Game of the Year 2020 (25/01/2021)

The boys are back for a new year, but, as always, before you can move forward… You need to look back upon whence you came! So before digging into 2021 and all of it’s news and games, the boys must hand out some of the most prestigious awards in gaming media! Find out who won what in the SIPTG GOTY spectacular!‬

  • Show Notes:
  • Intro: -> 3m11s
  • Best Non-2020 Game: 3m11s -10m28s
  • Best Auditory Experience: 10m28s -> 50m24s
  • Best Game We Didn’t Get Time To Finish: 50m24s -> 59m10s
  • Best New Thing: 59m10s -> 1h9m
  • Best The Last of Us Part 2 Moment/Mission: 1h9m -> 1m28m42s
  • ‘Spring Breakers’: 1h28m42s -> 1h31m18s
  • Graham’s Sporting Moment/Podcast Recommendations:
    1h31m18s -> 1h41m31s
  • Steve’s Album of the Year: 1h41m42s -> 1h47m18s
  • Best Game Name, presented by Budi: 1h47m18s -> 1h50m29s
  • Best Story/Writing: 1h50m29s -> 2h6m34s
  • Best Looking Game: 2h6m34s -> 2h19m31s
  • Best New Character/NPC: 2h19m31s -> 2h41m7s
  • Best Moment/Mission: 2h41m7s -> 3h11m45s
  • Steve’s Top Ten: 3h11m45s -> 3h17m38s
  • Graham’s Top Ten: 3h17m38s -> 3h22m51s
  • Site Top Ten: 3h22m51s -> 3h42m20s
  • Outro: 3h42m20s ->

Nominees and Winners

Top 3 are in bold, game with * is winner.

Best Non 2020 Game

State of Decay 2
Remnant: From The Ashes *
Disco Elysium
Shadow Warrior 2
Assassins Creed: Syndicate
Grim Dawn

Best Auditory Experience

Streets of Rage 4
Fall Guys
Teenage Blob
The Last Campfire
Umurangi Generations
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Paradise Killer *
THPS 1&2 Remake
Desperados III
The Last of Us Part II
The Pedestrian
Call of the Sea
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Gears Tactics

Best Game we Didin’t Get Time to Finish

Desperados 3
Gears Tactics
Ori and the Will of the Wisps *
Beatuiful Desolation

Best New Thing

Journey to the Savage Planet
Treachery in Beatdown City
Colt Canyon
Good Job!
Fall Guys
Wintermoor Tactics Club
The Last Campfire
Hades *
Call of the Sea
The Pedestrian
Gears Tactics
Immortals Fenyx Rising
The Solitaire Conspiracy

Best Last of Us Part 2 Moment

Playing a guitar
Ellie playing Take On Me
Finding PS3s with Uncharted 2 and Jak
Abby’s rescue/betrayal
‘Hey! Watch your language! This is a house of worship’ ‘We got some gas!’ ‘Oh, fuck yeah!’
The museum flashback – “Holy shit! It’s a motherfucking dinosaur!”
Ganking a WLF soldier while they’re playing Hotline Miami on Vita
Ellie learns the truth about what would have happened to her in the first game
Chasing Nora
Abby gets in to the theatre
Finding the truck shrine to the prophet of the Seraphites
Lev asking Abby what’s going on between her and Owen… while they’re crossing a rickety-ass beam bridge 40+ stories up
Finding Lev
Escaping Haven
Abby finds Owen and Mel, and the map
Abby/Ellie fight
Tommy comes to the farm/Ellie goes after Abby
The final Abby/Ellie confrontation
Returning to an empty house
Museum flashback sequence *
Aquarium/theatre sequence
Dina/Ellie/JJ on the farm
Joel and Ellie space capsule scene at the museum
Ellie discovers that Mel is pregnant after killing her

‘Spring Breakers’

Split or Steal
Fall Guys
Teenage Blob
Post Void
Deep Rock Galactic
Blaseball *
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Steve’s Album and EP of the Year

The Ghost Inside – Self-titled *
Ingested – Where Only Gods May Tread
Protest The Hero – Palimpsest
Babirusa – Humanoid
Deftones – Ohms
Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better?
Killer Be Killed – Reluctant Hero

EP of the Year
Sensory Amusia – Bereavement *
Thirty Nights of Violence – You’ll See Me Up There
Protosequence – A Blunt Description of Something Obscene
Omni Express – Florida Man
Carcosa – Absent
Filth – Self-titled
Defamed – Aeon

Spotify Playlist

Best Game Name, presented by Budi

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth: Infinite Combate
The Last of Waifus *
Re:Turn – One Way Trip
Remothered: Broken Porcelain
Robotics;Notes DaSH
Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Gold
Who’s Your Daddy?

