As we inch ever closer to the final days of 2014, the We Got This Covered staff took the time to think back in retrospect and remember not the greatest or most disappointing games of the year — we’ve already touched those bases — but the titles that took us by surprise. The result was a list of software that weren’t tethered with much hype or anticipation in the build-up to release, but still managed to exceed expectations to collectively stupefy us in the best possible way.
So while we’ve long heard of Far Cry 4‘s greatness, the fact that Destiny is, for all intents and purposes, a flawed masterpiece, along with Mario Kart 8‘s excellence, it’s time now to usher some of 2014’s more unassuming and, perhaps, lesser-played releases into the limelight for your consideration. Those pleasant surprises that stole our free time and, ultimately, deserved more attention that they got in the first place.
Without further ado and in no particular order, here are twelve of the biggest surprises in gaming for the year of 2014.