NZGamer.com 2015 Game of the Year Winners

NZGamer.com 2015 Game of the Year Winners
 
 

The winners of the NZGamer.com 2015 Game of the Year Awards announced!

The NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards recognize excellence in videogames across twenty-two 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 thousands of votes for games from you - ensuring the awards are a true representation of what Kiwi gamers love.

The winners of the 2015 NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards are...

Best Shooter Best Shooter

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)
"Battlefront achieves the perfect picture of Star Wars. Ordinarily I wouldn’t mention technical aspects like graphics and audio unless otherwise notable. But I kind of have to now, because they are. This game looks and sounds stupidly good, and this is the ace in its hole... Battlefront bets everything on fantasy-fulfilment, and it gets this so pristinely right. I only wish there was more."

Runner-up: Splatoon (Nintendo)

 

Best Action-Adventure Best Action-Adventure Game

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
"It feels like this was the game Kojima knew he should have reluctantly made from the beginning - having finally kicked the habit of falling into cinematic gluttony to tell his stories. He's made a game that utilises more fully what a game should, with all the learning curves that come with trying something new. Metal Gear Solid 5 is the best stealth game I've ever played..."

Runner-up: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

 

Best Action-Adventure Best Role-Playing Game

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red)
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit and read through hundreds of years of history and character storylines. It is also why the game can take anywhere from 20 to 2000 hours depending on how many side quests you want to take on. Even the main quests have dozens of little side quests attached to them."

Runner-up: Fallout 4 (Bethesda)

 

Best Platform Best Platform Game

Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft)
"Ori and the Blind Forest is a must-play for 2D platformer fans... From the moment the game begins, to the moment the credits start rolling, it’s obvious that Moon Studios were crafting this out of love. While most may play a second time to earn every achievement, many will just want to experience the fantastic presentation one more time."

Runner-up: Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

 

Best Sports Game Best Sports Game

Rocket League

Rocket League (Psyonix)
Soccer meets racing once again in our long-awaited, physics-based multiplayer-focused sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! Choose a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters and soar into the air to score amazing aerial goals, perform incredible saves, and even demolish enemy players at unbelievable speeds!

Runner-up: FIFA 16 (EA Sports)

 

Best Fighting Game Best Fighting Game

Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X (Warner Bros.)
"Mortal Kombat has come a long way since its first release in arcades in 1992... Mortal Kombat X is easily the deepest in the series, in terms of both story and combat mechanics. The microtransactions are a minor issue in the face of the great gameplay, but this is still the best title in the series. One thing’s for sure: the next Mortal Kombat has a lot to live up to."

Runner-up: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Team Ninja / Koei Tecmo)

 

Best Driving Game Best Driving Game

Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft)
"All in all though, Forza 6 is the typical exceptional quality we’ve come to expect over the past decade. The racing is smooth and can be tailored to suit anybody’s skill level, and the tracks are designed with meticulous attention to detail. Do yourself a favour and take a V8 Supercar for a blat around Watkins Glen, as it feels as though the car and track were meant for each other."

Runner-up: Project CARS (Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

 

Best Strategy / Simulation Game Best Strategy / Simulation Game

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (Blizzard)
You are Hierarch Artanis, leader of the mighty protoss race. Years ago, your homeworld of Aiur fell to the merciless zerg Swarm. Now, at long last, you have raised a powerful fleet of warships known as the Golden Armada, and are poised to reclaim your world. But an ancient evil—Amon—threatens this destiny and the fate of the entire galaxy. Only you can reunite the protoss factions and defeat the coming darkness before it consumes all life in the sector.

Runner-up: Cities Skylines (Colossal Order / Paradox Interactive)

 

Best PlayStation-Exclusive Best PlayStation-Exclusive

Bloodborne

Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
"Bloodborne lends heavily from its forebears, but transforms the combat into a fast-paced dance of death. It rewards aggression rather than hanging back and waiting for opportunities to present themselves. While some technical, design, and pacing issues mar parts of the experience, Bloodborne is the freshest playing entry in a genre that has very narrow gameplay constraints."

Runner-up: Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Xbox-Exclusive Best Xbox-Exclusive

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Microsoft)
"...what you get instead is a pulpy action-adventure with a straightforward, MacGuffin-chasing story in the same vein as the reboot, right down to the cadence. The world Crystal Dynamics created here, though, is packed and has more to explore, more action to witness, and loads more tombs to find."

Runner-up: Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft)

 

Best Nintendo-Exclusive Best Nintendo-Exclusive

Splatoon

Splatoon (Nintendo)
"Nintendo has branched out while also staying very true to themselves and has succeeded in creating the first in what is likely going to be a very promising new IP. Is it perfect? Not quite, but none of the flaws matter when you’re 15 matches in and the promise of doing something productive with your night is all but forgotten."

