ZAM Game of the Year Awards 2014: Recap

Here's a quick review of all of ZAM's Game of the Year awards!

This week we awarded our top gaming picks of 2014. It wasn't easy; there were many stand-outs this year!

Our Expansion of the Year award went to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. ZAM's VP of Technology, Michael "Argo" Ender, said that "World of Warcraft fell off my radar a bit after Wrath. With WoD they made the WoW game I've always wanted to play. Thank you Blizzard!" President Cody "Micajah" Bye added that the release of Draenor "revitalized an entire game." Check out contributing writer Michael "Ragar" Branham's story about how Warlords drew him back to Warcraft in our Expansion of the Year article.

Consoles saw a lot of new titles this year, but Destiny took the prize home for our Console Game of the Year award. Bungie reached for excellence and delivered on many levels with the title that has half of our staff hopelessly addicted. It may not be all roses, as ZAM Deputy Editor Colt "ShdwFlm" Casey mentions in our Console Game of the Year article, but at its core Destiny is a fun experience with room to improve.

PC gamers were treated to a plethora of excellent titles this year, with BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition landing our PC Game of the Year award. The in-depth story and replayability ultimately won many of us over as we took the Qunari by the horns and laid waste to all who stood to oppose Thedas. Managing Editor Ann "Cyliena" Hosler talked about how DAI excelled on every level in our PC Game of the Year article.

Finally, we looked forward to what next year will bring and agreed that Overwatch, which Blizzard unveiled during this year's BlizzCon, is our Most Anticipated Game of 2015. Project Manager Katie Welka teared up at the epic cinematic trailer, while Colt admitted that he gets the feels every time he watches it. ZAM's Brand Ambassador, Lindsay "Geektr0n" Ferguson, teamed up with Ann to explain why Overwatch is the game we all should be eagerly awaiting in our Most Anticipated Game of 2015 article.


Thanks for joining us for another fantastic year in gaming! We hope everyone is having a great holiday week and look forward to seeing what 2015 will bring!

Ann "Cyliena" Hosler, Managing Editor

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Destiny, seriously?
# Dec 27 2014 at 9:33 PM Rating: Good
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destiny wasn't deserving of "console game of the year". not even close. There were so many better choices. Just the fact destiny got anything just proves that good gaming is dead.
Destiny, seriously?
# Jan 05 2015 at 2:44 PM Rating: Decent
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I haven't stopped playing Destiny since the game came out. The only other game I've ever played that has held my interest this long is GW2. To me, personally, it's definitely game of the year by leaps and bounds.

Yeah, it's got issues, but I've had a TON of fun in that game. Generally the people who gripe about it the most are either people who have invested hundreds of hours and are burned out, or are people who never had any intention of playing in long-term. /shrug

Edited, Jan 5th 2015 3:46pm by Hickeroar
Destiny, seriously?
# Dec 30 2014 at 6:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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I have to say I agree. Destiny just wasnt what it was supposed to be. Or at least wasnt what everyone thought it was going to be. It is fun if you playing with friends. If you look at the bungie boards most people give you a hefty list at what is wrong with game and 90% of those lists are the same across different users. I am not sure what should have got console game of the year, but defiantly shouldn't be Destiny.
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