List of Game of the Year awards

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This article is about Game of the Year awards awarded to video games. For Game of the Year awards awarded to board games, see List of Game of the Year awards (board games).

Game of the Year (abbreviated GotY) is a title awarded by various websites, and shows to a deserving game. Many publications award a single "Game of the Year" to a single title that they feel represents the pinnacle of gaming achievement that year. Many games will release a "Game of the Year" edition after winning any of these awards, usually containing all the updates, downloadable content (DLC) and occasionally other extras such as a soundtrack.

Video game specific publications[edit]

Annual GOTY[edit]

One game is voted annually by gamers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Dreamcast, Linux, Mac OS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, Windows Epic Games, Digital Extremes
2000 Diablo II Hack and Slash Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X Blizzard North
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved First-person shooter Xbox, Windows, Mac OS X Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942 First-person shooter Windows, Mac OS Digital Illusions CE
2003 Call of Duty First-person shooter N-Gage, Windows, Mac OS X Infinity Ward
2004 Halo 2 First-person shooter Xbox, Windows Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror, Third-person shooter Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows Infinity Ward
2008 Fable II Action RPG, Sandbox Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Third-person shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action RPG Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2 Action RPG, First-Person Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3, Linux Gearbox Software
2013 The Last of Us Third-person shooter Playstation 3 Naughty Dog

Crash[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Developer
1984 Daley Thompson's Decathlon[1] Sports Ocean Software
1985 Elite[2] Space Simulation Acornsoft
1986 Starglider[3] Space Simulation Argonaut Games
1987 Driller[4] Puzzle Incentive Software
1989 Batman – The Movie[5] Platformer Sunsoft
1990 Robocop 2[6] Platformer Data East

Edge[edit]

The winners of the Edge Game of the Year are chosen by Edge editors.[7]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1987 Tetris[8] Puzzle Elektronika 60, MS-DOS, Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Windows Alexey Pajitnov, Bullet Proof Software
1991 Street Fighter II[8] Fighting Arcade, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Virtual Console Capcom
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[8] Action-Adventure Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1994 Super Metroid[8] (Side-Scrolling) Platform-Adventure Super Nintendo, Virtual Console Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[8] (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1996 Super Mario 64[8] Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007[8] (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64, Virtual Console Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
[8]
Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[8] (First-Person) Shooter Xbox, Windows, Xbox 360 Bungie
2003 Metroid Prime (First-Person) Action-Adventure Nintendo GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2004 Half-Life 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Linux Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Square Enix
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2009 Borderlands Action RPG, FPS PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Gearbox Software
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft
2012 Dishonored (First-Person) Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Rockstar Games

Electronic Games[edit]

Along with the Arcade Awards announced by Electronic Games magazine each year, it also held a regular reader poll for the most popular games among its readers in each issue, from May 1982 to January 1985.[9] The games that topped these polls the most in each year are listed here.

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

Famitsu[edit]

The Grand Prize winners of the annual Famitsu Awards, voted by the magazine's readers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2004 Monster Hunter Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Capcom
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Capcom
Kingdom Hearts II Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Square Enix
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Square Enix
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Role-Playing Game Nintendo DS Game Freak
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable Capcom
2008 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable Capcom
2009 Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[10] Role-Playing Game Nintendo DS Level-5
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 Square Enix
2011 Monster Hunter Tri G[11] Action Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Capcom Production Studio 1
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Life simulation Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
Greatest Games (Pre-2004)[12]
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1985 Super Mario Bros. (Side-Scrolling) Platformer NES, Famicom Disk System, Arcade, SNES, GBC, GBA, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1986 Dragon Quest Role-Playing Game NES, SNES, GBC, Mobile, Wii Chunsoft
1987 Dragon Quest II Role-Playing Game NES, SNES, GBC, Mobile, Wii Chunsoft
1988 Dragon Quest III Role-Playing Game NES, SNES, GBC, Mobile, Wii Chunsoft
1989 Mother Role-Playing Game Famicom, Game Boy Advance Nintendo, Ape
1990 Final Fantasy III Role-Playing Game NES, WonderSwan Color, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, iOS Squaresoft
1991 Final Fantasy IV Role-Playing Game SNES, PlayStation, WonderSwan Color, GBA, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, PSP Squaresoft
1992 Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Role-Playing Game Super Famicom, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS Chunsoft
1993 Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (Real-Time) Strategy Role-Playing Game SNES, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Virtual Console Quest
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-Playing Game SNES, PlayStation, GBA, Virtual Console, PSN Squaresoft
1995 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (Turn-Based) Tactical Role-Playing Game Super Famicom, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Virtual Console, PSP Quest
1996 Sakura Wars (Turn-Based) Tactical Role-Playing Game, (Adventure) Visual Novel Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Windows, PS2, PSP, i-mode Sega
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
1998 Machi (Adventure) Visual Novel Sega Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable Chunsoft
1999 Final Fantasy VIII Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
2000 Dragon Warrior VII Role-Playing Game PlayStation Heartbeat, ArtePiazza
2001 Final Fantasy X
Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Squaresoft
2002 Sakura Taisen 3 ~Pari wa Moeteiru ka~ (Turn-Based) Tactical Role-Playing Game, (Adventure) Visual Novel Dreamcast, Windows, PlayStation 2 Sega
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Square Enix

Game Informer[edit]

The winners of the Game Informer Game of the Year are chosen by Game Informer editors. During their first years of publication they would give awards for the best game on each console available at the time, occasionally giving an award to the overall best game of the year.[13]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1992 Street Fighter II Fighting Arcade, Super Nintendo Capcom
1993 Mortal Kombat Fighting Arcade, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis Midway Games, Acclaim Entertainment
1996 Super Mario 64 3D Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-Playing Game PlayStation, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Super Smash Bros. Fighting Nintendo 64, Wii

HAL Laboratory, Inc.