Runner-up: Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

 

Best PC-Exclusive Best PC-Exclusive

Undertale

Undertale (tobyfox)
Welcome to UNDERTALE. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out... or stay trapped forever. Killing is unnecessary: negotiate out of danger using the unique battle system; you can date a skeleton; soulful, character-rich story with an emphasis on humor. 

Runner-up: StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (Blizzard)

 

Best Handheld Game Best Handheld Game

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
Create a brighter future…underground! Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life. Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal jobs and watch them flourish. Provide them with outfits, weapons, and training to improve their abilities. Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you.

Runner-up: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Nintendo)

 

Best Narrative Best Narrative

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red)
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit and read through hundreds of years of history and character storylines. It is also why the game can take anywhere from 20 to 2000 hours depending on how many side quests you want to take on. Even the main quests have dozens of little side quests attached to them."

Runner-up: Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Art Direction Best Art Direction

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red)
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit and read through hundreds of years of history and character storylines. It is also why the game can take anywhere from 20 to 2000 hours depending on how many side quests you want to take on. Even the main quests have dozens of little side quests attached to them."

Runner-up: Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

 

Best Score / Soundtrack Best Score / Soundtrack

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
"Despite all the bugs, and some of the directionless new systems, I still find myself wanting to play more Fallout 4. Bethesda has again proven that they are some of the best environmental storytellers in the business, by creating digital spaces that feel more like mysteries to unravel, and not just rooms filled with monsters."

Runner-up: Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

 

Most Surprising Game Most Surprising Game

Life is Strange

Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
"It’s a fascinating setup for an adventure game - part Freaks and Geeks, part Twin Peaks... Life is Strange is more than a little bit reminiscent of Telltale’s games, in terms of how it plays out. It’s primary focus is on player-driven narrative with meaningful choices, though there is a puzzle element as well, and that’s where the time rewind mechanic really shines."

Runner-up: Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Biggest Disappointment Biggest Disappointment

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)
"Battlefront has the form of a Star Wars game that feels like it’s still in the making. Whether from time constraints or by design, every ostensible grandeur and moment of fantasy it does so well to impress can be experienced with a day off. Its glamour and gloss only makes more regretful how little there is. After a ten-year hiatus, Battlefront is only a figment of what it wanted to be."

Runner-up: The Order: 1886 (Ready At Dawn / Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best New IP Best New IP

Life is Strange

Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
"It’s a fascinating setup for an adventure game - part Freaks and Geeks, part Twin Peaks... Life is Strange is more than a little bit reminiscent of Telltale’s games, in terms of how it plays out. It’s primary focus is on player-driven narrative with meaningful choices, though there is a puzzle element as well, and that’s where the time rewind mechanic really shines."

Runner-up: Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)

 

Best Kiwi Game Best Kiwi Game

Path of Exile: The Awakening

Path of Exile: Awakening (Grinding Gear Games)
Dominus is dead, but the source of his fearsome power remains. Travel north from Sarn to Highgate and delve into the darkness that lurks beneath the mountains there. Explore all-new areas and face the legends of Wraeclast as you seek to put an end to the Nightmare. Let forth Warcries and summon elemental Golems to fight by your side. Twenty potent new gems enable expanded build opportunities.

Runner-up: A Fistful of Gun (FarmerGnome / Devolver Digital)

 

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: PlayStation Store

 

Game of the Year Overall 2015 Game of the Year

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red)
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit and read through hundreds of years of history and character storylines. It is also why the game can take anywhere from 20 to 2000 hours depending on how many side quests you want to take on. Even the main quests have dozens of little side quests attached to them."

Runner-up: Fallout 4 (Bethesda)

 

Congratulations to CD Projekt Red, 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 (21)

 
Posted by Bank
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 3:05 PM
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"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..."
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..." ...
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..." ......
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..." ........

Hahaha love it.

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Best Shooter
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

Biggest Disappointment
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

It seems Star Wars was also the Biggest Paradox of the NZG year.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 3:31 PM
1
28 January 2016, 03:05 PM Reply to Bank
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..."
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..." ...
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..." ......
"The story is deep, so deep that you can actually sit..." ........

Hahaha love it.

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Best Shooter
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

Biggest Disappointment
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

It seems Star Wars was also the Biggest Paradox of the NZG year.
Well, that's the weird side effect of having a fun gameplay loop, great audio, jaw-droppingly on-point and absolutely stunning graphics, and several decent maps that can keep you coming back for more - doesn't mean you can't be disappointed in other aspects of the game eg. Story, unlocks, overall number of maps, lack of custom servers, etc. :)

And what more can you say about The Witcher 3 :P
 
 
 
Posted by Bunnny
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 4:41 PM
1
HAHAHA


I love this.



