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GOTY Throwback Poll: 2014

Select up to 3

  • Bayonetta 2

    Votes: 6 13.0%
  • Mario Kart 8

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Dark Souls II

    Votes: 12 26.1%
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Votes: 8 17.4%
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Votes: 5 10.9%
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth

    Votes: 8 17.4%
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • Shovel Knight

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Alien: Isolation

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • Destiny

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • Infamous: Second Son

    Votes: 7 15.2%
  • Divinity: Original Sin

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Sunset Overdrive

    Votes: 8 17.4%
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Transistor

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • The Evil Within

    Votes: 6 13.0%
  • Far Cry 4

    Votes: 5 10.9%
  • Driveclub

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    Votes: 2 4.3%

  • Total voters
    46

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SELECT UP TO 3 GAMES

This is another one of those years where there's no obvious winner. If I remember correctly DA Inquisition got the most GOTY awards from publications and Shadow of Mordor also got quite a few. Nintendo got snubbed as usual except on Neogaf. Let's see what you all think. The top 21 games from Neogaf's 2014 GOTY thread are listed.

My previous threads: 2009, 2012

1. [NWU] Bayonetta 2 (Action) = 1132 points, 12 honorable mentions
2. [NWU] Mario Kart 8 (Racing) = 925 points, 21 honorable mentions
3. [NWU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Fighting) = 850 points, 20 honorable mentions
4. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Dragon Age: Inquisition (RPG) = 803 points, 22 honorable mentions
5. [360][PS3][PC] Dark Souls II (RPG) = 721 points, 10 honorable mentions
6. [NWU] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Platform) = 675 points, 16 honorable mentions
7. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Wolfenstein: The New Order (FPS) = 607 points, 19 honorable mentions
8. [360][PS3][PC] South Park: The Stick of Truth (RPG) = 564 points, 12 honorable mentions
9. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Action) = 559 points, 25 honorable mentions
10. [NWU][3DS][PC] Shovel Knight (Platform) = 549 points, 14 honorable mentions
11. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Alien: Isolation (Horror) = 395 points, 15 honorable mentions
12. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4] Destiny (FPS) = 344 points, 21 honorable mentions
13. [PS4] Infamous: Second Son (Action) = 342 points, 21 honorable mentions
14. [PC] Divinity: Original Sin (RPG) = 339 points, 7 honorable mentions
15. [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Shooter) = 313 points, 11 honorable mentions
16. [PSV] Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Adventure) = 298 points, 12 honorable mentions
17. [PS4][PC] Transistor (RPG) = 279 points, 16 honorable mentions
18. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] The Evil Within (Horror) = 278 points, 19 honorable mentions
19. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Far Cry 4 (FPS) = 255 points, 14 honorable mentions
20. [PS4] Driveclub (Racing) = 255 points, 7 honorable mentions
21. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Action) = 252 points, 33 honorable mentions
22. [PC][IOS][AND] Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Strategy) = 252 points, 8 honorable mentions
23. [360][XB1][PC] Titanfall (FPS) = 226 points, 13 honorable mentions
24. [PSV] Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Adventure) = 226 points, 6 honorable mentions
25. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (RPG) = 187 points, 9 honorable mentions
26. [PS3][PS4] The Last of Us: Left Behind (Adventure) = 180 points, 11 honorable mentions
27. [360][XB1] Forza Horizon 2 (Racing) = 169 points, 3 honorable mentions
28. [PS4] P.T. (Horror) = 168 points, 23 honorable mentions
29. [360][XB1][PS3][PSV][PS4][PC][IOS][AND] The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 2-5 (Adventure) = 155 points, 11 honorable mentions
30. [NWU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Puzzle) = 152 points, 11 honorable mentions
31. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC][IOS][AND] Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Adventure) = 148 points, 13 honorable mentions
32. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Fighting) = 141 points, 15 honorable mentions
33. [3DS] Bravely Default (RPG) = 135 points, 12 honorable mentions
34. [XB1][PS4] Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (RPG) = 130 points, 6 honorable mentions
35. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Strategy) = 129 points, 9 honorable mentions
36. [3DS] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (RPG) = 128 points, 7 honorable mentions
37. [PC][IOS][AND] The Banner Saga (Strategy) = 124 points, 6 honorable mentions
38. [360][XB1][PS3][PSV][PS4][NWU][PC] Child of Light (RPG) = 113 points, 12 honorable mentions
