Tag: Game Of The Year

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Developer of 2021

    Stars of the show

    When it comes to Game of the Year, we often get caught up in talking about the games themselves, rather than the development teams who made them. As such, we think it's important to stop and appreciate the hard working people who make our favourite hobby a reality. As chosen by the Push Square editorial team, these are the...

  • Game of the Year Push Square Readers' Top 10 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    As voted by you

    It's time to unveil which games got the most votes in our community Game of the Year poll. We provided 50 titles to choose from, and our readers cast a huge amount of votes for their favourite games of 2021. Below, we've listed the ten most popular choices, along with the total number of votes and overall vote percentage. 10. It...

  • Game of the Year Aaron's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    It's in the blood

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of video editor Aaron Potter. 5. Toem: Toem takes the simple idea of photography and absolutely runs with it, letting you explore several diorama-like worlds as part of a...

  • Round Up All Our Game of the Year Winners

    The top 10 is complete

    Welcome to 2022! The site's official Game of the Year top 10 list is now complete, but we still have the community's results to share with you tomorrow. There's still one more day of GOTY fun left! If you happened to get a PlayStation 5 for Christmas or a bunch of new games to play, we don't blame you for not checking the site...

  • Game of the Year #1 - Resident Evil Village

    A tall order

    Resident Evil 4. It always comes back to Resident Evil 4. Almost 17 years on from Capcom's horror masterpiece, it's still considered the crème de la crème of the series. Who knows if it'll ever be topped — maybe the rumoured remake could pose the question — but at least there's now a new kid on the block. Resident Evil Village at...

  • Game of the Year Sammy's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Sporty spice

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of editor Sammy Barker. 5. FIFA 22: Oh no, Sammy! Oh no, oh no, oh no-no-no-no! How could you possibly pick FIFA 22 as one of your five favourite Games of the Year? Look, the issues...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 RPG of 2021

    Masterworks all

    2021 was yet another good year for role-playing games on PlayStation. Granted, a lot of them were actually PS5 re-releases, but there were still plenty of top quality titles to go around. As decided by the Push Square editorial team, these are the best RPGs of 2021. Bronze Trophy: Persona 5 Strikers: Persona 5 Strikers is often...

  • Game of the Year #2 - Returnal

    Helios abandoned

    In one of the closest Game of the Year results we've ever had, Returnal takes a well-earned second place spot in our countdown. This is a notable release for many reasons; it's Housemarque's biggest and most ambitious game to date, it's one of only a few true PlayStation 5 exclusives, and it's the first proper attempt at a triple-A...

  • Game of the Year Robert's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Smelling the game

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of deputy editor Robert Ramsey. 5. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut: I had reasonably high expectations for Disco Elysium: The Final Cut after watching the game receive so much...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Art Direction of 2021

    Fit for a gallery

    Gee whiz, 2021 brought us some visually stunning video games. As such, we wanted to highlight the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 titles that truly widened our eyes over the last 12 months. Selected by the Push Square editorial team, these are our picks for the best overall art direction of 2021 — taking art style, animation,...

  • Game of the Year #3 - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

    Riveting

    Critics and fans tend to subscribe to the mindset that the Game of the Year needs to be a trailblazer: innovative, original, unique. In reality, it just needs to be good. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, to its credit, is very good – and it flexes every last sinew of developer Insomniac Games’ technical prowess in the process. This is...

  • Game of the Year Video Liam's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Open up

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of freelance video editor Liam Richardson. 5. It Takes Two: It Takes Two felt like it arrived completely out of left field. I wasn't a huge fan of A Way Out — feeling it bit off slightly...

  • Game of the Year Top 10 PS5, PS4 Soundtracks of 2021

    Play it again, Sam

    If there’s one thing to always look forward to at the end of the year, it’s lists. As sure a thing as death and taxes, countdown lists may just be one of the most fun inevitabilities out there. The one offer this time is a glimpse at some of the best PlayStation music we heard in 2021. While it’s impossible to touch upon...