Best Shooter
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)

Biggest Disappointment
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / EA)
 
 
 
Posted by darklordfoamy
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 5:04 PM
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Huh kind of what I expected actually thought Battlefront getting best shooter is a surprise seeing as others have said it's also most disappointing but just shows how divided peoples opinions are on it I suppose.

Also Witcher 3 game of the year 2014,,, love that the final category is the one with the typo.
 
 
 
Posted by PandaJenkins
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 6:02 PM
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lol at those Battlefront Awards...

Witcher 3 deserved GOTY more than any other game last year. Glad to see Kiwi's agree.
 
 
 
Posted by Benny
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 6:22 PM
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I'm actually one of those people who voted Battlefront for best shooter and 'best' disappoint (aware of the lols that might bring). Chiefly because something can excel in one area, and under achieve somewhere else. And I think most of us know what those areas are.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 8:15 PM
2
Best soundtrack was rigged, Halo 5 Guardians wasn't an option.
How do you not include a game from a franchise of which's soundtracks are some of the best in the industry?

Also. Best Shooter, SWBF.
Biggest Disappointment: Star Wars Battlefront.
Wut?

How can it be the best if it was disappointing?
 
 
 
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 8:46 PM
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There's no contradiction in something being the best and the most disappointing. It just means no other shooters were valued this year.
 
 
 
Posted by PandaJenkins
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 9:12 PM
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28 January 2016, 08:46 PM Reply to Chris Redfield
There's no contradiction in something being the best and the most disappointing. It just means no other shooters were valued this year.
I agree but it seems strange when a game like Splatoon has universal praise. Granted it did get runner up.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 9:14 PM
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28 January 2016, 08:46 PM Reply to Chris Redfield
There's no contradiction in something being the best and the most disappointing. It just means no other shooters were valued this year.
Ehh, I feel as though I won it as there are more PS players on this site, and BAttlefront was really the only Shooter for them this year.
 
 
 
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 9:45 PM
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28 January 2016, 09:12 PM Reply to PandaJenkins
I agree but it seems strange when a game like Splatoon has universal praise. Granted it did get runner up.
Not enough WiiU owners I guess.

I can't even remember what I voted for in shooter, what were the options?
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 10:10 PM
1
♡fallout 4 maybe will get to play the witcher 3 someday. Have a feeling I will be playing bo3 longer than bf :)
 
 
 
Posted by PandaJenkins
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 10:49 PM
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28 January 2016, 09:45 PM Reply to Chris Redfield
Not enough WiiU owners I guess.

I can't even remember what I voted for in shooter, what were the options?
I assume so. It's weird that in 2015 shooters seem to be the blandest they have ever been despite a year with such solid games across the board. CoD still outsold everything however....
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Thursday 28 Jan 2016 11:07 PM
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28 January 2016, 10:49 PM Reply to PandaJenkins
I assume so. It's weird that in 2015 shooters seem to be the blandest they have ever been despite a year with such solid games across the board. CoD still outsold everything however....
CoD will continue to sell well and dominate the Genre as the people playing it really don't care about the industry as a whole and would rather shell out $109 ever year for more of the same.
 
 
 
Posted by Vicx
On Friday 29 Jan 2016 4:55 PM
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HOW could Battlefront get best shooter? I mostly play shooters and I can say without a doubt Battlefront is the worst shooter in years and I'm a Battlefielder. Ironically, this was also the best year for CoD ever.
 
 
 
Posted by Vicx
On Friday 29 Jan 2016 4:58 PM
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28 January 2016, 11:07 PM Reply to ChieftaiNZ
CoD will continue to sell well and dominate the Genre as the people playing it really don't care about the industry as a whole and would rather shell out $109 ever year for more of the same.
That's like saying there's no difference between Fords and Holdens because they both have 4 wheels. BO3 is definitely not more of the same, it's streets ahead of Ghosts and Advanced Warfare and had 3 year dev cycle, plus its Treyach, they know exactly what they're doing unlike the other 2 CoD devs who made the worst games yet.
 
 
 
Posted by SilverStrummer
On Sunday 31 Jan 2016 10:07 PM
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Awesome! In 2015, my favorite games were the story/episode ones like Life Is Strange and Until Dawn ;-)
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Monday 1 Feb 2016 7:03 PM
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I unfortunately haven't played a single one of these games!
 
 
 
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Monday 1 Feb 2016 7:04 PM
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1 February 2016, 07:03 PM Reply to CoffeeAddict
I unfortunately haven't played a single one of these games!
Double post - didn't see rocket league, that game was amazing!
 
 
 
Tzeit
Posted by Tzeit
On Saturday 6 Feb 2016 8:31 PM
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DOA? Guess there wasn't much.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Wednesday 4 May 2016 6:26 PM
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28 January 2016, 08:46 PM Reply to Chris Redfield
There's no contradiction in something being the best and the most disappointing. It just means no other shooters were valued this year.
You'd be stoked that no one said contradiction then.