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List of Game of The Year Awards

Game of the Year (abbreviated GotY) is a title awarded by various gaming publications to a deserving game. Many publications award a single "Game of the Year" to a single title that they feel represents the pinnacle of gaming achievement that year. Many games will release a "Game of the Year" edition after winning any of these awards, usually containing all the updates, downloadable content (DLC) and occasionally other extras such as a soundtrack.

1UP.com

As of 2010, the winners of 1UP's Game of the Year are chosen by the editors. (In 2009, they also revealed their picks in the Reader's Choice Awards). For the Reader's Choice, see the Reader and gamer polls GOTY Section below.[1]

Readers choice

In addition to the editor's picks, 1UP.com also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTYs. Until 2010, this was considered their primary Game of the Year.[1]

British Academy Games Awards (Formerly: BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards)

The British Academy Games Awards are an annual British awards ceremony honoring "outstanding creative achievement" in the video game industry. First presented in 2004 following the restructuring of the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards, the awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and are thus commonly referred to as the BAFTA Games Awards.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1997/8 GoldenEye 007[7] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998/9 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[8] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999/2000 Console: MediEvil 2[9] Action-adventure PlayStation SCE Cambridge Studio
Handheld: Pokémon Yellow[10] Role-playing Game Boy Game Freak
PC: Deus Ex[11] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2000/1 Console: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec[12] Racing PlayStation 2 Polyphony Digital
Handheld: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[13] Sports Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions
PC: Max Payne[14] Third-person shooter Microsoft Windows Remedy Entertainment
2001/2 Console: Halo: Combat Evolved[15] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
Handheld: SMS Chess[16] Purple Software
PC: Neverwinter Nights[17] Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
2002/3 Call of Duty[18] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2003/4 Half-Life 2[19] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005/6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter[20] Tactical shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Paris
2006/7 BioShock[21] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2007/8 Super Mario Galaxy[22] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[23] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[24] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[25] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Dishonored[26] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us[27] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny[28] Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie
2015 Fallout 4[29] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[30] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Crash

Starting in 1984, the ZX Spectrum magazine Crash published an annual readers awards article, based on votes from the readers.

Crispy Gamer

The winners of the Crispy Gamer Game of the Year are chosen by the Crispy Gamer Game Trust.[37]

Czech Game of the Year Awards

The Czech Game of the Year Awards are annual awards that recognize accomplishments in video game development.[40]

D.I.C.E. Awards (Formerly: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences)

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit organization of industry professionals and presents a series of annual Interactive Achievement Awards. On 24 October 2012, the Academy announced that the IAAs would be known as the D.I.C.E. Awards beginning in 2013. The name stands for "Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain".[45]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1997 GoldenEye 007[46] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[47] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 The Sims[48] Life simulation Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2000 Diablo II[49] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Blizzard North
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[50] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942[51] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Call of Duty[52] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2[53] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 God of War[54] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2006 Gears of War[55] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[56] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet[57] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[58] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[59] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[60] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[61] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[62] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[63] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Fallout 4[64] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Overwatch[65] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

Easy Allies (Formerly: GameTrailers)

The winners of the Easy Allies (formerly GameTrailers) Game of the Year are chosen by Easy Allies staff (formerly GameTrailers editors).[66][67]

Edge

The winners of the Edge Game of the Year are chosen by Edge editors.[75]

Electronic Games

Along with the Arcade Awards announced by Electronic Games magazine each year, it also held a regular reader poll for the most popular games among its readers in each issue, from May 1982 to January 1985.[77] The games that topped these polls the most in each year are listed here.

Electronic Gaming Awards (Formerly: Arcade Awards)

The Arcade Awards, also known as the Arkie Awards, was one of the first video game awards, dating back to the golden age of arcade video games and lasting up until the North American video game industry crash. It was held since 1980 (for games released in 1979 and earlier) and were announced annually by Electronic Games magazine since 1981, covering several different platform categories.[77] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992.[78] The 1992 and 1993 issues asked their readers to vote for the game of the year.

Electronic Gaming Monthly

The winners of the Electronic Gaming Monthly Game of the Year are chosen by the magazine's editors.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1988 Double Dragon[80] Beat 'em up Arcade, NES Techn?s Japan
1989 Ghouls 'n Ghosts[81] Platform Arcade, Sega Genesis Capcom
1990 Strider[82] Platform Arcade, Sega Genesis Capcom
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog[83] Platformer Sega Genesis Sonic Team
1992 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior[84] Fighting SNES Capcom
1993 Samurai Shodown[85] Fighting Arcade, Neo-Geo SNK
1995 Chrono Trigger[86] Action role-playing SNES Square
1996 Super Mario 64[87] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[88] Action-adventure[89] Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soul Calibur[90] Fighting Sega Dreamcast Namco
2002 Metroid Prime[91] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time[92] Action-adventure Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Microsoft Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[93] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3[94] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 BioShock Infinite[95] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[96] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[97] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch[98] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

Readers choice

In addition to their Editors' Choice Awards, Electronic Gaming Monthly also handed out Readers' Choice Awards voted by the magazine's readers.

Empire

The winners of the Empire Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors.[101]

Entertainment Weekly

The winners of the Entertainment Weekly Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors.[105]

Eurogamer

The winners of the Eurogamer Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors.[106]

Reader's Game of the Year

Famitsu Awards

The Grand Prize winners of the annual Famitsu Awards, voted by the magazine's readers. An annual award ceremony is held every year.[107]

G4

The winners of G4's annual "Videogame Deathmatch" or "G-phoria" polls. The 2011 "Videogame Deathmatch" poll involved 500,000 votes.[115]

Gamasutra

The winners of the Gamasutra Game of the Year are chosen by Gamasutra editors.[118] In 2012, the editors only gave a top 10 list and in 2013 a top 5 list.

The Game Awards (Formerly: Spike Video Game Awards)

The winners of the Spike Video Game Awards, hosted by Spike between 2003 and 2013, awarded the Game of the Year using an advisory council featuring over 20 journalists from media outlets.[120] The show's title was changed to VGX in 2013 before Spike TV dropped the show entirely. It was replaced by The Game Awards in 2014.

Game Developers Choice Awards

The Game Developers Choice Awards are chosen by registered game developers and unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2000 The Sims[122] Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[123] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime[124] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[125] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[126] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[127] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Gears of War[128] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Portal[129] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3[130] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[131] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[132] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[133] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[134] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[135] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[136] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[137] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch[138] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

Game Informer

The winners of the Game Informer Game of the Year are chosen by Game Informer editors. During their first years of publication they would give awards for the best game on each console available at the time, occasionally giving an award to the overall best game of the year.[139]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1992 Street Fighter II Fighting SNES Capcom
1993 Mortal Kombat Fighting SNES Midway Games
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing PlayStation Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Super Smash Bros. Fighting Nintendo 64

HAL Laboratory, Inc.

2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty[140] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Mass Effect 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

Readers choice

In addition to the editor's picks, Game Informer also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTY.

Game Revolution

The winner of the Game Revolution Community Choice Game of the Year award, but in 2013 the editors chose the Game of the Year.

GameFan Golden Megawards

The winners of GameFans Golden Megawards were chosen by editors.

GameFAQs

GameFAQs' annual Game of the Year is chosen by its readers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Final Fantasy VIII[152] Role-playing PlayStation Square
2000 Final Fantasy IX[153] Role-playing PlayStation Square
2001 Final Fantasy X[154] Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square
2002 Metroid Prime[155] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[156] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[157] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4[158] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[159] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[160] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl[161] Fighting Wii HAL Laboratory, Inc
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[162] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[163] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[164] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[165] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Gearbox Software
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[166] Action-adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[167] Fighting Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Sora Ltd., Namco Bandai Games
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[168] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Final Fantasy XV[169] Action role-playing PlayStation 4, Xbox One Square Enix

GamePro

The winners of the GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro editors.[170] In the 1990s, the winners were chosen by editors from 1993[171] to 1995,[172] and by readers for 1991,[173] 1992,[174] 1996,[175] 1997[176] and 1998.[177] Since 2011, the winners of GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro TV.[178]

