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The Winners: PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year 2016

The readers (That’s you!) have spoken, and the votes have been tallied. Just below these very words are the winners of the PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year 2016 awards.

This year’s awards pulled in a staggering number of votes — more than a half-million in total! — across categories including Best PS4 Game, Best PS VR Game, Most Innovative, the ever-popular Most Anticipated, and Studio of the Year. There are a few surprises in there, but one title in particular stood out and took multiple Platinum Trophies home… read on to see for yourself!

Best PS4 Game
Uncharted 4 Key Art
Best PS4 Game - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

A stupendous year for high-quality games, with strong poll showings from The Last Guardian and Doom. But in the end, it was Naughty Dog’s send-off for Nathan Drake that claimed the Platinum, scoring more than 40% of total submitted votes.


Best PS4 Game - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best PS4 Game - Silver

Battlefield 1
Best PS4 Game - Bronze

Overwatch

Editors’ Choice
Overwatch. Blizzard’s meticulously designed, ultra-polished, and highly accessible team shooter represents the biggest leap for the competitive FPS genre in nearly a decade. Its impact will be felt for years to come.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Dark Souls 3. It’s been a great year for games, no? Uncharted 4, Titanfall 2 and Dishonored 2 ran it close, but my pick for GOTY (predictably) goes to Hidetaka Miyazaki’s latest dark masterpiece. The “shock of the new” might be gone, but the level and boss design is as good as any in the series.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
The Witness. The minimal aesthetic lets Thekla’s brain-squeezing puzzles take center stage, and I couldn’t bring myself to give up on them. Thank goodness for that, because finally completing “The Challenge” is one of the most rewarding moments of any game in recent memory.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Hitman. The masterful level design and vast array of player choice — combined with the brilliant games-as-a-service structure — kept me coming back to the game week after week and resulted in my most satisfying gaming experience this year.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Overwatch. This is one of the strongest debuts by a collection of characters since Street Fighter II. Every hero is uniquely individual and instantly memorable, yet Blizzard manages to make this mob perfectly balance against one another. I can get my fix with a quick match or happily lose an evening to a whole season of them. Just great design, mechanics, and balancing. Brilliant.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation.Blog
Best PS Vita Game
World of Final Fantasy
Best PS Vita Game - Platinum
World of Final Fantasy

Fan favorites Steins;Gate 0 and Odin Sphere Leigthrasir fared well as write-ins, but ultimately Square Enix’s love letter to Final Fantasy landed the PS Vita Platinum award.


Best PS Vita Game - Gold

Lara Croft Go
Best PS Vita Game - Silver

Dragon Quest Builders
Best PS Vita Game - Bronze

Darkest Dungeon

Editors’ Choice
Darkest Dungeon. Red Hook’s unforgiving roguelike RPG practically feeds on the dread and misery it generates in the player. On the bright side, that only makes the thrill of victory all the more intoxicating. Easily one of the best games of 2016, no matter the platform.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Severed. Drinkbox Studios knocks another one out of the park. Severed is an interesting case study: what if a studio took the main mechanic of Fruit Ninja… and built a full-sized first-person dungeon crawler around it? The ensuing RPG is a frenetic, haunting journey that every PS Vita owner should experience.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Downwell. A great mobile game which becomes an even better PS Vita game thanks to snappy physical controls. Addictive, intense, and incredible fun. Arcade shooting given a roguelike spin, and at its very finest.
Corey Brotherson, SIEE Content Producer
Day of the Tentacle Remastered. As a long-time fan of the LucasArts stable, this was the one I was desperate to get the Double Fine remaster treatment, and it’s everything I remembered. Hilarious, fiendish, and satisfying. It’s also available to download on PS Plus this month, conveniently. So go and get it!
Rhys Sutheran, SIEE Content Producer
Best Independent Game
Firewatch
Best Independent Game - Platinum
Firewatch

Though Firewatch was the decisive overall winner, voting trends in this category showed a wide spread. Alone With You, Severed, and Darkest Dungeon all left a strong mark on the polls, though not enough to place.


