Over the next ten days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of 2015 Awards leading up to our Game of the Year. Today we present you with the Best Developer, New Character, Trailer as well as the Most Disappointing and Worst Game.
Best Developer: CD Projekt RED
In a year with countless heavy hitters, a perpetually under-the-radar developer in Poland showed this industry exactly how to treat the consumers who keep your lights on. CD Projekt RED could have simply walked away from The Witcher 3 after its release and nobody would have blamed them. Instead, gamers were treated to a robust arsenal of free updates and additions that kept them coming back to the Northern Kingdoms again and again. The coup de grâce was the first of two major expansions, Hearts of Stone, which was one of the best releases of the year, despite it being DLC. Everyone in or around this industry tells us to vote with our wallets, and in 2015, CD Projekt RED demonstrated the type of actions that warrant said votes.
|Telltale Games||Kojima Productions||Bethesda Game Studios||Crystal Dynamics|
Best New Character: Gortys (Tales from the Borderlands)
This might be the biggest slam dunk of the year, as there’s far too much evidence to suggest that Ashley Johnson’s Gortys is universally beloved. How could you hate a robot that does nothing but spread naive cheer to its companions, and that forms a loving friendship with everybody it meets. Whether it’s questioning fashion choices, getting hard for a life of prison, delivering dozens of cups of coffee at the same time or rolling for dear life, Gortys takes whatever life throws at it with a smile. It is an absolutely adorable character that will have you grinning from ear to ear when on screen. Here’s hoping that Borderlands 3 has some sort of Claptrap-Gortys interaction, otherwise we will secretly cry harder than ever before..
|Loader Bot (Tales from the Borderlands)||D-Dog (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)||Codsworth (Fallout 4)||Ciri (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)|
Best Trailer: Bloodborne “Cut You Down”
In a mere ninety seconds, Bloodborne’s iconic “Cut You Down” trailer demonstrates literally every facet of good video game marketing. It has the intriguing art and set pieces that will bring gaming fans to the edges of their seats while still demonstrating what the moment-to-moment gameplay will look like. You see that there are bosses, large open areas and disturbing creatures around every turn. To top all of this off, Bloodborne’s mood is perfectly captured through the use of The Hit House’s collaboration with Ruby Friedman over the course of the entire trailer. It may not be the most bombastic, mind-blowing trailer that you’ve ever seen, but no single commercial or video better sells its product better than this gem from Sony and FromSoftware.
|Hitman E3 2015||Fallout 4 “The Wanderer”||Forza Motorsport 6 “Danger! High Voltage”||Deus Ex Mankind Divided Announcement|
Most Disappointing: The Order: 1886
In many ways, perhaps we’re responsible for the disappointment that was The Order: 1886. When first revealed at E3, Sony didn’t exactly make it a centerpiece of their presentation and instead billed it as a “oh yeah and we have this PS4 game too” type deal. Maybe due to our love of mythological creatures, or perhaps because its release in a landscape starved for PS4 exclusives, The Order: 1886 quickly grew into a game of Uncharted-level anticipation. In reality, however, it was simply a generic third-person shooter with little innovation and even less story. It’s undeniably gorgeous, but considering that it already seems all but forgotten, it’s hard to call it anything but a disappointment.
|Star Wars Battlefront||Evolve||Batman: Arkham Knight||Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5|
Worst Game: Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma
Featuring the worst in detrimental design mixed with a technical incompetence that must have been the result of a dare gone horribly, horribly wrong, Redacted Studios dropped a steaming pile onto Steam and the PlayStation Network. The results were so embarrassing, the publisher won’t even let people who bought it on PlayStation play it anymore. The tale of vengeance producing only more vengeance could have been worthwhile, but every wrong turn that could have been made was, and done so with grim determination. This title managed to leave a sticky, rotting film on everyone it touched. The bright side is this: no one will have to be subjected to Episode 2.
|Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5||Godzilla||Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival||Garfield Kart|