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PlayStation Blog Game of the Year Awards 2016 winners announced

Find out which titles came out on top of the annual poll

The readers (that’s you!) have spoken, and the votes have been tallied. Just below these very words are the winners of the PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2016 awards.

This year’s awards pulled in a staggering number of votes — over a half-million in total! — across categories including Best PS4 Game, Best PS VR Game, Most Innovative, the ever-popular Most Anticipated, and Studio of the Year. There are a few surprises in there, but one title in particular stood out and took multiple Platinum Trophies home… read on to see for yourself!

Best PS4 Game
Uncharted 4 Key Art
Best PS4 Game - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

A stupendous year for high-quality games, with strong poll showings from The Last Guardian and Doom. But in the end, it was Naughty Dog’s send-off for Nathan Drake that claimed the Platinum, scoring more than 40% of total submitted votes.


Best PS4 Game - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best PS4 Game - Silver

Battlefield 1
Best PS4 Game - Bronze

Overwatch

Editors’ Choice
Overwatch. Blizzard’s meticulously designed, ultra-polished and highly accessible team shooter represents the biggest leap for the competitive FPS genre in nearly a decade. Its impact will be felt for years to come.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Dishonored 2. Incredibly well done and full of little touches that can have you meandering for hours. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just sat there, spinning a globe or turning on a tap, just because I could (usually after some brutal assassination in a blood stained room, mind you).
Corey Brotherson, EU PlayStation Blog
The Witness. The Witness” minimal aesthetic let Thekla’s brain-squeezing puzzles take centre stage, and I couldn’t bring myself to give up on them. Thank goodness for that, because finally completing “The Challenge” is one of the most rewarding moments of any game in recent memory.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation Blog
Dark Souls 3. It’s been a great year for games, no? Uncharted 4, Titanfall 2 and Dishonored 2 ran it close, but my pick for GOTY goes to Hidetaka Miyazaki’s latest dark masterpiece. The ‘shock of the new’ might be gone, but Dark Souls 3’s level and boss design is as good as any in the series.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Best PS Vita Game
World of Final Fantasy
Best PS Vita Game - Platinum
World of Final Fantasy

Fan favourites Steins;Gate 0 and Odin Sphere Leigthrasir fared well as write-ins, but ultimately Square Enix’s love letter to Final Fantasy landed the PS Vita Platinum award.


Best PS Vita Game - Gold

Lara Croft Go
Best PS Vita Game - Silver

Dragon Quest Builders
Best PS Vita Game - Bronze

Darkest Dungeon

Editors’ Choice
Severed. While it’s better known for pugilistic, platforming luchadors, this year’s touchscreen masterpiece Severed demonstrated that Drinkbox Studios is anything but a one trick pony. Combining its signature aesthetic with dark new underworld tones and a particular fixation on dismemberment the studio delivered the PS Vita one of its most unique and interesting titles.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
Darkest Dungeon. Red Hook’s unforgiving roguelike RPG practically feeds on the dread and misery it generates in the player. On the bright side, that only makes the thrill of victory all the more intoxicating. Easily one of the best games of 2016, no matter the platform.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Downwell. A great mobile game which becomes an even better PS Vita game thanks to snappy physical controls. Addictive, intense and incredible fun. Arcade shooting given a roguelike spin, and at its very finest.
Corey Brotherson, EU PlayStation Blog
Day of the Tentacle Remastered. As a long-time fan of the LucasArts stable, this was the one I was desperate to get the Double Fine remaster treatment, and it’s everything I remembered. Hilarious, fiendish and satisfying, it’s also available to download on PS Plus this month, conveniently. So go and get it!
Rhys Sutheran, EU PlayStation Blog
Best Independent Game
Firewatch
Best Independent Game - Platinum
Firewatch

Though Firewatch was the decisive overall winner, voting trends in this category showed a broad spread. Alone With You, Severed, and Darkest Dungeon all left a strong mark on the polls, though not enough to place.


