NZGamer.com 2014 Game of the Year Winners

NZGamer.com 2014 Game of the Year Winners
 
 

The winners of the NZGamer.com 2014 Game of the Year Awards announced!

The NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards recognize excellence in videogames across seventeen categories, including everything from Game of the Year to Best Kiwi Game, Most Surprising Game, and Best NZ Retailer.

All awards are based on votes by the gaming public; we received over 12,000 votes for games from you - ensuring the awards are a true representation of what Kiwi gamers love.

As if that wasn't enough, one lucky voter will walk away with $500 worth of games of their choice! Read on to find out who that lucky person is . . .

The winners of the 2014 NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards are...

Best Shooter Best Shooter

Destiny

Destiny (Activision)
From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.

Runner-up: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)

 

Best Action-Adventure Best Action-Adventure Game

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles, and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.

Runner-up: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros.)

 

Best Platform Best Platform Game

LittleBigPlanet 3

LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
LittleBigPlanet 3 delivers everything fans of the series want, and will captivate new-comers to the game. It has one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to in a game - ranging from recognisable artists through to atmospheric tracks that suit the environments you’re in. It’s a perfect multiplayer game for a group of friends too, but also includes drop-in / out multiplayer for online fun and madness as well.

Runner-up: Rayman Legends (Ubisoft)

 

Best Sports Game Best Sports Game

FIFA 15

FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
Controls wise, FIFA fans will feel right at home and after a couple of matches, will soon get the hang of the slight adjustments that have been made to the shooting mechanics. But ball control in FIFA ‘15 seems so much more responsive, allowing players to properly dribble at players and change direction more fluidly than ever before. In fact with the ball at your feet, especially with a talented player like Messi, it feels like anything is possible.

Runner-up: NBA 2K15 (2K Sports)

 

Best Fighting Game Best Fighting Game

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo)
When I sit back and think about Smash Bros I think about how amazed a gamer from the mid 90s would find it. You have Pac-Man, Sonic, Mario, and Donkey Kong all in the same game. They’re FIGHTING each other along with a massive roster of game characters from beloved franchises. Other games like Galaga and Pong show up to make life harder. The Super Smash Bros franchise captures Nintendo’s videogame history beautifully and its arrival in HD means that you can now enjoy it in finer detail.

Runner-up: Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom)

 

Best Driving Game Best Driving Game

Forza Horizon 2

Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft)
Counterintuitive or not, Forza Horizon 2 is a premier title. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Europe, soak up the history and culture in Italy, or bask in the sun on a beach in southern France, then it may not be the game for you. Also, if all you want is a serious racer with the Top Gear guys telling you what to do, then stay well clear. However, if you’d rather bounce maniacally in a Dotcomesqe euro-rave or rip up a hillside of vineyards in a re-conned VW van, then Forza Horizon 2 may be just your thing.

Runner-up: Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo)

 

Best PlayStation-Exclusive Best PlayStation-Exclusive

The Last of Us: Remastered

The Last of Us: Remastered (Sony Computer Entertainment)
For those who missed the boat last year, you would be foolish to not see what all the fuss is about now. What should really sweeten the deal for PS4 owners is the Remastered version of The Last of Us also includes the follow-up downloadable content, such as Ellie’s prequel chapter titled Left Behind. Which easily adds another two or three hours to the length of gameplay and expands on the riveting character developments.

Runner-up: inFAMOUS: Second Son (Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Xbox-Exclusive Best Xbox-Exclusive

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Microsoft)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers the best version of each game contained within - and the fact that there are four games here (complete with four games' worth of achievement points) for the price of one makes this a thoroughly worthwhile package. Longtime Halo fans get the opportunity to quickly and easily revisit their favourite levels, or jump into a reinvigorated multiplayer; newcomers to the series get the best, most seamless experience of the Halo series.

Runner-up: Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft)

 

Best Nintendo-Exclusive Best Nintendo-Exclusive

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo)
When I sit back and think about Smash Bros I think about how amazed a gamer from the mid 90s would find it. You have Pac-Man, Sonic, Mario, and Donkey Kong all in the same game. They’re FIGHTING each other along with a massive roster of game characters from beloved franchises. Other games like Galaga and Pong show up to make life harder. The Super Smash Bros franchise captures Nintendo’s videogame history beautifully and its arrival in HD means that you can now enjoy it in finer detail.

