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Racer of the Year

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The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Racer of the Year.

Third Place – Project CARS

A divisive title amongst the TiX team, Project CARS thoroughly impressed some and greatly disappointed almost just as many. However, after some debate this ambitious racing title earnt its third place medal in our Racer of the Year awards.

The plethora of customization options allows all skill level to enjoy some intense racing, meanwhile its high level of authenticity also meant that simulation fans could shape the game to their whims, with Dave Moran saying in his review:

…there are too many options to list but you can see that everything has been thought of to ensure a brilliant experience for racing fans.

Dave goes on to say:

Project CARS for me is the best racing simulation I’ve played, yes it’s a bit buggy and the frame rate is really frustrating, but I’m having a blast playing it and I’m really enjoying the challenge of mastering the game.

and indeed it’s this spark of excellence behind the bugs, as well as the exceptional support it’s received with free DLC throughout the year, that has elevated Project CARS so close to the top of our 2015 list of noteworthy racing titles.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Forza Motorsport 6

Project CARS set a high benchmark in many people’s opinion, threatening to steal the crown from the racing legend that is Forza. However, Turn 10’s intension to celebrate their 10th anniversary in style with Forza Motorsport 6 ensured the Project CARS wouldn’t be dethroning them just yet.

With the introduction of weather effects and night racing, as well as a huge roster of cars and tracks along with plenty of enhancements to the overall formula, made the sixth numbered Forza title an undoubtedly superb racer.

In his review Dave Moran said:

The combination of the gorgeous circuits, awesome machines and a much improved AI make for some brilliant racing.

Turn 10 have celebrated their 10th anniversary in style, by creating another excellent title.

And indeed we couldn’t agree more. And yet it didn’t take the top spot…

Check out the review here.

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Racer of the Year – Need for Speed

On paper Need for Speed isn’t a better racer than Forza 6, and yet it possesses this charm that we simply couldn’t resist. The poorly scripted, cringe worthy FMV sequences defied their corniness and actually engaged us. We enjoyed the company of the characters and wanted to spend more time with them.

Solid arcade racing with strong customisation options and impressive visuals kept the racing fun, whilst the addition of a narrative with likeable characters gave us the momentum to see it through.

As Richard Berry said in his review:

Racing handles beautifully, the best I’ve experienced from an arcade racer, each car is at the mercy of whether you have set up towards drift or grip. A chase camera swings as you slide around corners and does so with such elegance that it doesn’t feel forced or out-of-place, delivering the thrill of racing and maintaining a real sensation of speed.

And so despite the strong competition by technically more competent racers, Need for Speed captured our hearts and took top place as this year’s Racer of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Riptide GP2 and Giana Sisters: Dream Runner, both of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

Shooter of the Year

The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

Next up is Shooter of the Year.

Third Place – Halo 5: Guardians

As the middle game in a new Halo trilogy, Halo 5’s storytelling struggles slightly but superb enhancements to the familiar, arcade action that Halo is so well known for still put this entry near the top of our Game of the Year list.

Dave Moran reviewed Halo 5 and commented on the excellent new mobility, describing it as:

…the best mobility and skill set I’ve ever used while playing as a Spartan.

and allowing

…plenty of ways to reach an objective or to deal with a group of enemies.

Meanwhile, an excellent multiplayer suite with the terrific new War Zone mode offers oodles of replayability.

Indeed the Halo series remains strong with this latest entry and Halo 5 is well deserving of a top three position in out Shooter of the Year category.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Rainbow 6 Siege

Rainbow 6 Siege brings back the much loved, tactical, military shooter along with some exceptional enhancements that make the team-based gunplay even more compelling.

Richard Berry reviewed Siege and said

It’s a thrilling experience and one that can play out in any number of different ways…

and indeed this ability to offer so many different scenarios within its ten maps is part of why we can’t stop playing it over at TiX towers. The destructibility, and intractable enemies makes this latest iteration in the Rainbow 6 saga a stunning success, one that so nearly took top spot as Shooter of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Shooter of the Game – Star Wars: Battlefront

The last year has been a strongly hyped build up to both a new Star Wars film and the revival of the Battlefront series. And despite fears over content and quality, once the new Star Wars shooter finally released it made a strong impression on even the most cynical of Star Wars fans.

The authenticity to the source material is phenomenal, as Richard Berry says in his review

DICE have lovingly recreated the universe of Star Wars. From cargo crates and power couplings to X-Wings and Lightsabers – nothing has been left to chance or imitation – everything has been modelled from the original props and it makes for a wonderful experience and looks absolutely stunning.

We at TiX towers couldn’t agree more but we all agree that our Star Wars love may be clouding our judgement. We searched our minds, quelled the dark side, and voted, and by a mere single vote Star Wars Battlefront beat out Rainbow 6 Siege for Shooter of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Gears of War Ultimate Edition, World of Tanks Xbox One Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Wolfenstien: The Old Blood, all of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

Puzzle Game of the Year

The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.

Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.

First up is Puzzle Game of the Year.

Third place – Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse

The Kickerstarter funded fifth title in the Broken Sword series returned fans to the point ‘n click adventures of George and Nico, with precisely the kind of visual enhancements you’d expect from a modern title.

Dave Moran said in his review:

it’s a great story that will see you travel the world.

And indeed this puzzle adventure title made a strong impression on us at TiX towers, so much so as to claim third place in out Puzzle Game of the Year award.

Check out the review here.

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Second place – The Bridge

Like an M.C. Escher picture brought to life, The Bridge offers plenty of mind-bending puzzles in a topsy-turvy world.

Richard Berry described it in his review as:

 Devious, beautiful and creative, The Bridge is an absolute joy to play.

and sure enough its devious challenge and eye catching design came close to taking first place in this year’s puzzle category.

Check out the review here.

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Puzzle Game of the Year – Pneuma: Breath of Life

Utterly gorgeous visuals and a deeply intriguing narrative make Pneuma: Breath of Life and breath of fresh air in the puzzler genre.

Phil described the visuals in his review as:

 …nothing short of phenomenal.

and goes on to say

By far the most surprising thing for me though, was the way the storyline develops into an existential questioning of the role of developer, gamer and character and deciding for yourself who controls who in the worlds that are created for our enjoyment.

Indeed it’s clever engrossing titles like this that deserve celebrating which is why we’re very  pleased to name Pneuma: Breath of Life our Puzzle Game of the Year.

Check out the review here.

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Well that’s our first winner revealed. Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to QUBE, Magnetic Cage Closed, The Fall, Stand Point and Spy Chameleon, all of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

One game to rule them all – Shadow of Mordor GOTY edition

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The Game of the year edition of Shadow of Mordor is penned for an early May release and will include all the “currently available” DLC, which is detailed as follows:

  • Story Packs: The Lord of The Hunt and The Bright Lord
  • Skins: The Dark Ranger, Captain of the Watch, Lord of the Hunt, The Bright Lord, Power of Shadow and Lithariel Skins
  • Runes: Hidden Blade, Deadly Archer, Flame of Anor, Rising Storm, Orc Slayer, Defiant to the End, Elven Grace, Ascendant, One with Nature
  • Missions: Guardians of the Flaming Eye, The Berserks and The Skull Crushers Warband Missions
  • Challenge Modes: Test of Power, Test of Speed, Test of Wisdom, Endless Challenge, Test of the Wild, Test of the Ring, Test of Defiance Challenge Modes
  • Additional Features: Photo Mode

One question remains, is there anyone out there that doesn’t already own the original release?

Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition Outed By Ratings Board

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Dishonored was released last year of which we reviewed favourable October 2012, and now it seems a Game of the Year Edition is winging its way to retail stores. The Australian ratings board has given the game a MA15+ rating and although nothing has yet been confirmed by the developers – this is pretty much concrete proof of existence and ‘happening’!

ThisisXbox.com rated the game 9.5/10 in our review last year:

Dishonored is hands down one of the best games I have had the pleasure to play this year, with expansive areas, a satisfying stealth system and a steam punk beauty that makes it clearly stand out from the crowd. Anyone who enjoyed the Thief series or Skyrim should see this as a natural progression for the gamer to turn too, and I for one look forward to the inevitable sequel which will have a heck of a job to match what Arkane Studios have managed here

The full contents have not been revealed or announced, but a likely assumption is that it will include all DLC and some extra special content. When more information is announced, we’ll keep you posted.

Thanks to AGB for heads up.

Sniper Elite V2 Game of the Year Edition Out Now

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Last May, we posted our review of Sniper Elite V2, Rebellion and 505 Games complete remake of the 2005 Xbox Original hit ‘Sniper Elite’ – and now a Game of the Year Edition has launched to bring you the full game and all its extra content in one package.

The Game of the Year Edition of Sniper Elite V2 brings gamers all the outstanding features and intense gameplay of the TIGA award winning, critical success and bundles them with all the amazing extra content and paid for DLC available since launch including Assasinate the Führer which tasks players with changing the path of history by taking out Hitler; also features Multiplayer Expansion DLC, the wide open Neudorf Outpost & Saint Pierre DLC packs and Weapons Pack DLC.

In total the Game of the Year Edition brings gamers 4 new game modes, 9 new maps (6 multiplayer / 3 single player) and 10 all new weapons for a very welcomed price of around £29.99 in the UK. If you wanted some help to purchase this game, you could always recycle some of your old games that you have completed with Music Magpie. Here, I discovered, you can make some cash so visit musicmagpie.com now to get selling.

If you wanted to read out review you can follow this direct link.

Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment today announced that Batman: Arkham City will receive a “Game of the Year Edition”. The expanded version of the award-winning blockbuster videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios is scheduled for release in the UK on 7th September, and is one of the highest reviewed titles of 2011! Continue reading Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition