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Game of the Year 2015: Overall Winner

On the hunt.

The past few weeks have been busy with different awards handed out to a lot of different games, in categories both new and old. We’ve told you what our favourite platformer is, our favourite shooter and RPG, but we’ve also looked at the best DLC of the year, the best narrative, character and soundtrack.

It’s also been quite remarkable to me just how closely most of these awards were reflected through the community Game of the Year voting, the results of which were posted earlier today.

Of course, we know how that vote went, but what about the staff Game of the Year?

Life Is Strange deservedly received a lot of praise and plaudits throughout its episodic release schedule, with a story and characters which touched many with its depictions. However, it came home in fifth behind the final adventure of Rocksteady’s epic trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight.

Nintendo’s vibrantly colourful and rather unconventional entry into the world of competitive multiplayer shooters with Splatoon was third, juxtaposed with the muted tones and nightmarish world in the brutally difficult Bloodborne in second.

Our winner, however, was grander and wider reaching than all of those.


The excitement that built up for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt prior to its release was huge, having first been announced in early 2013 and making regular and impressive appearances at trade shows up until its eventual release in May of this year. It’s safe to say that, off the back of widespread critical and public acclaim, it was a game that managed to live up to a lot of that hype.

It drops you into the vast, magical realms of the Northern Kingdoms, with Aran writing in our review that it “is easily one of the most engrossing games I’ve had the chance to play. The story and characters are well worth the experience alone, and the world expertly draws on the desire to explore with its massive scale. You never know what will greet you or beat you just a few seconds down the path, and that’s what is exciting about this game.”

Importantly, CD Projekt Red haven’t finished with their game. It’s seen numerous patches that aim to fix certain elements of the game, refine and improve upon others, and we’ve seen both free DLC and the expansive Hearts of Stone expansion, with more to come.

This year was one filled with a wide array of fantastic games and experiences, but through them all, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is our Game of the Year 2015.

  1. Tony Cawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Can be bought for less than £30 now, you might have tempted me to give this a crack.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2015 at 14:32.
    • MrYd
      Since: Mar 2011

      It’s also £24.99 on the PSN until next week. And with some Amazon vouchers for christmas and a game I’m not likely to play for a week and then want to sell…

      A shiny new 2TB drive is soon going to run out of space, isn’t it? Somehow I downloaded 500GB of stuff I’d been shuffling around to make space for other things. I’ve got under 900GB of space left already!

      Oh well, it’ll be downloaded by the time I get back home next year.

      Comment posted on 31/12/2015 at 14:55.
      • MrYd
        Since: Mar 2011

        And a short way into the game finally, and I’m hooked. Looks gorgeous, a world full of things (not just spaces between quests) and decent voice acting (with some odd accents).

        But mostly, the stories. A tragic tale of a hunter popped up when I was least expecting it. And then a sudden shocking incident in a bar with very strong language.

        Looking forward to many more hours of it.

        Comment posted on 03/01/2016 at 22:07.
  2. Carrot381
    Since: Dec 2013

    A world I enjoyed spending time in, decent gameplay mechanics, top quality quest design, good story and pacing, in fact just a bloody good game all round.
    For the price you can pick it up for now you’re getting a lot of game per pound too.

    A very worthy winner in my opinion.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2015 at 15:31.
  3. Starman
    Since: Jul 2011

    Great game, really good story. While I never got on with the combat system it’s a worthy winner.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2015 at 15:49.
  4. Eldave0
    Since: Aug 2008

    The crappy combat ruined it for me unfortunately. Great story though.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2015 at 23:01.
  5. JR.
    Since: Apr 2013

    I think the reason that I didnt enjoy this game as much as everyone else was that I’d already played so many huge open-world games already and had open-world fatigue. Maybe if I go back to it, I’ll be able to get into it a bit more.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2016 at 14:07.
  6. JustTaylorNow
    Since: Oct 2011

    This game is not good, the controls are so bad, it ruined the whole experience. Way way better games out than this

    Comment posted on 04/01/2016 at 09:48.