Niche Gamer Community Poll for Game of the Year 2017

It’s time for the inaugural Niche Gamer community Game of the Year Awards!

Since this is our first year doing this sort of thing alongside our staff picks, we took more time deliberating on which games to include in the pool of potential best games of this year.

As such, the following games are titles that we have reviewed here on Niche Gamer, as well as games that were scored highly, mostly loved by fans, or had a big impact on the industry.

These are by no means in any order but we definitely wanted to limit candidates by only things we have reviewed and thus, feel are worth including.

Please take the time to vote your choice for this year’s ultimate game of the year! We’re running the poll for the entire month of December, so no worries if you’re unsure. What was your GOTY pick this year?

Should we include separate genre categories/topics next year? Also keep an eye out for our own staff GOTY picks later this month. Please let us know and leave feedback in the comments below!


The staff at Niche Gamer are crazy passionate about the same games that we cover and play every day. Please feel free to contact us any time!

  • reblinds

    Voting for anything but nier automata is actual proof of mental retardation

  • michail st

    persona 5

  • Mechonis

    BotW or Yakuza 0. Hard choice

  • Longtooth

    I know that it just came out but Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is going to be it for me.

  • We were so torn on including that. Our review isn’t out yet but I might add it anyway.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Voting for Persona 5 is a vote for censorship.

  • artemisthemp

    Where is Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

  • John Smith

    Where is PUBG on that list?

  • I’ve already had a lot of people asking for it — so I’ve added it now!

  • MusouTensei

    This year is the most difficult for me to decide for a GotY that I’ve ever had, a few days ago it would have been NieR but now I’m absolutely in love with Xenoblade 2, and even though I’m only 17 hours in (Chapter 2) I have to give my vote to it.

  • Gale

    As much as I’d love to vote for Automata given my rampant love for the Drakengard and Nier universes, P5 gets my vote.
    I didn’t enjoy Automata as much as I did the previous one, or even DoD3 (despite how that game ran at a SILKY SMOOTH 12FPS with dips), oddly enough. It just didn’t click for me, and I didn’t really give a shit about any of the characters outside of A2 and Emil.
    Music wasn’t as good as 1 either.

    9S was a mistake.

  • Leam Oliveira

    i will say divinity 2 gets my vote, a truly marvelous rpg that im still playing just for the sake of different builds and also the way the systems for elements and “physics in combat work, not to metion it feels like a traditional rpg but on pc since i have no patience for the paper one.

  • DynastyStar

    My vote is The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, since I’m cheap and NEVER buy games on release and wait to get them on the cheap. I don’t care if its not from 2017, I bought it in 2017.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    No Metroid? Best game I played all year

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    My top 3 are Sonic Mania, Persona 5 and Gravity Rush 2. Can’t see any of that changing in the next month (unless I finally get around to finishing Yakuza 0 but even then I think it’d still only be #4 from what I have played.)

  • DrearierSpider

    Gravity Rush 2 was end of 2016.

  • DynastyStar

    You didn’t care about 2B and her *back*story?

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Came out in late January though

  • Madbrainbox

    Divinity OS2.

  • DrearierSpider

    Does NieR get any better after the beginning? I got through 15 hours and was bored out of my mind. I think my issue was that I spent a good bulk of that time exploring and doing the fetch questy side quests, and the main plot seems to be the biggest appeal.

  • DrearierSpider

    Hollow Knight would be a sweet entry as well my dude.

  • DrearierSpider

    Shit, I think I was thinking of Last Guardian. I thought it was December, my bad.

  • DrearierSpider

    Divinity OS 2 is stellar in every sense of the word. Surprised Nioh isn’t up there as well, the couple of hours I’ve played of it have been great.

  • Desolatiion (Ariielruiz)

    “Niche”… most mainstream game at the top of the list

  • Anon_Amous

    No matter what happens it will be satisfying since these are all great games.

  • Nier Automata, duuh.

  • Professor_Icepick

    >Ys VIII left off the list.

  • Basaru Vicente Arancibia

    Dude yakuza 0 really need some love..that game deserved

  • FrankieL

    Is it weird to not want to vote because I haven’t played all of the games on the list? There’s a few that I haven’t played. Some I can imagine based off of reviews and let’s plays but I’d still rather play them myself in order to come to an informed consensus. And other’s I just need to finish. There’s only one game on this list I actually “finished.” Too many great games came out this year that pulled my attention away from other great games.

  • Pillbugable

    they’re waiting the translation to get out of Early Access.

