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Game of the Year Awards 2014

Looking Ahead - Most Anticipated Game of 2015 Award

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Looking Ahead - Most Anticipated Game of 2015 Award

2014 is behind us (catch up with all of our Game of the Year 2014 awards by clicking here) and so we now turn our attention to the months ahead. There's a feeling that this new generation of games consoles is yet to really spark into life, perhaps, but 2015 might just see that complaint fizzle out. With games like this on the horizon, let's hope so.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Looking Ahead - Most Anticipated Game of 2015 Award

What we said: "The slice of gameplay I got sampled more than raised my excitement levels for the return to Gotham City. The visuals and slickness of the action proved that this really is a new/current-gen title, and will hopefully be one that will raise the bar for what we expect from our console titles in the future."

Bloodborne

What we said: Demon's Souls and Dark Souls were games I deeply respected, but never quite managed to love. Their cohesive art direction, non-traditional narratives and willingness to brutalise are everything I look for on paper, but as a fan of responsive brawlers, we just never quite clicked. From what I played at Gamescom, Bloodborne and I are going to get along famously."

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Dealspwn Community Game of the Year - Top Five Games of 2014 As Voted For By You!

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Dealspwn Community Game of the Year - Top Five Games of 2014 As Voted For By You!

As usual, we bring our Game of the Year season to a close withthe best games as voted for by the community. We started the polls early this year and had some awesome feedback. You can check out the Game of the year 2014 nominations and the Dealspwn staff pick for the best title of 2014 right here, but let's take a look at the top five games of 2014 as voted for by you!

5. South Park The Stick of Truth

"It's REALLY good, funny and keeps you pulled in!" - Pastor Casket

"It is a fantastic game.. I'v not put it down since I got it" - Mark Vickers

4. Destiny

"Even with all this games flaws, it's still pretty fun. I'd say its definitely a game for those who come home from work to unwind, group up with randoms (generally get some good groups together when you randomly invite asking to do strikes, bounties etc.) or friends, shoot some alien/machines/space turtles with the epic music and your personalized badass, perfecting your gear and trying to reach that next level." - James180612

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Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2014

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Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2014

Our shortlists our in, the votes have been cast, and it's time to choose the Dealspwn Game of the Year 2014!

Bayonetta 2

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2014

What we said: Bayonetta 2 is mechanically perfect, yet it is also a game that is stuffed with personality and wit and charm and an abundance of ideas and imagery and symbolism that its poor story cannot hope to make sense of or contain. But that's okay -- it is the finest game Platinum have ever made, and the best thing to grace the Wii U thus far.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Dealspwn's Game of the Year 2014

What we said: A star filled, explosion-packed blockbuster smash of a campaign mode with a set of stellar multiplayer modes where Kill Confirmed and the new ball-based sport, Uplink, are set to become new favourites. Both the campaign and multiplayer owe a huge debt to the exoskeleton, which has proven to be the ultimate catalyst in pushing Call of Duty back to the top this year.

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Five things that sucked in 2014 that we'd like to leave behind

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Five things that sucked in 2014 that we'd like to leave behind

As our Game of the Year season draws to a close, it's time to look ahead to 2015. Over the next few days we'll announce our Most Anticipated Game of 2015 and I'll deliver my year in review as well as a look ahead to the coming months. But before that happens, here are five things that sucked in 2014 that we'd like to see left behind as we move into the New Year.

Hackers

Five things that sucked in 2014 that we'd like to leave behind

I'll get onto Microsoft and Sony in a minute, but let's just deal with the obvious to begin with. Lizard Squad promised they'd take down Xbox LIVE and the PSN at Christmas and they did just tat. Why? Well, mainly just because they could. Anonymity plus The Internet equals dickish behaviour. Castigate Sony and Microsoft all you want, boycott their products and call on others to do the same if you feel strongly about it, but deliberately taking down online services enjoyed by millions just for a brief little power trip is just... ugh... grow up.

As for Microsoft and Sony, how about investing in some security? How about realising that people pay money for these services and expect them to be robust? This isn't an isolated incident, and it certainly didn't come out of the blue, so as much as I feel for those people scrambling about on Christmas Day trying desperately to get things back in working order, I find it hard to believe that it was so very easy to take down these services. Consumers were calling on Microsoft and Sony for compensation and they're right to do so. The time for making excuses for digital premium services is over, which brings me onto...

