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Polls Closed: PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year 2016 Awards

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The end of the year is upon us, and that can mean only one thing — well, actually it means lots of things. The thing that it means in the context of this post, though, is that PlayStation.Blog’s annual Game of the Year awards are upon us!

PS.Blog Game of the Year 2016

2016 kept us busy, opening with the long-awaited release of The Witness and ending with the similarly long-awaited launches of Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian. The rest of the year was punctuated by hit after hit: Uncharted 4, Ratchet & Clank, Inside, Overwatch, Dark Souls III, Titanfall 2, Doom, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, Rise of the Tomb Raider… the list goes on!

Anyway, it’s time to make this official. Starting right now, the polls are open for the PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year 2016 awards. We’ll keep them open until the end of the year — that’s 11:59pm Pacific on December 31 — then tally up the votes and present the winners.

Don’t see your pick in our list of nominees? Never fear! There’s a write-in option for each category, so feel free to cast your vote for whichever game you think deserves the Platinum.

But that’s enough from me… let’s vote!

Best PS4 Game
Best PS Vita Game
Best Independent Game
Best Use of PS4 Pro
Best PlayStation VR Game
Best Story
Best Performance
Best Soundtrack
Best Visuals
Best Multiplayer
Best Post-Release Content

Editor’s note: In years past, we’ve called this category “Best Expansion”… but that felt a bit limiting. This year, we’re expanding the category to recognize all forms of post-release content: DLC & add-ons, in-game special events, new modes, new episodes, new characters, the works. When you vote, take it all into consideration!

Most Innovative
Most Anticipated

Editor’s note: As in previous years, any game that has previously won a “Most Anticipated” award is not eligible to win a Trophy this year. That said, you can still vote for previous winners Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5, and we will call them out appropriately in the winners post should they place.

Furthermore, this year we are removing the year from this category. That means you can vote for any game that is currently announced, even if it doesn’t have a release date or year set. Go nuts!

*Previous winner

Studio of the Year

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ArchmageJorro said:

December 22nd, 8:07 am

Voted for Stranger of Sword City for best Vita game and Ni No Kuni 2 for most anticipated.

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    Justin Massongill said:

    December 22nd, 8:50 am

    Ni no Kuni II cannot come soon enough. So many good games on the way!

    Tragic_killer47 said:

    December 22nd, 8:46 am

    The Last of Us Part ll for the most anticipated game of the year

    Sarges24 said:

    December 22nd, 4:50 pm

    There it is!! Thought I’d be about the only one to vote Ni No Kuni. So many great games though, Days Gone, Last of Us II, Persona 5, Spiderman, yes even Spiderman!! and so many others. Ni No Kuni and Level 5 are in a league of their own though.

    Cross313 said:

    December 22nd, 5:26 pm

    Same for Ni no Kuni here as well :)

    nanaki85 said:

    December 22nd, 9:25 pm

    Best Independent Game – Yeah, I am going to have to give that one to Stardew Valley, made by just 1 guy over a long awaited 4 years :D

    Oste18262009 said:

    December 23rd, 12:34 am

    I agree with the last of us part 2 being the most anticipated. The best studio had to be Naughty Dog Hands down

    Captain_N_1G said:

    December 23rd, 12:36 am

    Ni no kuni II will be epic ❤

    Crono_Breaker said:

    December 23rd, 2:08 pm

    I really wait for shenmue!!!

    DarkZentai said:

    December 27th, 12:55 am

    I’m waiting for Nier Automata ita why I love PlayStation Sony have have massive list interesting titles next year and MS only have is fairy stories about Scorpio and no games .

    iamtylerdurden1 said:

    December 27th, 6:12 am

    I wrote in Let it Die for best soundtrack.

    How is Salt & Sanctuary not under best indie? I know technically Alienation isn’t an indie, but it deserved to be there. Having said that, ENTER THE GUNGEON was the best indie of the yr.

    Nier Automata and GT Sport need to be under most anticipated. I wrote in Farpoint.

    Rush of Blood should be on the best VR game list. As should Tethered and Bound.

    Werewolves Within deserves a nod for most innovative. Let it Die as well.

    There should be a best Free to Play section and Let it Die should win. Best Suda game since Shadows.

    Smug757 said:

    December 28th, 5:21 pm

    Can someone point me in the right direction for a good MMO 1st person shooter game.

    RawWilson1 said:

    December 28th, 5:33 pm

    No Man’s Sky Should Have Been In More Categories (:

    Arab-Man-94 said:

    December 28th, 8:52 pm

    It’s very hard to choose a “Most Anticipated game” because almost all of them are AWESOME!!

    senator2655 said:

    December 30th, 7:33 pm

    We need more racing games love and I hope gt sport is good too and oh another Grid 3 anytime soon :)

    ilikevideogame- said:

    December 31st, 9:54 am

    I didn’t even know that Ni No Kuni II was coming out but as soon as I saw it I knew what to give the vote to. Psyched now!!!!

langdon said:

December 22nd, 8:08 am

Best PS Vita Game… Salt and Sanctuary…


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    Sid Shuman said:

    December 22nd, 8:43 am

    My bad! I made the polls. Fixed

    juanmanshow said:

    December 22nd, 8:28 am

    Exactly…. why!?

TheTominator007 said:

December 22nd, 8:11 am

How is Detroit not an option for Most Anticipated?

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    Sid Shuman said:

    December 22nd, 8:45 am


    NextGenGamer2008 said:

    December 22nd, 8:19 am

    The real question is why even list any other games at all with Red Dead Redemption 2 as an option? :)

    Welmosca said:

    December 26th, 8:30 am

    @ NextGenGamer2008 – Lol you can’t be serious,gotta love these rockstar sheeps.


December 22nd, 8:13 am

Looking forward to the future of VR gaming. SONY is amazing !

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    Justin Massongill said:

    December 22nd, 8:51 am

    Thank you! Lots of great VR titles on the list already, can’t wait to see what else devs do with the platform.

    Dragonslayer_023 said:

    December 22nd, 8:59 am

    And I still had to write-in Werewolves Within. Definitely the most fun I’ve had with VR.

Its--Casper-- said:

December 22nd, 8:30 am

I seriously cannot wait for The Last Of Us II!!!!

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    Justin Massongill said:

    December 22nd, 8:52 am

    I don’t think any of us can!

    Soul_of_Ciel said:

    December 22nd, 8:54 am

    Same here Brother/Sister…. The Last of Us made me see gaming beyond Jrpg and adventure games. My #1 game of all time.

dvellucci said:

December 22nd, 8:32 am

Consider voting for Emily Rose for Best Performance. She lent the real emotional weight to the Uncharted story and hasn’t gotten her due with Nolan North and Troy Baker always overshadowing her. Her scene in the hotel room is one of the most underrated performances in video games this year, in addition to the later chapters when she’s with Nate.

She’s due!

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    Justin Massongill said:

    December 22nd, 8:49 am

    Yeah, she was fantastic!

    morhinapg said:

    December 22nd, 11:23 am

    One of the most “human” performances I’ve seen in a game. Nolan did a fantastic job as well, but Emily really stood out! Only other performance in a game that compares, imo, is Ashley Johnson as Ellie in TLOU.

    SaMuRaii_89 said:

    December 27th, 12:56 pm

    yea i agree she should get the best performance.

calc84maniac said:

December 22nd, 8:48 am

Any reason why Steins;Gate 0 got no nominations? Not even for Best Story? I would write it in but there’s really no point at that rate.

SeeNoWeevil said:

December 22nd, 8:49 am

‘Best Use of PS4 Pro’

Not Bloodborne.

    joyrul96 said:

    December 22nd, 9:00 am

    Rise of the Tomb Raider should get this for giving the option for 60fps option or 4k option or both option

Soul_of_Ciel said:

December 22nd, 8:52 am

Anywhere where I saw The Witcher goes automatic….. Plus Uncharted 4 desereve most of them. The hardest part to choose was most anticipated between Horizen Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Ni No Kuni 2, The Last Of Us II, Mass Effect Andromeda and Crash Bandicoot: N sane trilogy… But The Last Of Us made me apreciate gaming… so Im waiting for Part 2!!!!!

Bishop_NO2 said:

December 22nd, 8:54 am

Eidos Montreal didn’t make Hitman, IO Interactive did.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    December 22nd, 8:59 am

    Thanks, fixed

joyrul96 said:

December 22nd, 8:55 am

Most anticipated:


JulianVD-076 said:

December 22nd, 8:57 am

Where is Battlefield 1 in Best story? The war story’s were awesome! :D

LeandroDiFini said:

December 22nd, 9:02 am

I miss “Best PS Plus Offering” this year. It was the only one that voting felt like it meant something.

gohan16ken said:

December 22nd, 9:03 am

Given that I do not have a PS4 (I just have a PS3 and PSVita), my best game of 2016 was God of War 3. I rented it from Gamefly and then finished it on PS Now.

fecks said:

December 22nd, 9:13 am

Hope russia doesn’t hack the voting :P

LongFlopper said:

December 22nd, 9:16 am

Doom not available for best graphics?