Best Independent Game - Gold

Inside
Best Independent Game - Silver

The Witness
Best Independent Game - Bronze

Stardew Valley

Editors’ Choice
Invisible Inc. This stealthy turn-based-tactics offering from Klei Entertainment managed to produce some of my most memorable — and stressful — gaming moments this year.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Steamworld Heist. Image & Form’s delightful follow-up to quirky 2013 side-scroller Steamworld Dig successfully transposed the action into an entirely new genre (turn-based strategy) while retaining the charm of the original. Flab-free and heaps of fun.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Darkest Dungeon. I’m determined to plug this game in every available venue! There are plenty of great turn-based RPGs, but few emphasise the fragility of your heroes will push you to the brink of sanity. It’s a truly refreshing experience, but it might push you to the brink of sanity.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Overcooked. The surprise hit of the year for many, and appeals to the old school gamer in me (not to mention my OCD) with fast-paced and compelling gameplay. I tried this at E3 and it quickly became one of the games of the show. It’s that good.
Corey Brotherson, EU PlayStation Blog
Best Use of PS4 Pro
Battlefield-1
Best Use of PS4 Pro - Platinum
Battlefield 1

A decisive win from Battlefield 1, which impressively elevated its graphical presentation on the powerful PS4 Pro hardware. Titanfall 2 and Ratchet & Clank also earned noteworthy support from the PlayStation community.


Best Use of PS4 Pro - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best Use of PS4 Pro - Silver

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Best Use of PS4 Pro - Bronze

Watch Dogs 2

Editors’ Choice
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Infinity Ward’s latest is a tremendous technical achievement, but you haven’t seen its full potential until you’ve played it on PS4 Pro. The action setpieces look spectacular, but it was the UNSA Retribution’s hyper-detailed flight deck that blew me away.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Rise of the Tomb Raider. By offering a trio of settings to fit a range of different visual mode configurations, Crystal Dynamics gives players a clear and easy choice to experience the action-adventure the way they want to. I’d love to see similar practice adopted as a standard in future.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation Blog
Final Fantasy XV. Square Enix has been known to embrace new technologies and generate some of the most impressive visuals of any given console generation, and Final Fantasy XV is a perfect showcase of PS4 Pro’s capabilities. Players can choose to experience super-smooth gameplay or render at a massive resolution — either way, FFXV’s spot-on art direction really shines on the new hardware.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation Blog
Rise of the Tomb Raider. A great example of a developer really going all out to take advantage of PS4 Pro. With an array of options that balance stunning enhanced visuals with a slicker frame rate, Crystal Dynamics took what was already a technical achievement and dialed it up to 11.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Best PlayStation VR Game
Batman Arkham VR
Best PlayStation VR Game - Platinum
Batman Arkham VR

The votes were fairly split here, but Rocksteady’s atmospheric mystery ultimately took the top slot. Rez Infinite, RIGS, and PlayStation VR Worlds each saw lots of support in the polls, though not quite enough to place.


Best PlayStation VR Game - Gold

Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One X-wing VR Mission
Best PlayStation VR Game - Silver

Job Simulator
Best PlayStation VR Game - Bronze

Eve Valkyrie

Editors’ Choice
Battlezone. Great aesthetics, tight gunplay and hugely chaotic environment make Battlezone an easy pick. The addictive rogue-like cycle keeps the challenge fresh and is well-suited to short bursts of intense play. The best argument for VR I’ve yet to encounter.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
Superhypercube. While many games go to great lengths to prove how convincing an escape VR can be, Kokoromi’s psychedelic puzzler is an admirably subtle use of a brand-new technology. SuperHyperCube is an exercise in creative restraint, and it’s all the better for it.
Justin Massongil, US PlayStation Blog
Batman Arkham VR. While my heart will always beat faster at the thought of returning to Rez in 3D, there’s no better example of the immersive nature of PlayStation VR than Rocksteady’s debut on the hardware.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation Blog
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Dashing any concerns that PlayStation VR would be an isolating experience, the most enjoyable couch multiplayer experience I had all year – on any platform – was with this fiendishly fun asynchronous cooperative puzzler.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Best Story
Uncharted 4
Best Story - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

In perhaps the biggest blowout category this year, Naughty Dog’s PS4 epic managed to score nearly half of all vote submissions. Honourable mentions included Batman: The Telltale Series, Mafia 3, and Firewatch.


