PlayStation 4 (2014)
There was certainly no secrecy to the build-up to Driveclub. Initially supposed to have been a launch title, it was delayed for nearly a year but it was well worth it. The graphics were stellar and even to this day it's hard to find another game in the same league, the car handling, however, was a mix of arcade and simulation, but the roster of cars really stood out along with its smattering of online game modes. Despite the locked 30 frames per second, the game was a blast to play.
Plague Inc.: Evolved
PC (2014), PlayStation 4 (2016), Xbox One (2015), Nintendo Switch (2019)
Perhaps not the subtlest game on this list but the game is a simple premise where you are given one mission, wipe out humanity. Simple and often looks too simple, but the gameplay is very deep and allows for an almost infinite amount of possibilities each time you play the game, from the types of viruses available, the route of how you evolve your virus, and where you start your virus from. It's all very intricate and scary at the same time. That is until you start playing the vampire mode which is interesting all in and of itself!
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
PC (2014) - PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 (2014) - PlayStation 4/Xbox One (2014)
Despite the gameplay similarities with games like Assassin's Creed and the Batman: Arkham series, the intriguing Lord of the Rings lore is only part of why players love this game. The addition of a nemesis system really threw the game out there in the open for everybody to see and notice. Shadow of Mordor is one of those Lord of the Rings experiences that you don't want to miss out on.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
PC (2014) - PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 (2014) - PlayStation 4/Xbox One (2018) - Nintendo Switch (2018)
Even though there isn't anything specifically standing out in this game, The Stick of Truth gave us an authentic South Park experience from start to finish, looking just like the show. With the same ridiculous humour and all the silly characters, this game gave us a very entertaining RPG that would later receive the equally incredible sequel 'The Fractured But Whole'.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
PC (2014) - PlayStation Portable (2011) - PlayStation 3 (2012) - PlayStation Vita (2015)
It took a long time to come to the West, so long in fact that you would be forgiven to say this game doesn't belong on this list. As XSEED has been relentlessly translating the entire The Legend of Heroes franchise for the West, it was just a matter of time until the Japanese RPG fans took notice of what this enormously scaled, fun, and story-rich tale brought to the table. It wasn't the most mechanically exciting game opposed to others in the same genre, but the story is so heart-warmingly gorgeous that you will want to keep playing until the end. A tale split into three games, however, is quite the epic tale!