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2014: The Worst Year for Console Gaming in the Past 8 Years

With 2015 coming up in less than a week, there are bound to be a veritable storm of “new year, new me” and “Leave it in 2014”-esque posts on various social media networks, but when it comes to video games, it’s important to look back over the last year and identify what went wrong and what can be done better to make next year a better one.

It’s a valid, yet arguable observation that 2014 has been one of the least successful years when it comes to gaming – especially for those who prefer console gaming (for the purpose of this article, the term “console” refers to both last-generation and current-generation systems, such as PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U).

According to popular online review aggregator Metacritic, only 3 “original” console video games – meaning ones that aren’t HD remasters/”Definitive Editions” of previously released games (9, if you take them into account) – received a score of 90 or above this year. In fact, there were only 12 console video games in total (if different platform versions of the same game are included) that were rated above 90 or above in 2014 – which hasn’t been the case since nearly 8 years ago, back in 2006.

Read more about console gaming in 2014 after the break.


2014: The Worst Year For Console Gaming Since 2006

2014 - The Worst Year for Console Gaming since 2006

The highest scored “original game” of 2014 was Nintendo’s Wii U-exclusive Super Smash Bros. with a rating of 92, but as impressive as that is, it is still 4 points below the highest scored game in the past 4 years (Grand Theft Auto V for PS3 and Xbox 360 last year). 

As for the overall Metacritic score averages for each specific console (PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U), they can be found below:

  • PlayStation 4: 72, with 5 games scoring 90+ and 4 scoring 75+ out of 146 titles
  • Xbox One: 72.4 with 1 game scoring 90+ and 6 scoring 75+ out of 98 titles
  • Wii U: 66.8, with 3 games scoring 90+ and 9 scoring 75+ out of 74 titles
  • PlayStation 3: 68, with 1 game scoring 90+ and 2 scoring 75+ out of 98 titles
  • Xbox 360: 65.7, with 1 game scoring 90+ and 0 scoring 75+ out of 71 titles

The following list contains all of 2014’s highest rated console games, regardless of platform:

1. Grand Theft Auto V (XBO) – 97
2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4) – 96
3. The Last of Us: Remastered (PS4) – 95
4. Super Smash Bros (Wii U) – 92
5. Dark Souls II (360) – 91
6. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) – 91
7. Dark Souls II (PS3) – 91
9. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4) – 90
10. Rayman Legends (PS4) – 90
11. Fez (PS4) – 90
12. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U) – 90

There is a case to be made for PC gaming, as opposed to console gaming, due to the fact that – as a whole – the PC platform received an overall Metacritic average of 70.4, with only 1 game scoring 90+, but over 45 games scoring 75+, but that’s another story entirely.

What are your thoughts on console gaming in 2014? Have you felt that it hasn’t been quite what you expected? What do you think of the data reported above concerning console gaming? Is console gaming still in it’s transition stage (due to the release of the PS4 and Xbox One late last year)?

Let us know in the comments below! As always, stay tuned to Gamer Headlines for the latest in video game and technology news.