The Ready Up hive-mind has assembled and been locked in a room all through Christmas and New Year poring over the incredible collection of games that came out in 2017 to weigh, measure and weed out those found wanting. Last year was the toughest year yet. There were disagreements, the odd punch up and occasionally some completely unanimous decisions. It was a long road but eventually we got there.

So, without any further ado, Ready Up presents their awards for the Games of the Year 2017. Enjoy!

The best looking game of 2017

Nominated:

  • Cuphead
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Hollow Knight

Winner: Cuphead

Runner Up: Horizon Zero Dawn

Honourable Mention: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy


The best audio in a game of 2017

Nominated:

  • Persona 5
  • Nier: Automata
  • Yazuka 0
  • Rez Infinite
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Night in the Woods

Winner: Persona 5

Runner Up: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Honourable Mention: Rez Infinite


The best story in a game of 2017

Nominated:

  • Nier: Automata
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Night in the Woods
  • South Park: Fractured But Whole
  • Yakuza Zero
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Winner: Horizon Zero Dawn

Runner Up:  Nier: Automata

Honourable Mention:  What Remains of Edith Finch


The biggest surprise in gaming of 2017

Nominated:

  • The Sexy Brutale
  • Doki Doki Literature Club
  • Life is Strange: Before The Storm
  • Resident Evil 7 not sucking
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Sonic Mania
  • The explosion of the Battle Royale genre

Doki Doki Literature Club

Winner: Doki Doki Literature Club

Runner Up: Sonic Mania

Honourable Mention: Resident Evil not sucking!


The biggest disappointment in gaming of 2017

Nominated:

  • Hello Neighbour
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Getting Screwed by Loot Boxes
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

Winner: Mass Effect Andromeda

Runner Up: Getting Screwed by Loot Boxes

Honourable Mention: Hello Neighbour


The most representative and inclusive experience in a game in 2017

Nominated:

  • Night in the Woods
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Dream Daddy
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • The Splatoon 2 Community
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice

Winner: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Runner Up: Dream Daddy

Honourable Mention: Night in the Woods


The best character performance in a game in 2017

Nominated:

  • Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer
  • Valerie Rose Lohman as Edith Finch
  • Melina Juergens as Senua
  • Ozawa Hitoshi as Daisuke Kuze
  • Ashly Burch as Aloy
  • Matt Stone as Cartman

Ashly Burch as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn

Winner: Ashly Burch as Aloy

Runner Up: Melina Juergens as Senua

Honourable Mention: Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer


The best world design in a game in 2017

Nominated:

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Winner: Super Mario Odyssey

Runner Up: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Honourable Mention: Horizon Zero Dawn


The best mobile game in 2017 (iOS/Android)

Nominated:

  • Hungry Cat Picross
  • Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story
  • Topsoil
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Slayaway Camp
  • Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
  • Fire Emblem: Heroes
  • Goragoa

Winners: Goragoa and Monument Valley 2

Runner Up: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Honorable Mention: Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story


Best early access experience in a game in 2017

Nominated:

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Fortnite

Winner: Fortnite

Runner Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds


Best DLC in a game in 2017

Nominated:

  • Crypt of the Necrodancer Amplified
  • Overwatch – New Characters and Maps
  • Dishonored – Death of the Outsider
  • Injustice 2 – Fighter Packs
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds
  • Final Fantasy XV – Episode Ignis
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass
  • Resident Evil 7 – Not a Hero

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass

Runner Up: Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

Honourable Mention: Dishonored – Death of the Outsider


Your favourite Twitch stream/streamer in 2017

Nominated:

  • Broke Leigh Lawson – Dodger
  • Dr Disrespect
  • OSWReview
  • Jeff Kaplan
  • Maxylobes
  • Quest Gaming Network – Evarwyn
  • Backloggery
  • Steal My Sunshine – Giant Bomb East

Steal My Sunshine - Giant Bomb

Winner: Steal My Sunshine – Giant Bomb East

Runner Up: Dr Disrespect

Honourable Mention: Jeff Kaplan


Your most anticipated game of 2018

Nominated:

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Yakuza 6
  • Anthem
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Cyberpunk 2077

Red Dead Redemption 2

Winner: Red Dead Redemption 2

Runner Up: Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Honourable Mention: Cyberpunk 2077


Game of the Year 2017

Nominated:

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Nier: Automata
  • Fortnite Battle Royale
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Persona 5
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Prey

Super Mario Odyssey

Winner: Super Mario Odyssey

Runner Up: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Honorable Mention: Horizon Zero Dawn