List of Game of the Year awards

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Game of the Year (abbreviated GotY) is an award given by various gaming publications to a video game that they feel represents the pinnacle of video gaming that year.

Video game journalism is a branch of journalism concerned with the reporting and discussion of video games, typically based on a core "reveal–preview–review" cycle. There has been recent growth in online publications and blogs.

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Active awards

Ars Technica

Starting in 2012, the game editors of Ars Technica have published their top 20 games for each year.

YearGameGenreDeveloper(s)
2012 Dishonored [1] Action-adventure Arkane Studios
2013 Papers, Please [2] Puzzle 3909 LLC
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [3] Action role-playing BioWare
2015 Rocket League [4] Sports Psyonix
2016 Overwatch [5] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 Super Mario Odyssey [6] Platformer Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2018 Celeste [7] Platformer Matt Makes Games

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.

British Academy Games 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.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) annually hosted the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards for multimedia entertainment between 1998 and 2003.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1998 GoldenEye 007 [8] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [9] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2000Console: MediEvil 2 [10] Action-adventure PlayStation SCE Cambridge Studio
Handheld: Pokémon Yellow [11] Role-playing Game Boy Game Freak
PC: Deus Ex [12] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001Console: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec [13] Racing PlayStation 2 Polyphony Digital
Handheld: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 [14] Sports Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions
PC: Max Payne [15] Third-person shooter Microsoft Windows Remedy Entertainment
2002Console: Halo: Combat Evolved [16] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
Handheld: SMS Chess [17] Purple Software
PC: Neverwinter Nights [18] Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
2003 Call of Duty [19] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2 [20] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2006 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter [21] Tactical shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Paris
2007 BioShock [22] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Super Mario Galaxy [23] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum [24] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2 [25] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 [26] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Dishonored [27] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us [28] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny [29] Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie
2015 Fallout 4 [30] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End [31] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 What Remains of Edith Finch [32] Adventure Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One Giant Sparrow
2018 God of War [33] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Colemono Awards (Premios Colemono)

Annual show that seeks to recognize the work of the videogame industry from the vision of the players. All this through the videogame site Colemono.com

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure, survival horror PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action, hack 'n' slash Wii U, Nintendo Switch PlatinumGames
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure, stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows Kojima Productions
2016 DOOM First-person shooter PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch id Software
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch Nintendo EPD

Czech Game of the Year Awards

The Czech Game of the Year Awards are annual awards that recognize accomplishments in video game development. [34]

Czech Game of the Year Awards

Czech Game of the Year Awards are annual awards that recognize accomplishments in video game development, first presented in 2010. The awards began as part of Gameday Festival, but became independent from the festival in 2017. The awards are organised by the České hry association.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2010 Mafia II [35] Action-adventure game Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2K Czech
2011 Family Farm Strategy video game Microsoft Windows Hammerware
2012 Dead Trigger First-person shooter iOS, Android Madfinger Games
Botanicula Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android Amanita Design
2013 ArmA III Tactical shooter Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux Bohemia Interactive
Lums: The Game of Light and Shadows Arcade game iOS Hyperbolic Magnetism
2014 [36] Medieval Engineers (early access) Sandbox Microsoft Windows, OS X Keen Software House
Dex (early access) Action RPG Platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Ouya, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One Dreadlocks Ltd
Monzo Simulation video game iOS, Android Madfinger Games
Coraabia Online Card Browser ARK8
2015 [37] Factorio (early access) Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux Wube Software
Rememoried Art Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux Vladimír Kudělka
Czechoslovakia 1938–89: The Assassination Educational Microsoft Windows Charles University
2016 Samorost 3 [38] Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android Amanita Design
2017 Attentat 1942 [39] Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X Charles University

