I know that this might be hard to believe, but this would actually be TGG’s (The Gaming Ground’s) very first game of the year awards ever. So it was most definitely a new experience for us. Furthermore, I’ll have you know that it took me almost four days to compile and complete our Game of the Year Awards 2017 list. Why? Because I had to go through every list that our staff members sent in to me, and that took me quite some time to do.

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Platinum Games won our Game of the year 2017 award with their super awesome and sexy action/RPG “Nier: Automata”. So we’re sending tons of congratulations to Platinum Games!

Anyways, I hope that you guys and girls will like the picks that we have made for our 2017 Game of the Year Awards list =) And with that said, feel free to drop your own list over winners in the comment section further down the page!

Game of the year

Winner:
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games)PS4 review

Nominees:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Persona 5 (Atlus) – PS4 review
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo) – Nintendo Switch review
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo) – Wii-U review

Mobile game of the Year

Winner:
Linelight (My Dog Zorro)

Nominees:
Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD)
Layton’s Mystery Journey (Level-5)
Cat Quest (The Gentlebros)
South Park Phone Destroyer (Ubisoft)

Handheld game of the Year

Winner:
Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam/Nintendo EPD) – Nintendo 3DS review

Nominees:
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon (Game Freak)
Monster Hunter Stories (Marvelous)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems) – Nintendo 3DS review
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel)

Tabletop Game of the Year

Winner:
Throne of Lies (Imperium42)

Nominees:
Town of Salem – The Coven DLC (BlankMediaGames)
Gremlins, Inc. (Charlie Oscar and Lima Tango Interactive Entertainment)
Warbands: Bushido (Red Unit Studios)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf (HeroCraft)

Esports Game of the Year

Winner:
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Nominees:
Overwatch (Blizzard) – PC review
DOTA 2 (Valve Corporation)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve Corporation)
League of Legends (Riot Games)

Trending Game of the Year

Winner:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
(Monolith Soft)

Nominees:
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Persona 5 (P-Studio)
Pokémon GO (Niantic) – iOS review

Indie game of the year

Winner:
Cuphead
(Studio MDHR) – PC review

Nominees:
Pyre (Supergiant Games)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Necrosphere (Cat Nigiri) – PC review
Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)

Visual novel game of the year

Winner:
Chaos; Child (5pb.) – PS4 review

Nominees:
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow)
The Letter – Horror Visual Novel (Yangyang Mobile)
Letter – Root Letter (KADOKAWA GAMES, LTD)
STEINS;GATE (MAGES. Inc.)

Lewd game of the year

Winner:
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (Tamsoft) – PS4 review

Nominees:
Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni (Meteorise) – PC review
Sakura Gamer (Winged Cloud)
Mary Skelter: Nightmares (Idea Factory/Compile Heart) – PS Vita review
Rabi-Ribi ( CreSpirit/PQube) – PS4 review

Horror game of the year

Winner:
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review

Nominees:
The Evil Within 2 (Tango Gameworks) – PS4 review
Outlast 2 (Red Barrels Games)
Detention (Red Candle Games)
Darkwood (Acid Wizard Studio)

VR game of the year

Winner:
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review

Nominees:
Farpoint (Impulse Gear) – PS4 review
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (Bethesda Game Studios)
Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
Robo Recall (Epic Games)

Action game of the year

Winner:
Yakuza 0 (SEGA)

Nominees:
Nioh: Complete Edition (KOEI TECMO GAMES)
For Honor (Ubisoft Montreal)
Sniper Elite 4 (Rebellion Developments)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Adventure game of the year

Winner:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) – Wii U review

Nominees:
Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Deck Nine)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog)
Gravity Rush 2 (SIE Japan Studio/Project Siren)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Platform game of the year

Winner:
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)- Nintendo Switch review

Nominees:
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review
A Hat in Time (Gears for Breakfast)
Sonic Mania (Christian Whitehead/Headcann)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Vicarious Visions/Naughty Dog)

Role playing game of the year

Winner:
Persona 5 (Atlus) – PS4 review

Nominees:
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios) – PC review
Torment: Tides of Numenera (InXile Entertainment) – PC review
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco) 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch) (Bethesda Game Studios)

Fighting game of the year

Winner:
Tekken 7 (BANDAI NAMCO Studios) – PS4 review

Nominees:
ARMS (Nintendo)
Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios)
Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
Brawlhalla (Blue Mammoth Games)

Strategy game of the year

Winner:
Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly)

Nominees:
XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen (Firaxis Games) – PS4 review
Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems) – Nintendo 3DS review
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (Relic Entertainment)
Thea: The Awakening (MuHa/Tactile Fusion Ltd) – PS4 review

Card game of the year

Winner:
Gwent (CD Projekt) – PC preview

Nominees:
The Elder Scrolls: Legends (Bethesda Softworks/Dire Wolf Digital)
Faeria (Abrakam SA)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links (Konami) – Android review
Slay the Spire (Mega Crit Games)

Racing game of the year

Winner:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo/Nintendo EAD)

Nominees:
Project Cars 2 (Slightly Mad Studios)
F1 2017 (Codemasters/Feral Interactive)
Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios)
Dirt 4 (Codemasters)

Sports game of the year

Winner:
Fifa 18 (EA)

Nominees:
Football Manager 2018 (Sports Interactive)
NHL 18 (EA)
NBA live 18 (EA)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (Konami)

Party game of the year

Winner:
Hidden Agenda (Supermassive Games)

Nominees:
Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft)
That’s You! (Wish Studios)
Human: Fall Flat (Switch) (Curve Digital)
Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)

