At last, a team of over 30 international media outlets have decided on the candidates that are up for prizes at this year's Game Awards. The cutoff date for eligible entries was Tuesday, November 24, and you'll hardly be surprised by most of the games in there. For example, Game of the Year nominees are as follows: Fallout 4, Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The WItcher 3, and Super Mario Maker. What an incredible year.
But one category may actually surprise you, one which is voted on by the gaming public: Most Anticipated Game. This category looks at all of the known release dates in 2016, and selects five titles to compete against one another. Last year, The Witcher 3 walked away with this prize, and we weren't disappointed. This year however, we were surprised to see no sign of Mass Effect: Andromeda - what gives?
4 Games More Anticipated Than Mass Effect: Andromeda
According to the list, the following titles are the nominees: Uncharted 4, No Man's Sky, The Last Guardian, Horizon Zero Dawn and Quantum Break. However, I'm going to ignore The Last Guardian, simply because I refuse to be disappointed yet again if it doesn't release next year. Gotta protect yourself, you know?
So when we look at the 4 other titles, do you see games that are potentially more exciting than the return of the Mass Effect franchise? Does a game like Quantum Break create more hype for you than Mass Effect: Andromeda?
Which Release Date Has Your Attention?
- Uncharted 4
Yeah, I can definitely board the hype train for the return of Naughty Dog following their seminal masterpiece, The Last of Us. The gameplay trailers for Uncharted 4 have had us on the edge of our seats already, and with stars Nolan North and Troy Baker leading the narrative, we're in for a great time in early 2016.
- No Man's Sky
A game that'll supply more planets for us to explore than there are people on the planet. No one alive today will ever see every planet or create in [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052), and that alone is enough to have everyone senselessly hyped for the release date of Hello Games' procedurally generated indie title. Yeah, I guess this can go on the list.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Set 1,000 years in the future, Horizon Zero Dawn will offer us a glimpse of the planet without the domination of mankind. Robotic beings have taken over everything and humans who've stuck around live like hunters and gatherers - only they use robotically enhanced bows and arrows. Awesome. Yeah, I guess I could play this over [Mass Effect: Andromeda](tag:2683449).
- Quantum Break
This is the one I don't really understand. While I love the work of Remedy Entertainment, I can't seem to be hyped for their latest, Quantum Break. It has an interesting premise, and some spectacular graphics, but I suppose Microsoft have failed to keep some of us interested in the wake of the title's delay. Would you play this over Mass Effect 4?