List of Game of the Year awards

Game of the Year (GotY) is an award given by various award events and media publications to a video game that they feel represented the pinnacle of gaming that year.

Events and ceremonies

British Academy Games Awards (formerly BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards)

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 Developer(s)
1998 GoldenEye 007[1] First-person shooter Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[2] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2000 Console: MediEvil 2[3] Action-adventure SCE Cambridge Studio
Handheld: Pokémon Yellow[4] Role-playing Game Freak
PC: Deus Ex[5] Action role-playing Ion Storm
2001 Console: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec[6] Racing Polyphony Digital
Handheld: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[7] Sports Vicarious Visions
PC: Max Payne[8] Third-person shooter Remedy Entertainment
2002 Console: Halo: Combat Evolved[9] First-person shooter Bungie
Handheld: SMS Chess[10] Purple Software
PC: Neverwinter Nights[11] Role-playing BioWare
2003 Call of Duty[12] First-person shooter Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2[13] First-person shooter Valve
2006 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter[14] Tactical shooter Ubisoft Paris
2007 BioShock[15] First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 Super Mario Galaxy[16] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[17] Action-adventure Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[18] Action role-playing BioWare
2011 Portal 2[19] Puzzle-platformer Valve
2012 Dishonored[20] Action-adventure Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us[21] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny[22] Action role-playing Bungie
2015 Fallout 4[23] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[24] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2017 What Remains of Edith Finch[25] Adventure Giant Sparrow
2018 God of War[26] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Outer Wilds[27] Action-adventure Mobius Digital
2020 Hades[28] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Returnal[29] Third-person shooter Housemarque

Czech Game of the Year Awards

The Czech Game of the Year Awards are annual awards that recognize accomplishments in video game development.[30]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2010 Mafia II[31] Action-adventure game 2K Czech
2011 Family Farm Strategy video game Hammerware
2012 Dead Trigger First-person shooter Madfinger Games
Botanicula Adventure Amanita Design
2013 ArmA III Tactical shooter Bohemia Interactive
Lums: The Game of Light and Shadows Arcade game Hyperbolic Magnetism
2014[32] Medieval Engineers Sandbox Keen Software House
Dex Action RPG Platformer Dreadlocks Ltd
Monzo Simulation video game Madfinger Games
Coraabia Online Card ARK8
2015[33] Factorio Real-time strategy Wube Software
Rememoried Art Adventure Vladimír Kudělka
Czechoslovakia 1938–89: The Assassination Educational Charles University
2016 Samorost 3[34] Adventure Amanita Design
2017 Attentat 1942[35] Adventure Charles University
2018 Beat Saber[36] Rhythm Beat Games
2019 Pilgrims[37] Graphic adventure Amanita Design
2020 Creaks Graphic adventure Amanita Design

D.I.C.E. Awards

The D.I.C.E. Awards are awarded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), a non-profit organization of industry professionals. The awards were previously known as the Interactive Achievement Awards until 2013.[38]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1997/1998 GoldenEye 007[39] First-person shooter Rare
1998/1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[40] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
1999/2000 The Sims[41] Life simulation Maxis
2000 Diablo II[42] Action role-playing Blizzard North
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[43] First-person shooter Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942[44] First-person shooter Digital Illusions CE
2003 Call of Duty[45] First-person shooter Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2[46] First-person shooter Valve
2005 God of War[47] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2006 Gears of War[48] Third-person shooter Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[49] First-person shooter Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet[50] Puzzle-platformer Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[51] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[52] Action role-playing BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[53] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[54] Adventure Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[55] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[56] Action role-playing BioWare
2015 Fallout 4[57] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Overwatch[58] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[59] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[60] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Untitled Goose Game[61] Puzzlestealth House House
2020 Hades[62] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 It Takes Two[63] Action-adventure Hazelight Studios

Electronic Gaming Awards (formerly Arcade Awards)

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 video game crash of 1983. It was held since 1980 (for games released in 1979 and earlier) and were announced annually by Electronic Games magazine since 1981, covering several platform categories.[64] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992.[65] The 1992 and 1993 issues asked their readers to vote for the game of the year.

