You’ve sat through four Paranormal Activities and barely batted an eyelid, you watch Saw for breakfast, while chowing down on your cornflakes, but these games came along and the living daylights are now scared from your very being.
A crowded genre to be sure, the best FPS’s of the last year have had to work their socks off to stand out from the crowd, giving you the best shooter action around. An ever-popular genre, these nominees have done that magical bit extra to distance themselves from the pack, putting you in creative situations through which you had to make like Arnie and decimate the opposition.
Resolutely old-school in design, the humble platformer has been an industry stalwart synonymous with fun, pick up and play gameplay. The best platformers of the year combined classic gameplay with innovative new features and slick mechanics that made them a true joy to play.
Suppliers and builders have been known to cut every corner they can to put together a perfect beast for a perfect price. This category is the culmination of these deals, where full PC builds enable the modern PC gamer to play the most demanding games at the highest quality for the best price.
Put down the textbooks and pick up that mouse. This award is set aside for only the greatest historical recreations and experiences around. Why read about Caesar when you can be Caesar? Combining historical authenticity with great gameplay, these are the ones that cause every history teacher a moments consideration for their job security.
Let loose the dogs of war! These are the best games that let you go head to head or fight side by side in multiplayer arenas. Whether its spewing forth hot lead at one another or wishing this car had a seventh gear, these are the ones that got your adrenaline pumping and unleashed your competitive urges.
Keyboards are part of the PC gamers arsenal and some keyboard manufacturers have really managed to push the innovative boundaries when it comes to design.
Dripping with dread and crammed full of character, these titles bring together an electric atmosphere to set the player’s mood. This category and these nominees are the games that are awash with ambience and can take you away to a magical place. All can be considered for this accolade, but only a select few offer a gamer the pure escapism that the Most Atmospheric Award Nominees can deliver.