  • patyos

    No danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony !! XD

  • chaoguy

    Where’s Bubsy Revenge of the Woolies?

  • chaoguy

    This message bought and paid for by people who couldn’t get a job in localization, so they had to lie about a successful game to try and sell the solution.

  • chaoguy

    This years been fantastic (outside of some AAA), and this is a hard choice.
    When you measure up each one and ask “what did this do wrong?” even some really strong contenders had (minor) issues.
    P5 had it’s party characters mostly only develop when you befriend them, rather than during the story itself.
    Mania used old stages (albeit, brilliantly).
    Odyssey had some Moons out in the open (basically replacing where one-ups would be), not to mention removing one ups and not being too much of a challenge until you unlock more Moons.
    Cuphead’s shop wasn’t clear on what you’d unlock next, and they didn’t always match (I.e. not all weapons are unlocked if you just buy weapons, or you’d have to buy an offensive bonus to unlock a defensive bonus you want)- but that is the game’s ONLY flaw.
    I’d have made it GOTY if not for Nier being flawless on one system or another depending on performance issues.

    But where’s Bubsy: Revenge of the Woolies?

  • It makes some sense, personally I only played and finished Breath of the Wild (awaiting DLC and getting Korok Seeds). I also have a lot of criticism for the game holding me back from voting, but I know that there are tons of games listed here (aside more niche ones) which I might like much more.

  • Mr0303

    I’ve only played Sonic Mania and a bit of Cuphead from that list, so my vote goes to the former. It shows the true passion of fans of the series and how their effort was rewarded in an excellent game. My personal game of the year is Gravity Rush 2.

  • iswear12

    >no Hollow Knight
    Whatchu guys doin’?

  • So glad that piece of shit Horizon Zero Dawn is not on this list.

  • Persona 5 was that bad?

  • Eww.

  • Are you joking?

  • Plus fuck atlus.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    C’mon man, I don’t even troll you

  • John Smith

    No joke i mean it’s the dark souls of the battle royale genre after all =^)


    Difficult choice to make this year. I’ll just go with the blue m&m.


    Yeah. I wanted to go with XC2 based on its predecessors, but that would be fair.

  • Arenegeth

    I never liked this GOTY bullshit.

    It always seemed to me like an extension of those Top 10 lists from people whose opinion I couldn’t care less about. And another marketing term for companies to re-release their games under, since any Tom Dick and Harry’s opinion on their GOTY pick means that you get to call your game that on the box when you sell it again.

    Anyway, perhaps I’m becoming a right old cynical prick in my old age.

    But if you guys insist on doing this, at least let people suggest the actual games they want on the list rather than pick for them, for example I consider Nioh and Yakuza Kiwami some of the best games I played this year, but I can’t pick those can I? And you reviewed both of those.

    But it shouldn’t matter if you reviewed them or not anyway, this is a community pick right?

    As of right now, I only played one game on that list, if I gave a fuck to vote I would be forced to pick that game instead of anything else, not because it was my GOTY but because I had no other option!

    Anyway, enough of my bullshit, carry on.

  • Josiah Grey

    There’s literally nothing censored in Persona 5 what the fuck?

  • Josiah Grey

    There’s several one Chapter 6 good reason because of that

  • This was a major factor in us not including it sadly

  • catazxy

    Looking good, too bad I played less then half of those games, oh well

  • CDan

    Ys VIII, Gravity Rush 2 or Etrian Odyssey V for me. (mandatory fuck NISA comment)
    From the ones listed, I only care about Nier A, Persona 5, Yakuza 0 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but I still haven’t played them, even though I own them. Too much backlog.

  • Exien

    I will pass on it never liked these “Award” things, some games can’t be compared to one another. If I can buy good games and have fun then they are all games of my year.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Tough choice between Nier, Yakuza, and Mania.

  • Josh

    Well, the Niche Gamer community certainly isn’t one for good taste.

    Chuuni JRPG and meme butt robot are beating Cuphead? Smdh

  • Michael Richardson

    Breath of the Wild.

    Absolutely fantastic year for Japanese games all around.

  • sanic

    Asking me to choose between yakuza 0 and persona 5 is a painful experience.

  • >NieR


  • For the voting system, maybe next year we can do a number system. So out of the candidates, you number them from, say, 1 to 10 in order from your favourite to your least favourite.

    Here’s an example.