Best Story/Writing

Treachery in Beatdown City
Last of Us Part 2
Journey to the Savage Planet
Lair of the Clockwork God
Wintermoor Tactics Club
The Last Campfire
Paradise Killer
Call of the Sea
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Hades *

Best Looking Game

Journey to the Savage Planet
The Pedestrian
Ori and the Will of the Wisps *
Granblue Fantasy Versus
Streets of Rage 4
The Last of Us Part 2
Good Job!
Teenage Blob
The Last Campfire
Call of the Sea
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Desperados III

Best New Character

Martin Tweed (Journey to the Savage Planet)
E.K.O (Journey to the Savage Planet)
Tabby (Kunai)
Ku (Ori and the Will of the Wisps)
The Dodos (Animal Crossing)
Fake Orange Cassidys (Streets of Rage 4)
Dina (The Last of Us Part 2)
Abby (The Last of Us Part 2) *
Lev (The Last of Us Part 2)
Tove (Roki)
Baphomet (Wintermoor)
Jarek the Mechanic (Beautiful Desolation)
Jerry (Beautiful Desolation)
Ember (The Last Campfire)
Shinji (Paradise Killer)
Stanley (Spiritfarer)
Atul (Spiritfarer)
Fenyx (Immortals Fenyx Rising)
Sid (Gears Tactics)
Norah (Call of the sea)
Harry (Call of the Sea)

Best Moment/Mission

Trying to roll over on your bed, rolling into the wall, and the look on your villager’s face – Animal Crossing
Getting nailed by a scorpion – Animal Crossing
Swinging a demolition ball on a crane and letting it fly – Good Job!
Drifting on a forklift – Good Job!
Solving a loud music puzzle by turning music down in the options (Lair of the Clockwork God)
The Walking Simulator, and all of its overly-complex bullshit that amazes Dan (Lair of the Clockwork God)
The commentary on reviews (Lair of the Clockwork God)
Getting your reward/learn that work is its own reward in the tutorial (Unfortunate Spacemen)
Launching yourself into space and dying, which you’re not meant to do, after being specifically told not to… (Unfortunate Spacemen)
The monster attacks/Dad dies/Getting away (Roki)
Henrik rises! (Roki)
The conversation between Tove and Henrik before the final ascent (Roki)
The third nightmare (Roki)
Aaaaa aaaaaaaaaac (Wintermoor Tactics Club)
The end/‘Jacob is Banksy’ (Wintermoor)
Finishing a run/beating Hades (Hades)
The credits/10th completed run (Hades) *
The ‘shift’ at the end (The Pedestrian)
The trial (Paradise Killer)
Introduction to Ares – Immortals Fenyx Rising
Incidental Dialog – Immortals Fenyx Rising
Hephaistos Celebrates Fenyx breaking through to locate Vault
Spiritfarer – First trip the Everdoor
Ending of Call of the Sea

Steve’s Top Ten

  1. Hades
  2. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2
  3. Deep Rock Galactic
  4. Black Mesa
  5. Animal Crossing
  6. Good Job!
  7. The Last Campfire
  8. TLoU2
  9. Umurangi Generation
  10. Trackmania

Graham’s Top Ten

  1. Satisfactory
  2. Desperados III
  3. Call of the Sea
  4. Spiritfarer
  5. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  6. The Last of Us Part II
  7. The Pedestrian
  8. The Solitaire Conspiracy
  9. Mafia: Definitive Edition
  10. Gears Tactics

Site Top 10

  1. Hades
  2. Desperados 3
  3. Immortals: Fenyx Rising
  4. The Pedestrian
  5. Gears Tactics
  6. THPS 1&2
  7. Deep Rock Galactic
  8. The Last of Us Part 2
  9. Call of the Sea
  10. Satisfactory

Game of the Year 2019

The boys are back for another year! But before jumping into 2020 proper, they first need to handle all of the business of Game of the Year! Check out all of the best that 2019 had to offer, and the deliberations to arrive at those decisions!‬‬

