Winners: PlayStation.Blog 2014 Game of the Year Awards

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Winners: PlayStation.Blog 2014 Game of the Year Awards

PlayStation.Blog: Game of the Year 2014

First, a thank you. With nearly 400,000 user votes submitted, this year’s PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards was far and away our biggest and most active yet. Thanks for speaking your mind and supporting your favorite games of 2014.

But enough talk. Read on for the full list of winners and runners-up, plus some Editors’ Choice picks from some of your friends here at PlayStation. See you next year!

Best PS4 Game

A tight race, with Dragon Age Inquisition taking an early lead in community voting until Bungie’s sci-fi shooter Destiny surged ahead for the coveted Platinum spot. Honorable mentions go to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which both saw muscular support.

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Editors’ Choice Picks

Alien: Isolation

Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

Creative Assembly clearly did their survival-horror homework, proving they could craft a lean, terrifying machine in the grand tradition of System Shock 2. A 2014 standout… if you’ve got the nerves for it.

Destiny

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

The ambition behind Bungie’s space-faring epic is matched only by the dev team’s willingness to tweak and shape their universe based on the feedback of its most passionate players. Four months later, I’m still raiding every Tuesday with pals from around the world.

inFAMOUS Second Son

Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

The combat in Second Son felt fantastic, but you could have just as much fun traversing the world using Delsin’s abilities and leaping from eye-watering heights. Incredible experience from start to finish.

Hohokum

Nick Suttner, PlayStation Developer Relations

Hohokum hits on the curiosity that lies at the heart of all games, but brilliantly marches it front and center in a technicolor, multi-instrumentalist dream. Hoon around a while, get lost in a labyrinth of child-like discovery and joy, and feel like a grownup all over again with an impossibly cool soundtrack.

Far Cry 4

Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

Like going on the most messed-up holiday imaginable, for my money Far Cry 4 was the most fun you could have in a videogame in 2014, and I adored every insane, eagle-punching minute of it. Bring on that yeti DLC.

Don’t Starve: Console Edition

Dan “Shoe” Hsu, PlayStation Developer Relations

You know you’re dealing with excellent game design when you’re as frightened of hunger pangs as you are the mysterious creeps crawling all over the alien landscapes of survival game Don’t Starve. I couldn’t get enough of the unique art style, deep crafting, and constant tension — just writing this makes me want to go back for more.

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Best PS3 Game

RPGs dominated voting in the PS3 category, with Dark Souls II in a close dogfight with South Park: The Stick of Truth for the Platinum. Honorable mentions go to FIFA 15 and The Walking Dead: Season Two.

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Editors’ Choice Picks

South Park: The Stick of Truth

Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

Fulfilled an impossible mission by faithfully complementing the legendary show while carving out an appealing identity all its own. One of the most enjoyable and subversive games I played this year on any platform.

Dark Souls II

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

My entry point to From’s infamously unforgiving Souls series, Dark Souls II instills a persevering sense of dread and anxiety, but somehow refused to let me walk away until I conquered it. Truly one of the most rewarding gaming experiences of the year. Bring on Bloodborne.

Sportsfriends

Nick Suttner, PlayStation Developer Relations

While they’re all wildly different, it’s easy to find commonality in the inspired design and super-polished/hilarious presentation of the four (or is it six?) local multiplayer games included. Sportsfriends is the most fun you can have with four friends and a PS3, this year or any other.

Luftrausers

Dan “Shoe” Hsu, PlayStation Developer Relations

I love the relentless, 360-degree arcade-shooting action that usually ends sooner than I would like. (This game is tough!) But Luftrausers lets you get right back into the fray with new ship parts that dramatically change how you can take down the next round of enemies. Tons of fun for such a small package.

Best PS Vita Game

Heated voting in the PS Vita category ultimate saw Ubisoft Montreal’s platformer-RPG Child of Light score the Platinum, edging out early favorites Freedom Wars and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth for top honors. Honorable mentions go to Velocity 2X, MLB 14 The Show, and Fez.