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best New IP

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best New IP

In a year full of sequels and last-gen remasters, you could be forgiven for thinking that this section might have proven a little meagre. But the fact is that 2014 had a plethora of new IPs, from small curiosity pieces to blockbuster triple-A titles.

Child of Light
Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best New IP

What we said:Child of Light proves that cheap downloadable RPGs can be done right after all. Visually enchanting and featuring a clever twist on classic turn-based combat, this puts many full-sized RPGs to shame. Even with painful rhyming dialogue and generic story, you'll find yourself hooked to the end.

Destiny

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best New IP

What we said: Destiny's issues are rather obvious, and Bungie probably should have known better considering their pedigree, but this is all overshadowed by how fun and additive the game is once you get going. The feeling of wanting to do one more mission, to kill one more pack, on the off-chance I get some better loot, is the icing on the cake that is made up of satisfying FPS combat. Sure, the baking time is longer than other gaming cakes out there, and it isn’t the most exotic or original recipe in terms of its ingredients, but that doesn’t stop it from tasting so moorish that I want another piece right now.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Action Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Action Game

If we were to include last-gen remasters in these lists, then GTA V and TLOU would certainly be in the mix here, but there was new quality to be found in the action genre from fresh (and some familiar) faces. Twists on familiar franchises gave us some spectacular titles, as did letting studios constrained by previous partners run free with their creative ideas. And then there was Nintendo again, stepping in to revive a franchise that no-one wanted, and ultimately delivering what might yet be Game of the Year.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Action Game

What we said: Assassin's Creed: Rogue is much better than Unity. But then it would be, what with it being an Arctic-set sequel to Black Flag that has you romping about the northern seas as a swagalicious Templar. Simply marvellous.

Bayonetta 2

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Action Game

What we said: Bayonetta 2 is mechanically perfect, yet it is also a game that is stuffed with personality and wit and charm and an abundance of ideas and imagery and symbolism that its poor story cannot hope to make sense of or contain. But that's okay -- it is the finest game Platinum have ever made, and the best thing to grace the Wii U thus far.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Shooter

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Shooter

Another category that's always hotly contested, picking the best shooter of 2014 was no easy task. A traditionally conservative genre, this was one of the most innovative years we've seen in a while, certainly for FPS titles.

The Nominees

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Shooter

What we said: A star filled, explosion-packed blockbuster smash of a campaign mode with a set of stellar multiplayer modes where Kill Confirmed and the new ball-based sport, Uplink, are set to become new favourites. Both the campaign and multiplayer owe a huge debt to the exoskeleton, which has proven to be the ultimate catalyst in pushing Call of Duty back to the top this year.

Destiny

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Shooter

What we said: Destiny's issues are rather obvious, and Bungie probably should have known better considering their pedigree, but this is all overshadowed by how fun and additive the game is once you get going. The feeling of wanting to do one more mission, to kill one more pack, on the off-chance I get some better loot, is the icing on the cake that is made up of satisfying FPS combat. Sure, the baking time is longer than other gaming cakes out there, and it isn’t the most exotic or original recipe in terms of its ingredients, but that doesn’t stop it from tasting so moorish that I want another piece right now.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Multiplayer Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Multiplayer Game

There have been plenty of cracking multiplayer titles to get stuck into this holiday season, and there's still life in playing games with friends locally yet. Here are just a handful of the best multiplayer titles that 2014 has had to offer.

The Nominees

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Multiplayer Game

What we said: A star filled, explosion-packed blockbuster smash of a campaign mode with a set of stellar multiplayer modes where Kill Confirmed and the new ball-based sport, Uplink, are set to become new favourites. Both the campaign and multiplayer owe a huge debt to the exoskeleton, which has proven to be the ultimate catalyst in pushing Call of Duty back to the top this year. Your move, Far Cry 4.

Destiny

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Multiplayer Game

What we said: Destiny's issues are rather obvious, and Bungie probably should have known better considering their pedigree, but this is all overshadowed by how fun and additive the game is once you get going. The feeling of wanting to do one more mission, to kill one more pack, on the off-chance I get some better loot, is the icing on the cake that is made up of satisfying FPS combat. Sure, the baking time is longer than other gaming cakes out there, and it isn’t the most exotic or original recipe in terms of its ingredients, but that doesn’t stop it from tasting so moorish that I want another piece right now.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best RPG

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best RPG

There were many tears when it was announced that The Witcher 3 would be pushed back into 2015 (and subsequently delayed even further), but quite frankly, CD Projekt's postponement has been our gain allowing a slew of outstanding RPGs to enjoy the limelight instead this year. Probably the most difficult category to judge, in all honesty.If any of these turn up in the sales to come, do yourself a favour and snap them up.

