2014, for me, has been a disappointing year for the games industry. It’s been full of delays and overhyped games, making me question when the new generation of consoles will live up to the expectations set by journalists. Fortunately, there have been a few phenomenal games released this year that could potentially be awarded Game Of The Year 2014.
Despite brilliant performances from South Park: The Stick Of Truth and The Walking Dead Season 2, it’s OlliOlli that has stood the test of time. OlliOlli is insanely addictive. Its control scheme is reminiscent of Skate and its absurdity draws inspiration from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, all finished with a hypnotic soundtrack and rapid pace.
“The biggest threat to OlliOlli will be Far Cry 4, but even a game of that calibre may struggle against the accessibility and addictive gameplay of OlliOlli.”
Both Skate and Pro Skater are games that I’ve put a lot of time into; OlliOlli gave me a nostalgic experience that continuously reminded me of how much I loved those games while providing enough originality to make it memorable on its own. After I’d completed OlliOlli, though, I wanted more. It deserves a sequel to expand upon its already solid foundation.
I’m unsure whether any of this year’s later releases will be able to make me question my loyalty to OlliOlli. Its recent port to the PS4 also makes it my favourite game for the new generation of consoles. The biggest threat to OlliOlli will be Far Cry 4, which I recently announced as my most anticipated game of 2014, but even a game of that calibre may struggle against the accessibility and addictive gameplay of OlliOlli.