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PA Game Of The Year 2018 - And the winner is?

InfidelInfidel HereticRegistered User regular
2018 GOTY Results! (click to see detailed vote breakdown)

(Previous Game of the Year results: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)

While we've had declining numbers for participation every year, usually losing up to 10% of voters, this year was quite the drop with only about half the voters we had last year. End of an era? Time to shake things up for the future? Discuss.

Anyways, looks like people still like to SMASH:

Top 20 Overall
  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
  2. Spider-Man (PS4)
  3. God of War (PS4)
  4. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
  5. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  6. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
  7. Octopath Traveler (NS)
  8. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  9. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
  10. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
  11. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
  12. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  13. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
  14. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)
  15. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  16. BattleTech (PC)
  17. Forza Horizon 4 (PC, XBO)
  18. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
  19. Tetris Effect (PS4)
  20. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)

System top 10s:
PC
  1. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
  2. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  3. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
  4. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  5. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
  6. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
  7. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  8. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
  9. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  10. BattleTech (PC)
PS4
  1. Spider-Man (PS4)
  2. God of War (PS4)
  3. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  4. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
  5. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  6. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
  7. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
  8. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  9. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
  10. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
XBO
  1. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  2. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO)
  3. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO)
  5. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO)
  6. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  7. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO)
  8. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  9. Forza Horizon 4 (PC, XBO)
  10. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
NS
  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS)
  2. Into the Breach (NS, PC)
  3. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  4. Octopath Traveler (NS)
  5. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  6. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS)
  7. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  8. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
  9. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  10. Donut County (MOBILE, PC, PS4, XBO, NS)
Mobile
  1. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO)
  2. Donut County (MOBILE, PC, PS4, XBO, NS)
  3. Fortnite (MOBILE, NS, PC, PS4, XBO)
  4. Iconoclasts (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA)
  5. Timespinner (PC, PS4, PSVITA)
  6. Batman: The Enemy Within (NS, PS4, XBO, PC, MOBILE)
  7. The Jackbox Party Pack 5 (NS, MOBILE, PC, PS4, XBO)
  8. Florence (MOBILE)
  9. Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia (MOBILE)
  10. Holedown (MOBILE)

Alternative vote counting:
First Past the Post
  1. Spider-Man (PS4) (8)
  2. Into the Breach (NS, PC) (8)
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS) (7)
  4. God of War (PS4) (6)
  5. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO) (5)
  6. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC) (5)
  7. Octopath Traveler (NS) (5)
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO) (3)
  9. BattleTech (PC) (3)
  10. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO) (3)
  11. Valkyria Chronicles 4 (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (2)
  12. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO) (2)
  13. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS) (2)
  14. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (2)
  15. Tetris Effect (PS4) (1)
  16. Sea of Thieves (PC, XBO) (1)
  17. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO) (1)
  18. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (1)
  19. F1 2018 (PC, PS4, XBO) (1)
  20. Deltarune: Chapter 1 (PC) (1)
Approval
  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS) (34)
  2. Spider-Man (PS4) (28)
  3. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (28)
  4. God of War (PS4) (27)
  5. Into the Breach (NS, PC) (26)
  6. Octopath Traveler (NS) (21)
  7. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (21)
  8. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO) (20)
  9. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO) (17)
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO) (17)
  11. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC) (16)
  12. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO) (15)
  13. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (15)
  14. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO) (14)
  15. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO) (13)
  16. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS) (13)
  17. BattleTech (PC) (12)
  18. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC) (11)
  19. Tetris Effect (PS4) (11)
  20. Donut County (MOBILE, PC, PS4, XBO, NS) (11)
IRV
  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS) (34)
  2. Spider-Man (PS4) (28)
  3. God of War (PS4) (27)
  4. Into the Breach (NS, PC) (26)
  5. Monster Hunter: World (PC, PS4, XBO) (20)
  6. Dead Cells (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (28)
  7. Return of the Obra Dinn (PC) (16)
  8. Octopath Traveler (NS) (21)
  9. Celeste (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (21)
  10. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XBO) (17)
  11. Assassin's Creed Odyssey (PC, PS4, XBO) (17)
  12. Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, XBO) (14)
  13. Subnautica (PC, PS4, XBO) (15)
  14. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (NS) (13)
  15. Dragon Ball FighterZ (NS, PC, PS4, XBO) (15)
  16. BattleTech (PC) (12)
  17. Deltarune: Chapter 1 (PC) (11)
  18. Tetris Effect (PS4) (11)
  19. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC) (11)
  20. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (NS, PC, PS4, PSVITA, XBO) (13)

Vote exports (as requested last year):
You can download the votes as a CSV.