Child of Light
Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best RPGWhat we said:Child of Light proves that cheap downloadable RPGs can be done right after all. Visually enchanting and featuring a clever twist on classic turn-based combat, this puts many full-sized RPGs to shame. Even with painful rhyming dialogue and generic story, you'll find yourself hooked to the end.

Dark Souls II
Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best RPGWhat we said: It won’t convert those who despise the Souls series, but the journey through the stunning lands of Drangleic is, for the most part, everything fans could have hoped for in a sequel. With fresh challenges, dastardly traps, and murderous invaders waiting at every corner, the sense of discovery and accomplishment is there for the taking… providing you’re patient and brave enough to overcome it. The Iron Price of gaming is back, and it demands that you die.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Strategy Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Strategy Game

Command & Conquer bit the dust hard last year, and Total War's not been on the sharpest form of late, but 2014 saw some brilliant strategy games come to the fore. Whether you're a tower defence buff, an RTS fan, or addicted to turn-based tactics, there was something for you this year...

Age of Wonders III

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Strategy Game

What we said: Age Of Wonders III focuses on eXploration and eXtermination in an unpredictable and customisable fantasy world that constantly reveals new secrets. A few issues and controversial mechanics might irk some genre veterans, but following the first major patch, Triumph's triumph is easily one of the most compelling strategy hybrids we've seen in recent years, and an enjoyably stern challenge for fans of tactical turn-based combat.

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Strategy Game

What we said: It’s Civ, but not as we know it… and that’s a good thing. The focus on choice and adaptability on the alien world allows players to deal with new challenges on the way to taming this new frontier. It’s not a flawless effort, but provided you can overcome the slower pacing of progress, the addiction of going yet another turn is absolutely there, making Beyond Earth a highly enjoyable entry in the Civilization series.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Mobile Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Mobile Game

There have been some utterly brilliant mobile games this year. And we're not just talking about top tier adventure and puzzle titles that have realised how much better they can be on touch devices, but bespoke games purposefully geared towards the pick-up-and-play immediacy of smartphone and tablet gaming. Speaking personally, my smartphone and iPad overtook my 3DS and Vita as my handheld gaming platforms of choice. Not because the latter consoles necessarily lacked stellar titles, but simply because the convenience and quality of mobile gaming has never been better.

The Nominees

80 Days

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Mobile Game

What we said: If the mechanical nature of the game — the challenge of trying to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days — is what propelled me onwards in the game on a micro level, the imagination and invention that has gone into the narrative aspects of 80 Days are what kept me coming back for multiple adventures. The manner by which you can mould and shape Passepartout’s character through your interactions with others is a joy in this game, the subtleties and ambiguities in the relationships that you foster along the way are rare to experience in this medium, but 80 Days does a wonderful job of weaving the most beautiful and engrossing arrays of smoke and mirrors to hide the cogs underneath, and delights in fluid prose that musters its own incentives for reading on, rather than relying on blunt rewards.

Hearthstone

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Mobile Game

What we said: One of the most addictive games of the year. Card-collecting games can be a niche proposition, but Hearthstone proved that anyone and everyone could get involved this year. And they did. In droves.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable Game

Japan seriously came through for 3DS and Vita fans this year with some absolutely cracking JRPGs and visual novels that proved absolutely stunning and perfectly suited for on-the-go gaming. In amongst them, of course, were some utterly brilliant indie titles, and the odd Nintendo stalwart as well.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable GameWhat we said: Macabre yet playful, disturbing yet uplifting, thought-provoking and intensely compelling, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a masterpiece of storytelling and characterisation. So long as you're prepared for a visual novel as opposed to a full-blooded adventure game, it's a truly essential purchase, and a Vita exclusive you'll savour over two dozen rewarding hours.

