From the rise of the new consoles to the continued strength of the PC, 2014 truly had something for every type of game fan. Our Game of the Year Awards aim recognise what we think are the most outstanding games for 2014, and reflect the opinion of GameSpot's entire editorial staff (as opposed to any single opinion).
We've chosen five of the best as nominees for each of our platform categories. Any original game released between December 2013 and the end of November 2014 were eligible, as were all of our selections for our Game of the Month program. You'll also notice a new category this year: Best Reissue, which was introduced to recognise some of the outstanding reissues and remasters released in 2014.
Stay with us over the next two weeks as we unveil category winners every day. And be sure to come back on December 18, when we reveal our pick for overall Game of the Year.
Games of the Month
In 2014, we gave special awards to the best games released each month of the year, and these Game of the Month winners are now eligible for our overall Game of the Year award. Click below to read through each of our Game of the Month choices for 2014!
Year in Review
Following last year's much-hyped console launches, a lot has happened in the world of video games. Read our breakdown of the biggest stories that shaped the direction of gaming in 2014.Join us as we look back on the biggest moments this past year
Editors' Top 5
GameSpot isn't just a faceless mega-corporation bent on worldwide domination (well, not entirely). We're also a collection of enthusiastic, passionate game fans. And while our Game of the Year awards reflect GameSpot's recommendations as a whole, here's what some of our individual editors thought were the best games from of 2014.
People's Choice Voting
The People's Choice Awards are in full swing! Here are the top five results from the Overall Game of the Year category so far:
Dragon Age: Inquisition 33%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 10%
Bayonetta 2 8%
Dark Souls II 8%
Divinity: Original Sin 6%
Most Anticipated Games of 2015
We may all not agree on what the best games were for 2014, but there is one thing we can all agree on: 2015 is going to be an amazing year for video games. Come back on December 22 to find out what we think the hottest games of the next 12 months will be!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 43%
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 8%
Tom Clancy's The Division 7%
No Man's Sky 7%
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 7%