Year Arcade Standalone Console Computer
1979 Space Invaders
1980 Asteroids Superman
1981 Pac-Man Asteroids Star Raiders
1982 Tron Galaxian Demon Attack David's Midnight Magic
1983 Pole Position Q*bert Under 16K: Ms. Pac-Man
Over 16K: Lady Bug
Lode Runner
1984 Star Wars Zaxxon Space Shuttle Ultima III: Exodus
1992[66] Street Fighter II
1993[67][68] Disney's Aladdin

Famitsu Awards

The Grand Prize winners of the annual Famitsu Awards, voted by Famitsu magazine's readers. An annual award ceremony has been held since 2005.[69] Prior to 2005, the results were published in the magazine's annual "Best Hit Game Awards" feature since early 1987 (for games released in 1986).

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1986 Dragon Quest[70] Role-playing Chunsoft
1987 Dragon Quest II[71] Role-playing Chunsoft
1988 Dragon Quest III[72] Role-playing Chunsoft
1989 Final Fantasy II[73] Role-playing Squaresoft
1990 Dragon Quest IV[74] Role-playing Chunsoft
1991 Final Fantasy IV[75] Role-playing Squaresoft
2004 Monster Hunter Action role-playing Capcom
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror Capcom
Kingdom Hearts II Action role-playing Square Enix
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing Square Enix
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Role-playing Game Freak
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action role-playing Capcom
2008 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action role-playing Capcom
2009 Dragon Quest IX[76] Role-playing Level-5
2010 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd[77] Action role-playing Capcom
2011 Monster Hunter Tri G[69] Action role-playing Capcom
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Life simulation Nintendo EAD
2013 Monster Hunter 4[78] Action role-playing Capcom
2014 Yo-kai Watch 2[79] Role-playing Level-5
2015 Splatoon[80] Third-person shooter Nintendo EAD
2016 Pokémon Sun and Moon[81] Role-playing Game Freak
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
Dragon Quest XI Role-playing Square Enix
2018 Monster Hunter: World Action role-playing Capcom
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighting Bandai Namco Studios / Sora Ltd.
2019 Pokémon Sword and Shield Role-playing Game Freak
2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons[82] Life simulation Nintendo EPD
Ghost of Tsushima[83] Action-adventure Sucker Punch Productions
2021 Monster Hunter Rise[84] Action role-playing Capcom

The Game Awards

Geoff Keighley, producer and host of the Spike Video Game Awards, created The Game Awards in 2014. The winners are determined by a blended vote between the voting jury (90%) and public van voting (10%); the jury panel consists of members from 96 global media outlets.[85][86]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Action-adventure FromSoftware
2020 The Last of Us Part II Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2021 It Takes Two Action-adventure Hazelight Studios

Game Developers Choice Awards

The Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year is announced during the Game Developers Choice Awards at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the largest annual gathering of professional video game developers.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2000 The Sims[87] Life simulation Maxis
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[88] Action-adventure DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime[89] Action-adventure Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[90] Role-playing BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[91] First-person shooter Valve
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[92] Action-adventure Japan Studio, Team Ico
2006 Gears of War[93] Third-person shooter Epic Games
2007 Portal[94] Puzzle-platformer Valve
2008 Fallout 3[95] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[96] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[97] Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[98] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[99] Adventure Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[100] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[101] Action-adventure Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[102] Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch[103] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[104] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[105] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Untitled Goose Game[106] Puzzlestealth House House
2020 Hades[107] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Inscryption[108] Roguelike Daniel Mullins Games