File format is:

line 1: count of games (G)
line 2 - G+1: game ID, game name
line G+2: count of voters (V)
line G+3 - G+2+V: voter ID, rank 1, rank 2, rank 3, etc.

A simple example file would be:
2
1,"Super Great Game"
2,"Even Better"
3
1,1,2
4,2,1
5,2

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Posts

  • BionicPenguinBionicPenguin Registered User regular
    Being the only person to vote for Monster Prom tells me more people need to play it.

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  • JazzJazz UKRegistered User regular
    F1 2018 just scrapes into the FPTP top 20. I'm proud to have voted for that game as my #1, it was fantastic. (As with F1 2017, it only gained two votes, a #1 and a #2, only this time @davidsdurions and I went the other way around! :lol: )

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    Jazz wrote: »
    F1 2018 just scrapes into the FPTP top 20. I'm proud to have voted for that game as my #1, it was fantastic. (As with F1 2017, it only gained two votes, a #1 and a #2, only this time davidsdurions and I went the other way around! :lol: )

    It would have been #1 if it wasn’t for me being fully enamored by Octopath Traveler. That game on Switch was just too fun.

    Will be super interesting what could be improvements to F1 this year. They really nailed sound for 2018.

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  • JazzJazz UKRegistered User regular
    Jazz wrote: »
    F1 2018 just scrapes into the FPTP top 20. I'm proud to have voted for that game as my #1, it was fantastic. (As with F1 2017, it only gained two votes, a #1 and a #2, only this time davidsdurions and I went the other way around! :lol: )

    It would have been #1 if it wasn’t for me being fully enamored by Octopath Traveler. That game on Switch was just too fun.

    Will be super interesting what could be improvements to F1 this year. They really nailed sound for 2018.

    Especially as there's no new tracks on the calendar this year. They tend to get creative when that happens, since building new tracks takes a lot of development bandwidth. I'd love to see classic tracks return, though. I had a ton of fun with them in F1 2013.

    OT looks pretty great, no worries :)

  • JazzJazz UKRegistered User regular
    edited February 14
    Also, looking back on the previous years linked, does anyone else think (obviously with the benefit of hindsight) that we, as a forum, got it wrong for the 2015 awards?
    Specifically the top two being the wrong way round.

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  • HenroidHenroid Radio Demon Internet HellRegistered User regular
    Holy crap Dead Cells and Celeste brought it home. Nice!

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  • AistanAistan Registered User regular
    I'm just going to keep saying it:

    More people need to play Crosscode.

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  • RamiRami Registered User regular
    Jazz wrote: »
    Also, looking back on the previous years linked, does anyone else think (obviously with the benefit of hindsight) that we, as a forum, got it wrong for the 2015 awards?
    Specifically the top two being the wrong way round.

    W3 blitzed F4 in 1st place votes though

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  • sergiocornagasergiocornaga Registered User regular
    Infidel wrote: »
    While we've had declining numbers for participation every year, usually losing up to 10% of voters, this year was quite the drop with only about half the voters we had last year. End of an era? Time to shake things up for the future? Discuss.
    I'm a little sad to see numbers dwindling to this level. On the bright side, individual votes are more powerful than ever! The only way of potentially causing a resurgence that I can think of at this point is opening it up to more communities again, but I hope to read some other ideas.

    On the results page I couldn't help but notice Pokémon, Torna –, and Kleu’s". Is this something that can be easily fixed?

  • JazzJazz UKRegistered User regular
    Aistan wrote: »
    I'm just going to keep saying it:

    More people need to play Crosscode.

    It is conspicuous by its absence from those lists. And it is so much better than that. I've only really started it but already it is pretty extraordinary. And its sales numbers on Steam aren't bad at all.

    Still, it's coming to Switch this year, so hopefully it does well there too!

  • KoopahTroopahKoopahTroopah The koopas, the troopas. Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited February 14
    Cool to see Dead Cells and Celeste up there, kind of sad that Spider-Man beat out God of War though, not enough BOY! IMO. Saw Smash being #1 from a mile away, too much of a good game for it not to be.