2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Extreme Sports Dreamcast, PlayStation, Windows Neversoft
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty[14] Stealth, Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows Konami
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo
2007 BioShock Shooter Windows, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3 2K Boston/2K Australia
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Open World, Action Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Mass Effect 3 Shooter: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U BioWare
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
Greatest Games (Pre-1996)[15]
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1981 Galaga Shoot 'Em Up Arcade, Atari 7800, Famicom Disk System, NES, Game Boy, GameTap, MSX, SG-1000, TRS-80, iOS, 3DS, Roku, N64, NDS, PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, Windows, PSP, PlayStation, Dreamcast, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii Namco
1982 Ms. Pac-Man Maze Arcade, Mini-Arcade, Atari 2600/5200/7800, Atari 8-bit, CD-i, Game Boy Color, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS Namco, General Computer Corp., Midway
1983 Lode Runner Platformer Apple II, VIC-20, C64, PC booter, Spectrum, Atari XL/XE, SG-1000, XBLA, Windows, iPod, Macintosh, VC, PSN, BBC Micro, Lynx, PSone, NES, SNES, Amstrad Brøderbund
1984 Excitebike Racing NES, NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, Arcade, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Virtual Console, Nintendo eShop Nintendo R&D1
1985 Super Mario Bros. (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom Disk System, Arcade, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1986 The Legend of Zelda
Action-Adventure: Open World Famicom Disk System, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1987 Contra (Run & Gun) Shooter Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX2, Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore 64, DOS, PS2, XBLA, NDS, Virtual Console, Mobile, PSN Konami
1988 Bionic Commando Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System Capcom
1989 Mega Man 2 (Run & Gun) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Mobile, Virtual Console, iOS, PlayStation Store Capcom
1990 Super Mario Bros. 3 (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcade, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1991 Street Fighter II Fighting Arcade, SNES, Sega Genesis, Master System, Amiga, Atari ST, C64, Spectrum, PC, Game Boy, PlayStation, Saturn, PSP, iOS, PS2, Xbox, Virtual Console Capcom
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1993 Doom (First-Person) Shooter DOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, SNES, Jaguar, 32X, PlayStation, 3DO, Saturn, N64, GBA, Xbox, iOS id Software
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
1995 Chrono Trigger Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Mobile, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, iOS Squaresoft

GamePro[edit]

The winners of the GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro editors.[16] Since 2011, the winners of GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro TV.[17]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Windows Capcom
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Action PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PC Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle Platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Assassin's Creed II Third-person action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Assassin's Creed III Third-person action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Third-Person) Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Rockstar North

Games[edit]

The winners of the Games magazine Game of the Year are chosen by Games editors.[18] See Games 100.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1994 Myst Adventure Broderbund
1995 Virtual Pool Sports Interplay
1996 -
1997 Links LS Sports Access
1998 Obsidian Adventure SegaSoft/Rocket Science
1999 Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee Platformer PSX, Win95 GT Interactive
2000 PC: Half-Life
Console: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
FPS
Action-adventure
Win 95/98
N64
Valve Corporation
Nintendo
2001 The Sims Life sim PC, Mac Maxis/EA, Aspyr
2002 Black & White Simulation Electronic Arts
2003 Neverwinter Nights RPG PC Atari
2004 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure Nintendo
2005 City of Heroes MMORPG PC/Internet NC Soft
2006 Psychonauts Platformer PC/Xbox Majesco
2007 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Mobile phone Bethesda Game Studios
2008 BioShock Action-adventure PC/360 2K/Irrational
2009 Spore Life simulation PC/Mac EA/Maxis
2010 Batman: Arkham Asylum Action-adventure PC/360/PS3 Eidos Interactive
2011 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo
2012 Portal 2 Puzzler PC/360/PS3 Valve
2013 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 First-person shooter PC/360/PS3 Treyarch
2014 BioShock Infinite FPS 360/PS3/PC 2K/Irrational Games
  • Starting in 1996, awards were given the title of the coming year. Thus, the December 1995 issue awarded the "Game of the Year 1995", whereas the December 1996 issue awarded the "Game of the Year 1997".

