For The Game Awards, I'd say The Witcher 3 has a big chance of nabbing the super coveted Game of the Year honors, but only because Bloodborne is exclusive to PS4.
Based on the staff responses, you definitely can expect both games to contend for Game of the Year honors here at PlayStation LifeStyle. We have one heck of a plan for all the "Best of" awards that you'll soon see come to fruition in the coming days and weeks.
Despite my own Game of the Year not making the cut for The Game Awards, I can still discern a deserving winner from the list. The nominee I would choose, again from the very Until Dawn-less list, would be Bloodborne. The world built by From Software was fantastically realized and the gameplay, while challenging, was improved so that a newcomer like myself was able to enjoy it. The feat of making a Souls-type game approachable to the masses should not be understated.
The Witcher 3...easily. It was the first game that I played since buying a PS4 that truly made me feel like I was playing a current-gen game. Beautiful in every way, full of life, outstanding story and script, amazing replay value. Everything else pales in comparison. The Witcher 3 has something for everyone - from casual players to seasoned players. I can't say the same for Bloodborne and MGS V, I'm afraid.
The Witcher 3 is the clear winner in my eyes. This was a game that truly and fully embraced it's home on this generation of consoles and did very little wrong. The minor things that annoyed me when I reviewed it were even fixed later on via updates, and it featured one of the best DLC/expansions in recent memory (with one more still to come), so I can't rightly see any game that deserves the honor of being 2015's game of the year more than The Witcher 3.
It was a year full of good games though, and out own coming end of the year awards will break them down even further, so stay tuned to see what else we thought was great, even if they can't topple The Witcher 3's throne.
I have nothing really to say about the Game Awards themselves.. as for GOTY, I pick Dragon Quest Heroes.
I find myself torn between The Phantom Pain and Bloodborne. On the one hand there's the rich majesty of Yharnam, with its spine-chilling atmosphere and origami-like environments. Tiptoeing down the cobbled streets, waiting with bated breath in fear of an enemy leaping out, is a feeling that had me hooked from day one, and From's world absolutely sings on PS4.
Despite all that, I have to vote The Phantom Pain. It's everything I wanted from a Metal Gear title, and you really get the feeling that this is Hideo Kojima as he intends it, without the technical limitations of hardware dampening his vision. Wonderful design from top to bottom, really, and that the entire thing runs at a crisp 60fps is a testimony to the Fox engine. It is, without question, a game I'll always cherish.