The Lazygamer Awards 2014 – Game Of The Year

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This is it. The awards post that you’ve been waiting for all day. What we chose might surprise you. You’ll never believe which game we chose! Ten games that you’re not playing properly! The time for small talk is over! It’s time for BIG TALK! Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the Lazygamer 2014 Game Of The Year is…

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor!

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It wasn’t enough for Shadow Of Mordor to be a rock-solid game set in the universe of Lord Of The Rings. That alone would not have been enough to make it our GOTY. It also wasn’t enough for it to be a sterling use of a film franchise license that contained an addictive hook in the Nemesis System, or the fact that it was a lengthy single-player experience that won our hearts over and was a total surprise since day one.

It’s the fact that Shadow Of Mordor was a game that managed to encapsulate all that and the very best that the gaming year had to offer, with none of the setbacks that plagued far too many big-name games this year. Shadow Of Mordor is a detailed romp that worked straight out of the box, a game that remembered that players want to have fun, not faff around with DLC offers or wait for constant updates.

It’s also the kind of game where you truly do shape your own story, with the aforementioned Nemesis System working perfectly. Because of that, and various other rewarding reasons, Shadow Of Mordor is our official Game Of The Year.

Honourable mentions

Dragon Age: The Inquisition, Bayonetta 2

Last Updated: December 19, 2014

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