GamesTM[edit]

The title chosen by GamesTM as the year's best game.[19]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD
2009 Demon's Souls Action RPG: Hack & Slash PlayStation 3 From Software
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD
2011 Dead Space 2 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Visceral Games
2012 Borderlands 2 First-person shooter Linux, Xbox 360, Windows, Playstation 3 Gearbox Software
2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Third-Person) Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Oh!X[edit]

Japanese PC game magazine Oh!X was active from 1982 to 1995. Game of the Year awards were handed out to the following games.[20]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1986 Wibarm (Third-Person) Role-Playing Shooter PC-88, PC-98, X1, MZ, FM-7, MS-DOS Arsys Software
1987 Reviver: The Real-Time Adventure Adventure PC-88, X1, MZ, MSX2 Arsys Software
1988 Star Cruiser (First-Person) Role-Playing Shooter, Space Flight Simulator PC-88, PC-98, X1, Mega Drive Arsys Software
1989 Knight Arms: The Hybrid Framer Shooter Sharp X68000 Arsys Software

Omni[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1982 Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds[21] Role-Playing Game Apple II Sir-Tech
1983 Pitfall![22] Platformer Atari 2600 Activision
1984 Boulder Dash[23] Action Atari 8-bit First Star Software
1990 Ys I & II[24] Action Role-Playing Game TurboGrafx-CD Nihon Falcom

Softalk[edit]

In 1981, Softalk held one of the first reader polls on popular home computer software, released up until 1980.[25]

Year Game Genre Platform(s)
1980 Super Invader Shoot 'Em Up Apple II

Video game specific websites[edit]

1UP.com[edit]

As of 2010, the winners of 1UP's Game of the Year are chosen by the editors. (In 2009, they also revealed their picks in the Reader's Choice Awards). For the Reader's Choice, see the Reader and gamer polls GOTY Section below.[26]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[27] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[28] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[29] Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2012 (Not chosen)[30] - - -

Readers choice[edit]

In addition to the editor's picks, 1UP.com also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTYs. Until 2010, this was considered their primary Game of the Year.[26]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure, Third-person shooter, Sandbox PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox Rockstar Games
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror, Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Halo 3 First-person shooter Xbox 360 Bungie
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[31] Stealth Action PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[32] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops[28] (First-Person) Shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Treyarch

Crispy Gamer[edit]

The winners of the Crispy Gamer Game of the Year are chosen by the Crispy Gamer Game Trust.[33]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 BioShock Shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X 2K Boston/2K Australia
2008 Fallout 3[34] Action RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[35] Action/adventure Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Rocksteady Studios

Eurogamer (UK)[edit]

The winners of the Eurogamer (UK) Game of the Year are chosen by Eurogamer (UK) editors.[36]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Dreamcast, Linux, Mac OS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, Windows Epic Games, Digital Extremes
2000 Deus Ex Action RPG PlayStation 2, Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows DMA Design
2002 Ico Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, Mac OS Rockstar North, Rockstar Vienna
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Valve Corporation
2005 Psychonauts Platform game Xbox, PlayStation 2, Windows Double Fine Productions
2006 Guitar Hero Music video game PlayStation 2 Harmonix Music Systems
2007 Portal Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle Platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure, Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 RPG Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 Fez Puzzle, Platformer Xbox 360 Polytron Corporation
2013 Super Mario 3D World Platformer Wii U Nintendo

GameFAQs[edit]

GameFAQs' annual Game of the Year is chosen by its readers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Final Fantasy VIII[37] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Square
2000 Final Fantasy IX[38] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, PlayStation Network Square
2001 Final Fantasy X[39] Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Square
2002 Metroid Prime[40] (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker[41] Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[42] Open World Action PlayStation 2, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4[43] Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[44] Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[45] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl[46] Fighting Wii HAL Laboratory, Inc
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[47] (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[48] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[49] Action RPG: Open World Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[50] Action RPG: (First-Person Shooter) Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Gearbox Software
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[51] Action-Adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
Greatest Games (Pre-2001)[52]
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1980 Pac-Man Maze Chase Arcade Namco
1985 Super Mario Bros. (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1986 Metroid (Side-Scrolling) Platform-Adventure Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
1987 The Legend of Zelda Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1989 Tetris Puzzle Game Boy Alexey Pajitnov, Bullet Proof Software
1990 Super Mario World (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Super Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure Super Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Sonic Team
1993 Doom (First-Person) Shooter MS-DOS id Software
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo Entertainment System Squaresoft
1995 Chrono Trigger Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo Entertainment System Squaresoft
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 Final Fantasy VII
(Best Game Ever)[52][53]
Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
(Best Game Ever)[54]
Action-Adventure, Open World Nintendo 64, GameCube, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
1999 Final Fantasy VIII[37] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Square
2000 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
(Game of the Decade)[55]
Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64, GameCube, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD

Gamasutra[edit]

The winners of the Gamasutra Game of the Year are chosen by Gamasutra editors.[56]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports game Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Portal Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3 RPG PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Role-Playing Game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X BioWare, Edge of Reality
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 Portal 2[57] Puzzle Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Valve Corporation

GameRankings[edit]

GameRankings ranks games according to an average of their review score across multiple sources. The highest for each year are:[58]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1988 Phantasy Star II Role-Playing Game Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, iOS Sega
1989 Tetris Puzzle Game Boy Bullet Proof Software
1990 Gargoyle's Quest Platformer Game Boy Capcom
1991 Super Mario World[59] (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo EAD
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure Super NES, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Action-Adventure Game Boy, Game Boy Color Nintendo EAD
1994 Super Metroid Action-Adventure Super NES, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1995 Chrono Trigger Role-Playing Game Super NES, PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, iOS Squaresoft
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007 (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64 Rare, Nintendo
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, iQue Player, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur Fighting: Hack & Slash Dreamcast, Namco System 12, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade Namco
2000 Metal Gear Solid Stealth: Action-Adventure Game Boy Color Tose
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved (First-Person) Shooter Xbox, Windows Bungie Studios
2002 Metroid Prime (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2004 Half-Life 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3 Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure Wii, Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Rockstar North Ltd.
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2011 Batman: Arkham City Action-Adventure: Brawler, Stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC Rocksteady Studios
2012 Persona 4 Golden Role-playing video game: Social simulation game PlayStation Vita Atlus
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North Ltd.

