Steam Awards Nominees Revealed

Dec 20, 17  | posted by Alex Quayle (1608)

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Back in November Valve asked the Steam community to vote for games in different categories. The final candidates have been picked and voting will begin tomorrow at 10AM PST.

Below are all the categories in the final stages of voting:

December 21st 10 AM PST
The “Choices Matter” Award – Games are about agency, and this award is for the game that has it in spades. Maybe it’s because there are 31 ways you can breach into a villains lair. Perhaps there are dozens of potential partners for you to build a romantic future with. Or maybe you find yourself constantly saying “Where oh where should I plant those turnips”? In all three scenarios there is a common bond: the choice was always yours.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
Dishonored 2

December 22nd 10 AM PST
The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award – There are games that make you excited. There are games that make you happy. Then there are games so intense that they elicit a physical reaction. We’re talking weak knees. We’re talking sweaty palms. We’re talking fear-induced accidents. We’re talking your friends reminding you to breathe. We’re talking about mom’s spaghetti.

Outlast 2
The Evil Within 2
Alien: Isolation

December 23rd 10 AM PST
The “Labor of Love” Award – This game has been out for a while.  The team is well past the first unveiling of their creative baby, but being the good parents they are, these devs continue to nurture and support their creation.  This game, to this day, is still getting new content after all these years.

Team Fortress 2
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
Path of Exile
Crusader Kings II

December 24th 10 AM PST
The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award – Let’s be honest: games can have some pretty ridiculous elements in them… from the stories that drive the action, to the items required to conquer obstacles, to even the protagonists themselves. This award is for the game that has a key component, which when described out of context, seems totally insane, but while playing the game doesn’t even make you bat an eye, because in the moment it makes total sense.

Saints Row IV
Goat Simulator
South Park the Fractured But Whole
Rocket League
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

December 25th 10 AM PST
The “The World Is Grim Enough Let’s Just All Get Along” Award – Games delight and entertain us, giving us much needed breaks from the sorrows and low points of our lives… and let’s be honest, for a lot of people it’s been a rough 2017. That is why the SASC has chosen to celebrate a game that doesn’t involve combat or conflict.

Stardew Valley
Cities: Skylines
Slime Rancher
To the Moon

December 26th 10 AM PST
The “No Apologies” Award – This award is for the game that you love unconditionally.  Does it have some faults?  Maybe.  Do other people not understand your love for it?  Sure.  But make no mistake.  There is no guilt here.  Only pleasure.

Mount & Blade: Warband
Gothic II: Gold Edition
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (The Witcher 1)

December 27th 10 AM PST
The “Defies Description” Award – This game is like… well actually it’s more similar to…picture a combination of… ya know what, I can’t describe it, just play it.

Garry’s Mod
The Stanley Parable
Pony Island
Doki Doki Literature Club

December 28th 10 AM PST
The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs of War” Award – The Bard said it best.  This game doesn’t necessarily offer the biggest explosions… it offers something better.  Potential.  Potential to be a rampaging force of nature.  Or not.  Who knows.  You’re an agent of chaos and no one is going to tell you what to do.

-Just Cause 3
Total War: Warhammer II
Red Faction: Guerilla Steam Edition
Middle-earth: Shadow of War

December 29th 10 AM PST
The “Haunts My Dreams” Award – This award is slightly a misnomer, because this game doesn’t just haunt your dreams. It consumes your thoughts every waking moment of the day. This game doesn’t demand your time. You give it willingly. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
Dark Souls III
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

December 30th 10 AM PST
The “Soul of Vitruvius” Award – The Vitruvian Man was Leonardo’s celebration of the ideal form. And in that spirit the SASC looks to celebrate the game with the most lovingly rendered character… be it human, alien, anthropomorphic cat people, or even a piece of produce.

NieR: Automata
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
I am Bread

December 31st 10 AM PST
The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award – The Academy wasn’t clear enough in the awards description last year.  Let’s try this again.  This award is for the “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” of video games.

Hotline Miami
CPU Invaders
The Evil Within 2

January 1st 10 AM PST
The “Best Soundtrack” Award – There are very few things that can enhance a game better than music. The right song can set the tone for every aspect of gameplay, from simple exploration, to climatic boss fights. This award is for the soundtrack that captured the essence of their game so perfectly that it effortlessly immersed players into the game world.

Nier: Automata
Crypt of the Necrodancer

January 2nd 10 AM PST
The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award – We’ve all been there. You get super excited for a game, you pre-order it, and you anxiously wait as it downloads. Then you finally play it. How do you feel now? If the answer is “Elated beyond words because even I, a conductor aboard the hype train, was blown away with how good this thing was” then you have found the perfect candidate for this award.

Assassin’s Creed Origins
Call of Duty: WWII
Hollow Knight
Sonic Mania

A new category will be revealed each day which users can vote for in return for rewards like trading cards. Some old classics such as Goat Simulator and Gothic II are still being voted by fans years ahead of their release date.

The final winners will be announced on the 3rd January but in the meantime, a sale will most likely be hosted to celebrate the games. Could this be the winter sale? If so it starts tomorrow.

You can check out the announcement here.

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