Best Story - Gold

The Witcher III: Blood and Wine
Best Story - Silver

Final Fantasy XV
Best Story - Bronze

The Last Guardian

Editors’ Choice
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Yet again, Naughty Dog has raised the bar on interactive storytelling with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The masterful script and stunning performance capture made for a game that grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the beautiful epilogue.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
The Last Guardian. There were plenty of unknowns when it came to the long-anticipated release of The Last Guardian. One thing was never in doubt though: the storytelling was always going to be out-of-this-world. Sure enough, Fumito Ueda and his team did not disappoint.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Firewatch. Firewatch captivates with simple, candid character writing that chokes you up right from the opening sequence and keeps you hooked all the way to the end, seeding tension and intrigue with dialogue so effortless that it almost seems throwaway at times.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
The Last Guardian. Okay, so it’s relatively light on straight-up storytelling, but for me, this is “less is more” in action. The progression of the boy’s relationship with Trico, reading your feathered friend’s emotions and figuring out the mysterious setting together fully drew me into the world and made me desperate to see what would happen next.
Rhys Sutheran, EU PlayStation Blog
Best Performance
Uncharted 4 - Nolan North
Best Performance - Platinum
Nolan North (Uncharted 4)

Unsurprisingly, Uncharted 4’s cast fared nicely here. Outside of the winners circle, Troy Baker (Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series) and Alex Hernandez (Mafia III’s Lincoln Clay) mustered impressive support.


Best Performance - Gold

Trico (The Last Guardian)
Best Performance - Silver

Emily Rose (Uncharted 4)
Best Performance - Bronze

Camilla Luddington (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Editors’ Choice
Wayne June as “The Ancestor” in Darkest Dungeon. An uber-strong year for game performances, but Darkest Dungeon’s gravel-throated narration took me by surprise in the best possible way. Executed with impunity!
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Emily Rose as Elena Fisher in Uncharted 4. Uncharted 4 is (deservedly) walking away with a huge number of awards this year, and I’m going to toss in another one: Emily Rose’s performance as series mainstay Elena Fisher gives the story of A Thief’s End an emotional anchor, lending a sense of believability to this soaring, swashbuckling adventure… and more importantly, its stars.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Cissy Jones as Delilah in Firewatch. Along with great work from Rich Sommer as Henry, Cissy Jones’ Delilah in Firewatch was my standout performance this year. Creating a genuine relationship just by walkie-talkie communications, without the characters ever seeing each other, can’t have been easy – but it’s this interplay that’s at the heart of the game, and what makes the whole thing so compelling.
Rhys Sutheran, EU PlayStation Blog
Mark Noble as Regis, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine. Giving voice to such a well-loved character from Andrei Sapkowski’s long-running series of novels was never likely to be an easy task. That Noble was able to bring Geralt’s old friend Emiel Regis to life with such a perfect balance of charm, eloquence and self-deprecation is achievement worthy of note.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
Best Soundtrack
Uncharted 4
Best Soundtrack - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Another win for Naughty Dog, though Final Fantasy XV nearly squeaked into the Platinum slot in late voting. Watch Dogs 2, The Last Guardian, and Mafia III all saw plenty of votes, too.


