Since this is my first year posting the BOOTY Awards on Destructoid, I think an introduction is in order. Each year, I pick the Best Offerings Of The Year in a variety of categories. First are visual awards, then auditory, then genre, and finally (my favorite) special awards. These lists are obviously based on games that I played during the year so don't be upset if your favorite isn't included.The rules:
BOOTYS YOU CAN SEE
Best Visuals: The Order 1886
I can't deny that this was an excellent game to look at. The key word there being "look".
Best Art Direction: Bloodborne
BOOTYS YOU CAN HEAR
Best Soundtrack: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Xenoblade Chronics X (tie)
In all my years of the BOOTY Awards, I've always been able to pick a clear winner for best soundtrack. There are often many amazing scores but one that stands above the rest. This year, I simply can't do that. Both of these RPGS have absolutely incredible music. Both of these games deserve recognition for their unique and incredible musical landscapes.
Most Improved Soundtrack: Halo 5
Giving Neil Davidge the boot in favor of Kazuma Jinnouchi was the best thing 343 has done for Halo so far. Although they were the ones who hired him in the first place...
Most Relaxing Soundtrack: Yoshi's Woolly World
Yoshi's New Island raped my ears last year, but Woolly World has come with the lotion to sooth my aching ears.
Most Unique Soundtrack: Splatoon
Ever heard of squid-rock? Now you have.
Most Epic Character Creation Music: Xenoblade Chronicles X
Making a character has never felt so awesome.
Least Memorable Soundtrack: The Order 1886
I'd write something about this, but I honestly don't remember much except that Austin Wintory composed the main theme. Unfortunately, that's the only track he worked on.
Best Sound Design: Bloodborne
You hear that horrible screeching wail in the distance? It's probably coming to kill you.
Worst Soundtrack: Boxboy
I love Boxboy as a game, but the music is just grating. It's repetitive, composed of unpleasant sounds, and gets annoying very quickly. I ended up muting the game so I could finish it.
Catchiest Theme Song: Super Mario Maker
Nintendo: theme song geniuses since 1985.
Best Performance: James Clyde as The Bloody Baron
The one character from 2015 I'll never forget is the Bloody Baron. James Clyde's excellent performance really brought such a complex character to life.
The "Totally Ruined" Award: Super Meat Boy
Compare, as an example these knockoffs:
to the amazing originals:
Because somebody involved is apparently a tremendous asshole, the entire (excellent) Super Meat Boy soundtrack was replaced for the PlayStation release, thereby ruining the game. What a lousy way to celebrate the game's 5th anniversary.
Best RPG: The Witcher 3
Also, one of the best RPGs ever made.
Best fighting game: Mortal Kombat X
I don't even recall another fighting game coming out, besides DBZ.
Best 3rd Person Shooter: Splatoon
Yes, it totally counts. Feels good to give Nintendo this award.
Best Mobile Game: Steven Universe: Attack the Light
Probably the best mobile game I've ever played, actually.
Best Puzzle Game: Boxboy
Looking past the terrible soundtrack, the gameplay of Boxboy is both clever and fun.
Best Platformer: Yoshi's Woolly World
I have actually been waiting for this game since Yoshi's Island, I just never knew it.
Best 1st Person Shooter: Halo 5
I give this award to Halo 5 based on the way that it plays. When the multiplayer works, it really works. Shooting guys in this game is fun, and I'll leave it at that.
Best Action Game: Transformers Devastation
Platinum made it so of course it's going to be the best action game. They could make a game about fighting potatoes and it would be amazing.
Best Multiplayer: Splatoon & Rocket League (tie)
I just can't pick. I usually hate playing games online with strangers but both of these games have me hooked.
Best Indie Game: Rocket League
I have rarely, if ever, had as much fun playing a game online.
Best Sports Game: Rocket League
I have rarely, if ever, had so much fun playing a sports game.
Best Xbox Game: Halo 5
Honestly, what the hell else was I even going to pick? It was pretty much this or Tomb Raider, which I haven't played. And that's not really an exclusive anyway.
Best PS4 Game: Bloodborne
It was a pretty barren year for the PS4 as well. Luckily, Bloodborne rocks (especially considering the alternative is The Order).
Best Wii U Game: Super Mario Maker
On the other hand, there's the Wii U that had so many fantastic games in 2015 that it's difficult to pick just one. Ultimately, Mario Maker's endless replayability and ease of use make it Nintendo's best of the year.
Best 3DS Game: Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
3DS did not have the greatest year. I wish I could give this award to Majora's Mask, but alas it does not qualify. At the very least, Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a pretty good game.
Best Vita Game: Tearaway again
For the third year in a row, I name Tearaway the best Vita exclusive game because there are literally no other Vita exclusives and this game is just so damn good.
