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Game of the Year

Multiplayer GOTY photo
...not a first-person shooter
[Image credit: Mike Lambert] Counting up the votes for Dtoid's Best Multiplayer Design was exciting. I had no idea how the voting would go. Big games like Destiny, Titanfall, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare didn't do ... read feature

Nic's Best photo
From my private reserve
2014 was such a weird year in games for me. If you had asked me last January how I thought this list would have shook out, I'd have been far off the mark. For one thing, I would have expected a slew of amazing new Xbox One an... read feature

Bill's GOTY picks photo
Bill's GOTY picks

Bill Platt's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014


2014 was an amazing year!
Dec 22
2014 was a phenomenal year for gaming. I don’t think there was a genre that didn't have a game I absolutely loved. Now, the truth is that I’m easy to please; I could never do reviews. I see the fault in games, but... read
Kyle's Goaty photo
Hyper Kawaii Suplex Hold
And, suddenly, another year passed us by. It seems like 2014 had only just arrived, and already it's being hauled away, kicking and screaming, never to be seen or heard from ever again. It's important that we take this time t... read feature

Darren's GOTY picks photo
PC and handheld gems
This has been an unusual year for me. In previous years, coming up with my favorite games has amounted to listing the ten games I played and then ranking them. In 2014 I took on many more reviews than I have in the past, so n... read feature

Overall GOTY photo
The overall best fit
[Image credit: Mike Lambert] I've long been of the opinion that the relationship between a person and a videogame is similar to the relationship between a person and another living being. It's part of why you see people ... read feature

Brett's GOTY photo
Top five
2014 was the most hectic twelve months of my life. Up until late September, I'm fairly certain I spent more of the year on the road than at home. I did so much travelling that I honestly considered eschewing a top five games ... read feature

Chris' GOTY photo
Top 10
Despite what people may say, I thought 2014 was an excellent year. Heck, nearly every year is great for gaming. I played over 300 titles across all platforms, a little more than last year -- but mostly that's because of my pr... read feature

GOTY Awards photo
Best of 2014
[Image credit: Mike Lambert] If we are the world, then technically this award is for all of us. Pat yourselves on the back. Only 12 games are being nominated, though, and only 1 will be winning the award. But it's an hon... read feature

GOTY Awards photo
Best of 2014
[Image credit: Mike Lambert] You can have the greatest narrative in the world and sprinkle memorable characters and scenes throughout a game, but all of it's for naught if your mechanics can't shine through. As the great Irvi... read feature

GOTY Awards photo
Best of 2014
[Image credit: Mike Lambert] It's impossible to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes for great narrative design. It's just something you know when you see. It's more than an outstanding story (although, that's certainl... read feature

GOTY Awards photo
Best of 2014
[Image credit: Mike Lambert] Friends can make any game worth playing. Growing up, couch play was a staple in my household. I would often have videogame themed birthday parties, inviting all of my buddies over to have fighting... read feature

Community Choice Award photo
The Destructoid Community Choice Award
Another year has come and gone and holy sh*t were a lot of videogames released in 2014. Did you folks play any this year? I played a few, but mostly I just watched Netflix because it has achievements now. Anyway, some of you ... read feature

Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013
Congratulations once again to Naughty Dog, as The Last of Us is our Game of the Year for 2013. It also won our best console exclusive, and more importantly it won the community choice award as voted by you. Here are all the r... read feature

Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 character


Best of 2013
Dec 24
And now we present the award for best character of the year. The options this year were as interesting as they were broad, and narrowing down our list just to the nominees was painful enough, let alone the brow-furrowing whic... read
Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 adventure game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
I like to think of adventure games as the games that make you think. They are the ones that keep you awake at night not because your pulse is pounding but because your brain is on fire. Here are the nominees for 201... read
GOTY: RPG photo
GOTY: RPG

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 role-playing game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
No Persona 4: Golden this year? Well, it wasn't all bad. The year certainly wasn't slouching when it came to doling out 50+ hour time sinks. It started out strong with Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch all the way back i... read
Winner: Best Platformer photo
Winner: Best Platformer

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 platformer


Best of 2013
Dec 24
The frustrating thing about these game of the year posts is they all follow the same format. First I'll tell you about what a great year 2013 was for games. Then I'll briefly talk in vague terms about the category in question... read
Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 fighting game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
There weren't a whole lot of fighting games this year, but the ones that did make the cut were mostly beloved by the community. We finally have a winner, but let's take a look at all of the hopefuls first. Here are the n... read
Best multiplatform game photo
Best multiplatform game

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 multiplatform game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
Unless you're filthy rich and have all the consoles, chances are you've missed out on a hot exclusive here or there. You probably would have loved to get your hands on that blockbuster du jour, if only you owned that other sy... read
GOTY: Story photo
GOTY: Story

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 story


Best of 2013
Dec 24
From the moody and mysterious to the sublimely depressing to the hilarious and endearing, there were a lot of games this year that tickled our minds as much they drove our fingers through dextrous gauntlets. Represented ar... read
 photo
Trigger warning: Dogs
Hey gang, remember 2013? I sure (mostly) do! It was a wild and crazy year not just for video games, but for the video game industry as a whole. So here are my Top 10 Things And Stuff That Happened In 2013. read feature

Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013
It was a great year for consoles. Not only did we get two new ones, but the Wii U steadily gained a killer library of software. That's not even including the strong year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which offered up to... read feature

Community Choice 2013 photo
Best of 2013
Oh my god this was an amazing year for gaming. There were so many extraordinary releases from studios big and small that I may never have a chance to play them all -- talk about a wonderful, lucky "problem" to have! But of co... read feature

GOTY 2013 photo
Best of 2013
Boiling a year's worth of content down to ten top picks, as we did with our nominees, is taxing enough. Picking one as our Game of the Year? It's not easy. We covered a large swath of titles in our nominations, from the tripl... read feature

GOTY: Original concept photo
GOTY: Original concept

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 original concept


Best of 2013
Dec 24
Boy howdy, there sure were some mighty fine and dangerous new ideas during this, the year of Luigi. While our patron saint may not qualify due to his age, these fresh faces are sure to leave you impressed. Or refreshed. Or... read
GOTY: Soundtrack photo
GOTY: Soundtrack

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 24
A great soundtrack can help make a great game legendary, and can even make a mediocre title memorable. In recent years, more emphasis has been put into crafting a noteworthy and fitting soundtrack for a game, and more compose... read
GOTY: Strategy photo
GOTY: Strategy

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 strategy game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
Sometimes, the best strategy is to not play at all. This is not one of those times. Unless you value your spare time, because this year's wondrous array of strategy games will inevitably gobble it up in oodles like a bull ... read
GOTY: Visuals photo
GOTY: Visuals

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 visuals


Best of 2013
Dec 24
There were so many desktop wallpaper worthy games this year. Heck, one of the entrants comes from a collaboration with Studio Ghibli. I've considered buying an old iPad and converting it into a digital photo frame because exi... read
Best PC of 2013 photo
Best of 2013
I just love the variety offered in this category every single year. No nominee really plays like another. Even Gone Home and The Stanley Parable HD have a similar control scheme, but their experiences are about... read feature

GOTY: Portable photo
Best of 2013
I think I played -- and loved dearly -- more handheld games in 2013 than I have since the days of Game Boy. Or at least since last year, which gave me two of my favorite games ever, Gravity Rush and Persona 4: Golden. Still, ... read feature

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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC


Best of 2013
Dec 24
Downloadable content is here to stay. Rather than bemoan those that constantly nickle and dime us for a new shirt or camo for a gun, let's celebrate those developers that create new story and content on top of the core experi... read






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