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TA Podcast: Episode 23
As promised last week when we opened up the TA mailbag, Rich, Jack and myself sat down over the weekend to record our February show.

In this episode we discuss what we've been playing; including our exclusive hands on with DiRT Rally at Codemasters' HQ and our thoughts on the Homefront: The Revolution and The Division betas, the Xbox One Elite controller, the latest Xbox news, and took the time to answer some of your burning questions.

If your question was read out on the episode, look for a PM from one of us in the near future. For those of you that didn't have your question read out this time around, don't worry, the mailbag was too full for us to get through in one go, so will be reading more out in the next episode.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a nice review.

For those of you on other operating systems, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site or download them here.
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Game Of The Year 2015 - Stat Round Up
Hey TA’ers,

Do you want to know where your favourite game finished in our Game of the Year Awards? Read on as we wind up our Game of the Year 2015 with a feast of statistics.

In a slight decrease from last year, our GotY Awards had a grand total of 23,287 votes from 5,641 users.

In a massive increase from last year, Xbox One games received 95.32% of all points (up 26.5%), Xbox 360 games received just 3.5% and the rest of the platforms received just 1.34% of the vote. The top 32 games were all Xbox One games.

The top 50 games and the other results.

The Winners

Fallout 4 was the clear winner with 10,232 points from the most votes (2,470). The 3,739 point margin between first and second was the biggest between any two positions (2,029 points between 3rd and 4th was next). It got the most first, second, third and fourth placed votes (Halo 5 got the most 5th place votes). It also had the second highest vote average at 4.14. Despite less votes this year, Fallout 4 got 4,128 more points than last year’s winner Titanfall, In fact Titanfall’s total would have only placed it in 4th this year.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt got the highest average vote* with 4.17; 56.8% of its vote were first place votes (the highest percentage of any game).

Life Is Strange got the highest Gamers Played Score (GPS)** in the top 100 with an impressive 148.16; the Xbox 360 version was also the highest placed Xbox 360 game, placed in 33rd with 383 points, including 44 first places.

Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue finished a surprisingly high 116th despite the fact that only 206 users have played it...

Your favourite genre was RPG with 26.59% of the vote, just beating out Action-Adventure with 24.94%.

The Losers

Despite being played by 74212 gamers (the fourth most), Call of Duty: Black Ops III only received 580 votes and it finished 13th.

Star Wars Battlefront had the lowest number of top votes in the top 10 (94). It also had the lowest vote average (3.01) and its 29.5 GPS was by far the lowest in the top 10 (Forza 6 was the next with 60.73). As the fifth most played game of the year, it arguably should have performed much better.

Monster Go! (WP) had the lowest GPS with 0.21 (4677 gamers and just the 1 point). BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition had the lowest GPS on the Xbox One (not including apps) with 0.64 and NHL Legacy Edition had the lowest on the Xbox 360 with 4.6.

Yasai Ninja, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, Giana Sisters: Dream Runners, NHL Legacy Edition, Let's Sing 2016, Azito x Tatsunoko Legends, Age of Sparta (WP), Monster Go! (WP), Handball 16, Elements: Epic Heroes (WP) and BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition all finished 307th and last with 1 point.

Your least favourite genre was Party once again, with only 104 votes totalling 0.33% of the overall points.

Alternative Top 10’s

Most Votes
1) Fallout 4 - 2470
2) Halo 5: Guardians - 1749
3) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 1554
4) Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1181
5) Batman: Arkham Knight - 1072
6) Life Is Strange - 740
7) Assassin's Creed Syndicate - 694
8) Star Wars Battlefront - 679
9) Forza Motorsport 6 - 673
10) Gears of War: Ultimate Edition - 632

Most Top Votes
1) Fallout 4 - 1305
2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 883
3) Halo 5: Guardians - 494
4) Rise of the Tomb Raider - 325
5) Batman: Arkham Knight - 281
6) Life Is Strange - 214
7) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 173
8) Assassin's Creed Syndicate - 133
9) Forza Motorsport 6 - 129
10) Call of Duty: Black Ops III - 126

Average Value of Each Vote (Top 100)
1) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 4.178
2) Fallout 4 - 4.143
3) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox 360) - 4.135
4) Life Is Strange (Xbox 360) - 4.118
5) Resident Evil (Xbox 360) - 3.773
6) Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) - 3.618
7) Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox 360) - 3.556
8) Halo 5: Guardians - 3.501
9) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 3.482
10 Rise of the Tomb Raider - 3.467

