The Reddit Xbox One Game Of The Year Awards – 2017
Seasons greetings everyone!
I recently organised and wrote up the 2017 reddit Xbox One game of the year awards. There was once again, an amazing turnout of voters! We had a total of 10,103 responses – And upon removing the 6,822 naughty votes from people who thought they could bot the system (tisk tisk) we arrived at the grand total of 3,281 respondents!
As always – The votes have been counted correctly, altered based on my own personal bias and edited to reflect the juicy bribes I received in bitcoin and anime hug pillows from publishers.
Each winner has been given a prestigious and totally not imaginary /r/XboxOne exclusive “award”, and are celebrated below.
As a heads up – By their very nature, these awards will contain mild spoilers. You have been warned
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Blasting Nazis, robot dogs and the KKK with death lasers in a fictional alternate reality 1960s America? Whats not to love here?! The man who starred in the very first FPS game as we know them; B.J Blazkowicz returns and sets the record straight on just how the shooter genre is done.
Assassins Creed: Origins
Something of a surprise winner this year – The AC series is not known for its RPG flair, but Ubisoft went back to the drawing board with the newest instalment of the franchise and re-imagined AC as a sprawling, open world RPG set in ancient Egypt. Well done Ubisoft. Despite very strong competition from South Park: The Fractured, But Whole, you managed to take the win! Just don’t get comfortable in your seats – I have a feeling we will see you back on the award stage very soon…
Assassins Creed: Origins
And by very soon – I mean right now…
Never before have we awarded the Action Adventure AND Role Playing Game trophies to the same game – But then again, never before has a game managed to fuse open-world action, platforming and adventure quite so well into a deep RPG system. Truly a new benchmark for the open world genre, AC:O smashed its second-place rival, Shadow of War by over a thousand votes and adds another feather in its hat.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colussus
4 awards given out and only 2 games mentioned. Despite very healthy competition in this award from many games, Wolfenstein 2 managed to narrowly outpace its nearest rival, Prey and take the win. Violent, ridiculous and funny – But also poignant, emotional and surprisingly human. Wolfenstein 2 takes one of the most ridiculous storeys ever told in gaming and makes it feel real
BEST FREE TO PLAY GAME
Fortnite: Battle Royale
This was not even a question in the minds of you guys. Epic’s somewhat *ahem* **familiar** take on the battle royale genre utterly decimated the competition this year. Just goes to show that when your original game idea is tanking, there are much worse things you can do than rebuild your game into cartoony PUBG meets Minecraft. Nice one Epic.
BEST SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN
Assassins Creed: Origins
This was a close one! Going head to head with Wolfenstein 2 yet again, the sandy expanses of the assassins creed world were just enough to push it into the winning position, by less than 30 votes!
The trials and tribulations of Bayek of Siwa were enough to win award number 3 for Ubisoft this year.
Get ready to drop. Not surprisingly, PUBG wins best multiplayer this year. The Xbox is known as the “shooters console” and PUBG is currently the most popular shooter in the entire world – With a staggering 10%+ of all PC gamers on steam having played it (Making it the 6th most popular PC game in the world). It only makes sense that Xbox gamers would catch PUBG mania as well. Congratulations Bluehole!
BEST SPORTS GAME
Oh hey, it’s that genre that FIFA wins every year! Football is the worlds most popular sport, so it would only make sense that it would be the most popular sports video game as well. In fact, the only gaming franchise that sells more on console than FIFA is COD.
Well done EA. Next year we will ship your award early to save time.
BEST DRIVING/RACING GAME
Forza Motorsport 7
Oh hey, it’s that genre that Forza wins every year! Seriously though, Forza is the undisputed king of racing games. No other racing game series on any other platform comes close to the quality and frequency of releases that the Forza team manage every year. This year was no exception, with FM7 being used as the poster boy for the Xbox One X 4K, 60FPS HDR miracle. Turn 10 utterly obliterated the competition this year by over **THREE THOUSAND** votes. Possibly the widest margin of victory we have ever seen. Rekt.
Let’s be real for a second – As a pure platformer, Cuphead is average at best. But in its own genre of “Artistic tour de force bullet hell cross boss rush cross platformer cross dark souls with incredible music” – It has no equal. The blue hedgehog made a come back this year with the incredible Sonic Mania, which did VERY well in votes, but it wasn’t even close to knocking the crown off of the cup’s head. Well done Studio MDHR.
BEST HORROR GAME
Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil is the king of the survival horror genre. After years and years of poorly performing sequels, the team went back to the drawing board and re-designed just what it is that makes a Resident Evil game. Despite changing everything from the setting, to the story, to even the player perspective – RE7 Still somehow managed to feel like Resident Evil. On top of that, it was one of the best horror games released this year. Prey and The Evil Within 2 managed to actually tie for second place, but they must both bow before the king. A true return to form from Capcom.
Possibly by virtue of being one of the most original soundtracks in gaming, Cuphead stunned everyone with its old-timey Big Band and Barbershop soundtrack. Noticeable competition came from Prey, which was composed by Mick Gordon (Who won last year’s best soundtrack award for DOOM) and Destiny 2 – But they weren’t enough to overcome the originality and awesomeness that was Cuphead’s soundtrack.
