PSXE Game Of The Year Awards 2014
Game of the Year
- Child of Light
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Dark Souls II
- Assassin's Creed Unity
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Winner: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Let us explain why this was a lot closer than initially anticipated, and why we didn’t go with another title: Thing is, gamers everywhere often complain that developers don’t listen, that they continue to give fans products they don’t really want. Therefore, we should acknowledge developers who do precisely the opposite. Dragon Age II wasn’t really a hardcore role-player’s dream. In a lot of ways, it didn’t even make any sense. Where was the expansive, fantastical world in which to lose ourselves? Where was the customary depth we’d come to expect?
We got it all and then some with Inquisition. It’s the result of a team that heard and acted on feedback from fans; it’s the positive product of what they call “active listening.” It’s the role-playing game fans have wanted from BioWare from years and they delivered. The story and characters could’ve been better but if you get immersed in this wondrous world of danger and mystery, you’ll be the first to congratulate the designers. Beyond the size and scope, it’s more about the traditional blended with “next-gen” concepts; it’s about a role-playing game that’s every inch a role-playing game and such a phenomenon isn’t all that common anymore.
Much like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare winning Best Shooter, the driving force behind this category was a developer that gave fans of the genre exactly what they wanted. Everyone has their own opinions, of course, and if you put a premium on story and character development, you might not be especially impressed with Inquisition. But you’d be in the minority and there’s a very good reason for that. Quite frankly, it’s the proper successor to Dragon Age: Origins and that puts a smile on our faces.
Well, that's it for this year. Here's hoping 2015 is even better!
1/2/2015 PSXE Staff