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Game of the Year 2015 Early Predictions

Game of the Year 2015 Early Predictions

Here at Six Months Later Gaming we tend to look at games six months after release. It’s what we do. At the end of each year however we also like to chip in what games we think deserve to be in the top ten of the year. Here is our prediction as of the time of writing and we will follow up in a couple months once the dust has settled from the next wave of games.

As of right now, my prediction is that The Witcher 3 will be crowned Game of the Year, and here’s why. In the race to be crowned best game of the year, so far only a handful of titles can be truly considered for the honour. Those games being in no particular order:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
  • Splatoon
  • Rocket League
  • Mario Maker

While I think Bloodborne, Splatoon and Mario Maker are all great games in their own rights, they haven’t had as much staying power as the others on the list. Being platform exclusive may or may not hinder their chances and Mario Maker will live or die by the hand of creative players around the world.

Rocket League is undoubtedly the surprise packet of 2015. It’s a game that came out of nowhere and has people begging for release on Xbox One as well. Typically though a multiplayer only game such as Rocket League hasn’t fared well in the past but there’s just something about this game that keeps it at the forefront of people’s minds. The addictive “one more time” nature of the game will definitely keep it alive in GOTY conversations longer, but you just have to look at the quality of game above it to know it doesn’t stand a chance.

If you asked me a couple of weeks ago which game was going to be crowned GOTY then I would have been hard pressed to go past MGSV. People are drooling over that game and for good reason. However the recent news of having to buy insurance to protect your base and having the newly launched multiplayer mode affect your assets in single player, even though you might not participate in playing against others, has knocked the game down a rung for mine.

The Witcher 3 on the other hand has barely put a foot wrong since May. Copious amounts of free DLC as well as constant improvements to the controls, UI, bug fixes and more put the game in good stead. It has been universally praised across every platform unlike some others this year (looking at you Batman) and has shown players what a living world in-game looks like when it’s not Los Santos.

Bear in mind that I’m writing this in the middle of October. Come December there will be several new entrants to consider and the recent reminder we’ve had about The Witcher 3 in the form of its Heart of Stone DLC could be long forgotten by then. New potential front-runners include:

  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Overwatch
  • Need For Speed
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • WWE 2K16

Despite being a huge Halo fan, I seriously doubt that Halo 5 can take out the top spot for one main reason. Across all of the GOTY awards given out by Gamespot, IGN, Metacritic and the Golden Joysticks since the turn of the century, Xbox exclusive titles (meaning those originally released on Xbox and being ported to other platforms at a much later date) have a poor record with Halo: Combat Evolved (IGN), the original Gears of War (Gamespot, Golden Joystick Awards), and Mass Effect 2 (Golden Joystick Awards) being the only games to be awarded the title. I hope Halo 5 can prove me wrong.

Looking at the other titles in that list, I can’t imagine any of them being rated a 90 or higher by review websites and therefore will falter will stood alongside the others I’ve previously mentioned. Well, maybe except one.

Realistically, we’re all just waiting to see if Fallout 4 can live up to the hype because it’s their award to lose at this point. If the inevitable bugs and glitches of a Bethesda game prove too much then we’re probably looking at a tight race between The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V and Fallout 4.

Then again, who knows? Just Dance 2016 might blow everybody out of the park. 

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