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Game of the Year 2017: The Winners, As Voted By You

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Game of the Year 2017: The Winners, As Voted By You

The readers have chosen! These were the best games of 2017.

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We asked you to vote, and you showed up! 2017’s Game of the Year polls saw an astounding 1.6 million votes across all categories, with over 150k votes in the “Best PS4 Game” category alone. Thank you!

There is definitely a clear winner this year — Guerrilla’s Horizon Zero Dawn stole the show, securing the Platinum Trophy in nine of our 18 categories. We’ll make sure Aloy hears about it!

If you’re interested in what the editors of PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store thought were the best games of 2017, we’ve created a special landing page over at PS Store collecting our picks across all categories.

Read on to see who else took home the Platinum (and the Gold, Silver and Bronze) in more categories like Best PS VR Experience, Best Independent Game, Most Anticipated PS4 Game, and lots more.

So, what do you think? Agreed on the winners? Did you vote differently? Did you not vote, but now wish you had? Discuss (nicely!) in the comments.

Best PS4 Game
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Game (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

You’ll notice a distinct theme this year. Horizon Zero Dawn swept the polls, earning more votes than its closest competitor by more than 2:1. Epic’s Fortnite earned the most write-in votes, but not enough to crack the top four.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Game (Gold)

Call of Duty WWII
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Game (Silver)

Assassin’s Creed Origins
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Game (Bronze)

Persona 5
Honorable Mentions: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Nier: Automata, Resident Evil 7

Editors’ Choice
Nier: Automata. Through all of 2017, I pretended it was going to be tough to choose my final GotY pick as megaton after megaton dropped. But it’s Nier. It was always Nier. No game can make me cry over sexy robots fighting a proxy war on an abandoned far-future Earth the way Nier Automata can.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Persona 5. Persona 5 threads an oddly specific gaming needle and stands as one of the most invigorating and interesting releases of the year. I was equally invested in the outlandish and increasingly elaborate Persona and boss battles as I was making new friends and finding my place as a school boy in Tokyo.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Horizon Zero Dawn. A big-budget blockbuster done right. Guerrilla’s post-post apocalyptic vision is compelling enough, but the superior visuals, ferocious combat, and surprising plot twists inject fresh life into the action-RPG genre.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy pulls off an impressive feat: it manages to deliver some of the best writing, performances, and action moments from a franchise already overflowing with them, while at same time shaking up the Uncharted formula in thrilling, open-ended ways. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had this year, and might just be my favorite Uncharted game.
— Zac Minor // SIEA Social Media
What Remains of Edith Finch. In a year of amazing game stories, Edith Finch stands out for being a powerful narrative that is only possible in games. Each mini-story told within the game is accompanied by a unique art and gameplay style that build towards a profound emotional experience.
— Andy Yen // SIEA PS Store
Best PS VR Experience
Resident Evil 7
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS VR Experience (Platinum)
Resident Evil 7: biohazard

Another blowout in the polls, this time for Capcom’s survival-horror revival Resident Evil 7, though Skyrim put up a muscular defense. Rec Room stood out for write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS VR Experience (Gold)

Skyrim VR
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS VR Experience (Silver)

Gran Turismo Sport
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS VR Experience (Bronze)

Superhot VR
Honorable Mentions: Doom VFR, Farpoint, Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Editors’ Choice
Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Capcom gives a master class in how to reboot a classic series. The first-person perspective adds a terrifying new layer to the survival-horror gameplay, and the PS VR support is second-to-none.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Superhot VR. The game where time moves when you move is magnitudes better in the world of VR where the PlayStation Move controllers can track your entire body’s movements. It’s the closest you’ll get in real life to bullet dodging in The Matrix without needing to do an apocalypse rave before.
— Andy Yen // SIEA PS Store
Gnog. Ko-op’s virtual reality toybox made me feel like a kid again. Pushing, pulling, turning and tweaking knobs, bells and whistles has never felt so rewarding.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Best Independent Game
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Independent Game (Platinum)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Voters again had a clear favorite, with Ninja Theory’s well-regarded Hellblade earning the nod. Epic’s Fortnite led the field in write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Independent Game (Gold)

Undertale
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Independent Game (Silver)

Superhot
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Independent Game (Bronze)

Everything
Honorable Mentions: What Remains of Edith Finch, Night in the Woods, Pyre

