Gamescom Award’s 2014: The Nominees Revealed

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The gamescom awards 2014 are entering their final phase: an international jury of experts has now announced the best new games in 13 categories from a total of 140 submissions. They all go forward to the race for the gamescom award 2014 title in their respective categories. In addition to a shot at the coveted award, the nominees can bask in the title ‘nominated for the gamescom 2014 award’, which is prominently labelled at this year’s gamescom, 13-17 August, for trade visitors and games fans from around the world to see. ThisisXbox.com will be in attendance!

The product nominations also signal the start of the race for first place in the new category ‘gamescom most wanted consumer award’, an accolade awarded exclusively by consumers. From 9 August onward those who are so interested can vote for their favourites on the gamescom Facebook page where the nominated games will be published . Kiosks with mobile devices and a voting tool are also to be found at gamescom itself – including in Hall 10.2. Voting for the ‘gamescom most wanted consumer award’ ends on 15 August (midday). On Friday 15 August 2014, starting at 06:00 p.m. on the Let’s play meets gamescom podium in Hall 10.1 it’s then ‘and the winners are…’.

This is also where the winner in the most coveted ‘best of gamescom’ category will be announced. The expert jury will select the ‘best of gamescom’ from among the winners of the gamescom awards in the individual categories.

These are the nominees of the gamescom awards 2014:

Best Console Game Sony Playstation:
The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Germany GmbH) Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K) Dying Light (Techland sp. z o.o.) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft GmbH)
Mittelerde: Mordors Schatten (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox:
The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Germany GmbH) Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K) Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Ubisoft GmbH) Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft Corporation) Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft Corporation)

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii:
LEGO Batmann 3: jenseits von Gotham (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) Splatoon (Nintendo of Europe GmbH) Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (Nintendo of Europe GmbH)

Best Role Playing Game:
Skylanders Trap Team (Activision Blizzard Deutschland GmbH) Risen 3 (Deep Silver/Koch Media GmbH) Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX (Square Enix GmbH)

Best Action Game:
The Order: 1886 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH) Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft GmbH) Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft Corporation) Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (Nintendo of Europe GmbH)

Best Simulation Game:
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Square Enix GmbH) World of Warships (Wargaming Europe S.A.S.)

Best Sports Game:
FIFA 15 (Electronic Arts)
Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft Corporation)
PES2015 (Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.)

Best Family Game:
Skylanders Trap Team (Activision Blizzard Deutschland GmbH) Silence (Daedalic Entertainment GmbH) LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH) LEGO Batmann 3: jenseits von Gotham (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) Yoshi’s Woolly World (Nintendo of Europe GmbH)

Best PC Game:
Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Germany GmbH)
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K) Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)
Mittelerde: Mordors Schatten (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Mobile Game
Darkblade (NetEase, Inc.)
Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (Nintendo of Europe GmbH) Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Square Enix GmbH)

Best Social / Casual / Online Game:
Orcs Must Die! Unchained (Gameforge)
Dance Central Spotlight (Microsoft Corporation) LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH) SingStar (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH) LEGO Batmann 3: jenseits von Gotham (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Online Multiplayer Game:
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision Blizzard Deutschland GmbH) Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard Entertainment) FIFA 15 (Electronic Arts) Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/ 2K) Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft Corporation)

Best Hardware (incl. Peripheral):
Virtualizer (Cyberith)
Oculus Rift DK 2 (Oculus VR)
Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH) Amiibo (Nintendo of Europe GmbH) SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Wireless Controller (NVIDIA GmbH)

On 15 August 2014, the gamescom awards will be presented in public at gamescom for the sixth time. The gamescom awards are the coveted accolades of the European computer and video games industry. There is a chance to win the prestigious prize in a total of 15 categories.

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