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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2014


Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Sunken King
PS3, 360, PC | 9.0

"The zones themselves are among the most labyrinthine in Dark Souls II and include a huge amount of dead drops and lethal traps, which are often served up under duress from unwavering foes. This creates an atmosphere of claustrophobia and keeps an uncomfortable pressure bearing down on the player throughout the entire DLC experience."—Daniel Tack

Divinity: Original Sin
Game of the Month: September 2014
PC | 9.0

"Divinity: Original Sin isn’t just a great turn-based RPG, it stands tall on its own as an amazing title where players can truly blaze their own paths through the world as elemental wizards, crafty rogues, and brutal warriors."—Daniel Tack

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

PS3, Vita | 9.0

“For those who want the complete arc of the Final Fantasy X saga, the collection delivers. Even without a nostalgic lens, both games hold up well.” —Kimberley Wallace

PC, iPad | 9.0

“Drawing upon many of the staples of collectible card game design with a focus on accessibility and modern sensibilities, Hearthstone succeeds as a standout example of where DCGs are headed.”—Daniel Tack

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas
PC, iPad | 9.0

"Naxxramas is an excellent addition to the core game, and an exploration of sorts to examine the potential for additional single-player Hearthstone content. While there is little replay value to the encounters themselves, the adventure provides a substantial amount of new content that spills over into ranked, casual, and arena mode and changes how you approach the game." —Daniel Tack

Rayman Legends
PS4, Xbox One | 9.0

“Rayman's latest outing lands on new-gen consoles with everything that made it great, and a few minor extras.” —Jeff Cork

PC | 9.0

“Smite is an excellent addition to an expanding genre, and one that distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack with decidedly different gameplay, a quirky and lighthearted take on classic mythology, and a variety of interesting modes.”—Daniel Tack

iOS, Android | 9.0

“The game rewards strategy and patience time and time again, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not having it on your mobile devices.” —Dan Ryckert

Towerfall Ascension 
PS4, PC | 9.0

“With the release of Towerfall Ascension, I’m finally able to play a game I love without having to worry about any obnoxious technical issues [from the Ouya edition].” —Dan Ryckert

PS4, PC | 9.0

“Supergiant Games' follow-up to Bastion is a powerfully imaginative action/RPG that evokes a sense of wonder and revels in experimentation.” —Matt Miller

Ultra Street Fighter IV
PS3, 360 | 9.0

"The handful of new characters and modes won’t entice newcomers, but considerable changes and balances have been made to the engine. It isn’t groundbreaking, but it keeps the venerable Street Fighter IV on top of the fighting game hierarchy." —Jason Oestreicher

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
PC | 9.25

“Almost every facet that players rightly attacked in the original game has been refined and revamped, transforming the title into an enjoyable action/RPG experience.” —Daniel Tack

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition
PS4, Xbox One | 9.25
(Also on PS3 and 360)

"The complete Diablo III experience is enjoyable played solo, but by allowing a combination of online and local cooperative play for up to four players and adding some fun new social tools, Blizzard has made this the cooperative game to beat on new-gen consoles. No matter your experience level with the game, this is an excellent time to dive in to the action." —Matt Miller

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 
Game of the Month: March 2014
Wii U | 9.25

“DK returns (again) with a smooth, finely tuned blend of wonder and punishment.” —Bryan Vore

Game of the Month: November 2014
PS4, Xbox One | 9.25
(Also available on PS3, 360, Wii, PC, Vita, and 3DS)

"FIFA 15 takes the series into a whole other level with gameplay that betters the surmounting hype that threatened to engulf it. Playing it makes me believe I can do just about anything with the ball at my feet, and this self-assurance is powerful." —Matthew Kato

Mario Kart 8
Game of the Month: July 2014
Wii U | 9.25

"None of the previous titles in the franchise can boast the rock-solid total package that this one offers." -Dan Ryckert

Super Smash Bros.
3DS | 9.25

"Super Smash Bros. has KO’d my assumptions and renewed my enthusiasm for the series." —Jeff Cork

Xbox One, PC | 9.25
360 | 9.0

“Respawn evolves the competitive shooter through a wealth of innovations and cleverly balanced action.” —Matt Miller

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
PS4, Xbox One | 9.25

“It's simply a great port of a great game. The added content is a welcome addition, but didn't markedly affect my enjoyment of Tomb Raider.” —Matt Helgeson


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