My Award Winner Picks: Game of the Year

by The_Lord_ZXV | created - 21 Oct 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Good Year: When true masterpiece has been released. Game that might be one of the best games ever made. Or when 3 or more great games have been released.

Great Year: When several masterpieces have been released (more than two).

Collections like Spyro Reignited Trilogy (2018), Devil May Cry (2012), Kingdom Hearts 1,5+2,5 (2013 & 2014) and Sly Trilogy (2010) do not count and neither do remakes and remasters if I have played original and/or there is nothing new. Ninja Gaiden Sigma (2007) & Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (2009) are remakes but I have not played originals, so they are not out. All of these still do count on Good-Great Year count.

For example: Spyro Reignited Trilogy is masterpiece, if not legendary one. Those games still are very much like original ones, even with modernized controls are more attention detail, when it comes to story.

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1. Devil May Cry 5 (2019 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Years have passed since the legions of hell have set foot in this world, but now a new demonic invasion has begun, and humanity's last hope will rest in the hands of three lone demon hunters, each offering a radically different play style.

Director: Hideaki Itsuno | Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Brian Hanford, Reuben Langdon, Faye Kingslee

Votes: 991


Winner: Devil May Cry V

Good candidates: Kingdom Hearts III Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

CTR: Nitrofueled does not count and neither does Final Fantasy VIII Remaster.

2. Red Dead Redemption II (2018 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Amidst the decline of the Wild West at the turn of the 19th century, outlaw Arthur Morgan and his gang struggle to cope with the loss of their way of life.

Stars: Benjamin Byron Davis, Roger Clark, Rob Wiethoff, Cali Elizabeth Moore

Votes: 16,143

Good candidate: Detroit Become Human Soul Calibur VI

(Good Year)

Spyro Reignited Trilogy does not count cause it is collection and even though those games feel so new, they are not. Spyro 3 would very easily win and be the Game of the Year 2018, just like it did back at 2000.

3. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (2017 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord Sauron.

Directors: JB Blanc, Michael de Plater, Nathan Hendrickson | Stars: Ike Amadi, Victoria Atkin, Robin Atkin Downes, Laura Bailey

Votes: 1,447

Good candidate:

Batman: Enemy Within

(Good Year)

4. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Drama

Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he'd tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Nolan North, Troy Baker, Richard McGonagle, Emily Rose

Votes: 18,071

Good candidate:

Batman: Telltale Series

(Good Year)

5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire, embarks on an epic journey to find his former apprentice, Ciri, before The Wild Hunt can capture her and bring about the destruction of the world.

Director: Konrad Tomaszkiewicz | Stars: Doug Cockle, Denise Gough, Jo Wyatt, Jaimi Barbakoff

Votes: 16,798

Good candidate:

Batman: Arkham Knight

(Great Year)

If only Uncharted 4 had been released this year, it would have been 2011 rematch. It would have been epic.

6. The Wolf Among Us (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

As Bigby Wolf, the big bad wolf in human form, you will discover that the brutal, bloody murder of a Fable is just a taste of things to come when another dead Fable is found which starts the hunt for a serial killer.

Directors: Nick Herman, Jason Latino, Dennis Lenart | Stars: Adam Harrington, Erin Yvette, Chuck Kourouklis, Melissa Hutchison

Votes: 5,277

I count this as 2014 game, since 4/5 of the game came 2014 and only 1/5 2013

Good candidate:

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

(Great Year)

Difficult pick

Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix is strong contender but like so many others, it is remake and part of collection.

7. The Last of Us (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a hostile, post-pandemic world, Joel and Ellie, brought together by desperate circumstances, must rely on each other to survive a brutal journey across what remains of the United States.

Directors: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley | Stars: Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Hana Hayes, Jeffrey Pierce

Votes: 42,952

Good candidates:

Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Wolf Among Us got only 1 episode and Kingdom Hearts 1,5 is collection. But both would be real contenders.

(Good Year)

8. Resident Evil 6 (2012 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

The war on bio-terrorism continues as Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy, and other famous Resident Evil stalwarts battle a seemingly familiar adversary.

Directors: Eiichiro Sasaki, Masanori Kobayashi, Ken Ohara | Stars: Matthew Mercer, Roger Craig Smith, Troy Baker, Courtenay Taylor

Votes: 3,439

Good candidates:

Dishonored Mass Effect 3

  • With better ending, it probably would have won.

Devil May Cry 3 from Devil May Cry collection would be real challenger, but it is part of collection and it is mainly HD remake of the original (2005).

9. Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

When part of Gotham is turned into a private reserve for criminals known as Arkham City, all hell is sure to break loose, and the Dark Knight is the only one who can stop it.

Director: Sefton Hill | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, David Kaye, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 25,114

Good candidates:

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Witcher 2: Assassin of the Kings

(Great Year)

Very Difficult Pick

10. Heavy Rain (2010 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Crime, Drama

As a child goes missing, his father tirelessly works to rescue him, while a journalist, an FBI agent, and a private detective try to identify his kidnapper known only as the "Origami Killer".

Director: David Cage | Stars: Pascal Langdale, Jacqui Ainsley, Judi Beecher, Sam Douglas

Votes: 10,780

Good candidates:

Red Dead Redemption

  • Better ending might have been that little extra.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Mass Effect 2

(Good Year)

Difficult Pick

Sly trilogy has few very good contenders, if remakes/collection would count.

11. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After being tracked down by Harry Flynn, Nathan Drake goes on a quest for Marco Polo' lost fleet. However when things take an unexpected turn for the worst, Drake must rely on those closest to him in order to find the Cintomani Stone.

Directors: Amy Hennig, Bruce Straley | Stars: Nolan North, Emily Rose, Claudia Black, Richard McGonagle

Votes: 18,692

Good candidates:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Ratchet & Clank: Crack in Time Batman: Arkham Asylum Dragon Age: Origins

  • Real challenger. With better combat, it would have won.

(Great Year)

Very difficult pick

12. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (2008 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Family

After three years of being imprisoned in a crystal Spyro and Cynder stop the evil forces of darkness and confront the Dark Master Malefor and save the day! (spoilers) Cynder is starting to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Nazaret | Stars: Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Wayne Brady, Gary Oldman

Votes: 342

Good candidates:

Soul Calibur IV Spider Man: Web of Shadows Dissidia: Final Fantasy

13. Ninja Gaiden Sigma (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The game follows Ryu Hayabusa, a master ninja, in his quest to recover a stolen sword and avenge the slaughter of his clan by the Vigor Empire.

Director: Yosuke Hayashi | Stars: Justin Gross, Tara Strong, Janice Kawaye, Charles Dennis

Votes: 183

Good candidates:

Uncharterd: Drake's Fortune Mass Effect Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

(Good Year)

Difficult pick

14. Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

Scarface the game begins during the final scene of the film, with the mansion of Tony Montana under attack from assassins sent by Alejandro Sosa. When Tony survives, his quest to kill Sosa begins.

Stars: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, Al Israel

Votes: 2,096

Good candidates:

Godfather Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Legend of Spyro: New Beginning

(Good Year)

15. Kingdom Hearts II (2005 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Family

Sora and friends face mysterious new enemies as they continue their journey to save all worlds, and find Riku and King Mickey.

Director: Tetsuya Nomura | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, David Gallagher, Hayden Panettiere, Jesse McCartney

Votes: 6,367

Good candidates:

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves Resident Evil 4 Devil May Cry 3 Soul Calibur III

(Great Year)

Very difficult pick

  • One of the best years in gaming.

16. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two years after defeating Clockwerk, Sly Cooper and his band of thieves must recover and destroy all of the stolen Clockwerk parts from a sinister organization before their old nemesis can return from the dead.

Stars: Kevin Miller, Matt Olsen, Chris Murphy, Alesia Glidewell

Votes: 853

Good candidates:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Battle Nexus Jak 3 Ratchet & Clank 3 Punisher

(Great Year)

Difficult Pick

17. War of the Monsters (2003 Video Game)

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Themed after 1950's Science-Fiction films, "War of The Monsters" is a 3-D fighting game set after an alien invasion, where the volatile fuel from the saucers awaken and mutate several ... See full summary »

Director: Perelandra Beedles

Votes: 78

Good candidates:

Max Payne 2: Fall of Max Payne Jak II: Renegade Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

(Good Year)

18. Kingdom Hearts (2002 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When his world is destroyed and his friends mysteriously disappear, a young boy named Sora is thrust into a quest to find his missing friends and prevent the armies of darkness from destroying many other worlds.

Director: Tetsuya Nomura | Stars: Miyu Irino, Mamoru Miyano, Risa Uchida, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 6,373

Good candidates:

BloodRayne 2 Soul Calibur II Sly Raccoon

(Good Year)

19. Devil May Cry (2001 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After losing his brother and mother to demon lord Mundus, demon hunter Dante and his new friend Trish embark on a quest to confront Lord Mundus.

