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 gaming publications 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.

Institutions and award shows[edit]

Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences[edit]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s) Ref.
1997 GoldenEye 007 First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare [1]
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD [2]
1999 The Sims Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis [3]
2000 Diablo II Action role-playing Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Blizzard North [4]
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved First-person shooter Xbox Bungie [5]
2002 Battlefield 1942 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE [6]
2003 Call of Duty First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward [7]
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation [8]
2005 God of War Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio [9]
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games [10]
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward [11]
2008 LittleBigPlanet Platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule [12]
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog [13]
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare [14]
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios [15]
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany [16]
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog [17]
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare [18]

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.[19] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992.[20]

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
1993 (8th)[21] Street Fighter II Turbo
Mortal Kombat
Genesis: Aladdin / Sonic Spinball
SNES: Bubsy Bobcat / Rock & Roll Racing

BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards / British Academy Games Awards[edit]

Year Console Handheld PC
1997/8 GoldenEye 007[22]
1998/9 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[23]
1999/2000 MediEvil 2[24] Pokémon Yellow[25] Deus Ex[26]
2000/1 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec[27] Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[28] Max Payne[29]
2001/2 Halo: Combat Evolved[30] SMS Chess[31] Neverwinter Nights[32]
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2002/3 Call of Duty[33] (First-Person) Shooter Windows Infinity Ward
2003/4 Half-Life 2[34] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, GNU/Linux Valve Corporation
2005/6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter[35] Tactical Shooter Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Paris
2006/7 BioShock[36] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2007/8 Super Mario Galaxy[37] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[38] Action-Adventure Stealth Beat 'em up Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[39] (Third-Person) Shooter Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[40] Puzzle-platform Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Dishonored[41] Action-Adventure Stealth Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us[42] Action-Adventure Survival horror PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny[43] (First-Person) Shooter Action RPG PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie

Famitsu Awards[edit]

See also: Famitsu Awards

The Grand Prize winners of the annual Famitsu Awards, voted by the magazine's readers. An annual award ceremony is held every year.[44]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1990 Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[45][better source needed] Role-Playing Game NES, PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Android, iOS Chunsoft
2004 Monster Hunter Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, Wii 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[46] Role-Playing Game Nintendo DS Level-5
2010 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd[47] Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable Capcom
2011 Monster Hunter Tri G[44] Action Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Capcom Production Studio 1
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Life simulation Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2013 Monster Hunter 4[48] Action role-playing video game Nintendo 3DS Capcom
2014 Yo-kai Watch 2: "Pioneer & Originator" and "Star Performer"[49] Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Level-5

Gamest Awards[edit]

The Japanese Gamest magazine was published from 1986 to 1999, and held the Gamest Award ceremonies every year, focusing mainly on arcade games. The winners of the Grand Prize awards were chosen by voters.

Year Game Genre Company
1986 Fantasy Zone[50] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Sega
Arkanoid[50] Breakout Taito
Bubble Bobble[50] Platformer
Rygar[50] Platformer Tecmo
1987 Darius[50] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Taito
1988 Gradius II[50] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Konami
1989 Tetris[50] Puzzle Sega
1990 Final Fight[50] Beat 'Em Up Capcom
1991 Street Fighter II[51] Fighting Capcom
1992 Street Fighter II Dash[52]
1993 Samurai Spirits[53] Fighting SNK
1994 The King of Fighters '94[54]
1995 Virtua Fighter 2[50] Fighting Sega
1996 Street Fighter Zero 2[50] Fighting Capcom
1997 Vampire Savior[55]
1998 Psychic Force 2012[56] Fighting Taito

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) Ref.
2000 The Sims Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis [57]
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 DMA Design [58]
2002 Metroid Prime First-person shooter Nintendo GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo [59]
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare [60]
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation [61]
2005 Shadow of the Colossus Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico [62]
2006 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games [63]
2007 Portal Puzzle-platform Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation [64]
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios [65]
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog [66]
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego [67]
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios [68]
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany [69]
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog [70]
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions [71]

