Game of the Year Awards 2015: Nominees

“Honorable Leaders”

As 2015 draws to a close, it exits leaving behind a wonderful, sprawling roster of games to reflect upon. It has been an exceptional year, ripe with deeply memorable experiences, spanning from intimate indies, to AAA blockbusters. This year had it all, bearing witness to some of the greatest games in recent memory. Releases such as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, set towering new standards for their respective genres. While titles such as Undertale and Rocket League, focused meticulously on systems, along with gameplay, redefining how we go about enjoying these experiences at their most fundamental level. These expressive, impactful adventures shall hold a special place in my heart, and as we look eagerly into the new year, let us celebrate the great games that shaped the medium over the last 12 months. Here are my nominees for the best games of 2015.Game of the YearNOMINEES:

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rocket League 
  • Super Mario Maker 
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the YearNOMINEES:

  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • CD Project Red
  • FromSoftware
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo

Best Independent GameNOMINEES:

  • Her Story
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Rocket League
  • The Beginner’s Guide
  • Undertale

Best Xbox One GameNOMINEES:

  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best PlayStation 4 GameNOMINEES:

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best PC GameNOMINEES:

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Best Wii U GameNOMINEES:

  • Minecraft: Wii U Edition
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World

Best Mobile GameNOMINEES:

  • Downwell
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Her Story
  • Lara Croft GO
  • PAC-MAN 256

Best Remastered GameNOMINEES:

  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PC)
  • Journey
  • Rare Replay
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Best MultiplayerNOMINEES:

  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Helldivers
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Best NarrativeNOMINEES:

  • Until Dawn
  • Tales From the Borderlands
  • Her Story
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Fallout 4

Best Art DirectionNOMINEES:

  • Bloodborne
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Order 1886
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Soundtrack:ScoreNOMINEES:

  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Tales From the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Most Anticipated GameNOMINEES:

  • Cuphead
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Note: Check back January 4th for the full list of winners.


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