  • Game of the Year #4 - Hitman 3

    Good work, 47

    Here’s the thing: you can’t detach Hitman 3 from the World of Assassination Trilogy as a whole. IO Interactive has created something unprecedented across two console generations here: a collection of stealth playgrounds, each intricately designed and brimming with murderous potential. Not getting caught has never felt this good –...

  • Game of the Year Jamie's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Memories make me want to go back there

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of retro specialist Jamie O'Neill. 5. Turrican Flashback: Like in the Weezer lyrics, whenever I replay the first two Euro-style 2D run-and-gun Turrican games...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 FPS Game of 2021

    Loop the loop

    In what feels like a bit of an off-year for the FPS genre, the field of nominees for this year's instalment of the best PS5, PS4 FPS game of 2021 doesn't feel quite as strong. Nevertheless, we've still whittled down the best of the best to a top four. Selected by the Push Square editorial team, these are our picks for the best...

  • Game of the Year #5 - Psychonauts 2

    All in the mind

    No matter how much of a cult status the original Psychonauts holds, releasing a direct sequel more than 16 years later was always going to be a daunting prospect. Thank god Double Fine didn’t cave to those fears then because Psychonauts 2 is another game with creativity up the wazoo. Raz returns to work out who the double agent...

  • Game of the Year Brett's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Castle crasher

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of reviewer Brett Posner-Ferdman. 5. Persona 5 Strikers: The Phantom Thieves of Hearts are back, and better than ever! Going into 2021, Persona 5 Strikers was easily one of my most...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Story or Writing of 2021

    Penned in

    Stories, characters, and the writing that brings them all together are elements of video games that many (including ourselves) would consider hugely important. There's nothing quite like a gripping plot, so we wanted to highlight the games that held a particularly tight grip on our attention through high quality writing. As chosen by the...

  • Game of the Year #6 - Hades

    Heavenly hell

    While it's true Hades initially launched last year, it only came to PlayStation platforms a few months ago, and by the gods, it was worth the wait. It's no real surprise why the game scooped up so many awards 12 months ago; it's about as good as rogue-likes get, thanks to some slick gameplay and innovative storytelling. With the...

  • Game of the Year Graham's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Wake up

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of reviewer Graham Banas. 5. Deathloop: I love Arkane. Everything they make just has this certain vibe that no one else in the industry can touch. Their latest is no exception. I was...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release of 2021

    Worth a revisit

    2021 will be remembered as a brilliant year for remakes, remasters, and enhanced PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 ports. Since a lot of these games tend to get overlooked for Game of the Year awards in favour of brand new titles, we thought it would be fitting to highlight our favourites. As selected by the Push Square editorial team,...

  • Game of the Year #7 - It Takes Two

    Together forever

    Hardcore gamers generally don’t like playing with anyone but themselves, so when It Takes Two comes along and demands a second player be part of the fun just to start the game, it was always facing an uphill battle. Good job many overcame those fears of interacting with another person, though, because Hazelight Studios’...

  • Game of the Year Liam's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    The good lady Dimitrescu

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of assistant editor Liam Croft. 5. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: It may only be fifth on my personal list, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was probably the...

  • Game of the Year #8 - Knockout City

    Ballin'

    This will probably wind up being a contentious inclusion in our Game of the Year countdown, but it really shouldn't. Knockout City is an online-only multiplayer game with broad appeal, fuelled by frequent post-launch updates and battle pass-style progression. While many will condemn it for those reasons, we strongly believe that this title...

  • Game of the Year Stephen's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Going rogue

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of associate editor Stephen Tailby. 5. Death's Door: For me, the year has been peppered with several smaller games, and most of them have been very good, but I think Death's Door does...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Indie Game of 2021

    Treasure trove

    Every year sees the release of hundreds of indie games on PlayStation 5 and PS4, but there are always some true standouts. Of course, 2021 has been no different, with many excellent smaller titles hitting both consoles. The below are our picks for the best indie games of the year, with the Push Square editorial team selecting their...

