EGMR Awards 2015: Best Of The Rest
Each year, towards the end of our awards we punch out this article. The one where we honour games that deserve recognition but find themselves in a category too empty or devoid of real competition to warrant its own article. This year we had plenty of games and categories that fit the bill. In fact we could have probably made this thing far longer. Most of these are categories that would otherwise get the full awards treatment if they could muster a decent number of nominees. The rest of the categories are here for our (and hopefully your) amusement.
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Best Of The Rest is where we put the awesome games from the rest of the categories that didn’t have a full list of nominees or only have niche appeal. It’s also where we put additional awards as complementary extras. In this award we actually take note of the some of the best games that didn’t fit the mould of other awards as well. We let our hair loose and share our top games, some you may know of, some you may not. Yet they are awesome nonetheless. These may not be the best games of the year, they may not even be worthy of GOTY, but they certainly deserve credit and mention. Not every game has to be over 9000 GOTY level to be a worthy play. But here we honour great examples of fantastic gameplay execution and substance in games that perhaps didn’t fit the bill for other awards. Here we give these games some love. The tender love and care they so rightly deserve.
Best Horror — Stasis
Stasis may not be much to look at with its isometric 90s-era visuals but don’t let that fool you. Underneath is a game so filled with tension and atmosphere that everything freaks you out and all sounds become ominous. It’s a nerve-wracking experience thanks to some excellent world-building and sound design. No horror is of course complete unless players have the option to drill their own brains out. Despite its shortcomings and flaws, Stasis creeped us the hell out.
Indie Excellence — Rocket League
Small studio that few people knew of? Check. Incredible success out of nowhere? Check. Strange concept that few would envision as feasible let alone successful? Check. Rocket League has it all and Psyonix has created a phenomenon as much as it has created a game. Add to that the fact that they’ve maintained momentum with constant content drops and you’ve got a classic indie success story. Rocket League and Psyonix are genuinely deserving of this award.
Best Strategy — Gwent
“It’s not a game,” the StarCraft master declares dismissively. “Hearthstone is better,” the merchant on the corner proclaims to passersby. “Nobody cares what you think,” interjects the lowly writer. Gwent is quite easily one of the best games to ever exist within another game. Many a Witcher found themselves sinking an inordinate amount of time into Gwent. The humble little card game that exists in Geralt’s world. Far from being a middling side activity, Gwent is an intense card game filled that hinges on players strategies and tactics. We also needed an excuse to throw The Witcher 3 another award.
Best Fighter — Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat X built on the series-revising solidity of its predecessor with an incredibly refined and brutal experience. Its refinements to the existing mechanics brought big improvements while the different playstyles for each character introduced a great level of dynamism to the whole thing. Not to mention just how darn pretty it looks, especially when someone’s spine is being ripped out.
Most Underrated Game — Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Look, Unity hurt us all real bad. It’s understandable to be wary of other Assassin’s Creed titles and sure, you don’t have to go straight back into a long-term relationship with the franchise but at least get some action once in a while. this metaphor has become worryingly muddled. The pointis that Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is getting a bad rap because of Unity but in truth it isn’t a bad game. It’s actually good and rather fun. London is absolutely wonderful to zip through and Evie is delightful.
Most Politically Correct — Hatred
Developers are always getting flack for not being inclusive enough. Then when they are they’re criticised for trying too hard. Nobody is ever happy so it is quite simply impossible to be politically correct when trying to please people and give them what they want. that isn’t the way of the politician. Hatred succeeds in this respect by not trying to please anybody. in fact, it has done quite the opposite from the beginning. The result is a game both progressive, artistic and inclusive.The game’s protagonist doesn’t care what race, gender or sexual orientation you identify as. He just wants you dead.It is politically correct by not trying to be politically correct.
Best Wii U Game — Super Mario Maker
We generally don’t give two hoots about the Wii U but we have to admit that it had some cracking good titles this year.The award simply had to go to Super Mario Maker though for simultaneously showing us that developing a Mario game is pretty easy and that developing a good Mario game is pretty tricky. Creating a toolbox for creation is a tough task but Nintendo has managed to create something with character and that has clearly been crafted with love. It not only gives players the opportunity to create great things in the 2D space but does so with style and depth.
Best PC Game — Evoland 2
Evoland 2 had a lot to live up to given the excellence of its predecessor and yet it somehow managed to surpass it. Not only is it a visually interesting trip through gaming history but also plays incredibly well. Each section feels well-designed and thought out with a good injection of humour to boot.
Best PlayStation Game — Bloodborne
It’s been a barren year for PS4 exclusives but that just makes Bloodborne stand out all the more. It’s incredible atmosphere, stunning visual style and fantastic combat system combine to create unique experience that few can forget. “We’ll always have Yarnham,” they say.Nobody really does and if they do then you should probably slowly walk away. Bloodborne is undoubtedly one of this year’s best and has featured prominently in our awards so it’s the natural winner here.
Best Xbox Game — Rise of the Tomb Raider
There were definitely a few great Xbox One titles to choose from, but perhaps the most overlooked (thanks Fallout 4) one is Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game has picked up a strange aura thanksto that odd timed-exclusivity business but even that can’t take away from the fact that is is an excellent game. Lara is a marvel of modern visual technology, gameplay is solid and there’s a human quality to Lara’s characterisation. It’s just a really good game, okay?