Best Soundtrack - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best Soundtrack - Silver

Doom
Best Soundtrack - Bronze

Dark Souls 3

Editors’ Choice
Firewatch. Chris Remo’s warm ambient noodling provided the perfect backdrop to Campo Santo’s refreshing backwoods adventure.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Final Fantasy XV. This was an incredibly tough category this year! Uncharted 4, Watch Dogs 2, No Man’s Sky, Firewatch, Doom… but considering the sheer breadth of Yoko Shimomura’s Final Fantasy XV score (and the goosebumps I still get when I hear Apocalypsis Noctis), it gets my vote.
Justin Massongil, US PlayStation Blog
Doom. Id Software’s demonic shooter was one of my favourite games this year, and Mick Gordon’s ultra-heavy industrial soundtrack is one of the key reasons why. A superior example of how audio can fuel and amplify the gameplay experience.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Firewatch. Chris Remo’s minimalist Firewatch score beautifully elevated the game’s shifting and nuanced tones of melancholy, mystery, and adventure.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Best Visuals
Uncharted 4 A Thiefs End
Best Visuals - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Technical powerhouses rule this roost, but The Last Guardian hangs tough thanks to its phenomenal art direction. Fans also showed support for other gorgeous titles, including Dark Souls III, Watch Dogs 2, and Ratchet & Clank.


Best Visuals - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best Visuals - Silver

Battlefield 1
Best Visuals - Bronze

The Last Guardian

Editors’ Choice
Dishonored 2. In a year filled with brilliant visuals, Dishonored 2 stands out for its incredible art direction and style. From the character models to the world design, the visuals throughout bolster the tone of the narrative and create an incredible sense of place. Simply nothing else feels like Dishonored.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Uncharted 4. Naughty Dog boasts some of the best rendering tech in the business, but it’s the studio’s sublime art direction that makes Uncharted 4 one of the best-looking games ever released on any platform.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Dishonored 2. No other AAA blockbuster in recent memory boasts such a singular, bold and coherent aesthetic as Arkane Studios’ stylized stealth series, and the art team really went to town with this year’s sequel. Someone put it in a gallery already.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
The Witness. When somebody asks you why art direction is important, show them The Witness. The island’s bright colours and clean edges have produced a number of the desktop wallpapers I currently have in rotation.
Justin Massongil, US PlayStation Blog
Best Multiplayer
Battlefield 1
Best Multiplayer - Platinum
Battlefield 1

Though Overwatch mustered impressive support, Battlefield 1 ultimately secured nearly 30% of the total vote for the top slot. Outside of the winner’s bracket, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Street Fighter V all performed well.


Best Multiplayer - Gold

Overwatch
Best Multiplayer - Silver

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Multiplayer - Bronze

Titanfall 2

Editors’ Choice
Overwatch. No surprises here. One year ago, I would never have guessed that the creators of Warcraft and Diablo could conquer the competitive shooter category with such grace and confidence. It’s a genre milestone and a brilliant game.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Overwatch. First-person shooters are a tough nut to crack, but Blizzard has swept in — as they always seem to — and effortlessly shifted the industry’s idea of what the genre is and can be. Perhaps most importantly, they’ve hit the sweet spot of depth and accessibility, making Overwatch approachable and enticing, truly, for gamers of all skill levels.
Justin Massongil, US PlayStation Blog
Titanfall 2. Titanfall 2’s masterful campaign has been deservedly well praised, but the multiplayer hooked me like few shooters in recent years. The multi-levelled combat between humans and mechs, lightning fast locomotion, and smart lobby system resulted in one of the best multiplayer games this year.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Overwatch. I think Overwatch, I think escalation. It feels like every session I spot a strategy – by team or lone wolf – I hadn’t considered before, continually making me revaluate my understanding of what my favourites can do, or how to take better advantage of a map’s layout. Mid-match Hero changes halt any frustration at being stuck with the wrong character and grants continually changing, but always intriguing team combinations.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation Blog
Best Post-Release Content
The Witcher III Blood and Wine
Best Post-Release Content - Platinum
The Witcher III

This category now includes any and all post-release game updates. The Blood and Wine expansion catapulted last year’s winner The Witcher 3 back to the top. Fans voted in droves for Fallout 4, Black Ops 3, and Final Fantasy XIV as well.