Golden Joystick Awards[edit]

Main article: Golden Joystick Award

The Golden Joysticks is the second oldest gaming award ceremony and is the longest running video game award. The inaugural ceremony took place in 1984 in London's Berkeley Square.[72]

As of 2014, it is the biggest video game award show in terms of the number of votes cast; over nine million votes were cast for the 2014 ceremony.[73]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s) Ref.
1983 Jetpac Shooter Commodore VIC-20, ZX Spectrum Ultimate [74]
1984 Knight Lore Action-adventure ZX Spectrum Ultimate [74]
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist Fighting Commodore 64 Beam Software [75]
1986 Gauntlet Hack & Slash Arcade Atari Games [74]
1987/88 Out Run Racing Arcade, Sega Master System Sega AM2 [74]
1988/89 8-Bit: Operation Wolf Shooting gallery Arcade, NES Taito [76]
16-Bit: Speedball Sports Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System Bitmap Brothers [76]
1989/90 8-Bit: The Untouchables Shooter Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Ocean Software [77]
16-Bit: Kick Off Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini [77]
1990/91 8-Bit: Rick Dangerous 2 Platformer Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Core Design [78]
16-Bit: Kick Off 2 Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini [78]
1991/92 Sonic the Hedgehog Platformer Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear Ancient [79]
1992/93 Street Fighter II Fighting Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, SNES Capcom [74]
1996/97 Super Mario 64 Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD [80]
2002 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 DMA Design [74]
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 Rockstar North [81]
2004 Doom 3 First-person shooter Linux, Microsoft Windows id Software [74]
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North [82]
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios [83]
2007 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games [84]
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward [85]
2009 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios [86]
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare [87]
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platform Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation [88]
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios [89]
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North [90]
2014 Dark Souls II Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware [91]

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.[92]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 (1st) Sakura Wars[93] 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[94]
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

NAVGTR Awards[edit]

The NAVGTR Awards are handed out by the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time[95] Platform-Adventure PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[96] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Ōkami[97] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2 Clover Studio
2012 Journey[98] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany

SXSW Gaming Awards[edit]

The winners of the SXSW Gaming Awards, started in 2014, are judged by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board, which is composed of over 40 industry experts that are well-versed in the industry.[99]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2013 The Last of Us Action-Adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows BioWare

Spike Video Game Awards[edit]

The winners of the Spike Video Game Awards, hosted by Spike between 2003 and 2013, awarded the Game of the Year using an advisory council featuring over 20 journalists from media outlets.[100] The name of the show was changed to VGX in 2013 and Spike TV dropped the show in 2014.

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[101] 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

The Game Awards[edit]

Main article: The Game Awards
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One BioWare

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.[102]

Year Game Genre Platform Publisher
1983 Pac-Man[103] 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

Video game specific publications[edit]

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[104] Sports Ocean Software
1985 Elite[105] Space Simulation Acornsoft
1986 Starglider[106] Space Simulation Argonaut Games
1987 Driller[107] Puzzle Incentive Software
1989 Batman – The Movie[108] Platformer Ocean Software
1990 Robocop 2[109] Platformer Data East

Edge[edit]

The winners of the Edge Game of the Year are chosen by Edge editors.[110]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Metroid Prime (First-Person) Action-Adventure Nintendo GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2004 Half-Life 2 (First-Person) Shooter Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac 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 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2009 Borderlands Action RPG, FPS PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, GNU/Linux 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 Windows, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action-Adventure Wii U Platinum 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.[19] 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

Electronic Gaming Monthly[edit]

The winners of the Electronic Gaming Monthly Game of the Year are chosen by the magazine's editors.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1988 Double Dragon[111] (Side-Scrolling) Beat 'em up NES American Technos
1989 Ghouls'n Ghosts[112] (Side-Scrolling) Action-Platformer Arcade, Mega Drive/Genesis Capcom
1990 Strider[113] (Side-Scrolling) Action-Platformer Mega Drive/Genesis Capcom
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog[114] (Side-Scrolling) Action-Platformer Mega Drive/Genesis Sega
1992 Street Fighter II[115] Fighting Arcade, Super Nintendo Capcom
1993 Samurai Shodown[116] Fighting Neo-Geo MVS SNK
1996 Super Mario 64[117] Action-Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[118] Action-Adventure / Action RPG[119] Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1999 Soul Calibur[120] Fighting Sega Dreamcast Namco
2002 Metroid Prime[121] (First-Person) Action-Adventure Nintendo GameCube Nintendo
2003 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time[122] Platform-Adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[123] Action RPG Win, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare

Readers choice[edit]

In addition to their Editors' Choice Awards, Electronic Gaming Monthly also handed out Readers' Choice Awards voted by the magazine's readers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Super Mario 64[124] Action-Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1997 Final Fantasy VII[125] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Squaresoft
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[118] Action-Adventure / Action RPG[119] Nintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player, Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
1999 Final Fantasy VIII[120] Role-Playing Game PlayStation Squaresoft
2002 Metroid Prime[121] (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube, Wii Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time[122] Platform-Adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Windows, PlayStation 3 Ubisoft Montreal

GameFan Golden Megawards[edit]

The winners of GameFan‍ '​s Golden Megawards were chosen by editors.

Year Game(s) Platform(s)
1992[126] Skid - Wonderdog
Brody - Cybernator
Tom Slick - Streets of Rage 2
The Enquirer - Street Fighter II
Sega CD
SNES
Sega Genesis
SNES
1993[127] Gunstar Heroes Sega Genesis
1994[128] Domestic - Earthworm Jim
Import - Clockwork Knight
Sega Genesis
Sega Saturn
1995[129] Yoshi's Island SNES

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.[130]

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, Windows 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[131] 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, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Mass Effect 3 Shooter: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Wii U BioWare
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare

GamePro[edit]

The winners of the GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro editors.[132] In the 1990s, the winners were chosen by editors from 1993[133] to 1995,[134] and by readers for 1991,[135] 1992,[136] 1996,[137] 1997[138] and 1998.[139] Since 2011, the winners of GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro TV.[140]

Year Arcade Console Handheld
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis) Mega Man (Game Boy)
1992 16-bit: Street Fighter II (SNES)
8-bit: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (NES)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear)
1993 CD: Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Sega Genesis: Disney's Aladdin
SNES: Super Empire Strikes Back
NES: Kirby's Adventure
Mortal Kombat (Game Gear)
1995 Arcade: Tekken 2
Neo Geo: World Heroes Perfect
Saturn: Virtua Fighter 2
PlayStation: Doom
Virtual Boy: Mario's Tennis
Game Boy: Donkey Kong Land
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Arcade: Tekken 2
Console: Super Mario 64
PC: Duke Nukem 3D
Fighting
(Third-Person) Platformer
(First-Person) Shooter
Arcade, PlayStation
Nintendo 64
PC
Namco
Nintendo EAD
3D Realms
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-Playing Game PlayStation Squaresoft
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
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 (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Windows Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle Platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Assassin's Creed II Third-person Action-Adventure Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Action) RPG: Open World Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Assassin's Creed III (Third-Person) Action-Adventure Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Third-Person) Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Rockstar North

GamesTM[edit]

The title chosen by GamesTM as the year's best game.[141]

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 Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Visceral Games
2012 Borderlands 2 First-person shooter Linux, Xbox 360, Windows, Playstation 3, GNU/Linux Gearbox Software
2013 Grand Theft Auto V (Third-Person) Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Oh!X[edit]

