Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Bestest Best Games Of 2014

It’s December, which means it’s time for another RPS Adve– Oh. Oh no. It looks like someone forgot to buy an advent calendar this year. No glum portions of chocolate, no grim slog towards a too-distant day of celebration.

Instead we’ve found a new way to celebrate the best PC games of 2014. The bestest best games.

It’ll work in broadly the same way as the old advent calendar: each day the team will gather to celebrate a single best game, and the list will culminate on December 24th with the bestest best game. A game so best all other games will be destroyed in its wake as soon as we declare it the winner.

One wonders why we’d do that, but nobody can stop us. The difference from before is that each celebrated game will be defined by category. These categories:

December 1st – Best Racing Game: Qvadriga
December 2nd – Best FPS: Wolfenstein The New Order
December 3rd – Best Tactics: Door Kickers
December 4th – Best Puzzle: Hexcells Infinite
December 5th – Best Word: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
December 6th – Best Combat: NEO Scavenger
December 7th – Best Landscape: Mountain
December 8th – Best 4X: Endless Legend
December 9th – Best Exploration: Salt
December 10th – Best Adventure: The Wolf Among Us
December 11th – Best Co-Op: Far Cry 4
December 12th – Best Kickstarter: Divinity: Original Sin
December 13th – Best Worldbuilding: Dark Souls II
December 14th – Best Strategy: Distant Worlds: Universe
December 15th – Best Words: Sunless Sea
December 16th – Best Action: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
December 17th – Best Horror: Alien: Isolation
December 18th – Best Gosh, What? A New Esport? Good: Smite
December 19th – Best Being Pleasantly Lost: Bernband
December 20th – Best Something Or Other: Legend of Grimrock 2
December 21st – Best WHAT: Secret Habitat
December 22nd – Best RPG: Dragon Age: Inquisition
December 23rd – Best CCG: Hearthstone
December 24th – Best Game: Endless Legend

The categories were chosen after the games, so we could work out which games we wanted to celebrate before we decided exactly how to celebrate them.

What game shall we declare queen of space or king of being pleasantly lost? Can we really draw a meaningful distinction between tactics and strategy? Is Something Or Other an actual category name or have we just not thought what to call that one yet? And what ever happened to that Best Space category we had listed? Bet you can’t guess the answers.

(Bet you can guess some).

The first game will be revealed later this evening and this post will be updated accordingly throughout the month to link to each post. We’ll even have a better, proper, not-rubbish header image soon. Golly! And most importantly, don’t worry: your favourite game is definitely included, definitely.

119 Comments

  1. Grygus says:

    The best thing about these lists is that they compel me to make my own, and invariably there is a game each year that I liked but somehow got distracted from and then forgot about, and then I get to go back and play it some more. I could simply perform this audit myself, but then again I could review all my own games. Best to leave this all to the professionals.

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    Hodge says:

    Holy bums is it that time of year already.

  3. LordCrash says:

    Hahaha, finally some decent GOTY awards!

  4. Meat Circus says:

    OH THANK GOD IT’S HERE

    I was starting to hyperventilate thinking Santa wasn’t bringing me anything this year.

  5. Wizardry says:

    I wonder if the “best RPG” will annoy me. Hope not!

    • Meat Circus says:

      Of course it will, that’s why we love you.

      Will you lose your shit if they call Shadow of Mordor an RPG?

      • mpk says:

        I totally played as all the characters from The Lego Movie in the game. That’ll count too?

      • golem09 says:

        How can it be anything but DA:I though? Judging by the coverage on RPS I mean.

        • Bobka says:

          Are you forgetting Divinity: Original Sin? I think that one has a shot at it.

          • Zenicetus says:

            It also might have a shot at the Tactics category, although there will be more competition there. The tactical possibilities with elemental magic were interesting, and really the only thing that kept me playing it for as long as I did. The rest of the game was generic RPG fodder, worth playing but nothing special (IMO).

        • golem09 says:

          I correct myself. It’s probably NEO Scavenger.

        • Wizardry says:

          My thought (and fear?)

          • Zenicetus says:

            Not thrilled with this idea at first glance, but let’s see how it goes. There are only a few categories of games I enjoy, and the Advent Calendar was more likely to hook me into taking a look at something I wouldn’t normally care about, because it wasn’t “my type” of game. Listing a category makes it easy to ignore.

