2014 Aggie Award Nominees page 2

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Final Notes


To be eligible, a game must have been launched through digital distribution, self-published online, or commercially released in either North America or the United Kingdom in the calendar year 2014.

Although their respective first episodes were released in 2014, Dreamfall Chapters, Game of Thrones, and Tales from the Borderlands will be carried over to 2015.
 



Complete list of eligible games


PC/Mac (includes multi-platform releases)

 

Console/Handheld (exclusives)

Cryptic Escape (iOS, Android)
Doggins (iOS, Android)
Hellraid: The Escape (iOS, Android)
Sea of Giants (iOS/Android)
Tengami (iOS)

Comments

Advie Advie
Feb 6, 2015

Come on, come on.. Randals Monday for best Music ..or nothing!

Edit/Add: well its good we still have TJD Chapter2 Smile

Mikekelly Mikekelly
Feb 6, 2015

THANK U for including Danganronpa 1 and 2!

jimrh69 jimrh69
Feb 6, 2015

I’m VERY SAD That Bobby James Epic score for Tesla Effect isn’t on the list!  Everyone should do themselves a favor and go download it from your favorite music store, listen to it and check it out Smile

Frogacuda Frogacuda
Feb 6, 2015

Agreed that Tesla Effect’s score is worthy. I’d also give it a nod for acting, even though it’s uneven in that regard, just because it had some really stand-out performances.

This was a great year for adventure games, both traditional and non-traditional. 2015 should be interesting as well. For once I feel like the genre is on the rise again, even if it’s never going to be the mainstream it once was.

I agree that the soundtracks for Tesla Effect were great!

Iznogood Iznogood
Feb 7, 2015

Go Blackwell!

Jabod
Feb 7, 2015

I’m in agreement re Tesla’s soundtrack. How that isn’t included is astounding.

Good to see Blackwell Epiphany well represented though.

jimrh69 jimrh69
Feb 7, 2015

And considering the score for Tesla Effect was really a one man effort (Bobby James) is even MORE amazing!

Jackal Jackal
Feb 7, 2015

Tesla Effect’s music was very good. So were these five. And others that didn’t make the cut. Choosing to be “appalled” that one’s favourite didn’t make it rather than be impressed that there are so many brilliant soundtracks this year pretty much misses the entire point of the Aggies.

jimrh69 jimrh69
Feb 7, 2015

Your right Jackal ( Appalled) was harsh on my part. I was just so surprised it wasn’t included. I’ve gone back and made a few changes to my pryer post.

Jackal Jackal
Feb 7, 2015

Wording aside, I just really really REALLY want people to treat this whole thing for exactly what it is: a fun way to celebrate great accomplishments, even when it means others get left out.

Like the article intro says, it WAS painful to get each list down to five. We had lots of great candidates and had to make many extremely tough calls. We’d love to recognize them all, but we have to draw the line somewhere.

jimrh69 jimrh69
Feb 7, 2015

Your absolutely right Jackal….. My apologies to everyone here for my narrow minded behavior….. I am sorry.

Jackal Jackal
Feb 7, 2015

No no, don’t feel bad. Just have some fun! And by all means, disagree all you want. That’s part of the fun. Smile  And it’s a great way to give a shout-out to other games that didn’t make the list. I would just hope no one takes any omission personally.

(You wouldn’t be trying to influence the upcoming reader vote, though, would you? Wink )

jimrh69 jimrh69
Feb 7, 2015

No…. No I wouldn’t Wink

Jackal Jackal
Feb 7, 2015

(I was only teasing about the reader vote, in case that wasn’t clear.)

Ahenobarbus Ahenobarbus
Feb 7, 2015

I was little surprised too that Tesla Effect wasn`t included to best music list. In my books it was definitely the best music score 2014. There were many games with strong soundtracks last year, but personally I would have dropped Moebius off.
Robert Holmes is still one of my favourites but GK and Gray Matter tracks are so much better than tracks in Moebius. It was missing something but I`m sure there are fans who liked Moebius music too. I think Moebius` strong point was writing so it could have been nominated there at best writing (drama) category (instead?), because Jane simply knows how to write.

All in all 2014 was very strong year and it`s nice to see so many games listed here! Good times Smile

Oscar Oscar
Feb 8, 2015

I would have thought the Best Gameplay category would be an opportunity to include one of the more innovative titles of 2015, Ether One. While I like the games that were included, if Blackwell Epiphany, Valiant Hearts or Broken Sword 5 win then we might as well be in 1995. Optional puzzles which are also highly rewarding is something the Adventure Gaming community has been calling out for, for a long time.

Jackal Jackal
Feb 8, 2015

Valiant Hearts is anything but an old-school adventure. As for the other two, great gameplay is great gameplay, whether 1995 or 2015. Innovation is only one consideration, and really not the biggest one. At least, not to us.

Optional puzzles is more a “concept” issue, as they don’t necessarily make for better gameplay. (Incidentally, I’d say that optional solutions is the much, much bigger demand from gamers. But that’s neither here nor there.)

Oscar Oscar
Feb 8, 2015

The question is, does the gameplay of Valiant Hearts contain anything you wouldn’t find in a old-school game, adventure or otherwise? Combining timed sequences combined with ‘fetch the item’ quests isn’t particularly innovative or exciting in my view, even taking into account the multiple character switching.

The tired old concept of puzzles as obstacles to get past to receive more linear narrative is too often a pitfall for adventure developers. Optional solutions can help, but I found the gameplay of Ether One innovative on a whole other level. The idea of gradually filling in a totally open world of memories to complete the story really motivated you to solve puzzles, explore and make deductions. I think this was mentioned in the review.

I loved many aspects of Valiant Hearts but it seemed odd to single out the gameplay.

Conditional Love Conditional Love
Feb 8, 2015

Where is Ether ONE & MIND Frown I suppose I do have Ethan Carter to vote for in 2 minor awards. AG is prejudiced against Myst-likes Frown

Jackal Jackal
Feb 9, 2015

Conditional Love, you can vote for whatever you like. The reader vote isn’t limited to our final nominees.

But don’t be silly about being prejudiced. We just didn’t think either game was better than the other 70-odd eligible games in any category.

zane
Feb 9, 2015

safe to say phoenix vs layton is going to win the console category.. and thats kind of a shame IMO. Its a game that doesnt really do full justice to puzzle quality of either series its made of. And the plot twist at the end was one of the worst iv ever seen. (granted, layton series does some bad plot twists… still wish they left that aspect out though..). Meanwhile, id say DR1 was as good as the best in the phoenix series.. very fun all around experience.

SoccerDude SoccerDude
Feb 9, 2015

Just curious why Kentuky Route Zero is eligible for rewards, when it is only act 3, whereas other games like Broken Age for example are not?

Jackal Jackal
Feb 10, 2015

Ideally we’d hold all episodic adventures until the end, but we’ve made concessions for those series that are literally going to take YEARS to finish, if at all (as most episodic indies do not).

In any case, we don’t really consider Broken Age to be episodic. It’s just a single game broken into halves as a bit of a cheat.

zane
Feb 11, 2015

yeah i think that if a game calls itself episodic and theres gaps of nearly years between it releasing…. its not really episodic anymore.

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