The time is upon us. All the players are in their respective starting positions and the race for One Hit Pixel’s Overall Game of the Year 2014 is on. If all the other categories sparked much debate among the staff, this hotly contested category is the most important of them all! Let’s take a gander at all the winners of the previous categories.
By taking both Best PlayStation and Best Indie awards, Velocity 2X has more than deserved its spot on the short list. The sequel to both Velocity on PlayStation Mobile and Velocity Ultra on PlayStation Vita, it had a lot to live up to. Thankfully it delivered in spades with refreshing new platforming segments and excellent level design. With tight controls and a beautiful aesthetic, Velocity 2X exceeded all expectations.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on the other hand took gameplay mechanics that were tried and tested from other franchises, but made them meaningful by including the now revolutionary Nemesis System. No game this year has made you care about your rivalries in quite the same way, making each encounter with them a heated battle for survival rather than the standard conflicts other games. Certainly among the crowd for best movie franchise tie-ins of recent years, which makes its inclusion in the GOTY awards more surprising.
2014 saw the return of the cRPG in a big way, with the cream of the crop being Divinity: Original Sin. This immersive RPG has a fantastic setting and a compelling cast of characters that feel dynamic in their writing. The combat system is also great fun to experiment with and the game is genuinely funny in places. A lot of people are saying that it’s the best thing Larian Studios have ever made and we would agree with that sentiment.
Let’s not forget about Nintendo who in their revival of the Wii U as a viable platform this year, gifted us Mario Kart 8. Out of all the games on our short list, this is the best one to play with friends by a country mile. Online works really well, the tracks are white-knuckle rides full of excitement, and even the amount of custom vehicles and parts is admirable. It also shows that Nintendo know how to make DLC worth purchasing.
Finally we have Sunset Overdrive on Xbox, which just goes to show that even when a studio have a couple of duds, that the right game can spring them back into the limelight. As bonkers as Jet Set Radio was back on the Dreamcast, but now with a ridiculous arsenal that rivals Ratchet and Clank.
When it came down to deciding the Overall Game of the Year, both Sunset Overdrive and Divinity: Original Sin lost out as they were hotly contested by other games in their respective categories. The three remaining games are all very different, wowing us in a variety of ways. As the discussion went on, we eventually whittled down the choices until a winner was announced.
The Overall Game of the Year is…
We deliberated for a good long while on which one of the three surprised us more, but in the end we had to factor in the amount of recognition Velocity 2X achieved in the categories. It narrowly stood tall in the Best PlayStation category, but was almost unanimous in our choice for the Best Indie game.
Really, there isn’t a lot more that needs to be said about this incredible game. Sony had so much confidence in this game that it was made free on PlayStation Plus in September 2014. An absolute steal in my eyes as Futurlab have gone leaps and bounds into making a polished game in a year where quality left a lot to be desired from the AAA Industry!
Our heartfelt congratulations to Futurlab for making, in our collective eyes certainly, the Best Game of 2014.