            Dammit – mis-reply, was meant to be a comment on the new list format. But while I’m here, I’m also afraid of a “win by big budget” result for DA:I when there may be better candidates.

    • James G says:

      While I’m sure you’ll disagree with the decision, I’m not sure the ‘Pantaloons of grumpiness 2+’ will be as justified as they may have been in the past. It seems we’ve had a bit of a resurgance in RPGs of all shapes and sizes of late, so even if RPS don’t pick the choice you might have, I’m assuming that this year there probably has been an RPG that you’d give at least a grudging thumbs up. Which is probably a good thing for all involved.

    • gnodab says:

      It has to be Divinity Original Sin.
      Though I almost prefer Might and Magic X, but that is probably more due to nostalgia goggles.

      Honorable mentions go to Wasteland 2 and Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
      It was a good year.

      • MacTheGeek says:

        One wins Best RPG, one wins Best Kickstarter, and one wins Best Something Or Other.

        Gold stars for everybody!

    • bill says:

      Welcome back!

      It’ll probably annoy you, but don’t let it ruin your day!

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      phuzz says:

      That’ll be the RPG-29 Vampir, obviously.
      Wait, this isn’t the Flare Path is it?

    • flashlight_eyes says:

      Its gotta be wasteland 2 right? RIGHT?
      Seriously I almost feel that game did not receive enough love by RPS, its a gigantic beautifully done game full with a lovely attention to detail

  6. TomxJ says:

    I’m still reading last years!

    • soco says:

      I’m still playing last years!

      • whexican says:

        I’m still buying last years!

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          DantronLesotho says:

          I’m still backlogging last years!

          • MacTheGeek says:

            Last year? Wow, you guys sure have it easy. I’m still backlogging the calendar from 1947, when we had to make our own punch cards by cutting them out of the pages of the Sears Roebuck catalog. After we used up all the pages, we boiled the bindings for three days to extract fibers that were just the right size to serve as filaments in our homemade vacuum tubes.

          • Niko says:

            At least you had vacuum tubes. The only game we could play was Rock Paper Scissors… using a literal rock, a tree leaf and a sharpened bone.

          • airmikee says:

            Sticks and bones? Why I remember when all we could do was squirt enzymes at each other in the primordial ooze.

  7. Meat Circus says:

    The best word is obviously “plinth”.

    Though I can’t think of too many plinth-oriented games this year.

    • amateurviking says:

      ‘Flange’ Shirley?

    • ShadowNate says:

      Astebreed
      Though I don’t know if this falls in best word or best words.
      Also, not sure if “best” is the proper adjective for it.

    • Samwise Gamgee says:

      Spankathon

  8. Drake Sigar says:

    A new way? No no no, I’m old and hate things that are different.

  9. gnodab says:

    Is it december or april?
    Is this some elaborate satire on award show which just create arbitrary categories so that all “important” games can be the best of something?
    Even if this is a parody it gets to close to the dorito sponsored reality.
    I would prefer the traditional RPS calender, with nice pictures of horace.

    • wwwhhattt says:

      Didn’t they give To The Moon the Golden Teabag for Best Game Featuring a Paper Rabbit That Made You Cry?
      I’m sure this happened, but I can’t find any mention of it.

      Edit: proof! link to sizefivegames.com

      It actually got the ‘RockPaperShotgun best game of the year, best story, best doctors, best scene featuring a rabbit that makes you cry, and so on’

    • Deano2099 says:

      Yes, yes it is. They outright said as much if you read it:
      “The categories were chosen after the games, so we could work out which games we wanted to celebrate before we decided exactly how to celebrate them. “

  10. Nevard says:

    Mildly upset there’s no “best roguelike” for people to quibble about definitions over.

  11. elderman says:

    The guessing game:
    Hexcells for best puzzle, Shirley, given how much John loves that game.

    Best CCG is Hearthstone, I guess? I’m going by reputation, only.

    I don’t actually play many games the year they’re released, so these lists are a sort of a vicarious pleasure for me, as well as a source of shopping list ideas.

