The Top Ten

#10: Destiny 2

#9: Call of Duty: WWII

#8: Puyo Puyo Tetris

#7: Fire Emblem Heroes

#6: LawBreakers

#5: Cuphead

#4: Everybody's Golf

#3: Super Mario Odyssey

#2: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Game of the Year

#1: Persona 5

The Persona Awards

We thought we'd find a few more excuses to give awards to Persona 5 while we're at it. Here we go...

Best Menus

Winner: Persona 5
Runner-up: Cuphead

Best Song

Winner: Rivers in the Desert
Runners-up: Life Will Change, Beneath the Mask

Best Persona

Winner: Captain Kidd
Runners-up: Arsene, Johanna

Best Persona Game

Winner: Persona 5
Runners-up: Persona 4, Persona 3

Best Game Featuring a Cat Bus

Winner: Persona 5

Best High School Simulator

Winner: Persona 5
Runner-up: Doki Doki Literature Club!

Best Rainy Day Music

Winner: Beneath the Mask

Best Mask

Winner: Joker
Runners-up: Panther, Fox

Awards for Other Games

We should probably also give some awards to non-Persona games. That begins now...

Best New Video Game Website


Best Game Nobody Played

Winner: LawBreakers
Runners-up: Drawn To Death, Scalebound

Best Resurrection

Winner: Sonic Mania
Runners-up: Destiny 2, Tekken 7

Best New Console

Winner: Nintendo Switch
Runners-up: SNES Classic, Xbox One X

Worst Implementation of Loot Boxes

Winner: Star Wars Battlefront II
Runners-up: Forza Motorsport 7, Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Game Most Likely Named by an Algorithm

Winner: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Runners-up: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, One Piece: Unlimited World Red, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School, Senko no Ronde 2, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! Kono Yokubukai Game ni Shinpan o!, .hack//G.U. Last Recode, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars

Best Mobile Game

Winner: Fire Emblem Heroes
Runners-up: Magikarp Jump, Layton's Mystery Journey

Game on the Most Platforms

Winner: Minecraft (now on Switch, 3DS)
Runners-up: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (now on Switch, PSVR)

Best Tom Clancy Game

Winner: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
Runners-up: Tales of Berseria, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

Most Launch-Game Launch Game

Winner: 1-2-Switch
Runners-up: Super Bomberman R, Knack 2

The Xbox One Game Award, Presented by SpiffyMarc

Winner: Forza Motorsport 7
Runners-up: ReCore Definitive Edition, Scalebound

Stack Rank of Other Games

As part of our process every year, we make a full stack rank of all games we're considering. The top 10 from this ranking become our top 10, but the rest are presented here, starting with the best.

Nier: Automata
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
Forza Motorsport 7
Windjammers (PS4)
Madden NFL 18
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Battle Chef Brigade
Slime Rancher
Hollow Knight
Sonic Mania
Horizon: Zero Dawn
MLB The Show 2017
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Night In The Woods
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
The Golf Club 2
Splatoon 2
Tokyo 42
Nidhogg 2
Tekken 7
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
Dirt 4
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
For Honor
Assassin's Creed: Origins
Golf Story
Injustice 2
Arms ($60 MSRP)
Parappa The Rapper Remastered
Thimbleweed Park
What Remains of Edith Finch
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Magikarp Jump
Halo Wars 2
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Snake Pass
Knack II
Fable Fortune
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
StarCraft: Remastered
ReCore Definitive Edition
Yakuza 0 (PS4)
Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Valkyria Revolution
Lego Worlds
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Sonic Forces
Fire Emblem Warriors
Drawn to Death
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
Sniper Elite 4
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Star Wars Battlefront II

That's it for this year. Onward to 2018!