Etrian Odyssey Untold

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Portable Game

What we said: Etrian Odyssey Untold is a class act. The sensational vintage exploration, manual mapping and gruelling combat of the DS original has been granted a new lease of life, reinvigorated by strong characters and a superb story that's engaging enough to satisfy yet never outstays its welcome. Atlus approached their remake with subtlety and restraint, resulting in a uniquely lovely package.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

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Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

The term 'indie' may be difficult to define now companies big and small are exploring new business models, but there's no denying that agile teams have been turning big ideas and limited budgets into incredible gaming experiences over the last twelve months. Many of which have put their stodgy AAA rivals to shame. To try and make sense of it all, we've split this category into console and PC titles since there have been so many worthwhile games that deserve their time in the spotlight. Without further ado: here are the best console indie games of 2014... and the overall winner.

The Nominees

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

What we said: Octodad: Dadliest Catch is an absurdist delight. It only has one joke, but it's a damn good one. Though the game itself falters perhaps towards the end as Young Horses try to force things a little too much, it is to be hoped that the creation tools and the Workshop included with the game extend its lifespan. A brave and bonkers game, for the most part Octodad lollops along the fine line between fun and frustration with gloriously haphazard aplomb.

Road Not Taken

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best Console Indie Game

What we said: It's a game with a lot of heart and a cutesy art style typical of the studio, with straightforward mechanisms that essentially boil down to shunting objects around a grid and bringing groups of items together. That sounds simple, of course, but the level design swiftly increases in difficulty, and you only get one life before you have to start a completely new run through the fifteen-level story again. It's always fresh, always beguilingly whimsical, and it's always fiendishly challenging.

It's also pretty damn good.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best PC Indie Game

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Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best PC Indie Game

The term 'indie' may be difficult to define now companies big and small are exploring new business models, but there's no denying that agile teams have been turning big ideas and limited budgets into incredible gaming experiences over the last twelve months. Many of which have put their stodgy AAA rivals to shame. To try and make sense of it all, we've split this category into console and PC titles since there have been so many worthwhile games that deserve their time in the spotlight. Without further ado: here the best PC indie games of 2014... and the overall winner.

The Nominees

Dungeon of the Endless

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best PC Indie Game

What we said: Dungeon Of The Endless is the best Real-Time Turn-Based Strategic 4X Tower Defence Sci-Fi Roguelike RPG hybrid you'll play this week. And easily one of the very best games you'll play this year. Absolutely unmissable.

Endless Legend

Game Of The Year Awards 2014 | Best PC Indie Game

What we said: Endless Legend is a excellent 4X game that takes the genre in exciting new directions, expertly blending hard Sci-Fi and high fantasy in the process.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Puzzle Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Puzzle Game

Sometimes it's good to be able to virtually shoot someone in the face. Sometimes it's nice to be able to lose oneself in a deep, rich story, or delight in the perfection of beautifully honed controls and gameplay action. And sometimes what you really want is for a game to make you think, to challenge you, to dare you to do better. There've been plenty of cracking puzzle games this year, and here are just a few of the best.

The Nominees

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Puzzle Game

What we said: Halfway between Fez and the best Screwball Scramble set ever created, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a quietly brilliant puzzler. It could stand to be longer and slightly more challenging, but Nintendo have turned a simple premise into something truly lovely. In an age when so many games are releasing incomplete or unacceptably compromised, it's a delight to play something perfectly formed and designed to be enjoyed, not consumed. we'd just like more of it.

Hitman Go

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Puzzle Game

What we said: Turning Hitman into a turn-based mobile game might seem like some sort of weird bastardisation of all that is holy in Codename 47's world, but Hitman Go is fantastic, a brilliant slice of stealthy puzzle action, beautifully crafted and presented, and perfectly suited to quick bursts of play. It's the complete package -- challenging, stylish, easy to pick up and play, but with plenty of depth. You'll spend hours on later levels working out the perfect run, and you'll come back time and time again.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Platformer

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Platformer

Platformers, especially the more mechanically pure entries in the genre, seem to be going somewhat out of fashion these days, but 2014 wasn't without a few gems, as this list shows...

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Platformer

What we said: Others have reviewed this one pretty highly.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Platformer

What we said: LEGO Batman 3's irrepressible love for the universe and amazing attention to detail make for an essential DC experience, but the gameplay feels like a step sideways and even backwards for the LEGO series.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Adventure Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Adventure Game

Good God, this was a good year for adventure game fans. The genre has been coming back in a big way for several years now, but I think we can stop calling it a comeback. There's nothing Lazarean about the glut of outstanding adventure titles now to be had across all platforms (including and especially mobile) but that makes this year's showing of adventure games no less impressive.