    • SuicideKing says:

      Elite: Dangerous, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 will make the list too, I suppose (yes, I picked the easy ones).

      • MacTheGeek says:

        Elite: Dangerous MIGHT make the list. But there are all kinds of potential pitfalls in the road, and launching two weeks before year-end doesn’t give the developer much time to address problems. It wouldn’t surprise me if E:D was arbitrarily designated by Horace as a 2015 release, just to avoid a rushed decision.

  12. mpk says:

    Steam Winter Sale wishlist additions: incoming!

  13. MondSemmel says:

    “The categories were chosen after the games, so we could work out which games we wanted to celebrate before we decided exactly how to celebrate them.”

    This is why I adore RPS.

  14. SuicideKing says:

    Best FPS? Three letters? HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      That would be something, if they announced and released HL3 and it’s everything everyone ever wanted but it’s too late for all the publications to change their game of the year lists.

  15. amateurviking says:

    At least this stops people thinking the calendar is a sequential list!

  16. markside says:

    Esport spelt ‘Esport’ make me say ‘eh-sport’. The phonetic alphabet was an effective teaching tool for me.

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    Wisq says:

    Predictions:

    Best Kickstarter — Divinity: Original Sin. Objectively, I imagine it pretty much has to be that one, unless I’ve forgotten one, or unless the category was just created to fit a particular game and they forgot that D:OS would steal that crown. :)
    Best CCG — Hearthstone? I don’t think there’s really any other contenders here. And despite my distaste for ActiBlizzard, they seem to have done a good job here.
    Best RPG — well, I’d probably call it as Divinity: Original Sin again, but I imagine this is going to be Dragon Age *spit* Inquisition.
    Best Survival — No real prediction here, but personally, I might pick This War Of Mine. Not that I played it too long after my first victory, but amazing immersion and atmosphere here, and also amazing real-world relevance.
    Best Space — hrrrm. If Elite: Dangerous counts (since it’s scheduled to be released this month), then maybe that. Otherwise, I can’t really say. There’s tons of space games going on right now, but they’re all in various stages of Kickstarter / Early Access / etc.

    • green frog says:

      Best Space could be Distant Worlds: Universe.

      Adam: “Distant Worlds: Universe is my favourite space strategy game. Not my favourite space strategy game released this week and not my favourite space strategy game released this year. It’s the definitive version of the best space strategy game I’ve ever played”

      • PhilBowles says:

        It’s generous to describe Distant Worlds as a 2014 game; “Universe” wasn’t much more than a compiled Gold Edition with a Steam release – the base game’s about three years old, and the new content for the main game was practically nonexistent. The Universe start, unlike that in the previous expansion, amounted to a single pregenerated scenario with little replay value, closer to something like Civ V’s Scramble for Africa scenario than Brave New World as an expansion.

        Then again, I’m not too sure what the options are. I read a comment somewhere that 2014 has been a bad year for games generally, and struggle to disagree. Best 4x? What 4xes have been released other than Civilization: Beyond Earth, which even as a Civ V diehard I found mediocre and forgettable?

        The best ‘game’ I can think of this year was neither a game nor an expansion (though it was released alongside an expansion), but the large patch that made Company of Heroes 2 what it ideally should have been a year ago.

        • DragonOfTime says:

          Endless Legend?

          • PhilBowles says:

            I haven’t played Endless Legend, but I was unfortunate enough to play Endless Space and – while the consensus seems to be the EL is a major improvement – the consensus from what I’ve seen is also that it’s not as good as Beyond Earth. RPS reviewed both favourably, but described Beyond Earth in terms of how it measured to Civ V, while describing Endless Legend as “a successful experiment”. I’m not sure those are equivalent accolades. I agree that Beyond Earth is a stretch for best 4x, but if that’s the case the same has to be true of EL.

          • Harlequin says:

            I think that -largely- depends on where you’re getting your input from. Most people I’ve talked to think EL trumps BE because of the faction variety, better lore, better artstyle, etc.

