Annual Awards

January 5, 2015

The OMG! Hour’s 2014 Game of the Year Awards

2014 was an interesting year for gaming.  It was the first full year we had with the new generation of gaming consoles and some of our most anticipated games were delayed, while others released with less than stellar stability.  All in all, however, there were definitely some standout games that deserve their time in the spotlight.

Over the past few weeks, The OMG! Hour went through a Countdown to the Game of the Year with several different categories.  We discuss at length our nominations and then decide which games deserve the win.  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or listen to it right here on the site for all the reasons why these games deserve their wins.  Congratulations to all the nominees and to the winners.

Honourable Mentions (Personal Choice)

Games that don’t make the “Best of” list but we loved playing

  • Sean
    • Sniper Elite III
    • Thief
    • Murdered: Soul Suspect
  • Jeff
    • Civ Beyond Earth

 

Best Digital Only/Indie Game

  • Child of Light [Ubisoft] *WINNER
  • Chariot [Frima]
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch [Young Horses]
  • Goat Simulator [Coffee Stain Studios]
  • Infamous: First Light [Sucker Punch]
  • The Wolf Among Us [Telltale Games]

 

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • 2048 [Ketchapp]
  • Bravely Default [Square Enix] *WINNER
  • Hitman GO [Square Enix]
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Blizzard]

 

Best Multiplayer Game (Co-Op/Competitive)

  • Destiny [Bungie/Activision]
  • Minecraft [Mojang]
  • Borderlands the Pre-Sequel [2K Australia/2K]
  • Titanfall [Respawn Entertainment]
  • Diablo III [Blizzard]
  • Far Cry 4 [Ubisoft] *WINNER

 

Best Single Player Campaign

  • Infamous Second Son [Sucker Punch/Sony]
  • Dragon Age Inquisition [Bioware/EA] *WINNER
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare [Sledgehammer Games/Activision]
  • Child of Light [Ubisoft]
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth [Ubisoft]

 

Best 3rd Party Game

  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare [Sledgehammer/Activision]
  • Destiny [Bungie/Activision]
  • FarCry 4 [Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft]
  • Dragon Age Inquisition [Bioware/EA] *WINNER
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity [Ubisoft]

 

Best 1st Party Game

  • Infamous Second Son [PS4/Sucker Punch/Sony]
  • The Last of Us Remastered [PS4/Naughty Dog/Sony]
  • Little Big Planet 3 [PS4/Media Molecule/Sony]
  • Forza Horizon 2 [XBO/Playground Games/Microsoft] *WINNER
  • Sunset Overdrive [XBO/Insomniac Games/Microsoft]
  • Halo: Master Chief Collection [XBO/343/Microsoft]

 

The Future of Gaming

These are the games that strived to show what the new consoles are capable of and gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from gaming in the future

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity [Crowd generation, Dynamic Quests, 1:1 scale recreation of Paris]
  • Destiny [Online infrastructure, UI, Alpha/Beta]
  • Dragon Age Inquisition [Character rendering, realistic environments]
  • inFAMOUS: Second Son [Particle generation/lighting]
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor [Nemesis System] *WINNER

 

Best New IP

  • Destiny [Bungie/Activision] *WINNER
  • Watch Dogs [Ubisoft]
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor [Warner Bros.]
  • The Crew [Ubisoft]

 

Developer/Publisher of the Year

  • Bioware
    • For evolving a franchise rather than just rehashing what was done before
  • Ubisoft *WINNER
    • For consistently delivers huge blockbusters (FarCry 4, Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Watch Dogs) while at the same time exploring small, art games (Child of Light, Valiant Hearts)
  • Bungie
    • for launching a multiplayer game right

 

2014 Game of the Year

  • Destiny [Bungie/Activision]
  • Dragon Age Inquisition [Bioware/EA] *WINNER
  • FarCry 4 [Ubisoft]
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor [Monolith Productions/Warner Bros.]


About the Author

Sean

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.






 
 

 

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