Best Independent Game - Gold

Inside
Best Independent Game - Silver

The Witness
Best Independent Game - Bronze

Stardew Valley

Editors’ Choice
Darkest Dungeon. I’m determined to plug this game in every available venue! There are plenty of great turn-based RPGs, but few evoke dread and despair as vividly as this macabre gem. It’s a masochist’s dream come true.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Steamworld Heist. Image & Form’s delightful follow-up to quirky 2013 side-scroller Steamworld Dig successfully transposed the action into an entirely new genre (turn-based strategy) while retaining the charm of the original. Flab-free and heaps of fun.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
The Witness. Maybe the most impressive part of The Witness is that it was built by such a small team. Crucially, the fact that this massive project was executed by a handful of people accentuates its singular, cohesive vision.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Firewatch. I think Firewatch’s greatest feat was to make its final return to the humdrum of reality feel as fascinating and thought-provoking as its initial slow descent into paranoia.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation.Blog
Best Use of PS4 Pro
Battlefield-1
Best Use of PS4 Pro - Platinum
Battlefield 1

A decisive win from Battlefield 1, which impressively elevated its graphical presentation on the powerful PS4 Pro hardware. Titanfall 2 and Ratchet & Clank also earned noteworthy support from the PlayStation community.


Best Use of PS4 Pro - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best Use of PS4 Pro - Silver

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Best Use of PS4 Pro - Bronze

Watch Dogs 2

Editors’ Choice
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Infinity Ward’s latest is a tremendous technical achievement no matter where you play it, but it takes on a vivid new dimension thanks to the raw horsepower of PS4 Pro. The action setpieces look spectacular, but it was the UNSA Retribution’s hyper-detailed flight deck that blew me away.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. By offering a trio of settings to fit a range of different visual mode configurations, Crystal Dynamics gives players a clear and easy choice to experience the action-adventure the way they want to. I’d love to see similar practice adopted as a standard in the future.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation.Blog
Final Fantasy XV. Square Enix has been known to embrace new technologies and generate some of the most impressive visuals of any given console generation, and Final Fantasy XV is a perfect showcase of PS4 Pro’s capabilities. Players can choose to experience super-smooth gameplay or render at a massive resolution — either way, FFXV’s spot-on art direction really shines on the new hardware.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. A great example of a developer really going all out to take advantage of PS4 Pro. With an array of options that balance stunning enhanced visuals with a slicker frame rate, Crystal Dynamics took what was already a technical achievement and dialed it up to 11.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Best PlayStation VR Game
Batman Arkham VR
Best PlayStation VR Game - Platinum
Batman Arkham VR

The votes were fairly split here, but Rocksteady’s atmospheric mystery ultimately took the top slot. Rez Infinite, Rigs, and VR Worlds each saw lots of support in the polls, though not quite enough to place.


Best PlayStation VR Game - Gold

Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One X-wing VR Mission
Best PlayStation VR Game - Silver

Job Simulator
Best PlayStation VR Game - Bronze

Eve Valkyrie

Editors’ Choice
Carnival Games. Perhaps a bold choice, but put an hour into it and you’ll understand why. I loved Battlezone, Rez, Robinson, and Job Simulator to death, but in the end, this was the one I picked up again and again. The shooting gallery, ring toss, and climbing wall are not to be missed!
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes. Dashing any concerns that PlayStation VR would be an isolating experience, the most enjoyable couch multiplayer experience I had all year was with this fiendishly fun asynchronous cooperative puzzler.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
SuperHyperCube. While many games go to great lengths to prove how convincing an escape VR can be, Kokoromi’s psychedelic puzzler is an admirably subtle use of a brand-new technology. SuperHyperCube is an exercise in creative restraint, and it’s all the better for it.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Batman: Arkham VR. While my heart will always beat faster at the thought of returning to Rez in 3D, there’s no better example of the immersive nature of PlayStation VR than Rocksteady’s debut on the hardware. Giving everyone the chance to don the Dark Knight’s iconic cowl and become the world’s greatest detective? Amazing.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation.Blog
Best Story
Uncharted 4
Best Story - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

In perhaps the biggest blowout category this year, Naughty Dog’s PS4 epic managed to score nearly half of all vote submissions. Honorable mentions included Batman: The Telltale Series, Mafia 3, and Firewatch.