† The Xbox release of Grand Theft Auto Double Pack scored slightly higher than The Wind Waker but was a re-release of both GTA3 & Vice City, which came out in 2001/2002.

  • Prior to 2001, GameRankings statistics are somewhat more patchy, with fewer games making the 20 review cut off. The threshold has been set to a minimum of 10 reviews for titles released between 1992 and 2000, 8 reviews for 1993, and 5 reviews for titles before 1992.

GamesRadar[edit]

GamesRadar holds a Platinum Chalice Awards feature each year, as part of that, the Game of the Year chosen by the editors are:[60]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1985 Super Mario Bros.
(Best Game of All Time)[8]
(Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom Disk System, Arcade, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1987 Tetris[8] Puzzle Elektronika 60, MS-DOS, Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Windows Alexey Pajitnov, Bullet Proof Software
1990 Super Mario Bros. 3[8] (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcade, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1992 Street Fighter II Turbo[8] Fighting Arcade, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network, Xbox 360 Capcom
1993 Doom[8] (First-Person) Shooter DOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, SNES, Jaguar, 32X, PlayStation, 3DO, Saturn, N64, GBA, Xbox, iOS id Software
1994 Super Metroid[8] (Side-Scrolling) Platform-Adventure Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
1995 Chrono Trigger[8] Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Mobile, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, iOS Squaresoft
1996 Civilization II[8] (Turn-Based) Strategy Windows, Mac OS, PlayStation MicroProse
1997 GoldenEye 007[8] (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64, Virtual Console Rare
1998 Metal Gear Solid[8] Stealth PlayStation, Windows, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation Network Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
2000 Resident Evil Code: Veronica[8] Survival Horror Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Capcom Production Studio 4, Nextech, Sega
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[8] Action-Adventure Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[8] Action-Adventure: Open World PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Team Ico
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[61] Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 The Orange Box[62] (First-Person) Shooter, Puzzle PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3[63] RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[64] Action-adventure: Beat 'em up, Stealth PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption[65] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar North
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 The Walking Dead Point-and-click adventure game Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game Playstation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Game Revolution[edit]

The winner of the Game Revolution Community Choice Game of the Year award, but in 2013 the editors chose the Game of the Year.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2011 Dark Souls[66] (Action) Role-Playing Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows From Software
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

GameSpot[edit]

The winners of the GameSpot Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpot editors.[67]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2002 Metroid Prime[68] (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[69] Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo
2004 World of Warcraft[70] MMORPG Windows, Mac OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2005 Resident Evil 4[71] Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows Capcom
2006 Gears of War[72] Tactical Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[73] Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[74] Stealth Action PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Demon's Souls[75] Action RPG: Hack & Slash PlayStation 3 From Software
2010 Red Dead Redemption[76] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[77] Role-playing game Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[78] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[79] Action-adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo
  • From 1996 to 2001, console and PC awards were selected separately. There were no console awards given pre-1998.

PC

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Diablo[80] Action RPG: Hack and Slash Windows, Mac OS Blizzard North
1997 Total Annihilation[81] Real-time strategy Windows, Mac OS Cavedog Ent.
1998 Grim Fandango[82] Adventure Windows LucasArts
1999 EverQuest[83] MMORPG Windows Sony Online Entertainment
2000 The Sims[84] Life simulation game Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2001 Serious Sam: The First Encounter[85] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Linux Croteam

Console

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[86] Action-Adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 SoulCalibur[87] Fighter Dreamcast Namco
2000 Chrono Cross[88] RPG PlayStation Square Co.
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[89] Open World Action PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
Greatest Games (Pre-1998)
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1985 Commando[8] (Run & Gun) Shooter Arcade, C64, Amstrad, MSX, Spectrum, Intellivision, Atari 2600/7800, Amiga, NES, Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, PC, PS2, Xbox, PSP, Virtual Console Capcom
1986 Dragon Warrior[8] Role-Playing Game Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX, NEC PC-9801, Sharp X68000, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Color, Mobile Chunsoft
1987 Tetris[8] Puzzle Elektronika 60, MS-DOS, Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Windows Alexey Pajitnov, Bullet Proof Software
1988 King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella[8] (Graphic) Adventure MS-DOS, Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari ST Sierra Entertainment
1991 Street Fighter II[8] Fighting Arcade, SNES, Sega Genesis, Master System, Amiga, Atari ST, C64, Spectrum, PC, Game Boy, PlayStation, Saturn, PSP, iOS, PS2, Xbox, Virtual Console Capcom
1992 Virtua Racing[8] (Arcade) Racing Arcade, Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Saturn, PlayStation 2 Sega AM2
1993 Doom[8] (First-Person) Shooter DOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, SNES, Jaguar, 32X, PlayStation, 3DO, Saturn, N64, GBA, Xbox, iOS id Software
1996 Super Mario 64[8] Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1997 Final Fantasy VII
(Best Game of All Time)[8]
Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network Square Product Development Division 1

