Essay: What will be the best Video Game of 2015?

The_Witcher_3_Wild_Hunt_Prepare_for_impactEssay: What will be the best Video Game of 2015?

Last year there was no clear front-runner in this conversation. The Media 10 Award-winning game last year was “Dragon Age: Inquisition,” but  it was not by any means a clear front-runner.

This year there doesn’t seem to be a clear front-runner either. We compiled a most anticipated list at the beginning of the year and already 6 of those titles have been pushed to 2016 including our #1 pick “Tom Clancy’s The Division.”

It’s clear that the transition into the new generation of gaming has proved to be trying on many game developers. However, with a rather successful E3 this year, and the long-awaited announcement of “Fallout 4” for 2016. There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future.

But what about 2015? What will be the game of the year this year?
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Top 20: Video Games 2010 – 2015

Red-Dead-Redemption-John-Hillcoat-Short-Film-Trailer_5Top 20: Video Games 2010 – 2015

Since we had a lot of success with our top 20 films of the decade so far list, we decided to take a look at some of the best video games of the 2010s so far.

Of course, we will update this list more promptly early 2016 to include the games from this year, with “Bloodborne” looking really strong it may make an appearance.

With the decade half over, and a not-so-smooth transition into the next console generation, we still have some strong video games on this list. So here are the top 20 Video Games of the decade so far:

Top 20 Video Games 2010 – 2015

Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Auto V
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Last of Us
Mass Effect 2
Portal 2
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Journey
BioShock Infinite

Batman: Arkham City
Fez
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dark Souls II
Super Mario 3D World
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Mario Kart 8
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Little Big Planet 2
God of War 3

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

We are still in an odd dark period with next-generation gaming. With few outstanding exclusives on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s hard not to see why the real dominant gaming device of this generation is PC.

Last year, the most advertise and anticipated game was “Destiny” which earned lukewarm reviews and didn’t make it into our top 10 for this year’s M10 Awards.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” ended up being arguably 2014’s strongest game, which no one really expected or saw coming. This year’s early high score goes to another under-advertised game, which happens to be an exclusive for Sony – and that’s “Bloodborne.”

“Bloodborne” has earned a stunning 93 on Metacritic with 58 reviews accounted for. Other notable games that earned a 93 are “Minecraft,” “BioShock Infinite,” Fallout 3,” Soul Calibur II,” “God of War II,” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”

92 was the highest score on Metacritic for a console game that wasn’t a remake, or an iOS game, and that went to “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” an exclusive for the Wii U.

This kind of score easily brings “Bloodborne” to the top of the “Best of 2015” list, but what can rival it? “Batman: Arkham Knight?” “Tom Clancy’s The Division?”

2015 M10 Award Winners

o-TRUE-DETECTIVE-facebook2015 M10 Award Winners

A lot of M10 Award categories were really close this year. 2014 was a great year for movies, video games, and television shows alike. In the end “Boyhood,” “True Detective,” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” won the top 3 prizes.

See all our winners below listed along their competitors in bold.

Best Film
Birdman
Boyhood
Citizenfour
Goodbye to Language
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Nightcrawler
Selma
Under the Skin
Whiplash
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2nd Annual M10 Award Nominations

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Here they are! Last year we started compiling our own award nominations based on user reviews and critic reviews. We have some excellent contenders for films, video games, and television shows.

In FILM “Birdman” leads the way with 10 nominations, “Inherent Vice” follows with 7 nominations, and “Boyhood” with 6.

In TELEVISION “Game of Thrones” leads with 12 nominations, “True Detective” with 9 nominations, while “Fargo” and “The Knick” tie with 8 nominations.

In VIDEO GAMES “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Child of Light” lead with 4 nominations.

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Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014

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Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014

June 10th is when E3 2014 will begin. We will hear about new technology, and most importantly new next-gen games. E3 2013 seemed to be all about the new consoles (and rightfully so), but a lot of the new games were glossed over. Many games announced last year have been delayed such as “The Witcher 3,” “The Division,” and “Halo 5: Guardians” game.  So expect to hear more about all of these and less about distant future titles. Continue reading

Preview: Predicting the Best Video Game of 2014

Dark-Souls-II-WyvernPreview: Predicting the Best Video Game of 2014

Next month’s E3 is going to reveal a lot and it’s going to be exciting to see what games will be testing the powers of the new-gen consoles. The year is almost halfway over and we’ve already seen some excellent games.

Keep in mind that this list co-ranks both the games released and the potential/expectations of upcoming titles. Also many games still haven’t announced their release dates and could be pushed to 2015.

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Top 20: Most Anticipated Video Games of 2014

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We have the new consoles, now it’s time to see what they can really do. Even though 2014’s slate doesn’t seem as impressive as last years, we still have a lot to look forward to. We are not including titles that have already been released to this point. This list was created February, 5 2014.

Here are the top 20 most anticipated video games of 2014:

Destiny (09/09/14)
Titanfall (03/11/14)
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes (03/18/14)
Dark Souls 2 (03/11/14)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (TBA)
inFamous: Second Son (03/21/14)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (TBA)
Super Smash Bros. – Wii/3DS (TBA)
Tom Clancy’s The Division (TBA)
The Evil Within (TBA)

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