Best Story - Gold

The Witcher III: Blood and Wine
Best Story - Silver

Final Fantasy XV
Best Story - Bronze

The Last Guardian

Editors’ Choice
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Yet again, Naughty Dog has raised the bar on interactive storytelling with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The masterful script and stunning performance capture made for a game that grabbed me from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the beautiful epilogue.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
The Last Guardian. There were plenty of unknowns when it came to the long-anticipated release of The Last Guardian. One thing was never in doubt though: the storytelling was always going to be out-of-this-world. Sure enough, Fumito Ueda and his team did not disappoint.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
Firewatch. Firewatch captivates with simple, candid character writing that chokes you up right from the opening sequence and keeps you hooked all the way to the end, seeding tension and intrigue with dialogue so impressively effortless that it almost seems throwaway at times. An understated and cunningly haunting tour de force.
Matt Groizard, SIEE Content Producer
The Last Guardian. Okay, so it’s relatively light on straight-up storytelling, but for me, this is “less is more” in action. The progression of the boy’s relationship with Trico, reading your feathered friend’s emotions and figuring out the mysterious setting together fully drew me into the world and made me desperate to see what would happen next.
Rhys Sutheran, SIEE Content Producer
Best Performance
Uncharted 4 - Nolan North
Best Performance - Platinum
Nolan North (Uncharted 4)

Unsurprisingly, Uncharted 4’s cast fared nicely here. Outside of the winners circle, Troy Baker (Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series) and Alex Hernandez (Mafia III’s Lincoln Clay) mustered impressive support.


Best Performance - Gold

Trico (The Last Guardian)
Best Performance - Silver

Emily Rose (Uncharted 4)
Best Performance - Bronze

Camilla Luddington (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Editors’ Choice
Wayne June as “The Ancestor” in Darkest Dungeon. An uber-strong year for game performances, but Darkest Dungeon’s gravel-throated narration took me by surprise in the best possible way. Executed with impunity!
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Emily Rose as “Elena Fisher” in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Uncharted 4 is (deservedly) walking away with a huge number of awards this year, and I’m going to toss in another one: Emily Rose’s performance as series mainstay Elena Fisher gives the story of A Thief’s End an emotional anchor, lending a sense of believability to this soaring, swashbuckling adventure… and more importantly, its stars.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Mark Noble as “Emiel Regis” in The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine. Giving voice to such a well-loved character from Andrei Sapkowski’s long-running series of novels was never likely to be an easy task. That Noble was able to bring Geralt’s old friend Emiel Regis to life with such a perfect balance of charm, eloquence, and self-deprecation is an achievement worthy of note.
Matt Groizard, SIEE Content Producer
Cissy Jones as “Delilah” in Firewatch. Along with great work from Rich Sommer as Henry, Cissy Jones’ Delilah in Firewatch was my standout performance this year. Creating a genuine relationship just by walkie-talkie communications, without the characters ever seeing each other, can’t have been easy — but it’s this interplay that’s at the heart of the game, and what makes the whole thing so compelling.
Rhys Sutheran, SIEE Content Producer
Best Soundtrack
Uncharted 4
Best Soundtrack - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Another win for Naughty Dog, though Final Fantasy XV nearly squeaked into the Platinum slot in late voting. Watch Dogs 2, The Last Guardian, and Mafia III all saw plenty of votes, too.


Best Soundtrack - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best Soundtrack - Silver

Doom
Best Soundtrack - Bronze

Dark Souls 3

Editors’ Choice
Doom. Id Software’s demonic shooter was one of my favorite games this year, and Mick Gordon’s ultra-heavy industrial soundtrack is one of the key reasons why. A superior example of how audio can fuel and amplify the gameplay experience.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Firewatch. Chris Remo’s warm ambient noodling provided the perfect backdrop to Campo Santo’s refreshing backwoods adventure.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
Final Fantasy XV. An incredibly tough category this year! Uncharted 4, Watch Dogs 2, No Man’s Sky, Firewatch, Doom… but considering the sheer breadth of Yoko Shimomura’s Final Fantasy XV score (and the goosebumps I still get when I hear Apocalypsis Noctis), it gets my vote.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Firewatch. Chris Remo’s minimalist Firewatch score beautifully elevated the game’s shifting and nuanced tones of melancholy, mystery, and adventure.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Best Visuals
Uncharted 4 A Thiefs End
Best Visuals - Platinum
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Technical powerhouses rule this roost, but The Last Guardian hangs tough thanks to its phenomenal art direction. Fans also showed support for other gorgeous titles, including Dark Souls III, Watch Dogs 2, and Ratchet & Clank.


