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Game of the Year 2015: Part 5

Welcome to Press Play TV’s Game of the Year 2015 Awards! We will be releasing five lists over the course of this week, each covering genres or facets of the games scene that we think are important to our industry, culminating on Friday with our final “Game of the Year” decision. With each ultimate choice, you can also see the individual selections of our three judges: Senior Producer Nick Hawryluk, and guest judges Chris Nagy and Peter Kendall from How Do I Jump. We’ve tried to be as fair as possible, but we don’t make any claims to have played every game that came out this year- we even have a category for the best ones we missed from last year’s awards!  Plus, in the interest of transparency, you can also listen to our entire deliberations process in the embedded podcast at the bottom of this article.

Jump to another part of our Game of the Year 2015 series:
Part 1 • Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

 

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Whenever we thought Konami couldn’t sink any lower this year, they always found a way to top themselves. After cancelling the much-anticipated Hideo Kojima / Guillermo del Toro ‘Silent Hills’ project and ultimately firing Kojima, they really went the extra mile by not only removing Mr. Kojima’s name from his magnum opus’ promotional material and packing, but also barring him from accepting awards for his own creation. We now understand that Kojima was forming a new studio under Sony and many of the mysteriously vindictive moves from Konami were likely for legal reasons, but they still looked like the bad guys from where we were standing. Konami is our Biggest Disappointment of 2015, now let’s hope they clean up their act next year.

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Star Wars Battlefront
Pete: Cancellation of P.T.
Nick: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Storyline)
Winner: KONAMI

 

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We were surprised by many things in Her Story. It utilized a completely new and interesting storytelling format, grabbing hold of us and not letting go until we’d finished its narrative. There’s not much we can say about this one without revealing more than we’d like, but trust us: you need to play this game. For blindsiding us with its release and keeping us glued to our screens, Her Story is the Biggest Surprise of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Transformers: Devastation
Pete: Her Story
Nick: The Fallout Lineup

 

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The Witcher 3 is an incredibly layered and complex game- not only in its mechanics, but also in the depth of its storytelling. There could have been no better way to introduce us to its dark, depressing world than the rude awakening of The Bloody Baron questline. With so many twists, turns, and emotional recontextualizations of the Baron himself, this quest teaches many core concepts of The Witcher right up front: nobody’s perfect, nothing is black and white, and not every story has a fairytale ending. For making us rethink our opinions of this character so many times, The Bloody Baron questline from The Witcher 3 is our Best WTF Moment of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: “Grant Us Eyes” (Bloodborne)
Pete: The Bloody Baron Questline (The Witcher 3)
Nick: You know which moment (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)

 

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Undertale might seem like a simplistic story, but the way it’s executed is pitch-perfect. There’s a lot to the characters, and even the enemies you face, that you wouldn’t expect, and as we spent more time with them we really started to connect with everyone in a way we weren’t ready for. Down to the smallest detail, Undertale is a fantastic exploration of how you should never judge a book by its cover. For making many of its characters feel truly real to us by the end, Undertale is our Most Impactful Game of 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Undertale
Pete: Her Story
Nick: Her Story

 

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It’s amazing to think how much each of our judges loved Fallout 4, when at the beginning of this year none of us even knew it was coming! A truly well-rounded sequel, this game fixed just about every issue we had with the previous Bethesda Fallout titles, without losing what made the series great. The overhauled perk chart, streamlined loot system and surprisingly handy Pip-Boy mobile app all helped to ratchet up the pacing so that we could cram more wasteland wandering into a single play session. Completely new additions like weapon/armor customization and settlement building added whole new layers of depth to an already-beautiful franchise. Fallout 4 has nabbed several awards this year, and consequently we’ve already written a lot about it in the past five days, but if we had to say one thing to sum it all up: it’s exactly what we wanted from a new Fallout game. A clear standout, Fallout 4 is our Game of the Year for 2015!

EDITORS’ PICKS: 
Chris: Bloodborne
Pete: Batman: Arkham Knight
Nick: Fallout 4

 

Jump to another part of our Game of the Year 2015 series:
Part 1 • Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5


GOTY2015-TrophyThe Game of the Year 2015 Awards were judged by Press Play TV Senior Producer Nick Hawryluk with guests Chris Nagy and Peter Kendall from How Do I Jump. Don’t think we made the right choices in a category? Let us know what you think should have won in the comments below!

Trophy from The Noun Project



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