Another day for some of the year’s best games to be recognized. Below you’ll find the winners of day three as well as a link to how we picked the winners in episode 33 of the podcast.
Now, let’s get right into it and start announcing winners.
The Never Forget Award
This year was one filled with spectacular releases. Naturally, some games will slip through the cracks which this award is here to remedy. And the winner is . . .
The Danganronpa games made a statement back in the glory days of the Vita. Now we have yet another fantastic entry into the franchise, but no one seems to know or care. You should. Though the glory days of the Vita (R.I.P.) may be gone, Danganronpa V3 finds a nice home on the PS4 (though you can still play it on Vita if you just want to remind yourself of the pain). There wasn’t/isn’t enough hype around this game, which means this series could end the way it started: from out of nowhere.
Nominees: Pyre, Yakuza: Kiwami, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Winner)
From an unexpected death, to a story twist so crazy that it can only be fully appreciated if you play the game, these are the moments that made our jaws drop. And the winner is…
NieR: Automata Ending E:
(STILL VERY MUCH SPOILERS) There’s so much I could say about this ending and even more that I shouldn’t. This was a special moment in any year, let alone 2017. Not many games can challenge me enough to want to delete my save file, and this might be the only one that made doing so worthwhile. I hope someday, my little ship will help someone through this ending and that they too will be inspired to make the same sacrifice. I’m looking forward to doing it all over again in 2018.
Nominees: Horizon: The tie in to original Xenoblade Chronicles (Xenoblade Chronicles 2), The Grave-Hoard sequence (Horizon: Zero Dawn), Ending E (Nier: Automata) (Winner)
One of the most self-explanatory awards that we have, this goes to the game that brought us the most joy either teaming up or facing off against other players. And the winner is . . .
PUBG is a phenomenon that has taken over gaming in 2017. The battle royale format is the newest trend to blow up in gaming and, with the official 1.0 release out, only more and more players will want to jump in for a chance at a Chicken Dinner.
Nominees: Snipperclips, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (Winner)
The Meh Award
We didn’t hate these games, but we sure didn’t love them. And your winner is . . .
There was a lot of hype in the Switch community about Snake Pass before its release. A cartoony game about controlling a snake realistically was a novel concept. But the execution was lacking enough to frustrate me more often than not. It is the definition of “meh.” – Ross
Nominees: Prey, Destiny 2, Snake Pass (Winner)
Best Voice Acting
Bad voice acting can destroy a narrative-driven game. But if it is great, it elevates the experience to an entirely new level. And the winner is…
While the other two games nominated impress with their voice acting, the fact that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus maintains an immaculate quality from top to bottom with such a large cast is no small feat. From BJ to Anya, Frau Engel to Super Spesh, Set Roth to Hitler himself, all I have to say is bravo. – Ross
Nominees: Horizon: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Winner)
And that’s it for day three of HalfGen’s game of the year awards! But we still have even more coming your way such as Best New IP, Best Sequel and our overall Game of the Year.