Game of the Year Awards 2017

The PC Gamer Game of the Year Awards are selected by our global team. We all throw in our six nominations for candidates, then get together on a long call to figure out our shortlist. We then pick award titles that suit each game—so you'll see a different set of awards this year compared to previous years. Here are all of the games (opens in new tab) that came up during the shortlisting process. 

We'll be updating this list with a new award and personal pick from a PCG staff member every day until the end of December. 

The Awards

Game of the Year 2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2 (opens in new tab)
Best Expansion:
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (opens in new tab)
Best Strategy Game:
Total War: Warhammer 2 (opens in new tab)
Best Platformer:
Hollow Knight (opens in new tab)
Breakout Game:
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (opens in new tab)
Best Setting:
Tacoma (opens in new tab)
Best Co-Op Game:
Destiny 2 (opens in new tab)
Best Comedy Game:
West of Loathing (opens in new tab)
Best Story:
What Remains of Edith Finch (opens in new tab)
Best Action Game:
Nier: Automata (opens in new tab)
Best Mod:
Sim Settlements for Fallout 4 (opens in new tab)
Ongoing Game Award:
No Man's Sky (opens in new tab)
Best Open World Game:
Assassin's Creed Origins (opens in new tab)
Best Visual Novel:
Butterfly Soup (opens in new tab)

Personal picks

These games didn't make the cut for the main awards, but they're still worth highlighting in their own right. Each of our staff has picked one favorite game and produced a longer piece about why they felt it was significant in 2017. We'll be posting new picks throughout the rest of December along with the primary awards above.

Andy Kelly: Resident Evil 7 (opens in new tab)
Steven Messner:
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (opens in new tab)
Samuel Roberts:
Stories Untold (opens in new tab)
Tom Senior:
Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer (opens in new tab)
Wes Fenlon:
Unexplored (opens in new tab)
Joe Donnelly:
Football Manager 2018 (opens in new tab)
Evan Lahti:
Quake Champions (opens in new tab)
Philippa Warr:
The Lion's Song (opens in new tab)
James Davenport:
Night In The Woods (opens in new tab)
Christopher Livingston:
The Sexy Brutale (opens in new tab)
Phil Savage:
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (opens in new tab)
Jody Macgregor:
Hidden Folks (opens in new tab)
Tim Clark:
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (opens in new tab)

Past awards

Game of the Year Awards 2016 (opens in new tab)
Game of the Year Awards 2015 (opens in new tab)
Game of the Year Awards 2014 (opens in new tab)
Game of the Year Awards 2013 (opens in new tab)

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.