      • Gap Gen says:

        Also wins the award for Best Game That Is Overpriced For A Large Portion Of Its Market And Hence I Haven’t Played Yet

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      Hodge says:

      Best Adventure – Blackwell Epiphany for mine.
      Best Horror – Alien Isolation? Could also be best space if Elite doesn’t get that.
      Best Word – Crypt Of The Necrodancer… because it doesn’t fit in any other categories and Necrodancer is the best word anyway.
      Best Survival – Salt?
      Best Something Or Other – something Alice wrote about.
      Best RPG – I’ll take a punt on Original Sin… or maybe Grimrock 2 and D:OS is in another category.
      Best Exploration – possibly the Curious Expedition?
      Best Landscape – Vanishing Of Ethan Carter
      Best Puzzle – Hexcells
      Best Local Multiplayer – Was Towerfall this year? Also Nidhogg or Mount Your Friends.
      Best 4X – Endless Legend? I can’t see it going to Beyond Earth.
      Best CCG – Yeah, Hearthstone. What else is there?
      Best Esport – DOTA 2 will pip it.
      Best Space – Elite: Dangerous, surely?
      Best Game – absolutely no idea. Am I missing any obvious standouts?

      Having said all that, I imagine a lot of those categories will turn out to be red herrings, as with Qvadriga winning the racing one…. they’ll give Best Space to Hexcells for its excellent use of whitespace or something.

      • Cockie says:

        I would think Best Survival to go to Eidolon and Salt to get Best Being Pleasantly Lost.

      • Hex says:

        Hodge says, “Having said all that, I imagine a lot of those categories will turn out to be red herrings, as with Qvadriga winning the racing one…. they’ll give Best Space to Hexcells for its excellent use of whitespace or something.”

        I really, really hope that’s how they do it.

        Fuck conventions!

        *Edited for clarity.

    • Bobka says:

      Since there was some confusion as to Dungeon of the Endless’ genre, I’m wondering if that will be “Best Something Or Other.”

  18. Deano2099 says:

    I’m betting “Best word” is Wolfamoungus.

  19. Cockie says:

    Hmmm, I would like to see Cloudbuilt on the list but I don’t really see where it would fit, unless it’s “Something Or Other” :(

  20. Deano2099 says:

    Is “best game” the same as “bestest best game”? Or are they two different games?

  21. Bobka says:

    Lots of nice categories that were snubbed in The [so-called] Game Awards. I like it.

    Just my two cents: Dungeon of the Endless needs to win something. I started playing, and it was instantly fantastic.

  22. cyrenic says:

    “Best esport”

    Oh boy I bet the comments on that one will be fun.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      I wonder if they’d have to just be an esport or to have been released this year, since that would remove some major contenders…

    • GameCat says:

      This category should be named in traditional esport manner.

      Something like

      xxXX__pR0 MLG 360 journalism BEST 3-sport MonT4G3__XXxx

  23. Cinek says:

    The amount of categories is just jaw-dropping.
    If it wouldn’t be on RPS – I would think that you made it all up just to satisfy every larger publisher in the world + 10 most popular indie devs.

    Best Landscape? Best Worldbuilding? Best Exploration?
    Best Word, Best Words?
    WTF?!

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      The games came first, so they’re not categories, they’re hints at what the games are. ;)

  24. Nat be at says:

    I didn’t read the article I am just appalled that you are not giving Horus a chance to stretch his stubby paws of infinity. That is so cruel and wrong to do to the incredibly rare species of UniverseBear!!!

    • amateurviking says:

      Purge the heretic in the name of the God Emperor! Mourn for Sanguinous.

  25. SooSiaal says:

    Best racing going to a turn based management game…Best game Far Cry 4?

  26. Stellar Duck says:

    Best 4X must be Endless Legend. Not sure Distant Worlds counts as it’s not from this year. So, Endless Legend. Get to it RPS.

    Best Tactics could be Door Kickers.

    And what’s with there not being a best sim category? Because the MIG 21 for DCS takes that one.

    Best strategy should be Ultimate General Gettysburg, since Scourge of War isn’t from this year.

    • All is Well says:

      Did anyone at RPS even fly the MiG-21? I can’t remember an article about flying the actual sim (though Mr. Stone did some previews, I think).

      • Stellar Duck says:

        Doubtful.

        Aside from Lord Stone they’re not really a simmy group of people, more’s the pity.

  27. Pich says:

    If Inquisition wins over Original Sin I will be very sad.

