2017 was a wonderful year to be a gamer. In these last 365 days we were lucky enough to get two new consoles – the Xbox One X and the Nintendo Switch – both a Mario game and a new The Legend of Zelda title, plus an exceptional piece of hardware for PC gamers: the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti.
It was a bit overwhelming honestly, and it might take all of next year for our wallets to recover from the vast number of amazing games that came out.
In a year as good as this one was, it’s hard coming up with a single Game of the Year – a title that stood above all the rest. And yet, that’s just what we’re going to do: TechRadar would like to announce its Game of the Year Awards 2017.
To that end, internal voting is already underway and our editors have narrowed down each category of games to five or six contenders. Like last year, categories will be both platform-based (like best PS4 game) and genre-based (like best action-adventure game) and can be found listed in their entirety below.
So far, we’ve picked out 12 categories for games to fall into, and that’s not including our overall Game of the Year pick, our readers’ choice and our Most Excited About award for a game that’s coming next year. With only 15 awards to hand out, it’s going to be a nightmare trying to recognize every game worthy of a moment in the spotlight. Alas, it has to be done.
Here are the nominees for each category!
Best Xbox One Exclusive:
Best PS4 Exclusive
Best Nintendo Exclusive
Best Virtual Reality Game
Best PC Game
Best Mobile/Handheld Game
Best Gaming Hardware
Best Role-Playing Game (RPG)
Best Online Multiplayer
Best Racing/Sports Game
Most Excited About in 2018
Game of the Year 2017
Readers’ Choice Award 2017
While our editors bicker and squabble over the game they think should be crowned the Game of the Year 2017, we want to know what YOU think the best game was. Check out the poll below and come back to the site around Friday, December 22 to see which games our editors finally decided on.