GAME OF THE YEAR
Maybe it was its immersive gameplay, or its gripping story... its well-crafted characters, immaculate design, or addictive multiplayer. Whatever the reason, the winner of this year's Game of the Year Award is an instant classic.
VR GAME OF THE YEAR
The VR Game of the Year isn't merely masquerading as regular reality. This game improves on reality, taking advantage of the medium of VR and pushing the boundaries of the virtual realm.
LABOR OF LOVE
This game has been out for a while. The team is well past the debut of their creative baby, but being the good parents they are, these devs continue to nurture and support their creation. This game, to this day, is still getting new content after all these years.
BETTER WITH FRIENDS
There are some games out there that just aren't the same when you play by yourself. Maybe you need to have a friend to watch your back. Maybe you need to have a friend that you can stab in their back. Either way, fun is awaiting those who gather friends together play this game.
OUTSTANDING VISUAL STYLE
Visual style doesn't aspire to real-world graphical fidelity (though a noble goal in itself)… it describes a distinctive look and feel that suffuses an entire game.
MOST INNOVATIVE GAMEPLAY
The designers of this game are at the front lines of creative experimentation, bringing a fresh perspective and brain-breaking surprises. This game delighted, inspired and entertained with newness never played before.
BEST GAME YOU SUCK AT
This is the game that rewards persistence, and is not for the faint of heart. It's the toughest game we've ever loved.
This unsung hero deserves to be recognized for its outstanding musical score. It's the OST with the MOST!
OUTSTANDING STORY-RICH GAME
Some days, only a narrative-heavy game will hit the spot, and this one packs a wallop. It's as gripping as any soap opera, and as well-tuned as a prestige-TV screenplay. Bravissimo -- for making us feel things!
SIT BACK AND RELAX
This game is the antidote to a busy day. It's smooth, it's relaxing, it lets your worries melt away. This game is your moment of zen.
BEST GAME ON THE ROAD AWARD
This game was so good that you wanted to play it everywhere. You played! Luckily, everything that made this game playable at your desk all the time made it even better on-the-go.