Best Post-Release Content - Gold

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Post-Release Content - Silver

Overwatch
Best Post-Release Content - Bronze

Destiny

Editors’ Choice
Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel. Not for the feint-hearted (the climactic multi-stage boss battle is as vicious as anything FromSoftware has ever inflicted on its audience) but this was a finely crafted postscript to a brilliant sequel.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
No Man’s Sky, Foundation Update. Maybe this doesn’t qualify as DLC, but as game-changing updates go, it’s hard to beat. I liked No Man’s Sky a lot from day one, but this update saw it begin to fulfil its potential with base building, deeper crafting and trading, and more ways to really forge your own path in the vast galaxy.
Rhys Sutheran, EU PlayStation Blog
Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked. My Don’t Starve addiction is well documented, but it’s the soul-stealing crafting game which just keeps on giving. Shipwrecked is almost a whole new game unto itself, as your old tactics won’t work here — and I’ll happily take more glorious nightmares wrapped in brilliant gameplay from Klei.
Corey Brotherson, EU PlayStation Blog
Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. Afterbirth manages to pull off a neat trick: making an expansion pack so robust that it could almost be mistaken for a sequel. The wealth of new items, environments, enemies, and gameplay refinements propel an already spectacular roguelike to addictive, disturbing new depths.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Most Innovative
The Last Guardian
Most Innovative - Platinum
The Last Guardian

PlayStation fans honored genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio’s emotional epic The Last Guardian in the polls, though competition was stiff throughout the category. PS VR title Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Hitman, The Witness also saw strong voter support.


Most Innovative - Gold

Overwatch
Most Innovative - Silver

Tom Clancy’s The Division
Most Innovative - Bronze

Firewatch

Editors’ Choice
Overwatch. Blizzard has managed a seemingly impossible task: broaden the appeal of the competitive shooter by catering to a wide array of play styles and even skill levels. Then they pumped in a steady stream of maps, characters, and modes, all for free. Devs, this is how you build a long-term multiplayer classic.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
PlayStation VR Worlds. Few would disagree that VR was the most exciting innovation of 2016 and, while I put more time into other launch titles, PlayStation VR Worlds felt like the perfect encapsulation of the platform’s promise.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Hitman. Hitman’s key innovation is not any of the game’s individual elements — it’s the way they seamlessly come together to create a game that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The steady drip of new missions not only kept fans returning to the game month after month, but it also allowed players the time to explore the massive (and rewarding) possibility space hidden within each level.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation Blog
Hitman. Innovation awards are normally reserved for the tech side of gaming, but with development cycles becoming ever longer, and consumers keener than ever to get the most out of their favourite games, Hitman’s episodic approach of releasing miniature murder sandboxes each month and adding fresh targets and contracts from week to week made for a winning and rewarding formula.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
Most Anticipated
The Last of Us Part II
Most Anticipated - Platinum
The Last of Us Part II

This category has expanded to include any announced game, irrespective of release date. Though PSX 2016 surprise announcement The Last of Us Part II claimed the coveted Platinum award, competition was fierce. Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and Death Stranding also saw plenty of love.


Most Anticipated - Gold

God of War
Most Anticipated - Silver

Red Dead Redemption 2
Most Anticipated - Bronze

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Editors’ Choice
Horizon Zero Dawn. A collaboration of brains behind some of the industry’s most influential titles, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Fallout: New Vegas and Red Dead Redemption, all brought to life with Guerrilla’s legendary art and technical direction – yep, you have my attention alright.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
Red Dead Redemption 2. One of those rare games you book time off work to get lost in. I can’t wait to get back in the saddle.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation Blog
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait here! RE7 leapt to the top of my list after my hands-on experiences earlier this month. In short, the shift towards FPS (complete with full PS VR mode) was a brilliant, daring move that pays off big time. Don’t sleep on this one.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
Final Fantasy VII Remake. In a show full of surprises, two in particular stand out for me at E3 2015. The reveal of Final Fantasy VII Remake was one, my reaction to it another. Even as long term fan of the PSone original I was taken aback by the sudden lump in my throat — and a twist in my stomach — when that familiar music, unknowingly embedded deep in my psyche, kicked in. I thought I was too cynical these days to be so deeply moved by a game reveal. I’m glad I was wrong.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation Blog
Studio of the Year
Naughty Dog
Studio of the Year - Platinum
Naughty Dog

Despite stiff competition from an array of highly accomplished game developers, Naughty Dog ultimately secured the Platinum award for its genre-defining work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.


