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The 2023 Community GOTY Results

In such a stellar year, how heated was the battle for the top spot among the Giant Bomb Community?

And that was GOTY.
And that was GOTY.

As the final piece of the 16th Annual Giant Bomb Game of the Year, we are here to review the results of the community's vote. Before we get started, I want to give a shoutout to @rorie for keeping this tradition going for the last seven years and to @thatfrood who took it upon himself to run the voting process on his own for many years before that.

Over 700 people voted this year for a total of over 6100 votes (not everyone fills out all ten slots). Within those 6100+ votes, 647 different games were named. Today, we're going to look at the Top 50.

Last year, Elden Ring straight up destroyed the competition with nearly triple the weighted score of God of War Ragnarök in second place. But, as you'll see below, this year's race was a little bit tighter.

We fully relaxed the rules of Community GOTY this year and encouraged everyone to put whatever-the-hell they wanted on their ballot. The points are based on a weighted system where your #1 is worth more than your #2 and so on. I don't actually know what the math is on that because this "Community List" feature is built into the site. When the deadline hits, it just spits out a report, which I transcribed here. Someone would have to hunt down Dave to find out about the math maybe. Anyway... let's go!

1The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom289465
2Baldur's Gate 3241392
3Alan Wake II155306
4Super Mario Bros. Wonder77294
5Resident Evil 477273
6Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon58154
7Hi-Fi Rush53196
8Marvel's Spider-Man 251190
9Pikmin 442135
10Street Fighter 641118
11Cyberpunk 207738122
13Final Fantasy XVI33125
14Star Wars Jedi: Survivor29124
16Chants Of Sennaar2595
17Lies of P2589
18Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name2475
19Sea of Stars2282
21Dead Space1893
22Diablo IV1884
23Octopath Traveler II1853
24Dave the Diver1772
25The Talos Principle II1636
26Super Mario RPG1458
27Metroid Prime1450
28Remnant II1348
Fire Emblem Engage1348
30Hogwarts Legacy1347
31Hitman 31249
33Like a Dragon: Ishin!936
34Theatrhythm Final Bar Line833
35Mortal Kombat 1739
37Lethal Company732
38Pizza Tower725
40Vampire Survivors627
41Honkai: Star Rail623
42Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo615
43Elden Ring614
45F-Zero 99523
46The Finals522
47Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew519
48Bomb Rush Cyberfunk517
49The Case of the Golden Idol516

With 66% of the community giving it a vote, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has now completed the trifecta. It has won the site's GOTY, the combined Guest List GOTY, and now the Community GOTY. In fact, the three different Top 10s were eerily similar. Among the thirty spots available, only twelve different games made the lists.

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Many of you included classic and obscure games on your list, which resulted in over 350 games getting only one vote, and another 80 that only got two votes. In fact, only 69 games (Nice) got 10 votes or more.

Well, that about wraps it up for this year's GOTY content.

If you missed any of the 2023 GOTY festivities, you can find everything on the Giant Bomb Game of the Year 2023 wiki page including all the winners, podcasts, videos, staff lists, and guest lists.

If you enjoy statistics, be sure to check out my blog here: Data Dump: GOTY 2023 Staff & Guests Breakdown.

Until next time.