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PSXE Game Of The Year Awards 2015

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Platform and Genre Awards

Best Vita Game

Nominees

  • Dangangronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
  • The Swapper
  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night
  • Lost Dimension

Winner: OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

Even though we we reviewed it on PS4, the Vita version of the Olliwood sequel is just so unbelievably fun, it's hard to even describe. Both ultra-challenging and crazy addictive, the game that has a straightforward and even simplistic concept continues to drag you back into world of pixelated skateboarding goodness. The original was solid but the sequel is bigger and more refined, and it's perfect for the handheld market. If you're looking for something to do on that long commute in, just load this up and have a blast!

Best PSN/Indie Game

Nominees

  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Axiom Verge
  • Bastion
  • Broken Age
  • Rocket League
  • Helldivers

Winner: Bastion

Even though it originally released back in 2011, Bastion wins this category for two reasons: 1. 2015 marks the first year it lands on a PlayStation platform, and 2. It's just that good. Featuring a fantastic narrator, tight and addictive gameplay, and an overall structure and style that is at once charming and immersive, this is an incredible achievement. People have been singing the praises of this particular gem for years and now, we've finally got the chance to add our voice to the mix. Well-deserved indeed.

Best PS4 Game

Nominees

  • Bloodborne
  • The Order: 1886
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Until Dawn

Winner: Bloodborne

In this category, we're generally looking for the best PlayStation 4 exclusive of the year, but thanks to Activision's deal with Sony, anything related to Destiny gets a nod, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is just too good to omit. But it doesn't really matter because this year, the winner is easy: Bloodborne. Challenging, addictive, fantastically conceived and executed, this title made a great many gamers thankful to be PS4 owners. And that's precisely what we want from the Best PS4 Game.

Best Multiplayer Game

Nominees

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Rocket League
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • Evolve

Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops III

It's too bad that the campaign didn't quite live up to expectations, but the game's multiplayer was never in question. Call of Duty: Black Ops III once again blew away the competition in terms of multiplayer entertainment, offering the tightest, most dynamic online matches of the year, due in large part to those wildly diverse Specialists. CoD continues to take strides in the area of competitive multiplayer, whether we hate it or not. And by the way, Battlefront's lack of customization and depth took it out of the running, in case you're a big "Star Wars" fan.

Best Re-Release

Nominees

  • Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
  • DmC: Devil May Cry Definition Edition
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut

Winner: Resident Evil HD Remaster

Uncharted has always been fantastic and DmC: Devil May Cry was great when it first launched, too. The later releases that arrived this year tweaked and improved a little, but the most drastic and impressive overhaul achievement of the year has to go to Resident Evil HD Remaster.

When you're remastering such an old game, the hurdles are many and Capcom's team did a great job updating this horror classic. It's certainly true that nostalgia must play some role in order for you to forgive lingering archaic issues, but there's still no comparison between the original and this vastly updated iteration. And that's really the point of a remaster, isn't it?

Best Sports/Racing Game

Nominees

  • FIFA 16
  • Project CARS
  • Madden NFL 16
  • Rocket League
  • MLB 15: The Show

Winner: Rocket League

We actually had several great sports games this year; both FIFA and Madden really put their best foots forward (no pun intended). But strangely, everything seems to pale in comparison to the wildly popular and endlessly entertaining Rocket League.

It does have to qualify as a "sports/racing" game, I suppose, but its unique concept aside, it's one of the most inspired and competitive titles in existence. There's something about the ceaselessly flying pace, the oddly intense matches, the split-second saves, etc. It just never gets old and strictly from a sports standpoint, it's the "sport" I'd definitely tune in to watch. No, seriously.

Best Role-Playing Game

Nominees

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Fallout 4
  • Bloodborne
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
  • Final Fantasy Type-0

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

There are a great many who will say Fallout 4 but for our money, there's no more epic role-playing experience in 2015 than The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Not only was it the only RPG of the year with a story we really loved - and one that felt cohesive and fully realized, with well-defined and interesting characters - but its structure was both unique and surprisingly accessible.