    NieR – 1
    Persona – 2
    Cuphead – 3
    Mario – 4

    Et cetera, et cetera.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Voted Nier, and I expected Nier to be the highest. Ironic that on this website, Persona 5, a sony exclusive (which means it’s not on the Personal Computer platform) is taking second place.

  • RetroGamer

    But not at the top of the voting totals.

  • Gammalad

    Nothing was censored in Persona 5?

  • buddyluv324

    Damn……2B’s fat ass is taking the piss out of the votes so far

  • Rex Sol

    Voted for NieR Automata. I think Horizon Zero Dawn should be nominated, it is a better game than half of this list.

  • [Your Unoriginal Name Here]™

    Opinions must hurt huh?

  • [Your Unoriginal Name Here]™

    Nier Automata, Persona 5, Cuphead and unfortunately this game isn’t on this list, no idea why I mean this IS SUPPOSED TO BE A COMMUNITY POLL no? We should be given choices of what game that released thid year should get GOTY. But anyways, Gravity Rush 2 as well.

  • DynastyStar

    I think he’s not referring to it being censored, I think he’s referring to the publisher behind it censoring people’s videos on it(ie. saying you can’t play passed a certain point in the game, putting limitations on the parts they do allow you to show, etc.)

  • Shattno

    Hollow Knight where tho?

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for me. Just don’t play that it in English :/ There were so many games this year figured we’d have a genre of choice goty really. Eh.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    I bought it day one. Prob played it for 3 hours.

    Go baby go

  • Chili

    The only game I’ve played on this list is Nier Automata, and I was disappointed by that one.
    The only other titles I played this year were
    >Danganronpa V3
    >Blue Reflection
    >.hack//GU Last Recode

  • Chili

    But its a huge downgrade from the original Nier

  • Chili

    Both voice tracks sound pretty good.

  • Chili

    Ironic? Its a good game. What platform its on doesn’t stop it from being great.

  • RetroGamer

    Japanese it is!

  • Gravity Rush 2

  • Zack Attack

    .hack G.U last recode was awesome! I loved the first three on PS2, so it was a easy buy!

  • Captain Vidya

    How dare you make me choose between P5 and Mania (I haven’t gotten around to Cuphead or Nier, but if I have, I’d probably be even more torn).

  • We wanted to avoid adding joke entries but have had enough requests for a few games to where I’m updating the list with Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, and we’re combining Yakuza 0 and Kiwami to one entry.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation
  • reblinds

    this isn’t a bad thing as it negatively affects only streamers, who are inherently subhuman and do not deserve equal treatment.

  • enzo Supreme

    I would definitely vote for The End is Nigh. Don’t know why that game seems to receive no love. Other than Nier it was my favorite game this year.

  • AnarKreig

    People actually thought Nier Automata was good? It was a garbage game with a neat setting but with a tired theme. Dragon Age Inquisition and Mass Effect Andromeda were lambasted for having MMO style quest design yet Nier Automata gets a pass?

  • Matz

    My vote was for Persona but I was expecting to see Nier in the Top 3 since almost everybody here loves the game, but it’s a big surprise to see the game winning by a large margin, not a bad thing because the game deserves all the attention it gets

    My Top 3 this year:
    -Persona 5
    -Nier Automata
    -Yakuza 0 / Kiwami

  • Tubsiwub

    Josiah’s right with saying that the game’s ending prevents it from being even a recommendation to play, never mind a top 10 reward.

  • orbo

    I can only vote/comment on ones I’ve actually played through, and I’m notoriously lazy about finishing a game or even starting them. *looking at my copies of bow and odyssey*

    I have beaten persona 5 however, and it is without a doubt one of the best jrpgs I’ve ever played.

  • Tubsiwub

    I would’ve voted for .hack, but the list only has Persona 5 and a bunch of -OTHER- options.

  • I think Horizon Zero Dawn should be nominated, it is a better game than half of this list.

    The absolute f*cking state of this comment.

  • Good to see Feminazi: Zero Dawn not on the list.

  • Gale

    Nah, A2 has the cuter butt.

  • SevTheBear
  • SevTheBear

    I see A LOT of 2B love in this poll xD

    For me it’s Divinity Orginal sin 2 and Yakuza 0. both great games with LOTS of content for a good price.

  • iswear12

    I think he just has a victim complex over being called a sonygger so many times on the comments sections here

  • LOL

    I’m mad I read the comments section. Holy shit are these some of the angriest bunch of people I’ve seen all day. I know you wanna say your piece but seriously, scroll down and lookat at your fellow posters. At the time I checked the first post read: “I never liked this GOTY bullshit.”