Gamers Player Score (Top 100)
1) Life Is Strange - 148.16
2) Life Is Strange (Xbox 360) - 126.36
3) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - 119.79
4) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox 360) - 119.07
5) Fallout 4 - 102.78
6) Rise of the Tomb Raider - 101.35
7) Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) - 95.20
8) Assassin's Creed Syndicate - 82.80
9) Wasteland 2: Director's Cut - 81.95
10) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 73.24

Top 10 Xbox 360 games
1) Life Is Strange (Xbox 360) - 383
2) Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious (Xbox 360) -366
3) Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox 360) - 160
4) Goat Simulator (Xbox 360) - 159
5) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox 360) - 153
6) Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series (Xbox 360) - 130
7) Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) - 123
8) LEGO Jurassic World (Xbox 360) - 101
9) Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360) - 95
10) Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (Xbox 360) - 95

New IP’s
1) Life Is Strange - 2535
2) Ori and the Blind Forest - 1518
3) Dying Light - 1318
4) Mad Max - 706
5) SMITE - 395
6) Life Is Strange (Xbox 360) - 383
7) Pneuma: Breath of Life - 314
8) Gems of War - 193
10) Project CARS - 191

That's all from this year's awards. I hope that you've enjoyed them even if the results weren't to your liking!

Cheers and I hope to see you next year,


*In the top 200, technically The Escapists (Xbox 360) got the most with 5.0, however it only got 1 vote.

**Gamers Played Score (GPS) = Points Gained / Gamers Played * 1000
Added by Clever Jake at 10:13:10
TA Podcast: Game of the Year 2015 Edition
Hello and happy new year!

With both the community and staff Game of the Year results being announced last week, Rich, J and myself sit down to discuss each of the winners, and reveal which games received our backing.

We also have a brief look to the future and discuss which upcoming releases we are looking forward to picking up, and which games we are hoping will be revealed for release later this year.

As always, if you enjoy listening to our podcast, please subscribe in iTunes, give us a good rating, and leave a review to help us shake off the January blues.

If you avoid iOS like the plague, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site or download them here.

Also, for the first time we have uploaded this podcast to YouYube - you can listen to it here.
Added by DaveKinetic at 15:57:16
2015 Leaderboards - How Did You Do?
Hey TAers!

There's nothing we like more in TGN towers than messing around with data and seeing what we can do with it.

As 2015 is now a distant memory, we thought it would be awesome to build some leaderboards for the whole year to make it easy for you to see how your gaming stacked up against your friends.

So we've build a new 2015 Site Leaderboard page!

This page has all your usual TA filtering options - you can filter by platform and genre, even region and area!

Various filtering optionsVarious filtering options

You can easily find your position on the board by clicking the Find Me button - it'll take you to the page and scroll down automatically to show your position in all it's glory. Click the Friends only to just show you and your buddies.

Find yourself or view just your friendsFind yourself or view just your friends

We've included all the online achievements everyone unlocked throughout the whole of 2015 - offline achievements could not be included as we couldn't be sure they were unlocked during the year.

The page defaults to showing the TrueAchievement score leaderboard (naturally), but there are also leaderboards for GamerScore, Achievements Won, Challenges Won and TA Ratio. The links to these boards are on the right of that page.

We've built various leaderboards for the yearWe've built various leaderboards for the year

The top 10s will probably surprise you - but massive congratulations to RedmptionDenied for taking the top spot in the TrueAchievements leaderboard, and IrishWarrior022 for leading the GamerScore leaderboard!

But wait, there's more...

You probably want to share with the world that you made it into the top 1,000 of the 2015 GamerScore in Racing Games Leaderboard - and why not?

Once you've found yourself, click the share icon to be taken up the page to the share panel:

Share PanelShare Panel

From here you can share to facebook, twitter, etc. and the shares look pretty cool and link through directly to the correct leaderboard and position:

Twitter Share DetailsTwitter Share Details

Thanks to everyone that made 2015 such a great year on TrueAchievements, and here's to an awesome 2016!
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The TrueAchievements Staff Game of the Year 2015
Greetings TAers!

