Only the best of the best are nominated for the prestigious Game or The Year title, and there can be only one. We are all looking for that one supreme game that brought us to our knees over the past 12 months. Maybe it was the most beautiful experience ever, or perhaps its story was so imaginative that you couldn’t help but be whisked away to its pixelated shores. Nominees are usually highly competent in every facet that makes a title brilliant and all of them are video game titans that stand above the rest. These titles reach the lofty heights where the ‘Half-Lifes’ and the ‘Elder Scrolls’ of gaming history dwell. They push the industry forward, innovating with rich new features and exceptional gameplay, all the while perfecting mechanics that will set the template for every other title to aspire to.
They have been known to drive grown men to tears by their beauty. Their exquisite attention to detail has brought millions flocking to bask in their brilliance. No, it’s not the Mona Lisa, it’s of course the Global Game Industry’s Beautiful Game Award nominees.
These games have sent corneas ablaze with their looks, whether it be unique graphical styles or sheer polygonal power. Screenshots would flood the net followed by youtube videos all depicting their astounding beauty, and it is up to us to choose between these artistic triumphs as we can have only one winner.
Dripping with dread and crammed full of character, these titles bring together an electric atmosphere to set the player’s mood. This category and these nominees are the games that are awash with ambience and can take you away to a magical place. All can be considered for this accolade, but only a select few offer a gamer the pure escapism that the Most Atmospheric Award Nominees can deliver.
Whether its a stiflingly terrifying asylum or a chilled-out backwater bayou, the degree of personality, charm, character that each nominee brings to the table will let you breath in hours of visual and audible experiences.
Throw away Dickens, set alight to your copy of Tolstoy, Wuthering Heights meet paper shredder. You have no need for these intellectual curios with gaming’s huge advances in storytelling and character development. These are the cream of the crop, the booker prize for our new interactive age.
All of the nominees give us a riveting yarn that had us hooked from the very first page screen, with stories that will live long in our memory. Intriguing plot devices, exceptional character dialogue, twists and turns that all come together to deliver a real contender for the Best Story Award.