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.

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.[1]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[2] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[3] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[4] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios

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.[1]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror 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[5] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[6] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops[3] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Treyarch

British Academy Games Awards (Formerly: BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards)[edit]

The British Academy Games Awards are an annual British awards ceremony honoring "outstanding creative achievement" in the video game industry. First presented in 2004 following the restructuring of the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards, the awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and are thus commonly referred to as the BAFTA Games Awards.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1997/8 GoldenEye 007[7] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998/9 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[8] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999/2000 Console: MediEvil 2[9] Action-adventure PlayStation SCE Cambridge Studio
Handheld: Pokémon Yellow[10] Role-playing Game Boy Game Freak
PC: Deus Ex[11] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2000/1 Console: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec[12] Racing PlayStation 2 Polyphony Digital
Handheld: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[13] Sports Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions
PC: Max Payne[14] Third-person shooter Microsoft Windows Remedy Entertainment
2001/2 Console: Halo: Combat Evolved[15] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
Handheld: SMS Chess[16] Purple Software
PC: Neverwinter Nights[17] Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
2002/3 Call of Duty[18] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2003/4 Half-Life 2[19] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005/6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter[20] Tactical shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Paris
2006/7 BioShock[21] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2007/8 Super Mario Galaxy[22] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[23] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[24] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[25] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Dishonored[26] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us[27] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny[28] Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie
2015 Fallout 4[29] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios

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(s)
1984 Daley Thompson's Decathlon[30] Sports Ocean Software
1985 Elite[31] Space Simulation Acornsoft
1986 Starglider[32] Space Simulation Argonaut Games
1987 Driller[33] Puzzle Incentive Software
1989 Batman – The Movie[34] Platformer Ocean Software
1990 Robocop 2[35] Platformer Data East

Crispy Gamer[edit]

The winners of the Crispy Gamer Game of the Year are chosen by the Crispy Gamer Game Trust.[36]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Fallout 3[37] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[38] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios

D.I.C.E. Awards (Formerly: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences)[edit]

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit organization of industry professionals and presents a series of annual Interactive Achievement Awards. On October 24, 2012, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced that the IAAs would be known as the D.I.C.E. Awards beginning in 2013. The name stands for "Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain".[39]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1997 GoldenEye 007[40] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[41] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 The Sims[42] Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis
2000 Diablo II[43] Action role-playing Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Blizzard North
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[44] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942[45] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Call of Duty[46] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2[47] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 God of War[48] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2006 Gears of War[49] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[50] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet[51] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[52] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[53] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[54] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[55] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[56] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[57] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Fallout 4[58] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios

Easy Allies (Formerly: GameTrailers)[edit]

The winners of the Easy Allies (formerly GameTrailers) Game of the Year are chosen by Easy Allies staff (formerly GameTrailers editors).[59][60]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4[61] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[62] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[63] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[64] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[65] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[66] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception[67] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Collectible card Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Japan Studio

Edge[edit]

The winners of the Edge Game of the Year are chosen by Edge editors.[68]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[69] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Borderlands Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Gearbox Software
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD
2012 Dishonored Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action Wii U PlatinumGames
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Japan Studio

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.[70] 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 Awards (Formerly: Arcade Awards)[edit]

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.[70] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992.[71] The 1992 and 1993 issues asked their readers to vote for the game of the year.

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)[72] Street Fighter II Turbo
Mortal Kombat
Genesis: Aladdin / Sonic Spinball
SNES: Bubsy Bobcat / Rock & Roll Racing

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[73] (Side-Scrolling) Beat 'em up NES American Technos
1989 Ghouls'n Ghosts[74] (Side-Scrolling) Action-Platformer Genesis Capcom
1990 Strider[75] (Side-Scrolling) Action-Platformer Genesis Capcom
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog[76] (Side-Scrolling) Action-Platformer Genesis Sega
1992 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior[77] Fighting Super NES Capcom
1993 Samurai Shodown[78] Fighting Neo-Geo MVS SNK
1995 Chrono Trigger[79] Action RPG Super NES Squaresoft
1996 Super Mario 64[80] Action-Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[81] Action-adventure[82] Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soul Calibur[83] Fighting Sega Dreamcast Namco
2002 Metroid Prime[84] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time[85] Platform-Adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[86] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3[87] First-person shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 BioShock Infinite[88] First-person shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[89] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[90] Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch[91] First-person shooter Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

