COGconnected’s Best (and Worst) Game of the Year of 2016 Nominees Unveiled

COGconnected’s Annual Game of the Year of 2016 Nominees Unveiled

Last year, the COGconnected crew debated, yelled, screamed and almost came to blows when we finally came to a consensus on the Game of the Year. We covered several categories, tons of games and had a blast as we rolled out our GOTY Videocast series. This year the gang will be back together where we will once again sift through the best and declare the Game of the Year for 2016.

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We like to mix things up a bit here at COGconnected as our categories aren’t the regular ‘run-of-the-mill’ ones you typically see. We cover over 15 categories ranging from the best looking game (Prettiest Pony) to the worst game of the year (Skid Row Tire Fire). In preparation for our Game of the Year awards our man, Rory, prepared a sizzle reel of the games we’ll be discussing during our Best of 2016 Videocast series. Without further delay, enjoy our video:

For those keeping score at home, here is a sneak preview of some of the games and topics we will consider for each category:

The Prettiest Pony (Best Visuals/Art)

The Feels (Best Moment or Sequence)

  • DOOM (The Opening)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Nate Meets Sam)
  • Unravel (Whole Damn Story)
  • Firewatch (Opening Sequence)

The King of 1st Party (Best Exclusive Game – Any Platform)

The C’Mon Mannnnn… (Industry Annoyances or Biggest Disappointment)

  • Microtransactions In Everything
  • Day One Patches
  • Remastering Everything
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Mighty No. 9

The Melodious (Best Music)

The Storyteller (Best Story or Writing)

The Nolan Northy (Best Performance or Character)

  • Troy Baker (Batman: The Telltale Series)
  • Elias Toufexis (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided)
  • Ruffin Prentiss (Watch Dogs 2)
  • Nolan North (Nathan Drake – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)

The Saving Grace (Best Surprise)

The Hotness (Sexiest Digital Hero)

  • Noctis (FFXV)
  • JD Fenix (Gears of War 4)
  • Cindy (FFXV)
  • D. Va (Overwatch)
  • Tracer (Overwatch)

The Olympian (Best Sports or Racing)

The Quest To Best (Best RPG)

The Thrill Seeker (Best Action/Adventure)

The Headshot (Best 1st Person Shooter)

WTF (Most Bizarre Concept or Moment(s) in 2016)

  • Genital Joust
  • Dead or Alive Extreme VR
  • Job Simulator VR

The Skid Row Tire Fire (Worst Game of the Year)

  • No Man’s Sky
  • Mafia III
  • Ghostbusters
  • Mighty No. 9
  • Homefront: The Revolution

The Best (Best Game of the Year)

What’s Next? (Prediction for 2017)

  • No Kingdom Hearts III
  • Final Fantasy XV-2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Breaks Sales Records
  • More Retro Consoles Released
  • Switch $349.99 and Hard to Get
  • dehelix

    And the winner of the best ‘lets create a category so we can beat Hello Games over the head yet again’ goes to COG Connected.

    • RedEyeFilms

      I think we were pretty fair on No Man’s Sky at COG 🙂 Our reviewer scored it an 80, and it was nominated for Best Music of The Year. Some of us really like the game. But it also made our “Biggest Letdown” category (when votes came in by the entire team) as it did not live up to it’s potential according to many. We’re not shitting on it, at all. In fact, I’ll have lot’s of positive things to say about it, despite it not meeting expectations for many, during our videocast -Rory