Game of the Year 2015: Atmospheric

As another year ends, the CGM staff has come together to award Game of the Year to deserving titles of 2015. After a lengthy and heated debate on podcast, and a vote from the CGM staff all over the world, we have crowned our GotY picks! Eight categories that span all year and a wide range of genres. These titles are the best of the best of 2015 and demonstrate unique qualifications that set them apart and above in 2015. Here is our pick for Atmospheric Game of the Year.

Immersion is a concept often tossed around by game designers. While many try to use it, very few understand how to separate the player from the game, making them feel like a part of the world. One of the most important elements in immersion is atmosphere; creating a world that feels alive and filling it with believable characters that feel like they belong there. These games exceeds above all others at setting the stage and weaving the elaborate yarn.

Nominees: Her Story
                    Until Dawn
                    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Winner: Until Dawn Until Dawn is a true teenagers-trapped-with-a-killer horror experience; it follows the pacing of a slasher flick to a tee. More than that, though, it’s a very different take on atmospheric horror. Instead of leaving the player trapped in a horror scenario, it puts them in control of a group of teenagers and tasks them with their survival.

Though much of Until Dawn’s appeal will be lost on those uninitiated into classic horror culture, for those who are, this represents a very unique experience. Everyone has at least one slasher flick fan in their life, and this might just be the perfect game that 2015 has to offer for them.

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