Family game of the year

Winner:
A hat in time (Gears for Breakfast)

Nominees:
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Vicarious Visions/Naughty Dog)
Knack II (SIE Japan Studio)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Traveller’s Tales)

Arcade game of the year:

Winner:
Nex Machina (Housemarque) – PS4 review

Nominees:
Road Redemption (Pixel Dash Studios/Dark Seas Interactive)
NBA Playgrounds (Saber Interactive)
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Entertainment) – PS4 review
ZomDay (INTO GAMES)

Best male character:

Winner:
Kiryu from Yakuza 0 (SEGA)

Nominees:
DoomGuy from “Doom” (Switch) (Id Software) – Doom (2016) PS4 review
Link from “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (Nintendo) – Wii U review
Ethan Winters from “Resident Evil 7” (Capcom) – PS4 review
William Adams from “Nioh” (Team Ninja)

Best Switch game:
Zelda Breath of the Wild
(Nintendo) – Wii U review

Nominees:
Doom (Id Software)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo) – Nintendo Switch review
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo)

Best PC game:

Winner:
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios) – PC review

Nominees:
Battlerite (Stunlock Studios)
XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen (Firaxis Games) – PS4 review
Torment: Tides of Numenera (InXile Entertainment) – PC review
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review

Best Playstation game:

Winner:
Persona 5 (Atlus) – PS4 review

Nominees:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Gravity Rush 2 (SIE Japan Studio/Project Siren)
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review
Nioh (KOEI TECMO GAMES)

Best Xbox One Game:

Winner:
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review

Nominees:
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Torment: Tides of Numenera (InXile Entertainment) – PC review
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (Lizardcube)

Fan Creation of the Year

Winner:
Brutal Doom 64 (Sergeant_Mark_IV) – PC review

Nominees:
Star Wars: Thrawn’s Revenge II: Ascendancy (Thrawn’s Revenge Development Team)
Twisted Insurrection (Twisted Insurrection Team)
Fallout 1.5: Resurrection (Resurrection Team)
Fallout: Revelation (MechanicalCakeTV)

Excellence in narrative

Winner:
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Nominees:
Persona 5 (Atlus) – PS4 review
The Last Guardian (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games) – PS4 review
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Excellence in Gameplay

Winner:
Yakuza 0 (SEGA)

Nominees:
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games) – PS4 review
Nioh: Complete Edition (KOEI TECMO GAMES)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Monolith Soft)
Gravity Rush 2 (SIE Japan Studio/Project Siren)

Most fulfilling community-funded Game

Winner:
Hollow Knight
(Team Cherry)

Nominees:
Night in the Woods (Alec Holowka, Infinite Fall)
Rain World (Videocult)
Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
Sundered (Thunder Lotus Games)

Most promising new intellectual property

Winner:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Nominees:
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games) – PS4 review
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review
A Hat in Time (Gears for Breakfast)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Most memorable character

Winner:
2B from “Nier: Automata”

Nominees:
“Aloy” from Horizon Zero Dawn
Hat kid from “A Hat in Time”
Nia from “Xenogears Chronicles 2”
Cuphead and Mugman from “Cuphead”

Excellence in Multiplayer

Winner:
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo)

Nominees:
For Honor (Ubisoft Montreal)
Quake Champions
Fortnite (Epic Games/People Can Fly)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)

Excellence in convergence

Winner:
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (Relic Entertainment)

Nominees:
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Traveller’s Tales)
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review
Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios)
Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)

Excellence in Art

Winner:
Okami HD (Capcom)

Nominees:
Persona 5 (Atlus) – PS4 review
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review
Night in the Woods (Alec Holowka, Infinite Fall)
Shu (Coatsink , Secret Lunch)

Excellence in Animation

Winner:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Nominees:
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games) – PS4 review
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review
Okami HD (Capcom)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Excellence in visual achievement

Winner:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Nominees:
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games) – PS4 review
Cuphead (Studio MDHR) – PC review
Okami HD (Capcom)

Excellence in technical achievement

Winner:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Nominees:
Doom (Switch) (Bethesda Softworks/id Software)
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review
Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios)
The Last Guardian (Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Excellence in musical score

Winner:
Cuphead (Kristofer Maddigan/Studio MDHR)

Nominees:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Yasunori Mitsuda/Kenji Hiramatsu/Manami Kiyota/ACE/Monolith Soft)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (David García/Andy LaPlegua/Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Joris de Man/Niels van der Leest/Jonathan Williams/Guerrilla Games)
Nier: Automata (Keiichi Okabe/Keigo Hoashi/Kuniyuki Takahashi/Platinum Games) – PS4 review

Excellence in SFX

Winner:
Hellblade: Senua’s sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Nominees:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Nier: Automata (Platinum Games) – PS4 review
Resident Evil 7 (Capcom) – PS4 review
For Honor (Ubisoft Montreal)

Worst game of the year:

Winner:
Life of Black Tiger (1Games)

Nominees:
1-2-Switch (Nintendo)
Double Dragon IV (Arc System Works)
Drawn To Death (The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency)
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Mega Battle (Bandai Namco Entertainment)

The biggest disappointment of the year:

Winner:
Mass Effect Andromeda (Bioware)

Nominees:
Lawbreakers (Boss Key Productions)
Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Star Wars: Battlefront II (EA DICE)
Animal Cross: Pocket Camp (Nintendo)

Video game babe of the year

Winner:
2B from “Nier: Automata”

Nominees:
Pyra from “Xenogears Chronicles 2”
Anne Takamaki from “Persona 5”
Twintelle from “ARMS”
Princess Zelda from “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

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