2014 has been a fascinating year for gamers and the gaming industry. In a year when a new generation of gaming consoles has started to get in to its stride, we have had the pleasure of playing a plethora of new and unique experiences from AAA mega-studios to bedroom developers. It has been a year when graphical prowess has been matched by story telling and design ingenuity to produce some of the best looking, most engrossing, most enjoyable and awe inspiring games ever made. There has been hardly a week go by that there has not been a newly formed and often genre defying or defining experience to delve into.
It is a testament to the game developers who released a game in 2014 as to how hard it was to decide on a short list of games for each of the PSGamer Game of The Year Award categories and how incredibly difficult it was to agree upon a winner. The PSGamer team has argued, bickered and butted heads over who they think deserved to receive each award because of the sheer quality and diversity that has been on show throughout the past year. Finally, after weeks of discussion, we are proud to introduce the inaugural PSGamer Game of The Year Awards.
The PSGamer Game of The Year Awards 2014 are broken down into 12 categories which are listed below;
- Shooter of the Year 2014
- Platformer of the Year 2014
- Racer of the Year 2014
- Sports game of the Year 2014
- Action/Adventure game of the Year 2014
- Puzzle/Quiz game of the Year 2014
- Role Playing game of the Year 2014
- New IP of the Year 2014
- Indie game of the Year 2014
- The PSGamer Readers Choice Award 2014
- The Game of The Year 2014
- Most Anticipated Game of 2015
To be eligible for a PSGamer Game of The Year Award, a game had to fulfil a few simple criteria. Firstly, it had to have been released between December 1st 2013 and the 30th of November 2014 – this is the 2014 awards after all. With PSGamer being a PlayStation-centric site, the game had to have been released on the PS3, PS4 or PSVita between those dates too. Also, In a year where the lines between genres has become even more blurred, we took the decision that a game could win only one of these awards and it would be the award that best suited the games defining features. This was to avoid a single game dominating the awards and to give all games a chance to shine in its own genre. It is also worth noting that we chose not to consider those HD re-releases and remasters that only incorporated graphical upgrades (with no changes to the game play).
So, without further ado, please allow me to introduce the winners of the PSGamer Game of The Year Award 2014.
Next: Shooter of the Year 2014.