It's the most wonderful time of the year! We got a new Star Wars movie (stay tuned for more from us about that) AND Cheerful Ghost Game of the Year award season is starting! And as always, we need your help to make it awesome.

This is the nomination thread, so drop your nominations in the comments. We will keep nominations open through Christmas. The categories are the same as last year:

  • Best AAA Game: This category is for the Call of Duties and the Fallouts, the big games with big publisher backing.

  • Best Indie Game: The games that go their own way, sometimes self-published.

  • Best DLC/Expansion/Update: Any addition to a game that had a very positive effect, from something as simple as an update or horse armor, to big expansions.

  • Best Mobile Game: Self-explanatory. These are the games you play on your phone.

After the nominations are over, we will open up voting to pick our winners!

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/19/2017 at 02:44pm

My nominations:

Best AAA Game:

  • Super Mario Odyssey: Perhaps my game of the decade, this game is just a masterpiece from beginning to end. It brings together Mario's history and new, wild mechanics to create something simultaneously nostalgic and fresh.

  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Expanding on the previous games with better and weightier plot, new mechanics, and a fresh coat of paint.

  • Horizon Zero Dawn: I'm ashamed to admit I haven't finished this because other games kept distracting me, but what I played was a beautiful and very unique game blending adventure, RPG, and stealth mechanics into a perfect stew.

Best Indie Game:

  • Cuphead: Beautiful art and insane difficulty combine for a very memorable game. Like Super Meat Boy, you can always see what you were supposed to do, so you never feel like the game is punishing you. There are no "THE GAME CHEATS!" moments.

  • Superflight: A small game developed by grad students as part of their curriculum, but the polish would suggest otherwise. Beautiful flight mechanics, crazy tricks, and a chill and relaxing experience. This one is a great game for decompressing at the end of the day.

Best DLC/Expansion/Update:

  • Diablo III's Necromancer pack: There's not much here aside from a new class to play, but wow, that class is fun. I felt that it perfectly achieved the game's goals of making you feel like a magical badass while also keeping the sense of a threat from the enemies.

  • No Man's Sky's Atlas Rises update: This is the biggest update yet, and wow, does it ever shine. One of the games biggest complaints was that it was as wide as the ocean and deep as a puddle. This update added significant depth, weight to your actions, new activities, new ship types, and even the first hints of multiplayer.

Best Mobile Game:

  • HQ Trivia: This is less of a video game than you'd expect on this list. It's a live game show, and you are a contestant, along with half a million others. Twelve questions and you're out after your first wrong answer. Whoever survives after round 12 splits the pot o' cash. My wife and I have had a ton of fun with this one.

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/19/2017 at 06:44pm

Best AAA Game: Zelda Breath Of The Wild (that came out this year, right?)

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/19/2017 at 06:47pm

It did, yup!

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 12/19/2017 at 07:15pm

+1 for Zelda BotW for Best AAA Game.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 12/19/2017 at 07:58pm

+1 BotW AAA
I agree with Travis's DLC picks, too.

I'd like to put Ark for Indie game, because it just released. I'd also like to nominate the new DLC, Aberration.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 12/19/2017 at 08:35pm

Oh and I think Civ6 goes in there somewhere, too.

vdogmr25 wrote on 12/21/2017 at 08:59pm

Best AAA Game: Resident Evil 7. It's been a long time since Resident Evil actually scared me. Good times.

Best Indie Game: Pyre. Supergiant was once again able to make a game where all aspects of the game come together and support each other in the wonderful story of redemption, political intrigue, and fantasy sportsball. As with other indie darlings of this year, the art, music, and gameplay are spot on.

Best DLC/Expansion/Update: StarCraft 2 going free to play. SC2 has had a good boost in players with the addition before co-op mode, and between that and going free to play, I've been able to pull more friends into the game who were hesitant to pay for a game as daunting as StarCraft.

Best Mobile Game: Jackbox Party Pack 4. A stretch of the term "mobile," but this game is available for everything (even roku and apple tv), and each person plays using a mobile device. I take it with me to nearly every social gathering as there's a game for everyone in this, and is incredibly accessible. (Monster Seeking Monster is the best one)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/21/2017 at 11:29pm

Triple A: Metroid: Samus Returns & StarFox II(i'm open to recategorizing this but where else would it go? smile).

Indie Games: Thimbleweed Park & The End is Nigh.

Best DLC/Expansion/Update: Full Throttle Remastered, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, StarCraft Remastered & Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/21/2017 at 11:34pm

Actually drop Samus Returns from Triple A.

Best Mobile: Metroid: Samus Return & Stranger Things(I still need to write up my thoughts about this). I might have more games later too.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/22/2017 at 04:02am

Wait there's a Stranger Things game?

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 12/22/2017 at 05:23am

What Travis said^^^

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/22/2017 at 07:48pm


Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 12/22/2017 at 08:50pm

Ok, I downloaded the ST game.

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