As the 2016 gaming calendar begins (the first new games of the year are already releasing, as Unepic as that sounds), the staff here at TrueAchievements participated in our yearly tradition of deciding on our Game of the Year selection.

After last year’s mature and reasonable discussion, we sat down, bandaged some injuries (dropK1CK ninJA got a lot of points in with his signature sucker punch), and calmly decided on how to vote for the Game of the Year in 2015. It led to another mature and reasonable discussion. I’m happy to report that only one pair of arms was torn off by resident Wookie ChewieOnIce, so this year was a resounding success!

Staff Game of the Year 2015Staff Game of the Year 2015

Honorable Mention

Ori and the Blind Forest - Official Review
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Missing out of the top five by a single vote, Walkthrough Supervisor and Newshound LifeExpectancy makes an excellent case for the little indie game that could:

This is what happens when a developer is given the time, free of oppressive deadlines, to do a game justice. This is what happens when a developer puts plainly evident passion into a game. This is what the AAA industry lost long ago. Ori and the Blind Forest is a masters class in game design, with the tightest, most responsive gameplay of any platformer or metroidvania I've ever played. It is the single best game on which I have laid hands since Super Mario Bros 3. I am extremely saddened that I don't see more votes here for this masterpiece.Top Five

5: Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Official Review
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Walkthrough Supervisor Dang3R Gaming lets us know what it means to go back through the past to assassinate those people you were forced to learn about in History class:

I love the series in general, but this game just blew it out of the water in my mind. And having just played "Jack the Ripper" DLC, I love it even more. The gameplay was amazing, same with the story, and I loved every minute of the game.4: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Official Review
Title Screen

Newshound Marc Pilkington gives us the scoop on the world that CD Projekt brought to gamers this past year:

Games that excel in one department tend to struggle in another, but The Witcher 3 manages to exceed in all of them. Stunning graphics, a heartfelt story, fleshed out characters, solid gameplay and a beautiful soundtrack are all present here, helping to create one of the best RPG's ever to grace the gaming community. Even at eighty hours in, I was still eager to hop straight back into the world that Geralt inhabits and enjoy the plethora of content on offer. It's an RPG fan's ultimate gaming dream.3: Batman: Arkham Knight - Official Review

To solve why this game is so loved without having to be the World’s Greatest Detective, we turn to Game Info Editor Zonrith1:

I confess that my heart has greatly desired this. Instead of a dark lord you shall have a Dark Knight! All shall love him and despair.

Arkham Knight keeps everything great about Arkham City, expands it and enhances it. The free-flowing combat and detective work are now coupled with extensive use of the iconic Batmobile. The rogue gallery is once more out in full force. The sound design is immersive and Gotham looks great in its bleak, gritty way. With plenty of lore and throwbacks to the comics (like the ever-compelling The Killing Joke), Arkham Knight offers compelling storytelling combined with well-tuned gameplay. It is fun in a way that video games should always strive to be.

It also helps if you say "I'm Batman" in your best Bale voice every 20 minutes or so.
2: Fallout 4 - Official Review
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Moderator Parallax Demon gives a great explanation of what makes the latest Bethesda game a worthy addition to the publisher’s staple of classic games:

Fallout 4 is not a perfect game. The plot is not memorable, the world is a lot smaller compared to The Witcher or Skyrim, the graphics could be better and the RPG-element is downtuned again.

But, when you start to play it, it's so addictive. It's an open world filled with easter eggs, funny encounters, places to explore, goodies to be found etc. That's what all Bethesda games are; the story gives you a reason to start the game, and before you know it, you're doing all kind of things not story related at all.

Fallout 4 gives you all of that in the best looking world ever created by Bethesda.
And finally, the Grand Pearl Pooh-Bah of the contest, the TrueAchievements Staff pick for Game of the Year 2015!

1: Life Is Strange - Official Review

To understand how a game about high school girls could capture the attention of so much of the gaming world this past year, Moderator Geoffistopheles breaks down the game (and also commits actions that would infuriate a certain mole):

Move over, Telltale, you've got some competition. I like the gameplay, using the rewind feature both for puzzles, conversation changes, and major plot twists. I liked the characters, who felt so alive that I could put real life acquaintances to their surface personalities. But most of all I adored the story, teasing at a slice of life as things slowly descend into darker territory, tackling issues that I did not expect the game to handle. If there were a console game this year to address the question "Are games art?", this would be the title to bring out.