Golden Joystick Awards

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.[109]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1983 Jetpac[110] Shooter Ultimate
1984 Knight Lore[110] Action-adventure Ultimate
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist[111] Fighting Beam Software
1986 Gauntlet[110] Hack-and-slash Atari Games
1987 Out Run[110] Racing Sega
1988 8-bit computers: Operation Wolf[112] Light gun shooter Taito
16-bit computers: Speedball[112] Sports Bitmap Brothers
Consoles: Thunder Blade[112] Combat flight simulator Sega
1989 8-bit computers: The Untouchables[113] Shooter Ocean Software
16-bit computers: Kick Off[113] Sports Dino Dini
1990[114] 8-bit computers: Rick Dangerous 2 Platformer Core Design
16-bit computers: Kick Off 2 Sports Dino Dini
8-bit consoles: Mega Man Action-platformer Capcom
16-bit consoles: John Madden American Football Sports (American football) Park Place Productions
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog[115] Platformer Ancient
1992 Street Fighter II[110] Fighting Capcom
1996/1997 Super Mario 64[116] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2002 Grand Theft Auto III[110] Action-adventure DMA Design
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City[117] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2004 Doom 3[110] First-person shooter id Software
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[118] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion[119] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2007 Gears of War[120] Third-person shooter Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[121] First-person shooter Infinity Ward
2009 Fallout 3[122] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[123] Action role-playing BioWare
2011 Portal 2[124] Puzzle-platformer Valve
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[125] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[126] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2014 Dark Souls II[127] Action role-playing FromSoftware
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[128] Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Dark Souls III[129] Action role-playing FromSoftware
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[130] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Fortnite Battle Royale[131] Battle royale Epic Games
2019 Resident Evil 2[132] Survival horror Capcom
2020 The Last of Us Part II[133] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2021 Resident Evil Village[134] Survival horror Capcom

Japan Game Awards (formerly CESA Awards)

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.[135]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1996 Sakura Wars[136] Tactical role-playing Overworks
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
1999 Doko Demo Issyo Strategy Sony Computer Entertainment
Final Fantasy VIII[137] Role-playing Square
2000 Phantasy Star Online Action role-playing Sonic Team
2001/2 Final Fantasy X Role-playing Square
2003 Final Fantasy XI MMORPG Square
Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Namco
2004 Monster Hunter Action role-playing Capcom
2005 Dragon Quest VIII Role-playing Level-5
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing Square Enix
Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Puzzle Nintendo SDD
2007 Wii Sports Sports Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action role-playing Capcom
2008 Wii Fit Fitness Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action role-playing Capcom
2009 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure Kojima Productions
Mario Kart Wii Racing Nintendo EAD
2010 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Platformer Nintendo EAD
2011 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Action role-playing Capcom
2012 Gravity Rush Action-adventure Project Siren
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Fighting CyberConnect2
2013 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Social simulation Nintendo EAD
2014 Monster Hunter 4 Action role-playing Capcom
Yo-kai Watch Role-playing Level-5
2015 Yo-kai Watch 2 Role-playing Level-5
2016 Splatoon Third-person shooter Nintendo EAD
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Monster Hunter: World[138] Action role-playing Capcom
2019 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[139] Fighting Bandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.
2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons[140] Social simulation Nintendo EPD
2021 Ghost of Tsushima[141] Action-adventure Sucker Punch Productions
Monster Hunter Rise[141] Action role-playing Capcom

National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) Awards

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers honors highly specialized developers for video game design, art, and sound, including more than 10 categories for new IP.[142]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-Adventure DMA Design
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-Adventure Rockstar North
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Action-adventure Ubisoft Montreal
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Valve
2005 Shadow of the Colossus Action-adventure Japan Studio, Team Ico
2006 Okami Action-adventure Clover Studio
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle-platformer Media Molecule
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum Action-adventure Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 Minecraft Sandbox Mojang
2012 Journey Adventure Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 Super Mario Odyssey Platformer Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Action-adventure FromSoftware
2020 Ghost of Tsushima Action-adventure Sucker Punch Productions
2021 Deathloop First-person shooter Arkane Studios