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[92] Action-Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo
1997 Final Fantasy VII[93] Role-Playing Game PlayStation Squaresoft
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[81] Action-adventure[82] Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Final Fantasy VIII[83] Role-Playing Game PlayStation Squaresoft
2002 Metroid Prime[84] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time[85] Platform-Adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Windows, PlayStation 3 Ubisoft Montreal

Empire[edit]

The winners of the Empire Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors.[94]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2014 Dark Souls II[95] Action RPG Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
2015 Bloodborne[96] Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[97] Action-Adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Entertainment Weekly[edit]

The winners of the Entertainment Weekly Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors.[98]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Wii Fit Fitness game Wii Nintendo EAD
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 BioShock Infinite First-person shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Irrational Games
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-Adventure: Stealth Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 INSIDE Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Playdead

Eurogamer[edit]

The winners of the Eurogamer Game of the Year are chosen by the site's editors.[99]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Windows Epic Games, Digital Extremes
2000 Deus Ex Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Open world action-adventure, third-person shooter PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Ico Action-adventure, puzzle platformer PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Open world action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North, Rockstar Vienna
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Psychonauts Platformer Xbox, PlayStation 2, Windows Double Fine Productions
2006 Guitar Hero Music & rhythm PlayStation 2 Harmonix Music Systems
2007 Portal First-person puzzle platformer Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Fez Puzzle platformer Xbox 360 Polytron Corporation
2013 Super Mario 3D World Platformer Wii U Nintendo EAD
2014 Mario Kart 8 Racing Wii U Nintendo EAD
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing PlayStation 4 FromSoftware
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Blizzard Entertainment

Reader's Game of the Year[edit]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Dishonored Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Mario Kart 8 Racing Wii U Nintendo EAD
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Open world action role-playing Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows CD Projekt RED
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Action-adventure, third-person shooter PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Famitsu Awards[edit]

The Grand Prize winners of the annual Famitsu Awards, voted by the magazine's readers. An annual award ceremony is held every year.[100]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1990 Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen[101][better source needed] Role-Playing Game Famicom Chunsoft
2004 Monster Hunter Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, Wii Capcom
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
Kingdom Hearts II Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 Square Enix
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing 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[102] Role-Playing Game Nintendo DS Level-5
2010 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd[103] Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable Capcom
2011 Monster Hunter Tri G[100] 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[104] Action role-playing video game Nintendo 3DS Capcom
2014 Yo-kai Watch 2: "Pioneer & Originator" and "Star Performer"[105] Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2015 Splatoon[106] Third-person shooter Wii U Nintendo EAD

G4[edit]

The winners of G4's annual "Videogame Deathmatch" or "G-phoria" polls. The 2011 "Videogame Deathmatch" poll involved 500,000 votes.[107]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 Gears of War Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft 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[108] Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD

Gamasutra[edit]

The winners of the Gamasutra Game of the Year are chosen by Gamasutra editors.[109] 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, Linux Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, 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 San Diego
2011 Portal 2[110] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation

The Game Awards (Formerly: 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.[111] The show's title was changed to VGX in 2013 before Spike TV dropped the show entirely. It was replaced by The Game Awards in 2014.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Madden NFL 2004 Sports Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox EA Tiburon
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[112] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

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[113] Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[114] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime[115] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[116] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[117] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[118] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Gears of War[119] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Portal[120] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3[121] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[122] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[123] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[124] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[125] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[126] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[127] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[128] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED

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.[129]

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

HAL Laboratory, Inc.