Child of Light The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Freedom Wars Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Editors’ Choice Picks

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

The lure of this addictive dungeon crawler grows stronger and stronger after repeated playthroughs, reminding us that a masterfully crafted game doesn’t need state-of-the-art production values to be a knockout.

Hohokum

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

A magical, ethereal experience, Hohokum feels like a well-deserved vacation. Honeyslug’s joyful controls act as the glue (or is that guano?) that marry Ghostly’s sublime soundtrack to Dick Hogg’s bizarre, beautiful world.

Freedom Wars

Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

Imprisoned and stripped of any semblance of power, players in Freedom Wars face a sense of morbid wonder at every misstep. It makes progressing through this stylized adventure all the more rewarding.

Luftrausers

Nick Suttner, PlayStation Developer Relations

Like the great Spelunky before it, Luftrausers feels like one of the games Vita was built for: teeth-grittingly tense dogfighting through the lens of Vlambeer’s screen-rattling arcade mastery. This is where bullet hell goes when it dies.

OlliOlli

Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

This one came out of nowhere last January, heralding the arrival of a major new talent in developer Roll7. Expect their outrageous follow-up, Not a Hero, to be in with a good shot of taking this category next year too.

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Best Digital Release

In the digital category, Sucker Punch scored a decisive victory for the standalone follow-up to inFAMOUS Second Son, though competition raged amongst the other finalists. Honorable mentions go to The Walking Dead: Season Two, The Wolf Among Us, and Transistor.

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Editors’ Choice Picks

Secret Ponchos

Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

A fresh twist on PvP thanks to tight gunplay, appealing characters, and seductive art direction. 2v2 Domination is one of the most compulsively competitive games I’ve played in years. A clear standout for the competitive crowd.

Transistor

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

I can’t think of a more well-rounded, complementary crew than the team at Supergiant. Darren’s melancholy soundtrack pairs perfectly with Jen’s breathtaking art, and it’s held together by drum-tight, play-how-you-want combat — and Logan’s velvety (but sometimes unsettling) narration.

TowerFall Ascension

Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

TowerFall can build or break relationships. A superb multiplayer experience with supreme confidence in its haunting style. The wide range of options and modifiers keeps matches fresh and crisp.

The Swapper

Nick Suttner, PlayStation Developer Relations

Since I can’t sanely choose between the mighty Sportsfriends/TowerFall/Nidhogg PS4 triumvirate, I’ll take this opportunity to show some love to The Swapper, one of the moodiest, smartest, most subversive puzzle games I’ve ever played. Limbo by way of Moon. Loombo.

Rogue Legacy

Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

I played Cellar Door Games’ roguelike platformer more than any other title in 2014 – and it wasn’t even close. Over and over I plummeted its bewitching depths – and New Game+++++++ was every bit as fun as the first playthrough. Sequel please.

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Best PS Plus Game

BioShock Infinite proved to be the definitive favorite for PlayStation Plus members in 2014, though PS4 fighter Injustice mustered a commanding second-place showing. Honorable mentions go to The Binding of Isaac, Outlast, and Dragon’s Crown.

BioShock Infinite Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Batman: Arkham City Tomb Raider

Editors’ Choice Picks

Outlast

Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

A great year for PS Plus offerings made this my toughest category. Ultimately, I have to hand it to Outlast — it’s the only survival horror game I’ve ever had to stop playing out of sheer heart-stopping fright.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

“Sure, I’ll give it a shot,” I uttered as I descended into Edmund McMillen’s dark, demented (but confusingly cute) basement for the first time. Weeks later, I’m not quite sure I’m actually back in the real world yet. Send help.

BioShock Infinite

Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

The breathless jumps between rails, the exquisite attention to detail, the razor-sharp gunplay; it’s impossible to forget the best moments of BioShock Infinite, and it made for one hell of a Plus game.

