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The results are in! Starting in January, we have been deliberating over our categories for Game of the Year 2017! If you do not know, each January, the Rocket Punch crew takes a break from their regular episodes of the Rocket Punch Cast, and takes a hard look at the prior year in gaming to decide their selections for their Game of the Year categories. The crew picks games for each category, gives them their own episodes to allow the crew to deliberate and go in-depth over which game(s) get the top spots, and is recorded to showcase instead of our normal Rocket Punch Cast episodes. The episodes are released each week in January, culminating to our massive Game of the Year discussions and selection at the end of the month.

Now that we have completed each of our Game of the Year episodes, it is time to reveal the winners for each category! Check out the details below, but also don't forget to listen in to each episode at the link to see what other games got into the Winners' Circle, and also how the Rocket Punch crew came to their respective decisions!

Also, we have also posted the results from our first ever Peoples' Choice polls for Game of the Year! Check out the gallery below to see what games YOU voted on to be recognized from 2017!  

Thanks to everyone for participating in our Game of the Year festivities! See you all next year!

 

Rocket Punch's Game of the year 2017

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Winners' Circle Finalists

Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields
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 Rocket Punch Game of the Year random stats:

- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice had the most nominations across all categories with 8 nods (including Ninja Theory as their developer).
- Horizon: Zero Dawn came out as the year's top winner, winning 3 categories, including Game of the Year and Developer of the Year (Guerrilla Games).
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, and Horizon: Zero Dawn met in the Winners' Circle in two categories (Best Score/Music and Game of the Year).
- Microtransactions had a huge influence, and were discussed in 2 categories (Biggest Fail and Biggest Impact)
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, one of 2017's biggest games, was only discussed in one category (Biggest Impact).
- Will and Cam agreed fully on two categories, Best Score/Music and Best Indie, foregoing further debate to decide on a winner in those discussions.
- The longest episode (aside from Game of the Year) recorded goes to Best Narrative, sitting in at 2 hours 22 minutes.
- The shortest episode recorded goes to Unexpected Gem, coming in at 57 minutes long.
- The total recording time for all episodes comes in at 953 minutes (or ~16 hours).
- Super Mario Odyssey received only one nomination in all categories (Game of the Year).
- All winners in the Winners' Circle for Best Character were female protagonists.
- 9 categories included at least one independent game as a nominee. Biggest Fail was the exception.
- Two developers tied for having the most games from their respective camps that were nominated: Nintendo (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey) and Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed Origins, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle)
- Sony and Nintendo both tied for most nominations from games that are exclusive to their respective platforms (4 each).

Peoples' Choice Results


CAtegory winners

Rewarding a character within a video game for outstanding depth and character development
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Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design
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Awarded to an event that caused sizable controversies within the gaming industry
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For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system
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Awarded to a game that exceeded initial expectations on execution and scope than originally intended
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Awarded for a thought provoking game with a profound social meaning or message for the gaming industry
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For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack in a video game.
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Awarded for outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game
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Awarded to a developer who has gone above and beyond within the industry this year
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