Readers choice[edit]

In addition to the editor's picks, GameSpot also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTY.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2004 Halo 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Action: (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC Infinity Ward
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Stealth: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[90] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty[91] (Real-Time) Strategy Windows Blizzard Entertainment
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[91] (Action) Role-Playing Game PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3[92] (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
Pre-2004
Year Console Handheld PC
2000 Chrono Cross[93] Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Max Payne
2002 GameCube: Metroid Prime
PlayStation 2: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Xbox: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Metroid Fusion Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
2003 GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
PlayStation 2: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Xbox: Grand Theft Auto Double Pack
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Call of Duty

GameSpy[edit]

The winners of the GameSpy Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpy editors.[94]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Dreamcast, Linux, Mac OS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, Windows Epic Games, Digital Extremes
2000 Deus Ex Action RPG PlayStation 2, Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime First-person adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic RPG Xbox, Windows BioWare
2004 Halo 2 First-person Shooter Windows, Xbox Bungie
2005 Civilization IV Turn-based strategy game, 4X Windows, Mac OS X Firaxis Games
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure Wii, Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC Infinity Ward
2008 Fallout 3 Post-Apocalyptic, RPG PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter, third-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-Based Strategy Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Firaxis Games

GameTrailers[edit]

The winners of the GameTrailers Game of the Year are chosen by GameTrailers editors.[95]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4[96] Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[97] Action-adventure Wii, Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[98] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[99] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North Ltd.
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[100] (First-Person) Shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[101] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception[102] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-Based Strategy Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Giant Bomb[edit]

The winners of the Giant Bomb Game of the Year are chosen by Giant Bomb editors.[103]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[104] Open World Action Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[105] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[106] Role-playing game Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[107] Role-playing game Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown[107] Turn-Based Strategy Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us[107] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

IGN[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[108] (First-Person) Shooter Xbox, Windows Bungie Studios
2002 Battlefield 1942[109] (First-Person) Shooter Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[110] Role-Playing Game Xbox, Windows BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[111] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3 Valve Corporation
2005 God of War[112] Action: Hack & Slash PlayStation 2 SCE Studios Santa Monica
2006 Ōkami[113] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Wii Clover Studio
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[114] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Fallout 3[115] Role-Playing Game Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[116] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[117] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, BioWare
2011 Portal 2 (First-Person) Puzzle Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure, survival horror PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
  • Pre-2001 awards were limited to specific platforms with no overall winner announced.
Year Console Handheld PC
1998 N64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
PSX: Metal Gear Solid
Baldur's Gate
2000 N64: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
PSX: Chrono Cross
Metal Gear Solid Deus Ex
Greatest Games (Pre-2000)[8]
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1981 Ms. Pac-Man[118] Maze Chase Arcade Namco, General Computer Corp., Midway
1982 Pitfall![119] Platformer Atari 2600/5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, Sega SG-1000 Activision
1983 Track & Field[119] Sports Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, MSX, NES, C64, Game Boy, Amstrad, Sharp X1, Spectrum, Mobile, NDS, XBLA Konami
1984 Excitebike[119] Racing NES, NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, Arcade, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Virtual Console, Nintendo eShop Nintendo R&D1
1985 Super Mario Bros.
(Side-Scrolling) Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom Disk System, Arcade, Super Nintendo, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1986 Tetris[120] Puzzle Elektronika 60, MS-DOS, Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Windows Alexey Pajitnov, Bullet Proof Software
1987 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!![119] Sports, Fighting Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console Nintendo R&D3
1988 Contra[119] (Run & Gun) Shooter Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX2, Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore 64, DOS, PS2, XBLA, NDS, Virtual Console, Mobile, PSN Konami
1989 Prince of Persia[119] (Cinematic) Platformer Apple II, Amiga, Amstrad, Atari ST, DOS, X68000, TurboGrafx-16, Master System, Sega CD, NES, Game Boy, SNES, Mega Drive, GBC Brøderbund
1990 Super Mario World[121] (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Super NES Nintendo EAD
1991 Final Fantasy IV Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo, PlayStation, WonderSwan Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, PlayStation Portable Squaresoft
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1993 NHL '94[118] Sports Sega Genesis / Mega Drive EA Canada, High Score Productions
1994 Super Metroid (Side-Scrolling) Platform-Adventure Super Nintendo, Virtual Console Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
1995 Chrono Trigger[118] Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo, PlayStation Squaresoft
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1997 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night[121] Action RPG: Platform-Adventure PlayStation, Sega Saturn Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
1999 SoulCalibur[119] Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade Namco

Readers choice[edit]