Editors’ Choice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. One of the best psychological horror games I’ve ever played – Hellblade was an amazing journey as an 8th century human suffering from psychosis. The threat of permanent death via save deletion made every combat encounter a thrilling sweaty palms affair.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Undertale. Okay, I get it. Now that I’ve finally played Undertale (multiple times), I understand why its fanbase is so… vocal. Toby Fox’s heart-warming/wrenching underground RPG marries fresh gameplay ideas with tack-sharp writing, unforgettable characters, and one of gaming’s most toe-tapping soundtracks. This one is going to stay with me.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
What Remains of Edith Finch. Giant Sparrow’s journey through a cursed family’s history takes you from the highest whimsical highs to some delicately devastating lows, all with a flourish of magic-realism that swept me away.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Superhot. Like being caught inside the world’s best r/nosleep story. The gameplay gimmick is inspired, the pacing alternately exhilarating and exasperating, and the mood ice cold. Even the war3z-styled Easter eggs go above and beyond. One of the year’s very best.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Best PS Vita Game
Undertale
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS Vita Game (Platinum)
Undertale

No surprises — Undertale dominated on PS Vita, scoring the lion’s share of votes. Steamworld Dig 2 took top write-in honors.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS Vita Game (Gold)

Danganronpa V3
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS Vita Game (Silver)

Xenon Valkyrie +
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS Vita Game (Bronze)

Ys Origin
Honorable Mentions: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, A Rose in the Twilight, Tokyo Xanadu

Editors’ Choice
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Games about high school murder mysteries don’t come along every day, especially with the twists and turns of the Danganronpa series. Perfect for on the go play, V3 even has cross-save capability when you finally get home to your PS4.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Undertale. Undertale is a perfect “multiple playthrough” game — I got halfway through my second run in a coffee shop! Protip: If you’re playing this one on the go, make sure you have headphones.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Best Performance
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Performance (Platinum)
Ashly Burch
Aloy, Horizon Zero Dawn

An array of excellent performances this year, with Ashly Burch’s Aloy landing the coveted Platinum pick. On the write-in front, Nathan Fillion’s Cayde-6 from Destiny 2 saw significant attention.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Performance (Gold)

Claudia Black
Chloe, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Performance (Silver)

Melina Juergens
Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Performance (Bronze)

Janina Gavankar
Iden Versio, Star Wars Battlefront II
Honorable Mentions: Laura Bailey // Nadine, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy; Kira Buckland // 2B, Nier: Automata; Brian Bloom // BJ Blazcowicz, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Editors’ Choice
Melina Juergens for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. A quest through the Norse underworld was never going to look easy, but Melina Jeurgens’ excruciatingly raw performance highlights Senua’s paranoia, pain and determination with perfect clarity.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Ashly Burch for Horizon Zero Dawn. It’s hard to believe Aloy was just introduced to us fully in 2017, as she already feels like an iconic character in games. Chronicling her journey from a young girl to stoic heroine, Ashly’s performance in Horizon Zero Dawn was unforgettable.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Nyasha Hatendi for Mass Effect Andromeda. Bioware’s latest introduced Angarian resistance fighter Jaal Ama Darav, and he’s a memorable addition to the Mass Effect pantheon. Nyasha Hatendi’s portrayal is warm and wistful — a perfect fit for this enigmatic character.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Best Art Direction
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Art Direction (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

Another big win for Guerrilla Games, with Horizon Zero Dawn soaring out ahead of the competition nearly 3:1. Star Wars Battlefront II scored the most write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Art Direction (Gold)

Persona 5
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Art Direction (Silver)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Art Direction (Bronze)

Destiny 2
Honorable Mentions: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Gravity Rush 2

Editors’ Choice
Persona 5. That dynamic battle UI. The bonkers boss battle reveals. Those stylish Palace-crawling costumes. And of course, your talking cat companion turning into a van. Persona 5 truly had a vision and executed it with flair.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Superhot. Sometimes less is more. Superhot’s ersatz environments and faceless, crystalline enemies radiate creepypasta levels of uneasiness.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Destiny 2. When it comes to epic, galaxy-building design, few come close to Bungie’s talents. From varied world settings, to unforgettable set pieces, Destiny 2 is breathtaking to look at and play in. Not to mention that sweet sweet exotic gear design.
— Andy Yen //SIEA Store
Best Soundtrack
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Soundtrack (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

A squeaker, with Horizon edging out Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Destiny 2 for top honors. FIFA 18 netted the most write-ins.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Soundtrack (Gold)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Soundtrack (Silver)

Destiny 2
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Soundtrack (Bronze)

Nier: Automata
Honorable Mentions: Persona 5, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Sonic Mania