Velocity 2X

Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

It was great to see some big digital titles debut on PS Plus in 2014, and Futurlab’s frantic shmup/speed-run/platformer hybrid was a real high water mark. Few other games in 2014 were quite so elegant, sticky and flab-free.

Don’t Starve: Console Edition

Dan “Shoe” Hsu, PlayStation Developer Relations

You did download this when it was free for PS Plus subscribers, didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU?? If not, don’t fret. It’s cheap and so worth your money and time.

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Most Anticipated 2015

Easily the most active poll in this year’s awards. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End dominated community voting early. Honorable mentions go to Bloodborne and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which mustered impressive showings.

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Editors’ Choice Picks

Batman: Arkham Knight

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

The Dark Knight makes his PS4 debut this year, and he’s never looked better. Featuring seamless transitions between gameplay and cinematics, a new villain created alongside DC Comics, and the freakin’ Batmobile, Arkham Knight promises to be one of 2015’s showcase titles.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

The team at CD Projekt Red has a near-unnatural passion for fantasy. There’s no other explanation for Witcher 3’s massive open world, robust lore, gritty combat, and realism.

N++

Nick Suttner, PlayStation Developer Relations

Such a tough choice, but I have to give it to Metanet – their deviously difficult action-platformer N++ just gets better every time they give me a tease of it, and the multiplayer race mode is the best thing since sliced bread that chases you like a missile controlled by one of your friends.

Bloodborne

Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

Hidetaka Miyazaki could release a domestic budgeting app and I’d be first in line.

Evolve

Dan “Shoe” Hsu, PlayStation Developer Relations

Oh man, this was so tough to pick, but based on the few matches I played over E3 2014, I’d say Evolve will end up being my most-played game of 2015. The asymmetric four-on-one-big-monster gameplay is full of fist-pumping thrills. I can’t wait.

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Studio of the Year

Fans turned out in droves to support their favorite studios, with Naughty Dog and Rockstar North duking it out for the Platinum spot. Honorable mentions went to Monolith Productions, From Software, and Ubisoft Montreal.

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Editors’ Choice Picks

Monolith Productions

Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog

The superior Shadow of Mordor sees this veteran Kirkland-based studio reaching into exciting new terrain. The Nemesis system alone is the most satisfying gameplay innovation I’ve experienced this year.

Square Enix

Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

I could expound on the ways Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a triumph in MMO design, but instead I’ll praise the team behind it for continually listening to (and communicating with) their fans, constantly adding new content, and most importantly: visibly loving every moment of it.

Bungie

Ryan Clements, US PlayStation.Blog

Leave it to such a legendary crew to pull together and build an awe-inspiring universe that will undoubtedly be home to many adventures for years to come. Bravo to everyone involved.

BlitWorks

Nick Suttner, PlayStation Developer Relations

Yay, a loophole to work Spelunky into this year’s awards! But seriously, BlitWorks did an incredible job porting it to PS4, as well as Fez, Don’t Starve, and OlliOlli to extra PS platforms. Basically, they’re the reason why many of the raddest digital games play best on PlayStation. Respect!

FromSoftware

Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog

Much was made of how Dark Souls II was made by the studio’s ‘B team’ while Miyazaki and co readied Bloodborne. If that’s any indicator of the strength and depth of its creative team, I’m chalking them up as game dev’s Pixar equivalent… albeit with added dread, horror and relentless misery.

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  • Did anyone that’s *****ing about Destiny even PLAY the game? Of course not, you just listen to the whiners and crybabies that hyped the game up way too much. Those who enjoy Destiny play Destiny, they don’t cry on forums about how much it sucks.

  • Award shows and polls always feel rigged. Like people vote based off of hype without giving their vote any actual thought. It’s like how iTunes lets people review albums before they are even out. Crazed fans will just rate the album 5 stars and call it album of the year and they haven’t even heard the whole thing yet and then iTunes just leaves the reviews up and doesn’t filter through them so you’re stuck with useless reviews…

  • Lol, my most anticipated game for 2015 is Fat Princess: Adventures. After that is No Man’s Sky. Neither of them won or were even honorable mentions. :(

  • No sales?