New York Game Awards

The New York Videogame Critics Circle hosts an annual award show that recognizes the best contributions to the video game industry from the previous year.[143]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[144] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 The Walking Dead[145] Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us[146] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order[147] First-person shooter MachineGames
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[148] Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[149] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[150] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[151] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 The Outer Worlds[152] Action role-playing Obsidian Entertainment
2020 Hades[153] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Psychonauts 2[154] Platform Double Fine

Spike Video Game Awards

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.[155] The show's title was changed to VGX in 2013 before Spike TV dropped the show entirely. Host and producer Geoff Keighley created The Game Awards in 2014.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2003 Madden NFL 2004 Sports EA Tiburon
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure Rockstar North[156]
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror Capcom
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[157] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure Rockstar North

SXSW Gaming Awards

The winners of the SXSW Gaming Awards are judged by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board, which is composed of over 40 industry members.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2014 The Last of Us[158] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition[159] Action role-playing BioWare
2016 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[160] Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2017 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[161] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2018 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[162] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2019 God of War[163] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2020 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice[164] Action-adventure FromSoftware
2021 Hades[165] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2022 Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker[166] MMORPG Square Enix

VSDA Awards

The Video Software Dealers Association's VSDA Awards for home entertainment handed out awards for the best video games of the year until 2001.[167]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1983 Pac-Man[168] Maze Namco
1994 NBA Jam Sports Midway Games
1995 Donkey Kong Country Platformer Rare
1996 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Platformer Rare
1998 GoldenEye 007 First-person shooter Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2000 Pokémon Stadium Strategy Nintendo EAD
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports Neversoft

Publications and media

Ars Technica

Starting in 2012, the editors of Ars Technica have published their top 20 games for each year.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2012 Dishonored[169] Action-adventure Arkane Studios
2013 Papers, Please[170] Puzzle 3909 LLC
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[171] Action role-playing BioWare
2015 Rocket League[172] Sports Psyonix
2016 Overwatch[173] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 Super Mario Odyssey[174] Platformer Nintendo EPD
2018 Celeste[175] Platformer Matt Makes Games
2019 Control[176] Action-adventure Remedy Entertainment
2020 Hades[177] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Psychonauts 2[178] Platform Double Fine

Destructoid

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2007 BioShock[179] First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 Left 4 Dead[180] First-person shooter Valve
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[181] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2[182] Platform Nintendo EAD
2011 Portal 2[183] Puzzle-platform Valve
2012 The Walking Dead[184] Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us[185] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Bayonetta 2[186] Hack 'n' slash PlatinumGames
2015 Bloodborne[187] Action role-playing FromSoftware
2016 Overwatch[188] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[189] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[190] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 The Outer Worlds[191] Action role-playing Obsidian Entertainment
2020 Hades[192] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Chicory: A Colorful Tale[193] Adventure Greg Lobanov

Easy Allies (formerly GameTrailers)

The winners of the Easy Allies Game of the Year are chosen by its staff (formerly GameTrailers editors).[194][195]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2005 Resident Evil 4[196] Survival horror Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[197] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[198] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[199] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[200] First-person shooter Infinity Ward
2010 Mass Effect 2[201] Action role-playing BioWare
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception[202] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Hearthstone Card game Blizzard Entertainment
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure Japan Studio
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Action-adventure FromSoftware
2020 Half-Life: Alyx[203] First-person shooter Valve
2021 Returnal Third-person shooter Housemarque