Editors’ Choice
Persona 5. I always let the opening sequence play all the way through… and sometimes waited to let it play through a second time. This game’s range of kinetic to ambient jazz was the perfect backdrop for being a Phantom Thief.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Nier: Automata. The unexpected, eclectic nature of Nier: Automata’s story is matched only by its score: sweeping orchestral set pieces give way to charming children’s choruses and chiptune arrangements, but somehow, no song ever feels out of place.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Undertale. Epic sounding chiptunes that will make you both nostalgic for yesteryear and pumped up for battle. It’s rare that a game has instantly recognizable character themes, and Undertale’s are unforgettable.
— Andy Yen // /SIEA Store
Prey. After the breakout success of his DOOM soundtrack in 2016, composer Mick Gordon scored TWO huge games in 2017: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Prey. Both sounded exceptional, but the blend of cyberpunk-electronic beats with classic horror ambience made Prey my favorite soundtrack of the year.
— Zac Minor // SIEA Social Media
Best Multiplayer
Call of Duty: WWII
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Multiplayer (Platinum)
Call of Duty WWII

Call of Duty ultimately overcame Fortnite in this hard-fought deathmatch, with Friday the 13th cleaning up in write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Multiplayer (Gold)

Fortnite
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Multiplayer (Silver)

Destiny 2
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Multiplayer (Bronze)

Star Wars Battlefront II
Honorable Mentions: Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Tekken 7

Editors’ Choice
Destiny 2. The ultimate game for both PVE and PVP in a single package. No other shooter does 6-player co-op quite like Destiny’s raids while also including pro-caliber competitive play in the same sandbox.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Call of Duty WWII. A true return to form for the classic shooter. Sledgehammer wasn’t asleep at the switch: War mode, Nazi Zombies, Divisions, and Headquarters all brought fresh new ideas to the most polished multiplayer shooter on the market.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. The arrival of the Stormblood expansion brought a beautifully crafted story, a refined combat system, and more exquisite music to the Final Fantasy XIV experience. But this is still an MMO, and running through dungeons to face towering boss battles with friends remains one of the game’s principle delights.
— Ryan Clements // SIEA Social Media
Best Story
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Story (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

Another commanding win for Horizon, with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy mustering a fierce defense. Among write-in votes, Destiny 2 led the pack.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Story (Gold)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Story (Silver)

Persona 5
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Story (Bronze)

Nier: Automata
Honorable Mentions: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, Injustice 2

Editors’ Choice
The Evil Within II. Tango Gameworks surprised me. The setup is interesting enough, but the escalating stakes combined with several memorable characters and boss fights elevate this to must-play status, whether you played the first game or not.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Nier: Automata. What begins as an almost generic Japanese sci-fi tale becomes one of the most profound stories I’ve ever experienced. As you experience plot points from other perspectives, the onion layers peel back, and you’re contemplating what it truly means to be human.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Horizon Zero Dawn. Horizon Zero Dawn had me hooked from the moment Rost raised little baby Aloy to the sun, but unravelling the mysteries of both Aloy and the Earth’s past was extremely satisfying thanks to the well written characters and intricately fascinating lore.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Best Sports Game
FIFA 18
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Sports Game (Platinum)
FIFA 18

FIFA 18 managed to head off an aggressive offense from a resurgent GT Sport to cement the lead. Interestingly, Pro Evolution Soccer 18 led handily among write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Sports Game (Gold)

Gran Turismo Sport
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Sports Game (Silver)

NBA 2K18
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Sports Game (Bronze)

Madden NFL 18
Honorable Mentions: Everybody’s Golf, Disc Jam, MLB The Show 17

Editors’ Choice
Madden 18. I’m an on again off again Madden player, so I’m not as hardcore into Ultimate Team and the competitive angle as some, but as a casual, I really enjoyed the meaty new “Longshot” single-player story mode that was added this year. Mixing “Friday Night Lights” (with some actors from the TV show even!) with Life Is Strange and Madden gameplay is a formula that works surprisingly well.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Everybody’s Golf. It may go by a new name, but the spirit of Hot Shots lives on. Few games manage to balance instant accessibility with the idea of “I could have done that better… let me try it again” the way this series does, and Everybody’s Golf brings that — and so much more — to PS4.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Everybody’s Golf. As a Hot Shots fan from waaaay back, Everybody’s Golf is nothing short of a miracle. It’s everything I loved about classic Hot Shots gameplay, but packed to the gills with an absolutely insane amount of bonus activities — driving! fishing! Shuhei! — not to mention the unique open-course multiplayer. The art style is charming, the music is joyful, and the course design harkens to a utopia that only exists in my dreams. My Everybody’s Golf persona is the man I aspire to be.
— Zac Minor // SIEA Social Media
Best Post-Release Content
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Post-Release Content (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