Japanese computer game magazine Oh!X was active from 1982 to 1995. Game of the Year awards were handed out to the following games.[142][143]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1986 Wibarm[142] (Third-Person) Role-Playing Shooter PC-88, PC-98, X1, MZ, FM-7, MS-DOS Arsys Software
1987 Reviver: The Real-Time Adventure[142] Adventure PC-88, X1, MZ, MSX2
1988 Star Cruiser[142] (First-Person) Role-Playing Shooter, Space Flight Simulator PC-88, PC-98, X1, Mega Drive
1989 After Burner[143] Combat Flight Simulator, (Third-Person) Rail Shooter Arcade, X68000, FM Towns, MSX Sega AM2
1990 Dungeon Master[143] Role-Playing Game Atari ST, X68000, MSX, FM Towns, PC-9801 FTL Games, Victor Interactive Software
1991 Parodius! From Myth to Laughter[143] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Arcade, X68000 Konami
1992 Overtake[143] Racing X68000 Zoom
1993 Castlevania Chronicles[143] (Side-Scrolling) Platformer X68000 Konami
1994 Geograph Seal[143] (First-Person) Shooter, Platformer X68000 Exact

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[144] Role-Playing Game Apple II Sir-Tech
1983 Pitfall![145] Platformer Atari 2600 Activision
1984 Boulder Dash[146] Action Atari 8-bit First Star Software
1990 Ys I & II[147] 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.[148]

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.[149]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[150] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[151] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[152] Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 (Not chosen)[153] - - -

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.[149]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Sandbox Action-Adventure: Third-Person Shooter PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox Rockstar Games
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 Halo 3 First-Person Shooter Xbox 360 Bungie
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[154] Stealth Action PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[155] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops[151] (First-Person) Shooter 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.[156]

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[157] Action RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[158] Action/adventure Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Rocksteady Studios

Eurogamer (UK)[edit]

The winners of the Eurogamer (UK) Game of the Year are chosen by Eurogamer (UK) editors.[159]

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, GNU/Linux 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, GNU/Linux 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, GNU/Linux Valve Corporation
2012 Fez Puzzle, Platformer Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 Polytron Corporation
2013 Super Mario 3D World Platformer Wii U Nintendo
2014 Mario Kart 8 Racing 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[160] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, Windows, PlayStation Network Square
2000 Final Fantasy IX[161] Role-Playing Game PlayStation, PlayStation Network Square
2001 Final Fantasy X[162] Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Square
2002 Metroid Prime[163] (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker[164] Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[165] Open World Action PlayStation 2, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4[166] Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[167] Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[168] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl[169] Fighting Wii HAL Laboratory, Inc
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[170] (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[171] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[172] Action RPG: Open World Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[173] Action RPG: (First-Person Shooter) Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Gearbox Software
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[174] Action-Adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[175] Fighting Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Sora Ltd., Namco Bandai Games

Gamasutra[edit]

The winners of the Gamasutra Game of the Year are chosen by Gamasutra editors.[176] In 2012, the editors only gave a top 10 list and in 2013 a top 5 list.

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, GNU/Linux Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3 RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, 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[177] Puzzle Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux Valve Corporation

GameRankings[edit]

GameRankings ranks games according to an average of their review score across multiple sources. The highest for each year are:[178]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1988 Phantasy Star 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[179] (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, GNU/Linux 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, Windows 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.
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games

† 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:[180]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[181] Action-Adventure Wii, GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 The Orange Box[182] (First-Person) Shooter, Puzzle PlayStation 3, Windows, GNU/Linux Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3[183] RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[184] Action-adventure: Beat 'em up, Stealth PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption[185] 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, GNU/Linux 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 Playstation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny (First-Person) Action RPG PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie

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[186] (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
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Win, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare

GameSpot[edit]

