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The Game Awards 2015 – Our Predictions

by on November 30, 2015
 

With The Game Awards 2015 right around the corner, it’s hard to believe that 2015 is coming to a close.  It seems like yesterday we were just talking about what games we were most looking forward to for this year and everything has come and gone.  What a fantastic year in gaming that it was, and we cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store.  We at Mammoth Gamers thought we’d have a little fun with one of gaming’s biggest events of the year, and predict our winners for the upcoming Game Awards which are being streamed live this Thursday night at 9 PM EST.  Mammoth Gamer’s Albert Perkins will have the live stream on his Weekly Wrap Up channel so be sure to check that out this week as well so you can see how far off or how close we were on our predictions.  Here’s some of the staff’s picks for The Game Awards 2015:

Mark Kriska’s Picks

Best Independent Game

(Predicted Winner) – Rocket League

Rocket League was one of those games that snuck up on everyone.  As a spiritual successor to Supersonic Rocket Powered Battle Cars this game merged soccer with speed cars, and it was a match mad in Heaven.

(Mark’s hopeful winner) – Rocket League

Rocket League was some of the most fun I had on PSN and for that is my pick of Best Indy Game.

Best Narrative

(Predicted Winner) – Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands is, in my option, some of Telltales’ best work.  With cameo characters you know and love and with a new narrative set after Borderlands 2 that deepens the lore of the first three games and make some of the most engaging story Telltale has done.

(Marks Hopeful) – Until Dawn

Until Dawn takes every horror movie and combines them into the most beautiful story a horror game could tell.

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Developer of the Year

(Prediction Winner) – Bethesda Game Studios

Bethesda seems to do no wrong and this year is no exception, with the release of Fallout 4 it will be a huge upset if they don’t win developer of the year.

(Marks Hopeful) – CD Project Red

Most games offer content after release however CD Project Red released most of its content for free along with hundreds of hours of fun on the disk already.  CD Project Red respects player’s time and money.  Personally I feel this is worth more then a Developer of the Year Award.

Best Score/Soundtrack

(Prediction Winner) – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The song in The Witcher 3 is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a video game and I would be surprised to see this song win let alone preformed live during the show.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori is a game whose soul is in the music and they do an excellent job at making you feel genuine emotion.

Best Preformance

(Predicted Winner)-Mark Hamill

Who doesn’t love Mark Hamill’s Joker?  Regardless of if you grew up with him in the animated series or first heard him in the Arkham games his voice is one that every Joker before and since has to live up to.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Mark Hamill

Duh.

Games for Impact

(Predicted Winner) – Life is Strange

With the critical and commercial success of Life is Strange it will be hard to not see this game win.

(Mark Hopeful) – Life is Strange

With a mysterious vibe and a girl who can control time what’s not to like?

Best Shooter

(Predicted Winner) – Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty sometimes has a bad stigma to its name; it’s repetitive, It doesn’t innovate, it doesn’t care about its fans.  This often times is not true and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 proves that.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Destiny: The Taken King

I will always love Destiny, there’s no hiding that, and with the launch of The Taken King has only made Destiny better.  I feel personally this is one shooter I can never get tired of.
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Best Action/Adventure

(Predicted Winner) – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

With this being, presumably, Hideo Kojima’s last game with his baby Metal Gear Solid it will be hard pressed for anyone to not call this the best action/adventure game.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Batman: Arkham Knight

As the swan song of the Arkham series this game held nothing back.  With a deep engaging story and a Gotham unprecedented in size, I’ve never felt more like The Dark Knight himself.

Best Role Playing Game

(Predicted Winner) – Fallout 4

This game will be hard to beat in any category it’s in let alone the genre of game it is.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Bloodborn

I’ve never been a fan of most RPG’s minus Mass Effect and simple ones like Borderlands.  However, Bloodborn has changed me as a gamer.  I know enjoy games like Fallout, and the Witcher, I’ve learned how to play and enjoy these types of games because of Bloodborn.