Destructoid

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

<i>Destructoid</i> video game news website

Destructoid is a website that was founded as a video game-focused blog in March 2006 by Yanier Gonzalez, a Cuban-American cartoonist and author. It is part of the Enthusiast Gaming network.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 BioShock [40] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Left 4 Dead [41] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [42] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 [43] Platform Wii Nintendo EAD
2011 Portal 2 [44] Puzzle-platform Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 The Walking Dead [45] Graphic adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us [46] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Bayonetta 2 [47] Hack 'n' slash Wii U PlatinumGames
2015 Bloodborne [48] Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 Overwatch [49] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [50] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [51] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

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. The awards were renamed to the D.I.C.E. Awards in 2013, which stands for "Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain". [52]

Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences organization

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit organization of video game industry professionals. It organizes the annual Design Innovate Communicate Entertain summit, better known as D.I.C.E., which includes the presentations of the D.I.C.E. Awards.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1997 GoldenEye 007 [53] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [54] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 The Sims [55] Life simulation Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2000 Diablo II [56] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Blizzard North
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved [57] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942 [58] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Call of Duty [59] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2 [60] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 God of War [61] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2006 Gears of War [62] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare [63] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet [64] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [65] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 [66] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [67] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey [68] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us [69] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [70] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Fallout 4 [71] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Overwatch [72] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [73] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [74] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Easy Allies

The winners of the Easy Allies Game of the Year are chosen by Easy Allies staff (formerly GameTrailers editors). [75] [76]

GameTrailers video game media website

GameTrailers (GT) was an American video gaming website created by Geoffrey R. Grotz and Brandon Jones in 2002. The website specialized in multimedia content, including trailers and gameplay footage of upcoming and recently released video games, as well as an array of original video content focusing on video games, including reviews, countdown shows, and other web series.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4 [77] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [78] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy [79] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV [80] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [81] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2 [82] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception [83] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Collectible card Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Japan Studio
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Edge

The winners of the Edge Game of the Year are chosen by Edge editors. [84]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [85] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
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 Borderlands Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Gearbox Software
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD
2012 Dishonored Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action Wii U PlatinumGames
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Japan Studio
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 Action-adventure PlayStation 4, Xbox One Rockstar Studios

Electronic Gaming Monthly

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1988 Double Dragon [86] Beat 'em up Arcade, NES, SMS Technōs Japan
1989 Ghouls 'n Ghosts [87] Platform Arcade, Sega Genesis Capcom
1990 Strider [88] Platform Arcade, Sega Genesis Capcom
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog [89] Platformer Sega Genesis Sonic Team
1992 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior [90] Fighting Arcade, SNES Capcom
1993 Samurai Shodown [91] Fighting Arcade, Neo-Geo SNK
1994 Donkey Kong Country [92] Platformer SNES Rare
1995 Twisted Metal [93] [94] Vehicular combat PlayStation SingleTrac
1996 Super Mario 64 [95] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007 [92] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [96] Action-adventure [97] Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soul Calibur [98] Fighting Sega Dreamcast Namco
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 [92] Sports PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved [92] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Metroid Prime [99] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [100] Action-adventure Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Microsoft Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2004 Halo 2 [92] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 [92] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [92] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock [92] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV [92] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [92] 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 [101] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3 [102] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 BioShock Infinite [103] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [104] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [105] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch [106] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [107] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 [108] Action-adventure PlayStation 4, Xbox One Rockstar Studios

Empire

The winners of the Empire Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors. [109]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2014 Dark Souls II [110] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
2015 Bloodborne [111] Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End [112] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 Super Mario Odyssey [113] Platform Nintendo Switch Nintendo EAD
2018 God of War [114] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Entertainment Weekly

The winners of the Entertainment Weekly Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors. [115]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Wii Fit Fitness game Wii Nintendo EAD
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 BioShock Infinite First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 INSIDE Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Playdead
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [116] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Eurogamer

