It’s that time again, folks! We are gearing up for our Game of the Year awards, and we need your nominations!

Please listen closely, as our menu options have changed. We have changed up the categories a bit this year, so please read those carefully.

Then drop your nominations in the comments below, and we will compile them into polls for final voting.

  • 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 Ongoing Game: This category is for the games that didn’t release in 2018 but continue to receive content. MMOs, games like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky, etc.

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

The nominations will close December 31st, and we will open up the polls for voting on the 1st.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 12/17/2018 at 08:52pm

Best AAA: Fallout 76
Best Indie: Jurassic World Evolution (I think it's indie)
Best DLC: Jurassic World Evolution: The Secrets of Dr. Wu & Ark Survival Evolved: Extinction
Best Ongoing: Minecraft

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/17/2018 at 09:09pm

Best ongoing: Terraria & Fortnite

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/17/2018 at 09:42pm

Best mobile: Egg, Inc.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 12/17/2018 at 11:19pm

I'd like to give best ongoing to Terraria, but it's been too long since it's been updated. I expect next year we'll finally see an update.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/18/2018 at 03:26am

Yeah Terraria hasn't even gotten an update since April 2017, hard to call it ongoing for this year but I think it's fair game since development is ongoing.

Frontier Developments did JW Evolution. They're kinda on the cusp. Like AA instead of AAA. I think you could reasonably count them in both camps.

Here are mine.
Best AAA: Red Dead Redemption 2 . Game of the Decade. Hat tip to God of War which I was convinced would be my GotY until I played RDR2.

Best Indie: Graveyard Keeper. I still can't drive past a graveyard without thinking about it.

Best DLC: No Man's Sky NEXT

Best Ongoing: No Man's Sky for basically killing it and coming back from the brink of hatred.

Best Mobile: Egg Inc came out in mid-2016 or I'd call it my mobile GotY. I'm going with Alto's Odyssey.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 12/18/2018 at 04:18am

I think the only 2018 game I played this year was Revenge of the Bird King. I don't really count the re-release of Shenmue for Xbox One/PS4 a new game. I vote for Revenge of the Bird King for every category!

vdogmr25 wrote on 12/18/2018 at 06:22am

Best AAA: Monster Hunter World
Best Indie: Monster Prom
Best DLC: Little Nightmares: The Residence
Best Ongoing: Starcraft 2 (manily co-op mode getting more maps and commanders)
Haven't played anything from this year on mobile.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 12/27/2018 at 12:53am

Best New Early Access Game & Most Improved: Atlas :)

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/27/2018 at 04:35am

How is it possible for it to be most improved when it just launched? Did they release a patch that fixes the massive launch mess?

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/27/2018 at 04:35am

Also, you just made up those categories laughing

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 12/27/2018 at 05:19am

Yes, it suffered a horrible launch, but was resolved. I also call it the most ambitious. So, Best New Ambitious Early Access Game & Most Improved: Atlas. LOL And yeah, I made up those categories, although Best Early Access seems like a good one to add, officially.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/27/2018 at 04:24pm

I could see the benefits but I would worry about a few things

* I think people are wary of Early Access, at least the crowd here, and don't use it much (though I could be way off on that)

* People use Early Access for different levels of testing. Some games will be amazing ideas but still quite broken, some will be practically finished, with Early Access just being used as a pre-order where you get to play it early, and some games remain in Early Access long past the point where they should be, so the developers can use it as a crutch: "Oh you're having issues? Well it's still in early access, don't worry. Here buy our new DLC for our game that hasn't been released yet!"

* It's hard to judge games that aren't done cooking yet

* Early Access devs can just disappear and leave people with a wasted purchase, and it would suck to give something the CG Early Access GotY and then it ends up being vaporware.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/01/2019 at 10:27pm
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