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    Sid Shuman said:

    December 22nd, 9:43 am

    Write it in!

Dead-Sync said:

December 22nd, 9:18 am

Nice! Also shameless plug the PlayStation forums is running a (much smaller) vote as well. Check it out here: http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-General/2016-PlayStation-Forums-Game-Awards/td-p/46088735

Now time to get voting!

Eliehsyus_USA said:

December 22nd, 9:19 am

How is CD PROJEKT RED not an option for Studio of the Year????

kaka_ichigo said:

December 22nd, 9:22 am

Sigh…no NieR Automata in Most Anticipated games for 2017. I’m sad

Trendy_Kid said:

December 22nd, 9:23 am

Jesus, I need an “all” option for Most Anticipated!

    Dead-Sync said:

    December 22nd, 9:26 am

    I know there is a write-in option, but I found it funny how Death Stranding wasn’t a preset answer. I mean lets be real that will be in the Most Anticipated category for like the next 5 years! :P

    RiyaadhSeedat99 said:

    December 23rd, 2:01 am

    IKR?! Looking forward to ALL of those games but mainly Red Dead Redemption 2 and TLOU 2. Can’t wait!!!

XwingVmanX said:

December 22nd, 9:27 am

For Honor for most anticipated!

BCBenson said:

December 22nd, 9:31 am

Most Anticipated Game?? Death Stranding!

YoungBlaise said:

December 22nd, 9:35 am

Best Story Senran Kagura Estival Versus
“Come for the Plot, stay for the plot.” – Me 2016

SaintValtiel said:

December 22nd, 9:36 am

“Best Soundtrack” is a really hard decision to make! So many incredible OSTs, Dark Souls, Abzu, The Last Guardian, man, really hard…

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    Sid Shuman said:

    December 22nd, 9:43 am

    An amazing year for music. I voted for Doom!

    RiyaadhSeedat99 said:

    December 23rd, 2:03 am

    I had to vote UC4. Love the series and love the soundtrack.

ColonelOCorn said:

December 22nd, 9:37 am

Really looking forward to Persona 5 and Horizon, but what I’m looking forward to the most is…….

Destiny 2

JotaEseTheGeek said:

December 22nd, 9:45 am

I mostly wrote in Skyrim for any category it could fit because this year was really crap for new games.

    Welmosca said:

    December 26th, 8:32 am

    Ha the irony in your comment.

TraderZed said:

December 22nd, 9:46 am

Inside across the board.

I’m still totally surprised at how unrepresented this game has been on this years “Best of” lists.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    December 22nd, 9:54 am

    One of the year’s best for sure!

    ColonelWEKurtz said:

    December 22nd, 12:17 pm

    I think Inside is represented fairly well. I played the demo, and thought it looked pretty nice. But overall, it didn’t blow me away. It’s not going to make the very top of my favorite games this year.

    For me, it’s Doom.

    It’s been a long time coming for someone to release a fast-paced FPS again, and id knocked it out of the frickin park.
    Everything about the game is great- all of its design- game, mechanics, art, levels, sound, music. It’s so lovely. The multiplayer, sadly, is where this game is lacking, but it doesn’t matter much to me (although I do like playing online multiplayer).

    Anyways…It’s hard to really do game of the year stuff, because people tend to vote for their favorite genre and tend not to vote for their least favorite genre. I mean, after all, you can easily argue that Playdead knocked it out of the part, too, with the design and art and sound and music…

Kid_Loser said:

December 22nd, 9:54 am

Wish you guys put Werewolves Within for best VR game. It’s extremely hard for a game to win in the Other category. It deserves it, too.
Hope Enter the Gungeon gets best Indie. I cant stop playing it. Another great year. Hope 2017 is even better :)

NO36MO said:

December 22nd, 10:07 am

For the best soundtrack voted for Life is Strange!

Skyz3dge said:

December 22nd, 10:16 am

For Best Performance I think you should add Ruffin Prentiss as Marcus from Watch Dogs 2 to the poll, he did great!

Valyrious said:

December 22nd, 10:30 am

Wow, spent a good 15 minutes trying to decide between God of War and Mass Effect Andromeda as my most anticipated game. :(

xFJORDSONx said:

December 22nd, 10:31 am

none of the options appear beneath the category, anyone else experiencing this?