The winners of the Eurogamer Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors. [117]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Epic Games
2000 Deus Ex Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Ico Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Psychonauts Platformer Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2 Double Fine Productions
2006 Guitar Hero Rhythm PlayStation 2 Harmonix
2007 Portal Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Fez Puzzle-platformer Xbox 360 Polytron Corporation
2013 Super Mario 3D World Platformer Wii U Nintendo EAD
2014 Mario Kart 8 Racing Wii U Nintendo EAD
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [118] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Tetris Effect [119] Puzzle PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR Monstars Inc. and Resonair

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. [120]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1990 Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen [121] Role-playing Famicom Chunsoft
2004 Monster Hunter Action role-playing PlayStation 2 Capcom
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
Kingdom Hearts II Action role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Role-playing Nintendo DS Game Freak
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2008 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2009 Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies [122] Role-playing Nintendo DS Level-5
2010 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd [123] Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2011 Monster Hunter Tri G [120] Action role-playing Nintendo 3DS Capcom Production Studio 1
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Life simulation Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2013 Monster Hunter 4 [124] Action role-playing Nintendo 3DS Capcom
2014 Yo-kai Watch 2: "Pioneer & Originator" and "Star Performer" [125] Role-playing Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2015 Splatoon [126] Third-person shooter Wii U Nintendo EAD
2016 Pokémon Sun and Moon [127] Role-playing Nintendo 3DS Game Freak
2017 [128] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Wii U / Switch Nintendo EPD
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Role-playing 3DS / PS4 Square Enix
2018 [129] Monster Hunter: World Action role-playing PS4 / Xbox One / PC Capcom
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighting Switch Bandai Namco Studios / Sora Ltd.

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. [130] 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.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2003 Madden NFL 2004 Sports Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox EA Tiburon
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North [131]
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV [132] 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 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
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
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

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.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2000 The Sims [133] Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis
2001 Grand Theft Auto III [134] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime [135] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [136] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2 [137] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Shadow of the Colossus [138] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Gears of War [139] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Portal [140] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3 [141] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [142] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption [143] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [144] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey [145] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us [146] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [147] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [148] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch [149] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [150] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [151] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Game Informer

The winners of the Game Informer Game of the Year are chosen by Game Informer editors. During their earlier 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. In 2017, they have retroactively awarded a GOTY award for each past year that didn't have an overall best game. [152]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1992 Street Fighter II Fighting SNES Capcom
1993 Mortal Kombat Fighting SNES Midway Games
1994 Donkey Kong Country Platformer SNES Rare
1995 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest Platformer SNES Rare
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 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Sports PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty [153] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Halo 2 First-person shooter Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows Bungie
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
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [154] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [155] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

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.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2011 Dark Souls [156] Action role-playing PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
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 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 Persona 5 [157] Role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Atlus
2018 God of War [158] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

GamesBeat

Starting in 2011, the game editors of expanded GamesBeat team started a more rigorous process of selecting GOTY each year, combining both reader input and editor deliberations.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception [159] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2012 The Walking Dead [160] Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us [161] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [162] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Super Mario Maker [163] Platformer Wii U Nintendo EAD
2016 Overwatch [164] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [165] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Celeste [166] Platformer Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Matt Makes Games

GameSpot

The winners of the GameSpot Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpot editors. [167]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1996 Diablo [168] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows Blizzard North
1997 Total Annihilation [169] Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Cavedog Entertainment
1998Console: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [170] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
PC: Grim Fandango [171] Graphic adventure Microsoft Windows LucasArts
1999Console: Soulcalibur [172] Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast Namco
PC: EverQuest [173] MMORPG Microsoft Windows Sony Online Entertainment
2000Console: Chrono Cross [174] Role-playing PlayStation Square
PC: The Sims [175] Life simulation Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2001Console: Grand Theft Auto III [176] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
PC: Serious Sam: The First Encounter [177] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Croteam
2002 Metroid Prime [178] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker [179] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 World of Warcraft [180] MMORPG Microsoft Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2005 Resident Evil 4 [181] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War [182] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Super Mario Galaxy [183] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots [184] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Demon's Souls [185] Action role-playing PlayStation 3 FromSoftware
2010 Red Dead Redemption [186] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [187] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey [188] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds [189] Action-adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [190] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [191] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch [192] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [193] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 [194] Action-adventure PlayStation 4, Xbox One Rockstar Studios

