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We continue our yearly tradition and deliberate over who will be the winners of our categories for Game of the Year 2018 and take home the coveted Golden Fist Award! 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.

As we complete each of our Game of the Year episodes, the winners for each category will be revealed here as each show goes live on podcast services, making this a great resource for you to check on who nabs an award in 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!

We also have our archives for Game of the Year Awards from past years, allowing you to check and see who won each category in previous years!

Thanks to everyone for participating and joining us in our Game of the Year festivities! Check out the winners below!

 


Rocket Punch's Game of the Year 2018

 
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Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields
Listen to the episode on January 27th, 2019 at 8PM CST on Twitch!

NOMINEES:
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Celeste
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Category Winners

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

NOMINEES:
Destiny 2: Forsaken
No Man’s Sky
Overwatch
Warframe
World of Warcraft

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Awarded to a game developed exclusively and/or primarily for PlayStation platforms that showcases outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

NOMINEES:
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
Yakuza 6

 

Awarded to a game that exceeded initial expectations on execution and scope than originally intended

NOMINEES:
Celeste
Dead Cells
Iconoclasts
Moonlighter
Two Point Hospital

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Awarded to a game/event that added controversial or divisive opinions and attitudes within the gaming industry.

NOMINEES:
Telltale Games Closure Drama
Fallout 76 Launch Struggles
Rockstar Crunch Concerns
Diablo Immortal Announcement
Harassment in Riot Games

 
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Awarded to a thought provoking game/event with a profound social meaning or message for the gaming industry.

NOMINEES:
The Xbox One Adaptive Controller
Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony @ The Game Awards
Game Developer Community Support
The Advent of CrossPlay on Consoles
The Impact of the Epic Game Store

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Awarded to a game developed exclusively and/or primarily for Xbox platforms that showcases outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

NOMINEES:
State of Decay 2
Sea of Thieves
Forza Horizon 4
Ashen
Below

 

Awarded to a game available on most/all platforms that showcases outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

NOMINEES:
Red Dead Redemption 2
Assassins Creed Odyssey
Dragonball FighterZ
Far Cry 5
Celeste

 
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Awarded to a game developed exclusively and/or primarily for Nintendo platforms that showcases outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

NOMINEES:
Super Smash Bros
Pokémon Let’s Go!
Octopath Traveler
Super Mario Party
Mario Tennis Aces

 
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Awarded to a developer who has gone above and beyond within the industry this year

NOMINEES:
Sony Santa Monica Studios
Insomniac Games
Rockstar Games
Ubisoft
Hello Games
Epic Games

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