The year 2015 may be over, but the games it premiered are still fresh in our minds and weighing heavy on our backlogs. Kotaku and Talk Amongst Yourselves readers cast a record-setting 19,000+ votes this last week and the result are in for round one.
Keep in mind that all of the winners are based on the votes that were cast by readers. So don’t take out your anger on the Speakys team when you realize Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 didn’t take home a single win.
Here we go!
The Best Xbox One Console Exclusive of 2015 was...
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 828 votes
Runner-up: Ori and the Blind Forest - 534 votes
Second Runner-up: Halo 5: Guardians - 484 votes
The Best PlayStation 4 Console Exclusive of 2015 was...
Bloodborne - 1,502 votes
Runner-up: Rocket League - 484 votes
Second Runner-up: Until Dawn - 285 votes
The Best Wii U Console Exclusive of 2015 was...
Super Mario Maker - 1,123 votes
Runner-up: Splatoon - 917 votes
Second Runner-up: Xenoblade Chronicles X - 476 votes
The Best PlayStation Vita Handheld Exclusive of 2015 was...
Persona 4: Dancing All Night - 399 votes
Runner-up: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - 201 votes
Second Runner-up: Broken Age - 160 votes
The Best 3DS Handheld Exclusive of 2015 was...
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D - 825 votes
Runner-up: Monster Hunter 4 - 420 votes
Second Runner-up: Box Boy! - 218 votes
The Best Multiplatform Title of 2015 was...
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 1,161 votes
Runner-up: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 522 votes
Second Runner-up: Fallout 4 - 438 votes
Note: The following were “write-in only” categories, meaning they have substantially less votes than the categories above.
The Best PC Title of 2015 was...
Undertale - 345 votes
Runner-up: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 268 votes
Second Runner-up: Fallout 4 - 60 votes
The Most Underrated Title of 2015 was...
Undertale - 63 votes
Runner-up: Life is Strange - 43 votes
Second Runner-up: Mad Max - 41 votes
The Best Original Soundtrack of 2015 was...
Undertale - 191 votes
Runner-up: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 155 votes
Second Runner-up: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 93 votes
Well, there appears to be a large number of Undertale fans in the Kotaku and TAY reader base, that much is clear. But what game will prevail as The Speakys “Game of the Year” for the year that was 2015. The top three in each category (upgraded from top two in past years) have made it on to the official ballot, but we’ve also decided to include a write-in option this year, just in case you’re favorite title didn’t make the list.
If you’re on a mobile device you may find it’s easier to vote via this direct link.
Why are the awards called “The Speakys”?
When these awards first began in 2011 I introduced them in the Kotaku forum known as “Speak Up”. The Speak Up forum was merged with TAY in the spring of 2013 and no longer exists. But since the gamers who read Kotaku still have a tendency to “speak up” about their opinions when it comes to games they love I’ve kept the name.
It’s 2016, why are these “The 2015” Speakys?
Because all the games came out and were played in 2015.
What games have won in the past?
2011 - GOTY: Skyrim, Runner-Up: Portal 2
2012 - GOTY: Borderlands 2, Runner-Up: The Walking Dead
2013 - GOTY: The Last of Us, Runner-Up: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2014 - GOTY: Dragon Age Inquisition, Runner up: Super Smash Bros for Wii U
When will you post the “GOTY” results?
GOTY results will be posted Monday, January 18.
How did some games win for being “exclusives” when I know they were on multiple devices or PC as well?
We stuck with console exclusives this year, meaning that games which came to both PC and a console still made the console list. Games exclusive to the PlayStation Network were also considered as exclusives for both PS4 and Vita, even if they came to both, as it was easier to group them this way.
My favorite game of the year didn’t make the final list. Can I write in my personal GOTY?
Absolutely! That’s why we included the write-in option this year.
What wonderful people helped put this together?
That would be myself (Ben Bertoli), Nach (Jose Acosta), Zarnyx (Narelle Ho Sang) and Steve Bowling.
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