Also worth noting that this song is actually sung by a woman. The incredibly talented Alana Bridgewater.
BEST “GAME PREVIEW PROGRAM” (EARLY ACCESS) GAME
Award number two for the innovative new franchise. Despite its technical and performance issues on release, the game is still fun enough for the VAST majority of you to overlook. They earned this particular chicken dinner by over 2 thousand votes. Tasty.
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Despite the controversy surrounding the Battlefront series – There is one thing that nobody of sound mind can ever fault the series, and indeed DICE studios themselves for. Sound Design.
The pew pew of the blasters, the whroom of the light sabres and the skreeeeeuummmmm of tie fighters all coming through JUST right.
Assassins Creed: Origins
This game is simply stunning. In 4K HDR on the Xbox One X – There is arguably no better-looking game in existence right now. Incredible texture detail, stunning vistas, built up cities, sweeping sand dunes, a draw distance that stretches to infinity and historical accuracy so legit that you can play the game with an Egyptology book on hand and actually compare visual notes and translate the real hieroglyphics. AC:O is one hell of a pretty game. Battlefront 2 put up a good fight, but it was no match for that Ubisoft magic.
THE “SHOULD HAVE BEEN DELAYED” AWARD
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect: Andromeda was, in what is retrospectively the height of irony, delayed more than once by EA who claimed “We’re willing to make moves in launch dates if we feel that it’s necessary to deliver the right player experience” after their first 5-month delay. It seems that wasn’t quite enough.
Bad characters, Bad Plot, Bad Glitches – The ME Series hit an all-time low with this instalment. Causing such a stir as to have EA gut the entire development team and then to declare that the Mass Effect franchise is to be shelved indefinitely.
BEST FREE GAME WITH GOLD
Ryse: Son of Rome
We live in a post Pool Nation FX world. Gaming has peaked. Since then we shamble about aimlessly, lost and alone. We make do with what we are given. Ryse: Son of Rome was a launch game for the Xbox One, that Meme’d on this subreddit only second to PNFX. With weekly threads asking for it to be a GWG, Numerous rumours and hoaxes – The madmen finally did it and gave it to us.
So that’s it. We defeated Microsoft and have no games left to meme… Soldiers without a war. Is there truly a place left for us in this world?
Oh, and the game is alright I guess.
MOST BANG-ABLE CHARACTER
The “Retry” button – Cuphead
Easily one of the most smashed menu options in recent memory. This filthy harlot was always there, ready for you to fail. You hated yourself for going back to its arms – But it was always there when you needed it. In the back of your mind, you knew this was an abusive relationship, but nobody truly knows you like the Retry button. Every time you press it, you swear to yourself that was the last time. That is until the next time…
Also as always, my mother was a strong contender in the “Other” category, as well as /u/MajorNelson and the Puddle Slime from Slime Rancher.
MOST HATED CHARACTER
EA – Everything
Electronic Arts have been voted worst company in America. Twice.
Our very own mod /u/falconbox summed up everyone’s reaction to EA this year with [some High-Quality Gifs meme magic.](https://gfycat.com/SpanishAntiqueHuia)
THE “BUYERS REMORSE” AWARD
This was a polarising choice. Seemingly Bungie managed to accomplish the impossible by irritating both the hardcore Destiny 1 fanbase AND the casual audience with a cavalcade of “downgrades”, controversies and poor press. From being caught stripping down content to be re-sold as microtransactions through to skimming EXP from players – Destiny 2 has not been a smooth ride. Not even Starwars Battlefront 2 came close to the level of regret felt by long-time Bungie fans…. Again…
BEST CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE
What is left for me to say here? Cuphead is one of the most original, well executed and highly decorated games of the year. A stunning achievement for indie developers Studio MDHR – They even got props from the prime minister of Canada himself! Congratulations again guys. You crafted a fun and unique game that took the old school and somehow made it new school. A game that no Xbox One owner should be without, Cuphead is a triumph in every sense of the word.
OVERALL BEST GAME OF THE YEAR 2017
Assassins Creed: Origins
Another Close one! With Cuphead and Wolfenstein 2 hot on its heels, it was once again Assassins Creed: Origins that managed to edge ahead of the crowd by a MEASLY 82 votes to pick up its 6th award this year – Making it the most highly decorated game in /r/XboxOne history.
There seems to be no question at all on your minds as to what the essential game of 2017 is for every Xbox One owner. That game is Assassins Creed: Origins.
Ubisoft took a year off in order to make the best new AC game they could and it is obvious that that little extra layer of TLC was exactly what the series needed. If you are a fan of action games, platformers, stealth, hack and slash combat, open world exploration, RPG mechanics, loot, crafting or even just a history buff – You owe it to yourself to play this game. Particularly in 4K HDR on the Xbox One X. Congratulations Ubisoft on your first ever big win on the sub!
A big thanks to everyone who voted once again! Looking forward to 2018’s wild ride!