2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Neversoft
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty[130] Stealth, Action-Adventure PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows Konami
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Mass Effect 3 Shooter: RPG Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Wii U BioWare
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

Readers choice[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Action-Adventure, Stealth PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Halo 4[131] First-person shooter Xbox 360 343 Industries
2013 The Last of Us[132] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[133] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[134] Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine[135] Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED

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[136] (Action) Role-Playing Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows FromSoftware
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure game, stealth game Win, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 Overwatch First-person Shooter Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

GameFan Golden Megawards[edit]

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

Year Game(s) Platform(s)
1992[137] Skid - Wonderdog
Brody - Cybernator
Tom Slick - Streets of Rage 2
The Enquirer - Street Fighter II
Sega CD
Super NES
Genesis
Super NES
1993[138] Gunstar Heroes Genesis
1994[139] Domestic - Earthworm Jim
Import - Clockwork Knight
Genesis
Sega Saturn
1995[140] Yoshi's Island Super NES
1996[141] Domestic - Tomb Raider
Import - Enemy Zero
Coin-Op - Virtua Fighter 3
PlayStation
Sega Saturn
Arcade

GameFAQs[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1999 Final Fantasy VIII[142] Role-Playing Game PlayStation Square
2000 Final Fantasy IX[143] Role-Playing Game PlayStation Square
2001 Final Fantasy X[144] Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Square
2002 Metroid Prime[145] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker[146] Action-Adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[147] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4[148] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[149] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[150] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl[151] Fighting Wii HAL Laboratory, Inc
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[152] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[153] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[154] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[155] Action RPG: (First-Person Shooter) Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3 Gearbox Software
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[156] Action-Adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[157] Fighting Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Sora Ltd., Namco Bandai Games
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[158] Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Final Fantasy XV[159] Action RPG PlayStation 4, Xbox One Square Enix

GamePro[edit]

The winners of the GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro editors.[160] In the 1990s, the winners were chosen by editors from 1993[161] to 1995,[162] and by readers for 1991,[163] 1992,[164] 1996,[165] 1997[166] and 1998.[167] Since 2011, the winners of GamePro Game of the Year are chosen by GamePro TV.[168]

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 (SNES)
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 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 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 role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Assassin's Creed III (Third-Person) Action-Adventure Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

GameRankings[edit]

GameRankings ranks games according to an average of their review score across multiple sources. The highest for each year are based on 20 reviews.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Super Mario 64[169] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007[170] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[171] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur[172] Fighting Dreamcast Namco
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[173] Sports Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Neversoft
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[174] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Metroid Prime[175] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[176] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Half-Life 2[177] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4[178] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[179] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[180] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[181] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[182] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[183] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Batman: Arkham City[184] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2012 Journey[185] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[186] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[187] Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
2015 Undertale[188] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, OS X tobyfox
2016 INSIDE[189] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Playdead

Games[edit]

The winners of the Games magazine Game of the Year award are chosen by Games editors.[190] 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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
Half-Life FPS Win 95/98, Linux Valve Corporation
2001 The Sims Life sim Windows, Mac Maxis/EA, Aspyr
2002 Black & White Simulation Mac, Windows Electronic Arts
2003 Neverwinter Nights Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
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 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2009 Spore Life simulation Windows, Mac EA/Maxis
2010 Batman: Arkham Asylum Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2011 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2012 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
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".

GameSpot[edit]

The winners of the GameSpot Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpot editors.[191]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Diablo[192] Action RPG, Hack & Slash Windows, Mac OS Blizzard North
1997 Total Annihilation[193] Real-time strategy Windows, Mac OS Cavedog Ent.
1998 Console: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[194] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
PC: Grim Fandango[195] Adventure Windows LucasArts
1999 Console: Soulcalibur[196] Fighter Dreamcast Namco
PC: EverQuest[197] MMORPG Windows Sony Online Entertainment
2000 Console: Chrono Cross[198] RPG PlayStation Square Co.
PC: The Sims[199] Life simulation Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2001 Console: Grand Theft Auto III[200] Open world action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
PC: Serious Sam: The First Encounter[201] First-person shooter Windows Croteam
2002 Metroid Prime[202] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[203] Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo
2004 World of Warcraft[204] MMORPG Windows, OS X Blizzard Entertainment
2005 Resident Evil 4[205] Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 Gears of War[206] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[207] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[208] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Demon's Souls[209] Action RPG PlayStation 3 FromSoftware
2010 Red Dead Redemption[210] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[211] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[212] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[213] Action-adventure Nintendo 3DS Nintendo
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[214] Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[215] Open world action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch[216] First-person shooter Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment

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 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[217] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty[218] (Real-Time) Strategy Windows Blizzard Entertainment
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[218] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3[219] (First-Person) Shooter Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action RPG Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[220] Action-adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

GameSpy[edit]

The winners of the GameSpy Game of the Year are chosen by GameSpy editors.[221]

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 role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
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 GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games

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:[222]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[223] Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 The Orange Box[224] Compilation, First-person shooter, Puzzle PlayStation 3, Windows, Linux Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fallout 3[225] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[226] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption[227] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 The Walking Dead Interactive drama, Adventure Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Open world stealth action-adventure PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Kojima Productions
2016 Titanfall 2 First-person shooter PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Respawn Entertainment

Gamest Awards[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Company
1986 Fantasy Zone[228] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Sega
Arkanoid[228] Breakout Taito
Bubble Bobble[228] Platformer
Rygar[228] Platformer Tecmo
1987 Darius[228] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Taito
1988 Gradius II[228] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Konami
1989 Tetris[228] Puzzle Sega
1990 Final Fight[228] Beat 'Em Up Capcom
1991 Street Fighter II[229] Fighting Capcom
1992 Street Fighter II Dash[230]
1993 Samurai Spirits[231] Fighting SNK
1994 The King of Fighters '94[232]
1995 Virtua Fighter 2[228] Fighting Sega
1996 Street Fighter Zero 2[228] Fighting Capcom
1997 Vampire Savior[233]
1998 Psychic Force 2012[234] Fighting Taito

GamesTM[edit]

The title chosen by GamesTM as the year's best game.[235]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-Adventure: Open World Nintendo GameCube Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2009 Demon's Souls Action RPG: Hack & Slash PlayStation 3 FromSoftware
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
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, Linux Gearbox Software
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2016 Overwatch[236] First-person shooter PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Blizzard Entertainment

Giant Bomb[edit]

The winners of the Giant Bomb Game of the Year are chosen by Giant Bomb editors.[237]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[238] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[239] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[240] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[241] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Open-world PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Monolith Productions
2015 Super Mario Maker[242] Platformer Wii U Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
2016 Hitman[243] Action-adventure, stealth PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows IO Interactive

Golden Joystick Awards[edit]

The Golden Joystick Awards 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.[244]

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.[245]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1983 Jetpac[246] Shooter Commodore VIC-20, ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1984 Knight Lore[246] Action-adventure ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist[247] Fighting Commodore 64 Beam Software
1986 Gauntlet[246] Hack & Slash Arcade Atari Games
1987/88 Out Run[246] Racing Arcade, Sega Master System Sega AM2
1988/89 8-Bit: Operation Wolf[248] Shooting gallery Arcade, NES Taito
16-Bit: Speedball[248] Sports Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System Bitmap Brothers
1989/90 8-Bit: The Untouchables[249] Shooter Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Ocean Software
16-Bit: Kick Off[249] Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1990/91 8-Bit: Rick Dangerous 2[249] Platformer Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Core Design
16-Bit: Kick Off 2[249] Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1991/92 Sonic the Hedgehog[250] Platformer Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear Ancient
1992/93 Street Fighter II[246] Fighting Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, SNES Capcom
1996/97 Super Mario 64[251] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2002 Grand Theft Auto III[246] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City[252] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2004 Doom 3[246] First-person shooter Linux, Microsoft Windows id Software
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[253] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion[254] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 Gears of War[255] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[256] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2009 Fallout 3[257] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[258] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[259] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[260] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[261] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Dark Souls II[262] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[263] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016 Dark Souls III[264] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One FromSoftware

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 First-person puzzle platformer Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Valve Corporation
2008 Braid Puzzle, platformer Xbox 360 Number None, Inc.
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 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 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider Action-adventure Xbox One, Xbox 360 Crystal Dynamics
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Action-adventure, third-person shooter PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

IGN[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[265] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942[266] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[267] Role-playing Xbox, Windows BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[268] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 God of War[269] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2006 Ōkami[270] Action-adventure PlayStation 2, Wii Clover Studio
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[271] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Fallout 3[272] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[273] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[274] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Open world action role-playing Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows CD Projekt RED
2016 Overwatch[275] First-person shooter Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows Blizzard Entertainment