Show Notes:
Intro: -> 4m0s
Best Non-2019 Game: 4m0s ->
Best Auditory Experience: 10m27s ->
Best Public Transport/Waiting Room Distraction: 23m19s ->
Best Game We Didn’t Get Time To Finish: 28m25s ->
Best New Thing: 40m36s ->
Spring Breakers’: 56m1s ->
Steve’s Album of the Year: 1h2m26s ->
Graham’s Top Ten: 1h8m36s ->
Viewing of the Year: 1m28m35s ->
Best Comfort Game: 1h38m58s ->
Graham’s Sporting Moment of the Year: 1h47m40s ->
Steve’s Top 10: 2h1m37s ->
Best Game Name, Presented by Budi: 2h11m32s ->
Best Looking Game: 2h20m20s ->
Best New Character: 2h40m36s ->
Best Moment/Mission: 2h58m27s ->
Site Top 10: 3h47m17s ->
Outro: 4h0m30s

2018 Game of the Year

Before the boys can get back into the swing of things for 2019, there be awards to hand out! That’s right! It’s the SIPTG Game of the Year celebration! A bumper bonanza of deliberations, all for your listening pleasure!

Show Notes:
Intro : -> 3m30s
Best Non-2018 Game : 3m20s -14m15s
Best Auditory Experience : 14m15s -> 23m55s
Best Public Transport/Waiting Room Distraction : 23m55s -> 28m18s
Best Game We Didn’t Get Time To Finish : 28m18s -> 44m03s
Best New Thing : 44m03s -> 1h7m19s
‘Spring Breakers’ : 1h7m19s -> 1h18m30s
Graham’s Top Ten : 1h18m30s -> 1h39m42s
Steve’s Album of the Year : 1h39m42s -> 1h44m07s
Viewing of the Year : 1h44m07s -> 1h50m07s
Best Comfort Game : 1h50m07s -> 1h57m20s
Graham’s Sporting Moment of the Year : 1h57m20s -> 2hm16m56s
Steve’s Top Ten : 2hm16m56s -> 2h28m36s
Biggest Bummer : 2h28m36s -> 2m53m43s
Best Looking Game : 2m53m43s -> 3h22m32s
Best New Character/NPC : 3h22m32s -> 3h35m19s
Best Moment/Mission : 3h35m19s -> 4m22m40s
Site Top Ten : 4m22m40s -> 4h35m25s

Nominees and Winners

Winners are in bold.

Best Non 2018 Game

Assassin’s Creed : Origins
Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Uncharted 4
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Just Cause 3
Watch_Dogs 2
Gears 4
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Far Cry 3
Rogue Legacy
Halo 5
Prey (2017)
No Man’s Sky
Brutal Doom/Doom 2
City Skylines: Xbox Edition
Monument Valley 2

Best Auditory Experience

God Of War
Yoku’s Island Express
Donut County

Tetris Effect
The Messenger
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Best Public Transport/Waiting Room Distraction

Smashtastic Cricket
Monument Valley 2

WWE Supercard
Pocket City

Best Game We Didn’t Get Time To Finish

Starlink: Quest for Atlas
Dark Souls Remastered
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Dead Cells

Best New Thing

Mutant Year Zero
The Gardens Between

Dead Cells
Into The Breach
The Messenger
Donut County
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Sea of Thieves

The ‘Spring Breakers’ Award

Starlink: Battle For Atlas
Yoku’s Island Express

Mutant Year Zero
Vermintide 2
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

Graham’s Top Ten

 1) God of War
2) Forza Horizon 4
3) Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
4) Assassin`s Creed Odyssey
5) Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
6) Spider-Man
7) Yoku`s Island Express
8) Donut County
9) Dead Cells
10) Red Dead Redemption 2

Steve’s Album of the Year

Prequelle by Ghost
Where Owls Know My Name by Rivers of Nihil
The Unheavenly Creatures by Coheed & Cambria

When the End Began by Silent Planet
All That Divides by Black Peaks
Anon. by Hands Like Houses
Nadir by Black Tongue
Extinction(s) by Unearth

Viewing of the Year

Broooklyn Nine-Nine
NJPW Dominion
Incredibles 2

Age of Tanks

Best Comfort Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Forza Horizon 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Dead Cells

Graham’s Sporting Moment of the Year

World Cup 2018 – Japan vs Belgium (round of 16)
Winter Olympics – Johannes Thingnes Boe (Norway) and Martin Fourcade (France) finish 31st and 8th respectivelyt in a massive upset in the men’s 10k biathlon sprint
Winter Olympics – Marcel Hirscher (AUT) wins gold in Alpine Combined downhill skiing, after missing out in 2014 (Sochi) after being heavy favourite.

