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.
Roll your D20s its time for the RPG game of the year award. It all sounds so simple but behind the doors these games represent some of the more complex mechanics and plots around, giving us some of the most expansive and varied gaming environments we’ve ever seen.
Role-playing is all about immersion, and these games represent some of the deepest, most engrossing experiences available, often involving the player in some of the most grandiose tales of pure fantasy. The roleplaying game mechanic has been with us since the RPG Lord, Gary Gygax, first thought of pen & paper tabletop games with your buddies, and since then leveling up and character development has found its way into a huge proportion of video games.
Gaming is all about entertainment and this category focuses on the lighter side of life, humour. The nominees for the Funniest Game Award are titles that made us smirk and titter, tickled our funny bones or just kept us smiling the whole way through whatever fantastical nonsense the game presented. Humour can be found in the strangest of places sometimes, and it takes an excellent writer to create a genuinely amusing game. We are looking for vibrant amusing characters or a witty script and story that works within the boundaries of the genre.
Throw away Dickens, set alight to your copy of Tolstoy, Wuthering Heights meet paper shredder. You have no need for these intellectual curios with gaming’s huge advances in storytelling and character development. These are the cream of the crop, the Booker prize for our new interactive age.
All of the nominees give us a riveting yarn that had us hooked from the very first page screen, with stories that will live long in our memory. Intriguing plot devices, exceptional character dialogue, twists and turns that all come together to deliver a real contender for the Best Story Award.