A nail biter, with Horizon squeaking past GTA Online by only one percentage point and Battlefield 1 leading among write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Post-Release Content (Gold)

Grand Theft Auto Online
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Post-Release Content (Silver)

Final Fantasy XV
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Post-Release Content (Bronze)

Overwatch
Honorable Mentions: Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, Resident Evil 7: biohazard

Editors’ Choice
Darkest Dungeon. Surprise, surprise. The Crimson Court expansion is a literal gamechanger, with new mechanics that ripple through content both old and new. Just when I thought I was out…
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Final Fantasy XIV. FFXIV’s Stormblood expansion introduced revamped gameplay elements, new jobs to master, an entire soundtrack’s worth of excellent new music, and numerous quality-of-life upgrades, but where it really impressed me is with its story — easily the ever-growing MMO’s best yet.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. A meaty addition to the world of Horizon, The Frozen Wilds organically adds a huge area for Aloy to explore whether you’ve finished the game already or not. The new characters and story missions are as in depth and lovingly crafted as they were in the original game.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Okay, technically this is a standalone experience and thus not “post-release content,” but whatever (sorry Justin). (Editor’s note: I’ll allow it. -JM) Dishonored: Death of the Outsider needs some much-deserved praise. The focused scope and mechanical tweaks resulted in a Dishonored experience that encouraged playstyles that felt exciting and fresh, even to a Dishonored vet like myself.
— Zac Minor // SIEA Social Media
Best PlayStation Console Exclusive
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PlayStation Console Exclusive (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

Another big win for Guerrilla Games, though Uncharted and Crash managed strong support.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PlayStation Console Exclusive (Gold)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PlayStation Console Exclusive (Silver)

Crash Bandicoot: The N-Sane Trilogy
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PlayStation Console Exclusive (Bronze)

Persona 5
Honorable Mentions: Nier Automata, Gran Turismo Sport, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Editors’ Choice
Horizon Zero Dawn. A perfect example of a platform-selling blockbuster, Horizon excels across the board with astonishing visuals, superior PS4 Pro features, and unique combat you can’t find anywhere else.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Persona 5. Persona 5 is not a short game, but its length shouldn’t put you off from experiencing its unique brand of style, storytelling, and relationship building. By the end of it you’ll feel like a high schooler again, with a new group of best friends forged through shared experience.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Nier Automata. Big surprise, I know. Nier Automata is a game that’s going to be with me for a long time, for lots of reasons. Its DualShock 4 control layout was part of the fun, too — I found myself shifting into “Combat Mode” (basically just shifting my middle fingers up to R2 and L2 so I could keep R1 held down with my index finger) every time I came across a formidable enemy.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Best PS4 Theme
Uncharted 10th Anniversary Theme
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Theme (Platinum)
Uncharted 10th Anniversary Theme

Uncharted dominated this category handily, with Horizon leading among write-in votes.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Theme (Gold)

Persona 5 Character Themes
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Theme (Silver)

Legacy Dashboard Theme
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best PS4 Theme (Bronze)

Undertale Dynamic Theme (Ruins)
Honorable Mentions: Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Preorder Theme, Pyre Theme, Burger Love Returns Dynamic Theme

Editors’ Choice
Legacy. I’m usually not one for nostalgia plays, but man, this dynamic, 3D theme recreating the old PS2 system screen is an awesome trip down memory line.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Rez Infinite Singularity Theme. Rez Infinite is pretty much a religious experience in PlayStation VR, especially Area X — the new area added for the Infinite release. This theme brings the feeling of Area X’s final section to your PS4 dashboard, and I don’t plan to change it anytime soon.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Best Use of PS4 Pro
Horizon Zero Dawn
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Use of PS4 Pro (Platinum)
Horizon Zero Dawn

Despite tight competition, Horizon racked up another win. Star Wars Battlefront II was the leader among write-in voters.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Use of PS4 Pro (Gold)

Assassin’s Creed Origins
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Use of PS4 Pro (Silver)

Call of Duty WWII
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Best Use of PS4 Pro (Bronze)

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Honorable Mentions: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Gran Turismo Sport, Destiny 2

