Community Game Of The Year 2017 Winners

As per usual, our Game of the Year awards have been accompanied by a community vote, letting you weigh in, not just in the comments, but with a healthy slice of democratic/mob justice. You can see our overall GOTY winner here, but did you agree with us? Well… not quite.

Where a number of our categories were closely discussed in the writers’ GOTY awards, things were often more clear cut in the community vote, but there were still a smattering of surprises in second and third spot. Without much further ado, the results:

Best Single Player – Horizon Zero Dawn

Runners up: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2nd), Persona 5 (3rd)

We didn’t actually have a direct parallel to this in our long list of Game of the Year awards, but across all the genres and categories, this felt like it would be a straight up fight between Horizon Zero Dawn for PlayStation 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch (and Wii U!).

So it proved to be, and it seems as though the ratio of PS4 to Switch owners helped to turn the tide, with Horizon Zero Dawn romping home with more than double the votes.

A pleasantly surprising third place went to Persona 5 ahead of Super Mario Odyssey.

Best Multiplayer – Gran Turismo Sport

Runners up: Splatoon 2 (2nd), Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 (tied 3rd)

Things were a fair bit closer in the Best Multiplayer category, but racing fans seem to have had their prayers answered in the form of Gran Turismo Sport and its innovative form of competitive multiplayer. Is this the step forward that competitive racing has been looking for? It seems so.

Naturally, there’s plenty of shooters in the mix as well, and the writers’ winner Splatoon 2 came home in second spot, sneaking ahead of Call of Duty: WWII’s triumphant return to World War 2 and Destiny 2, which were tied in third place.

Best Independent Game – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Runners up: Cuphead (2nd), Friday the 13th: The Game (3rd)

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade clearly struck a chord with more than just the critics, as is easily swept through to win the Best Independent Game award here. Senua’s journey and her struggle with psychosis have garnered awards left, right and centre, so it’s great to see that so many others have felt the same way.

Meanwhile, Microsoft exclusive Cuphead and it wonderfully distinctive art style brought it home in second ahead of Friday the 13th: The Game, which was one of the multiplayer games of the summer.

Best Virtual Reality Game – Resident Evil 7

Runners up: Skyrim VR (2nd), Gran Turismo Sport (3rd)

VR is still something of a niche platform, but when you have such big hitters as Resident Evil 7 coming out for PlayStation VR, it’s bound to draw a larger audience. Resident Evil 7 wasn’t just a fantastic revival of the horror series, rejuvenating it with a dramatically different style and feel, but it was able to amplify itself when played in VR, with every creaky floorboard and squeaky door hinge making for a terrifying experience. I’m more surprised that so many of you dared to play it in VR!

Behind that was the evergreen Skyrim and its port to VR. The impressive scale that it offers seems to have offered something new and refreshing to this ageing game, and hopefully it’s more than just a flash in the pan for Bethesda’s efforts.

Most surprising is that Gran Turismo Sport was able to squeak past Star Trek Bridge Crew, Doom VFR and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. It could just be the audience, but personally I found that while the VR itself is great, Polyphony did diddly-squat with making it an actual game!

Biggest Disappointment – Star Wars Battlefront II

Runners up: Destiny 2 and Mass Effect Andromeda (tied 2nd), Gran Turismo Sport (3rd)

There’s really no surprises for the winner loser in the Biggest Disappointment category. While Star Wars Battlefront II ticks a lot of boxes, the taste that EA’s business decisions left in people’s mouths and the way that it could impact gameplay make this a shoe in, really.

Destiny 2 was something of an omission from our writers’ award, but is fully represented here in the community vote, tying with the franchise killing Mass Effect Andromeda. Gran Turismo Sport clearly has its detractors, who have been disappointed by the lacking single player, the minimal VR and likely don’t see the appeal to online multiplayer racing.

Community Game of the Year 2017 – Horizon Zero Dawn

Runners up: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2nd), Persona 5 (3rd)

You might be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu for the overall winner of the Community Game of the Year. That’s right, it’s exactly the same as for Best Single Player, and even the ratios are practically identical with a lot of people carrying the same vote across from first category to last.

Horizon Zero Dawn really has been the breakout success on PlayStation 4 that Guerrilla Games and Sony would have hoped for, and there’s no surprise that it’s popular. They took a post-apocalyptic world filled with robotic dinosaurs and creatures, mixed in fraught and dangerous combat and a fairly hardcore science fiction story with a great protagonist. While Horizon was denied all the way through the writers’ GOTY awards, it’s finally picked up some wins in this community vote

Of course, it’s just as unsurprising that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was in the mix, even if it could only muster second place, as Nintendo’s brilliant reimagining of what a Zelda game could be helped spur their new console to a hugely successful launch. Having Persona 5 pick up third place just goes to show the middle finger to those companies out there that might think that single player gaming is on the way out.

All that’s left to say is congratulations to Guerrilla Games and Horizon Zero Dawn for becoming our TSA Community Game of the Year 2017!

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  1. Thanks for running this feature guys, it’s been great to read about everyone’s highlights and get their opinions after the games have been thoroughly digested.
    Really good to see that the story heavy big budget single player titles are our favourites too, I hope you’re listening EA! And yeah big congrats to Guerilla, that’s a well deserved win, I hope all of you who just got the game really enjoy it.
    I’m not sure yet what to look forward to this year, Red Dead 2 is the only big game on my wish list, I never did get around to playing the first so maybe I’ll make that my next time sink after I’ve enjoyed Mario.

    • You never played RDR? You should go fix that!

      • Seconded! It’s one of my only 3 platinums – what more of a recommendation do you need Ron?! ;)

    • Also, what about God of War next year? You not interested in that?

    • Good thing we’ve got Ones to Watch starting in the next couple of days, eh?

    • I’ll fix it Tony, don’t worry! And no not particularly interested in God of War but only because I’ve not played any of the others. I’ll keep an eye on it in case it’s a good starting point for me.
      And nice one Tef, it’s as if you guys know what we want, write it down and then push publish right at our moment of need!

  2. I definitely need to get hold of HZD, all these awards have just confirmed that for me.

    GT Sport is definitely a good multiplayer game so that’s probably well deserved.

  3. Is it too late to change my VR vote from Resident Evil to Skyrim?

    Got it at Christmas and the sense of scale alone blew me away.

    I haven’t played Horizon yet though I’m struggling to believe it’s better than Zelda. Still, here’s hoping, because if it is I’m in for a huge treat!

  4. Never got round to voting this year, had too much going on.

    I really need to play Persona 5. I skipped it on release as I’d only just played Persona 4 and felt it would be best to give it room to breath. I’ll try and play it this year.

  5. Brilliant community :)
    Cannot wait for Ones to Watch si I can mark my calender for the new releases this year!

  6. Glad HZD won overall GoTY. The story went deeper and darker than I expected it to go, which surprised me – and that doesn’t happen much anymore in gaming.

    Life finds a way.

    RE7 also very good. One of my favourite RE games after REmake and RE2. Haven’t played it in VR because there are still a few things I’d like to do before I die (of fright).

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