Only the best of the best are nominated for the prestigious Game Debate Global Game Awards Game of The Year title, and there can be only one. We are all looking for that one supreme game that dropped our jaws over the past 12 months. 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-Life and 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 set the template for every other title to aspire to.
Sequels are all well and good but there really is nothing that gets the pulse racing faster than the thought of something entirely new. In the age of sequels these are becoming an increasingly rare treat, but here we celebrate some of the best original games keeping things fresh. While these don’t have to be from new franchises they are all entirely new series, doing something radically different from what’s gone before.
Free To Play is a controversial payment structure, largely because it is so readily exploited by the greedier publishers and developers. But when F2P is done right, it can be something wonderful; a completely free experience that developers are motivated to spend time and money on honing and improving in order to make money from the title. This means that whilst some games might disappear in the annals of time, Free To Play titles tend to retain their popularity. Often competitive online games, these F2P titles stand out not only for their outstanding game design but also their long-term development.
The remit of our Best Battle Royale award is pretty simple, this is a vote for the best game that drops a bunch of players into an arena and challenges them to be the last one standing. The battle royale genre has ballooned in popularity of late, and this award celebrates the best of the best in this hotly competed category.
Let loose the dogs of war! These are the best games that let you go head to head or fight side by side in multiplayer arenas. Whether it's spewing forth hot lead at one another or wishing this car had a seventh gear, these are the ones that got your adrenaline pumping and unleashed your competitive urges. Regardless of when they launched, these are the games that have been swallowing up your time like nobody’s business, as you desperately try to inch up that scoreboard.
Game soundtracks are often cruelly overlooked, but a title’s music and composition can often be the things that really makes or breaks a game’s atmosphere and tone. 2019 has been a pretty standout year when it comes to fabulous musical scores, especially in smaller games. However, a number of them really stood out to us, and difficult as it was to narrow down to just four, here are the games whose music really transported us to another world.