Best Fighting Game

(Predicted Winner) – Mortal Kombat X

Duh!

(Mark’s Pick)-Mortal Kombat X

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Best Family Game

IMG_8022.JPG(Predicted Winner) – Mario Maker

When it comes to family games Mario always wins out and when you add Little Big Planet like level creating you have an instant classic.

(Mark’s Pick) – Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity just seems to get bigger and bigger every year and with addition of Star Wars you cant get much bigger then that.

 

Best Sports and Racing Game

(Predicted Winner) – Rocket League

With the combination of sports and racing this game is one of the best sports games ever made in my opinion.

(Mark’s Pick) – Rocket League

I wasn’t lying when I said it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

Best Multiplayer

(Predicted Winner) – Rocket League

It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s new, and it’s still talked about like it just came out.  This game is here to stay.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Destiny: The Taken King

Destiny is near and dear to my heart, its often hard from me to not choose it.

Best Art Direction

(Predicted Winner) – Ori and the Blind Forest

This is a vibrant and beautiful world that never seems to quit.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Bloodborn

Although it may not invoke happiness Bloodborn is one of my favorite games and its party due to its artistic style.  It will be hard to find a game that makes you feel the evil just by looking at it.

ESports Game of the Year

(Predicted Winner) – Hearthstone

Never before has a ecard game challenged the likes of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, but Hearthstone did with guns blazing.

(Mark’s Pick) – Hearthstone

I mean, who doesn’t love Hearthstone?

Best Fan Creation

(Predicted Winner) – Real GTA

I remember for months I would see this on my news feed, and its still entreating.

(Mark’s Pick) – Real GTA

Sorry…watching Real GTA

Trending Gamer

(Predicted Winner) – Pewdiepie

The guy is huge!

(Mark’s Pick) – Greg Miller

I’ve loved him ever since IGN and I’ve followed him over to Kindda Funny.  He thinks how I think and says how I feel.

ESports Team of the Year

(Predicted Winner) – Fnatic

Honestly I don’t follow ESports so I’m just going to choose the names and logos I like the most.  Sorry in advance if this offends anyone, I sincerely don’t mean to.

(Mark’s Pick) – Evil Geniuses

Again, sorry if this offends anyone.

ESports Player of the Year

(Predicted Winner)-Syed Sumail “SUMA1L” Hassan

Much like ESports in general I’m not knowledgeable on the players either, however I do know how major Dota 2 is in the community.

(Mark’s Pick) – Peter “PPD” Dager

Again, I know how big Dota 2 is.

Most Anticipated Game

(Predicted Winner) – No Man’s Sky

This game is probably the most ambitious games I’ve ever seen, and the hype is real.

(Mark’s Pick) – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted is probably my favorite games series to date, and my excitement for the final chapter.

 

Game of the Year

(Predicted Winner) – Fallout 4

Bethesda has never lost a GOTY award since I can remember watching them and with a game so vast, endless, full of wander and opportunity I can’t see this year be any different.

(Mark’s Hopeful) – Bloodborn

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Bloodborn I can honestly say Bloodborn has changed me into a better game and now a more divers one.  It has changed my opinion on games I used to dislike but no longer do.  It has given me so much the least I can do is lend my support in it getting Game of the Year.

Fan’s Choice Categories

Most Anticipated:
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Esports Player of the Year:
Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer
Come on, look at that name. Name of a winner.

Esports Team of the Year:
Team Solomid

Trending Gamer:
PewDiePie

Best Fan Creation:
GTA V – Targets

Esports Game of the Year:
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Jury Voted Categories

Best Art Direction:
Ori and The Blind Forest
It’s bright and vivid neon colors in my opinion are the most artistic, so Ori gets my vote.

