PSNStores 2014 Game of the Year Awards: Day One
In prior years we’ve taken to Skype to argue for hours over what games should win what award. This year getting the entire team together wasn’t that easy. We’ve spent the past few weeks nominating games, coming up with award categories, voting, voting for tie-breakers, and voting once again for even more tie-breakers. Across nearly all 13 categories this year we’ve seen winners decided by a just a single vote. We kick things off today with our Worst Game, Most Disappointing, Biggest Surprise, and Best PlayStation Mobile Game.
Worst Game: Basement Crawl
When Basement Crawl released in February of 2014 it was broken and nearly unplayable. It was released in such a state that the developer has had to go back and rebuild the game from the ground up while changing the name to Basement Brawl. What will become of the game is uncertain, but what we do know is that it stood as the worst game on PSN with very little competition.
Honorable Mentions: Blue Estate
Most Disappointing: PlayStation Mobile
The current state of PlayStation Mobile is pretty depressing. Just take a look at our PlayStation Mobile update post and you’ll see just how rare it is that anything worthwhile releases on the platform. That’s not to take away from the good games on PSM, and we’ll get there, but in order to find anything good you’ll be rummaging through a mess of Flappy Bird clones, Flappy Bird x 2048 clones, a dice roller, an $11 digital fire place, and the rabbit hole just goes much deeper from there.
Honorable Mentions: Road Not Taken, Mercenary Kings, Basement Crawl
Biggest Surprise: P.T.
P.T. is the very definition of surprise. The playable teaser that set the internet on fire was unveiled during Sony’s Gamescom event and immediately released on the PlayStation Store for anyone to try. People from all over streamed the game to twitch and worked together to figure out the greater mystery of P.T. Surprisingly enough this crazy ride turned out to be a teaser for a new Silent Hill game (Silent Hills) being headed by none other than Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. It’s just such a crazy way to announce a new project that it pretty easily won our award for Biggest Surprise.
Honorable Mentions: OlliOlli, Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Best PlayStation Mobile Game: Console Saga
It was a very close race (with the winner decided by one vote even after the first tie-breaker) but Console Saga emerged victorious in our Best PlayStation Mobile Game of 2014. As Nick pointed out in his review of the game earlier this year “Console Saga is Thomas Hopper’s most complete feeling platformer”. Console Saga built off of a solid swinging mechanic, custom level generator, and some challenging platforming to make for some of the most fun we’ve had with PSM all year.
Honorable Mentions: Eufloria Adventures, Galatea
Tomorrow we’ll be announcing the winners for Whity the Dolphin’s Character of the Year, Best Multiplayer Game, Best PS3 Game, and Best Vita Game. Until then you can check out some personal favorites from Eric and Curtis.