The Lazygamer Awards 2014 – Best New IP

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Best new IP

So many games are sequels or reboots. We love to complain about the lack of originality in games, but it can also be really difficult for a studio to get attention for a new IP. When they do it well, they do it really well, and we had a clear winner this year.

And the winner is… Shadow of Mordor!

Mordor nemesis

While Tolkien’s universe isn’t new, no game developer has managed to make a Lord of the Rings game that was worth playing. Until now. Shadow of Mordor combines the best of the lore with some incredible gameplay and stunning visuals. The nemesis system set an all new standard for games – not merely an innovation, it has fundamentally changed the way we expect to engage with enemies.

Over and above gameplay innovation, Shadow of Mordor crafted a stunning universe with incredible characters. Thanks to varied environments and a unique aesthetic, this IP launched to unanimous critical praise. Here’s hoping that if they bring out sequels they are able to keep them to same level as the original game – this is one powerful new IP.

Honourable mentions:

Watch Dogs, Sunset Overdrive, Destiny, Hearthstone, Titanfall

Last Updated: December 19, 2014

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