Only the best of the best are nominated for the prestigious Game or The Year title and there can be only one. We are all looking for that one supreme game that brought us to our knees over the past 12 months, maybe it was the most beautiful experience ever, or perhaps its story was so imaginative that you couldn’t help but be whisked away to its pixelated shores.
Nominees are usually highly competent across every area that makes a title brilliant and all of them are videogame titans that stand above the rest. These titles reach the lofty heights where the ‘Half-Lifes’ and ‘Elder Scrolls’ of gaming history dwell. They push the industry forward, innovating with rich new features and exceptional gameplay, while perfecting mechanics that will set the template for every other title to aspire to.
You’ve sat through four Paranormal Activities and barely batted an eyelid and you watched 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. The best horror game teeters on the brink between intense and unplayable, waiting to push you into the abyss, challenging your sanity and testing your metal. Only the hardiest of gamers can play any of these alone, with the lights turned out and an immersive headset on.
In space, no one can hear you vote. Don’t let that stop you though, as these games are the latest and greatest in interstellar travel and all things fantastically futuristic. The nominees considered, will push the boundaries of reality, offering us the chance to embrace incredible wonders from the comfort of our own homes.
Boldly they explore the dark frontier of space and push our imaginations to the limits. This genre is one of the most difficult to get right, as the creators of the title have to maintain believability, while still wowing us with stuff that could happen but hasn't.
Game soundtracks are often cruelly overlooked, but a title’s music and composition can often be the things that really makes or breaks a game’s atmosphere and tone. 2014 has been a pretty standout year when it comes to fabulous musical scores, especially in smaller games. However, a number of them really stood out to us, and difficult as it was to narrow down to just four, here are the games whose music really transported us to another world.
Sequels are all well and good but there really is nothing that gets the pulses racing than the thought of something entirely new. In the age of sequels these are becoming an increasingly rare treat, but here we celebrate some of the best original games keeping things fresh. While these don’t have to be from new franchises they are all entirely new series, doing something radically different from what’s gone before.