Bronze: Far Cry 4 by Ubisoft Montreal
Not much to say here. Far Cry 4 just a really good sounding game from top to bottom. From the booming explosions, down to the sounds of ambience that help draw you in, Far Cry 4 is a superb sounding game. Ubisoft might have had a funny ol' year in 2014 but Far Cry 4 is generally so well made and is proof that the company isn't completely off of its rocker... yet!
by Ross Hartley
Silver: Alien: Isolation by The Creative Assembly
Horror games having incredible audio design is almost at the point of being overplayed at this point. What puts Alien: Isolation above all of the rest is not only the atypically great horror game sound design, but also it's fantastic realization of the iconic sound design from the original Alien movie. From the motion scanner to the sound of the marching alien, Alien: Isolation utilizes some of the best sound effects of cinematic horror with great video game sound design to create a terrifyingly deadly combination.
by Isaac Wagner
Gold: Destiny by Bungie
Just sitting here -- with my eyes closed trying to brainstorm my piece of text for this award entry -- I can bring to mind quite vividly quite a bit of the sound design from my experience with Destiny. From the sound of my legendary hand cannon revolver to throwing my psychic nova bomb and killing the entire enemy team in the process, Destiny absolutely rocks it in the sound department. Destiny might be a slightly lackluster and disappointing full package experience, but there's no denying that Bungie's latest title reigns supreme when it comes to its production value. It might be too early to call the sound design in Destiny "iconic", but it is by far the most inspired and evocative sound design of this year, and so far in this new generation as a whole.
by: Isaac Wagner