Edge

The winners of the Edge Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.[204]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[205] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
1999 Gran Turismo 2[206] Racing simulation Polyphony Digital
2002 Metroid Prime Action-adventure Retro Studios
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Valve
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror Capcom
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing Square Enix
2007 Super Mario Galaxy Platformer Nintendo EAD
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Borderlands Action role-playing Gearbox Software
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Platformer Nintendo EAD
2011 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2012 Dishonored Action-adventure Arkane Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure Rockstar North
2014 Bayonetta 2 Action PlatinumGames
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing FromSoftware
2016 The Last Guardian Action-adventure Japan Studio
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 Action-adventure Rockstar Studios
2019 Outer Wilds Action-adventure Mobius Digital
2020
No direct GOTY award was given
2021 Deathloop[207] First-person shooter Arkane Studios

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)

The winners of the Electronic Gaming Monthly Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1988 Double Dragon[208] Beat 'em up Technōs Japan
1989 Ghouls 'n Ghosts[209] Platform Capcom
1990 Strider[210] Platform Capcom
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog[211] Platformer Sonic Team
1992 Street Fighter II[212] Fighting Capcom
1993 Samurai Shodown[213] Fighting SNK
1994 Donkey Kong Country[214] Platformer Rare
1995 Twisted Metal[215][216] Vehicular combat SingleTrac
1996 Super Mario 64[217] Platformer Nintendo EAD
1997 GoldenEye 007[214] First-person shooter Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[218] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
1999 Soul Calibur[219] Fighting Namco
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[214] Sports Neversoft
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[214] First-person shooter Bungie
2002 Metroid Prime[220] Action-adventure Retro Studios
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time[221] Action-adventure Ubisoft Montreal
2004 Halo 2[214] First-person shooter Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4[214] Survival horror Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[214] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock[214] First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[214] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[214] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[222] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Far Cry 3[223] First-person shooter Ubisoft Montreal
2013 BioShock Infinite[224] First-person shooter Irrational Games
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[225] Action role-playing BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[226] Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch[227] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[228] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2[229] Action-adventure Rockstar Studios
2019 Control[230] Action-adventure Remedy Entertainment
2020 The Last of Us Part II[231] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2021 Psychonauts 2[232] Platform Double Fine

Empire

The winners of the Empire Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.[233]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2014 Dark Souls II[234] Action role-playing FromSoftware
2015 Bloodborne[235] Action role-playing FromSoftware
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[236] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2017 Super Mario Odyssey[237] Platform Nintendo EAD
2018 God of War[238] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Resident Evil 2[239] Action-adventure Capcom
2020 The Last of Us Part II[240] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2021 Deathloop[241] First-person shooter Arkane Studios

Entertainment Weekly

The winners of the Entertainment Weekly Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.[242]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 Wii Fit Fitness game Nintendo EAD
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2012 Journey Adventure Thatgamecompany
2013 BioShock Infinite First-person shooter Irrational Games
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Kojima Productions
2016 Inside Puzzle-platformer Playdead
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[243] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Resident Evil 2[244] Survival horror Capcom
2020 The Last of Us Part II[245] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2021 Resident Evil Village[246] Survival horror Capcom

Eurogamer

The winners of the Eurogamer Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.[247]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1999 Unreal Tournament First-person shooter Epic Games
2000 Deus Ex Action role-playing Ion Storm
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Action-adventure DMA Design
2002 Ico Action-adventure Team Ico
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-adventure Rockstar North
2004 Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Valve
2005 Psychonauts Platformer Double Fine Productions
2006 Guitar Hero Rhythm Harmonix
2007 Portal Puzzle-platformer Valve
2008 LittleBigPlanet Puzzle-platformer Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2 Action role-playing BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Valve
2012 Fez Puzzle-platformer Polytron Corporation
2013 Super Mario 3D World Platformer Nintendo EAD
2014 Mario Kart 8 Racing Nintendo EAD
2015 Bloodborne Action role-playing FromSoftware
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[248] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Tetris Effect[249] Puzzle Monstars Inc. and Resonair
2019 Outer Wilds[250] Action-adventure Mobius Digital
2020 Hades[251] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Unpacking[252] Puzzle Witch Beam