Best Visuals - Gold

Final Fantasy XV
Best Visuals - Silver

Battlefield 1
Best Visuals - Bronze

The Last Guardian

Editors’ Choice
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Naughty Dog boasts some of the best rendering tech in the business, but it’s the studio’s sublime art direction that makes Uncharted 4 one of the best-looking games ever released on any platform.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Dishonored 2. No other AAA blockbuster in recent memory boasts such a singular, bold, and unusual aesthetic as Arkane Studios’ highly stylized stealth series, and the art team really went to town with this year’s sequel. Someone put it in a gallery already.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
The Witness. When somebody asks you why art direction is important, show them The Witness. The island’s bright colors and clean edges have produced a number of the desktop wallpapers I currently have in rotation.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Dishonored 2. In a year filled with brilliant visuals, Dishonored 2 stands out for its incredible art direction and style. From the character models to the world design, the visuals throughout bolster the tone of the narrative and create an incredible sense of place. Simply nothing else feels like Dishonored.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Best Multiplayer
Battlefield 1
Best Multiplayer - Platinum
Battlefield 1

Though Overwatch mustered impressive support, Battlefield 1 ultimately secured nearly 30% of the total vote for the top slot. Outside of the winner’s bracket, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Street Fighter V all performed well.


Best Multiplayer - Gold

Overwatch
Best Multiplayer - Silver

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Multiplayer - Bronze

Titanfall 2

Editors’ Choice
Overwatch. No surprises here. One year ago, I would never have guessed that the creators of Warcraft and Diablo could conquer the competitive shooter category with such grace and confidence. It’s a genre milestone and a brilliant game.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Overwatch. First-person shooters are a tough nut to crack, but Blizzard has swept in — as they always seem to — and effortlessly shifted the industry’s idea of what the genre is and can be. Perhaps most importantly, they’ve hit the sweet spot of depth and accessibility, making Overwatch approachable and enticing, truly, for gamers of all skill levels.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
Overwatch. I think Overwatch, I think escalation. It feels like every session I spot a strategy — by team or lone wolf — I hadn’t considered before, continually making me reevaluate my understanding of what my favorites can do, or how to take better advantage of a map’s layout. Mid-match Hero changes halt any frustration at being stuck with the wrong character and grants continually changing, but always intriguing team combinations.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation.Blog
Titanfall 2. Titanfall 2’s masterful campaign has been deservedly well praised, but the multiplayer hooked me like few shooters in recent years. The multi-leveled combat between humans and mechs, lightning fast locomotion, and smart lobby system resulted in one of the best multiplayer games this year.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Best Post-Release Content
The Witcher III Blood and Wine
Best Post-Release Content - Platinum
The Witcher III

This category now includes any and all post-release game updates. The Blood and Wine expansion catapulted last year’s winner The Witcher 3 back to the top. Fans voted in droves for Fallout 4, Black Ops 3, and Final Fantasy XIV as well.


Best Post-Release Content - Gold

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Best Post-Release Content - Silver

Overwatch
Best Post-Release Content - Bronze

Destiny

Editors’ Choice
Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth. Afterbirth manages to pull off a neat trick: making an expansion pack so robust that it could almost be mistaken for a sequel. The wealth of new items, environments, enemies, and gameplay refinements propel an already spectacular roguelike to addictive, disturbing new depths.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel. Not for the faint-hearted (the climactic multi-stage boss battle is as difficult as anything FromSoftware has ever inflicted on its audience) but this was a beautifully crafted postscript to a brilliant sequel.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
Destiny. Bungie has been leading the charge in a new generation of shooters, and they continue to not only tweak the game’s foundational mechanics, but add new content by way of paid expansions (Rise of Iron) and free in-game events (The Dawning). Destiny’s community is a vocal one, and Bungie’s willingness to embrace their feedback ultimately leads to a better game.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog
No Man’s Sky, Foundation Update. As game-changing updates go, it’s hard to beat. I liked No Man’s Sky a lot from day one, but this update saw it begin to fulfil its potential with base building, deeper crafting and trading, and more ways to really forge your own path in the vast galaxy (for the record, I’m currently trying to make my name as a hot-shot pirate hunter, keeping freighters safe from attack).
Rhys Sutheran, SIEE Content Producer
Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked. My Don’t Starve addiction is well documented, but it’s the soul-stealing crafting game which just keeps on giving. Shipwrecked is almost a whole new game unto itself, as your old tactics won’t work here — and I’ll happily take more glorious nightmares wrapped in brilliant gameplay from Klei.
Corey Brotherson, SIEE Content Producer
Hitman. The brilliant Elusive Targets add new difficult-to-find targets to familiar maps, and give you only a few days in real-time to execute the hit. But unlike the rest of the game, there are no saved games — once you find and assassinate the target, you must complete the mission. Fail, and that’s it — there are no second chances. These small twists brought heightened tension and mayhem, and were one of the many elements that kept me glued to Hitman throughout the year.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Most Innovative
The Last Guardian
Most Innovative - Platinum
The Last Guardian

