Charting the course of the generation, from its highest highs to its lowest lows.
The ninth console generation is almost upon us, and the future of video games looks more exciting than ever. Hopefully, the coming years are going to bring experiences the likes of which we’ve never seen before, and we, like everyone else, are chomping at the bit to dive headfirst into those experiences.
But these last few years haven’t been too bad either. Starting with the releases of the PS4 and Xbox One in late 2013, the eighth console generation has taken us on a wild ride, given us ridiculously high highs and some disappointingly low lows. As we prepare to step forward into the future of gaming, in this feature, we’re going to look back at its recent past, and rank all the years of the eighth console generation from worst to best.
With all that said, it’s time to begin.
In the early months and years of this console generation, things weren’t looking too good, and 2014 is perfectly emblematic of that. There weren’t a lot of exceptional releases to speak of, and the few that we did get our hands on didn’t quite feel “next-gen” enough. Games such as Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Destiny, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze surely gave us some solid titles to sink our teeth into, but for the most part, 2014 was a year defined by underwhelming, forgettable releases.
Was it a year that was completely devoid of great games to play? Well, no, not exactly- but by the time 2014 came to an end, we were all still waiting for next-gen to feel like next-gen.