2014 Game Awards Nominees Announced

Game of the Year nominees are Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hearthstone, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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The nominees for The Game Awards 2014 have been announced.

Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hearthstone, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are up for the top prize of overall Game of the Year.

Dark Souls II, Hearthstone, Shadow of Mordor, and South Park: The Stick of Truth lead the way with three nominations each across all categories. Meanwhile, Nintendo was the most nominated publisher with 12 nominations.

Below is a breakdown of nominees by category. Nominees were selected by a jury of 28 international media outlets, including GameSpot and sister site Giant Bomb. To be considered, games must have been released commercial by November 25.

Game of the Year:

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Hearthstone
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Independent Game:

Best Narrative:

Best Performance:

  • Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf -- The Wolf Among Us
  • Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons -- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine -- The Walking Dead -- Season 2
  • Trey Parker as various voices -- South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Troy Baker as Talion -- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Remaster:

Best Action/Adventure:

Best Fighting Game:

Best Sports/Racing Game:

Best Shooter:

Best Role-Playing Game:

Best Family Game:

Best Online Experience:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Dark Souls II
  • Destiny
  • Hearthstone
  • Titanfall

Best Mobile/Handheld Game:

  • Bravely Default
  • Hearthstone
  • Monument Valley
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Threes!

Developer of the Year:

  • Blizzard
  • Monolith
  • Nintendo
  • Telltale
  • Ubisoft Montreal

Best Score/Soundtrack:

Games for Change:

Most Anticipated Game:

eSports Player of the Year:

eSports Team of the Year:

  • Samsung White (League of Legends)
  • Evil Geniuses (DOTA2)
  • Edward Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Newbee (DOTA2)
  • Ninjas in Pajamas (Counter-Strike: GO)

Trending Gamer:

  • Evan "Vanoss" Fong
  • Jeff Gerstmann
  • PewDiePie
  • StampyLongHead
  • TotalBiscuit

Best Fan Creation:

  • BEST Zelda Rap EVER!! By Egoraptor
  • Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
  • Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song) by Tobuscus
  • Minecraft -- TITAN City by Colonial Puppet
  • Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

The 2014 Video Game Awards will take place Friday, December 5, starting at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern / 2 AM UK. GameSpot will bring you all the winners as they're announced.

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Hearthstone is shit. I don't know why they have that pos game as a GOTY nominee other than blizzard made it.

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Some pretty big flops among those nominations. It reeks of a marketing stunt as a result.

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My opinion list:

Game of the Year:Dragon Age: Inquisition

Best Independent Game:Monument Valley
Best Narrative:Valiant Hearts
Best Performance:Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine -- The Walking Dead -- Season 2
Best Remaster:Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
Best Action/Adventure:Bayonetta 2
Best Shooter:Far Cry 4
Best Role-Playing Game:Dragon Age: Inquisition
Best Online Experience:Dark Souls II
Best Mobile/Handheld Game:Monument Valley
Developer of the Year:Telltale
Best Score/Soundtrack:Child of Light
Games for Change:Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Most Anticipated Game:The Witcher 3
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If Destiny wins anything (especially soundtrack), you'll know its rigged.

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Game of the Year: Dark Souls II

Best Independent Game: Shovel Knight

Best Narrative: South Park: The Stick of Truth

Best Performance: Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Best Remaster: The Master Chief Collection

Best Action-Adventure: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Best Sports/Racing Game: Mario Kart 8

Best Shooter: Destiny

Best Role-Playing Game: Dark Souls II

Best Family Game: Tomodachi Life

Best Online Experience: Destiny

Best Mobile/Handheld Game: Bravely Default

Developer of the Year: Monolith

Best Score/Soundtrack: Destiny

Games for Change: Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Most Anticipated Game: Bloodborne

eSports Player of the Year: Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund

eSports Team of the Year: Ninjas in Pajamas

Trending Gamer: Evan "Vanoss" Fong

Best Fan Creation: Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree with a few of those, but for best RPG, that has to be Divinity: Original Sin.
If you haven't played it yet, I recommend it with all my existence.

Dark Souls 2 was fun but by D:OS is just so much more imo.

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Wow, I really disagree with those options. Mario Kart 8 is better than all of them IMO. But I rarely liked the GotYs anyway :S

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I value my fellow GameSpot commenters' opinions. What do you people have for motion picture of the year?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They still make movies? I don't know - I've got too many games to play to mess with those things.

