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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Overall Best Game of 2015 goes to...

The downfall of Japanese game development has been greatly exaggerated. It sort of reminds me of what happened a century ago, when Dr. Kellogg introduced Kellogg's Corn Flakes in hopes that it would reduce masturbation. Kellogg devoted much...   read

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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Best Xbox Game of 2015 goes to...

Before Nathan Drake, there was Lara Croft. This is important to note because recently, for a good number of years, Nathan Drake was Lara Croft. Shrewdly, developer Naughty Dog took the cinematic action baton and ran far, far away with ...   read

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Best Mobile Game

Destructoid's award for Best Mobile Game of 2015 goes to...

There were some great slow-paced, methodical games up for this award (Lara Croft GO, Alphabear), but Downwell proves twitch action can still work on phones. It achieves this through its dedication to simplicity. Three colors. Three buttons....   read

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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Best Vita Game of 2015 goes to...

The PlayStation Vita has not had the strongest year for releases. With some of the system's biggest exclusives moving to PS4 and a drastic reduction in the number of new games being produced by first-party developers, many have been predict...   read

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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Best PC Game of 2015 goes to...

This quirky, JRPG-inspired lovefest has been the unexpected smash hit of 2015, resonating strongly with a legion of fans that helped propel it to victory in a large "Best. Game. Ever." poll against some of the indelible classics of the medi...   read

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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Best Wii U Game of 2015 goes to...

Simply put, Splatoon delivered. Nintendo's inventive take on the shooter genre was the best in its field this year and so much more. It's a multiplayer experience that is both competitive and joyful, one where seasoned players and newcomers...   read

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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Best 3DS Game of 2015 goes to...

The 3DS had a rough launch, but over the course of a few years, it bounced back in a big way. At this point if you count digital releases, it's one of my favorite platforms of all time -- and I'm not just talking about the portable arena. S...   read

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GOTY 2015

Destructoid's award for Best PS4 Game of 2015 goes to...

Was there ever any doubt? Of all the distinguished and exemplary titles to grace the PlayStation 4 in 2015, few approach the wit and artistry of From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki's Bloodborne. As the latest installment in what is, for all...   read

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Best New IPs

The best new IPs of 2015

Video games are increasingly expensive products to create. Every generation as graphics increase in quality, the sheer size of teams required to put together new amazing, fantastic worlds grows dramatically. With video games costing so much...   read

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Best new characters

The best new characters of 2015

Video games have a fair share of legendary heroes. They've been around for years and their stories have spanned generations (of both consoles and humans). They are household names: Mario, Sonic, Master Chief, Solid Snake. This post is not a...   read

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GOTY 2015

Nominees for Destructoid's Best PS4 Game of 2015

The PlayStation 4 has seen its share of ups and downs in 2015, from the wonderful Bloodborne and unexpected Until Dawn to the disappointing The Order: 1886 and delayed Uncharted 4. It could have been a lot better, but it just as certainly c...   read

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Best PC Game 2015

Nominees for Destructoid's Best PC Game of 2015

The personal computer ("PC," to those in the know) is always good for a clutch of unexpected surprises and in 2015 it was no different. There heavy hitters are there, from Metal Gear to The Witcher. But there is also an unexpected legitimat...   read

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Best Mobile Game

Nominees for Destructoid's Best Mobile Game of 2015

Mobile gaming often gets a bad rap among the hardcore crowd, but looking at 2015 it seems like the platform is really coming into its own. These aren't your Candy Crush or Flappy Bird clones; these are some legitimately great titles. Alphab...   read

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Best Wii U Game

Nominees for Destructoid's Best Wii U Game of 2015

As much as the Wii U isn't the runaway commercial success Nintendo would like it to be, and as much as it's more of a first-party machine than anything else, it remains one of my favorite consoles in recent memory. The game releases are slo...   read

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Best Xbox Game

Nominees for Destructoid's Best Xbox One Game of 2015

What are you looking for from a game on Xbox One? Do you want narrative excellence? Action perfection? Platforming prowess? Xbox One had all of that in spades in 2015. That is to say, a lot of good games came to Microsoft's console this yea...   read

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Nominees for Destructoid's Best Vita Game of 2015

Oh, hey there reader, you've just caught me at that time of year where I and the other Destructoid editorial staff are beginning the long and often vicious process of putting together our Game of the Year awards. First come the long lists, ...   read

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GOTY 2015

Nominees for Destructoid's Best 3DS Game of 2015

The 3DS has gone through a tremendous change since its launch. While Nintendo did its best to completely fumble its initial year with a weak launch lineup, paltry Virtual Console offerings, and hardly any third-party support, it gained quit...   read

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Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen to get a Game of the Year Edition

Lords of the Fallen, City Interactive and Deck 13’s Souls-like, is getting a Game of the Year edition on June 26. Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking: ‘who even gave Lords of the Fallen their GOTY award?’ It&rsquo...   read

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GOTY recap

Here are all of Destructoid's Game of the Year 2014 editorials

With so much to organize and help put together, I didn't get a chance to do my own personal Game of the Year list for 2014. It's probably for the best, as picking favorites games is very difficult for me. It's like picking favorite people. ...   read

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Mr Andy's drunk GOTY

Mr Andy Dixon's top 10 games I played drunk in 2014

Confession #1: I don't play a lot of videogames. Confession #2: The ones I do play, I play drunk. Huh huh. Number two do do. Here are the games I liked the best this year, and what I was drinking when I played them.   read

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2014: I want to make love to you. Seriously.

[Enter the anti-Badger. --Mr Andy Dixon] Note: The Wombat could be anyone -- a Destructoid community member, a gaemz jurnalizmer, even some random Dutch guy. They could be just one person or Legion. You'll probably never find out who they r...   read

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Laura's GOTY picks

Laura Dale's attempt to nail down some Game of the Year 2014 winners

It's that wonderful time of year again where I'm expected to sum up my thoughts on an entire year of videogames in one digestible list of what was objectively best and what I enjoyed subjectively in various categories. It's time to take all...   read

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GOTY Full communism

GOTY 2014: Best evidence that we should go full communism

I'm back, baby! You thought Steven Hansen's Destructoid's 2014 GOTY awards were done at three, come sambuca con la mosca? That we want health, happiness, and prosperity, rather than four (death)? We're up all night to get unlucky my friends...   read

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Alessandro's GOTY picks

Alessandro Fillari's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

What a ride 2014 has been, right? There's definitely been a few ups and downs for everyone, including some that wanted to get their last licks before the year closes out. Still, we got to see some pretty exciting titles released, some that ...   read

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Hancock's GOTY picks

Patrick Hancock's personal picks for Game of the Year 2014

What a magical year this was! It's hard coming up with a GOTY list, especially if you force yourself to pick only 10. That's why I didn't, I picked as many as I needed to! It's thirteen; I picked thirteen games.  There would probably b...   read

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