Best DLC: Geometry Wars 3 "Evolved" Update
Not only was this completely free, but it almost doubled the amount of content in the game.
Best Console Port: Elder Scrolls Online
It plays just like you hoped it would.
Best Rerelease: DmC Definitive Edition
This was a great port, complete with tweaks that made the game better.
Best Remake: Majora's Mask 3D
It wasn't the HD version the game deserved, but it was still surprisingly beautiful and had plenty of additions and improvements.
Best Remaster: Tearaway Unfolded
Does this even count as a remaster? Whether it's a remaster or reimagining, it's amazing!
SUPER SPECIAL AWARDS DIRECTOR’S CUT HD EDITION
First Game of the Year: Whoa Dave! for PS Vita, released January 6th
The "Gear of War 2 Award" for Best Sequel: The Witcher 3
The "Fable 2 Award" for Worst Sequel: Batman: Arkham Knight
Best Earthbound: Undertale
Best Climbing Simulator: Grow Home
A Game That Exists: Ironfall: Invasion
Creepiest Moon: Majora's Mask 3D
Least Gameplay: The Order 1886 Button Prompts
Weirdest Name: Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late
Work-in-proggress Name Nobody Bothered to Change: Code Name S.T.E.A.M., Project Cars
Punnies Title: Starwhal: Just The Tip, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, Catlateral Damage, Splatoon, Galak-Z, Darksiders 2: Dethinitive Edition
Game That Sounds Like it Could be Either a Metal Band or Biker Gang: Helldivers, Screamride
The "Sega Saturn Award" for Shortest Time from Announcement to Release: Five Nights at Freddy's (10 days from official announcement to release)
Most Forgotten: Battlefield Harline
Best New IP: Splatoon
Most Costumes: Super Mario Maker
Best Spartan: Spartan Locke
Biggest Clusterfuck: Amiibo wave 3
Best Pooping Horse: Metal Gear Solid 5
Game Most Opposed to You Having Fun: The Order 1886
RIP Light: Dying Light
Most Clever Logo: Evolve
Sequel That Apparently Came Out: Blade Kitten 2
Game Whose Title I Always Read Wrong: Final Fantasy Typo HD
Most Brutally Difficult: Bloodborne, Super Mario Maker
Most Generic Sounding Game: The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, Worlds of Magic, Legend of Legacy
Wish I'd Heard of it Sooner: Grand Theft Pizza Delivery
Best Tower: Tower of Guns
Crummiest Game: I Am Bread
The "Shadow of Colossus Jr." Award: Titan Souls
Best Game Named After an Awesome Song: Roundabout
Most Hated Game: Hatred
The "Lame Excuse" Award: Adding letterboxing to The Order 186 for "cinematic effect"
Better Check Those Claims With the FDA: Dr. Mario Miracle Cure
Late to the Party: Zombi
Best Moment of the Year: Having Codsworth call you Mr. Boobies in Fallout 4
Best Detective Vision: The Witcher 3's witcher sense
Best GoW Rerelease: God of War III Remastered and Gears of War ultimate Edition
Port Nobody Asked For: Legend of Kay HD
Most Badass Elephant: Tembo The Badass Elephant
Best Sonic The Hedgehog Game: Freedom Planet
Most Games in a Single Collection: Rare Replay
This Game Seriously Came out in 2015: Garfield Kart
Game that Sounds Like an Incomplete Thought: Until Dawn
Bloodiest Baron: The Bloody Baron
Best Avalanche Game: Just Cause 3
Happiest Home Designing: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer
Most Disappointing Entry in a Popular Franchise: Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival
Most Gruesome Moment: Murdering innocent fluffin puffin chicks as Yoshi
Best Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars: Rocket League
Most Complicated Game: Xenoblade Chronicles X-treme Micromanagement
Maddest Max: Mad Max
The "Didn't Help At All" Award: Xbox One UI update
Most Disappointing Werewolves: The Order 1886
Best Use of Abe Lincoln: Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
Most Disturbing: Witcher 3's Crones
Most Helpful Ally: Fallout 4's Mysterious Stranger
Worst Story: Halo 5
The "US Wins Again" Award: smaller New 3DS is released
StarFox Void Filler: Mario Tennis Ultra Smash
Most Bat Shit Insane: Devil's Third
This Game Hasn't Been Out For Years Already?: PlanetSide 2 for PS4
The Collection Award: Homeworld Remastered Collection, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Alien Isolation: The Collection
The Edition Award: Darksiders 2: Dethinitive Edition, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition, Don't Starve: Giant Edition, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Gauntlet: Slayer Edition, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, Skills of the Shogun: Bon-A-Fide Edition, Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros Edition, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Trine: Enhanced Edition, DmC Definitive Edition, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
Last Game of the Year: Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, released December 22nd
Stay tuned for my top game of the year picks, my least favorite game, and predictions for 2016!