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Gamescom 2014 award nominees announced

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Every year at Gamescom a handful of games are shuffled into categories and the best of show game or hardware is picked. This year is no different, with categories for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, as well as a handful of other categories relating to social and mobile games. Of note is the new hardware category, where Nintendo’s Amiibo project will face stiff competition like the nVidia SHIELD tablet and the Oculus Rift.

Here’s the full listing of categories for this year’s Gamescom awards:

Best Console Game Sony Playstation:

  • The Evil Within
  • Evolve
  • Dying Light
  • Far Cry 4
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox:

  • The Evil Within
  • Evolve
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Ori and the Blind Forest

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii:

  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Splatoon
  • Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Best Role Playing Game:

  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Risen 3
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX

Best Action Game:

  • The Order: 1886
  • Evolve
  • Far Cry 4
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Best Simulation Game:

  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call
  • World of Warships

Best Sports Game:

  • FIFA 15
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • PES 2015

Best Family Game:

  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Silence
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World

Best PC Game:

  • Heroes of the Storm
  • The Evil Within
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • Evolve
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Mobile Game

  • Darkblade
  • Super Smash Bros. For 3DS
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Best Social / Casual / Online Game:

  • Orcs Must Die! Unchained
  • Dance Central Spotlight
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • SingStar
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham


Best Online Multiplayer Game:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • FIFA 15
  • Evolve
  • Forza Horizon 2

Best Hardware (incl. Peripheral):

  • Virtualizer
  • Oculus Rift DK 2
  • Project Morpheus
  • Amiibo
  • SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Wireless Controller

Notice anything strange? The Nintendo category is listed simply as Nintendo Wii instead of Wii U, while the nominees for that category are Splatoon, Super Smash Bros., and… LEGO Batman 3? What about Bayonetta 2? You know, the game that is a Wii U exclusive and will be hitting consoles in October? Or Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, a brand new game exclusive to Wii U.. I’ve said all this before. Doesn’t seem like much thought was put into that particular category.

Winners for each category will be announced on August 15.

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  • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

    *cough cough* Wii *cough cough*

    • Lusunup

      It was intended as a wii category. Guess they still think it’s a wii after all.

      • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

        *COUGH COUGH* Wii *COUGH COUGH*

    • mojack411

      At first I thought it was a typo on Ashley’s part until I read the end of the article lol.

    • nintendope

      This is just sad…

    • Yen

      Yea and they listed Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation. Makes sense to me.

  • ActivesiN

    good luck lego batman 3 lol, Smash will well smash you

  • Arkamarky

    Facepalms… Facepalms everywhere…

    • nintendope

      What you don’t agree with the list of best games for the Wii?

      I think SSB for Wii U could have ranked higher in the list of best games for Wii!

      • Arkamarky

        No, I’m facepalming because Tetris for the Game Boy isn’t even on the list for best role playing games!

  • bistricky

    Hmmm …. Why does Microsoft and Sony get 5 games nominated for their consoles and Nintendo Wii U gets 3? Another Nintendo Wii U snub?
    Oh well …. some bad Mario Jokes … these from classic Nintendo Power!
    :D

    • Mark-dn

      That’s because gamescom is in nazi germany.

      • Tim van Broekhoven

        :’)

  • Dimitri Soto

    Well the sony and Microsoft listings are listed the same way there isn’t a 4 or One in their names so get over it.

  • Petri

    Pretty weak nominations.

  • Milky Bacons

    Meh… I’m used to everyone acting as Nintendo as the under dog. But don’t worry, I’m sure that when Nintendo has the world (except us Americans… dang XBone) people will pay attention to Nintendo. :)

    • bistricky

      “when Nintendo has the world”
      … I didn’t know Nintendo wanted world domination?
      :D

      • nintendope

        Heil Nintendo!

        • Milky Bacons

          All hail Nintendo!

      • Milky Bacons

        xD Oh trust me, they’re opening their horizons with QoL. I doubt they will succeed at QoL, but… Iwata has ways. Especially with Microsoft.

        Dang Xbone.

  • Adrian

    How can games be nominated before they are even completed?

    • bistricky

      Yeah …. imagine movie or music awards giving awards for Best Picture or Best Song before the movie/song was completed.

      …… and the Oscar for Best Picture in 2015 is: Star Wars 7 (expected release date in 2017).
      XD

  • Thomas Vienna

    This is such a joke. Why don’t they just get it over with and exclude Nintendo as a category, since Nintendo is apparently not important enough to be given any effort.

  • Guest

    Wii…

  • Guest

    Wii….

  • Gordon Blakey

    No Mario Kart 8?

  • TheresaTWages

    What about Bayonetta 2? You know, the game that is a Wii U exclusive and will be hitting consoles in October? http://apu.sh/9a7

  • Nookling

    Not to mention Hyrule Warriors and Pokemon…

  • Ducked

    Best PS4 Game: LittleBigPlanet 3
    Best Xbox One Game: Halo Collection
    Best Wii U Game: Super Smash Bros
    Best Online Game: Evolve
    Best Family Game: LittleBigPlanet 3
    Best RPG: Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMix
    Best Action: Super Smash Bros
    Best Game Overall: Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMix

    • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

      Obviously. You’re Ducked!

  • James Hollan

    “The Nintendo category is listed simply as Nintendo Wii instead of Wii U,
    while the nominees for that category are Splatoon, Super Smash Bros.,
    and… LEGO Batman 3?”

    To be fair, the Sony category is listed as “Sony Playstation” with games like: The Evil Within, Evolve, Dying Light, Far Cry 4, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and the Microsoft Category is listed as “Microsoft Xbox” with games like: The Evil Within, Evolve, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Sunset Overdrive, and Ori and the Blind Forest.

    I would like to have seen Bayonetta 2 in that list of Nintendo nominees, but Smash Bros. may have it covered.

  • A – Kuma

    they would fuck up…

  • Gizmo

    This is just embarrassing. The console has been out for 2 years!! And they STILL get the name wrong. Heck, one of the games in the catagory is called “smash for WII U.” Not smash for wii. I find it embarrassing that who ever named the catagory got the name in the game title correct and not the catagory itself.