Time to up your game

By YP cadet Sally Kim

With so many new game releases this year, YP cadet Sally Kim has done the hard work for you and narrowed down the top choices for 2014.

By YP cadet Sally Kim |

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5. The Sims 4

EA and Maxis' money-maker is back, with better character and house creation systems, and (obviously) many more expansion packs. They've revamped everything, and emphasised moods and personality traits. It's definitely a step up from Sims 3. But if you're likely to want the sorts of options provided by expansion packs for past instalments, you should probably wait a while before you buy. Outdoor pools and toddler levels won't be part of the main game either, so you might need to dish out some extra cash.

Sims 4: September 2 for PC; no release date yet for OS X.

4. Super Smash Bros

Nintendo's popular fighting series is getting a new release for the Wii U and 3DS. It won the Best Fighting Game of 2014 by the Game Critics Awards at E3, so you know that it's going to be good. You can play one of the many iconic Nintendo franchise characters, such as Charizard and Lucario from Pokemon, Samus from Metroid, Link and Zelda from Legend of Zelda, or even Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros. Newcomers include the Villager from Animal Crossing, Mega Man from Mega Man and the Wii Fit Trainer. This is an upbeat game that does include a lot of button-mashing, but doesn't lose any of its charm because of it. For an idea of how not to play, check out Conan O'Brien's game test on YouTube. #SoNotAGamer

Super Smash Bros: October 3 for 3DS; late 2014 for Wii U

3. Just Dance 2015

The latest instalment of the popular Just Dance series features some of the greatest dance-floor worthy hits of 2013 and 2014. Popular songs include Happy by Pharrell Williams, Burn by Ellie Goulding and Summer by Calvin Harris. There are also some retro tracks, such as Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler and Tetris by Dancing Bros. The game features special modes, such as Just Sweat, which includes physically demanding dance routines, and the option to create your own unique dance moves. More features include a karaoke mode where you can sing along to onscreen lyrics while you dance.

Just Dance 2015: October 21 for Wii, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4

2. Destiny

Destiny is a first-person shooter game with online multiplayer options. The highly-anticipated game comes from Bungie, the team behind the Halo series. Ever been blown away by how expensive films are to make? Destiny's now the most expensive video game ever produced with a US$500 million dollar budget over 10 years, surpassing Grand Theft Auto V's US$265 million. You can definitely see that the money has been well spent: the characters look crisp, the locations are impressive and the controls fluid. You can bet it's going to be one of the biggest games of the year. Currently in Beta, you can get a taste of what is to come if you preorder the game.

Destiny: September 9 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

1. Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Dragon Age franchise earned its reputation as a leading franchise with its first game, Dragon Age: Origins. But the sequel, Dragon Age II, was labelled a failure due to many problems including the lack of an expansive environment. Dragon Age: Inquisition seems to have remedied all those problems. It has more than 10 major endings, extensive character creation with different races, and the inclusion of Orlais and many other countries. Characters from the previous games are coming back as well, like Varric from Dragon Age II, as well as Morrigan, Leliana and Cullen from Dragon Age: Origins.

Dragon Age: Inquisition: October 7 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC