As we’re wont to do, our Game of the Year awards this year were accompanied by a community vote, to let you share your thoughts collectively beyond simply commenting as each category is awarded to its winner. You can see our overall GOTY winner here, but did you agree with us?
There were a number of runaway winners, as we trimmed the voting categories down to just half a dozen, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any surprises. In fact, while most of the winners will have been wholly expected, one or two of the runners up came a little out of the blue for me.
Best Single Player – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Runners up: Doom (2nd), Dark Souls 3 (3rd)
The biggest bone of contention in this category of our writer’s award wasn’t that Titanfall 2 won, but rather that Ratchet & Clank made the runners up shortlist ahead of Dark Souls 3, amongst others. Honestly, such complaints meant little in the community vote as Uncharted 4 romped to victory with nearly half the vote, with Doom a distant second and Dark Souls 3 an even more distant third.
Best Multiplayer – Battlefield 1
Runners up: Uncharted 4 and Overwatch (tied 2nd), Titanfall 2 (3rd)
Things were somewhat closer in the Best Multiplayer category, but Battlefield 1 still had a rather convincing lead over second place with nearly twice as many votes. The gap between second and third place was just a single vote, though, as Uncharted 4 and Overwatch tied for second with Titanfall 2 snapping at their heels.
Best Independent Game – Firewatch
Runners up: No Man’s Sky (2nd), Inside (3rd)
Firewatch’s story of mystery, isolation and self discovery clearly struck a chord with a lot of you, as it won your Best Independent Game award, but more surprising is how close No Man’s Sky came in second. Hello Games’ ambitious adventure into science fiction took an awful lot of flak after its launch for not living up to expectations, but it seems that a lot of you were able to put those to one side.
Best Virtual Reality Game – Batman: Arkham VR
Runners up: Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission (2nd), Battlezone, Driveclub VR and Thumper (tied 3rd)
Batman: Arkham VR was somewhat overlooked in our writers’ awards, with Tuffcub’s convincing arguments for Here They Lie seeing it take the honours, but when put to the public vote, being able to embody the Dark Knight clearly struck a chord with those of you who have tried virtual reality.
It’s somewhat telling that Star Wars Battlefront’s brief VR mission managed to come in second place, showing that we’re still waiting for the big blockbusting VR experience to sweep people off their feet.
Biggest Disappointment – No Man’s Sky
Runners up: Mafia III (2nd), The Division (3rd)
Despite being so close to winning Best Indie, No Man’s Sky was by far and away seen as the biggest disappointment of the year – amusingly, a few of you even voted for the game in both categories! The game simply failed to live up to the astronomically high expectations surrounding it and similar things could be said of third place The Division, which had years of build up to its oft delayed release.
Community Game of the Year 2016 – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Runners up: Doom (2nd), Forza Horizon 3 (3rd)
I can’t say I’m that surprised to see Uncharted 4 topping the community awards, as the final chapter in the story of one of the most popular PlayStation characters. It’s a fantastic game, and came incredibly close to winning the writers’ award as well, only to have been pipped to the post by Overwatch.
Just as in your Best Single Player award, Uncharted 4 had nearly half of the vote and Doom was a very, very distant second place. A slight surprise was that Forza Horizon 3 managed to sneak into third place, though without a racing category for the community to vote it, this was its only real chance to shine.
All that’s left to say is congratulations to Naughty Dog and Uncharted 4 for becoming our TSA Community Game of the Year 2016.