In addition to the editor's picks, IGN also hosts a poll for the Readers' GOTY. IGN, considered the world's largest gaming website, attracted 300,000 votes for its "Best of 2011" Readers' Choice awards.[122]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee Fighting GameCube HAL Laboratory, Inc
2002 Metroid Prime (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2004 Halo 2 (First-Person) Shooter Xbox Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Stealth Action PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[123] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[124] Action-Adventure Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft
2012 Borderlands 2[125] Action RPG/First-Person Shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Gearbox Software
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure, survival horror PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
Greatest Games (Pre-2002)[8][126]
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1992 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure Super Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1993 Super Metroid (Side-Scrolling) Platform-Adventure Super Nintendo, Virtual Console Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo, PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
1995 Chrono Trigger Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Mobile, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, iOS Squaresoft
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1997 Final Fantasy VII Template:Nowrap)[127] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Square Product Development Division 1
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
1999 SoulCalibur Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade Namco
2000 Perfect Dark (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64 Rare, Nintendo
2001 Shenmue II[128] Adventure: Open World Sega Dreamcast, Xbox Sega AM2

Joystiq[edit]

The winners of the Joystiq Game of the Year are chosen by Joystiq editors.[129]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 Gears of War Tactical Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2007 Portal Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 Fable II Action RPG, Sandbox Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 RPG Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Kotaku[edit]

Over the years, Kotaku has been refining how it selects its Game of the Year. Currently, it involves a debate which starts with the Kotaku editors determining the four most defendable candidates for the award. Editors are then given time to play all the games, and for each of the candidates, an appropriate editor is determined to make his case behind it in front of a panel who also raise questions. The results of these debates are given to the readers, who then also have the chance to make their own opinions felt. To make the final decision, the Kotaku staff members reexamine their arguments, and the winner is determined from a vote between the editors in late January.[130]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[131] Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[132] Open World, Action Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[133] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[134] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 Portal 2[135] Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown[136] Turn-Based Strategy Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Metacritic[edit]

The winners of the Metacritic Game of the Year are determined by the game with the highest score garnered from an average of weighted review scores from various sources. Each year, Metacritic announce the highest in an official award.[137]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, iQue Player, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007 (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64 Rare, Nintendo
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur Fighting: Hack & Slash Dreamcast Namco
2000 Perfect Dark (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64 Rare, Nintendo
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Sandbox game, Open World PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime Action-Adventure: (First-Person) Shooter GameCube, Wii Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-Adventure: Open World GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Half-Life 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Valve
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-Adventure Wii, Nintendo GameCube Nintendo
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Sandbox game Open World Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[138] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[139] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2011 Batman: Arkham City[140] Action-Adventure: Brawler, Stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC Rocksteady Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Point-and-click adventure game Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Sandbox game Open World PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Moby Games[edit]

The winners of the MobyGames Game of the Year are determined by the game with the highest average of review scores from various sources.[141]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1980 Adventure Action-Adventure Atari 2600 Atari
1981 Yars' Revenge Action game Atari 2600 Atari
1982 Ms. Pac-Man Action game Arcade, Atari 2600/5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64 Namco
1983 Frogger Action game Arcade, Atari 2600/5200 Konami
1984 Bruce Lee Action game ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Datasoft
1985 Marsport Action-Adventure Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum Gargoyle Games
1986 Zoids Action game ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Electric Dreams Software
1987 Head Over Heels Action, Puzzle ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC Ocean Software
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1989 Tetris Puzzle) Game Boy Bullet-Proof Software
1990 Wing Commander Action game Super NES Amiga Origin Systems
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Action-Adventure Super Nintendo Nintendo EAD
1992 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Platformer Sega Mega Drive / Sega Genesis, Virtual Console Sonic Team
1993 Super Mario All-Stars Platformer Super Nintendo Nintendo EAD
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-Playing Game Super Nintendo SquareSoft
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Platformer Super Nintendo Nintendo EAD
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64, Nintendo EAD
1997 Gran Turismo Driving game PlayStation Polyphony Digital
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 SoulCalibur Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade Namco
2000 Rayman 2: The Great Escape Platformer Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, iOS Ubisoft
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Sandbox game PlayStation 2 Rockstar Games
2002 Metroid Prime (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2003 Halo: Combat Evolved (First-Person) Shooter Xbox, Windows Bungie Studios
2004 Half-Life 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror, Third Person Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Sandbox game Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rockstar Games
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 World of Goo Puzzle Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, Wii 2D Boy
2011 Portal 2 (First-Person) Puzzle Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Stanley Parable First-Person Action-Adventure Windows Galactic Cafe

MMGN[edit]

MMGN's annual Community Game of the Year poll is 100% community driven. The semi-finals allow registered members to choose up to three games for each genre, and award up to nine points across the three games, but no more than 5 points for one game. The top 5 games from each genre with the most points are then added to final polls, where each member gets one vote per genre.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Red Dead Redemption Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar North
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[142] Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft
2012 Far Cry 3[143] (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us[144] (Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

ScrewAttack[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2009 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Stealth: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[145] Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft

Yahoo! Games[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[131] Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Fallout 3 Role-Playing Game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[133] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[134] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 Batman: Arkham City Action-Adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Point-and-click adventure game Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Polygon[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2012 The Walking Dead[146] Point-and-click adventure game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 Gone Home[147] Adventure, interactive fiction Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux The Fullbright Company

X-Play[edit]

The winners of the X-Play Game of the Year are chosen by X-Play editors.[148]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Role-Playing Game) Turn-Based Windows, Xbox Bioware
2004 Halo 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-Adventure Wii, Nintendo GameCube Nintendo
2007 BioShock[149] (First-Person) Shooter: Survival Horror Windows, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3 2K Boston/2K Australia
2008 Fable II[150] Action RPG: Sandbox Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[151] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[152] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[153] Action RPG: Open World Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[154] First-person shooter Xbox 360, Windows, Playstation 3, OS X Gearbox Software