    • Auldman says:

      I won’t. I’ve logged over a hundred hours in D:OS and I look set to log in the same for Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’ve had a blast with both games and they are both really lovingly made rpg’s. I’d probably say the nod should go to Larian here rather than BioWare but they’re both really good games and I’ve had my money’s worth from both of them!

      • Hex says:

        So what’s the deal with D:OS, anyway? I logged a couple of hours into it when it was first released (gifted an extra copy a buddy received for buying some fancy early edition), and it seemed fine, though I wasn’t particularly grabbed.

        People seem to be really, really into it. I stopped playing for the combined reason of a crash mildly inconveniencing me, and the various throw-away jokes I kept coming across leading me to believe it’s a painfully goofy game, which I don’t typically like in my RPGs. (9 inch nails olololollol being the one thing that leaps to mind as an example of the latter issue.)

        So…am I doing myself a disservice by not diving right back in immediately?

        • Jonfon says:

          It took me weeks to finally try it for more than 20 minutes. Not sure why, it just seemed cumbersome (and I was suffering from Endless Legend addiction). It finally went ‘click’ for me though and I’ve been enjoying it since.

          The thing it mostly reminds me of is my Icewind Dale 2 playthrough from years ago, probably because of the focus on party building.

          It is probably my RPG of the year, although Dragonfall deserves kudos too for the campaign, which was way better than Dead Mans Switch. Haven’t gotten to Wasteland 2 yet.

        • Auldman says:

          I enjoyed Divinity’s goofy humor but it’s probably not for everyone. But what I really liked about it was how that humor and the rather sheeny graphics hid a really tough combat system and some very hard challenges in terms of puzzles. The combat was particularly difficult especially early on as the game gave you no clue as to how best to proceed so that you could easily turn a corner and run right into a mob 5 levels above your own. I enjoyed that aspect of it immensely and how it did not hold my hand through the whole game and the final boss fight took, literally, 90 minutes on my first go-round.

          If Inquisition has an advantage over Original Sin it’s that it’s characters are better developed and there is more interaction with them and more immersion in the character I am role-playing. Divinity didn’t really offer any depth to it’s characters and it wasn’t complex in terms of it’s choices. They’re both solid games although I am sure there are other good competitors in the category. I just happened to have played both of these.

    • Myrdinn says:

      If Inquisition wins over either Divinity OS or Wasteland 2 I will be a sad puppy. Not that it matters though, there’s no points arguing about preferences.

      • Hex says:

        EDIT: Reply fail

        Since I accidentally replied to you anyway…let me just say that I really hope Wasteland 2 gets the recognition it deserves. Really a remarkable game. Better on all fronts that I’d hoped, much less expected.

        Also: has anyone successfully resolved the dispute between the Atchisons and Topekans? I thought I was well on my way to tying it up, but ended up having to slaughter a lot of people before I could initiate any peace talks. :(

        Spoiler alert, I guess. The only real spoiler being that if you’re there and you don’t do something right, a whole heck of a lot of low-level NPCs are going to start jumping in front of your bullets.

      • phlebas says:

        On the contrary, arguing about preferences is the main point of any such list. Because on the occasions when people actually articulate why they think X would have been a better choice than Y, that can make for an interesting and insightful discussion.

  28. Anthile says:

    I am honestly quite disappointed by this approach. I expect RPS to look beyond genres, no matter how quirky, and claiming that there really is a best in a genre within a year seems…narrow-minded. I do not believe it’s sensible to compare games against each other like it was a competition.
    It’s simply not what I read RPS for.

    • Llewyn says:

      Judging by the relationship between the article and your comment, it’s not clear you read it anyway.

      It’s really quite straightforward. They’ve picked the 24 games they want to be on their Not Advent Calendar, then they’ve invented a category for each of them, effectively only to serve as an article title. In the process they’ve conveniently got rid of the 2-23 numbering that prompts endless comments from people who don’t read the disclaimer that they’re not in order.

      There’s no corralling of games into genres. There’s no comparing of broadly similar games based on theme. There’s simply a list of 24 games with pithy article headings.

      • Cockie says:

        I’m not sure it will help though, people seem very averse to reading articles they complain about. People on Neogaf last year were complaining about the fact that the list only contained PC games. :/

      • Anthile says:

        I just don’t like change, that’s all.

