Most Ambitious 2013 (◐.̃◐)Game resembles Halo in how it plays; (◐.̃◐)Big distinction: Massive multiplayer world lets players form squads and discover random allies as they hunt for ever-better loot
Most Intriguing Narrative 2014 (◐.̃◐)Red, a singer, is guided by a mysterious powerful talking sword; (◐.̃◐)The Process relentlessly pursues both her and the sword
Most Likely to Make You Faint Summer 2013 (◐.̃◐)You are journalist Miles Upshur investigating a local asylum; (◐.̃◐)You have no weapons or fighting skills, only a camera to help you see in the dark; (◐.̃◐)You hear every crack in the floorboards, along with heavy breathing as you run and hide from dangerous creatures; (◐.̃◐)Actually caused one player to faint
Best Example of Next-Gen Graphics November 2013 (◐.̃◐)A historical fantasy in alternate world, not historically accurate in either story or weapons; (◐.̃◐)You follow the hero's life from early childhood to his generalship; (◐.̃◐)Players control the hero using the controller, while simultaneously controlling his legion through kinect voice commands
Most Welcome Respite 2014 (◐.̃◐)Control a long-tailed serpent; (◐.̃◐)No defined objective, except to interact with all the abstract flora & fauna, & to transport between a handful of environments; (◐.̃◐)No score, time limit, or tutorial; (◐.̃◐)'Simply about the beauty of exploring'
Most Surprisingly Awesome July 2013 (◐.̃◐)Flannel-wearing lumberjack, Tim Burr must save his family; (◐.̃◐)Punch bipedal deer in the face, kick, stomp, jump kick (letting out a fierce yell) and face other animal foes, including a flannel-wearing bear; (◐.̃◐)Basically, it’s Double Dragon with walking animals and humor.
Most Clever Spin-Off Spring 2014 (◐.̃◐)Hilarious send-up of the genre with nods to Call of Duty & Borderlands, while preserving some of the concepts of the original game; (◐.̃◐)Zombies still attack in waves, and players can plant stationary flora to assist in the fight
Best Remake Fall 2013 (◐.̃◐)Multi-player aspect of the game is eliminated; (◐.̃◐)New Lo Wang avoids racial stereotyping, misogyny of the original; (◐.̃◐)Hero is a total badass, with impressive sword skills, super powers and really loud weapons, all combining into a bloody, chaotic mess
Best Soundtrack 2013 (◐.̃◐)Has the same faux afro-beat jingle from the original, but with actual instruments instead of chiptunes, and an epic flute solo; (◐.̃◐)2.5D presentation, with hand-drawn 2D character sprites mixed with 3D-modeled levels, as well as official Disney voice actors
Unlikeliest Resurrection November 2013 (◐.̃◐)Grittier look, huge zombie-infested world to explore by foot or by car; (◐.̃◐)Some of the series’ previous hangups, like the need to complete objectives within a certain time, are being nixed, but the ability to turn everyday objects into weapons remains intact; (◐.̃◐)Optional mode will allow zombies to have situational awareness
Best Use of a Tablet 2014 (◐.̃◐)Disease causes the US to collapse; (◐.̃◐)Player is part of an unconfirmed group, established to combat the threat doing whatever it takes, in a massive multiplayer online situation; (◐.̃◐)Companion tablet provides a top-down look at the actual game world, updated in real time
Most Clever Use of the Wii U GamePad June 2013 (◐.̃◐)16 mini-games, 12 single-player (two of which can be played with two players) & 4 multiplayer-only titles for up to five players; (◐.̃◐)Players can earn tokens which can be used in a 'Cluck-a-Pop' capsule machine to unlock additional toys and minigames
Best (Dog) in Show Nov 2013 (◐.̃◐)Takes place following a catastrophic event that changed the global balance of powers, the US is no longer recognized as a superpower; (◐.̃◐)Ten years after the event, an unseen enemy emerges as a threat, but the remnants of US special forces from every branch came together to create an elite group of soldiers, who are determined to eradicate all threats to protect the weak and the remains of America
Non-Playable Game of Show Oct 2013 (◐.̃◐)Player encounters jungles, forts, ruins & small villages, & can engage, board, & capture passing ships & swim to nearby beaches; (◐.̃◐)Player can hunt on land, and harpoon in the water; (◐.̃◐)The ship the player will captain, the Jackdaw will be upgradeable throughout the game, and be more easily accessed; (◐.̃◐)A new underwater component is being added; (◐.̃◐)The player will have access to a spyglass
Most Playable Game of Show Mar 2014 (◐.̃◐)Covenants allow the player to align with different factions easier to understand and more accessible than the previous game; (◐.̃◐)Beginning of the game more accessible to newcomers; (◐.̃◐)Several new features, including deflecting weapons in mid-air, destructible environments, optional bosses that remain docile until antagonized by the player