Director: Hideki Kamiya | Stars: Drew Coombs, Sarah Lafleur, David Keeley, Tony Daniels

Votes: 2,041

Good candidates:

Max Payne Jak & Daxter Quake III: Revolution

(Good Year)

20. Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000 Video Game)

E | Animation, Action, Adventure

After 150 dragon eggs are stolen by an evil sorceress and her army of rhinocs; Spyro embarks on an adventure to rescue the eggs.

Stars: Tom Kenny, André Sogliuzzo, Gregg Berger, Neil Ross

Votes: 1,067

There is no doubt with this one since Spyro 3 is borderline perfect game.

(Good Year)

21. Final Fantasy VIII (1999 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A group of students at a military academy rescue a mysterious girl, who some say is the sorceress who wants to govern the universe.

Director: Yoshinori Kitase

Votes: 4,730

Good candidates:

CTR - Crash Team Racing Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer Tai-Fu: Wrath of Tiger Soul Calibur

(Great Year)

Difficult Pick

22. Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Crash Bandicoot, Aku Aku and Coco travel through time to stop Dr. Cortex and Aku Aku's evil twin brother Uka Uka from enslaving Earth.

Directors: Andrew S. Gavin, Jason Rubin | Stars: Clancy Brown, Brendan O'Brien, Haruna Ikezawa, Mel Winkler

Votes: 1,885

Good candidate:

Spyro the Dragon

(Good Year)

Difficult Pick

23. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Richter Belmont has vanished just as Castlevania reemerged from the mists. Meanwhile, Alucard, the bastard son of Dracula, has awakened from his eternal slumber, intent on destroying his evil father once and for all.

Director: Toru Hagihara | Stars: Robert Belgrade, Ramsay Scott, Kimberly Forsythe, Michael Guinn

Votes: 1,138

a.k.a Castlevania: Symphony of Night

Good candidate:

Final Fantasy VII

(Good Year)

Difficult Pick

24. Tetris Attack (1996 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Family

The evil Bowser has flooded Yoshi's Island and captured all of Yoshi's friends. Yoshi must puzzle his way to Bowser's fortress to save his land.

Directors: Hitoshi Yamagami, Toshitaka Muramatsu, Masao Yamamoto | Stars: Stacey Peterson, Robin Krouse, Phil Sandhop, Kim Jones

Votes: 68

Good candidates:

Mario Kart 64 Quake Crash Bandicoot

25. Mega Man X3 (1995 Video Game)

K-A | Action

Reploid scientist Dr. Doppler has cured the Mavericks and built the Utopian Dopple Town. But after the 'cured' Reploids go rogue and assault Hunter H.Q., Mega Man X takes Zero's aid and sets out to combat his new foes -- and finds old ones.

Votes: 280

a.k.a Megaman X3

Good candidates:

Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss Rayman Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

26. Demon's Crest (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Gargoyle Firebrand is on a quest to collect all of the elemental Crests, which, when combined, grants ultimate power to its possessor. Unfortunately they are scattered throughout the realm by his nemesis, Phalanx.

Votes: 45

a.k.a Demon's Crest

Good candidates:

Megaman X2 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Mickey Mania

27. Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers (1990 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Family

The evil Fat Cat is at it again. He tricked the Rescue Rangers into thinking their neighbor's kitten was kidnapped, when in fact Fat Cat had lead them into a trap. He's taken Gadget to his ... See full summary »

Votes: 258

I mean the sequel: Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers 2

Good candidates:

Doom Megaman X DuckTales 2

28. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (I) (1992 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Sega Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Sonic teams up with Miles "Tails" Prower to stop Dr. Robotnik from taking over the world with his new space fortress, the Death Egg.

Director: Masaharu Yoshii

Votes: 2,036

Good candidates:

Super Mario Kart Darkwing Duck Wolfenstein 3D

29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (1991 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Krang steals the Statue of Liberty, the turtles pursue the Foot Clan to the Technodrome, where Shredder sends them through a time warp. The Turtles must fight Shredder's army in both the past and the future in order to get home.

Director: G. Suzuki | Star: Miki Chang

Votes: 1,147

Good candidates:

Final Fantasy IV Super Castlevania IV Sonic the Hedgehog

Good candidates:

Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers Werewolf: The Last Warrior Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

31. Batman (I) (1989 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Adventure, Crime

Loosely based on the film Batman (1989), you play as Batman and fight through multiple levels of enemies and bosses, culminating in a showdown with the Joker in the bell tower of Gotham Cathedral.

Director: Keiichi Suzuki

Votes: 377

Good candidates:

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse DuckTales Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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