  • Game of the Year #9 - Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

    Case closed

    Disco Elysium: The Final Cut isn't for everyone. Its unapologetically mature storytelling and methodical pacing can make it a tough nut to crack, but with a bit of patience and willingness to let yourself get lost in its dilapidated world, you'll find a gripping RPG. Playing as a middle aged detective who's suffering from a severe case...

  • Game of the Year Stuart's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    No Kid A-ing

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of reviewer Stuart Gipp. 5. Resident Evil Village: After the much purer horror experience of Resident Evil 7, some fans must have been disappointed by Village’s hard swerve into...

  • Game of the Year #10 - Guilty Gear Strive

    Blame the beasts

    Games that push an entire genre forward are a rarity, but that's what Guilty Gear Strive has done for fighting games. It may not be as mainstream as Street Fighter, Tekken, or Mortal Kombat, but in its visuals and its online netcode, Strive has set the bar for all future brawlers. Developer Arc System Works has been hitting home...

  • Game of the Year John's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2021

    Point of no Returnal

    Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2021. Today, it's the turn of reviewer John Cal McCormick. 5. F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch: Oh baby, you had me at steampunk-metroidvania-starring-an-anthropomorphic-bunny-with-a-giant-metal-fist. I...

  • Site News Our Greatest Ever Game of the Year Schedule Starts Tomorrow

    Are you RED E?

    As the year slowly begins to wind down, we’re picking up the speed. As has become a Christmas tradition here at Push Square Towers, we’ll be plugging the gaps in the news schedule with our biggest ever selection of Game of the Year content, and it all gets underway from tomorrow. For the next 12 or so days, you’ll be bombarded...

  • Poll What Is Your PS5, PS4 Game of the Year 2021?

    Vote now

    It's time once again for our Game of the Year celebration. As has become tradition here at Push Square, we're filling out the holidays with a range of content that covers the best PlayStation games of the last 12 months — and it all starts with our community Game of the Year poll. It's simple, really. All you have to do is look at the...

  • News PS5's Returnal Wins Its First Game of the Year Award

    Start the cycle

    Could this be the start of a run for PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal? Despite it only being the end of October, the Develop:Star awards were hosted in Brighton last night, with Housemarque’s roguelike taking home a total of two gongs: Best Visual Art and that all-important Game of the Year. It was a big night for Sony, with...

  • News Sony Wins the Most Game of the Year Awards for Third Consecutive Year

    Hat trick

    Game of the Year is a subjective thing, at the end of the day. This author thought The Last of Us: Part II was the best game of 2020; fellow Push Square editor Stephen Tailby felt it was Dreams. They’re both great games, it all comes down to a matter of opinion. Nevertheless, the general consensus is that Sony has been on a roll these...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 RPG of 2020

    Stat attack

    We love RPGs. You love RPGs. Everyone loves a good RPG, and 2020 just so happened to be a fantastic year for them. No matter whether they were rereleases packed full of new content or brand new experiences that took established franchises in new directions, there really was something for everyone. However, we simply have to work out what...

  • Game of the Year Push Square Readers' Top 10 PS5, PS4 Games of 2020

    As voted by you

    Okay, we've all had our say here on Push Square — now it's your turn. Our Game of the Year coverage is about done, but we can't forget about our lovely readers. Let's go through what you guys and gals think are 2020's best PlayStation games. As we do every year, we presented you lot with a poll in order to determine your favourite...

  • Game of the Year Best PSVR Game of 2020

    Headset highlights

    Let's be honest with ourselves: 2020 has not been the best year for PlayStation VR. As Sony shifted its focus towards marketing the PlayStation 5, the Japanese giant's virtual reality headset received little love from first-party studios. Developers outside of Sony still had many multi-platform launches to boast of, but at this...

  • Round Up All Our Game of the Year Winners

    All of the winners

    And that just about concludes our Game of the Year coverage, although we’ve still got your community results to share tomorrow. Just in case you were too busy scoffing down mince pies and turkey sandwiches to read our coverage – no offence taken – then we’re going to round up our top ten countdown below. Word is this...

