The 2014 Game Awards Winners

By December 6, 2014
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Last night, the 2014 Game Awards were broadcast on Twitch, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and on Wii U from the AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show, largely seen as the successor to Spike TV’s now-defunct VGX Awards, honors the best releases of the year in the video game medium, and was produced and hosted by noted video game journalist and commentator Geoff Keighley.

On the docket were 17 awards that were “jury voted,” in addition to 5 awards which were determined by fan votes. Members of The Game Awards’ advisory board include video game luminaries like Hideo Kojima, Phil Spencer from Microsoft and Xbox, and Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo of America.

Nintendo won big at the Game Awards, taking Best Developer, Best Family Game, Best Racing/Sports Game, and Best FIghting Game (for Smash on Wii U, pictured).

Nintendo won big at the Game Awards, taking Best Developer, Best Family Game, Best Racing/Sports Game, and Best FIghting Game (for Smash on Wii U, pictured).

Here are the awards and their nominees:

  • Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Nominees: Bayonetta 2Dark Souls IIHearthstone: Heroes of WarcraftMiddle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Developer of the Year: Nintendo
  • Nominees: Blizzard Entertainment, Monolith Productions, Telltale Games, Ubisoft Montreal
  • Industry Icon Award: Sierra Entertainment
  • This was an award designed to honor pivotal developers in video game history, and there were no other nominees.
  • Best Independent Game: Shovel Knight
  • Nominees: Broken Age Act IMonument ValleyTransistorThe Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Best Mobile/Handheld Game: Hearhstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Nominees: Bravely DefaultMonument ValleySuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSThrees!
  • Best Narrative: Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Nominees: The Walking Dead: Season TwoThe Wolf Among UsWolfenstein: The New Order
  • Best Score/Soundtrack: Destiny
  • Nominees: Alien: IsolationChild of LightSunset OverdriveTransistor
  • Best Performance: Trey Parker as various characters in South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Nominees: Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf in The Wolf Among Us, Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Melissa Hutchison as Clementine in The Walking Dead: Season Two, Troy Baker as Talion in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Games for Change (budget games): Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Nominees: MountainNever AloneThe Last of Us: Left BehindThis War of Mine
  • Best Remastered Game: Grand Theft Auto V on Xbox One and PlayStation 4
  • Nominees: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha SapphireThe Last of Us RemasteredHalo: The Master Chief CollectionTomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Best Shooter: Far Cry 4
  • Nominees: Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareDestinyTitanfallWolfenstein: The New Order
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Nominees: Assassin’s Creed UnityAlien: IsolationBayonetta 2Sunset Overdrive
  • Best Role Playing Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Nominees: Bravely DefaultDark Souls IIDivinity: Original SinSouth Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Nominees: Killer Instinct: Season TwoSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSUltra Street Fighter IV
  • Best Family Game: Mario Kart 8
  • Nominees: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super HeroesFantasia: Music EvolvedSkylanders: Trap TeamTomodachi Life
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Mario Kart 8
  • Nominees: FIFA 15Forza Horizon 2NBA 2K15Trials Fusion
  • Best Online Experience: Destiny
  • Nominees: Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareDark Souls IIHearthstoneTitanfall

Overall, it was pretty interesting seeing an entirely independent awards show that wasn’t tied to the strict, regimented timing of a television network, but the overall pacing of the show could’ve used some work. Keighley did a great job as the sole host of the show, but things are bound to go better next year now that the first show should make clear what the kinks will be in future broadcasts.

For more on some of the nominated games and winners from the awards, be sure to check out our GeekNation Game Reviews for some of the specific titles:

Alien: Isolation
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Destiny
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Mario Kart 8
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Titanfall
The Walking Dead: Seasons 1-2
The Wolf Among Us

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.