“Deserving Champions”

This past year of gaming has without a doubt been one for the record books. Ranging from longingly anticipated returns, to confident debuts, 2015 was no stranger to diversification, and its wealth of experiences were made stronger when standing next to each other. It was a year where titles both big and small were able to effectively jockey for impact, resulting in a remarkable schedule of releases that never seemed to overshadow one another. Driven by the unity of a common love, as well as an endlessly varied imagination, this year provided some of the most extraordinary offerings the medium has cultivated since its birth. Below are the honorable victors that stood tall in a year chock-full of dense excellence, beginning with my game of the year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Game of the Year - WNOMINEES:

  • 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 Year - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Independent Game - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Xbox One Game - WNOMINEES:

  • 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 Game - WNOMINEES:

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

Best PC Game - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Wii U Game - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Mobile Game -WNOMINEES:

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

Best Remastered Game - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Multiplayer - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Narrative - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Art Direction - WNOMINEES:

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

Best Soundtrack:Score - WNOMINEES:

  • 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 Game - WNOMINEES:

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

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