Wow, 2014 Sucks: Rayman Legends is the Best We’ve Seen?
Okay, first of all, let’s be clear: Rayman Legends is excellent. We love the game. It deserves every ounce of praise it has received.
However, when we’re more than halfway through 2014, it has to be at least mildly disappointing that Ubisoft’s great little platformer is still the highest-rated game of the year.
It’s close, but if you check Metacritic and GameRankings, Rayman Legends has the slight lead over games like Dark Souls II and Mario Kart 8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is up there, as is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and there’s no doubt that The Last Of Us: Remastered will score huge. But the latter are 2013 games, yes?
Titanfall holds a Metascore of 86, which is hardly “bad” but it’s not the 9+ everyone expected. Watch Dogs is arguably an even bigger disappointment, averaging around an 8, and Thief just plain flopped. inFamous: Second Son averages around an 8 as well; that’s another production that should’ve flirted with a 90 average, if the hype and expectations were any indication.
So, if we’re going by review scores, and the Game of the Year awards were to take place right now, it’d be down between Rayman Legends and Dark Souls II? The only two games to really nail down a 90 average? Really? There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this result, but is it really what people expected when 2014 started? And the summer looks almost completely barren.
Most are anticipating a bevy of high scores for upcoming titles like Destiny, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4. We suppose Battlefield: Hardline and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare have outside shots at those enviable 9s as well. Therefore, the year will only get better. That’s a given. We’re just making an observation: Once 8 months have passed, Rayman Legends will probably still be the highest-rated title of 2014.
And that’s just…weird.