Editors’ Choice
Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerrilla’s technical excellence is on proud display here. The 4K output looks razor sharp, while the HDR features make color and vibrancy pop. Love that you can emphasize resolution or performance now, too. Developers: this is how you do it!
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice. Senua’s descent into madness is best experienced in 4K with a pair of the Platinum Wireless Headset. The game looks absolutely jaw-dropping in 4K resolution, but the 3D positional audio mix steals the show here, making you feel like you’re hearing the same voices in her head.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Nioh. Nioh’s exhilarating combat made for one of the best action games of 2017, but its use of PS4 Pro brought quality-of-life improvements that elevated it to another level. For coming out so early in 2017, Nioh established one of my favorite implementations of the Pro’s added horsepower: allowing the gamer to choose between modes that prioritized frame-rate or resolution.
— Zac Minor // SIEA Social Media

Most Anticipated PS4 Title
God of War for PS4
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS4 Title (Platinum)
God of War

A tight competitive field here, but God of War lands the Platinum nod. Dragon Ball FighterZ saw the most write-in votes. You don’t have long to wait, folks!


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS4 Title (Gold)

Red Dead Redemption 2
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS4 Title (Silver)

Marvel’s Spider-Man
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS4 Title (Bronze)

Far Cry 5
Honorable Mentions: Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Death Stranding

Editors’ Choice
Shadow of the Colossus. I’m fascinated by Bluepoint’s work here; they’ve enhanced this 2005 classic to the point where it can hang with 2018’s elite crop of AAA titles. The game is almost too gorgeous to believe.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
God of War. Kratos’s new odyssey on PS4 is poised to be my first can’t miss game of 2018 – I can’t wait to see where venturing into the world of Norse mythology takes the series. We all know the game will deliver the goods on the action front, but I’m personally looking forward to seeing where his story goes in his grizzled years as a father.
— Andy Yen // SIEA Store
Marvel’s Spider-Man. I’ve been a Spider-Fan for as long as I can remember, and everything we’ve seen on Peter Parker’s upcoming PS4 outing indicates that Insomniac is the perfect studio to realize the potential of the character.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Legendary heroes and villains meet on a battlefield unbound by space and time. A true embodiment of light versus darkness. You will be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated fan of the Dissidia series than me, and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT continues the RPG fighting tradition with a gorgeous visual overhaul. January 30 can’t come soon enough.
— Ryan Clements // SIEA Social Media

Most Anticipated PS VR Title
Rick and Morty - Virtual Rick-ality
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS VR Title (Platinum)
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

An easy win for Rick and Morty, though Ace Combat 7 saw extensive write-in excitement.


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS VR Title (Gold)

Blood & Truth
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS VR Title (Silver)

Star Child
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Most Anticipated PS VR Title (Bronze)

Firewall Zero Hour
Honorable Mentions: Golem, Moss, The Inpatient

Editors’ Choice
Moss. Based on what I’ve played of Polyarc’s tiny, huge VR adventure, it strikes a perfect balance of old-school platforming action and an immersive virtual reality wow-factor. Plus, Quill is the cutest lil’ hero I’ve seen in years. Gimme!
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
The Inpatient. Part of what made Until Dawn so tantalizingly creepy were the sequences taking part in an old abandoned asylum. Now you’re telling me I get to play a fully-realized prequel set in that very asylum, and in VR? Sign me up.
— Kristen Titus // SIEA Social Media
Firewall Zero Hour. A no-brainer. This back-to-basics 4v4 FPS is an electrifying VR experience, especially when paired with the PS VR Aim Controller. It will appeal hugely to fans of Rainbow Six and the old SWAT games.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Blood & Truth. I’ll never forget The London Heist: it was the very first PS VR demo I tried, and still stands up as one of the most immersive and action-packed PS VR experiences out there. Blood & Truth takes the fundamentals they explored in that demo and fleshes them out into a full-length game, and I could not be more excited.
— Zac Minor // SIEA Social Media
Studio of the Year
Guerrilla Games
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Studio of the Year (Platinum)
Guerrilla Games

Though Guerrilla Games and Sledgehammer dominated voting, we saw a strong write-in showing in support of Naughty Dog (who won the Platinum in this category last year).


PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Studio of the Year (Gold)

Sledgehammer Games
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Studio of the Year (Silver)

Capcom
PlayStation Blog Game of the Year 2017 - Studio of the Year (Bronze)

PlatinumGames
Honorable Mentions: Atlus, Ninja Theory, Arkane Studios

Editors’ Choice
Guerrilla Games. I’ve never seen an established studio pivot so radically, or so successfully. Horizon feels like the beginning of an entirely new chapter for the veteran studio.
— Sid Shuman // SIEA Social Media
Supergiant Games. This small, San Francisco-based studio exudes pure heart in their work in a way no other developer does. Pyre, their newest, is the culmination of the studio’s expertise thus far, marrying music, story, and visuals with a truly unique approach to gameplay. If you’re not familiar with Supergiant yet, you should be.
— Justin Massongill // SIEA Social Media
Square Enix. Our colleagues at Square Enix made a tremendous impact last year. Not only did they publish the riveting and critically acclaimed Nier: Automata, but the team behind Final Fantasy XIV continues to define world-class MMO development. The launch of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood thrust the game in a new direction, with awe-inspiring villains and an overhaul of the combat system. Spectacular.
— Ryan Clements// SIEA Social Media

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  • Rigged much…! Horizon was an ok game, one that didnt have what it takes to make me want to see it through…

  • I have a question, what would be the category for a game that released at an earlier date for PC or Xbox One, but then got a port to consoles? Like The Hunter Call of the Wild? Or (I know this was a while ago), Rise of the Tomb Raider? Can a game like that be considered for awards for the current year?

  • Glad Horizon won so many awards…it deserved more than any game before it minus Witcher.

    But I must say what a shame Sony…was it really needed to rig the poll to put CoD on 2nd best PS4 game and sledgehammer as 2nd best studio??…this is unbelievable,I thought the stupid amount of advertising y’all do for CoD was way past the annoyiing point of enough.Damn this was too ridiculous…doubt anyone voted for CoD or sledgehammer even CoD die-hard fans know that both dont deserve a single mention on any award.

  • Flava_dave213

    Mighty No. 9!!!!! Hahahaha

  • Guerrilla Games deserves all these trophies which has won. I’m really excited about their next games. Should it be Killzone?

  • Horizon Zero Dawn was good but not my type of game i go for Persona 5 or Nier

  • ennyire jó volna a HORIZON ÉN MONDJUK NEM JÁTSZOTTAM VELE ÍGY ÍTÉLKEZNI SEM FOGOK,DE AZ AZ ÉRZÉSEM,HOGY NEKEM NEM JÖN BE.

  • ChaseHammerJ

    You know Vita is dead when all the games for best of the year are all crappy Indy titles

  • “Best PS4 Game”

    Horizon Zero Dawn very good game, other too aren’t bad, but! Where NieR:Automata??? Very interesting game, even more than one of the best last year!

  • Why is Destiny 2 on here for any category?

    • King_Zalith

      I ferl that even though the game has fallen short to most peoples expectations, the categories that Destiny 2 were in were well deserved. If you played the game you would agree that the soundtrack is artfully created, that the visuals of the game are rather stunning and that the individual guns look just that. They don’t just stamp different names on their gear, they make it visually unique. The crucible is not great, but you need to remember that there are other multiplayer aspects of the game that make up for it a bit.
      I don’t believe it is fair to criticize the whole game and pass the blanket judgement that it is garbage. Don’t get me wrong, from the beginning I gelt that D2 was lacking. That shouldn’t put blinders on for what they did well. I believe the artists and mussicians of Destiny 2 deserve the recognition they got.

  • Personally I found Horizon to be almost unplayable, wasn’t that much fun either. Then again I’ve said the same about Zelda. There has to be something wrong with me I guess.

    But the one thing I know I’m right about and everyone else is wrong about is the audio awards, nothing beats NieR:Automata in that area, nothing has previously and probably nothing in the future ever will.

    I’m willing to accept differences on the GOTY thing but the audio thing I just think looks massively suspect.

    • I agree with you that there is no way Horizon Zero Dawn Music is better than Nier Automata Heck not Persona 5 ‘s

  • I am so happy that horizon won all the awards it deserves it best game ever I really hope they make a sequel in the future thank you guerilla games for making such a masterpiece stick to this franchise its really paid off.

  • Farpaoint is the BEST VR game and here is why:
    1: It isn’t just some silly playful VR game like 95% of them are.
    2:The VR isn’t Optional like RE7 it is strickly a VR game.
    3:You can actually walk and run unlike other strickly VR games where your only option is to teleport, which is entirely unconventional, not counting Arizona Sunshin which has walk/run and teleport.
    4: The Aim Controller has thumbsticks that works to move and turn unlike the motion controllers.
    5:The AIM controller makes the game itself very immersive because you hold a gun-like controller aim aim and pull a trigger which is exactly how it works in game and shoot things. They have VS PVP now, shooting your friends is extremely hilarious and fun, which is why many fps are so popular. Only now you can do it without aiming with a thumbstick, which I hate and is less convenient than point and shoot or compared to the RE7, the target reticle is in the center wherever you move you face/point of view whereas in Farpoint i can shoot while look to my light or right for more enemies.