  • “+ BLITZ2278 on January 8th, 2015 at 7:06 am said:
    Destiny? Okay? Studio of the year doesn’t even have a game in the top 4 on any system, I think you guyz are drunk….”

    You ARE familiar with the term Studio is Game Developers right? These guys do deserve praise for their work. Just sayin.

  • I’m glad i got a ps4. 3of the 4 ps plus games were for ps3 including the #1 game. Smart move on my part upgrading for $400. Dont worry though pretty soon i can pay money to rent these titles.

  • Any chance on The Last Of Us GOTY hititng America?

  • Doesn’t matter how hard you hate Destiny! We still Playing

  • Destiny is SUCH a turd. I can’t believe it made best PS4 game. Far Cry 4 is a much better, more engrossing experience. The story is still better than Destiny and it’s still not even that fleshed out.

  • I agree with this list, far cry 4 was my personal top, followed close by infamous. The last of us remastered would be my real #1 but doesn’t seem fair. Just happy that stupid dragon age game didn’t win another reward, I really hope that’s not the direction most games head in.

  • I Am A PS3, PSVita, PS4 Owner And I Will Vote Every Year, Congrats To The Winners. :)

  • Most anticipated is a joke, of course uncharted is first, its your flagship game but i think i speak for many people when i say this:
    The Division.

  • Hey PS Bloggers, any news on PS1 game sales?

  • I thought The Evil Within should of gotten some form of credit, that game is the scariest survival horror created to date in my opinion, way better than resident evil 4 which is by the same director.

  • Meh. Pretty predictable list. At least Child of Light got some recognition.

  • Destiny for some reason got alot of hate, but millions of people still play it lmao.

  • Destiny :3

  • Destiny as GOTY is just SAD and makes me lose my faith on the modern gaming community (casuals), first of all it’s insulting the ammount of coverage this mediocre game gets from sony, they went so far by ignoring their own first party titles just to promote destiny, fifa and more casual games for passive gamers.

    It’s just a crime how you people NEVER promoted games like Soul sacrifice delta or Freedom wars which are quality first party titles that no one knows about, Destiny NEVER deserved that ammount of coverage, it’s just an example of all the lies behind the AAA hype marketing machine.

  • I’m incredibly disappointed that Destiny even placed, yet alone won. I luckily got out before the DLC managed to nickel and dime me, but still, I can’t forget the experience that I paid $60 for. It wasn’t worth it, not by a long shot.

  • Can’t wait to play Uncharted 4!

  • No Surprises here.

    I’m going over to my Persona Shrine and see if I can’t will Persona 5 to a Platinum.

  • GOTY: games we want u to keep spending money on

  • Am I the only one who thought binding of Isaac sucked? guess it’s just not my kinda thing. And destiny? Great combat and pretty good levels but real lacklustre boring story… surprised the gtav updated rerelease wasn’t tops.

  • I’m kinda disgruntled that Destiny got GOTY. To me, it’s not worth it, the lack of content compared to what we were promised is what doesn’t make it GOTY-worthy. Is it a good game? yeah..for what it is, but it’s not GOTY worthy on PS4. I don’t think.

  • Hold on a sec. Why didn’t The Lasf of Us Remastered get a vote? I know it’s technically not a NEW game but still. It beats anything on the PS4 GOTY Categoy. If it didn’t quality I understand but it’s still GOTY to me.

  • My most Anticipateds:

    1. Mortal Kombat X
    2. Arkham Knight
    3. Bloodborne
    4. The Order: 1886
    5. No Man’s Sky

  • While I may not agree with some of the winners (Dark Souls II was my only winning pick), the results aren’t too surprising. That said, regardless of what won, 2014 was a great year for games nonetheless.