Runner-up: Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo)

 

Best Handheld Game Best Handheld Game

Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Nintendo)
Hoenn, as it was in the original Ruby and Sapphire, was one of the best regions we’ve had to explore in Pokemon, and with the visuals and other enhancements from Pokemon X and Y, its better realised than ever. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t going to turn anyone who doesn’t like Pokemon into a believer, but then, that isn’t their goal. Instead, they set out to take the Pokemon that we know and love, and deliver the best version of it .

Runner-up: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)

 

Best Narrative Best Narrative

The Last of Us: Remastered

The Last of Us: Remastered (Sony Computer Entertainment)
For those who missed the boat last year, you would be foolish to not see what all the fuss is about now. What should really sweeten the deal for PS4 owners is the Remastered version of The Last of Us also includes the follow-up downloadable content, such as Ellie’s prequel chapter titled Left Behind. Which easily adds another two or three hours to the length of gameplay and expands on the riveting character developments.

Runner-up: Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA Games)

 

Most Surprising Game Most Surprising Game

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros.)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes the combat of the Batman games, the stealth and exploration of the Assassin’s Creed games and combines them into a really fun package. It doesn’t just copy those two games and call it a day, though. With the addition of the Nemesis system, Shadow of Mordor becomes something truly special, giving the player a more dynamic experience, which allows us to have our own unique adventures, with enemies we’ll make a personal history with.

Runner-up: Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda)

 

Biggest Disappointment Biggest Disappointment

Destiny (Activision)
Destiny isn’t a bad game, by any means. If you like sci-fi shooters, you’ll get a good 20 hours of enjoyment out of this. But that’s really all it is; a fun, forgettable shooter that plays it safe and sticks to what’s been proven, with nothing to really set it apart from its peers. But maybe that’s for the best, because Destiny’s one area of attempted innovation - its hyped up social elements, persistent world, and multiplayer gameplay - are its biggest failing.

Runner-up: Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft)

 

Best New IP Best New IP

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros.)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes the combat of the Batman games, the stealth and exploration of the Assassin’s Creed games and combines them into a really fun package. It doesn’t just copy those two games and call it a day, though. With the addition of the Nemesis system, Shadow of Mordor becomes something truly special, giving the player a more dynamic experience, which allows us to have our own unique adventures, with enemies we’ll make a personal history with.

Runner-up: Destiny (Activision)

 

Best Kiwi Game Best Kiwi Game

Path of Exile

Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal (Grinding Gear Games)
Sacrifice of the Vaal is the first major content update for Path of Exile, the free-to-play action RPG from Auckland-based Grinding Gear Games. Sacrifice of the Vaal expands on the base game with new story content centered around the Queen Aztari, a villain who was slain thousands of years ago, but has risen once again. As well as the new story content, Sacrifice of the Vaal adds more items, gems, PVP modes, secret areas, challenges, and more.

Runner-up: Depth (Digital Confectioners)

 

Best NZ Retailer Best NZ Retailer

Mighty Ape

MightyApe
MightyApe have been in business for over a decade and during that time have earned a reputation for providing a fast, safe, reliable, affordable and fun online shopping experience. MightyApe have over 6 million products in their catalogue including games, books, movies, home and office products, toys and collectibles, music, electronics and computers.

Runner-up: JB Hi-Fi

 

Game of the Year Overall 2014 Game of the Year

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
This sharper Grand Theft Auto V doesn’t carry any additional moniker – perhaps signifying the developer’s confidence in believing that all versions of their game are the best. That simply isn’t true here. These newer versions help realise Los Santos in a way that wasn’t possible before, and reaffirms Rockstar’s skill in producing authentic worlds, with a character all their own.

Runner-up: Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA Games)

 

All those that voted in the 2014 NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards went in the draw to win $500 worth of games.

We are pleased to announce the winner is Michael Hildreth.

Congratulations to Michael, and to all our winners. Thanks to everyone that voted! We'd also like to extend a big thanks to the New Zealand gaming industry who continue to support us.




 

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Comments Comments (35)

 
Posted by tom_nz
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 4:09 PM
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Overall 2013 game of the year? So what about last year?
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 4:13 PM
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22 January 2015, 04:09 PM Reply to tom_nz
Overall 2013 game of the year? So what about last year?
HAHA I was questioning that too.

Seriously though there are too many re releases in there for me to be happy.
 