Best Multiplayer:
Rocket League


Dan Spina’s Picks

Game Of The Year:

While every game that’s nominated in this category is great, I think a few of them fall into the problem of release earlier in the year, thus being foreshadowed by newer games or having too niche an audience. Bloodbourne, while many hardcore gamers will glamour for its win, falls into both those categories while Super Mario Maker is in the latter. And as great as it is, Metal Gear Solid V is to divisive to garner a GotY consensus. That leaves Fallout 4 and Witcher 3. While I’d personally go with Witcher, I’m predicting the winner of Game of the Year will be:

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Developer of the Year: 

This is a tough category because what do you look for in a developer? Is their game flawless? Did they release any DLC and did it feel like a cash grab? Do you look for excellence in gameplay, story, a combination of both? Or is it how they treat the consumers? All of the nominated companies are great, but I would say that the developer that gave a solid gaming experience while respecting their customers is the one that will win developer of the year:

CD Projekt Red

Best Independent Game: 

To have a successful and memorable independent game, it takes a great amount of skill and no small amount of luck. The games nominated fell into both of those, taking a tremendous amount of skill along with releasing in the right places at the right time. While I’d personally lean toward Axiom Verge for this prediction, if we’re looking at a game that struck all the right notes with a large amount of gamers, I’m going to give the win to:

Rocket League 

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Best Mobile/Handheld Game:

Oh mobile games. They are the target of ridicule to many “hardcore” gamers. And with good reason, as many of them fail to live up to higher standards. This isn’t the case as much with dedicated handheld games, but unfortunately they seem to be thrust together here. While Fallout Shelter is a very fun and popular mobile game, I’m predicting that the (IMO) best game on this list of nominees will also prove to be the winner. That game is:

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate

Best Narrative:

While there are merits to every game in this category, I think the winner here is a no brainier. With an excellent main story, as well as excellent side quests that are full tales in themselves, I have to give this category to:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Score/Soundtrack

I’m not a music aficionado, so I’d say all of these have a chance. But for the shear fun of the collection of music, my vote goes to:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Best Performance

It’s Mark Hamill as The Joker. No contest

Games for Impact

I don’t quite understand this category so best guess:

Her Story

Best Shooter

This ones kind of a tough pick this year. I’m sure that Black Ops 3 is the most technically proficient, but I can say that I’ve enjoyed all the other more then and Call of Duty game. I don’t think what amounts to an expansion will cut it so Destiny’s a The Taken King is out. I loved Halo 5 but too many complaints about the (great) campaign will keep it from the top spot. For me that leave my 2 favorite multiplayer shooters I’ve experienced in years, Splatoon and Battlefront. Because of the small install base of the WiiU I don’t think Splatoon has enough reach to take the top spot, which leave my prediction as:

Star Wars Battlefront

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Best Action/Adventure

Another tough one. Assassins Creed will never live up to people’s memories of 2, Tomb Raiders being over shadowed by Fallout 4, MGSV and Batman: Arkham Knight, and Ori were all highly praised upon release but I don’t hear nearly as many people talking about them. So I guess I’ll predict:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Best Role Playing Game

What is a Role Playing Game in 2015? It seems the genre has now taken in many others under its umbrella. Since I don’t think it will win the GotY category I’m saying:

Bloodborne

Best Fighting Game

I don’t play fighting games. So best guess:

Mortal Kombat X

Best Family Game

There are a surprising amount of good choices in this one. But in the year that Star Wars is getting a new movie, I’m saying:

Disney Infinity 3.0

Best Sports/Racing Game

People seem to like Forza 6 so:

Forza Motorsport 6

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Best Multiplayer

Given that almost the entirety of its praise was for it multiplayer elements, I predict the winner will be:

Halo 5: Guardians

Best Art Direction

Since it’s a travesty that Splatoon is not nominated in this category, I’m thinking that people really latched onto the gothic/Lovecraftian look of:

Bloodborne


Dale Crowe’s Picks

Fan’s Choice Categories:

Most Anticipated:
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
GOTY 2016

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Esports Player of the Year:
Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer
Come on, look at that name. Name of a winner.

Esports Team of the Year:
Team Solomid

Trending Gamer:
PewDiePie
I have never been disappointed by PewDiePie. Comedy is on point!

