Some of the best video games of 2014 were "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U," "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" and "Threes," according to IGN Entertainment. Some of the best board and card games of 2014 were Cards Against Humanity and Magic: the Gathering.
The most successful games of 2014 can be split into two categories. Games such as "Threes" and "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft," programmed for mobile devices such as iPhone and Android, are designed for simplicity and accessibility. Games such as "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" and "Far Cry 4," designed for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, focus on elaborate, cinematic details and complex gameplay designed to appeal to experienced players. Some independent games, such as "Shovel Knight" and "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth," have received critical acclaim, but relatively low commercial success.
Cards Against Humanity and Magic: The Gathering are two popular card games. Cards Against Humanity involves a judge choosing a "prompt" card, and other players using cards of their own to best fit the description. This gameplay is similar to that of Apples to Apples, though Cards Against Humanity is adult-oriented and features controversial and racy cards. Magic: The Gathering was created in 1993 by Richard Garfield as a card-game equivalent to Dungeons & Dragons. Magic: The Gathering has only grown in popularity and acclaim since its release, with 2014 being one of the most successful years in the game's history.