Bloodborne released last year at a time when the 8th generation was really lacking in have a good library of video games. We were still months away from MGS V and The Witcher 3, Fallout 4 wasn’t even confirmed at that point. Not a single new IP in 2014 had an average of over 90, and the best rated exclusive games were remasters and re-releases of old games. That’s when Bloodborne changed all that.
Bloodborne released to extremely high praise from critics, and became the highest rated non remastered video game. It also still holds the title of being the highest rated exclusive even after a big year of Microsoft exclusives in 2015. However we reach December/early January and the Game Of The Year awards are starting to be posted and announced. Bloodborne got almost no GOTY awards.
Even the PS4’s official GOTY awards didn’t see Bloodborne as the best video game of 2015 with The Witcher 3 getting the honors. Some sites didn’t even mention Bloodborne as a contender or honorable mention, but where did it all go wrong for this great video game? It was well received, sold well, but didn’t get the final honors. Was it because journalists did not want to chose an exclusive as the GOTY? Was it because this is the death of the “hardcore games” and that it wasn’t mainstream enough to deserve the awards.
I just know it’s a damn shame that this brilliant video game did not get the awards it deserved for what it truly did for the 8th generation of games. Historically when we look back at the 8th generation of video games, Bloodborne will always be known as the first video game to really breakthrough in that generation with most new IP’s before it and even some after it being major letdowns. Bloodborne was hyped up and still managed to exceed expectations of the fans and Sony themselves.
It’s really rare for a video game to get an average of 92 on Metacritic, and receive so little back in GOTY awards. I understand that 2015 was extremely stacked, and GOTY awards would have been spread out quite a lot, but to snub Bloodborne as “best PS4 game” and give it to a multiplatform game is just inexcusable and makes us think if there’s another reason as to why Bloodborne was snubbed so much. Could it be that the game was “too hard” for the casual gamer, and that more casual based games are pushed as the winners of the end of year awards? We will never know the reasons why, but it doesn’t change the fact that it was a damn shame Bloodborne did not get the awards it truly deserved.
Do you feel Bloodborne was snubbed in the GOTY awards? Was there a reason for it? Or do you think it didn’t deserve the GOTY awards? Let us know in the comments section.