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BAD YEAR

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<< LINK REMOVED >> For crap 'AAA' titles perhaps, it was an awesome year for RPGs though.

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A lot of XO exclusive in that list and almost no PS4 exlcusives except for Last of Us which is a PS3 game. Yeah, I'll sell my PS4 and get an XO as it seems its the console with the good games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> ??? I'm not up on just what is exclusive to which console but it looks like there are more Nintendo exclusives than anything else.

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Developer of the Year: Ubisoft montreal FTW

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Failure of the Year--> UBISOFT.......

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lol@ Blizzard

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If those are the nominees it isn't a stand out year for gaming. The hotly anticipated AAAs like TF, Destiny, Watch Dogs, and Unity all fell flat. At least in past years you had the GTA, TLOU, Uncharted, and a bunch of other games worthy of the award but couldn't win because they had even stronger competition. This year's nominees I don't think could win GOTY in any other year. If last year's Tomb Raider released this year, I would have given the nod to that game over these five.


Bayonetta 2 should win "Best Game No One Played".

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I want Bayonetta 2 get GOTY just to see how many people get salty lol.

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Ugh Too much telltale on this list...

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Ubisoft is a nominee for the best developer? Is that a joke?

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A lot of people don't like Bayonetta 2, too many actually they outweigh the fanboys 10-1 and that's why it's not a GoTY. Perhaps GTA 5 is the GoTY?

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You're imagining things you want to believe lol...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> GTAV is a remaster, imho new titles should only get the GOTY nod.

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Heartstone? Shadow of Mordor?

I haven't even played the new Smash Bros yet but I think that's definitely my GOTY.

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A lot of people aren't reading, or seeing for that matter, that this isn't GameSpot's choices.

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Bayonetta 2 is undeniably the highest reviewed game this year so GOTY ought to be a shoe-in.

The only category I personally care about is "Best Fighting Game" and that looks to be stacked with nothing but winners. Very tough call.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Awards don't go based on review scores.

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Sunset Overdrive for best soundtrack?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Hearthstone over smash for GOTY??? Dufuq?

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wth are Ubisoft and Unity doing there?

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Bayonetta 2 for me hands down. But then I've been blue ballsing for this game since the first one because I liked it so much so....I'm a super fanboy about Bayonetta.

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Make no apologies. The game is utterly fantastic. People just don't like seeing a game win that they haven't played and that's on a console they don't own.

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I cant believe Ubisoft is on the best dev list. They release more first day broken titles and pissed off the gaming community several times this year. If they win we will know this is fixed. Cant believe they are even listed.

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
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<< LINK REMOVED >> I haven't played it yet but it seems like one of the few next gen titles that made the cut. It certainly deserves a nomination.

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I'd really like to see which game takes Best Shooter; that looks to be a strong category. I really liked Advanced Warfare, Destiny, and Titanfall, so I'd be fine with any of them winning.

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AC Unity in Best Action-Adventure? Seriously, GS? And Best Remaster? I never thought we would see the day where we give away awards to remasters of modern games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I don't see a problem with a remaster category. It has been a transition year for consoles in terms of jumping from last gen to next gen. There has been enough remasters to fill a list as well. I am not sure why its a big deal.

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This isn't Gamespots awards, it's for the Game Awards.

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If you don't own a Wii U it's been one shitty year in gaming for you.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>

Shadows of Mordor

Alien Isolation

Dark Souls 2

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Killer Instinct Season 2

...not sure what you're talking about. I own a Wii U, but I've honestly had a great year on my other consoles. Hell, it was only in the later part of this year where the Wii U started getting decent titles like Mario Kart, Bayonetta, and Smash.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Meh, I own one and rarely play on it. I spend most of my time on PC, PS4, or Vita. There's been Final Fantasy XIV, Divinity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Child of Light, Freedom Wars, Valiant Hearts, Infamous: Second Son, Destiny (flawed but fun), Far Cry 4, Walking Dead: Season 2, and Dark Souls II. That's not considering all the indies I've played this year. It's all a matter of personal preference.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yep, same. I own one and play mostly on the One, PS4 and PC.

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BAYONETTA 2 GOTY and Nintendo developer of the year. BOOM.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> maybe it will happen.

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this list is full of crap

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Sunset Overdrive for best Action/Adventure!

Games are fun again. God bless Insomniac and Microsoft!

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