Institutions and award shows[edit]

Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences[edit]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1997 (1st) GoldenEye 007[155] First Person Shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 (2nd) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[156] Action-adventure game Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 (3rd) SoulCalibur[157] Fighting Dreamcast Namco
2000 (4th) Diablo II[158] Hack and slash Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X Blizzard North
2001 (5th) Halo: Combat Evolved[159] First-person shooter Xbox, Windows, Mac OS X Bungie Studios
2002 (6th) Battlefield 1942[160] First-person shooter Windows 98, Mac OS Digital Illusions CE
2003 (7th) Call of Duty[161] First-person shooter N-Gage, Windows, OS X Infinity Ward
2004 (8th) Half-Life 2[162] First-person shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows Valve Corporation
2005 (9th) God of War[163] Action-adventure game PlayStation 2 SCE Studios Santa Monica
2006 (10th) Gears of War[164] Third-person shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2007 (11th) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[165] First person shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC Infinity Ward
2008 (12th) LittleBigPlanet[166] Platform game PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 (13th) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[167] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 (14th) Mass Effect 2 RPG Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 (15th) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim RPG PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 (16th) Journey Adventure Game PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 (17th) The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Arcade Awards / Electronic Gaming Awards[edit]

Main article: Electronic Games

The Arcade Awards, also known as the Arkie Awards, was one of the first video game awards, dating back to the golden age of arcade video games and lasting up until the North American video game industry crash. It was held since 1980 (for games released in 1979 and earlier) and were announced annually by Electronic Games magazine since 1981, covering several different platform categories.[9] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992.[168]

Year Arcade Standalone Console Computer
1979 (1st) Space Invaders
1980 (2nd) Asteroids Superman
1981 (3rd) Pac-Man Asteroids Star Raiders
1982 (4th) Tron Galaxian Demon Attack David's Midnight Magic
1983 (5th) Pole Position Q*bert Under 16K: Ms. Pac-Man
Over 16K: Lady Bug
Lode Runner
1984 (6th) Star Wars Zaxxon Space Shuttle Ultima III: Exodus
1992 (7th) Street Fighter II NHLPA Hockey '93
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

British Academy of Film and Television Arts[edit]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2002/3 Call of Duty[169] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2 Infinity Ward
2003/4 Half-Life 2[170] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox Valve Corporation
2005/6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter[171] Tactical Shooter Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Red Storm
2006/7 BioShock[172] (First-Person) Shooter: Survival Horror Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Irrational Games
2007/8 Super Mario Galaxy[173] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[174] Action-Adventure: Stealth Brawler Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[175] Action RPG: (Third-PersonShooter Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[176] Puzzle-platform game: (First-PersonShooter Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 Dishonored (First-Person) Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us Action-Adventure, Survival horror PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

GDC Game Developers Choice Awards[edit]

The Game Developers Choice Awards are chosen by registered game developers and unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2000 The Sims[177] Life simulation game Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[178] Open World Action PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox Rockstar North
2002 Metroid Prime[179] (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[180] RPG Xbox, Windows BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[181] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3 Valve Corporation
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[182] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Gears of War[183] Tactical Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2007 Portal[184] (First-Person) Puzzle-Platformer Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3[185] RPG PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[186] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[187] Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[187] RPG PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[187] Adventure Game PlayStation 3 thatgamecompany
2013 The Last Of Us[187] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Golden Joystick Awards[edit]

Main article: Golden Joystick Award

The Golden Joysticks are the second oldest gaming awards (after the Arcade Awards). The inaugural ceremony took place in 1982 in London's Berkeley Square.[188]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1983 Jetpac Shoot 'Em Up ZX Spectrum, Commodore VIC-20 Ultimate
1984 Knight Lore (Isometric) Platformer ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist Fighting Acorn Electron, Amstrad, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, C64, Spectrum Beam Software
1986 Gauntlet Hack & Slash Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, C64, MSX, ZX Spectrum Atari Games
1987 Out Run Racing Arcade, Sega Master System, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Spectrum, MSX Sega AM2
1988 8-bit Computer: Operation Wolf
16-bit Computer: Speedball
Console: Thunder Blade
(First-Person) Light-Gun Shooter
Sports
Flight Sim: (Third-Person) Rail Shooter
Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Amiga, Atari ST, DOS
Sega Master System
Taito Corporation
Bitmap Brothers
Sega
1992 Street Fighter II[189] Fighting Arcade, Super NES, Mega Drive, Amiga, Atari ST, C64, DOS, Spectrum Capcom
2002 Grand Theft Auto III[189] Open World Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Windows DMA Design
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Open World Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Windows Rockstar North
2004 Doom 3 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Linux id Software
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Open World Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox Rockstar North
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (First-Person) Action RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Mobile phone Bethesda Game Studios
2007 Gears of War (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X Infinity Ward
2009 Fallout 3 (First-Person) Role-Playing Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2 (Third-Person) Role-Playing Shooter Xbox 360, Windows BioWare
2011 Portal 2 (First-Person) Puzzle PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First-Person) Action RPG PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Open World Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Inside Gaming Awards[edit]