Game Informer

The winners of the Game Informer Game of the Year are chosen by its editors. During their earlier 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. In 2017, they retroactively awarded a GOTY award for each past year that did not have an overall best game.[253]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1992 Street Fighter II Fighting Capcom
1993 Mortal Kombat Fighting Midway Games
1994 Donkey Kong Country Platformer Rare
1995 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Platformer Rare
1996 Super Mario 64 Platformer Nintendo EAD
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
1999 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Sports Neversoft
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports Neversoft
2001 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty[254] Action-adventure Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Action-adventure Rockstar North
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2004 Halo 2 First-person shooter Bungie
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror Capcom
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Mass Effect 3 Action role-playing BioWare
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[255] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[256] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Control[257] Action-adventure Remedy Entertainment
2020 The Last of Us Part II[258] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2021 Halo Infinite[259] First-person shooter 343 Industries

GameSpot

The winners of the GameSpot Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.[260] Awards from 1998–2001 were split between console and PC.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
1996 Diablo[261] Action role-playing Blizzard North
1997 Total Annihilation[262] Real-time strategy Cavedog Entertainment
1998 Console: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[263] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
PC: Grim Fandango[264] Graphic adventure LucasArts
1999 Console: Soulcalibur[265] Fighting Namco
PC: EverQuest[266] MMORPG Sony Online Entertainment
2000 Console: Chrono Cross[267] Role-playing Square
PC: The Sims[268] Life simulation Maxis
2001 Console: Grand Theft Auto III[269] Action-adventure DMA Design
PC: Serious Sam: The First Encounter[270] First-person shooter Croteam
2002 Metroid Prime[271] Action-adventure Retro Studios
2003 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker[272] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2004 World of Warcraft[273] MMORPG Blizzard Entertainment
2005 Resident Evil 4[274] Survival horror Capcom
2006 Gears of War[275] Third-person shooter Epic Games
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[276] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[277] Action-adventure Kojima Productions
2009 Demon's Souls[278] Action role-playing FromSoftware
2010 Red Dead Redemption[279] Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[280] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[281] Adventure Thatgamecompany
2013 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[282] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[283] Action-adventure Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[284] Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch[285] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[286] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2[287] Action-adventure Rockstar Studios
2019 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice[288] Action-adventure FromSoftware
2020 Half-Life: Alyx[289] First-person shooter Valve
2021 Deathloop[290] First-person shooter Arkane Studios

GamesRadar+

GamesRadar+ holds a Platinum Chalice Awards feature each year, as part of that, the Game of the Year chosen by its editors.[291]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2006 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[292] Action-adventure Nintendo EAD
2007 The Orange Box[293] First-person shooter Valve
2008 Fallout 3[294] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[295] Action-adventure Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption[296] Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Valve
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny Action role-playing Bungie
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Action-adventure Kojima Productions
2016 Titanfall 2 First-person shooter Respawn Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[297] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Control[298] Action-adventure Remedy Entertainment
2020 Hades[299] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Deathloop[300] Action-adventure Arkane Studios

Gamest

Japanese magazine Gamest specialized in arcade games. They published the Gamest Awards annually for arcade games.

Year Title Genre Developer Ref
1987 Darius Scrolling shooter Taito [301]
1988 Gradius II Scrolling shooter Konami [302]
1989 Tetris Puzzle Sega [303]
1990 Final Fight Beat 'em up Capcom [304]
1991 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Fighting Capcom [305]
1992 Street Fighter II Dash (Champion Edition) Fighting Capcom [306]
1993 Samurai Shodown Fighting SNK [307]
1994 The King of Fighters '94 Fighting SNK [308]
1995 Virtua Fighter 2 Fighting Sega AM2 [309]
1996 Street Fighter Zero 2 (Street Fighter Alpha 2) Fighting Capcom [310]
1997 Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers 3) Fighting Capcom [311]
1998 Psychic Force 2012 Fighting Taito [312]

