Game of the Year 2017 - It's an honor to be nominated edition

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This is a repackaging of the Game of the Year categories. It's a middle ground between listening to a full day of podcasts and reading an article that only mentions three games in each category. I think it's reasonable to broaden the entries documented in print, particularly in a year this good. After all: it’s an honor to be nominated.

Each category has 4 four lines, populated in this order:

  1. The category and the winner
  2. The 2 uprunners
  3. The 3 contenders. These are the 3 last cuts from the category. They cause most of the handwringing on the podcasts and deserve some distinction for that. If the bomb crew cuts several at the same time and field drops to 5 or 4, only 1 or 2 will be listed.
  4. The nominees. All the entries in the initial list, excluding immediate disqualifications. It’s an honor to be nominated.

The ideal version of this would have some text to augment each entry, but it took long enough to get just this codified I'll have to be okay settling here for now. It also takes some editorializing to name the contenders and nominees (pulling data from mostly fluid conversations) so I wouldn't expect everyone to read the chatter the exact same way I do, but if something is obviously off please mention it and I’ll correct it later.

Day 1

2017’s Old Game of the Year - Mario Kart 8

Uprunners - Windjammers & Skyrim

Contenders - XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Overwatch

Nominees - Destiny, Bruce Lee, Psychic Detective, Tender Loving Care, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (doubt anyone played this except for me: Rorie), Hitman, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Contra, Soul Calibur, Titanfall 2, Dota 2, Marvel Heroes Omega, Metroid 2

Best Shopkeeper - Emil (NieR: Automata)

Uprunners - Porkrind (Cuphead) & Falcon Ron (Pyre)

Contenders - Iwai (Persona 5), Crusty Sean (Splatoon 2), Strange Resistance Woman (NieR)

Nominees - Kilton (Zelda), Tae (Persona 5), That kid from (AC:O) Reba?, Gregg (NITW), Car mechanic pigeons (Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp), Louie and Luis (Battle Chef Brigade)

Most Disappointing Game - Mass Effect: Andromeda

Uprunners - Need for Speed: Payback & Star Wars Battlefront II

Contenders - Friday the 13th

Nominees - NBA 2K18, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Call of Duty: WWII, Forza Motorsport 7, Friday the 13th, Agents of Mayhem, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Super Bomberman R, Night Trap 25th Anniversary, Ruiner, Yooka-Laylee, Double Dragon IV, Danger Zone, ARMS, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Mario Party: The Top 100, 1-2 Switch, NBA Playgrounds

Best Looking Game - Cuphead

Uprunners - Horizon Zero Dawn & Destiny 2

Contenders - Pyre, Super Mario Odyssey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Nominees - Star Wars Battlefront II, Cuphead, Horizon, Tekken 7, AC:O, Pyre, Edith Finch, Hellblade, Wolf 2, Resident Evil 7, The Evil Within 2, Absolver, Night in the Woods, Rabbids, Destiny 2, Hollow Knight, Injustice 2, Zelda, Dream Daddy, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Sundered

Day 2


Uprunners - Destiny 2 & Tekken 7

Contenders - Nidhogg 2, Gang Beasts, Splatoon 2

Nominees - Destiny 2, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Windjammers, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, For Honor, Cuphead, Super Mario Odyssey, Nidhogg 2, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Knack 2

Hottest Mess - Star Wars Battlefront II

Uprunners - Visceral Games shutdown & Mass Effect: Andromeda launch

Contenders - Atlus threatening Persona 5 streamers, Destiny 2 XP thing, Shadow of War

Nominees - Switch online app, PUBG hacks, EA in general?, Lawbreakers, Marvel Heroes Omega


Uprunners - Mummy Demastered & Sonic Mania

Contender - Resident Evil 7

Nominees - Fire Pro Westling World, Golf Story, Sexy Brutale, Hollow Knight, NieR, Metroid: Samus Returns, Monster Hunter Stories, Battle Chef Brigade, Zelda, Star Fox 2, Hellblade, Hey! Pikmin, Brother ate my pudding, Dream Daddy, LOCALHOST, Million Onion Hotel, A Mortician’s Tale