Main article: Machinima

Machinima also hosts its own awards show, the Inside Gaming Awards, annually in Los Angeles. The awards show celebrates the biggest developers and achievements in the video-games industry, and features top gaming choices by viewers and the staff of Inside Gaming.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter, third-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Red Dead Redemption Open World, (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First-Person) Action RPG PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Halo 4 First-person shooter Xbox 360 343 Industries
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Open World Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Japan Game Awards / CESA Awards[edit]

The winners of the Grand Award annually given by the Japan Game Awards, formerly known as the CESA Awards, since 1996. There are some years where two games shared the Grand Award.[190]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 (1st) Sakura Wars[191] Tactical RPG, Dating Sim, Visual Novel Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, i-mode Sega
1997 (2nd) Final Fantasy VII Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
1998 (3rd) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
1999 (4th) Dokodemo Issyo
Final Fantasy VIII[192]
Strategy
Role-Playing Game
PlayStation
PlayStation
Sony Computer Entertainment
Squaresoft
2000 (5th) Phantasy Star Online Multiplayer Online RPG: Action RPG Dreamcast, Windows, GameCube, Xbox Sonic Team
2001–2002 (6th) Final Fantasy X Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Squaresoft
2003 (7th) Final Fantasy XI
Taiko no Tatsujin
MMORPG
Rhythm
PlayStation 2, Windows
PlayStation 2
Squaresoft
Namco
2004 (8th) Monster Hunter Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Capcom
2005 (9th) Dragon Quest VIII Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Level-5
2006 (10th) Final Fantasy XII
Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training
RPG
Puzzle
PlayStation 2
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
Nintendo SDD
2007 (11th) Wii Sports
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd
Sports
Action RPG
Wii
PlayStation Portable
Nintendo EAD
Capcom
2008 (12th) Wii Fit
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G
Fitness
Action RPG
Wii
PlayStation Portable
Nintendo EAD
Capcom
2009 (13th) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Mario Kart Wii
Stealth
Racing
PlayStation 3
Wii
Kojima Productions
Nintendo EAD
2010 (14th) New Super Mario Bros. Wii Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD
2011 (15th) Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 Capcom
2012 (16th) Gravity Rush Platformer PlayStation Vita Project Siren

Spike TV's VGX[edit]

The winners of the VGX Game of the Year are chosen by an advisory council, featuring over 20 journalists from various media outlets.[193] Originally called the Spike Video Game Awards, Spike TV has hosted the award show annually since 2003. The name of the show was changed to VGX in 2013.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Madden NFL 2004 Sports game PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, GameCube Game Boy Advance EA Tiburon
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Open world (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii Capcom
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Mobile phone Bethesda Game Studios
2007 BioShock Shooter Windows, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[194] Open World, Action Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Open World, (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 The Walking Dead: The Game Point-and-click adventure game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Open World, Action PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

VSDA Awards[edit]

The Video Software Dealers Association's VSDA Awards for home entertainment handed out awards for the best video games of the year, which are listed here.[195]

Year Game Genre Platform Publisher
1983 Pac-Man[196] Maze Arcade, Atari 2600 Namco, Atari
1994 NBA Jam Sports Arcade, Super NES, Genesis / Mega Drive Acclaim Entertainment
1995 Donkey Kong Country (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Super NES Nintendo
1996 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Side-Scrolling) Platformer Super NES Nintendo
1998 GoldenEye 007 (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo
2000 Pokémon Stadium Strategy Nintendo 64 Nintendo
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports PlayStation Activision

Other publications/media[edit]

G4[edit]

The winners of G4's annual "Videogame Deathmatch" or "G-phoria" polls. The 2011 "Videogame Deathmatch" poll involved 500,000 votes.[197]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Gears of War (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Stealth: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Fallout 3 Role-Playing Game Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Real-Time Strategy Windows Blizzard
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[198] Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft

Good Game[edit]

The winners of the Good Game Game of the Year awards are chosen by both the Good Game team and their forum community.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Portal Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 Braid Puzzle, platformer Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network Number None, Inc.
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure, third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Open World, third-person shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Mass Effect 3 Action RPG, third-person shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows BioWare
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

New York Times[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports game Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Mass Effect RPG PC, Xbox 360 BioWare
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Open World, Action Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 (Tie) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2009 (Tie) Assassin's Creed II[199] Open World Action-Adventure Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare

Slant Magazine[edit]

The winners of Slant Magazine are chosen by its editors in a "Top 25".

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2011 Portal 2[200] Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2012 Xenoblade Chronicles[201] Role-Playing Game Wii Monolith Soft
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[202] Open World, Action-Adventure Playstation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games

Time (magazine)[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports game Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Halo 3 First-person shooter Xbox 360 Bungie
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Open World, Action Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Alan Wake Action/Adventure, Survival horror Xbox 360 Remedy
2011 Minecraft First person, Sandbox, RPG Java platform, Java applet, Android, iOS, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Mojang
2012 Guild Wars 2 MMORPG, Sandbox, RPG Windows ncsoft
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Open World, Action PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

The Washington Examiner[edit]

The games chosen by The Washington Examiner editors as the best game in their annual "Top 10 video games" list.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Obsidian Entertainment
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[203] Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft

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