In an age where developers pick and choose elements from different genres on a whim, sorting games into categories for Game of the Year voting can be really quite tricky. In this instance, strategy and simulation combine, pulling together a number of games that wouldn’t quite fit into other categories. It’s not as simple as lumping everything under the Action Adventure banner either, no matter how tempting that is.
Third place was very hotly contested, as the 3DS’ Tomodachi Life missed out by just 0.2% of the vote, behind the quite bizarre pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend, the 3DS life simulator Disney Magical World and the tower defence strategy of Defense Grid 2, all three of which came in joint third place.
Second place went to Team17 and their latest entry in the Worms series, Worms: Battlegrounds. Battlegrounds came to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One off the back of last year’s Worms: Clan Wars on PC, with the same single player campaign and the same style of side on 3D deformable landscape which was introduced with Worms: Revolution on the last generation.
Scampering off into the distance, though, is Elite: Dangerous. Though it only reached its final release last week, Dangerous has been in the hands of Kickstarter backers by way of an expanding beta test for several months now. Needless to say that, since Elite really founded the free roaming space game, its return as an ambitious MMO has been rather popular amongst fans of the genre.
Elite: Dangerous is is TheSixthAxis’ Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year 2014.