  29. Monggerel says:

    SO,
    IT HAS COME TO THIS

  30. A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

    OK, I always get this wrong but here’s my punt: Best of the best game is Alien:Isolation. Probably my fave of the year. Let the list commence! Weeee!

  31. Hex says:

    Best Game — ???
    Best Kickstarter — Wasteland 2
    Best Being Pleasantly Lost — Stanley Parable
    Best Strategy — Invisible, Inc
    Best Worldbuilding — Shadowrun: Dragonfall
    Best Adventure — Dungeon of the Endless
    Best Horror — Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
    Best Word — ???
    Best Words — ???
    Best Survival — Banished
    Best Something Or Other — Gods Will Be Watching
    Best Racing — Qvadriga
    Best Action — Risk of Rain
    Best Tactics — Doorkickers
    Best Puzzle — Hexcells
    Best Esport — Some Soccer Management Sim
    Best RPG — Divinity: Original Sin
    Best Exploration — Legend of Grimrock 2
    Best Local Multiplayer — Nidhogg
    Best 4X — Endless Legend
    Best Landscape — The Banner Saga
    Best CCG — ???
    Best Space — rymdkapsel
    Best FPS — CSGO (despite the monetization bullshit)

  32. AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

    Best Game – Not yet made, you may continue making lesser games
    Best Kickstarter – Indiegogo
    Best Being Pleasantly Lost – Award fails to arrive in a timely manner
    Best Strategy – Camping
    Best Worldbuilding – Atum wanks the world into existing
    Best Adventure – The one in your heart all along
    Best Horror – THE SKELETON IS INSIDE YOU
    Best Word – Roguelike
    Best Words – Rogue-like
    Best Survival – That bloody gnat, I was sure I’d got it this time
    Best Something Or Other – Drunk Alice playing 2:22 AM
    Best Action – Pressing F
    Best Tactics – Wait it out
    Best Puzzle – Towers of Hanoi, again
    Best Esport – Footeball
    Best RPG – RPS defers to Tim Stone
    Best Exploration – Sexual
    Best Local Multiplayer – “Stop Hitting Yourself”
    Best 4X – These ones XXXX
    Best CCG – The Jurassic Park trailer, obv
    Best Space –
    Best FPS – 60 FUCK YOU UBISOFT

    • JeepBarnett says:

      I enjoyed this and as a bonus it reminded me of Jack Handy’s best list.

      My Best List for 2001, by Jack Handey.

      Best Planet: Earth.
      Best Canyon: Grand Canyon.
      Best Hawaiian Dance: The Hula.
      Best Flat Italian Pie: Pizza.
      Best God: God.
      Best Vampire: Dracula.
      Best Candy Lips: Wax Lips.
      Best Bee Prouct: (tie) Wax and Honey.
      Best Monster: (tie) Dracula and Wax Head.
      Best Parrot Name: (tie) Polly and Waxy.
      Best Suey: (tie) Chop Suey and Chop Suey with Wax.
      Sexiest Actor: Wax Tom Cruise.
      Best Whole Ball: Whole Ball of Wax.
      Best Thing of Anything: A Bat Carrying a Block of Wax.

      Announcer: Jack Handey’s Best List for 2001 was made possible by generous contributions from: The National Wax Association and The Count and Countess Dracula Foundation.

    • airmikee says:

      You win.

  33. racccoon says:

    What about

    BEST GRAPHICS CHEAT

    oh & BEST GAME RUINED BY ONE COMPANY = TRION

  34. PopeRatzo says:

    I don’t consider myself smart like you guys, but I’m enjoying Far Cry 4. The Wolfenstein was also good. I’m cheering for The Crew to be the GOTY.

    We only had two kickstarter games actually deliver finished(?) releases, so you could flip a coin for Best Kickstarter between D:OS and Wasteland 2 (neither of which would be in consideration if they weren’t kickstarter projects).

    And anyone who thinks Elite:Dangerous is going to be eligible for this year’s list is fooling themselves.

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      Aerothorn says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by this – there were dozens of completed Kickstarter games released this year.