GameRankings

GameRankings ranks games according to an average of their review score across multiple sources. The highest for each year are based on 20 reviews.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Super Mario 64[179] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007[180] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[181] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur[182] Fighting Dreamcast Namco
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[183] Sports PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[184] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Metroid Prime[185] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[186] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Half-Life 2[187] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4[188] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[189] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[190] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[191] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[192] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[193] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Batman: Arkham City[194] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2012 Journey[195] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[196] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[197] Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
2015 Undertale[198] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, OS X tobyfox
2016 INSIDE[199] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Playdead
2017 Super Mario Odyssey[200] Platformer Nintendo Switch Nintendo EPD

Games

The winners of the Games magazine Game of the Year award are chosen by Games editors.[201] Electronic games are covered separately on the publication's annual Games 100 list.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1994[202] Myst Graphic adventure Mac OS Cyan Worlds
1995[202] Virtual Pool Sports MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows Celeris
1996 - - - -
1997[202][203] Links LS 1997 Sports MS-DOS Access Software
1998[202] Obsidian Adventure Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Rocket Science Games
1999[202][204] Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Cinematic platformer PlayStation, Microsoft Windows Oddworld Inhabitants
2000[202][205] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
Half-Life First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2001[202][206] The Sims Life simulation Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2002[202][207] Black & White Simulation Microsoft Windows Lionhead Studios
2003[202][208] Neverwinter Nights Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
2004[202][209] The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2005[210][211] City of Heroes MMORPG Microsoft Windows, OS X Cryptic Studios
2006[212][213] Psychonauts Platformer Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2 Double Fine Productions
2007[214][215] The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2008[216] BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2009[217] Spore Life simulation Microsoft Windows, OS X Maxis
2010[218] Batman: Arkham Asylum Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2011[219] Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2012[220] Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2013[221] Call of Duty: Black Ops II First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U Treyarch
2014[222] BioShock Infinite First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
  • Starting in 1996, awards were given the title of the coming year (e.g. The Sims was named Game of the Year 2001, despite being released in 2000). Thus, the December 1995 issue awarded the "Game of the Year 1995", whereas the December 1996 issue awarded the "Game of the Year 1997".

GameSpot

The winners of the GameSpot Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpot editors.[223]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Diablo[224] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows Blizzard North
1997 Total Annihilation[225] Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Cavedog Entertainment
1998 Console: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[226] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
PC: Grim Fandango[227] Graphic adventure Microsoft Windows LucasArts
1999 Console: Soulcalibur[228] Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast Namco
PC: EverQuest[229] MMORPG Microsoft Windows Sony Online Entertainment
2000 Console: Chrono Cross[230] Role-playing PlayStation Square
PC: The Sims[231] Life simulation Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2001 Console: Grand Theft Auto III[232] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
PC: Serious Sam: The First Encounter[233] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Croteam
2002 Metroid Prime[234] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[235] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 World of Warcraft[236] MMORPG Microsoft Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2005 Resident Evil 4[237] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War[238] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[239] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[240] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Demon's Souls[241] Action role-playing PlayStation 3 FromSoftware
2010 Red Dead Redemption[242] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[243] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[244] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[245] Action-adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[246] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[247] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch[248] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

Readers choice

In addition to the editor's picks, GameSpot also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTY.

GameSpy

The winners of the GameSpy Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpy editors.[253]

GamesRadar

GamesRadar holds a Platinum Chalice Awards feature each year, as part of that, the Game of the Year chosen by the editors are:[254]

Gamest Awards

The Japanese Gamest magazine was published from 1986 to 1999, and held the Gamest Award ceremonies every year, focusing exclusively on arcade games. The winners of the Grand Prize awards were chosen by voters.