GamesRadar

GamesRadar holds a Platinum Chalice Awards feature each year, as part of that, the Game of the Year chosen by the editors are: [195]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [196] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 The Orange Box [197] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Linux Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3 [198] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum [199] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption [200] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 Titanfall 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Respawn Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [201] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Giant Bomb

The winners of the Giant Bomb Game of the Year are chosen by Giant Bomb editors. [202]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV [203] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [204] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 [205] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [206] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 Super Mario Maker [207] Platformer Wii U Nintendo EAD
2016 Hitman [208] Stealth Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One IO Interactive
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds [209] Battle Royale Microsoft Windows, Xbox One PUBG Corporation
2018 Tetris Effect [210] puzzle PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR Monstars Inc. and Resonai

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. [211]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2013 Grand Theft Auto V [212] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [213] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [214] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Battlefield 1 [215] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One EA DICE
2017 Nier: Automata [216] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 PlatinumGames
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 [217] Action-adventure PlayStation 4, Xbox One Rockstar Studios

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. [218]

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. [219]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1983 Jetpac [220] Shooter Commodore VIC-20, ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1984 Knight Lore [220] Action-adventureZX SpectrumUltimate
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist [221] Fighting Commodore 64 Beam Software
1986 Gauntlet [220] Hack & Slash Arcade Atari Games
1987/88 Out Run [220] Racing Arcade, Sega Master System Sega AM2
1988/898-Bit: Operation Wolf [222] Shooting gallery Arcade, NESTaito
16-Bit: Speedball [222] Sports Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System Bitmap Brothers
1989/908-Bit: The Untouchables [223] ShooterAmiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Ocean Software
16-Bit: Kick Off [223] SportsAmiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1990/918-Bit: Rick Dangerous 2 [223] PlatformerAmiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Core Design
16-Bit: Kick Off 2 [223] SportsAmiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumDino Dini
1991/92 Sonic the Hedgehog [224] PlatformerSega Master System, Sega Game Gear Ancient
1992/93Street Fighter II [220] FightingAmiga, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, SNESCapcom
1996/97 Super Mario 64 [225] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2002 Grand Theft Auto III [220] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [226] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2004 Doom 3 [220] First-person shooter Linux, Microsoft Windows id Software
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [227] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion [228] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 Gears of War [229] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare [230] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2009 Fallout 3 [231] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2 [232] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 [233] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [234] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V [235] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Dark Souls II [236] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [237] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Dark Souls III [238] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One FromSoftware
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [239] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Fortnite Battle Royale [240] Battle royale Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android Epic Games

Hardcore Gamer

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

YearGameGenrePlataformDeveloper(s)
2012 Far Cry 3 [241] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft
2013 The Last of Us [242] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [243] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Tales from the Borderlands [244] Graphic adventure Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Telltale Games
2016 Owlboy [245] Platform-adventure Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One D-Pad Studio
2017 Nier: Automata [246] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One PlatinumGames
2018 God of War [247] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

IGN

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved [248] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942 [249] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [250] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2 [251] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 God of War [252] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2006 Ōkami [253] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Clover Studio
2007 Super Mario Galaxy [254] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Fallout 3 [255] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [256] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 [257] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
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 [258] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [259] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [260] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

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. [261]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1996 Sakura Wars [262] 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 [263] 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
2018 Monster Hunter: World [264] Action role-playing PlayStation 4, Xbox One Capcom