  • Game of the Year #1 - The Last of Us: Part II

    Naughty Gods

    Throughout the entirety of the PlayStation 4 generation, there was one consistency that propelled the console to rising head and shoulders above its competition. The quality of Sony's first-party output is tough to match these days, with early highlights like Bloodborne and Ratchet & Clank paving the way for genre-defining titles to...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Indie Game of 2020

    Independent marvels

    The PlayStation 4 saw out its final year with some seriously heavy hitters from first-party studios, and then Sony's PlayStation 5 kickstarted a new generation with another batch of massive titles. Great stuff from the AAA scene, but it's always worth taking stock of what independent developers are putting out alongside those...

  • Game of the Year Robert's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2020

    Royalty

    Alongside our staff-voted Game of the Year awards, each of our writers have crafted their own personal lists, covering their top five PS5 and PS4 titles of 2020. Today, it's the turn of deputy editor Robert Ramsey. 5. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV: It's crazy to think that the first Cold Steel game released just last year...

  • Game of the Year #2 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Hello, Cloud

    Yep, it finally happened: 2020 was the year that we actually got a remake of Final Fantasy VII. Well, part of one, at least. It may not cover the full story, but Final Fantasy VII Remake wears its love for the original game like a badge of honour. It's as much a homage to the classic Japanese role-playing game as it is a reimagining —...

  • Game of the Year Best PS5, PS4 Story of 2020

    More than a Telltale

    For some, gameplay is the main tell of a quality video game. For others, story is king. A great narrative can be what pushes you through an otherwise dreary set of mechanics and systems, with the prospect of another plot twist on the horizon just enough to keep you going. And the best thing is that those very stories are only...

  • Game of the Year Liam's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2020

    Simping for Dina

    Alongside our staff-voted Game of the Year awards, each of our writers have crafted their own personal lists, covering their top five PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 titles of 2020. Today, it's the turn of senior staff writer Liam Croft. 5. Astro's Playroom: Who would have thought that a PS5 pack-in title would end up being one...

  • Game of the Year #3 - Ghost of Tsushima

    A will unbroken

    Developer Sucker Punch really went above and beyond with Ghost of Tsushima — a soaring samurai epic that sliced our expectations to pieces. This is an outstanding open world game, elevated by an excellent combat system and a distinct sense of style that classic Japanese cinema would be proud of. The story of Jin Sakai is a...

  • Game of the Year Stephen's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2020

    Dreaming big

    Alongside our staff-voted Game of the Year awards, each of our writers have crafted their own personal lists, covering their top five PlayStation 5 and PS4 titles of 2020. Today, it's the turn of associate editor Stephen Tailby. 5. Bugsnax: I was smitten with Bugsnax from the moment I saw its announcement trailer back in the summer...

  • Game of the Year #4 - Demon's Souls

    You have a heart of gold

    Who better than Bluepoint to tackle one of the medium’s most sought-after remakes? Given the studio’s stellar track record, it was hard not to immediately expect greatness from its next big project. Despite those sky-high expectations, Demon’s Souls manages to not only be an extraordinary technical showcase and a...

  • Game of the Year Sammy's Top 5 PS5, PS4 Games of 2020

    Drama queen

    Alongside our staff-voted Game of the Year awards, each of our writers have crafted their own personal lists, covering their top five PlayStation 5 and PS4 titles of 2020. Today, it's the turn of editor Sammy Barker. 5. Cyberpunk 2077: I’ve always appreciated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the impact it had on the industry as a...

  • Game of the Year #5 - Astro's Playroom

    Astro-nomical

    The PlayStation 5 wasn't short of stellar launch games, but we're not sure many expected a freebie pack-in title to be among the best. Believe it or not, Astro's Playroom is an absolute gem; the fact all PS5 owners get it for free means your next-gen journey starts with a bang. All this game needed to be was a decent example piece for...