    Stoph said:

    December 22nd, 11:41 am

    Turn off (or pause) Ghostery, if you’re using it. That’s what made it show up for me.

JeVyy said:

December 22nd, 10:32 am

The last of us 2 been the most anticipated game since 2014


December 22nd, 10:33 am

I felt bad for my choices because I ledt a lof of good games behind, what an excellent year for the Playstation Nation, Here to a better 2017! Cheers!

Fuhr31 said:

December 22nd, 10:35 am

I havent played any of the games on the “best ps4 game” list.

ff7fan321 said:

December 22nd, 10:35 am

Voted Final Fantasy XV for most of them. It may not be a “traditional” Final Fantasy as most fans wanted but as a game it was rather amazing and with Square having just added more content and more coming. It’s going to be even better.

Most anticipated was so hard between Crash Trilogy and Final Fantasy VII Remake…but hey, look at my name. Sorry Crash! I still love you!

fresh_prince7571 said:

December 22nd, 10:36 am

God Of War is def the most anticipated game! Just look at those views for the gameplay they showed at the e3 trailer.

nirojan45 said:

December 22nd, 10:37 am

Here were my votes:

Best PS4 Game: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best PS Vita Game: Dragon Quest Builders
Best Independent Game: Inside
Best Use of PS4 Pro: The Last Guardian
Best PlayStation VR Game: Batman: Arkham VR
Best Story: Final Fantasy XV
Best Performance: Nolan North: “Nathan Drake” in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Soundtrack: Final Fantasy XV
Best Visuals: Final Fantasy XV
Best Multiplayer: Overwatch
Best Post-Release Content: Hitman
Most Innovative: The Last Guardian
Most Anticipated: The Last of Us Part II
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)

remanutd5 said:

December 22nd, 10:39 am

The Last Guardian is my favorite game of the year and probably of this generation so yea i chose The Last Guardian for everything but visuals and God of War is my most anticipated title.

plingativator said:

December 22nd, 10:41 am

Surprised that Hyper Light Drifter didn’t show up in Best Soundtrack. My pick would have been between that and Oxenfree.

Also, The Tomorrow Children definitely should have been listed for Best Visuals. The game looks incredible and has a very unique style.

    TraderZed said:

    December 22nd, 11:33 am

    Ahhhh so true. That soundtrack was incredible.

Nikedominater198 said:

December 22nd, 10:50 am

GTA V and WATH DOGS 2 best game

Summerwine41 said:

December 22nd, 10:54 am

Voted for Dark Souls where I could. By far the best game of the year for me. Most anticipated is Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Cannot wait to kick butt as Captain Marvel!

olliebear66t said:

December 22nd, 11:25 am

I voted Furi best ps4 game, best indie game and best soundtrack. Completely overlooked. Absolutely fantastic game.

aralustun said:

December 22nd, 11:25 am

DICE should earn every awards.

    Welmosca said:

    December 26th, 8:33 am

    Why if they don’t deserve?

LEFT__4__DEAD__2 said:

December 22nd, 11:50 am

Crypton Future Media + Japan Studios + Team Ninja are all very good :)

Asshawk said:

December 22nd, 11:50 am

Almost all of my choices were filled out in the other section. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II and Yakuza 6 were the only things actually listed on the polls that I voted for.

TehFineztJokerX said:

December 22nd, 12:06 pm

For my Most Anticipated Game I chose Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy. Everything else is dead to me lol. Nah but that was the one and only game that had my heart racing, made me yell in excitement and could not wait for it. TLoUp2, not so much but looking forward to it. Persona 5 was my most Anticipated way before the remaster showed up but sorry P5, the Trilogy won me over.

Please Sony, if you’re reading this, have them remaster the first three Spyro games as well and when I die, my soul may forever rest in peace.

Syrlis said:

December 22nd, 12:09 pm

It’s too obvious to be anticipating Last of Us: Part 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

I’m still patiently waiting for Rockstar to debut the one game everyone seems to have forgotten! Agent

    Shibi32 said:

    December 22nd, 5:44 pm

    Rockstar is just waiting until E3 2017 to reveal Agent, they want Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian and Nioh released first so they can be the longest awaited game when it gets re-revealed.

bertraar2 said:

December 22nd, 12:59 pm

Spyro A Hero’s Tail on PS2 on PS4 anyone?

DynamicSun said:

December 22nd, 1:06 pm

You guys forgot about Tekken 7. But yeah I’m really looking forward to Tekken 7’s release on the PS4 in early 2017. And I hope that there will be a PS4 Pro version of it as well!

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