Shadow of Mordor was really, really great. So great that its still earning 'best of 2014' awards some 3 months into the new twelvemonth.
Yesterday at the annual Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC, the title won Game of the Year, deservedly earning a little more attention right at the last DLC piece arrives. The DLC has all been a bit forgettable unfortunately but if you missed out on the base game so far, you're in for a treat. Other winners on the night included the Audience Award for Elite: Dangerous, some Audio love for Alien: Isolation and a couple of nods for mobile title Monument Valley. Here's the full list.
- Game of the Year:Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Best Audio:Alien: Isolation
- Best Debut: Stoic Studio
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game:Monument Valley
- Best Game Design:Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft
- Best Technology:Destiny
- Best Visual Art:Monument Valley
- Best Narrative:Kentucky Route Zero
- Innovation Award:Monument Valley
- Ambassador Award: Brenda Romero
- Pioneer Award: David Braben
- Lifetime Achievement: Hironobu Sakaguchi
- Audience Award:Elite: Dangerous
Overall it was a bit of a triumph for indie studios, with only a handful of awards going to blockbuster titles like Destiny and Mordor. Crowdfunded and mobile titles got a decent look in, and it's nice to see something altogether experimental like Kentucky Route Zero getting some attention. The Game Developers Choice Awards are voted for by members of the International Choice Awards Network, which is an invitation-only group of game creators from all parts of the industry. Certain categories, like the Lifetime Achivement and Pioneed Awards are also put out for a public vote to determine a shortlist.
Find out more about the Game Developers Choice Awards here.