Best Music - NieR: Automata

Uprunners - Cuphead & Persona 5

Contender - Pyre

Nominees - Odyssey, Wolf 2, Rabbids, Zelda, Rivals of Aether, Splatoon 2, Yakuza 0, Sexy Brutale, Hollow Knight, Edith Finch, Destiny 2, Tooth and Tail, SteamWorld Dig 2, ARMS

Day 3

Best World - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Uprunners - Assassin’s Creed: Origins & Observer

Contender - Tacoma, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Night in the Woods

Nominees - Odyssey, Rabbids, NieR, Battle Chef Brigade, Pyre, Yakuza 0, Cuphead, Uncharted, Splatoon 2, PUBG, Wolf 2

PLEASE STOP - Lootboxes/Blindboxes

Uprunners - WWE 2K/Yuke’s!! & Nintendo’s lousy interface design and feature set

Contenders - Physical copies of early access games, In-game ads for purchasable goods, Extended periods where the player character is injured and that slows you down too much

Nominees - Electronic Arts, Games as a service, Call of Duty, DISNEY

Best Wolfenstein II Moment or Sequence - The death and return of BJ Blazkowicz

Uprunners - Going home again and confronting your father & The Hitler Scene

Contenders - Courtroom dream sequence, Meeting Horton Boone in New Orleans, The death of Super Spesh

Nominees - Wheelchair intro, Death of Caroline, Walking Around Amerikkka, Nuking Roswell and guitar kicking in as you ride off on your stupid circle scooter thing, Fraulein Engels boning Bombate in the submarine, , The part where you blow up the robots and your topless blood-covered pregnant wife shoots a bunch of Nazis, Talk show ending

Best Moment or Sequence - Route E (NieR: Automata)

Uprunners - Eating the chicken dinner (PUBG) & Cannery sequence (Edith Finch)

Contenders - New Donk City Festival (Odyssey), Eventide Island (Zelda), The end(?) of Pascal (NieR)

Nominees - End of Tekken 7, Opening of Prey, Thanos steals the Satsui no Hado from Ryu and attacks Death and Jedah with a Gouhadouken, Ryu uppercutting an Elder Dragon from Monster Hunter, Mario returns to Mushroom Kingdom, Mario fights a dragon, Mario becomes Bowser, The first time you go into someone’s mind (Observer), Selmers’ Poetry Slam (NITW), Bury Me, My Love endings, ROMEOS and JULIETS (NieR), BECOME AS GODS (NieR), The end of Tacoma, Entering the Krokodilopolis Gladiator Arena (AC:O), The end of Pyre, Train fight (Uncharted), Eating pizza (Uncharted), The final mission (Destiny 2), Fighting Kuze in the sewer (Yakuza 0), Majima’s debut (Yakuza 0), The final fight (Yakuza 0), Mr. King Dice Boss Fight (Cuphead), Mean Bean Machine Boss (Sonic Mania), 50 dudes in two very tiny rings (Wrestling Revolution 3D), The opera singer boss (Rabbids), Damien 3rd date (Dream Daddy), Nemesis fuckery (Shadow of War), Introduction of Peach (Rabbids)

Day 4


Uprunners - Cuphead & Night in the Woods

Contenders - Nioh, Pyre, Dream Daddy

Nominees - Hollow Knight, Nioh, Battle Chef Brigade, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Pyre, Night in the Woods, Absolver, The Sexy Brutale, ARMS, Cuphead, Mario + Rabbids, Rivals of Aether, Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together!, Kingsway, Bury Me, My Love, Million Onion Hotel

Best Styyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle - Cuphead

Uprunners - Persona 5 & Yakuza 0

Contenders - Kingsway, Observer, Pyre

Nominees - Sexy Brutale, Hollow Knight, ARMS, NieR, Heat Signature, Splatoon 2, Absolver, Ruiner, Tokyo 42, NITW, High Hell, ECHO, Dream Daddy, The Shrouded Isle, Subsurface Circular