Designed to be both massive yet inviting, and still offering every last ounce of depth role-players could want, CD Projekt Red's stunner is indeed the best of the best. And don't forget that it also somehow managed to appeal to more casual players, a feat most RPGs can't manage.

Best Fighting Game

Nominees

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition

Winner: Mortal Kombat X

This one was easy. We didn't see a lot of heavy hitters in the fighting category this year (still waiting on Street Fighter V and Tekken 7!), so the winner is definitely Mortal Kombat X. It's yet another excellent installment in the now-rejuvenated franchise, as everyone from long-time franchise aficionados to newcomers appear to love the experience. And it also helps that developer NetherRealm wasn't shy about delivering a horde of extra content.

Best Shooter

Nominees

  • Evolve
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Winner: Destiny: The Taken King

Black Ops III's multiplayer was unparalleled but the campaign sort of let us down; Battlefront kinda felt like the kiddie version of a true-blue online competitive game. Evolve was great but didn't really have quite enough long-standing punch. And yet, everyone seems to love that massive expansion for Destiny.

The Taken King added an awful lot of content and got a lot of players who had previously ditched the game to take it up again. Reviews were sky-high and Bungie has been very proactive about improving the experience with every passing week, issuing more content, community events, etc. And yeah, this is a PlayStation site and it does help that we've gotten a few exclusive goodies on the PS4. ;)

Best Action/Adventure Game

Nominees

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Axiom Verge
  • The Order: 1886
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Winner: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Despite the competitiveness in this category, we always knew it had to go to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which is another insta-classic by Kojima and Co. An updated and expanded version of the MGS we all know and love, with unbelievable characters and a plethora of gameplay possibilities, it's hard to conceive of a more technically impressive or more involving and absorbing adventure. We have no idea what Kojima will do next but we do know that this series will never be the same without him.

Best New IP

Nominees

  • The Order: 1886
  • Rocket League
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Bloodborne
  • Life is Strange
  • Evolve

Winner: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

This was an extremely difficult selection. Typically, we want to go with a new IP that has a good chance of becoming a fresh series, but we're not seeing much of that this year. And there are a few that are questionable; as I said before, Rocket League is very close to its 2008 predecessor and as great as Bloodborne is, it still smacks of obvious Dark Souls influence. It is different, which is why it was nominated, but the best of the new titles this year has to be Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. With an unmatched story in 2015 and an atmosphere that is just downright mesmerizing, this is precisely the kind of interactive entertainment we wish got more support (and hopefully, it won't die).

Best Non-PlayStation Game

Nominees

  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Splatoon
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Undertale
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Her Story

Winner: Rise of the Tomb Raider

It's the one game we really wish had come to PlayStation 4 this year. It hurts all the more to know that it's basically a better and more refined version of the title we loved back in 2013. And obviously, there are lots of fantastic titles that never came to a PlayStation platform in 2015 and as I didn't get a chance to play all of them, I can't say for sure if Lara's new adventure is my favorite. I can say, however, that after getting a chance to play it in the past week, it's exactly what most Tomb Raider fans want and I can't wait to see the Definitive Edition - or whatever they plan to call it - when the game finally does hit PS4 later in 2016.

Special: The PSXE Favorites

  • Axiom Verge
  • The Order: 1886
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Bastion
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Rocket League
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Until Dawn
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Life is Strange
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Once again, there are plenty of games to play. The ones we particularly liked are listed here, whether they surprised us or simply hooked us with their quality and/or infinite replayability. There's typically a pretty diverse sampling, although I suppose those at the top of the list would be Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Rocket League, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Bastion, The Order: 1886 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Sometimes, it feels like there are simply too many top-tier games to try and finish in any given year...

PSXE Community Choice for Game of the Year 2014

Nominees

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Fallout 4
  • FIFA 16
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Bloodborne
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Bastion
  • Mortal Kombat X

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

It was close both weeks but after two rounds of voting, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has earned the PSXE Community Choice for Game of the Year 2015. Both Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Bloodborne gave CD Projekt Red's title a run for its money but in the end, the majority agreed that Geralt's remarkable tale is the best of the year. Now, last year, we agreed with the community, selecting Dragon Age: Inquisition as the overall GotY. Will we agree again? Or have we gone a different direction? Will there be a surprise...? Let's find out.

