Game of the Year 2014 Users' Choice
Last year in gaming was a troublesome one. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of very good games to play throughout the year and I never felt like there was a lack of quality content out there. However all the broken games, delays and letdowns left a slightly negative impression. There were also very few games which truly stood out. I'm pretty sure that we'll all forget about most of the games on this list in the coming years, with maybe the exception of debuts like Titanfall and Destiny which are likely to be around in one form or another for the next decade.
I delayed writing this list into 2015 because I started playing The Banner Saga and immediately realized that it would make my list. There are games worth mentioning which didn't quite make it into this list, like inFamous:Second Son, Gang Beasts, Super Time Force and The Jackbox Party Pack. I also have still not played many of the most popular games from last year, like Shadow of Mordor and Advanced Warfare. I intend to right these wrongs during the first quiet months of this year.
Before getting to the actual list however I'd like to quickly give some special mentions.
Best Open World:
Runners up: Southern Europe (Forza Horizon 2), Kyrat (Far Cry 4)
Runners up: Rushing a room with two automatic shotguns (Wolfenstein: The New Order), Entering Canada (South Park: The Stick of Truth)
Runners up: The Master Chief Collection, The Jackbox Party Pack
Best Party Game:
Runners up: Nidhogg, Gang Beasts, Mount Your Friends
Runners up: Destiny, Forza Horizon 2, Valiant Hearts, Transistor
Best Looking Game:
Runners up: Forza Horizon 2, inFamous: Second Son, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Sunset Overdrive, Valiant Hearts, The Banner Saga
Runner up: Automatic shotgun (Wolfenstein: The New Order)