinion, what ruins Mario Kart is bikes, they have no place in a KART game…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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
I just think bikes made the game easy for the newcomers which makes things boring for me as my previous skills means nothing now…
No. What ruins the game is the coin item.
Hopefully one every 6 months. With one being a Battle Arenas DLC…
I hope that maybe they would include original Battle Mode as an update to MK8, and then DLC for more battle arenas. That way, no one get’s ****ed over.
Metal Gear Solid and Forza Horizon should be higher up on the list.
lmao. Neither belongs on the list. This is one of the worst top 10’s so far.
MGS: GZ is a demo
PS4 IS THE BEST CONSOLE I HAVE EVER SEEN AS OF NOW I LIKE THE PS4 HARDWARE AND THE GAMES IT OFFERS
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)
PS4 HAS FANTASIC GRAPHICS I AM MORE INPRESSED WITH THE PS4
ALL THE WIIU GOT WAS A SEQUAL TO SUPERMARIO3LAND THAT WAS ON THE 3DS
PIKMIN3 TO SHORT WINDWAKER HD WAS A REMAKE
PS4 HAS A BETTER LINE UP OF GAMES
PS4 is like Tony Romo. Fanboys go on and on about how amazing it is, but in reality its never had a good game.
It has a couple, but it is in last place as far as console’s are concerned.
Next year will be the turning point
They said bayonetta 2 wrong… and spelled it wrong its NOT M-A-R-I-O K-A-R-T
It’s all a matter of opinion. I consider them equally fantastic in their own way.
got shit on the bed forgot to wipe my arse propely after going for shit
got shit on my bed
do you sometimes forget to wipe your arse propely when going to the toilet i did yesterday before getting in to bed?
Every day. I do it on purpose, it’s like a water bed, but instead.. it’s shit.
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.
Can’t wait to play the new tracks in may
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Hurry up with new metal gear solid already! XD
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.
So why do FH2 and Alien Isolation not belong in that list?
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
I havn’t decided if this is the worst top 10 list or just one of the worst.
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
Super happy to have a Nintendo title at #1. I love Mario Kart 8 to death. I’m a bit surprised that Smash Wii U didn’t make it on there at all though. http://www.wiiuplaza.com
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Forza Horizon 2…
List invalid by default…
What the fuck is wrong with it? It’s has nearly the same Metacritic as MK8 you know?
1. Xbot game…
2. Not a real game…
3. Mario Kart 8 is overrated compared to Double Dash and Mario Kart 64…
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.
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…
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…
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..
Lmao you pathetic piece of shit
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?
Yup. Best Nintendo GOTY imo.
alright. the yeps have it! lol
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.
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.
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!
this game is awesome but i think smash bros. wii u is a lot better
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?
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
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.
Wow. This is a shocker.
WOW what rubbish it wasnt THAT great
Is as if Smash Bros didn’t exist, when it’s even as perfect as Bayo 2 is…
LOL HORSE POWER DECEFIT THE GRAPHICS RE GOOD BECAUSE THE CONSOLE IS CAPABLE OF THEM
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Mario Kart for the checkered flag.
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