2014 has come and gone. With it, from beginning to end, we saw some standout landmarks in gaming, both positive and negative. From the very highs to the very lows, 2014 offered up some extreme excellence in our preferred playable medium. In this list, you’ll find Jesse’s Top 5 games of 2014!

5. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Persona Q: Shadow of The Labyrinth won me over with its style. The graphics, voice acting, and gameplay are all rock solid. Its greatest strength, however, is that it’s an unforgiving game, asking you to draw your own map as you go deeper and deeper into mazes filled with monsters that could conceivably kill you in one hit. It hearkens back to the pen and paper days of role-playing, and it’s a welcome change from the JRPG norm.

4. Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors is the impossible game: Dynasty Warriors based in the Zelda universe. It’s a fun brawler with beautiful character models, straightforward combat, and tons of content. It’s every Zelda fan’s dream come true.

3. Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire bought the franchise back to its roots, focusing on exploration and adventure rather than the gimmicks of its predecessors. It also adds several new features that really stand out, such as the PokeNav Plus. Most importantly, it has the most comprehensive collection of Pokemon in a since game to date.

2. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker came out of nowhere and wowed me with its simple-yet-addictive gameplay, gorgeous graphics, and oodles of charm. It may be a bit on the short side, but it is a complete game in every way.

1. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U lived up to all of its hype. With its amazing character roster, beautiful and smooth visuals, tons of modes, and endless customization, it impresses in every way. Amiibo and GameCube controller support are the icing on an already delicious cake.

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