You’ve sat through four Paranormal Activities and barely batted an eyelid and you watched Saw for breakfast while chowing down on your cornflakes, but these games came along and the living daylights are now scared from your very being. The best horror game teeters on the brink between intense and unplayable, waiting to push you into the abyss, challenging your sanity and testing your metal. Only the hardiest of gamers can play any of these alone, with the lights turned out and an immersive headset on.
Normally it’s multiplayer FPS that dominates this genre, but we’ve seen a pleasing degree of diversity in the shooter category this year, largely thanks to Sniper Elite’s strategic kill-cam and Wolfenstein’s stauch single player focus. An ever-popular genre, these nominees have done that magical bit extra to distance themselves from the pack, putting you in creative situations through which you had to make like Arnie and decimate the opposition.
The Multiplayer Online Arena Battle is a highly competitive game genre that has really come into its own over the past five years. Although some classic MOBA titles spearheaded this new frontier of competitive gaming it’s only in recent times that the entire world at some point or another is likely to have encountered this merciless game category. This award is reserved for MOBA titles that are not just brand new but continuing to evolve or managing to maintain the attention of the masses. With the classics still being played as much today as they ever were, if they are good enough then they still have a right to command the prestigious nominee slot. Fast paced, unforgiving, and complex to master, these are all traits attached to these incredible games and only the best reach the nominee status.
|Best Console of 2014|
|Best Developer 2014|
|Best Early Access|
|Best Free To Play|
|Best Gamers Case|
|Best Gaming Hardware Manufacturer|
|Best Gaming Keyboard|
|Best Gaming Phone|
|Best Graphics Hardware|
|Best Mobile Game|
|Best Open World|
|Best Original Game|
|Best PC EU|
|Best PC Exclusive|
|Best PC US|
|Best Publisher 2014|
|Game of The Year|
|Most Anticipated Game Of 2015|
|Most Anticipated Hardware|
Combining two of the worlds leading entertainments, video games and sports, is as genius as it is obvious, but with critical eyes from both sets of fans watching carefully it means that only the best reach the Best Sports nominees.
Click. Click. BOOM. Strategy games are the bedrock of PC gaming, capitalising on the addictive nature of amassing huge armies and wealth, or constructing a sprawling metropolis from the comfort of your own chair. Strategy games run the full gamut from fast combat-focused competitive titles through to the ponderous thinking-man’s city-builders, with everything in-between.
The rise of the sleeping indie beast is continuing unabated, and here we celebrate some of the most creative and forward-thinking talent around, embracing new mechanics, while revitalising the old. These are games developed with a fraction of the budget of the AAA monsters, but are no less enjoyable for it. The indie devs behind them craft personable, unique games that showcase some of the greatest underground talent in the world today. Indie devs often work their magic under considerable pressure, sometimes holding down full time jobs while ploughing any of their precious time into their own projects. The best of those projects become commercial successes and the best of those are given pride of place in our Best Indie Award category.
Early Access is a harsh environment, where games are sent out into the wild, often in extremely early states, ready to be ravaged by the gaming masses. This award celebrates the cream of the crop, the bravest of the brave, those Early Access titles which are showing incredible levels of promise even at this early stage. Not only does Early Access offer developers to the chance to seek additional funding, but it also gives gamers the chance to get in on a project from the ground floor, perhaps even influencing key decisions and shaping the final product.
Roll your D20s its time for the RPG game of the year award. It all sounds so simple but behind the doors these games represent some of the more complex mechanics and plots around, giving us some of the most expansive and varied gaming environments we’ve ever seen.
The home of our beloved gaming PC components. This award will be given to those cases that appeal to our aesthetic senses while providing the gamer flexibility over installation of modern components. The case might be the pinnacle of Sci-fi or understatedly simple, it could be large enough to house a fleet of components or tiny and discreet. Whatever its design it needs to fill its case requirements to perfection.