Best action game
We badly harassed Tecmo Koei Europe to get this one. Abusively taken by those filthy Kyoto pilferers, this great action game came back to us and that’s only justice. Its immense difficulty is tiring but refreshing, the gameplay is fantastic from A to Z and the multiplayer has grown perfect.
Runner-up : Orochi Warrior 3 Ultimate (PSVita)
Already fairly good on PS3, Battlefield is transcended thanks to the power of the PS4. It’s now filled with details, effects are as close to reality as they can get, and the bangings makes you freak out even more. But above all, it is the 64-player Conquest Mode that takes console players to another dimension. Pure war across kilometers, vehicles for everyone and recon job better than ever.
Runner-up : none
Best fighting game
Well that was easy, true. But Dead or Alive still reigns over the fighting genre, when the competition is focusing on underwhelming Free to Play. DOA5U is only a little step further compared to DOA5, but it does give some easy trophies and it will soon welcome the most desired character ever : Gothic Lolita Marie-Rose.
Runner-up : SoulCalibur II HD (PS3)
Best strategy game
It’s not very strategic, but Pokemon Y is probably as much a strategy game as a JRPG. Despite the blank story and the super low level of difficulty, this newest episode is addictive as ever thanks to character design and top graphics.
Runner-up : World in Conflict (PC)
Best puzzle game
Phoenix Wright is back for greater good! The game is so beautiful that it looks like an animated series, the characters are as hilarious as ever, it has a top-class story and a thrilling suspense. All the more reasons to dive into the quickest and rightest judiciary system in the world.
Runner-up : Sim City (PC)
Succeeding to the great Tales of Xillia was not easy. Yet Tales of Xillia 2 is greater. Better story, better direction and very nice new characters add quite some value to a already near -perfect battle system.
Runner-up : Atelier Escha&Logy (PS3)
Equally great, now more varied, the OSTs of the Atelier series are well above average. In Atelier Ayesha, introductions, endings, battle themes and background music are all masterpieces. It logically gets the palm. Good for it that it release this year, because the next…
Runner-up : Fairy Fencer F (PS3)
Everyone forgot about it, but I will remember it. Remember Me creates one the most fascinating world this generation. The parallel European History is so credible that it could actually happen in the next 20 years. You can look into your memories, you’ll never find the true meaning of Remember Me.
Runner-up : Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (PS3)
Best game you might never play
Sol Trigger is one of the best RPG released on the previous handheld generation. It has intense fighting, a great story and the best graphic of a PSP game ever. Publishers should really have a look at it when there’s time, because Westerners definitely shouldn’t miss gems like that.
Runner-up : God Eater 2 (PSVita)
I didn’t really expect anything from it, and yet I was disappointed. Even for a spin-off, I wanted it at least to live up to the standards of the series. It’s not long, it’s not fun, it’s not complex. It’s only good to eye up on Noire (^^’)
Runner-up : Stardust Amazones (3DS)
While the last adventure of Lightning doesn’t avoid a few drawbacks, I can’t help to be impressed but the work done at Square Enix to give a fresh look at this latest Final Fantasy. I’m used to play on limited time with Atelier, but in real time it’s greater still! You’re running day and night, your eye staring at the clock. You curse your enemies that make you lose precious time, you panic at night… It’s clearly unique.
Runner-up : Journey (PS3)
The DLC that «completes» the Vita version of Project Diva F to match the PS3 version is one of my favorite added content of all time. Expensive (3000 yens), it’s worth much more than that. Senbonzakura alone is.
Runner-up : Metal Gear Rising Revengeance – Blade Wolf DLC (PS3)
Greatest piece of technology of this beginning of gen, Killzone ShadowFall is mind-blowing. Colors, lightning effects, background effects, all that didn’t exist anywhere but on PC. It looks exactly like Star Wars Episode III, it’s as simple as that.
Runner-up : Battlefield 4 (PS4)
Game of the year
Atelier Escha&Logy (PS3)
Atelier Ayesha (PS3)
Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge (PS3)