Game of the Year Award Ahead!!!

1/2/2016 Ben Dutka

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Temjin001
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 9:35:21 PM
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Looks like some great picks!

It was one exciting year in gaming.

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Oxvial
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 9:38:05 PM
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I'm okay with all the winners, kinda wish there was a way Undertale could compete for an award, but seem the developer doesn't even own a current gen console lol.

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Darth Retsof
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 10:46:13 PM
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I've been hearing about "The Last Guardian" for years now...but that's all I hear, the name.

What is it about ??

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bigrailer19
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 11:03:47 PM

At this point I don't know if we will ever know. What they showed off almost 10 years ago is almost exactly what they showed off this past year. Progress isn't on their side.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 11:19:59 PM

So far, a boy who rides a bird/cat for some reason. There are probably environment puzzles. That's all we know.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 12:29:04 PM

I thought it was a bird/dog.

See how unclear this is?!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 1:50:37 PM

haha

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BikerSaint
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 2:22:33 PM

I always thought of it being some sort of bird-griffin hybrid.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 11:50:03 AM

I thought it was a flying ferret.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 11:23:48 PM
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I popped The Order in again recently and was impressed in a new way. While the older QTE mechanics do feel a little awkward on top of such gorgeous visuals I think nobody gave enough credit to the unique shooting experience it gave with the soft physics. It was a totally different feel from something like Uncharted's shooting or really any other tps. So fine tuned and squishy at the same time. Like a mix of mouse and controller with living environments. Totally underrated.

My faves are Fallout 4 and Life is Strange. LiS really did need some kind of sales strategy or press, it's so wicked unique I enjoy it more than any of the Telltale games.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/2/2016 11:26:43 PM

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frostface
Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 1:49:01 AM

Life is Strange was awesome. I do love the Telltale games but the fact that I have 3 of them sitting here started but no progress made on them past the first chapter, whereas Life is Strange I was glued to right until the end, kinda says it all.

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matt99
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 11:34:49 PM
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A few months ago I bet you didn't think you would be giving GOTY to Witcher 3, I think you even said as much in one of your articles. However, I think your reasoning is right and you made the right choice. For me there's an intangible category that goes above all else, one that can only be known on December 31st and that is: which game did I most enjoy this year? For a lot of people-myself included-that was The Witcher 3. That's why The Witcher is my personal GOTY.

All in all, a great game of the year awards. Happy new year to everyone and Ben, if you thought 2015 GOTY was a tough decision, good luck with 2016!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 12:16:51 PM

yeah i think getting addicted to Witcher was a surprise for Ben.

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wambo
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 2:04:26 PM
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Agree with all these winners, expect my personal game for most addictive would be Bloodborne as i play that more than any other game.

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FM23
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 3:39:38 PM
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W3 definitely earned it. The storytelling, complexity, and mature dialogue really took it over the top. The fact that the game was so big and didn't ruin the story was awesome. The only hiccup in the story was that Dandelion business. F*ck that guy!!! Haha And the combat, though boring, even did the job.

My favorite GOTY is Batman AK as default since I'm a huge Batman fan. FO4 easily second, but FO4 definitely had problems as far as the storytelling went (story was good) and that includes MGSV which I still believed had the best overall gameplay this year behind that brilliant game Bloodborne.

I will have to try Until Dawn, Life is Strange, and Rapture sometime this year.

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Victor321
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 4:50:02 PM
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I’m going to try OlliOlli2 now :D

Everything about The Order was great. Some may view this as a knee-jerk response, but I truly mean that not once did the game's length ruin my experience.

However, what did ruin my experience was its unfinished narrative and the core characters taking a backseat-- excepting Galahad of course.

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pavlovic
Sunday, January 03, 2016 @ 9:37:26 PM
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Rise of the Tomb Raider is overrated. It feels like an expansión more than other thing. And the final fight is just dumb.

Last years COD made more New things than ROTTR.

It is a good game, but nothing more.

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Banky A
Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 2:30:42 AM
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The Order keeps blowing me away.

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 8:20:17 PM
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Thank you for putting this together. I'm sure it took a great chunk of your weekend.

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