The Race is Over: Dragon Age: Inquisition is GotY 2014

It's the redemption song for BioWare and RPG fans everywhere are lovin' it.

It’s the redemption song for BioWare and RPG fans everywhere are lovin’ it.

The results are in and it seems like a no-brainer now: Dragon Age: Inquisition is in line for lots of Game of the Year Awards.

One could argue that 2014 has been a disappointing year, and that argument could be verified by checking the review scores. It’s feasible that critics have simply been stricter when dealing with games as of late (and there’s evidence to support that theory) but that’s not the whole story. If you check gaming communities, most will voice their mild to moderate displeasure concerning this year’s offerings.

It was supposed to be the year to end all years. Then, after a series of high-profile delays and a string of lower-than-expected review scores, everyone had reservations heading into the holiday season. It didn’t exactly start out with a bang, either, as games like Destiny fell lower on the scoring scale than anticipated (reminiscent of Watch Dogs) and most recently, the buggy Assassin’s Creed Unity invoked plenty of disappointment.

It's the Dragon Age fans have always wanted and the critics have responded.

It’s the Dragon Age fans have always wanted and the critics have responded.

But the surge is happening very late, and there’s a good possibility that the three front-runners for Game of the Year all come out in November. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has scored very well, all indications are that next week’s Far Cry 4 will follow suit, and BioWare’s gem, Inquisition, has already capture d the hearts of most reviewers. It doesn’t quite have the 90+ Metascore (it comes in at 89 currently) but it’s darn close and in comparison to other big games, it’s a clear-cut winner.

Some might say Dark Souls II and Titanfall were good enough to contend for GotY, while others believe remastered versions of older games should also be considered. However, most sources will not consider Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One, for example, and games like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and The Last Of Us: Remastered are also out of the question. This means that Inquisition appears to be the lead candidate and really, nobody’s complaining.

Don’t forget that this is a redemptive game for BioWare. Many franchise followers thought the developer had a lot to prove with Inquisition, and the fact that they proved it goes over very well. Gamers everywhere are saying, “finally, they listened!” That good feeling will go a long way when it comes time to hand out the year-end hardware. Of course, Far Cry 4 or LittleBigPlanet 3 could storm the review charts as well…

5 thoughts on “The Race is Over: Dragon Age: Inquisition is GotY 2014”

The race is definitely over for me. I’m POSITIVE I’m going to love this game after everything that I’ve read! ‘drools’

I’m glad you’re excited but isn’t it a little presumptuous to say the game is your Game of the Year when you haven’t even played it yet?

Not really. Everyone knows what the game is going to be like, what with all the information and media out there. If you know what you enjoy and you’ve done your homework, I’m pretty sure you’ll know if you’re going to love a game.

Well, I’ve played it and you know what? So far, it wasn’t presumptuous. 😉

And what Cloud said.

YES, this is GotY 2014. It isn’t even close. This is exactly the RPG I’ve always wanted from BioWare…it’s Origins 2 and I love it! 😀

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