Giant Bomb

The winners of the Giant Bomb Game of the Year are chosen by its editors.[313]

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[314] Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[315] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[316] Action role-playing BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[317] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based tactics Firaxis Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Action-adventure Monolith Productions
2015 Super Mario Maker[318] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2016 Hitman[319] Stealth IO Interactive
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds[320] Battle royale PUBG Corporation
2018 Tetris Effect[321] Puzzle Monstars Inc./Resonai
2019 Outer Wilds[322] Action-adventure Mobius Digital
2020 Hades[323] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Chicory: A Colorful Tale[324] Adventure Greg Lobanov

Hardcore Gamer

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

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2012 Far Cry 3[325] First-person shooter Ubisoft
2013 The Last of Us[326] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[327] Action role-playing BioWare
2015 Tales from the Borderlands[328] Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2016 Owlboy[329] Platform-adventure D-Pad Studio
2017 Nier: Automata[330] Action role-playing PlatinumGames
2018 God of War[331] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Resident Evil 2[332] Survival horror Capcom
2020 Ghost of Tsushima[333] Action-adventure Sucker Punch Productions
2021 Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart[334] Third-person shooter Insomniac Games

IGN

IGN's game of the year is chosen by its staff.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[335] First-person shooter Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942[336] First-person shooter Digital Illusions CE
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[337] Role-playing BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[338] First-person shooter Valve
2005 God of War[339] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2006 Ōkami[340] Action-adventure Clover Studio
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[341] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2008 Fallout 3[342] Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[343] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[344] Action role-playing BioWare
2011 Portal 2 Puzzle-platformer Valve
2012 Journey Adventure Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch[345] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[346] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[347] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Control[348] Action-adventure Remedy Entertainment
2020 Hades[349] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Forza Horizon 5[350] Racing Playground Games

Polygon

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

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2012 The Walking Dead[351] Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2013 Gone Home[352] Adventure The Fullbright Company
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[353] Action role-playing BioWare
2015 Her Story[354] Interactive movie Sam Barlow
2016 Doom[355] First-person shooter id Software
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[356] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[357] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2019 Outer Wilds[358] Action-adventure Mobius Digital
2020 Hades[359] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Inscryption[360] Roguelike Daniel Mullins Games

Time

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

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2006 Wii Sports Sports Nintendo EAD
2007 Halo 3 First-person shooter Bungie
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Action-adventure Rockstar North
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 First-person shooter Infinity Ward
2010 Alan Wake Action-adventure Remedy Entertainment
2011 Minecraft Sandbox Mojang
2012 Guild Wars 2 MMORPG ArenaNet
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure Rockstar North
2014 80 Days Interactive fiction Inkle
2015 Prune Puzzle Joel McDonald
2016 The Witness Puzzle Thekla, Inc.
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[361] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[362] Action-adventure Santa Monica Studio
2020 Hades[363] Action role-playing Supergiant Games
2021 Metroid Dread[364] Action-adventure MercurySteam

USgamer

The staff of USgamer published their top 20 games from 2015 until they ceased publication at the end of 2020.

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2015 Super Mario Maker[365] Platform Nintendo EAD
2016 Overwatch[366] First-person shooter Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[367] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD
2018 Red Dead Redemption 2[368] Action-adventure Rockstar Studios
2019 Disco Elysium[369] Role-playing ZA/UM
2020 Hades[370] Action role-playing Supergiant Games

Yahoo!

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

Year Game Genre Developer(s)
2007 Super Mario Galaxy[371] Platformer Nintendo EAD
2008 Fallout 3 Action role-playing Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[372] Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[373] Action-adventure Rockstar San Diego
2011 Batman: Arkham City Action-adventure Rocksteady Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure Telltale Games
2013 The Last of Us Action-adventure Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing CD Projekt Red
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[374] Action-adventure Nintendo EPD

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