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      Aerothorn says:

      Also, when Elite: Dangerous wins an award, I am going to come back here and make fun of you. Fair warning ;)

  35. Jetsetlemming says:

    I’m worried that Wolfenstein: The New Order won’t get the attention it richly earned, due to coming out last Spring. I’d totally give it “Best Surprise” if I had to make up a category for it: Who expected a new Wolfenstein by a new studio, made on the Rage engine, and published by Bethesda, to be fantastic? Rage was a big disappointment (imo) , the team was made up of people from The Darkness’s developer, and Bethesda’s non-TES games have been infamously mediocre for the most part. I would’ve been pleasantly surprised if it was on par with 2009’s Wolfenstein, but The New Order easily placed itself in my top three at least this year, for sure. Maybe number one, I haven’t thought a lot about other games because IT WAS SO GOOD AND FUN AND WELL WRITTEN EVEN THOUGH IT’S A BLOODY WOLFENSTEIN GAME.

    • gibb3h says:

      Totally agree, it was easily one of my favourite FPS of the last few years, it was just a joy to play, compared to say, Far Cry 3 which just turned into a slog about half way through

  36. yogibbear says:

    Hmmm…. I am scratching my head if Dark Souls 2 or South Park the Stick of Truth even make it on here somewhere. Not saying they need to, just saying they tend to be forgotten because they came out so early in the year. Perhaps Stick of Truth could be Best Words or Best Landscape, har har. But there’s other games that would surely fill those slots.

  37. melnificent says:

    Like others got to be Endless Legend for Best 4x. No other 4x has occupied my playtime in the same way since the original civ.

    Best Kickstarter seems like a contradiction in terms. Is that going to be closest to projected delivery, closest to kickstarter sales pitch, or some other metric?

    Best Space…. I like the cubby hole/space on top of a cupboard that is behind my front room door. It’s just nice to curl up with a cuppa and play games/hide from the kids

  38. phlebas says:

    Hmm. Is that best Kickstarter of this year, or best Kicksterted game released this year? Wasteland 2, Shadowrun, Hadean Lands, Unrest and Mind:Path to Thalamus all have strong cases for the latter, but I haven’t kept such a good eye on KS this year. The Pathologic remake, maybe?

  39. idiotapocs says:

    Surely I’m being dumb, but what does CCG stand for? Card Collecting Game?

  40. TheTingler says:

    Kentucky Route Zero had another episode out this year…

  41. bstard says:

    What about the Best Crap, ergo the most hyped pre-ordered piece of shit of this year? It’not like almost half of the gaming budget dwells in this dungeon.

  42. bear912 says:

    How ever does all of Horace fit in that cup?

    Edit: Ah, perhaps it is an infinitely deep cup, stretching forever back from the painter.

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    Oakreef says:

    I hope Freedom Planet makes the cut but I don’t think I’ve seen any mention of it on the site so probably not.

  44. Jenks says:

    I’m glad the list has a more secular, inclusive theme now rather than promoting christian privilege.

  45. flashlight_eyes says:

    I’m hoping wasteland 2 gets some love here. It’s the most refreshing game i have played in years. You can just tell its made with love, and has such attention to detail

  46. grego says:

    Hmmm, no Best ARPG category… interesting because there are some contestants there.

    My favorite games for the last year to play:
    1) Path of Exile – Forsaken Masters (ARPG)
    2) Crusader Kings – Charlemagne (Class of its Own)
    3) Endless Legend (4X)

    At some point I’ll get back to playing around with Dwarf Fortress, and for its merits Prison Architect will steal some of my time. But I’m not sure how those 3 listed above don’t deserve serious mention. The true spiritual successor to D2? Yes please! Build and breed the future of your dynasty, in a system where you have realistic limitations to your world domination dreams? Sure! (I actually wish they’d deepen the breeding trait systems further. [Might have to try Massive Chalice?] And Endless Legend? A nice breath of fresh air. Might have to try Endless Dungeon next because of it.

  47. Pundabaya says:

    I’m hoping that ‘Best kickstarter’ will be a game with motorbikes in, and Far Cry 4 takes the ‘Best RPG’ for it’s depiction of the Ruchnoy Protivotankovyy Granatomyot 7 rocket launcher.