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2001 Grand Theft Auto III [265] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [266] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [267] Action-adventure Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Microsoft Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2004 Half-Life 2 [268] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Shadow of the Colossus [269] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Ōkami [270] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Wii Clover Studio
2007 BioShock [271] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 LittleBigPlanet [272] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum [273] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption [274] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Minecraft [275] Sandbox Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, IOS Mojang
2012 Journey [276] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us [277] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [278] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [279] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch [280] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 Super Mario Odyssey [281] Platform Nintendo Switch Nintendo EAD
2018 God of War [282] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Polygon

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2012 The Walking Dead [283] Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 Gone Home [284] Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux The Fullbright Company
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [285] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Her Story [286] Interactive movie Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS Sam Barlow
2016 Doom [287] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One id Software
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [288] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [289] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

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.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2013 The Last of Us [290] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition [291] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [292] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End [293] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [294] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [295] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Time

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Halo 3 First-person shooter Xbox 360 Bungie
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Alan Wake Action-adventure Xbox 360 Remedy Entertainment
2011 Minecraft Sandbox Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS Mojang
2012 Guild Wars 2 MMORPG Microsoft Windows ArenaNet
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 80 Days Interactive fiction iOS, Android Inkle
2015 Prune Puzzle iOS, Android Joel McDonald
2016 The Witness Puzzle Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS Thekla, Inc.
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [296] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War [297] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

USgamer

Starting in 2015, the staff of USgamer have published their top 20 games for each year.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2015 Super Mario Maker [298] Platform Wii U Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2016 Overwatch [299] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [300] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 [301] Action-adventure PlayStation 4, Xbox One Rockstar Studios

Voxel (formerly Tecmundo)

The winners of the Voxel GOTY are chosen by editors.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 [302] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [303] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Assassin's Creed III [304] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us [305] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [306] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End [307] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [308] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD

Yahoo!

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy [309] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [310] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption [311] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Batman: Arkham City Action-Adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
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
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [312] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD

Inactive awards

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. [313]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [314] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption [315] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [316] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios

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. [313]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Halo 3 First-person shooter Xbox 360 Bungie
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots [317] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [318] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops [315] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Treyarch

Crash

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

YearGameGenreDeveloper(s)
1984 Daley Thompson's Decathlon [319] Sports Ocean Software
1985 Elite [320] Space flight simulation Acornsoft
1986 Starglider [321] Space flight simulation Argonaut Games
1987 Driller [322] Puzzle Incentive Software
1989 Batman – The Movie [323] Platformer Ocean Software
1990 Robocop 2 [324] Platformer Data East

Crispy Gamer

The winners of the Crispy Gamer Game of the Year are chosen by the Crispy Gamer Game Trust. [325]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Fallout 3 [326] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum [327] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios

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. [328] The games that topped these polls the most in each year are listed here.

Year Arcade Console Computer
1982 Pac-Man Pac-Man Star Raiders
1983 Pole Position Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
1984 Dragon's Lair Donkey Kong Jr.
Pitfall II
Zork I
1985 Star Wars Pitfall II Miner 2049er

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. [328] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992. [329] The 1992 and 1993 issues asked their readers to vote for the game of the year.

Year Arcade Standalone Console Computer
1979 (1st) Space Invaders
1980 (2nd) Asteroids Superman
1981 (3rd) Pac-Man Asteroids Star Raiders
1982 (4th) Tron Galaxian Demon Attack David's Midnight Magic
1983 (5th) Pole Position Q*bert Under 16K: Ms. Pac-Man
Over 16K: Lady Bug
Lode Runner
1984 (6th) Star Wars Zaxxon Space Shuttle Ultima III: Exodus
1992 (7th) Street Fighter II NHLPA Hockey '93
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
1993 (8th) [330] Street Fighter II Turbo
Mortal Kombat
Genesis : Disney's Aladdin / Sonic Spinball
SNES : Bubsy Bobcat / Rock & Roll Racing

G4

The winners of G4's annual "Videogame Deathmatch" or "G-phoria" polls. The 2011 "Videogame Deathmatch" poll involved 500,000 votes. [331]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 Gears of War [ citation needed ] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2008 Halo 3 [332] First-person shooter Xbox 360 Bungie
2009 Fallout 3 [ citation needed ] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty [ citation needed ] Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword [333] Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD

Gamasutra

The winners of the Gamasutra Game of the Year are chosen by Gamasutra editors. [334] In 2012, the editors only gave a top 10 list and in 2013 a top 5 list.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Portal Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X BioWare
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Portal 2 [335] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation

GameFan Golden Megawards

The winners of GameFan 's Golden Megawards were chosen by editors.

