Game Of The Year 2014 – Best Multiplatform

Dave Irwin

Dave Irwin

Sub-Editor

on January 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM

The majority of big name titles available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 came from the third-party developers trying to work out the capabilities of both systems. Some succeeded, while others dramatically failed to do so. Not a stellar year by any means, but there were enough highlights to warrant a look at several games for this year’s award.

Best Multiplatform 2014 Nominees

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Destiny

FIFA 15

None were more surprised than me by Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with its open world gameplay that risked being derivative or by Wolfenstein: The New Order and its run-and-gun gunplay, as both turned out to be as fantastic. Others mentioned for a nod were Bungie’s Destiny for its captivating and addictive gameplay, FIFA 15 for still being a great football simulation despite a lock of innovation from last year, and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls for essentially restoring faith that Blizzard still knows what they’re doing with the Diablo franchise.

The Winner Is…

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

It was nearly unanimous that the best of the bunch was Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Who would have thought that the blatant Assassin’s Creed parkour gameplay would somehow feel better in Middle-earth from Monolith Soft than Ubisoft’s 18th Century Revolutionary Paris? Who would have thought that the combat from Batman: Arkham Asylum would be augmented with the stellar Nemesis system that made us care about those generals in an organic way?

Davs felt that Shadow of Mordor was a “terrific title” and that “the nemesis engine is a game changer in the industry and the combat is superb.”

Who would have thought that a game that was dismissed by many as a rip-off would have great ideas of its own and the production values to entice us all? By capturing our attention with the journey, it mimics the wonderful books by J.R.R. Tolkien in which this captivating world is set. Just make sure you don’t play it on last-gen consoles!