It’s that time of year again where gaming outlets around the world hand out their Game of the Year awards. Never one to miss out, we at GamePointsNow thought we’d hand out a few of our own, albeit with a slight twist.
So here’s our Alternative Game of the Year Awards for 2014:
Most Face Melting Graphics
Winner – Assassins Creed: Unity
There’s no denying Assassins Creed Unity looks stunning, but that’s not the reason for this award. While the internet would have you believe this was a common issue, the “invisible faces” bug actually only affected a very small number of players on PC, which did nothing to stop it being utterly hilarious.
An honourable mention goes to Dragon Age: Inquisition for it’s “slick” looking faces, especially in the rainy areas
Most Misleading Title & the It’s Nothing Like the Trailer” awards
Winner – Watch_Dogs
Not a single dog anywhere to be seen!!! And that’s not the only way Ubisoft mislead everyone! After two sterling showings at E3 expectations were high when Watch_Dogs finally launched last year. While the game wasn’t totally terrible, it fell short of what had been shown in gameplay demos leading up to release. This led to public outcry,especially when hackers (ironically) discovered that all the settings from the E3 demo were actually still in the game but had been disabled and hidden.
The “You Looking At Me?” award
Winner – Luigi,Mario Kart 8
There we were thinking Mario kart was just a cutesy fun game, ideal for spending hour upon hour having fun with the whole family. How wrong we were. While some of us take our gaming seriously, very few take it it as seriously as Mario’s little brother it seems.
The OMFGROFLMAO award for most insane gaming moment
Winner- Exploding Elephants in Far Cry 4
Possibly not an award for the animal lovers out there, but what do you expect when you give gamers access to heavy explosives and majestic rampaging elephants. While Far Cry 4 offers up numerous ways to liberate outposts, our favourite by far is strapping C4 to old Nellie and sending her headlong into your enemies. Thankfully the game spares you the full horror of it’s guts going everywhere.
The “Really…You delayed this?” award
Winner – Driveclub
When PS4 launch title Driveclub was delayed shortly before launch, there was much anger and disappointment – but that was nothing compared to the anger and disappointment when it actually released. After seeing what state it came out in it’s hard to imagine what it was like before they delayed it. Thankfully it all seems to be fine now.
Most awkward conversation
Winner- Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Iron Bull & Dorian’s flirting
One of our favourite things about Dragon Age: Inquisition is the party “banter” (ugh) system. The conversations you get to hear depend on the characters you’ve chosen to accompany you on your quest to close the giant green hole in the sky, so experimenting with different combinations can be really interesting. Without doubt however, our favourite combo is Tevinter mage Dorain and Quanri warrior The Iron Bull. If you don’t romance either character, they will spark up a rather strange romance which involves some full on flirting…which can get a little graphic.
The “New pants please” award
Winner – Alien: Isolation
2014 saw quite a revival in horror titles and without doubt Alien: Isolation is right up there with the best of them for sheer tension. While other games might have more outright scares (honourable mentions go to Outlast and PT), Isolation ramped it up to 11 in terms of atmosphere and downright terror. There’s not many games where you can spend five minutes trembling under a desk hoping you won’t get spotted. In fact we’re not totally sure we didn’t crawl throughout the whole game.
The “I Can’t Feel My Hands” award
Winner- Our Fifa 15 World Record Attempt
We love gaming and we love Fifa, but after spending over 48 hours playing Fifa 15 to set a new Guinness World Record that love did wane just a little. However, raising loads of money for the awesome Special Effect made it worth it
The “Just leave Me Alone” award
Winner – Far Cry 4’s animals
Without doubt, Far Cry 4 is one of 2014’s finest games, but it’s also one of the most annoying thanks to Kryat’s amped up animal population. It’s as if Ajay Ghale has embarked on his trip smothered in the tastiest animal treat in existence, such is the fervour the various predators are whipped into whenever he appears. Hopefully whoever suggested those bloody eagle attacks was promptly shipped off to experience it for real.
Most Pervy Cameraman
Winner – Bayonetta 2
Not many games from 2014 have stirred up as much conversation as Bayonetta 2. The Wii U exclusive has won plaudits for almost every aspect of its design, from its superb action sequences and accessible gameplay to its strong female lead. It’s just a pity the camera designer obviously thought he was auditioning for a job at Babestation
The “Something Borrowed, Something New” award
Winner – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
There are very few original ideas in games anymore. Almost every major title now features an aspect borrowed or tweaked from something else in some way. Shadow of Mordor is no exception, but few execute them all so well. While SoM isn’t some cheap knock off, it is clear that the mechanics have been heavily inspired from the popular Batman Arkham and Assassins Creed series. But unlike many games, it gives something back in its unique Nemesis system which is no doubt going to “inspire” future games.
Winner – Joel, The Last of Us Remastered
It wouldn’t be an award show without a mention for Naughty Dog’s superb The Last of Us. While the PS3 version already looked incredible, the updated version re-released on PS4 last year took it to a whole new level by polishing up the character models and improving the in-game textures. Maybe it was because we’d already experienced the incredible story before that we couldn’t help but spend most of the game admiring Joels high definition beard .
The “Here Goes My Life Again”
Winner – Football Manager 2015
OK I have a problem. I’m addicted to the virtual drug that is Football Manager. Every year I promise I won’t let it get it’s claws into me so much and every year the stat filled temptress engulfs me by taking up hundreds (thousands) of hours of my Steam playtime. At first glance it seemed this year would be the year the love affair ended (well, cut back at least), but after getting to grips with some of the game’s bigger changes I’m as addicted as ever, so it’s only fair I give it an award.
Most Expensive Demo
Winner – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
No matter what anyone says you cannot deny that Ground Zeroes isn’t a demo for the full MGS: V. Yes the gameplay is fantastic and it looks incredible but it’s still no more than a prologue. Albeit a very good one.
The “We know it’s coming to next gen” award
Winner – Borderlands The Pre-Sequel
The next gen consoles have well and truly taken hold now with Sony announcing they have sold over 18 million PS4’s and fewer releases hitting PS3/360. So it was a strange decision for 2K to announce that Borderlands TPS was only releasing on the last gen consoles. With the frequency in which last gen titles are now popping up on the consoles it’ll surprise absolutely no-one when it no doubt gets announced for Xbox One and PS4 (maybe as part of some collection) at some PAX panel soon. (edit: it since has been announced) Another title in the frame for this award is Assassin’s Creed: Rogue which is likely to appear on next gen machines around the same time it launches on PC in a couple of weeks
Are there any games you feel should deserve their own special award? let us know in the comments below