 
 
Posted by supabowl
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 4:17 PM
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Happy shadow of mordors getting some love. Was my game of the year
 
 
 
Posted by nimrod76
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 4:34 PM
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Good to see Shadow of Mordor getting lots of love, not surprised and very happy to see TLoU up there. Tried and failed to get into FC4, not sure what it was but it just didn't click; loved FC3 so it's surprising to me.
 
 
 
Posted by Gonzala
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 4:43 PM
1
Hmm I'm surprised by a few of those games.

Congrats Michael whoever you are... you're going to be busy this year.
 
 
 
Posted by NZBuc
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 4:56 PM
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Seeing this makes me realise how little time I had to actually play enough of these (still haven't started SOM!)
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 5:23 PM
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Congratulations GTA V and winner :)
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 5:25 PM
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Sign of the weakish year when a remaster wins game of the year
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 5:50 PM
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congrats michael
 
 
 
Posted by Relmed
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 6:25 PM
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Destiny best shooter, yet most disappointing... Too much hype?
 
 
 
Posted by piratemonkey
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 7:00 PM
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22 January 2015, 04:43 PM Reply to Gonzala
Hmm I'm surprised by a few of those games.

Congrats Michael whoever you are... you're going to be busy this year.
That would be me :)
You know I was reading through the article section by section agreeing and disagreeing with the choices ..and was very very surprised when i got to the bottom

Thanks very much NZgamer
The aircon will be running overtime to keep the lounge cool with all the heat my consoles are going to be putting out :) :) :)
 
 
 
Posted by Meanvision
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 7:14 PM
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Agree with all those except gta
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 7:49 PM
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Surprised Dragon Age: inquisition only got a couple of runnerups.
No Best RPG? pretty major genre to leave out considering you had most others.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 9:14 PM
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Happy to say even though I'd not played some of the nominated games I voted for nearly all the winners. Pretty funny seeing Destiny taking out a top prize and then getting the biggest disappointment (although I do agree with this). Glad to see Far Cry 4 in there too.
 
 
 
Posted by ninja
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 11:24 PM
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Agree with Destiny, best shooter (MP was decent) but disappointment yes (story). GTA V deserved top as it was an enjoyable game, even thought it should have came out on PS4/XBO straight away.
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Thursday 22 Jan 2015 11:58 PM
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I'd only say it was a 'weaker year' if you didn't have a Wii U.

Speaking off, no Bayonetta 2 anywhere? :O Or Dark Souls II. :( Crazy!
 
 
 
Posted by tuftsdude
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 1:04 AM
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I can say that the only game I've played on there is TLOU, on PS3 though :

And GTA for 30 minutes or so on 360.

So I couldn't vote anyways.

Thief was my biggest dissappointment of last year though.
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 9:48 AM
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ive put something like 700 hours in to Destiny so that says a lot (i think) and while i love the game and for me those hours alone would suggest i personally feel the game is best of 2014, i still have to agree that it was my biggest disappointment of 2014.... i guess i was expecting something that wasnt realistically attainable which lead me towards disappointment on a game i otherwise thoroughly enjoyed, just not as much as i wanted, not even sure it is possible to enjoy a game the amount the likes i was expecting of Destiny
/bleedingheart
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 1:28 PM
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23 January 2015, 09:48 AM Reply to ModifiedSoul
ive put something like 700 hours in to Destiny so that says a lot (i think) and while i love the game and for me those hours alone would suggest i personally feel the game is best of 2014, i still have to agree that it was my biggest disappointment of 2014.... i guess i was expecting something that wasnt realistically attainable which lead me towards disappointment on a game i otherwise thoroughly enjoyed, just not as much as i wanted, not even sure it is possible to enjoy a game the amount the likes i was expecting of Destiny
/bleedingheart
I've equally put in as many hours as you have Modified and agree that the game has some very glaring flaws (particularly in storytelling). But in terms of innovation in the FPS genre, I think it is just amazing and if you have got the game but only put 20 hours into it then you are truly missing out on the very best content in the game.

Nothing beats getting a team of 6 friends together to take on the Raids. The raids are equal parts fun, challenging, frustrating and exhilarating. There is nothing more satisfying that completing a raid (particularly on Hard Mode) and this satisfaction does not stem from getting cool "loot" but from the feeling of accomplishment in knowing that your team has finished something very challenging. Best experiences I've ever had in videogames.
 
