SegmentNext Game Awards 2014 Nominees

By   /   Dec 24, 2014

With the arrival of Xbox One and Playstation 4, we stepped into 2014 with promises of a pure next-gen experience. However, the road wasn’t as smooth as everyone thought.

Informally declared as the ‘Year of Official Delays, a fistful of highly anticipated titles were pushed to 2015: Battlefield: Hardline, Batman: Arkham Knight, Evolve, and Tom Clancy’s The Division top my list.

SegmentNext Game Awards 2014

There were indeed some praiseworthy titles, thanks to Nintendo – a company which delivered some of the finest console-exclusives of 2014 despite its ongoing crisis, And then we had contributions from Sony and Microsoft with titles like inFamous: Second Son, Sunset Overdrive, Driveclub, Forza Horizon 2, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

This year, we decided to cut short our categories (eradicating the likes of ‘Best Shooter’, ‘Best Action-Adventure’, and ‘Best Racer’) and opted for categories revolving around platforms; handhelds, consoles, and PC.

Here are the nominees for the ‘Best of 2014’ in video games:

Best Xbox One Game of 2014

Ever since its launch, Microsoft is constantly striving to make Xbox One a better experience. The console certainly had a weak line-up at launch, but it all changed in 2014 with a number of above-average console-exclusive titles.

From racing to competitive shooter, the company delivered something for everyone. Here’s a quick look at our nominees for the ‘Best Xbox One Game of 2014’:

  • Alien Isolation
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Project Spark
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Titanfall

Best Playstation 4 Game of 2014

With its seemingly better price and superior specifications, Playstation 4 was clearly a priority over Xbox One for a number of players.

While PS4 clearly outshines Xbox One in multiplatform titles, its exclusives are no less exciting. With the exception of inFamous: Second Son and Little Big Planet 3, there were hardly any flagship PS-exclusives launching in 2014.

Check out our nominees for the ‘Best PS4 Game of 2014’ below:

  • Alien Isolation
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Driveclub
  • Far Cry 4
  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Little Big Planet 3
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best 3DS Game of 2014

Nintendo had a bad start in 2014 as compared to Sony and Microsoft. But that did not stop them from reshaping its strategy and come out strong. Delivering some great exclusives on both 3DS and Wii U along with some new hardware releases, Nintendo proved its nowhere dead.

3DS in 2014 offered some classic Nintendo titles in the form of a popular remake of Pokemon Omega & Ruby and Super Smash Bros. Here is a quick rundown of nominees for the ‘Best 3DS Game of 2014’:

  • Bravely Default
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Shovel Knight
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Best PC Game of 2014

Similar to console experience, the Master-Race also delivered a fistful of enjoyable PC-exclusive experiences this year. There are titles like Bungie’s Destiny, which would have really outlined on PC, but that’s how things are.

From Divinity: Original Sin to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, here’s a quick rundown of all the nominess for the ‘Best PC Game of 2014’:

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • The Evil Within
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Titanfall

Best PS Vita Game of 2014

Even after the advent of Playstation 4, Sony did not forget its beloved handheld, Playstation Vita. Games like OlliOlli and Ubisoft’s Child of Light offered an experience which is often expected of a handheld device.

Although I’m a little inclined towards the line-up offered by Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita in no way offered a subpar handheld experience. Here are some of the best Playstation Vita titles witnessed in 2014:

  • Borderlands 2
  • Child of Light
  • Freedom Wars
  • OlliOlli
  • Toukiden: The Age of Demons
  • Velocity 2X

Best Wii U Game of 2014

Like I mentioned earlier, Nintendo had a bad start to 2014, but it proved its worthiness with some of the finest games of 2014. Games like Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros. might have urged some fans to even buy a Wii U.

And this is not it! Wii U has a long list of exclusive titles in store for 2015 namely, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, Mario Maker, Star Fox, and much more. Coming back to 2014, here are the nominees for the ‘Best Wii U Game of 2014’:

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Shovel Knight
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Game of the Year

I wouldn’t call 2014 as one of the finest in gaming, but it sure had its moments. From Nintendo to Sony to Microsoft, each one strived hard to offer a unique and equally enthralling experience.

Titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Pokemon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire allowed us to dive deep into the childhood memories.

From competitive shooters to racing, card-games to RPGs, action-adventure to game-makers; 2014 offered it all. Have a look at the nominees for SegmentNext’s ‘Game of the Year 2014’:

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Dark Souls 2
  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Home Console of the Year

The eighth generation of console is well into its product cycle and there is no room for excuses, anymore. The purpose of this category is not to trigger a console-war, but to rationally see which console outshone the others.

We have no intent of looking under the hood, but to judge by the quality of exclusives these consoles offered in 2014. Have a look at the nominees for the ‘Best Home Console of the Year 2014:

  • Playstation 4
  • Wii U
  • Xbox One

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