The winners of the GameSpot Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpot editors.[187]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 PC: Diablo[188] Action RPG: Hack & Slash Windows, Mac OS Blizzard North
1997 PC: Total Annihilation[189] Real-time strategy Windows, Mac OS Cavedog Ent.
1998 Console: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[190]
PC: Grim Fandango[191]
Action-Adventure
Adventure
Nintendo 64
Windows
Nintendo EAD
LucasArts
1999 Console: SoulCalibur[192]
PC: EverQuest[193]
Fighter
MMORPG
Dreamcast
Windows
Namco
Sony Online Entertainment
2000 Console: Chrono Cross[194]
PC: The Sims[195]
RPG
Life simulation game
PlayStation
Windows, Mac OS
Square Co.
Maxis
2001 Console: Grand Theft Auto III[196]
PC: Serious Sam: The First Encounter[197]
Open World Action
(First-Person) Shooter
PlayStation 2
Windows
Rockstar North
Croteam
2002 Metroid Prime[198] (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Retro Studios, Nintendo
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[199] Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo
2004 World of Warcraft[200] MMORPG Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2005 Resident Evil 4[201] Survival Horror (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows Capcom
2006 Gears of War[202] (Third-Person) Tactical Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[203] Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[204] Stealth Action PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Demon's Souls[205] Action RPG: Hack & Slash PlayStation 3 From Software
2010 Red Dead Redemption[206] Open World (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[207] Role-playing game Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[208] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[209] Action-adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[210] Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions

Readers choice[edit]

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

Year Console Handheld PC
2000 Chrono Cross[211] Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
2001 (US) Grand Theft Auto III Max Payne
2001 (UK)[212] PlayStation: Final Fantasy IX
Dreamcast: Shenmue II
PlayStation 2: Grand Theft Auto III
Mario Kart: Super Circuit 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
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, Windows Infinity Ward
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Stealth: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[213] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty[214] (Real-Time) Strategy Windows Blizzard Entertainment
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[214] (Action) Role-Playing Game Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3[215] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure game PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare

GameSpy[edit]

The winners of the GameSpy Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpy editors.[216]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Dreamcast, GNU/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, Windows Infinity Ward
2008 Fallout 3 Post-Apocalyptic, RPG PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter, third-person shooter 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, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-Based Strategy Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Firaxis Games

GameTrailers[edit]

The winners of the GameTrailers Game of the Year are chosen by GameTrailers editors.[217]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4[218] Survival Horror: (Third-Person) Shooter GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii Capcom Production Studio 4
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[219] Action-adventure Wii, Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[220] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[221] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North Ltd.
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[222] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[223] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception[224] 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
2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Digital CCG Microsoft Windows, OS X, iPad, iPhone, Android Blizzard Entertainment

Giant Bomb[edit]

The winners of the Giant Bomb Game of the Year are chosen by Giant Bomb editors.[225]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[226] Open World Action Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[227] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[228] Role-playing game Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[229] Role-playing game Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown[229] Turn-Based Strategy Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us[229] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[229] Open-world PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Monolith Productions

IGN[edit]

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

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
Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[230] (First-Person) Shooter Xbox, Windows, Xbox 360 Bungie Studios
2002 Battlefield 1942[231] (First-Person) Shooter Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[232] Role-Playing Game Xbox, Windows BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[233] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3 Valve Corporation
2005 God of War[234] Action: Hack & Slash PlayStation 2 SCE Studios Santa Monica
2006 Ōkami[235] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Wii Clover Studio
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[236] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2008 Fallout 3[237] Role-Playing Game Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[238] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[239] 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, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 BioWare

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.[240]

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[241] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[242] Action-Adventure Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft
2012 Borderlands 2[243] 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
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 BioWare

Joystiq[edit]

The winners of the Joystiq Game of the Year are chosen by Joystiq editors.[244]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 Gears of War (Third-Person) Tactical Shooter Xbox 360, Windows Epic Games
2007 Portal (First-Person) Puzzle Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 Fable II Action RPG: Sandbox Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
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 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Open World: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us Action-Adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Action RPG Win, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions

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.[245]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[246] Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[247] Open World, Action Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[248] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[249] Open World: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2011 Portal 2[250] Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X Valve Corporation
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown[251] 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.[252]

