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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Wins GotY At Game Awards 2015

The show is over and the results are in.

Last night during The Game Awards 2015, over ten major awards were presented to the very best interactive productions of the year, and winners received a statue designed by "Lord of the Rings" props and effects studio WETA. Check it out, along with the full list of winners, here.

The night's biggest award, overall Game of the Year, went to the critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It beat out top-tier contenders Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Super Mario Maker and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Witcher 3 studio CD Projekt Red won Developer of the Year, and the epic open-world fantasy RPG also landed Best Role-Playing Game. MGSV won Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Shooter and Best Multiplayer went to Splatoon, the Best Fighting Game was Mortal Kombat X, the Best Narrative was Her Story, and Rocket League won Best Independent Game and Best Sports/Racing Game.

So, agree or disagree with the winners?

Related Game(s): The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Tags: video game awards, game awards 2015, best games 2015

12/4/2015 11:57:16 AM Ben Dutka

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TrueAssassin86x
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 12:25:05 PM
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Yup hopefully people take note on how to do DLC from CD-Project Red. Only thing that made me go wtf was splatoon getting bestshooter and RocketLeague for Best sports game

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PoopsMcGee
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 1:42:47 PM

Rocket League WAS the best sports/racing game this year IMO. Great game. Simple but deep and a blast to play. I'll be jumping back for quick fixes for a long time coming.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 2:02:33 PM

I'm sorry but isn't Rocket League just a re-released, updated version of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars? The instant I saw it I was like, "haven't I played this before?"

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-reviews/173.html

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Corvo
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 12:26:59 PM
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I heard people in the crowd screaming "Bloodborne!!!" Shame this crappy boring bland game won.

Just a joke, I'm glad it won. Her Story should not have won a damn thing though. I watched gameplay right after and...wow.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 12:46:20 PM

haha those are some great fan BB has.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 12:52:23 PM
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I wonder what tipped the scales. CD Projekt Red deserves a win for their hard work on the title that's for sure.

Still, better than MGSV and Fallout 4? erm, in being objective: something's missing.

Anyone get to the Massachusetts State House in F4? Incredible boss fights, tensely created and increasingly claustrophobic level design, simply amazing and horrifying experience marrying H.P. Lovecraft and Alien. I'm still limping out with a very injured girlfriend.

Love you Piper!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 1:46:45 PM

"something's missing"

Ironically, those two words kept repeating inside my head the entire time I was playing Fallout 4. ;)

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Temjin001
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 3:26:07 PM

Fallout and MGS were missing all the sex and breasts Witcher had tucked away inside, World. When the average panelist is a middle aged lonely man, heh, the choice makes sense ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 3:37:11 PM

Quiet doesn't qualify?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 4:13:50 PM

If something is missing in Fallout 4 it's a focus. Making it more like Skyrim get's one bogged down in collecting tons of garbage, bulding settlements and castles and taking care of people (Travis, man he needed help to become a good DJ) instead of feeling like you have a single mission you want to bend your world toward. The settlements probably need more fascinating grandiosity too but I'm only like 75 hours in and that's not a quarter of the game.

When it comes to making a new wasteland out of Boston the history is phenomenal, they clearly crawled all over that city and the suburbs. Witcher was like, wilderness, yay. If you enjoy wastelanding then the game is a huge improvement all around. The weapons and power suits and armor and chemistry and chow and allies and use of space is all improved over Fallout 3.

Plus it's all an original spin on what would've happened there in the general Fallout America. Nothing is as it seems, the missions are secondary to your own missions, the remains of the world range from funny to ominously horrifying. With Witcher I didn't see anything mildly original in the world. Made for a pretty horse riding simulator though.

Either way, I felt in my review that MGSV was just a much tighter and polished and pointed and alive video game than either.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 10:02:01 PM

I think if you take an overall view of both games, you see why The Witcher 3 is clearly the better game. The core narrative is better, the voice performances are better, the characters are much better defined, the graphics are much better, and I also think there's a great variety of missions as well. There's also simply less drudgery in general, as The Witcher 3 might be one of the best-balanced and paced games ever.