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.[276]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee Fighting GameCube HAL Laboratory, Inc
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
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 GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[277] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[278] Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD
2012 Borderlands 2[279] Action RPG, first-person shooter Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows Gearbox Software
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Open world Action RPG PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows CD Projekt RED
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[220] Action-adventure: (Third-Person) Shooter PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Inside Gaming Awards[edit]

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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Halo 4 First-person shooter Xbox 360 343 Industries
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North

Japan Game Awards (Formerly: 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.[280]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Sakura Wars[281] Tactical RPG, Dating Sim, Visual Novel Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, i-mode Sega
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-Playing Game PlayStation Squaresoft
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Dokodemo Issyo Strategy PlayStation Sony Computer Entertainment
Final Fantasy VIII[282] Role-Playing Game PlayStation Squaresoft
2000 Phantasy Star Online Multiplayer Online RPG: Action RPG Dreamcast, Windows, GameCube, Xbox Sonic Team
2001/2 Final Fantasy X Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Squaresoft
2003 Final Fantasy XI MMORPG PlayStation 2, Windows Squaresoft
Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm PlayStation 2 Namco
2004 Monster Hunter Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Capcom
2005 Dragon Quest VIII Role-Playing Game PlayStation 2 Level-5
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Puzzle Nintendo DS Nintendo SDD
2007 Wii Sports Sports Wii Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action RPG PlayStation Portable Capcom
2008 Wii Fit Fitness Wii Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action RPG PlayStation Portable Capcom
2009 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
Mario Kart Wii Racing Wii Nintendo EAD
2010 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD
2011 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Action Role-Playing Game PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 Capcom
2012 Gravity Rush Platformer, Action RPG PlayStation Vita Project Siren
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Fighting PlayStation 3 CyberConnect2
2013 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Social Simulation Nintendo 3DS Nintendo SPD Group No. 2
2014 Monster Hunter 4 Action Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Capcom
Yo-Kai Watch Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2015 Yo-Kai Watch 2 Role-Playing Game Nintendo 3DS Level-5

Joystiq[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2006 Gears of War[283] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Portal[283] Puzzle-platformer Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2008 Fable II[283] Action role-playing Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[284] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[285] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[286] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[287] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[288] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[289] Action-adventure Windows, 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.[290]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2007 The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass[291] Action-adventure Nintendo DS Nintendo EAD
Super Mario Galaxy[291] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune[291] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[292] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[293] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[294] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Portal 2[295] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown[296] Turn-based tactics Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us[297] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 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.[298]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007 First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Soulcalibur Fighting Dreamcast Namco
2000 Perfect Dark First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure GameCube Nintendo EAD
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[299] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[300] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Batman: Arkham City[301] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Games
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Kojima Productions
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[302] Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD
2012 Far Cry 3[303] (First-Person) Shooter PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2013 The Last of Us[304] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[305] Fighting Wii U Sora Ltd.
2015 Fallout 4[306] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios

MobyGames[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.[307]

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 Action-Adventure Super NES Nintendo EAD
Tecmo Super Bowl Sports Nintendo Entertainment System Tecmo
1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Platformer Genesis Sonic Team
Super Mario Kart (Kart) Racing Super NES Nintendo EAD
1993 NHL '94 Sports Super NES EA Sports
1994 Final Fantasy VI Role-Playing Game Super NES SquareSoft
Samurai Shodown II Fighting Neo Geo SNK
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Platformer Super NES Nintendo EAD
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer: Open World Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1997 Gran Turismo (Sim) Racing PlayStation Polyphony Digital
International Superstar Soccer 64 Sports Nintendo 64 Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 SoulCalibur Fighting Arcade, Dreamcast Namco
2000 NFL 2K1 Sports Dreamcast Visual Concepts
Perfect Dark (First-Person) Shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Sandbox game PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Role-Playing Game Microsoft Windows, Xbox LucasArts
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2011 Chrono Trigger Role-Playing Game Wii (Virtual Console) Square
2012 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 Rayman Legends Platformer Microsoft Windows, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Ubisoft Montpellier
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action Wii U PlatinumGames
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action RPG Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED

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)
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[308] Action-Adventure, Sandbox PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City[309] Action-Adventure, Sandbox PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time[310] Platform-Adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox Ubisoft Montreal
2004 Half-Life 2[311] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve Corporation
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[312] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Ōkami[313] Action-Adventure PlayStation 2 Clover Studio
2007 BioShock[314] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 LittleBigPlanet[315] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[316] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption[317] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Minecraft[318] Sandbox, Survival Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, IOS Mojang
2012 Journey[319] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[320] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[321] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[322] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED

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 Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 (Tie) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2009 (Tie) Assassin's Creed II[323] Open World Action-Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Montreal
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare

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.[324][325]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1986 Wibarm[324] (Third-Person) Role-Playing Shooter PC-88, PC-98, X1, MZ, FM-7, MS-DOS Arsys Software
1987 Reviver: The Real-Time Adventure[324] Adventure PC-88, X1, MZ, MSX2
1988 Star Cruiser[324] (First-Person) Role-Playing Shooter, Space Flight Simulator PC-88, PC-98, X1, Mega Drive
1989 After Burner[325] Combat Flight Simulator, (Third-Person) Rail Shooter Arcade, X68000, FM Towns, MSX Sega AM2
1990 Dungeon Master[325] Role-Playing Game Atari ST, X68000, MSX, FM Towns, PC-9801 FTL Games, Victor Interactive Software
1991 Parodius! From Myth to Laughter[325] (Side-Scrolling) Shooter Arcade, X68000 Konami
1992 Overtake[325] Racing X68000 Zoom
1993 Castlevania Chronicles[325] (Side-Scrolling) Platformer X68000 Konami
1994 Geograph Seal[325] (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[326] Role-Playing Game Apple II Sir-Tech
1983 Pitfall![327] Platformer Atari 2600 Activision
1984 Boulder Dash[328] Action Atari 8-bit First Star Software
1990 Ys I & II[329] Action Role-Playing Game TurboGrafx-CD Nihon Falcom

Polygon[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2012 The Walking Dead[330] Point-and-click adventure game Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Telltale Games
2013 Gone Home[331] Adventure, interactive fiction Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux The Fullbright Company
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[332] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Her Story[333] Interactive movie Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS Sam Barlow
2016 DOOM[334] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 id Software

ScrewAttack[edit]

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

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword[335] Action-adventure Wii Nintendo EAD

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[336] Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve Corporation
2012[337] Xenoblade Chronicles Action role-playing Wii Monolith Soft
2013[338] Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014[339] Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Role-playing 3DS Atlus
2015[340] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Open world action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED
2016[341] Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Action-adventure, third-person shooter PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog

Softalk[edit]

In 1981, Softalk held one of the first reader polls on popular home computer software, released up until 1980.[342]

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

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.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2013 The Last of Us[343] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[344] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[345] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt RED

Time[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 Action-adventure Microsoft 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 Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Mojang
2012 Guild Wars 2 MMORPG, Sandbox, RPG Microsoft Windows ArenaNet
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 80 Days Interactive fiction iOS, Android Inkle
2015 Prune Puzzle iOS, Android Joel McDonald
2016 The Witness Puzzle Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS Thekla, Inc.

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.[346]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Publisher(s)
1983 Pac-Man[347] Maze Arcade, Atari 2600 Namco, Atari
1994 NBA Jam Sports Arcade, Super NES, Genesis 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 Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2000 Pokémon Stadium Strategy Nintendo 64 Nintendo
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Neversoft

X-Play[edit]

The winners of the X-Play Game of the Year were chosen by X-Play editors.[348] The show ended in January 2013.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Role-Playing Game Microsoft Windows, Xbox Bioware
2004 Halo 2 (First-Person) Shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure GameCube, Wii Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock[349] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Fable II[350] Action RPG: Sandbox Xbox 360 Lionhead Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[351] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[352] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[353] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Borderlands 2[354] First-person shooter Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, OS X Gearbox Software

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[355] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[356] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[357] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
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, Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Open world Action RPG PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows CD Projekt RED

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