EGMR Awards 2015: The Inevitable Wrap-Up
What a year, huh? Controversy, great games, more controversy, even better games, scandal, not so great games and a whole lot in between. In just less than a week we’ve recognised this year’s best games, its best developers and a bunch of things on the other end of the spectrum. You know, the not so good things.
What say we recap on who won, who lost and whatever else there is to talk about in a round-up of awards.
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In keeping with the increasingly political climate of gaming we felt it pertinent to honour excellence in eSports and outstanding achievement in furthering the patriarchal agenda in addition to our usual slate of awards.
Onto to the serious awards, the ones that developers, publishers and readers read with bated breath. Well, not really but we do so enjoy our delusions of grandeur. Without any further faffing about, here are our the winners of 2015’s EGMR Awards.
- Best Sports and Racing — Rocket League
- Best Action Adventure — Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Best Shooter — Halo 5: Guardians
- Best RPG — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Best Online Experience — Rocket League
- Best Story — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Best New IP — Bloodborne
- Best Realistic Visuals — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Best Artistic Visuals — Ori and the Blind Forest
- Controversy of the Year — The Witcher 3 and Racism
- Biggest Surprise — Life is Strange
- Bastard of the Year — Konami
- Most Disappointing Game of the Year — Evolve
- Worst Game of the Year — Destiny
- Best GPU — Nvidia GTX 970
- Best Horror — Stasis
- Indie Excellence — Rocket League
- Best Strategy — Gwent
- Best Fighter — Mortal Kombat X
- Most Underrated Game — Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
- Most Politically Correct Game — Hatred
- Best Wii U Game — Super Mario Maker
- Best PC Game — Evoland 2
- Best PlayStation Game — Bloodborne
- Best Xbox Game — Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Developer of the Year — CD Projekt RED
- Game of the Year — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 dominated nominations with four to its name. The same number racked up by Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Rocket League, Life is Strange and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Our big winners though were (no surprise) Bloodborne with two awards, Rocket League with three and The Witcher 3 with six. Well, technically the game only won four awards. The difference is made up by Witcher-related things like Gwent and CD Projekt.
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Finally, looking ahead to 2016 we’ve got our five most anticipated releases (Geralt willing). In no discernible or logical order they re Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Quantum Break, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, No Man’s Sky and Horizon: Zero Dawn.
That’s a wrap, folks. Go back to your families and/or barren living room. Happy holidays and whatnot.