YearGame(s)Platform(s)
1992 [336] Skid – Wonderdog
Brody – Cybernator
Tom Slick – Streets of Rage 2
The Enquirer – Street Fighter II
Sega CD
Super NES
Genesis
Super NES
1993 [337] Gunstar Heroes Genesis
1994 [338] Domestic – Earthworm Jim
Import – Clockwork Knight
Genesis
Sega Saturn
1995 [339] Yoshi's Island Super NES
1996 [340] Domestic – Tomb Raider
Import – Enemy Zero
Coin-Op – Virtua Fighter 3
PlayStation
Sega Saturn
Arcade

GamePro

The winners of the GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro editors. [341] In the 1990s, the winners were chosen by editors from 1993 [342] to 1995, [343] and by readers for 1991, [344] 1992, [345] 1996, [346] 1997 [347] and 1998. [348] Since 2011, the winners of GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro TV. [349]

Year Arcade Console Handheld
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis) Mega Man (Game Boy)
1992 16-bit: Street Fighter II (SNES)
8-bit: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project (NES)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear)
1993CD: Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Sega Genesis: Disney's Aladdin
SNES: Super Empire Strikes Back
NES: Kirby's Adventure
Mortal Kombat (Game Gear)
1995Arcade: Tekken 2
Neo Geo: World Heroes Perfect
Saturn: Virtua Fighter 2
PlayStation: Doom
Virtual Boy: Mario's Tennis
Game Boy: Donkey Kong Land
YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1996Arcade: Tekken 2 Fighting Arcade, PlayStation Namco
Console: Super Mario 64 Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
PC: Duke Nukem 3D First-person shooter MS-DOS 3D Realms
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing PlayStation Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Assassin's Creed II Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Assassin's Creed III Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Microsoft Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Games

The winners of the Games magazine Game of the Year award are chosen by Games editors. [350] Electronic games are covered separately on the publication's annual Games 100 list.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1994 [351] Myst Graphic adventure Mac OS Cyan Worlds
1995 [351] Virtual Pool Sports MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows Celeris
1996
1997 [351] [352] Links LS 1997 Sports MS-DOS Access Software
1998 [351] Obsidian Adventure Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Rocket Science Games
1999 [351] [353] Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Cinematic platformer PlayStation, Microsoft Windows Oddworld Inhabitants
2000 [351] [354] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
Half-Life First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2001 [351] [355] The Sims Life simulation Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2002 [351] [356] Black & White Simulation Microsoft Windows Lionhead Studios
2003 [351] [357] Neverwinter Nights Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
2004 [351] [358] The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2005 [359] [360] City of Heroes MMORPG Microsoft Windows, OS X Cryptic Studios
2006 [361] [362] Psychonauts Platformer Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2 Double Fine Productions
2007 [363] [364] The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2008 [365] BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2009 [366] Spore Life simulation Microsoft Windows, OS X Maxis
2010 [367] Batman: Arkham Asylum Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2011 [368] Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2012 [369] Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2013 [370] Call of Duty: Black Ops II First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U Treyarch
2014 [371] BioShock Infinite First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Irrational Games

GamesTM

The title chosen by GamesTM as the year's best game. [372]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2009 Demon's Souls Action role-playing PlayStation 3 FromSoftware
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Dead Space 2 Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Visceral Games
2012 Borderlands 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Gearbox Software
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2016 Overwatch [373] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