    All those seem like great games though, with the biggest outlier being Hitman 2? I thought that got average reviews.

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  • mccmcc glitch Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Haha wow, surprised (but it's cool!) to see Obra Dinn so high (especially in first place votes!!). It's such a strange game, it's exactly the sort of game I love but would never expect a lot of people to like. Nice to be wrong about that.

  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    On the results page I couldn't help but notice Pokémon, Torna –, and Kleu’s". Is this something that can be easily fixed?

    Character encoding is being handled differently in many different spots, when I fix it in one place it breaks in another! I’ll take a look.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    I'm comfortable with that list! I'd probably put God of War above SSB, but I'm not complaining.

  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    I'm actually a little surprised Obra Dinn placed as low as it did. It seems like one of those games where either you played it and really enjoyed it, or you didn't play it. Maybe it's got CrossCode syndrome.

    Also Spider Man was robbed.

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  • Ivan HungerIvan Hunger Registered User regular
    Surprised Dragon Quest 11 didn't make any of the lists.

    Very surprised that I'm the only person who gave it the #1 spot.

    Then again, Octopath Traveler ranked seventh overall, so maybe it's just a case of most of the JRPG fans around here also being Nintendo fans, so they naturally gravitated to the one that's on their preferred platform.

  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Never do what your enemy expects you to do! Registered User regular
    edited February 14
    This might be the first year where I haven't beaten a single game in the Top 10 (and aside from 20 minutes of Celeste, I haven't played any of them either)

    Spent a lot of game time in 2018 on No Man's Sky and Stellaris.

    EDIT: If you extend things out ot the top 20, I've beaten a whole 2 games (and played 20 minutes of Celeste)

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Infidel wrote: »
    While we've had declining numbers for participation every year, usually losing up to 10% of voters, this year was quite the drop with only about half the voters we had last year. End of an era? Time to shake things up for the future? Discuss.

    I gotta be honest with yah, I didn't even realize that voting had started. The last couple of times I'd looked at the stickied thread title, it was still getting nominations, and I kinda just kept eliding over it each time I flipped through the forums. Oops?

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  • BRIAN BLESSEDBRIAN BLESSED Maybe you aren't SPEAKING LOUDLY ENOUGHHH Registered User regular
    All those seem like great games though, with the biggest outlier being Hitman 2? I thought that got average reviews.

    Hitman 2 is a really good-ass game whose biggest crime was that its improvements are iterative and not evolutionary

    It is in all respects a better game than Hitman 1, especially given that it includes the main content of the first game in the package, but reviewers took umbrage with its value proposition

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited February 15
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Infidel wrote: »
    While we've had declining numbers for participation every year, usually losing up to 10% of voters, this year was quite the drop with only about half the voters we had last year. End of an era? Time to shake things up for the future? Discuss.

    I gotta be honest with yah, I didn't even realize that voting had started. The last couple of times I'd looked at the stickied thread title, it was still getting nominations, and I kinda just kept eliding over it each time I flipped through the forums. Oops?

    Was the same process (new thread, post link in previous) that we usually follow. We don’t officially do anything outside that an stickies, but I’ve heard anecdotally that there has been a lot of pushing GOTY voting in various threads and there wasn’t much seen this year.

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  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    Cool to see Dead Cells and Celeste up there, kind of sad that Spider-Man beat out God of War though, not enough BOY! IMO. Saw Smash being #1 from a mile away, too much of a good game for it not to be.

    All those seem like great games though, with the biggest outlier being Hitman 2? I thought that got average reviews.

    I'm massively struggling to get through God of War and am tempted to just drop it. I'm finding it a massive slog. Alternatively I unlocked practically everything in Spider-Man, which is extremely rare for me. So from a personal perspective it's the right order for me!

    And I think declining numbers are probably more a sign of the times. The forums in general aren't as popular, communities gather in different ways, this place is certainly quieter than it used to be. Next year I'll probably pass on the duty of the starting thread to someone else, I didn't really do much else this year :smile:

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  • TelMarineTelMarine Registered User regular
    I think the theme for me the past few years is slowly making my way through older games with a few exceptions.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    Yeah, Hitman 2's biggest sin is "It's too much like/is just more of the first one", which isn't a problem at all because that first one was great.

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  • SoundsPlushSoundsPlush yup, back. Registered User regular
    Chalk me up with those that completely forgot about it.

    Would have voted for Dead Cells though, so I'm glad to see it place top 5.

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