Studio of the Year - Gold

Square Enix
Studio of the Year - Silver

Blizzard
Studio of the Year - Bronze

DICE

Editors’ Choice
Naughty Dog. We already knew Naughty Dog were masters of their craft, but the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the announcement of The Last of Us: Part Two really cemented them as the best of the best. 2016 was theirs for the taking and they fully lived up to, and deserved, every bit of the hype.
Rhys Sutheran, EU PlayStation Blog
Owlchemy Labs. Who are these guys? The creators of what is likely the first bonafide hit VR game, the hilarious and endlessly replayable Job Simulator. Let’s hope their next game pushes the nascent VR medium further still.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation Blog
id Software. id’s reboot of the pivotal first-person shooter tuned the series’ core elements to perfection, injecting a bit of jet fuel into its veins for good measure. I hope to see more from id soon, because they have clearly and definitively proven with Doom that yes, they’ve still got it.
Justin Massongil, US PlayStation Blog
Naughty Dog. Few studios lavish their projects with such staggering levels of care and attention as Naughty Dog. This year’s Uncharted 4 continued that tradition, setting new visual benchmarks with stellar environmental design, best-in-class animation and absolutely industry-leading technical virtuosity.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation Blog
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Oh what a surprise…

Uncharted 4 Game Of The Year ????????????

What was your choice?

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@Hilaveli
My choice is Uncharted 4 and i like that
But the website doesn’t support emoji :(

All understood.

It was my game of the year too. Plus I haven’t even touched the multiplayer because…well…I’m really bad at that part of gaming.

Mediocre final fantasy games voted for because it says final fantasy in the title.

Blimey, hello eVoL!

Wow! Second best story this year Final Fantasy XV…? Wait… what? I probably missed something, ’cause I didn’t discover much of a story altogether in FF XV….

@MrEibmoz: the second half of the game (‘story’line) is mediocre at best, yes. Besides that the game is at least pretty decent. Seeing that working your way through the ‘story’ takes up just 10 hrs of 60 hours it took me to platinum, I don’t think it’s fair to say it’s mediocre as a whole tbh

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The last guardian should have won more awards imo

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I agree.

Lowest Framerate of 2016, Biggest Disappointment of 2016, Best PS3 Game of 2016 Not Released on PS3, etc.

Trico is definitely smarter than Yorda. Give a special award to that

@Ryusennin Ouch! So savage.

Heehee, imagine how these results will look in the year of TLOU Pt 2.

Tsukuyomi_Moon89 12 January, 2017 @ 15:19
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Quite surprised Doom only managed to grab a silver trophy for the music catagory and nothing else from the other options

madmanwithabox12 12 January, 2017 @ 15:27
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Not a single mention of Trails of Cold Steel II anywhere? Criminally underplayed, a way better JRPG than anything Square Enix has made in 15 years. Amazing soundtrack, amazing voice performances. If people actually played it, it’d have been a strong contender. Definitely should have been Vita and PS3 GotY for sure, way better than World of Final Fantasy (which I also really liked).

Trails of Cold Steel (not II) is my GotY! Indeed an amazingly good game, certainly the best JRPG this year. I liked the first just a bit better than the second, but both – indeed – WAY better than FF XV.
But, well, it’s turn-based, which scares people, I guess..

Nolan North stealing the performance award from Trico is an outrage. The guy can’t even fly.