 
 
LukeIsGod
Posted by LukeIsGod
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 8:14 PM
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So Destiny gets biggest disappointment and best new ip? logic at its most brilliant
 
 
 
LukeIsGod
Posted by LukeIsGod
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 8:16 PM
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23 January 2015, 08:14 PM Reply to LukeIsGod
So Destiny gets biggest disappointment and best new ip? logic at its most brilliant
I loved Watch Dogs and Destiny, that's why I couldn't bear to vote for them in biggest dissapointment
 
 
 
LukeIsGod
Posted by LukeIsGod
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 8:18 PM
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23 January 2015, 08:16 PM Reply to LukeIsGod
I loved Watch Dogs and Destiny, that's why I couldn't bear to vote for them in biggest dissapointment
I read it properly and see destiny was runner up for biggest disappointment. boy do I look foolish right now.......
 
 
 
Kegz
Posted by Kegz
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 8:37 PM
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TLoU! TLoU! :D
 
 
 
Posted by Rocky1986
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 9:45 PM
1
Shot Michael, enjoy all that gaaming you have coming up.
 
 
 
Posted by ActualTats
On Friday 23 Jan 2015 11:11 PM
1
Way to many re-releases featured in the awards.

Path of Exile for how many years running?! lol
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Saturday 24 Jan 2015 1:31 AM
2
funny seeing Destiny being voted best shooter yet biggest disappointment lol :P
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Saturday 24 Jan 2015 11:33 AM
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Looking at that list I had to chuckle that the Best Shooter was also the Biggest Disappointment. For me the stand out games, that I played at least, were DA Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive and Wolfenstein, all of which seem to have ended up as runners up to (mostly) re-makes.
 
 
 
Posted by Winger Gee
On Sunday 25 Jan 2015 8:36 AM
1
Congratz Michael- thanx NZG.
 
 
 
Posted by Killjoy
On Sunday 25 Jan 2015 8:44 AM
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Released games shouldn't be added to a game of the year list, they already had their chance the previous year. I'm surprised to see no mention of certain games like Alien Isolation, Dark Souls 2, Child of Light and Shovel Knight. I enjoyed them all more than any other game mentioned above.
Also great to see Mighty Ape win best retailer. I stopped buying my games from The Warehouse when they announced they won't sell R18 games, best decision I made for a long time as MA have a lot of really great deals on many items.
 
 
 
Posted by Killjoy
On Sunday 25 Jan 2015 10:51 AM
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25 January 2015, 08:44 AM Reply to Killjoy
Released games shouldn't be added to a game of the year list, they already had their chance the previous year. I'm surprised to see no mention of certain games like Alien Isolation, Dark Souls 2, Child of Light and Shovel Knight. I enjoyed them all more than any other game mentioned above.
Also great to see Mighty Ape win best retailer. I stopped buying my games from The Warehouse when they announced they won't sell R18 games, best decision I made for a long time as MA have a lot of really great deals on many items.
*Rereleased games, damn typo.. NZGamer why you no have comment edit?
 
 
 
matt4g63
Posted by matt4g63
On Sunday 25 Jan 2015 2:39 PM
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Battlefield 4 and farcry 4 my most played games of 2014. Destiny was a disappointment for me, played for about a month from launch and haven't touched since. Need to get Forza Horizon 2. Looking forward to some good games in 2015.
 
 
 
Posted by Jakted
On Monday 26 Jan 2015 1:08 PM
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Shadow Of Mordor was my game of the year i enjoyed it havent finished it but i really enjoy it. and yeah go Naughty Dog!
 
 
 
gh567
Posted by gh567
On Wednesday 28 Jan 2015 10:13 AM
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22 January 2015, 04:34 PM Reply to nimrod76
Good to see Shadow of Mordor getting lots of love, not surprised and very happy to see TLoU up there. Tried and failed to get into FC4, not sure what it was but it just didn't click; loved FC3 so it's surprising to me.
I agree, I couldn't get very into Far Cry 4 either compared to Far Cry 3.

But yeah, happy SOM is getting attention, I love that game and am still playing it two months later! I think its brilliant and its by far my overall game of the year....
 
 
 
TheDougLife
Posted by TheDougLife
On Saturday 31 Jan 2015 9:59 AM
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It's funny how the best exclusives and re masters haha still yet to play a lot of these games though! I wanna get shadows of mordor
 
 
 
TheDougLife
Posted by TheDougLife
On Wednesday 4 Feb 2015 4:15 PM
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i dont know how Destiny won an award, wasn't very memorable at all in my opinion.