The problem with Fallout 4 is that it relies much too heavily on its atmosphere in order to be great. If it works for you, then it is indeed great. If it doesn't, the individual pieces start to pale in comparison to games with clearly superior elements.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 10:13:23 PM

I'd have to disagree on the narrative (neither open world nor story driven) and the pace (bottlenecks that felt gamebreaking to me which require inane questing).

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Temjin001
Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 1:30:21 AM

I don't have any problems with Fallout 4 other than the cumbersome menu navigation within the pip-boy.
The mission variety, VATS, looting system, sound and music, and overall structure is highly satisfying. I also find encumbrance a bit obnoxious but that's probably due to how I configured my character.

Witcher though, is the more standout offering this year. While it's always nice having a strong series like Fallout build upon itself so well, Witcher is a new face to most console-folk, delivering the most integrated narrative driven openworld RPG I've seen. Sure, I'm not too fond of some aspects of it, with it feeling overly bloated in areas, complementing the roughness/bugginess of it's deliver at launch, indicative of a game that needed more time in production before shipping, but it's one epic offering that will be sure to make Bioware try harder moving forward.
And that's really it. I think trying to compare Fallout's design and Witcher's is nearly pointless. They're oriented so differently. This was evident by many out-crying how much they disliked the restrained feeling of Witcher with it's forced level caps. It's Bioware and CDProjekt comparisons where the likenesses can be more appropriately made. And all eyes will be on Mass Effect next year to see how Bioware ups the ante in this regard.

I expect there competition with each other's space and similarity to narrative driven play will only help each other out in the long run.

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matt99
Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 12:03:18 PM

I really like Fallout 4 but the graphics really bother me. Those textures don't belong in a AAA game in 2015 plain and simple. Everything else about the game is absolutely fantastic, but the graphics are a let down. They simply don't stand up to the standard set by other big open world games this year like The Witcher, Arkham Knight and MGSV (Obviously). Even Just Cause 3's graphics are way better than Fallout 4's.

But other than that, it is a fantastic game and I mean that sincerely.

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Temjin001
Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 1:20:55 PM

Fallout made it harder for itself to impress being in the first person. Textures always do better from the third person.
Had Witcher been in the first person it wouldn't have seemed as pretty. Witcher also uses a heavy amount of perspective distortion. This annoys me actually. (anyone know if the PC version offers a fov setting to change this?). Ever notice how huge it makes Geralt's feet look while he runs?

Edit: also keep in mind games like Just Cause and Witcher are in settings that lend themselves to being beautiful. Fallout is dealing with ruins and a massive lack of vegetation. It's far harder to impress this way. This requires much more work to model and generate destroyed looking structures and landscapes than it is otherwise. The average poly count of a building in Fallout is likely much higher in comparison to its competition, same goes for the terrain with broken chunks of concrete and motorcycles stuck in trees. The game does better with what it has to work with then it gets credit for.


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shadowpal2
Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 7:17:16 PM

If you're talking about something missing...ummm...THE PHANTOM PAIN has LOADS OF STUFF MISSING FROM IT...like a whole entire chapter?

GOOD game as far as gameplay goes, but put in more than 30 hrs in it and you're already bored as the open world environment just really isn't alive.

The gameplay/music are incredible - but the story/environment were quite disappointing in my opinion, but again that's just MY opinion. The whole MGS community seems really divided as far as The Phantom Pain goes. I personally found the story just disappointing...which is why i found The Witcher 3, overall the better game.

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TheOldOne
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 6:57:13 PM
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Well deserved. I think any of Witcher 3, Fallout 4 and Arkham City could have won the title. Im so thankful that I had the pleasure to play all three and some day in the near future MGS5. Anyway there are like hundreds of these Game of the Year titles from sites to magazines to tv which awards them.

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wambo
Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 7:40:14 PM
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Bloodborne is still my personal choice for game of the year, i hav'nt touched the witcher 3 for a couple of months now an have still got tons to do in that game, i really did think it would get game of the year its one the best open world rpgs this year with great quality.

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