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ⓘ 2014 in video gaming




2014 in video gaming
                                     

ⓘ 2014 in video gaming

The year 2014 saw a number of events in the video game industry. No new major consoles were released, but updates and upgrades were: the New Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan and Oceania, and Sony released new model 2000 PS Vita systems in Europe & North America. In video game-related corporate acquisitions, Amazon purchased the online video game streaming service Twitch, and Facebook acquired the virtual reality company and product Oculus. Nintendo released Amiibo in 2014, companion figurines that could be scanned by the 3DS and WiiU systems. On Twitter and other Internet social media, the Gamergate controversy began.

Among video games originally released in 2014, critics gave the highest reviews to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Dark Souls II, Bayonetta 2, Shovel Knight, Velocity 2X, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Other significant games that won awards included Destiny, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Monument Valley.

                                     

1. Major awards

The following table lists major game awards to video games and individuals within the field for games released during 2014.

1 These awards are sometimes given as one e.g. Best Mobile/Handheld, Excellence in Audio or two awards.

                                     

2. Series

2014 saw the release of new installments for various franchises, including Assassins Creed, Bayonetta, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Castlevania, Civilization, Dark Souls, Divinity, Donkey Kong, Dragon Age, The Elder Scrolls, Elite, Far Cry, Final Fantasy, Forza Horizon, Infamous, Kinect Sports, Kirby, LittleBigPlanet, Mario Golf, Mario Kart, Metal Gear, MX vs. ATV, Ninja Gaiden, Persona, Pokemon, Professor Layton, Shantae, Sniper Elite, Sonic the Hedgehog, Strider Hiryu, Super Smash Bros., Tales, The Sims, Thief, Trials, Tropico, Wolfenstein and World of Warcraft. In addition, it saw the release of many new intellectual properties, such as Destiny, Five Nights at Freddys, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, The Evil Within and Watch Dogs.

                                     

3. Highest-grossing games

The following were 2014s top ten highest-grossing video games in terms of worldwide revenue across all platforms including mobile, PC and console platforms.