World Cup 2018 – France vs Argentina (round of 16)
World Cup 2018 – France for Croatia (Final)
Winter Olympics – Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo leads Norway to gold in men’s 4x10km relay, taking the lead with about 1.5 km in a great tactical race last leg.
Winter Olympics – Martin Fourcade wins gold in the 12.5km pursuit defending his title from Sochi.
Cricket – Australia get caught cheating in South Africa
Tennis – Serena goes nuts at us open
US College Football – Tua Tagovailoa Goes From Backup to Legend
NHL – Alexander Ovechkin Lifts the Stanley Cup
NBA – J.R. Smith Reveals His True Essence forget the score
NHL – Gritty Is Revealed
US College Basketball – University of Maryland-Baltimore County defeated Virginia in first No. 16 seed upsets a No. 1 Seed in tournament history
US College Basketball – University of Connecticut don’t win the Womens NCAA basketball tournament
US College Basketball – Villanova dominate in Mens NCAA basketball tournament

Steve’s Top Ten

1) God of War
2) Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
3) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
4) Forza Horizon 4
5) Dead Cells
6) Ashen
7) Guacamelee! 2
8) Tetris Effect
9) Mark of the Ninja
10) Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Biggest Bummer

Onrush dying on the vine as hard as it did
IGN plagiarism scandal
Work practices/culture issues

Missing collectibles because of gameplay choices in Thronebreaker
Fallout 76
Being charge down to death by a Tank (MYZ)
Capcom putting ads into SFV, replacing Guile’s American flag tattoo with a CPT symbol
Puddle-gate (Spider-Man)
Far Cry 5​

Best Looking Game

God of War
Forza Horizon 4
Red Dead Redemption 2

Dead Cells
Tetris Effect
The Messenger
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Yoku’s Island Express
Detroit: Become Human
Assassin’s Creed : Odyssey
Sea of Thieves
Unravel Two

Best New Character

Mimir (God of War)
Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed : Odyssey)
Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)

Gabor (Thronebreaker)
Brock (God of War)
Bormin (Mutant Year Zero : Road to Eden)
Sadie Adler (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Lenny Summers (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Javier Escuella (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum (Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom)
Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
Kara (Detroit: Become Human)
Markus (Detroit: Become Human)
Lieutenant Hank Anderson (Detroit: Become Human)

Best Moment/Mission

Overcoming your anxieties (Celeste)
Returning from Guarma (Red Dead Redemption 2)
The arguments (Florence)

Figuring out ‘who’ Izza and Fala are (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
Hacking the big mech to turn it against the ghouls (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
The turn at the end (Ashen)
Driving through a cobblestone wall (Forza Horizon 4)
The lake (God of War)
All of the different in-jokes/references (Guacamelee 2)
Throwing the axe (God of War)
Getting Best Play (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4)
Finding the captives/fight following – Lux (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
The horse’s fall (Shadow of the Colossus)
The reveal at the end (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden)
Graham’s Ending in Detroit : Become Human
Markus Climb From The Dead (Detroit: Become Human)
Arthur Got Infected With Tuberculosis (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Sean’s Death (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Arthur’s Horse Dies (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Lenny and Arthur get drunk (Red Dead Redemption 2)
The O’Driscolls Get Kieran (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Punching my horse and getting kicked it return (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Arthur’s last ride back to Camp (Red Dead Redemption 2)

Site Top Ten

1) God of War
2) Forza Horizon 4
3) Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
4) Dead Cells
5) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
6) Donut County
7) Guacamelee! 2
8) Ashen
9) Assassin`s Creed Odyssey
10) Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

2017 Game of the Year

After a couple of weeks’ break, the boys are back to breakdown the winners and losers of 2017! Who will win the prestigious awards of the SIPTG Game of the Year Spectacular? Tune in to find out!‬

See the Nominees and Winners : 2017 Nominees and Winners

2016 Game of the Year

‪It’s that time of the year! Graham and Steve take a final look back at 2016 to decide the winners of the prestigious SIPTG Game of the Year Awards. Join the lads to find out what the cream of the crop was!‬

See the Nominees and Winners : 2016 Nominees and Winners