GamesTM

The title chosen by GamesTM as the year's best game.[267]

Giant Bomb

The winners of the Giant Bomb Game of the Year are chosen by Giant Bomb editors.[269]

Global Game Awards (game-debate.com)

The winners of game-debate Global Game Awards are based on votes from the gamers and are announced mid-November.[276]

Golden Joystick Awards

The Golden Joystick Awards is the second oldest gaming award ceremony and is the longest running video game award. The inaugural ceremony took place in 1984 in London's Berkeley Square.[281]

As of 2014, it is the biggest video game award show in terms of the number of votes cast; over nine million votes were cast for the 2014 ceremony.[282]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1983 Jetpac[283] Shooter Commodore VIC-20, ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1984 Knight Lore[283] Action-adventure ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist[284] Fighting Commodore 64 Beam Software
1986 Gauntlet[283] Hack & Slash Arcade Atari Games
1987/88 Out Run[283] Racing Arcade, Sega Master System Sega AM2
1988/89 8-Bit: Operation Wolf[285] Shooting gallery Arcade, NES Taito
16-Bit: Speedball[285] Sports Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System Bitmap Brothers
1989/90 8-Bit: The Untouchables[286] Shooter Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Ocean Software
16-Bit: Kick Off[286] Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1990/91 8-Bit: Rick Dangerous 2[286] Platformer Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Core Design
16-Bit: Kick Off 2[286] Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1991/92 Sonic the Hedgehog[287] Platformer Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear Ancient
1992/93 Street Fighter II[283] Fighting Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, SNES Capcom
1996/97 Super Mario 64[288] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2002 Grand Theft Auto III[283] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City[289] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2004 Doom 3[283] First-person shooter Linux, Microsoft Windows id Software
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[290] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion[291] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 Gears of War[292] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[293] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2009 Fallout 3[294] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[295] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[296] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[297] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[298] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Dark Souls II[299] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[300] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Dark Souls III[301] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One FromSoftware
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[302] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD

Good Game

The winners of the Good Game Game of the Year awards are chosen by both the Good Game team and their forum community.

IGN

IGN's game of the year award is chosen by all the editors at IGN and are announced mid-January.

Readers choice

In addition to the editor's picks, IGN also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTY. IGN, considered the world's largest gaming website, attracted 300,000 votes for its "Best of 2011" Readers' Choice awards.[314]

Inside Gaming Awards

Machinima also hosts its own awards show, the Inside Gaming Awards, annually in Los Angeles. The awards show celebrates the biggest developers and achievements in the video-games industry, and features top gaming choices by viewers and the staff of Inside Gaming.

Japan Game Awards (Formerly: CESA Awards)

The winners of the Grand Award annually given by the Japan Game Awards, formerly known as the CESA Awards, since 1996. There are some years where two games shared the Grand Award.[319]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Sakura Wars[320] Tactical role-playing Sega Saturn Overworks
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing PlayStation Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Doko Demo Issyo Strategy PlayStation Sony Computer Entertainment
Final Fantasy VIII[321] Role-playing PlayStation Square
2000 Phantasy Star Online Action role-playing Dreamcast Sonic Team
2001/2 Final Fantasy X Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square
2003 Final Fantasy XI MMORPG PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows Square
Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm PlayStation 2 Namco
2004 Monster Hunter Action role-playing PlayStation 2 Capcom
2005 Dragon Quest VIII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Level-5
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Puzzle Nintendo DS Nintendo SDD
2007 Wii Sports Sports Wii Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2008 Wii Fit Fitness Wii Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2009 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
Mario Kart Wii Racing Wii Nintendo EAD
2010 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD
2011 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2012 Gravity Rush Action-adventure PlayStation Vita Project Siren
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Fighting PlayStation 3 CyberConnect2
2013 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Social Simulation Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2014 Monster Hunter 4 Action role-playing Nintendo 3DS Capcom
Yo-kai Watch Role-playing Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2015 Yo-kai Watch 2 Role-playing Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2016 Splatoon Third-person shooter Wii U Nintendo EAD
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EAD

Joystiq

The winners of the Joystiq Game of the Year are chosen by Joystiq editors.