The Nominees

80 Days

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Adventure GameWhat we said: If the mechanical nature of the game — the challenge of trying to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days — is what propelled me onwards in the game on a micro level, the imagination and invention that has gone into the narrative aspects of 80 Days are what kept me coming back for multiple adventures. The manner by which you can mould and shape Passepartout’s character through your interactions with others is a joy in this game, the subtleties and ambiguities in the relationships that you foster along the way are rare to experience in this medium, but 80 Days does a wonderful job of weaving the most beautiful and engrossing arrays of smoke and mirrors to hide the cogs underneath, and delights in fluid prose that musters its own incentives for reading on, rather than relying on blunt rewards.

Always Sometimes Monsters

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Adventure GameWhat we said: Always Sometimes Monsters is a fascinating, utterly engrossing morality play, delivered as a Game Maker adventure that constantly asks questions of the player. There have been games that deal with difficult decisions before, but perhaps none so deftly as this. Always Sometimes Monsters is a marvel.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Fighting Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Fighting Game

Again, not exactly a vintage year for fighting titles, but next year is looking very promising in that department. A quiet past twelve months, then, but not without some quality, not to mention the return of a much-loved Nintendo classic.

Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!!

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Fighting Game

What we said: Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! earns most of its exclamation marks thanks to frantic aerial brawling, bags of content and handsome visuals, even if its somewhat stiff controls and letterbox aspect ratio disappoint. We rather suspect that the all-female cast, continuity and fan-service will be the main selling point for many players, though.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Fighting Game

What we said: Fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will find much to love in this riotously rambunctious fighter, but the gruelling story mode and hateful 'pay to play' Campaign sap the personality and verve out of the zany experience. Still well worth considering if you're a franchise aficionado or fancy playing something a little bit different - it's a shame that the fun of the core battling isn't throughout the entire package. So it's a good thing that the core battling is so much outrageous fun and the characters are so ridiculously insane, then!

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Sports Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Sports Game

You tend to seem the same faces in the sports category, year in and year out, and 2014 is no different, really. But plenty of games really tried to shake things up this year, so although the names themselves might familiar, many series made significant strides this year.

The Nominees

FIFA 15

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Sports Game

What we said: Not much has changed off of the pitch, EA Canada still can't seem to work out how to create stable netcode at launch, and goalkeepers still make hideous errors in spite of their obvious upgrades, but ultimately FIFA 15 is a fast-paced, thrilling triumph where it counts. It's frustrating at times, but it's also the most rewarding FIFA in years.

Football Manager 2015

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Sports Game

What we said: Football Manager 2015 simultaneously makes navigation easier thanks to a revamped UI, while making other aspects more convoluted. Its match engine offers greater interaction, and yet somehow seems more opaque. But in spite of its contradictions, FM15 does a fine job of delivering a vastly deep, and more integrated and collaborative experience of football management, with some scouting overhauls that make finding diamonds in the rough more rewarding than ever before. This year's game has its faults, and doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it'll still steal your life away if you let it.

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Racing Game

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Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Racing Game

2014 was supposed to hold so much more for racing fans. Instead, Project Cars and the new-gen versions of F1 2014 were pushed back to next year, Driveclub (and even Forza Horizon 2, to a much lesser extent) launched with severe difficulties, and The Crew... well... let's just say that 2014 will be a year that Ubisoft should probably file under "must try harder".

In the end, the two best racing titles of the year came from the Wii U and the Vita!

The Nominees

Driveclub

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Racing Game

What we said: Once you've wrangled the handling model, there's a solid driving game underneath it all with fun tracks to tear down at terrifying speeds as you zoom through the incredibly detailed environments. But if the netcode isn’t fixed soon, this’ll be an abandoned rusty roadside wreck by Christmas.

Forza Horizon 2

Game of the Year Awards 2014 | Best Racing Game

What we said: Any track racer can make overtaking feel exciting, but Forza Horizon 2 also makes driving an absolute joy in and of itself. Superb cars, gorgeous scenery and a generous economy make up for a few missteps, meaning that the first big automotive release of the season will also be one of the best of the year.

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