PlayStation fans honored genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio’s emotional epic The Last Guardian in the polls, though competition was stiff throughout the category. PS VR title Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Hitman, and The Witness also saw strong voter support.


Most Innovative - Gold

Overwatch
Most Innovative - Silver

Tom Clancy’s The Division
Most Innovative - Bronze

Firewatch

Editors’ Choice
Overwatch. Blizzard has managed a seemingly impossible task: broaden the appeal of the competitive shooter by catering to a wide array of play styles and even skill levels. Then they pumped in a steady stream of maps, characters, and modes, all for free. Devs — this is how you build a long-term multiplayer classic.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
PlayStation VR Worlds. Few would disagree that VR was the most exciting innovation of 2016 and, while I put more time into other launch titles, PlayStation VR Worlds felt like the perfect encapsulation of the platform’s promise.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
Hitman. Hitman’s key innovation is not any of the game’s individual elements — it’s the way they seamlessly come together to create a game that is so much more than the sum of its parts. The steady drip of new missions not only kept fans returning to the game month after month, but it also allowed players the time to explore the massive (and rewarding) possibility space hidden within each level.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Hitman. Innovation awards are normally reserved for the tech side of gaming, but with development cycles becoming ever longer, and consumers keener than ever to get the most out of their favourite games, Hitman’s episodic approach of releasing miniature sandboxes each month and adding fresh targets and contracts from week to week made for a winning and rewarding formula.
Matt Groizard, EU PlayStation.Blog

Most Anticipated
The Last of Us Part II
Most Anticipated - Platinum
The Last of Us Part II

This category has expanded to include any announced game, irrespective of release date. Though PSX 2016 surprise announcement The Last of Us Part II claimed the coveted Platinum award, competition was fierce. Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and Death Stranding also saw plenty of love.


Most Anticipated - Gold

God of War
Most Anticipated - Silver

Red Dead Redemption 2
Most Anticipated - Bronze

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Editors’ Choice
Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait! RE7 leapt to the top of my list after my hands-on experiences earlier this month. In short, the shift towards FPS (complete with full PS VR mode) was a brilliant, daring move that pays off big time. Don’t sleep on this one.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Red Dead Redemption 2. One of those rare games you book time off work to get lost in. I can’t wait to get back in the saddle.
Fred Dutton, EU PlayStation.Blog
Horizon Zero Dawn. It captured my attention from the first moment I saw it at E3 years ago, and now we’re only a couple months away. Every time I see the game I become more excited to meet Aloy and explore the mysteries of the world. I’m going to be sinking a lot of time into this one.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
Final Fantasy VII Remake. In a show full of surprises, two in particular stand out for me at E3 2015. The reveal of Final Fantasy VII Remake was one, my reaction to it another. Even as long term fan of the PSone original I was taken aback by the sudden lump in my throat — and a twist in my stomach — when that familiar music, unknowingly embedded deep in my psyche, kicked in.
Gillen McAllister, EU PlayStation.Blog
Studio of the Year
Naughty Dog
Studio of the Year - Platinum
Naughty Dog

Despite stiff competition from an array of highly accomplished game developers, Naughty Dog ultimately secured the Platinum award for its genre-defining work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.


