Over the next ten days, Hardcore Gamer will be revealing its Best of 2014 Awards leading up to our Game of the Year. Today we present you with the Best Action Game, Shooter, DLC and Multiplatform Game.
Best Action Game: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
J.R.R Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s visions for Middle-earth converge to create Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the best Lord of the Rings game in years. Shadow of Mordor pits Talion and Celebrimbor against the legions of Mordor, and it’s a bloody good time. Inspired by the Batman Arkham and Assassin’s Creed games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor combines the best elements of both franchises to create a whole new experience. Racing around Mordor, lopping of Orc heads, and challenging the orc hierarchy makes for one of the mast satisfying experiences of the year. Simple, yet complex, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor provided the action, and we gladly ate it up. Plus, we could play the game properly day one.
|Sunset Overdrive||Velocity 2X||Bayonetta 2||Watch Dogs|
Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
2014 was the year Call of Duty could have been dethroned. Although Call of Duty: Ghosts was a well-balanced and highly enjoyable entry in the series, there was no doubt that franchise fatigue had begun to set in some vocal circles. With the PS4 and Xbox One having just been released, it was a prime opportunity for another major publisher to step in and set the trend for the generation. Where Titanfall and Destiny faltered, however, Call of Duty again reigned supreme. Although not a complete reinvention of the series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes a tried and true formula and tweaks it in all the best places. Exoskeletons add a level of verticality that simply makes multiplayer more fun. Sledgehammer clearly spent countless hours refining the maps to make them as interesting and inventive as possible. It’s simply a blast to play and signals yet another generation at top for this championship series.
|Titanfall||Far Cry 4||Destiny||Wolfenstein: The New Order|
Best DLC: The Last of Us: Left Behind
The entire industry knows that Naughty Dog has become the gold standard for first-party development studios, so it’s no surprise that their first piece of story-based DLC is a masterpiece. Expanding on what many consider to be the best narrative-driven title of all-time, The Last of Us: Left Behind manages to make the original game better while seamlessly integrating new story content. The emotional dichotomy of Ellie and Riley’s final day together and Ellie’s attempt to save Joel takes players on a roller-coaster ride that’s unparalleled in the world of downloadable content. The most notable moment from Left Behind, which we’ll live a mystery for the sake of gamers everywhere, shed an entirely new light on one of the most lovable characters ever without seeming overly hokey or forced. It’s only fitting that the best game of 2013 received the best piece of downloadable content this year, and maybe ever.
|Dark Souls: Three Crowns Trilogy||BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2||Shadowrun: Dragonfall||Diablo III: Reaper of Souls|
Best Multiplatform Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Almost every game in this category caught us by surprise. One multiplatform title, however, left us overly satisfied to the point countless hours were lost each day. It’s a partial open world RPG filled with immense amounts of adventure and exploration to be had. Tack on deep and customizable RPG elements, a fantastic cast of characters and some of the most well throughout fiction to be conceived in video game form, Dragon Age: Inquisition handily comes out on top of its competition. There’s even a small cooperative based multiplayer mode that should have players investing more hours than they should after finishing the campaign.
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare||Far Cry 4||Wolfenstein: The New Order|