Like any year, 2014 saw its share of Call of Duty's and Assassin's Creed's and such; but on the fringes of all that AAA nonsense were a couple of games that went for something a little bit... stranger.
Games get canceled all the time, but rarely do we ever hear very much about them. Usually, they're canned well before the public is aware of their existence, with the studios quietly pushing the project under the rug (or recycling the work into new games entirely). These games however, failed pretty spectacularly.
Despite having one of the most rich, vibrant, and popular fantasy worlds out there, the setting of Game of Thrones has been surprisingly lacking in the video game scene. If you're really itching to visit a digital Westeros though, there are a few options.
In these connected times, the year's biggest game releases are often ones that fans look forward to months or even years in advance. With an abundance of trailers and gameplay walkthroughs released ahead of the game, it's pretty rare that a game manages to come out of nowhere and be way better than it has any right to be.
Remember the guy who played CS:GO with a racing wheel? Well he's back, and somehow he's found an even nuttier way to play the shooter. He bound a number of the game's commands (most importantly, left click) to his computer's voice command feature. The results are predictably inefficient, but equally hilarious.
The latest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive operation went live earlier tonight, and it's way, way different than previous installments. For starters, there are now 44 preset missions organized into various campaigns, all of which reward you with various drops for completing them.
It's officially been about 7 months since The Elder Scrolls: Online hit store shelves and the Steam library (and Pirate Bay, and Bit-Torrent and numerous other illegalpirate sites) and, as a massive fan of the Elder Scrolls series, I couldn't pass up my chance to dive in and see what this admittedly risky venture into the world of MMO would do for the franchise. Needless to say, it's a mixed bag, which is unfortunate because the 8-minute cinematic trailer that was released to hype the game was jaw-dropping and, in my opinion, completely over-inflated everyone's expectations.