Studio of the Year - Gold

Square Enix
Studio of the Year - Silver

Blizzard
Studio of the Year - Bronze

DICE

Editors’ Choice
Owlchemy Labs. Who are these guys? The creators of what is likely the first bonafide hit VR game, the hilarious and endlessly replayable Job Simulator. Let’s hope their next game pushes the nascent VR medium further still.
Sid Shuman, US PlayStation.Blog
Naughty Dog. Few studios lavish their projects with such staggering levels of care and attention as Naughty Dog. This year’s Uncharted 4 continued that tradition, setting new visual benchmarks with stellar environmental design, best-in-class animation, and industry-leading technical virtuosity. They define the standard of excellence, pressing hard against technological boundaries to demonstrate the true potential of videogames as a medium.
Matt Groizard, SIEE Content Producer
Naughty Dog. What more can possibly be said about Naughty Dog? There is simply no other group of creatives in the biz that consistently raises the bar on visuals, narrative, and polish. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End yet again showcased the sublime talents of the kennel, and surpassed even my greatest expectations. The extra mile they go, especially in regards to accessibility, is simply unparalleled.
Zac Minor, US PlayStation.Blog
id Software. id’s reboot of the pivotal first-person shooter tuned the series’ core elements to perfection, injecting a bit of jet fuel into its veins for good measure. I hope to see more from id soon, because they have clearly and definitively proven with Doom that yes, they’ve still got it.
Justin Massongill, US PlayStation.Blog

That’s it for this year! Thanks again to everyone who voted. And if you missed out on any of the great games you saw here, check them out on PlayStation Store. See you next year!

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190 Comments

  • andreas0074

    Uncharted 4, as well as overwatch, are vastly overrated. It is a good interactive story, but there are much better games out there. Dishonored 2 comes to mind as well as Rise of the Tomb Raider, both of which I felt were better games.

    • Overwatch may be overrated but UC4 really?…and you say worse than TR?….lol.

    • King_Cars10

      No there aren’t not much better games. There are too many clueless, casuals now that PS4 attracted so many people. The 100+ awards for Uncharted 4 would demolish that opinion of yours. Seriously, people try to find a way to criticize the game but most of them are definitely not justified. Some opinions like for example the interaction between Sully and Drake could’ve been bigger. Something like that.

    • King_Cars10

      Few opinions are understandable in the game like my example

    • BloodyKnights531

      UC4 should have won,the graffics are awesome,the scores help lvl up “if u get a highscore”,and very addictive

  • I can definitely smell the favoritism for the ps4 only game, and it reeks.

  • Uncharted 4 beating out The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine for Best Story is suspect. But not bad choices for #1 in the other categories.

  • Uncharted 4 deserve to win the best game of 2016, follow by FFXV. Which is within my expectation. I was played Battlefield 1 in PC but frankly speaking, BF1 main storyline is too short. Even shorter than FFXV. At least, I still can consume my time to play side quests in FFXV. BF1 was nothing but just has multiplayer. Not everybody like to play multiplayer.

    Uncharted 4 story is amazing, this game was shocked me due to the game makes me feels like controlling a Hollywood action movie. I was played Tomb Raider 2013 and Rise of the Tomb Raider in PC but none of these two games can defeat Uncharted 4. This game really makes me unforgettable.

    • Tealdragon204

      If you ever buy a Battlefield game for its single player, you’re making a huge mistake. Battlefield has always been a multiplayer centered game, it’s where it gets all of its substance.

  • Akgaming2002

    Wow uncharted 4 has some many trophies wins, I’m surprised watch dogs 2 didn’t win best soundtrack

  • I’m so glad that Uncharted 4 has won so much, I love the game and company!

  • Congratulations to Naughty Dog and Uncharted 4!!! Also to Square Enix and Final Fantasy 15! Truly impressed with both of these games this year! After playing through 15 I was taken back to the wonderful memories of Final Fantasy 8, if there is any game I am looking forward to in the coming years it’s a Final Fantasy 8 remake! I would also like to see an HD remake for the PS4! Time to hook up my PSTV and play FF8 again :)

  • I’m so happy to see Dragon Quest Builders for the Vita it a great game from a grate franchise.

  • Ponderousplum3

    I am surprised that Digimon Story didn’t land on the Ps Vita List, I thought that it was a great experience on the Vita.

  • ABTBenjamins

    Pretty funny that the Gold for Vita goes to a mobile phone port.

  • Glad to see Uncharted 4 and FF 15 take some awards l’m having a lot of fun playing them

  • I just wonder how much better Steins;Gate 0 would have fared had this site actually added it to their respective lists as opposed to a write-in option like they should have. It was a great game with a fantastic story that rivaled Uncharted 4 (which was also good and deserving of their awards) that was obviously overlooked since it was a Visual Novel. Shame, but it’s all subjective, I guess.

  • What happened to Watch Dogs 2? Only one mention??
    It deserves better!! That being said, I’m glad to see other
    great games like Overwatch getting recognition!