Fun fact: In most choice-based games, I'll make a major decision in 15 seconds. Life is Strange once got me to turn the game off instead, because I was not prepared to make that decision.
Staff Windows / Mobile Game of the Year

Runner-Up: Dragon Mania Legends (Win 8) / Dragon Mania Legends (WP)

Community Event Organizer and GTASC Host planting42 offers a look into the first game on our list:

As far as mobile games went this past year, Dragon Mania Legends was one of the best of the freemium offerings. Not only was it fun and engaging, it offered chances to interact with friends in different ways. Overall, it is the best game that Gameloft has released to date in my opinion.Winner: Hitman GO (Win 8) / Hitman GO (WP)

To explain how a traditional video game franchise made such a graceful debut on mobile devices, here is the Moderator who still can’t find the name field at registration:

Software development in general is as much a challenge in not only getting your product to work, but also making sure that your product is ideal for the platforms on which you expect to distribute. To that degree, Square Enix Montreal absolutely nailed their production of Hitman Go. Instead of the many hamfisted attempts at bringing established gaming properties on consoles/PC to new platforms, Hitman Go exemplified what can be accomplished when the unique aspects of a new platform are accounted for first, before worrying about how to retain identifying aspects of the main series, if needed at all. The end product becomes a magnificent puzzle game with plenty of challenges and is ideal for the short burst "pick up and go" gameplay that makes mobile games successful.And there you have it! Now that you've seen our results, make sure that you check out the results of the site vote as well. The staff hope everyone gets a chance to play these wonderful games that we have highlighted from 2015 and eagerly looks forward to what 2016 holds in store for the gaming world. Happy Gaming!
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The TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2015
Hi TA'ers

It is now my pleasure to bring you the results of the TrueAchievements Game of the Year Awards 2015! I’d like to thank everyone who voted.

The Game of the Year, as well as the rest of the winners, will each receive exclusive TA rosettes on their respective game/achievement pages.

Game of the Year 2015Game of the Year 2015

Without further ado, the TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2015 is...

*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

The TrueAchievements Game of the Year Awards Winners 2015

Game of the Year - Fallout 4
Runner Up - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Shooter - Halo 5: Guardians
Runner Up - Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action & Adventure Game - Rise of the Tomb Raider
Runner Up - Batman: Arkham Knight

Best Role Playing GameFallout 4
Runner Up - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Platformer - Ori and the Blind Forest
Runner Up - Shovel Knight

Best Racing Game - Forza Motorsport 6
Runner Up - Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious

Best Sports Game - FIFA 16
Runner Up - Madden NFL 16

Best Action Game - Rare Replay
Runner Up - Mortal Kombat X

Best Adventure Game - Life Is Strange
Runner Up - Tales from the Borderlands

Best Music & Rhythm Game - Rock Band 4
Runner Up - Guitar Hero Live

Best Simulation Game - The Escapists
Runner Up - Farming Simulator 15

Best Puzzle Game - Pneuma: Breath of Life
Runner Up - Gems of War

Best Strategy Game - MASSIVE CHALICE
Runner Up - Plague Inc: Evolved

Best Card & Board Game - Magic Duels: Origins
Runner Up – Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist

Best Vehicular Combat Game - World of Tanks
Runner Up - Elite: Dangerous

Best Party Game - The Jackbox Party Pack
Runner Up - The Jackbox Party Pack 2

Best ID@Xbox gamePneuma: Breath of Life
Runner Up - #IDARB

Best DLC - The Taken King for Destiny
Runner Up - Halo 3: ODST for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Platform Awards

Best Windows Phone Game - Hitman GO (WP)
Runner Up - Halo: Spartan Strike (WP)

Best Windows Game - Microsoft Solitaire Collection (Win 10)
Runner Up - Hitman GO (Win 8)

Achievement Awards

Proudest AchievementLone Wolf in Halo 5: Guardians
Runner Up - Walked the Path in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Most Fun AchievementLegend Of The Wastes in Fallout 4
Runner Up - Touchdown! in Fallout 4

Most Original AchievementOver "The Air" Achiever in #IDARB
Runner Up - Touchdown! in Fallout 4

Best Achievement NameMasshole in Fallout 4
Runner Up – WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU in Assassin's Creed Syndicate

We hope that you've had fun voting and will join us again next year.

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