GameSpy

The winners of the GameSpy Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpy editors. [374]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Epic Games
2000 Deus Ex Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
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 Halo 2 First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2005 Civilization IV Turn-based strategy Microsoft Windows Firaxis Games
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
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 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games

Gamest Awards

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

YearGameGenreCompany
1986 Fantasy Zone [375] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Sega
Arkanoid [375] Breakout Taito
Bubble Bobble [375] Platformer
Rygar [375] Platformer Tecmo
1987 Darius [375] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Taito
1988 Gradius II [375] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Konami
1989 Tetris [375] Puzzle Sega
1990 Final Fight [375] Beat 'Em Up Capcom
1991 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior [376] Fighting Capcom
1992 Street Fighter II: Champion Edition [377]
1993 Samurai Spirits [378] Fighting SNK
1994 The King of Fighters '94 [379]
1995 Virtua Fighter 2 [375] Fighting Sega
1996 Street Fighter Zero 2 [375] Fighting Capcom
1997 Vampire Savior [380]
1998 Psychic Force 2012 [381] Fighting Taito

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.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 Portal Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Braid Puzzle-platformer Xbox 360 Number None
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 Rise of the Tomb Raider Action-adventure Xbox 360, Xbox One Crystal Dynamics
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

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.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
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 Halo 4 First-person shooter Xbox 360 343 Industries
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Joystiq

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2006 Gears of War [382] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Portal [382] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fable II [382] Action role-playing Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [383] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 [384] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [385] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey [386] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us [387] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor [388] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions

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. [389]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2007 The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass [390] Action-adventure Nintendo DS Nintendo EAD
Super Mario Galaxy [390] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune [390] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV [391] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [392] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption [393] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Portal 2 [394] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown [395] Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us [396] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog

New York Times

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Mass Effect Role-playing Xbox 360 BioWare
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 (Tie) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
Assassin's Creed II [397] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare

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. [398] [399]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1986 Wibarm [398] Role-playing shooter PC-88, PC-98, X1, MZ, FM-7, MS-DOS Arsys Software
1987 Reviver: The Real-Time Adventure [398] Adventure PC-88, X1, MZ, MSX2
1988 Star Cruiser [398] Role-playing shooter PC-88, PC-98, X1, Mega Drive
1989 After Burner [399] Combat flight simulator Arcade, X68000, FM Towns, MSX Sega AM2
1990 Dungeon Master [399] Role-playing Atari ST, X68000, MSX, FM Towns, PC-9801 FTL Games, Victor Interactive Software
1991 Parodius! From Myth to Laughter [399] Side-scrolling shooter Arcade, X68000 Konami
1992 Overtake [399] Racing X68000 Zoom
1993 Castlevania Chronicles [399] Platformer X68000 Konami
1994 Geograph Seal [399] Platformer X68000 Exact

Omni

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1982 Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds [400] Role-playing Apple II Sir-Tech
1983 Pitfall! [401] Platformer Atari 2600 Atari 5200 Activision
1984 Boulder Dash [402] Action Atari 8-bit First Star Software
1990 Ys I & II [403] Action role-playing TurboGrafx-CD Nihon Falcom

ScrewAttack

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

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword [404] Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD

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. [405]

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
1983 Pac-Man [406] Maze Arcade, Atari 2600 Namco
1994 NBA Jam Sports Arcade, Game Gear, Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, Sega CD Midway Games
1995 Donkey Kong Country Platformer SNES Rare
1996 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Platformer SNES Rare
1998 GoldenEye 007 First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2000 Pokémon Stadium Strategy Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft

X-Play

The winners of the X-Play Game of the Year were chosen by X-Play editors. [407] The show ended in January 2013.

YearGameGenrePlatform(s)Developer(s)
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Halo 2 First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
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 [408] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Fable II [409] Action role-playing Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves [410] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 [411] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [412] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2 [413] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Gearbox Software

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