Best New Character - Bayek (Assassin’s Creed: Origins)

Uprunners - Pascal (NieR) & Damien (Dream Daddy)

Contenders - Gregg (NITW), Mae's mom (NITW), Ti'zo (Pyre)

Nominees - 2B (NieR), 9S (NieR), A2 (NieR), Father Servo (NieR), Cappy (Mario Odyssey), Mugman (Cuphead), Mr King Dice (Cuphead), Bayek (AC:O), Aya (AC:O), Scott Rogowsky (HQ), Senua (Hellblade), Aloy (Horizon 0D), Dragon (Odyssey), Mr Libido (Yakuza 0), Nugget the Chicken (Yakuza 0), Nishitani (Yakuza 0), Rukey (Pyre), Jodariel (Pyre), Sir Gillman (Pyre), Ti’zo (Pyre), Sandra (Pyre), Thrash (Battle Chef Brigade), Ziggy (Battle Chef Brigade), Bea (NITW), Damien (Dream Daddy), HotWheelzMaster69 (Sonic Forces), Truck birds (Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp), Scientist that’s in love with his oven robot (Zelda), Super Spesh (Wolf 2), Grace (Wolf 2), Sigrun Engel (Wolf 2), Twintelle (ARMS), Helix Man (ARMS)

Best Story - NieR: Automata

Uprunners - Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus & Night in the Woods

Contender - Yakuza 0

Nominees - Pyre, Persona 5, AC:O, Tacoma, Tekken 7, Dream Daddy, Subsurface Circular, Edith Finch, A Mortician’s Tale, Bury Me My Love, The Evil Within 2, Hellblade, Observer

Day 5

Best Super Mario Odyssey Capture - Pokio

Uprunners - Goomba & Meat

Contenders - Cheep-Cheep, Tropical Wiggler, Uproot

Nominees - Chain Chomp, T-Rex, Bullet Bill, Glydon, Boulder, Hammer Bro, Banzai Bill

[They populated the initial list with everything in the wiki, so I’ve editorialized a bit here and only included the entries that survived to the 15 minute mark in the video]

Best Cast of Characters - Night in the Woods

Uprunners - Pyre & Dream Daddy

Contenders - Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Yakuza 0, Tacoma

Nominees - NieR, Tacoma, Edith Finch, Battle Chef Brigade, Uncharted, Persona 5, Subsurface Circular, Cuphead, Rabbids, Odyssey, HQ

Worst Game (That We Played) - Mass Effect: Andromeda

Uprunners - Bubsy: The Woolies Return & Drawn to Death

Contender - Sonic Forces, The Last Answer / Bequest, WWE 2K18

Nominees - Agents of Mayhem, Night Trap, 1-2-Switch Friday the 13th, Star Wars Battlefront 2

Best Game


  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  3. NieR: Automata

  4. Super Mario Odyssey

  5. Cuphead

  6. Destiny 2

  7. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

  8. Night in the Woods

  9. Tekken 7

  10. Dream Daddy

  11. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy & Yakuza 0

  12. SteamWorld Dig 2, Pyre, Assassin’s Creed: Origins

[The 11’s were the last two cuts. The 12’s made it to the vote at 1:05:15 in the video]

Nominees - Resident Evil 7, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Battle Chef Brigade, What Remains of Edith Finch, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Nioh, Hellblade, Hollow Knight, Sonic Mania, Persona 5, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Splatoon 2, Observer, Picross S, Nidhogg 2, Bury Me My Love, Gang Beasts, Metroid: Samus Returns, Everybody’s Golf, Kingsway, Tacoma

Abbreviations for common games with long names:

  • AC:O = Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  • NieR = NieR: Automata
  • Wolf 2 = Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Horizon = Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Zelda = Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Odyssey = Super Mario Odyssey
  • NITW = Night in the Woods
  • Rabbids = Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battles
  • Edith Finch = What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Uncharted = Uncharted: Lost Legacy
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Thanks for putting this list together. Kudos.

I am a little disappointed that Prey didn't get much love at all, really solid game (I thought) that flew under the radar, but dem's the breaks.