Kotaku Awards 2014: Nominate Your Game Of The Year

Alright, it's the big one. I'd like to invite you all to nominate your favourite game of the year.

I think I'm going to find this more difficult than any year in recent memory, mainly because 2014 has been — in my opinion — a mediocre year for video games. Last year wasn't great, but there were an embarrassment of riches compared to 2014. I remember 2013 being great for handheld releases and 2012 being a big year for indie games. 2014 just fell flat. Australian developers had a great run on mobile platforms but most major releases disappointed or — worse — were flat-out broken.

With that being said, here is my shortlist...

Alien: Isolation Crossy Road Dark Souls II Desert Golfing Destiny Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Framed Mario Kart 8 Nidhogg Trials Fusion

Man, that's quite a list now that I think about it.

What are your favourite games of the year? Drop your nominations in the comments below.


    The Wolf Among Us
    Wolfenstein: The New Order
    Wolf 2: House of the Wolves - The Wolfening (part 2)

      There's some sort of pattern hidden in there...... I just can't pick it out though.
      Maybe something to do with the Letter W?

    Dragon Age: Inquisition.
    WoW: Warlords of Draenor. If an expansion counts.

      Does Diablo 3 console editions count? Cause I think it deserves a mention as the Diablo D3 was meant to be.

    Halo: Reach.

    Ahahahahaha! But really, despite enjoying some games, there wasn't really anything this year that wowed me.

    Or, maybe I've been busy playing so many games I can't experience them all. I've only just met the Alien in Isolation.

    GTA 5 - PS4
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Elite Dangerous - I know its not out till Dec, but i have been playing the Beta, Its amazing.

    I would like to put destiny on here, but i'm not going to as the story is lack luster, the RNGesus is extremely frustrating, The voice acting needs work and guardians have no personality, But I do really like playing the raid and missions with friends, its a fantastic Coop Game.

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    Almost gotta be DKCTF by default. Only other option would be Bayonetta 2, but that'd just be going off the assumption based on other Platinum games.

    Oh, Elite: Dangerous. Can't get enough of it.

    Dragon age inquisition for sure.
    Shadow of Mordor am honorable mention.

    Even though I haven't completed it yet, my vote goes to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Just can't get enough of this game atm. I now fully forgive Bioware for DAII.



      I vote Shovel Knight also!

    Hmm... unlike previous years, I haven't played any of this year's candidates (both the article and the comments). Is that a reflection of me or the industry in general in 2014?

    Alien: Isolation
    Mario kart 8

    Mario Kart
    Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
    Smash Bros 3DS
    Don't suppose I can vote for Dota 2 due to constant patches and additions?

      ...I somehow completely forgot that Smash 3DS was a thing.

    Dark Souls 2, Destiny and (so far) Dragon Age: Inquisition.

    Mario Kart 8 for me.

    Although I am also super thrilled with Pro Evo 2015. Finally, it's back to its best.

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    Surprised to see a few Destiny votes popping up but no votes for Titanfall.

    Neither would be my game of the year (both are good) but Titanfall was the FAR more interesting and fun game and I wonder if the only difference is that Titanfall was released in March(?) and Destiny in far more recent. Funnily the worst thing about Titanfall is also the most exploitative thing about Destiny. One game doesn’t inspire you to keep playing while the other game rewards to for the pointless grind.

    To me Destiny feels like an empty shell of a game. A pretty game world full of poorly thought out placeholder content anchored by very solid shooter mechanics. At least Titanfall had new and fun mechanics.

    Also we really need another month or two (ie the ACTUAL end of the year) before people should be making their minds up.
    I don’t know how many people have finished Dragon Age but I know I’m loving it and have barely scratched the surface. New-gen GTA V is probably the best game on the market right now though.

      I agree about the needing more time thing.

      I've still got to play Valient Hearts, Far Cry, Call of Duty, and Never Alone.
      Not to mention that I'm still not done with Dragon Age.

    Tell me the only reason DA:I isn't on Mark's shortlist is because he's afraid to love again... afraid to know true joy.

    I'll vote for Destiny - I agree that it's a mediocre year of gaming, and Destiny had a bland story, average acting and a general lack of 'zing' than what we anticipated - but underneath it had excellent gunplay mechanics, a solid gameplay environment (I love not having to choose whether I'm going to play single player or multi between games), and stunning visuals.

    Honourable mentions to FC4 and Middle Earth: SOM.

    The crew
    Elder Scrolls Online
    Watch Dogs

    I know it wasnt released in Australia but God Eater 2 was the most fun I'd had this year. As well as Gundam Breaker.

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