39. [NWU] Hyrule Warriors (Action) = 111 points, 10 honorable mentions
40. [360][XB1][PS3][PSV][PS4][PC] The Walking Dead: Season Two: Episodes 2-5 (Adventure) = 107 points, 12 honorable mentions
41. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (FPS) = 102 points, 6 honorable mentions
42. [PSV][PS4] Velocity 2X (Shooter) = 102 points, 4 honorable mentions
43. [3DS] Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (RPG) = 99 points, 8 honorable mentions
44. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Rhythm) = 86 points, 7 honorable mentions
45. [PC][IOS][AND] Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall (RPG) = 84 points, 2 honorable mentions
46. [PC] Wasteland 2 (RPG) = 76 points, 8 honorable mentions
47. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Platform) = 71 points, 8 honorable mentions
48. [PC] Jazzpunk (Adventure) = 67 points, 3 honorable mentions
49. [XB1] D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (Adventure) = 63 points, 5 honorable mentions
50. [PC] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (MMO) = 63 points, 2 honorable mentions
51. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][NWU][PC] Watch_Dogs (Adventure) = 62 points, 7 honorable mentions
52. [PS3][PS4][ARC] Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (Fighting) = 62 points, 6 honorable mentions
53. [XB1][IOS][AND] Threes (Puzzle) = 61 points, 4 honorable mentions
54. [3DS] Fantasy Life (RPG) = 59 points, 3 honorable mentions
55. [3DS] Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Puzzle) = 58 points, 10 honorable mentions
56. [IOS] 80 Days (Adventure) = 58 points, 2 honorable mentions
57. [PC] Legend of Grimrock 2 (Adventure) = 56 points
58. [IOS][AND] Monument Valley (Puzzle) = 53 points, 5 honorable mentions
59. [PC] Might & Magic X: Legacy (RPG) = 52 points, 1 honorable mention
60. [PC] This War of Mine (Adventure) = 51 points, 5 honorable mentions
61. [PS3][PSV][PC] Luftrausers (Shooter) = 50 points, 10 honorable mentions
62. [PSV][PS4][PC] Nidhogg (Fighting) = 49 points, 8 honorable mentions
63. [XB1][PS4][PC] Assassin's Creed Unity (Adventure) = 46 points, 8 honorable mentions
64. [PS4] Infamous: First Light (Action) = 46 points, 5 honorable mentions
65. [PC] The Talos Principle (Puzzle) = 44 points, 2 honorable mentions
66. [PC] The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Adventure) = 42 points, 3 honorable mentions
67. [360][PS3][PC] Ultra Street Fighter IV (Fighting) = 41 points, 6 honorable mentions
68. [PS3][PSV] Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd (Rhythm) = 40 points, 1 honorable mention
69. [PS3][PSV][PS4][PC] OlliOlli (Sports) = 36 points, 6 honorable mentions
70. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Sports) = 36 points, 2 honorable mentions
71. [360][PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Fighting) = 35 points, 6 honorable mentions
72. [PS3][PSV][PS4] Hohokum (Puzzle) = 35 points, 3 honorable mentions
73. [PSV] Freedom Wars (Adventure) = 33 points, 6 honorable mentions
74. [360][PS3][PC] BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode 2 (FPS) = 33 points, 4 honorable mentions
75. [PC][IOS] Broken Age: Act 1 (Adventure) = 32 points, 8 honorable mentions
76. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Strider (Platform) = 32 points, 6 honorable mentions
77. [360][XB1][PS3][PS4][PC] Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Shooter) = 32 points, 2 honorable mentions
78. [PC] Kentucky Route Zero: Act III (Adventure) = 32 points
79. [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth (Strategy) = 30 points, 4 honorable mentions
80. [PC] Endless Legend (Strategy) = 30 points, 4 honorable mentions
81. [360][PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (RPG) = 30 points, 3 honorable mentions
82. [PS3][PS4] LittleBigPlanet 3 (Platform) = 30 points, 3 honorable mentions
83. [XB1][PS4][PC] Lords of the Fallen (Adventure) = 30 points, 2 honorable mentions
84. [IOS][AND] Hitman Go (Strategy) = 29 points, 3 honorable mentions
85. [IOS][AND] Love Live: School Idol Festival (Rhythm) = 29 points, 1 honorable mention
86. [PC] Banished (Simulation) = 27 points, 4 honorable mentions
87. [PS3] Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (RPG) = 27 points, 3 honorable mentions
88. [PC] Age of Wonders III (Strategy) = 26 points
89. [360][XB1][PS4][PC] Trials Fusion (Platform) = 25 points, 1 honorable mention
90. [PC] Hexcells Infinite (Puzzle) = 24 points, 1 honorable mention
91. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV (RPG) = 23 points, 1 honorable mention
92. [PC] Crimzon Clover World Ignition (Shooter) = 23 points
93. [PS3] Tales of Xillia 2 (RPG) = 22 points, 4 honorable mentions
94. [PC] The Fall (Adventure) = 22 points, 3 honorable mentions
95. [PC][AND] Blackwell Epiphany (Adventure) = 22 points, 1 honorable mention
96. [3DS] Mario Golf: World Tour (Sports) = 21 points, 5 honorable mentions
97. [PS4][PC] Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Adventure) = 21 points, 1 honorable mention
98. [3DS] Tomodachi Life (Simulation) = 20 points, 4 honorable mentions
99. [PS3] Drakengard 3 (Adventure) = 20 points, 2 honorable mentions
100. [PSV] TxK (Shooter) = 20 points, 2 honorable mentions
 