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 Action-Adventure: 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 Action-Adventure: Open World Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[253] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[254] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo Development Group
2011 Batman: Arkham City[255] Action-Adventure: Brawler, Stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows 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 Action-Adventure: Open World PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games

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.[256]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1980 Space Invaders Shoot 'Em Up Arcade, Atari 2600 Taito
1981 Yars' Revenge Action Atari 2600 Atari
1982 Ms. Pac-Man Action Arcade, Atari 2600/5200 Namco
1983 Frogger Action Arcade, Atari 2600/5200 Konami
1984 Bruce Lee Action ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-Bit Datasoft
1985 Marsport Action-Adventure ZX Spectrum Gargoyle Games
1986 Zoids Action ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC Electric Dreams Software
1987 Dungeon Master Role-Playing Game Atari ST FTL Games
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 Platformer Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo EAD
1989 Tetris Puzzle Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System Bullet-Proof Software
1990 Wing Commander Space Flight MS-DOS Origin Systems
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Tecmo Super Bowl
Action-Adventure
Sports
Super Nintendo
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo EAD
Tecmo
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Super Mario Kart
Platformer
(Kart) Racing
Sega Mega Drive / Genesis
Super Nintendo
Sonic Team
Nintendo EAD
1993 NHL '94 Sports Super Nintendo EA Sports
1994 Final Fantasy VI
Samurai Shodown II
Role-Playing Game
Fighting
Super Nintendo
Neo Geo
SquareSoft
SNK
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
International Superstar Soccer 64
(Sim) Racing
Sports
PlayStation
Nintendo 64
Polyphony Digital
Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 SoulCalibur Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast Namco
2000 NFL 2K1
Perfect Dark
Sports
(First-Person) Shooter
Dreamcast
Nintendo 64
Visual Concepts
Rare
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Sandbox game PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2002 Metroid Prime (First-Person) Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Role-Playing Game Xbox, Windows LucasArts
2004 Half-Life 2
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(First-Person) Shooter
Action-Adventure
Windows
PlayStation 2
Rockstar North
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
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Sandbox game PlayStation 3 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii, Wii U Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Chrono Trigger Role-Playing Game Wii (Virtual Console) Square
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 Rayman Legends Platformer Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Ubisoft Montpellier
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action-Adventure Wii U Platinum Games

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[257] Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft
2012 Far Cry 3[258] (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us[259] (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, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[260] 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[246] Platformer Wii Nintendo
2008 Fallout 3 Role-Playing Game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[248] Third-person shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[249] 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
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare

Polygon[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2012 The Walking Dead[261] Point-and-click adventure game Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 Gone Home[262] Adventure, interactive fiction Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux The Fullbright Company
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[263] Action RPG Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare

X-Play[edit]

The winners of the X-Play Game of the Year were chosen by X-Play editors.[264] The show ended in January 2013.

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[265] (First-Person) Shooter: Survival Horror Windows, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3 2K Boston/2K Australia
2008 Fable II[266] Action RPG: Sandbox Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[267] Action-Adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[268] Action RPG: (Third-Person) Shooter Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[269] Action RPG: Open World Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[270] First-person shooter Xbox 360, Windows, Playstation 3, OS X Gearbox Software

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.[271]

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[272] Action-Adventure: Open World Wii Nintendo EAD, Monolith Soft

Games[edit]

The winners of the Games magazine Game of the Year award are chosen by Games editors.[273] Electronic games are covered separately on the publication's annual Games 100 list.

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

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
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action RPG PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows BioWare

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 Windows, 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[274] 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[275] Puzzle, first-person shooter, science fiction Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2012 Xenoblade Chronicles[276] Role-Playing Game Wii Monolith Soft
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[277] Open World, Action-Adventure Playstation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar Games
2014 Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth[278] Open World, Role-playing 3DS, Atlus

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
2014 80 Days Interactive fiction iOS, Android Inkle

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