Best Fan Creation:
GTA V – Targets
This kept me watching the entire way through, can be continued though,  but so far so good.

Esports Game of the Year:
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
I don’t think there is any game that is more competitive than a Call of Duty game.

Jury Voted Categories:

Best Art Direction:
Ori and The Blind Forest
It’s bright and vivid neon colors in my opinion are the most artistic,  so Ori gets my vote.

Best Multiplayer:
Rocket League
A competitive multiplayer game where the whole team needs to play  their part to get the victory, and not just one person doing  everything for the team.

Best Sports/Racing Game:
Rocket League
It is both sports and racing in one game. It is also where a game can  turn you onto your toes in a heartbeat which is why it gets my vote.

Best Family Game:
Super Mario Maker
While the first ever gamers are growing up, getting married and having  children, what other game would you want to play with your kids? Super  Mario Maker. Create any level you want to see if your family has got  what it takes to bring down the king, or queen.

Best Fighting Game:
Mortal Kombat X
This will get a Flawless Victory against it’s competition this year.  With an all new storyline and an expanded roster to go along with new  fighting techniques and moves. This game will freeze the competition  and then bring the hellfire.

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Best Role Playing Game:
Fallout 4
Bethesda and RPGs. Nuff said.

Best Action/Adventure:
Rise of the Tomb Raider
When I think of adventure, I think of Tomb Raider or Uncharted, and  Rise of the Tomb Raider has just enough of action and adventure to win  this award.

Best Shooter:
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
New Campaign, Nazi Zombies, Multiplayer with new features to bring a  new feel to it. A shooter’s dream.

Games for Impact:
Life Is Strange
You have the choice to go back and fix what went wrong, or mess with  fate. The ultimate choice for impact.

Best Performance:
Mark Hamill (The Joker)
The constant barrage of the Joker being around you all game, acting  LIKE the Joker would win almost everytime, including this time.

maxresdefault-1Best Score/Soundtrack
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Unlocking and finding classic cassettes while running through every  area with give you a list of songs that is hard to disappoint.

Best Narrative:
Until Dawn
It has been a long time since a game like this came out. A little over  five years to be exact, which was Heavy Rain. Until Dawn had you on  the edge of your seat, it had you panic and likely had you make  decisions you wish you could take back. Along with that, the story got  better as it went on and more information surfaced which may or may  not have changed your mind in a few occasions. Until Dawn had the best  story this year and it will make it’s way to collecting the Best  Narrative Award this year.

Best Mobile Handheld Game:
Fallout Shelter
Giving Fallout fans a little ease until Fallout 4 came out.  Controlling life within the shelter, enough to keep the player  entertained and wanting more.

Best Independent:
Rocket League
SUPER…SONIC….ACROBATIC ROCKET POWERED BAT……..I mean Rocket League,  all the competition and fun packed into one great game.

Developer of the Year:
Kojima Productions
Packing the most detail into their games, whether it is graphics or  the continuous in-depth story that is provided to us. There are no  flaws, and is hard to find any complaint about this developer while  they have continued to make amazing games. These reasons are why Kojima will win Developer of the Year.

GAME OF THE YEAR:
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
WHAT!? THAT DOESN’T SAY FALLOUT?! That’s right, it doesn’t. Metal Gear  Solid V has stealth, it has combat, and they are fused together to  perfection. You can go in all stealth to finish missions, but if you  get spotted, well that could end up being really bad news to where the  entire base could be collapsing on your location. The AI can be a real  challenge and a big pain as they get smarter and adapt throughout the  game.. The customization in this game is almost endless and the  graphics are…well they are beautifully extravagant. MGSV is GOTY.
Agree?  Disagree?  Let us know your thoughts on your picks on the comment section below!

  • Josh Coats

    I completely expect The Witcher 3 to run away with just about every award it is nominated for. Fallout 4 was unimpressive, for Bethesda. MGS V could take the big prize, but This year belonged to CD Red.