  • Tatanka2007

    I think the Russians fixed the results. How could Trails of Cold Steel II not get the Vita award? No sales for the winners? I didn’t see the usual Deals blog this week. They were so bad why bother….

  • Good to see uncharted at the top of these votes. My favorite game on the ps4. Can’t wait for that single player DLC

  • A down year overall, for sure. Uncharted 4 is good, but way too much across the board favoritism, Best soundtrack is a joke, it UC4 shouldn’t even be in the top 4. Story too, as most is watered down minus a few high points. Visuals, sure.

    Bring on 2017

    • Tealdragon204

      Personally, I think this was a little biased due to the fact that it was a PS4 exclusive, so they really just want to advertise the hell out of it. Skyrim Remastered would’ve won best soundtrack over Uncharted

  • Potter13579

    I love this turnout personally. Uncharted 4 deserves all the awards it can grab. The only thing I would have liked to see though is Crash Bandicoot at least landing a bronze for the most anticipated game. I love The Last of Us, and it’s the best game I’ve ever played, but Crash should really be getting the love it deserves because god knows if we would have gotten games like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Jak, Ratchet, and Sly without Crash, and plus this revival is a blessed miracle. Still happy that it did end up being The Last of Us: Part II though.

  • L9-QuickScoper-

    Maybe if things were different, if release dates were worlds apart, maybe we would see Battleborn somewhere on this list. I know that Overwatch completely overshadowed it but I personally had more fun playing Battleborn, and to me the heroes are much more memorable and “badass”

    • Battleborn was by far the better game, but Blizzard knew what they were doing when it came for destroying it’s release… =(

  • vega_soto1000

    I am glad to be a PS4 owner because of all of these great games that came out in 2016 and I can’t wait for what they got for us PlayStation owners for 2017 and I can’t wait for the last of us part 2

  • EverythingOnFire

    I’m really surprised that Horizon: Zero Dawn didn’t even place in the most anticipated. I absolutely expected TLOU2 to win, but yeah. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for a video game.

    BTW, nice to see Naughty Dog get lots of love. They deserve it.

  • I have to agree with 85% of this list~ Fun read! Thanks guys.

  • GreenLantern790

    Final Fantasy VII Remake is only coming out in 2018. Really looking forward to that. I have played FFXV and its definitely a amazing game… I think The Witcher 3 deserves more spotlight though… amazing game, story, scenery. Wish it got a few more awards.

  • Hi play station

  • The biggest overlook of this year has to be GTA not even getting a mention in best Post-Release Content. It should have placed well over Overwatch and Destiny…

  • Get your s*** together Sony, Darkest Dungeon is a game from 3 years ago at least…

    the level of favoritism on this list is clearly obnoxious…. UC4 the best game of the year… yeah sure, God of War the most anticipated… aha… yeah… how awesome it is that both are Sony exclusives right? Yeah…

    This site disgust me more each day, and I only come for the PS+ data, and sales updates (which they delay at least 2 days before posting, if they do)…

  • No Mass Effect Andromeda nor Horizon Zero Dawn for most anticipated?

    Uncharted was a decent series but I always thought it was more of a cinematic with elements of gaming rather than an actual game.

    Lists pop up all over the internet this time of year so just do a search and you will find one that will make you happy :) Just remember, none of them mean squat.

  • I’m sooo happy that uncharted 4 is the best game of the year

  • I’m surprised that The Last Guardian wasn’t the most anticipated game of 2016

  • I would say my PS4 slim Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End bundle was a successful purchase! Great job Naughty Dog!!

  • Hoou surprisingly a very good year,the Blog always has the most coherent winners though.Most of the winners really deserved…and there are only 2 that were incontestable which are Best Visuals and Best Post-Release content,those had to go to UC4 & Blood and Wine.

    I regret not playing Inside before voting,it totally deserved Best Indie game and also Best Story…I’m sorry but other PSN games can’t even touch Inside greatness and I doubt any game this year had anything close to the insane story of Inside.

    Best Performance should’ve gone to Troy Baker as Sam…he did way better than Nolan North.

    And Best Studio to ND after all the crap they did on UC4 online with their patches is kinda hard to agree but whatever,they managed to bring UC4 back from limbo so its ok but I believe Blizzard deserved that award.

  • AfroKnight42

    I can’t believe mass effect andromeda didn’t make it as a top most anticipated game!

