As of 2014, the PS Blog Game of the Year Awards are being held annually to highlight the gamers’ favorite titles from the past 12 months. The goal of each event is to celebrate well-performing games, their intricate characters, the captivating storylines, and the soundtracks accompanying all the gameplay action.
What you should know about the 2023 edition of the PS Blog Game of the Year Awards?
Everything is in the hands of the gamers themselves – they’re the ones nominating the best option in each category. The climax of these awards comes after the polls close, and the winners are being announced.
All the categories must feature games from this very year, except the one crowning the Best Ongoing Game, which considers the new updates a well-established game has received during the past 12 months. Under each category, you can add titles that have not been included in the nominations but you believe you deserve to be considered for the award. Any game that has already won in a specific category won’t be an eligible fit for the same category.
The players will be able to vote for their favorites until December 17th, when the polls will be closed. After that, all the collected data will be revised, and the winners will be known on a previously announced date.
The 2023 edition of the awards has 18 categories:
- Best New Character
- Best Story
- Best Graphical Showcase
- Best Art Direction
- Best Audio Design
- Soundtrack of the Year
- Best Accessibility Features
- Best Use of DualSense
- Best Multiplayer Experience
- Best Ongoing Game
- Best Expansion
- Best Sports Game
- Best Independent Game of the Year
- PS VR2 Game of the Year
- PS4 Game of the Year
- PS5 Game of the Year
- Studio of the Year
- Most anticipated Play Station Game of 2024 and Beyond
PS VR2 Game of the Year Nominee Highlights
This year 22 titles will compete for the PS VR2 Game of the Year Award. This can be overwhelming for those who recognize many of their favorite games among the nominees but have to choose only one. The selection is quite diverse as there are titles from different genres – from fun adventure games like Cosmonious High to the renowned The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution.
The following are some of the PS VR2 title nominations that stood out:
Horizon Call of the Mountain is the first game, which is no surprise made this year’s list. It has been marketed as the must-have game for all PS VR 2 owners and thus has been available as part of a bundle including the PS VR2 headset. So it is a given that the PS VR2 owners who have enjoyed Horizon Call of the Mountain will unite to support this adventure game to the finals.
There are a few shooter games in this selection, and Pavlov VR is considered to be one of the most well-known and praised VR titles of this genre. After one of the game’s most significant upgrades, PS VR 2 players can now experience Pavlov VR via crossplay. According to player stats, hundreds of gamers play the game every day, which is a success not many VR games endure. We believe that this is a contributing factor for the nomination of Pavlov VR, as PS5 owners could finally enjoy the different modes and standard maps of the game.
There are two very popular RPG games in the selection – Demeo and Zenith: The Last City. The latter has received 7 updates this year, as the Ascension update has received a lot of coverage and user approval. Demeo, on the other hand, has had rather small updates, but its popularity and growing player base have encouraged the devs to create a second game in the franchise – Demeo Battles. All signs show that these two RPG titles are in it to win it. 2023 has been good to them, and the players’ positive feedback has gained them a nomination in this race.
The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution and Resident Evil Village VR Mode are two survival VR spin-off games that are suitable for all fans of the original games who want to experience an expanded universe-themed and action-packed follow-up. As it has become clear these two titles are popular among VR players due to their renowned predecessors and the excellent graphics, storyline, and overall immersive gameplay they offer. Both have received mostly positive reviews and even if neither wins, stats have shown that towards the end of the year, both gain more players, which is always a contributing factor to the games’ further development.