Sony gets the award for the Jokes of the Year 2016.

More seriously, U4 best soundtrack? Are voters deaf? Who remembers a single track from U4? I plat’ed the game and can’t for the life of me think of any memorable music cue from the game. Yeah… best soundtrack indead.

RodrigoSharingan 12 January, 2017 @ 22:47
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IKR? …I know tastes are things that differ from one person to another, but Uncharted 4 being the best soundtrack really makes me scratch my head. Winning agaisnt games like Doom, Witcher 3, fighting games and pretty much every damn Japanese games is really weird. So many memorable osts that deserve that spot and U4 is not one of them.

Ark was robbed! Blatantly the best game of last year! Best soundtrack, best independent game of last year. Best value game of last year. Ark, you will be playing it soon!

supersmith2500 12 January, 2017 @ 17:44
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Naughty Dog will always be one of the best studios of all time. I never seen them make one bad game. I hope other developers are taking notes.

Once again valve shows sony how its done.

Carnivius_Prime 12 January, 2017 @ 19:03
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Hell yes. Uncharted 4 is the best. Glad a lot of my friends finally got a PS4 at christmas (due to that cheaper Slim pack) with Uncharted 4 includes and they all love it. I wasn’t a big fan of many games in 2016 including the vast majority of games listed above but Uncharted just does it for me. Love it.

CloudStrifeNL 12 January, 2017 @ 20:47
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Uncharted 4? Really? Even though I did like it for me it wasn’t even close for being GOTY. Great game, no GOTY for me. I have a hard time selecting a GOTY for 2016. I loved the brilliance in Dark Souls III, I really loved Final Fantasy XV (even though the story was not all that), I loved Salt and Sanctuary, Batman the telltale version was excellent, Unravel was also a.brilliant title. And then there are a lot of titles I didn’t even get the chance to play yet. Man 2016, you were great! If I had to pick a GOTY from my list it would have to be Dark Souls III. Brilliant level design, great boss fights and the lore is just overwhelmingly great. All my opinion of course. Feel free to disagree. Most of you do as I’m reading the comments :P Onward to 2017, another great year of gaming.

Oh, I agree with you on UC4. At least: it didn’t do it for me, like UC2 did. Some say it was too much of platforming, too little gunplay. For me the combat just didn’t do it, I much more preferred the platforming sections.
I just disagree with the rest of your post. :) FFXV was really good, but if the second half of the main story is as mediocre as FFXV and a story is non-existent in a 40-60 hour game, it is just as little GotY material as UC4 in my opinion. Other games you mention are either not my genre (Darks Souls) or I just haven’t come around playing those (TT’s Batman).

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No infinite warfare or bo3 in the top 3’s this year im sad ????????

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That’s because COD is dying very slowly as more and more fans are moving on from the series and playing better games like Battlefield 1 instead. It’s all Activision’s fault because they don’t care about their customers opinions, they will try to find ways to get your money by any means necessary..

TheLordPegasus 13 January, 2017 @ 06:21
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Uncharted really shouldn’t be anywhere close to a multiplayer award. I’ve spent more time waiting for games than actually playing them.

tusharacharya90 13 January, 2017 @ 06:53
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In agreement with most of the awards but highly disappointed that Titanfall 2 did not get the recognition it deserves.

Kinky_Friedman 13 January, 2017 @ 10:27
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Rainbow Six Siege is my GOTY. Yes I know it was released in 2015, but it’s still my favourite and most-played game of 2016 :).

Most anticipated for me is, red dead, and updates for mantis burn, driveclub, sky force, diablo, king of fighters, minecraft, and no man’s sky.

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Hi

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Love uncharted 4 totally agree

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Battlefield 1 and Uncharted 4 really destroyed the leaderboard…According to me Overwatch was an reallly average game and i was very suprised when it won awards

CoolRichy007UK 17 January, 2017 @ 14:32
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The real winner is crash bandicoot n sane edition (drops da mic and giggles)

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