Kotaku

Over the years, Kotaku has been refining how it selects its Game of the Year. Currently, it involves a debate which starts with the Kotaku editors determining the four most defendable candidates for the award. Editors are then given time to play all the games, and for each of the candidates, an appropriate editor is determined to make his case behind it in front of a panel who also raise questions. The results of these debates are given to the readers, who then also have the chance to make their own opinions felt. To make the final decision, the Kotaku staff members reexamine their arguments, and the winner is determined from a vote between the editors in late January.[329]

Metacritic

The winners of the Metacritic Game of the Year are determined by the game with the highest score garnered from an average of weighted review scores from various sources. Each year, Metacritic announce the highest in an official award.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Super Mario 64[337] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007[338] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[339] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur[340] Fighting Dreamcast Namco
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[341] Sports PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[342] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Metroid Prime[343] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[344] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Half-Life 2[345] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4[346] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[347] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[348] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[349] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[350] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[351] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Batman: Arkham City[352] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2012 The Walking Dead[353] Graphic adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[354] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[355] Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain[356] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[357] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[358] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD

User Poll

MMGN

MMGN's annual Community Game of the Year poll is 100% community driven. The semi-finals allow registered members to choose up to three games for each genre, and award up to nine points across the three games, but no more than 5 points for one game. The top 5 games from each genre with the most points are then added to final polls, where each member gets one vote per genre.

MobyGames

The winners of the MobyGames Game of the Year are determined by the game with the highest average of review scores from various sources.[371]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1980 Space Invaders Shoot 'em up Arcade, Atari 2600 Taito
1981 Yars' Revenge Action Atari 2600 Atari
1982 Ms. Pac-Man Action Arcade, Atari 2600/5200 Namco
1983 Frogger Action Arcade, Atari 2600/5200 Konami
1984 Bruce Lee Action ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-Bit Datasoft
1985 Marsport Action-adventure ZX Spectrum Gargoyle Games
1986 Zoids Action ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Electric Dreams Software
1987 Dungeon Master Role-playing Atari ST FTL Games
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 Platformer NES Nintendo EAD
1989 Tetris Puzzle Game Boy, NES Bullet-Proof Software
1990 Wing Commander Space flight simulation MS-DOS Origin Systems
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-adventure SNES Nintendo EAD
Tecmo Super Bowl Sports NES Tecmo
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Platformer Genesis Sonic Team
Super Mario Kart Racing SNES Nintendo EAD
1993 NHL '94 Sports SNES EA Sports
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-playing SNES Square
Samurai Shodown II Fighting Neo Geo SNK
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Platformer SNES Nintendo EAD
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 Gran Turismo Sim racing PlayStation Polyphony Digital
International Superstar Soccer 64 Sports Nintendo 64 Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast Namco
2000 NFL 2K1 Sports Dreamcast Visual Concepts
Perfect Dark First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Chrono Trigger Role-playing Virtual Console Square
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 Rayman Legends Platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montpellier
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action Wii U PlatinumGames
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[372] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

NAVGTR Awards

The NAVGTR Awards are handed out by the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.

New York Times

The winners of The New York Times Game of the Year are chosen by New York Times editors.

Oh!X

Japanese computer game magazine Oh!X[jp] was active from 1982 to 1995. Game of the Year awards were handed out to the following games.[390][391]

Omni

The games chosen as the year's best by Omni magazine, which was active from 1978 to 1995.

Polygon

Polygon's Game of the Year is chosen by its staff.

ScrewAttack

The winners of ScrewAttack's annual Top 10 Games poll.

Slant Magazine

The winners of Slant Magazine are chosen by its editors in a "Top 25".

Softalk

In 1981, Softalk held one of the first reader polls on popular home computer software, released up until 1980.[408]

Year Game Genre Platform(s)
1980 Super Invader Shoot 'em up Apple II

SXSW Gaming Awards

The winners of the SXSW Gaming Awards, started in 2014, are judged by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board, which is composed of over 40 industry experts that are well-versed in the industry.

Time

The winners of the Time magazine Game of the Year are chosen by Time magazine editors.

Voxel (formerly Tecmundo)

The winners of the Voxel GOTY are chosen by editors.

VSDA Awards

The Video Software Dealers Association's VSDA Awards for home entertainment handed out awards for the best video games of the year, which are listed here.[420]

X-Play

The winners of the X-Play Game of the Year were chosen by X-Play editors.[422] The show ended in January 2013.

Yahoo! Games

The winners of the Yahoo! Games Game of the Year are chosen by Yahoo! Games editors.

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