Multiplayer Game of the Year 2016: Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan31 Dec 2016 1
The Multiplayer category is the only ‘special’ kind of category we have this year, in the sense that it’s not tied to any particular genre. All a game needs is a multiplayer component, whether that is online or local.
Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan – the mobile adaptation of Games Workshop’s classic table-top game – is this year’s winner. Unlike its cousin on the PC (Armada), Leviathan is turn-based and a more faithful replication of the original experience, making it a perfect mobile-multiplayer title.
We asked Matt back to speak some more words on Leviathan and what makes it such a good experience:
You can't ask more from a tabletop adaptation than strong single-player, smooth multi-player and a campaign game. Leviathan gave us all that and more: instead of a board, this was a translation of a miniatures game. Distances mattered, fleet loadouts were flexible and graphics were gorgeous. Of course, it helped a lot that the original game was great in its own regard, with a brilliant balance of tactics and randomised thrills. But Leviathan bought it to life on mobile in a way that few such ports of physical games have managed.
A well-deserved win, and we hope we see the game supported more in 2017.
Runner-Up: Legends of Callasia
We were very impressed when Callasia launched itself onto the mobile stage earlier this year. Its expansion, The Stoneborne, did even more to improve an already impressive experience.
Callasia even has a free trial version so that you can try it out for yourself, although Multiplayer is gated behind the paid version. Here’s what Nick had to say about the game:
If you enjoy wartime strategy games but either don't want to or don't have the time to micromanage every unit and territory under your control, Legends of Callasia is a great way to spend an hour or an afternoon. You can get that fix without a huge commitment. By keeping the action focused on generals the game moves quickly and you can play a full campaign in a couple hours.
Congratulations to Grand Cauldron & Boomzap for their awards. Stay tuned for more GOTY coverage over the coming week.
To keep track of all the winners and runner-up’s during the 2016 Awards, please see the Awards Index Page.