    Y’all need to step up your game with these VR games

  • kagatoASUKA89

    I’m super disappointed in this list Persona 5, and Nier Automata got shafted however the person who was absolutely robbed in this list is Melina Juergens shes a no name video editor who turned in easily one of the best performances this year with her role of Senua being shafted to give Ashly Burch yet another award. Other than that Nier Automata deserved best story hands down.

  • I didn’t get to vote! Why did I not get an email asking me to vote on this, I am signed up for emails!!! WTH???

  • This is a great example of why I don’t take this kind of list seriously. For most of the games on these lists, their popularity was clearly a much more significant factor in their being chosen than their actual relevance to the list. Best story stands out the most considering 2017 was the year of Danganronpa V3 (in English), the second and third Utawarerumono (in English), and Undertale (on PS). The only list here that I somewhat agreed with was best PS Vita game.

    • I agree. This list was a joke. The only one I agreed on was Hell Blade being best independent game of 2017.

  • What Remains of Edith Finch was hands-down, the best game of the year for me. It was shockingly good storytelling and amazingly fun. I loved it. The Witness comes close behind for best puzzle game.

  • Congratulations to all.
    Horizon Zero Dawn really deserved everything it got.
    Congrats to it and Guerilla Games. What a wonderful game and story. What a great company and great work!

  • I’m honestly disappointed by this years winners.. actually winner.

    I’m go ahead and swing it but I think the only reason HZD won in so many categories is because it was an playstation exclusive that was heavily marketed. No way in hell did HZD had a better art style than Persona 5. Graphically, yea. Art style and graphics are two different things.

    Best multiplayer game went to WW2.. seriously? The player base has dropped tremendously on that game majority of WW2 streamers and players moved on to fortnite. There are 1.3m+ people playing fortnite daily whereas there are less than 200,000 playing WW2..

    So I’m actually intrigued to see which group of people voted for these overrated titles.

  • I think horizon zero dawn was pretty deserving, it was really well made and had a great overall story and gameplay. I’m really surprised at the best multiplayer choices though, I mean I see WWII but it didn’t get as much rave as Rainbow Six siege really got in its prime. I realize cod is a big franchise and all but I feel rainbow should’ve been up there, just an opinion.

  • How the hell did Fortnite beat Destiny. I guess there’s more kids playing Fortnite then adults playing Destiny?

    • I’m 21 years old. I was so excited for Destiny 2 even before I heard of fortnite.

      And I can tell you once thing. Fortnite battle royale is FAR superior than Destiny 2.

  • The most anticipated game is TLOU Part 2

  • I’m Really happy !!!! Horizon the best game 2017 Congratulations Guerrilla , I hope more adventures with Aloy

  • JCSmooth305

    I’m really happy I have never played that trash horizon game and really happy I still never will and even more happier that my preferences NEVER reflect the brain dead community that is NA Sony fans. Why I stick to jap PSN a lot smarter people in that crowd. Can’t wait for Hokuto Ga Gotoku in March already got mine preordered and good to go. That’s already my game of the year for 2018 cause I don’t know how u can mess up Hokuto no ken meets Yakuza that spells win win win every time.

  • JCSmooth305

    Because of how brain dead the NA crowd is I mean let’s be real then based on these pathetic and predictable results (just picking up hype feats not actually good games) u May as well just say what’s going to be next y are game of the year and that god of war and not because it will be good and it’s not even out yet just purely because NA are brain dead and pick NOTHING but hype feats not actual good games lol so without that game even being out yet and seeing these results i’ll Tell u right now god of war will be game of the year for 2018 n that’s sad lol NA community is so bad

    • JCSmooth305

      Sorry for typos on a phone and it auto corrects many of the feats bs is supposed to be fests

  • Brendanator888

    So… does The Last of Us part II not count on most anticipated. It won at the game awards and not even a mention on here.

  • Horizon Zero Dawn became my most played game the moment I got so of course I had to vote for it. It has my full attention with the story pulling me in to find out more as I progress. Overall not bad.

  • lpalcantara

    There’s too much HZD fluffing here. Yes, it’s an excellent game but there are other games more deserving of a win in certain categories. Though, as this was largely a popularity contest, I am not surprised.

