This one was a difficult choice, I hadn’t played many games from this year, let alone many that I thought were worth of being named Game of the Year, but luckily enough I only needed to pick one to win the award and the rest will be arbitrary. In the end I managed to weed one out of the pile, that and the other nominees are as follows.
- Infamous: Second Son
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- This War of Mine
I don’t know if this is cheating or not but I actually didn’t play Shadow of Mordor until a few years after it’s release (2018 if my memory serves me right) but it was initially released in 2014 so it fits and I’m allowing it. Some of my favourite games are ones with a great story that is told well, Shadow of Mordor was an exception. I found the story to be average at best, but the gameplay was more than enough for me to forgive it. I thought the combat was fluid and engaging, the environments were well crafted and the nemesis system was nothing short of fun. I spent far too much time trying to gain a monopoly on Orc officers, and to be honest I enjoyed almost every moment. I came away from the experience thoroughly enjoying it which is more than I can say for most of the other games on the list.