Our Genre Agnostic Game of the Year is Journey from thatgamecompany. This was potentially the most difficult category to vote on because of the wide range of games included. We felt that it was necessary to have a place where all the odd games, which don’t fit into old-fashioned genres, could be highlighted. Unfortunately, that leads to something of a bucket category, into which we cast everything we’re not sure how to classify.
Journey, though, would be a strong contender for whatever category we had been able to squeeze it into. This enigmatic classic is part platform, part adventure and all emotion. We’ve talked at length about its qualities, possible interpretations of its meaning and the general emotional trip it took us on. It’s safe to say that many of us absolutely adored what Journey set out to do and the way in which it achieved its goals.
In such a diverse category, there’s always going to be some stiff competition. The Walking Dead provided much of that competition, its exceptional narrative qualities and decision-based diversions making for something that felt less like a game and more like an adventure you steered while it tugged at your heartstrings.
The top of our poll looked very good for Sony, with the unique first-person-painter – The Unfinished Swan – coming in third, ahead of PlayStation’s All Stars battled their way into fourth and Sound Shapes’ peculiar platforming placed fifth.
Here’s our top five in chart form.
And here’s the full league table showing every game that received at least one vote from us.
- The Walking Dead
- The Unfinished Swan
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
- Sound Shapes
- Joe Danger 2
- Minecraft 360 Edition
- Dust: An Elysian Tail
- LittleBigPlanet Vita