Here's What Won - GOTY 2023

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Now that the finale from the live event in Los Angeles has been secured and uploaded to the site, we now have a (mostly) completed picture of everything from the sixteenth annual Giant Bomb Game of the Year festivities.

Why do I say "mostly"? Well, for one, we still need the second half of each staff member's personal top 10.

Secondly, if you haven't heard, GOTY GUEST LISTS ARE RETURNING THIS YEAR! You should be seeing them pop up on the site during the holiday break. So, stay tuned for that!

Thirdly, the Community GOTY voting will begin on MONDAY! The submission form will go live on the front page at the same time as Game Mess Mornings.

Also, if you want to see a bunch of photos from the live event including many from behind the scenes and after the cameras shut off, you can see those HERE!

Deliberations

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The Awards

Game of the Year

The Silver Spoon

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Cheesecake Factory's Ben Starr presents Best Debut

Runners-Up

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Best Running Around

Runners-Up

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Best 2022 Game We Didn't Talk About

Runners-Up

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Best Alan Wake Character

Runners-Up

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Best Game You Bounced Off Of

Runners-Up

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Best New Hardware

  • Steam Deck OLED

Runners-Up

  • Meta Quest 3
  • Razer Kitsune
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Best Game Mechanic

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Best Pikmin

Runners-Up

  • Red
  • Blue
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Bloodborne presents Old Game of the Year

Runners-Up

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Psi-Ops presents Best Dude-Chucking

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Best Multiplayer

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Soulja Boy Award for Games To Play If You Drink And Get Drunk or Smoke And Get High

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Most B-Game

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Peter Molyneux Memorial Award for Most Ideas

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Please Stop

  • Confusing Menus

Runners-Up

  • Walking Different Speeds Than NPCs
  • Windows on Handheld Gaming Devices
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Most Disappointing

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  • N/A
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Best Moment

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Best Music

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Staff Picks

Some staff members changed their rankings after the live show in LA. The lists below indicate their final choices from their personal list articles. Parentheses indicate where a game was ranked at the time of the live show if different.

Jan Ochoa

  1. Alan Wake II
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 (4)
  4. Lies of P
  5. Persona 5 Tactica
  6. Jusant (5)
  7. A Space For The Unbound
  8. The Finals
  9. Chants Of Sennaar (3)
  10. Cocoon
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Jeff Bakalar

  1. Alan Wake II
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  3. Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  4. Resident Evil 4
  5. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  6. Cocoon
  7. The Finals
  8. Lies of P
  9. Ghostrunner 2
  10. Viewfinder
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Dan Ryckert

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  2. Pikmin 4
  3. Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
  4. Resident Evil 4
  5. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  6. Super Mario RPG
  7. Mortal Kombat 1
  8. Alan Wake II
  9. Dave the Diver
  10. WarioWare: Move It!
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Jeff Grubb

  1. Pikmin 4
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  3. Resident Evil 4
  4. Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
  5. Chants Of Sennaar
  6. Super Mario Bros. Wonder (5)
  7. Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  8. Hi-Fi Rush
  9. Hitman World of Assassination
  10. F-Zero 99
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Lucy James

  1. Baldur's Gate 3
  2. Alan Wake II
  3. Dredge
  4. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  5. Chants Of Sennaar
  6. Dead Space
  7. Resident Evil 4
  8. Dave the Diver
  9. Venba
  10. Humanity
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Tamoor Hussain

  1. Baldur's Gate 3
  2. Alan Wake II
  3. Lies of P
  4. Street Fighter 6
  5. Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
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Mike Minotti

  1. Resident Evil 4
  2. Baldur's Gate 3
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  4. Street Fighter 6
  5. Pikmin 4
  6. Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
  7. Marvel's Spider-Man 2
  8. Sea of Stars
  9. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  10. Cocoon
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#1  Edited By AV_Gamer

Based on this, the community lists should now be Top 5 instead of Top 10. Just a thought.

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Great haul for robocop 🤖

Anyway thanks for the write up. Good to see Guest and Community lists coming!

@av_gamer said:

Based on this, the community lists should now be Top 5 instead of Top 10. Just a thought.

On the other hand, it has never been easier to fill up those ten slots than this year. Plus you get to see more hidden gems in the tally.

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Legitimately forgot that Starfield came out until those recent articles about Bethesda going on a jag about people playing it wrong or whatever.

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#4 marino  Staff

@av_gamer said:

Based on this, the community lists should now be Top 5 instead of Top 10. Just a thought.

From what I understand, the staff will have full lists eventually. As for your own list for the Community GOTY, you can put whatever you want on it, but it'll still be a max of 10.

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Haven't seen the discussions yet, what do the numbers represent in the top ten list? Is GOTY point based now?

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#6 marino  Staff

@brian_ said:

Haven't seen the discussions yet, what do the numbers represent in the top ten list? Is GOTY point based now?

Like last year, yes. It's a weighted vote similar to Eurovision.

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Huh. I don't remember that at all, but now that I think about it, I don't think I ever watched all of last year's deliberations.

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The House of Hope in Baldur's Gate 3 got robbed for consideration for best moment though because it's missable unless you go down a certain path with one character, I can see how they all missed it. It has (BG3 Act 3 spoilers) A MUSICAL BOSS FIGHT IN WHICH YOU FIGHT A DEVIL WITH 666 HEALTH. It's so incredible. The devil jovially sings along to the encounter-specific music that's playing during the fight. It's so much fun and ties a neat bow on all of the stuff involving devils, who are basically a bunch of slimy contract lawyers, in the game. There's a whole bunch of other stuff in this sequence to talk about but it's a lot so this is all I'll say. In a game full of amazing moments, this one sticks out a lot.

The Zelda moment they mentioned would have been up there for me but I accidentally sequence broke the whole thing so it wasn't quite as impactful. Still pretty great though.

@efesell said:

Legitimately forgot that Starfield came out until those recent articles about Bethesda going on a jag about people playing it wrong or whatever.

I mostly only remember it exists because people love to use that fancy looking Starfield controller as a set piece in YouTube thumbnails. That controller is still probably the best bit related to that game.

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Amazing work and lists. Can't wait for the music discussion tomorrow!

I really hope you guys dive into Jedi Survivors again. Amazing game.

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@ben_h: I also accidentally sequence broke the reveal in the first handful of hours after leaving the starting area. Still blew my mind at first but I still had over 100 hours of game left. lol.

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Congrats to the team on another great year of GotY content!