  • GATO509YAKTOWN

    Call of duty ww2 is the best ps4 game for 2017 and 2018 yeaaaaaa

  • Chicken_Pharaoh

    The best games of the year were definitely PS exclusives…but HZD’s story doesn’t even belong in the Best Story conversation imo. It was just an okay story that happened in between amazing gameplay. I’d give Best Story to P5 or anything on the list but HZD.

    Either way, keep up the awesome exclusives! HZD and P5 blew me away, and gave 2017 some real gaming magic.

  • Glad footnote got a award

  • omaralhashmi2006

    WHY NOT BATTLEFIELD 1

  • Sad to see that Battle Chasers Nightwar isnt anywhere on the list of winners or honorable mentions… clearly a better game than most of the cookie cutter winners.

  • What am missing with HZD? I just don’t see why there is such a big response to this project. I have it, I’ve played maybe 2-3 hours of it. And I just do not have a good opinion of it. Anybody, do I need to finish this thing?

    • You have a real masterpiece sitting in your games rack. Ignore the hype and awards, ignore everybody else’s opinion (including mine) and play it through. The game does start shining halfway in due to the plot and story. The gameplay becomes more complex and every small quest more rewarding, story wise.

  • dethbagdarrel666

    Really don’t think horizon should have got best post release content. Absolutely loved the game but the dlc was basically the exact same story on a different map. Was pretty irritated that I spent money on the dlc just to play the same story again.

  • XxDopeBeast72xX

    YOOOO!!!! WHERE FOR HONOR AT THO?!!! That’s like the best game ever and not one award awarded. That’s sad;(

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn was a surprise for me as a fan of Guerilla Games and the Killzone series. So it was with great joy that this game ended up being a master class of game development and that pivotal title that affirms a consoles existence. This is the title most owners will point to as the PS4s must have title much like Metal Gear Solid 4 on the PS3 and then later The Last Of Us..

    There’s one thing that Sony does better than anyone on the planet and that is cultivate studios who make content which defines and redefines gaming culture. Well done Sony and Guerilla Games.

    2018 is shaping up to be a monster year for the PS4 led by my most anticipated PS4 game of them all GOD OF WAR.

    Happy gaming fellow Playstationers.

  • houstonsports713

    No love or mention of MLB the show? This game is unbelievable and should be the only baseball game ever. Also it gets better every year unlike madden where most of the time they dont,change much to improve the game. Yes Fifa is an awesome game as well but at least mention MLB the show

  • killorbkill27

    I’ve been out of the gaming world for years and purchase the PS4 pro w the VR purchase a dozen games and none had me hook till I got Horizon. Now my love for gaming has return and a game that takes advantage of the power of 4K resolution I have reached Nirvana

  • Bigsword1955

    The year 2020 is almost upon us…wow. How about Holodeck gaming. I never considered we would see the year 2020, what will games be like then, amazing I do hope…8)

  • I didn’t expect much from HZD and it absolutely blew me away… Then I decided to give AC:O a go because I hadn’t played an AC since Black Flag a few years back. And I was blown away AGAIN. 2017 was a great year to have a PS4. I have a feeling 2018 will be the same.

  • MLB The Show is the best sports game by far for me

  • Diseased_Liver

    Most overrated game of 2017 – Horizon Zero Dawn. I might try giving the game another try years from now but good lord, I lasted 5 minutes after she tried finding rost/rust/rast whatever his name was. It was Rise of the Tomb Raider with Batman’s detective mode. And the story… hopefully it gets better but it felt like I was reading something Azimov scribbled on a napkin after drinking a bottle of absinthe.

  • Thelast_Musashi

    What .there isn’t battlefield 1 in multiplayer tops? just a shame

  • Horizon Zero Dawn literally overtook this year. Persona 5 deserves a little more this time around, but I digress. It was a good year that Uncharted did NOT overtake this charts xDD

  • novazolaris

    Im’so glad with the results.
    Horizon its the game i enjoy the most in ps4 so far im playing forzen wilds right now and its still amazing.

  • waterblast861

    Where the hell was watframe? Did it really not win best add on? It had plains of epsilon, chains of harrow Octavia’s anthem, new cosmetics every update, and it’s not even in bronze? Something tells me these results were biased. HEAVILY, HEAVILY, BIASED

  • DanielSalas_98

    Definetly Horizon Zero Dawn owned the title “Best PlayStation Exclusive” with pride, a game that will not be forgotten in the future,i really love the game with all my heart, and the DLC is awesome as well.

  • Stampy31301

    I can’t wait to play far cry 5 pre ordered it a while ago and it sucks that it got delayed to march

  • mankarthurmank

    Tom Clancy Rainbow Seige Six (best game) first person )

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