  • ThatFifaGuy777

    Where’s Best Sport game of the year,oh wait the winner is FIFA17

  • SmashBrother6

    In all honesty, Uncharted 4 won too many awards, especially Diamond ones.

    • TaylerBootz

      Well it is PlayStation awards for PlayStation games…. and Uncharted is a PlayStation exclusive. Not saying the voting is rigged but… it’s probably rigged. Just like how all triple A games end up on these lists. I played a lot more indie games (and better games too) this year than I did triple A.

    • Naughty dog is where it’s at hater

  • TaylerBootz

    Uncharted 4 does not deserve best game of the year. I LOVE Uncharted, but 4 was the biggest disappointment. It’s a movie, not a game. I wanted a game like 1 through 3. 4 ruined the beautiful streak of games. I couldn’t even finish it because I was so mad that I had to sit through such long cut scenes. I did however finish Dragon Quest Builders on PS4. Also the fact that Oxenfree wasn’t even mentioned is bullpoop. That is an AMAZING game.

  • EnderCommando

    Seriously can’t wait for TLoU part II though, it’s gonna be one helluva ride.

  • Nice list, but UC4’s soundtrack better than FFXV? Come on man.

  • So glad Uncharted 4 beat Overwatch for best game on PS4 should have won GOTY at Game Awards and IL also glad Naughty Dog beat Blizzards for Studio of the Year

  • thebranchise3k

    I love my PS4 and my Vita, but this list is just a promotional sham. Some obvious winners like Uncharted, but a large part is self promotion and the big publishers. Darkest Dungeon is the only game worthy of the Vita list, Firewatch shouldn’t be top independent. I’ve played The Division since day one and still do, and it’s way to flawed to be on any list. I’m biased but Bloodborne is the best game of 2016 even though it was released in 2015. It has more rights to a spot than The Last Guardian.

  • Blueeyes72969

    Glad to see uncharted 4 win game of the year, and so many others awards. I played them all and look forward to playing chapter 5!!! Keep up the good work!! Very entertaining!

  • Naughty Dog We Love you!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jo_GSWarrior

    NO love for COD MW remastered? or 2K17? whats up with that

    • Tealdragon204

      BAH! Sports games should never win awards, they’re very basic, have very little content and little effort put into them. To top it off, the percentage of hardcore gamers that play sports games is incredibly low. CoD MW remastered I think was excluded simply because it was remastered. Similarly to how Skyrim was excluded because it was remastered. Otherwise, Skyrim would’ve annihilated Uncharted 4 for best soundtrack (and realistically, DOOM should’ve won)

  • Jo_GSWarrior

    How does Overwatch place higher than Battlefeild 1 in GOTY? SMH.

    • Tealdragon204

      Because Overwatch is overhyped and incredibly casual, marketing to people who play MOBAs (Those with poor reaction times) while Battlefield 1 is more punishing for your mistakes, although it is significantly more casual than previous Battlefields. Plus, Overwatch has tons of people to vote for it

  • CMP-FF56hhjuyhhg

    My most anticipated was God of War but I’m also glad that Uncharted 4 won game of the year, I thought it was gonna be FFXV but the people have spoken.

  • vaultboy12345

    GO NAUGHTY DOG CAN’T WHAT IF TH GET THEY GET ON TOP ON 2017

  • shaigri1011

    overwatch is overrated

  • Uncharted 4 won almost all of this whole list…

  • baitongmikii

    Yeah ,,,, i’m love Final Fantasy XV
    i vote Final Fantasy XV too
    very nice games thank you :)
    PSN ID : Baitongmikii

  • Red-Tail-X99

    I’m probably one of the only people that didn’t really cared much for Uncharted 4. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic game and deserves all the praise, it is a fun game and a technical marvel! (Until The Last of Us Part 2 comes out lol) But I just couldn’t get attached to this game like that and the multiplayer gets pretty dull after a while but I guess it’s also because I didn’t get to play the rest of the series as well, also finally getting to play Rise of The Tomb Raider on the PS4 recently changed my look over Uncharted too. I know my games of 2016 were Watch Dogs 2, Overwatch, FFXV, Battlefield 1, Dark Souls 3, and World of Final Fantasy.

  • SilverWingMW

    I Would’ve defiantly voted for Uncharted 4 A Thieves End. Although I don’t have the game the uncharted series has kept me so attached to its story and game play. The only other uncharted game I haven’t played is uncharted 2. But I bet It was Amazing just like the creators of uncharted!

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