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PSXE Game Of The Year Awards 2015

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Game of the Year

Nominees

  • Bloodborne
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Fallout 4
  • Rocket League
  • Batman: Arkham Knight

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Yup.

But here's the thing: Up until a very short time ago, this award was going to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It seemed only right. Perhaps technically and when dissected, MGSV is the better overall game. That being said, other considerations worked their way in at the last minute.

We had some question as to whether or not The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt should win overall Game of the Year; as you can see, it only earned an 8.7 score when it launched. Every other game nominated for the award scored higher; MGSV significantly so. After all, CD Projekt Red released an unstable product, which required a half-dozen patches over the span of several months to really fix. We don't believe we should be rewarding this sort of unfortunate trend. At the same time, the counter argument is that the game is fixed, it's as solid as can be right now, and we should be evaluating the products as they stand as of December 31, 2015, and not nailing them in place when they launch.

There's good logic to that. On top of which, hindsight is always 20/20 and we started to realize that in looking back at MGSV, a lot of fans - like, a lot - were starting to say things like, "well, it was great but it just didn't feel like MGS," or, "it's an awesome game but I just couldn't finish it for some reason." There is a marked departure from previous series iterations and perhaps its biggest downfall is that for the first time in the IP's history, the story actually takes a backseat as opposed to being the headliner. This is really what irked long-time fans and in truth, it annoyed us as well. Open-world and freedom has been the bane of the great interactive story's existence in this industry.

On the flip side, The Witcher 3 delivered absolutely everything we could've hoped for. It was every bit as epic as anticipated, it had all the depth and fantastical flair most RPG lovers appreciate, and it did have a fully realized story that, despite all our wandering and the game's massive size, never really disappeared into the background. Toss in the generation's single best expansion to date and you've got a game that just plain shines. It's the RPG, in our estimation. And as for Fallout 4, there are numerous detractors out there and while we don't agree (it's an excellent title), it just doesn't have the same impact in our eyes.

Well, that's it for this year. Here's hoping 2016 is the year to end all years!

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.

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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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