Best Indie Game of 2014: Awarded to the best game developed and released without the support of a publisher.
With pedigree comes expectations. Stoic was formed by a trio of former Bioware developers who wanted to make a game "in the vein of Game of Thrones or the Black Company." A lovely sentiment all around, but also one that sounded too good to be true. To say Stoic delivered in every way imaginable almost undersells what the tiny studio has accomplished here with The Banner Saga. Sweeping visuals, an epic score, compelling combat, and gut wrenching decisions make this not just one of the finest indie games of the year but one of the finest period.
Unabashedly and delightfully old school at its core, but with decidedly modern advancements in multiplayer capability, Divinity: Original Sin captured the hearts, minds, and many many hours of a number of RPGFan staff members this year. Divinity: Original Sin was also a delightful reminder that RPGs didn't always have to be stern, grim affairs — it's okay to have a little bit of fun with the tone. Larian's best game to date was also its most commercially successful, and we all can't wait to see what comes next for this franchise.