The Game Awards 2014 Nominees Are Revealed


In what should be regarded as a time-filler (in contrast to the main event of game reveals and gameplay footage), The Game Awards 2014 nominees have been announced. They are viewable on The Game Awards website, with five separate awards at the bottom eligible for fan voting interaction.

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Voted on by a panel of 28 different journalists from across the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada, The Game Awards list 16 different main categories, some of which are quite intriguing. For example, “Games For Change” is a rather vague category that includes a game about WWI, a young woman exploring her romantic feelings alongside her friend and, essentially, a video file of a mountain. Plus, both Bayonetta 2 and Hearthstone included in the Game of the Year list is a surprising turn of events. The fact that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is in the Best Online Experience category, with its launch problems, is concerning. Ultimately, it’s a pedestrian list filled with a bunch of Nintendo-published titles.

The journalist panel won’t be able to touch 5 of The Game Awards categories, which are fan-voted and ultimately boring. Most anticipated game will likely be a popularity contest, while eSports players/teams of the year and “Trending Gamer” categories (who’s popular on Youtube/Twitch) are alienating to gamers who aren’t part of those possibly-niche worlds. Best Fan Creation, at the least, looks at transformative content that aims to entertain, so that much should be interesting.

Below is The Game Awards 2014’s full list of nominees.

Game of the Year

Bayonetta 2 – Platinum Games/Nintendo
Dark Souls 2 – FROM Software/Bandai Namco
Dragon Age: Inquisition – BioWare/EA
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith/Warner Bros.

Developer of the Year

Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal

Best Role Playing Game

Bravely Default – Square Enix
Dark Souls II – From Software/Bandai Namco
Divinity: Original Sin – Larian Studios
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Bioware/EA
South Park: The Stick of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft

Best Action/Adventure

Alien: Isolation – Creative Assembly/Sega
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Ubisoft
Bayonetta 2 – Platinum Games/Nintendo
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith/Warner Bros.
Sunset Overdrive – Insomniac/Microsoft

Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct: Season Two – Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – Arc System Works/Atlus
Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Nintendo
Super Smash Bros. Wii U – Nintendo
Ultimate Street Fighter IV – Capcom

Best Narrative

South Park: The Stick of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft
The Walking Dead, Season Two – Telltale
The Wolf Among Us – Telltale
Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft
Wolfenstein: The New Order – MachineGames/Bethesda

Best Performance

Adam Harrington As Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us – Telltale
Kevin Spacey As Jonathan Irons, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer Games/Activision
Melissa Hutchison As Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two – Telltale
Trey Parker As Various Voices, South Park: The Stick Of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft
Troy Baker As Talion, Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor – Monolith/WBIE

Best Score/Sountrack

Alien: Isolation – Christian Henson, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith
Child of Light – Couer De Pirate/Ubisoft Montreal
Destiny – Marty O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori, C Paul Johnson, Paul McCartney
Sunset Overdrive – Boris Salchow/Insomniac Games
Transistor – Supergiant Games

Best Independent Game

Broken Age Part 1 – Double Fine
Monument Valley – Ustwo
Shovel Knight – Cellar Door
Transistor – Supergiant Games
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – The Astronauts

Best Online Experience

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer/Activision
Dark Souls II – FROM Software/Bandai-Namco Games
Destiny – Bungie/Activision
Hearthstone – Blizzard
Titanfall – Respawn/EA

Best Remaster

Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 343 Industries/Microsoft
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – Game Freak/Nintendo
The Last of Us – Naughty Dog/Sony
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 15 – EA Canada/EA Sports
Forza Horizon 2 – Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft
Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
NBA 2K15 – Visual Concepts/2K Sports
Trials Fusion – RedLynx/Ubisoft

Best Shooter

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer Games/Activision
Destiny – Bungie/Activision
Far Cry 4 – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
Titanfall – Respawn/EA
Wolfenstein: The New Order – MachineGames/Bethesda

Best Family Game

Disney Infinity 2.0 – Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive Studios
Fantasia: Music Evolved – Harmonix/Disney Interactive Studios
Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
Skylanders: Trap Team – Toys for Bob/Activision
Tomodachi Life – Nintendo

Best Mobile/Handheld

Bravely Default – Square Enix
Monument Valley – Ustwo
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard
Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Nintendo
Threes – Asher Vollmer, illustrator Greg Wohlwend, and composer Jimmy Hinson

Games For Change

Mountain – David O’Reilly/Double Fine Presents
Never Alone – Upper One Games/E-Line Media
The Last of Us: Left Behind – Naughty Dog/SCEA
This War of Mine – 11 Bit Studios
Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft

Fan-Voted Game Awards

Most Anticipated Game

Batman: Arkham Knight
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The Witcher 3

eSports Player of the Year

Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund
James “Firebat” Kostesich
Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson
Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag
Xu “Fy” Linsen

eSports Team of the Year

Edward Gaming
Evil Genuises
Ninjas in Pajamas
Samsung White

Best Fan Creation 

BEST Zelda Rap EVER!! By Egoraptor
Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song) by Tobuscus
Minecraft – TITAN City by Colonial Puppet
Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

Trending Gamer

Evan “Vanoss” Fong
Jeff Gerstmann

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