    And those hating on Sportsfriends in the comments clearly don’t know what fun is :p

  • Can’t believe so much love for that piece of poop Binding of Isaac. Literally a bad action game about poop.

  • Destiny as GOTY?! You guys must be joking. It’s the disappointment of the year to be exact. So much hype for a garbage game.

  • Yes Persona 5! My most anticipated game from my fave game series~

  • Comes Far Cry 4 for free in playstation plus ? i want that game so bad xD

  • Destiny is like cigarettes. I can’t stand it, I know it’s bad, but I’ll still enjoy one with a friend from time to time.

  • Destiny??? Really??? Why are humans sooooo stupid???

  • Really dissappointed that the AMAZING South Park: Stick of Truth did not get Platinum. It is not only the best game I’ve played this past year on PS3, it should have been a Game of the Year winner. Destiny does have a lot of players yes (which would explain the votes it received) but I remember trying it out in Beta. It didn’t really grab me enough to warrant spending $60 on it. Especially since it felt too much like a certain other game that the studio has made (of which the story wasn’t that captivating either). Obsidian should have gotten an honorable mention for developer of the year for making a game based of a tv show that is actually great! Plus, Shadow of Mordor is also amazing! Best game on ps4 this year!

  • We gonna need a lot of cheese for all the whinning in here. Destiny is goty because it got voted there. I still play it and loving every minute.

  • + Arashiyochi I never said that they’re a bad studio, just that in comparison to other studios this year they didn’t do as much, I felt like suckerpunch or some other developer deserves the platinum position more.

  • I didn’t vote at all for any thing manly because I haven’t played any of these games. But any way. I play Destiny when it’s $5 maybe $10 MAYBE!!!

  • Destiny sucks wth?

  • Destiny??? I stopped reading after that. That deserves the biggest letdown reward.

  • + BLITZ2278, studio of the year did have a release in 2014; The Last of Us Remastered

  • #172, you answered your own question as to why TLOUR didnt get a GOTY nom

  • It also somewhat saddens me to see how little love JRPGs get nowadays… sure Final Fantasy isn’t at the same caliber it used to be, but other series like Tales and Atelier are consistently putting out fantastic games – but since they’re catered to very specific niches they’ll never get the votes to make a dent in a poll like this.

    For what it is, Atelier Escha/Logy was a nearly flawless experience. It’s just not targeted at mass appeal, so it can’t compete with generalist games like DA:I, SoM, or Destiny even though those games do far more wrong than a lot of these niche games do right.

  • Little disappointed about Shadow of Mordor not even placing.. Happy to see Infamous Second Son made it though!!! It’s been a great year for games in my opinion. Ah, also..Any idea of when the PSN 10% discount code will be released?

  • + Havok83 Yes they had a release, but it was a re-release, which as you stated yourself. And all I said was that they didn’t do nearly as much as other developers did, so in comparison they didn’t deserve it. And my comment was that they didn’t have a game in any of the game of the year spots.

  • PS Plus had some amazing games at the start of the year…. then it just kind of gave up.

  • Can I just say that giving Sword Art the bronze is equivalent to just using that cup as a toilet? And this is coming from an actual SAO fan. I’m sorry but no RPG that forces you to play a creepy dating sim game where two of the females are the hero’s sister and an underaged girl and has a ridiculously bad translation deserves any trophy whatsoever.

  • How Destiny manage to get Best game for PS4 ?!?
    the rating is bad, the story is bad; the grinding is bad, the update decision is bad, the dlc making base content obselate.

    The only thing good about destiny is the sound and gameplay…

  • sao hollow fragment? im a big fan of the series, the only reason i got the vita game is because i wanted to continue the anime story but the game is kind of meh, im still waiting for fallout 4 to come out!!

  • Really? SAO? I never even thought to look at that game cause IGN gave it a 5.5……am I missing out?

  • Destiny…. ugh. Can’t blame Sony since it was a poll, but imo… Dragon Age is GOTY and itself, Infamous and Far Cry were far better and more fun than Destiny.

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