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Allen isolation and Mario kart 8 jump out to me as my experiences of all those games easily
 
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I did not play half of those games, so I sadly voted Destiny!

Yeah this game gets shit on as it’s not friendly to noobs, but I know people that still play D2 like it’s their job and it’s impact on the industry was, and still is, profound.

The idea of weekly raids and finding Xur were highlights for console gamers. Destiny changed the game for online co-op and say what you want about it’s pvp, it was buttery smooth in an age where dedicated servers became less the norm. Bungie could have fell flat with a new franchise and instead they created one of the biggest games ever.
 
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Overall my favorite was Second Son, the game still holds up pretty well to this day. My other choices would be The Evil Within and Tropical Freeze.
 

Lionel Richie

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You know what, not nearly as bad of a year as I thought it was. Had to leave Mario Kart 8, Dark Souls 2, Wolfenstein, Second Son and Divinity out of my top 3 and those are all great games.

Anyway it's Bayonetta 2, Dankey Kang and Sunset Overdrive in that order. Still can't believe the fucking Pope picked Dragon Age like holy shit.
 

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Voted for DK, Bayonetta, and Mario Kart 8

My actual top 10 for the year would have been:

1. Tomodachi Life
2. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
3. Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Returns
4. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
5. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
6. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
7. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
8. Mario Kart 8
9. Bayonetta 2
10. Hyrule Warriors
 

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Not a super strong year, but thats to be expected early in a gen. Dark Souls 2 was the best to me
 

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My fav from that list would probably be Wolfenstein, brought the series back in a huge way and is still an enjoyable campaign experience to this day.

Next up I'd go with Bayonetta 2 which sadly got ignored at the time due to it being on the Wii U. I found it to be one of the best action/beat em up/brawler/whatever etc... Experiences I have ever played.

3rd place would go to shovel knight. Really enjoyed that game but haven't played through it since. Maybe I'll buy one of the new editions and give it another run through. It was a really solid homage to the 8/16 bit era games and probably the first indie game I played that made me realize there was some serious talent within the indie scene.
 
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Bayonetta 2
The Evil Within
Dark Souls II

Top 10 would be:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Tales of Xillia 2
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Bravely Default
Hyrule Warriors
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
 

Denton

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Alien Isolation.

But 2014 was weak year. Extremely weak compared to 2015.
 

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It was a good year, but lacking in truly great games.

For me, I'd say it's Alien Isolation, with Infamous and Divinity getting knocked out on penalties.

Alien Isolation was absolutely killer though. The best Alien media since the old Dark Horse comics and vastly better than the utter drek that was Prometheus and Covenant.