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Midlife Gamer Community Awards – The Shortlist

January 1st, 2019 by

01goldcoinIt’s that time of the year. You know the period where we stop thinking about how many other ways you can incorporate turkey into a meal or bidding farewell to that family member that you are not going to see again for another 350 days.

It’s a time of quiet reflection of working out how much money you spent on that gym membership you never used, of looking back at what you would have done differently. We are exactly the same here at Midlife Gamer but we like to have not so quiet reflection on the things we enjoyed doing – gaming.



For the past month you have been voting for your favourite games, moments and all things related to gaming for both awards to be announced here and now as well as define the shortlist for our Game of the Year Facebook vote. So without further ado, sit back, relax and enjoy the Midlife Gamer Community Awards 2019.

The “Shut Up & Take My Money” Award for Best Trailer

First up is the trailer award and the top three were an interesting although not with a surprising winner. For the first time in many years a live action trailer did not feature in top three trailers. However, before we get there. In third place came the title that has divided the gaming community like no other – Fallout 76

In second place came the title that caused the most excitement coming out of the 2018 Games Awards, not least as it came from the makers of Fallout to announce what many are dubbing Fallout New Vegas In Space all whilst Fallout 76 was in the middle of spreading Marmite across the gaming world – The Outer Worlds

Taking the title for Trailer of the Year is a title that I am sure we will be mentioning again in this awards – Red Dead Redemption 2

The “Late to the Party” Award

Maybe it’s our age. Maybe it’s the lack of time. Maybe it’s just because we don’t rush to buy games day 1 anymore. Maybe it’s just enjoying going back to revisit an old favourite. Maybe it’s just we have a diverse range of tastes within the Midlife Gamer Community. Whatever it is there is definitely something about the way we have played games this year. You don’t have to look any further than the Late to the Party award to understand that there is something. In a category that featured votes for 43 separate and unique titles, this category was always going to be a close one.

In third place came Diablo 3. Whilst released a few years ago on Xbox and PlayStation 4 its replayability is often championed by its fans due to the Season mode. It was also brought back into the spotlight this year as it received a release for the title on the Nintendo Switch enabling Diablo on the go.

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Two titles make up the winner of this award – we told you it was close – first up as co-winner is the supernatural coming of age graphic adventure Oxenfree. Initially released in 2016 it follows the story of Alex and her friends who try to unravel the secrets of an island after some strange goings on.

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The second half of our award winner is science fiction, action game slash TV show – Quantum Break. The game features episodes of an integrated live-action television show, featuring the actors of the characters. The characters interact with the player’s choices, displaying the results of the decisions made.

The Most Anticipated Title of 2019 Award

This award has often proven to be something of a poisoned chalice to games, where this years Most Anticipated title is next years Stinker of the Year. Well we can almost certainly guarantee that will not happen this year – mainly as we are ditching the negativity of the Stinker of the Year award. Whilst we saw a second place tie with both Anthem and The Last of Us 2 coming in strongly both titles were edged out of the top spot by CD Projeckt Red’s E3 announced Cyberpunk 2077.

Now we move onto the award winners that will make up the Game of the Year Shortlist and first up it’s board games.

Analogue Game of the Year

Much like the Late to the Party Award, the analogue game of the year award is open to games you enjoyed in 2018 rather than games released in the calendar year. As such we get quite an eclectic mix of nominations and, quite possibly, for that reason alongside a huge £125 price drop on Amazon saw a flurry of pre Christmas purchases alongside a lot of late votes saw Drop Mix take the title this year.

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A music mixing game developed by Harmonix and published by Hasbro. The game uses a mix of physical cards with chips embedded with near field communication, a specialized electronic game board with NFC and Bluetooth capabilities, and a companion application for mobile devices that communicates with the board via Bluetooth. By playing a card, representing a specific song, atop a proper board space, the board will detect its NFC code and relay that to the app, which will play a sample from that song, such as a drum loop or a vocal section.

Mobile Game of the Year

The mobile category often sees nominations for titles released in years past but have recently caught the attention of the community either through recommendation or price cut. Whilst Clash Royale and Candy Crush both featured heavily in the voting, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively it was this years iteration of Football Manager Mobile that took the top spot.

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Built for quick play on the go, Football Manager Mobile is a stripped down version of its PC big brother. Focussing on training and tactics rather than the other aspects that make up the time consumption of its older family member, it is perfect to get your Football Manager fix on the bus, train or toilet.

Nintendo Game of the Year

We really did think this was going to be a two horse race as the initial votes were taking turns for Pokemon: Let’s Go and Mario Tennis Aces. How wrong we were. This award became a one horse race the moment Nintendo released their beat ‘em up Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

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Featuring all characters from previous versions of Smash Bros. this is the Nintendo version of Infinity War. It is also the fastest selling switch game and was most likely found in quite a few stocking last week. The game follows the series’ traditional style of gameplay: controlling one of various characters, players must use differing attacks to weaken their opponents and knock them out of an arena. It features a wide variety of game modes, including a campaign for a single-player and, like all good beat ‘em ups, a multiplayer versus modes.

Sony Game of the Year

Whilst the hype train for Detroit: Become Human started way back in 2013 after David Cage announced he wanted to make Quantic Dreams PlayStation 3 technology demo Kara into a full game to see where the story would go, it wasn’t enough to push it higher than third here.

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Parenting Simulator, God of War takes 2nd place in the Sony Exclusive stakes receiving one fewer vote than eventual winner Spider-Man, as the web slinger along with a multitude of fan favourite costumes took superhero combat, web-slinging, graphics and narrative to a new level.

Microsoft Game of the Year

While the internet often throws the complaint that Microsoft doesn’t have any exclusives, whilst the number is low in comparison to its competitors, when they do have an exclusive you can bet it’s a good one. This may be the reason for the huge gulf between the winner and the runners-up. Coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively were Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 but with over 80% of the vote was Forza Horizon 4.

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Taking us on a trip inspired by Britain’s very own roads and featuring Edinburgh alongside a number of fictional locations Forza Horizon 4 took the arcade racer to the next level by incorporating ever changing seasons resulting in races in the height of the summer being totally different races when drifting snow and frozen lakes are the order of the week. This alongside a multitude of cars, races, events and stories meant there was only ever going to be one winner in this race.

Cross Platform Game of the Year

One thing the Midlife Gamer Community has decided upon already is that without a shadow of a doubt there has been a single cross platform game this year that has ruled them all. Releasing in the tail end of the year has also meant that it is fresh in our minds and for some of us the story is still ongoing (hence no spoilers here) but with a massive 97% of the vote in this category the winner of Cross Platform Game of the Year is unsurprisingly Red Dead Redemption 2.

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So a quick reminder of your six finalists:

Dropmix 001Drop Mix (Analogue)







fm mobile 19 001Football Manager Mobile 19 (Mobile)







smash bros 001Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)







fh4 001Forza Horizon 4 (Microsoft)







spiderman 001Spider-Man (Sony)







rdr2 001Red Dead Redemption 2 (Cross Platform)







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