    “So glad that piece of shit Horizon Zero Dawn is not on this list.”

    … what?

    “Voting for anything but nier automata is actual proof of mental retardation”

    I mean I had free time to skim these but…

  • Feniks

    Ha yeah I played the leaked fan TL of Zero no kiseki this year and it was by far the best game of 2017.

  • Feniks

    Stick to mainstream sites like Kotaku if you want a happy safe space.

  • RichardGristle

    “So glad that piece of shit Horizon Zero Dawn is not on this list.”

    … what?”

    Statement speaks for itself, no? Game’s fucking trash.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    I voted for SteamWorld Dig 2, that game is bloody brilliant. Nier: Automata and Sonic Mania get honorable mentions.

  • SevTheBear

    For all the “diversity” and feminist crappy undertones it has, it not a bad gamer per say.
    It has sold Global 3.66 mil copies. But that’s more thanks to all the PR it got. If you take out the the crappy undertones it’s solid 8/10 game. With the undertones it’s 7/10.

  • SevTheBear

    HZD fan? Just asking.

  • Jack

    That game is pure SJW crap.

  • Jack

    HZD is pure SJW crap.

  • DrearierSpider

    We’re already emulating it on RPCS3 in 4k you salty bitch.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    The funny thing of course is that he’s got no issue when Nintendo does it.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Whatever fagboy

  • Uncle Ocelot

    I mean he asks for it.

  • Snorlaxation

    I had no doubt Nier would get the most votes on this site, but Persona 5 being 2nd (so far) is not at all a bad thing. It had it’s issues (mostly with dialogue/script) but other than that, it really was a gorgeous and fun game to play. I still haven’t gotten to play Nier A, but maybe once I do i’ll change my tune.

  • Lonecow

    Ha, I totally forgot about your guys clickbait Breath of the Wild review until just now.

  • FWIW that review could have been handled better and should not have had all the PSA videos and stuff. We mostly agreed on the scoring and stuff but yeah I wasn’t a fan on how we handled reactions to it. It won’t happen again.

  • You can keep hypothetically saying that it would be an “8/10” without the feminist undertones, but the fact is at the end of the day, it has the undertones. And that won’t change.

    And “undertones” is an understatement, considering that the whole thing is basically about a slightly-man-jawed Mary Sue saving the day.

    Anything with SocJus or feminism does not go down well with me.

    If you like the game, feel free to request Brandon to add it to the list.

  • ResetEra is that way.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    On this website? Yes it does. Nichegamer is full of filthy pcucks, yourself included fuck boy.

  • Squirrel on crack cocaine.

    Glad to see Wolfenstien 2 not making the cut. For me that is easily the most disappointing game of the year.

  • Josiah Grey


  • Update guys :
    The site we’re using for our polling is down atm.
    We broke their poll thing with the sheer amount of traffic from you guys lol , so bear with us as we’re in contact with the site we’re using for it and should be back up soon.

  • Update guys :
    The site we’re using for our polling is down at the moment.
    We broke their poll plugin thing with the sheer amount of traffic from you guys lol.
    Bear with us as we’re in contact with the site we’re using for it and should be back up soon.

  • Mr. Capo

    My personal GOTY is Etrian Odyssey V naturally.

  • Rex Sol


  • Rex Sol

    No it’s not.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I’d say Mario Odyssey was my favorite of the year if the ending didn’t suck. Persona 5 was really good. I’ll go with that.

  • Heresy Hammer

    This, The game came out in September and im still not done with it.

  • Eric Taylor

    Resident Evil 7
    South Park FBH
    Mass Effect Andromeda

  • SevTheBear

    Nah man, I like you comments and opinions. If everybody agreed on everything it would be weird.

    Your points are spot on. I may just be to soft on the game.

  • Feniks

    You played good games this year.

    I know someone who only plays Overwatch and PUBG.

  • Rex Sol

    Voted for NieR Automata. And not that I would vote for it, but I think Horizon Zero Dawn should be nominated, it is a better than some games in this list.

  • All the games on this list easily beats HZD.

  • If you are going to be passive aggressive and quote people at the very least mention them by name you pussy.

  • iswear12

    Then just vote for the one you played if you feel it deserved GOTY

  • Ok, guys. Polling is back up and working.
    Thanks for being patient!

    2pm cst / 12/5/17

  • it really isn’t deserving of any “GOTY” nominations or awards.
    The enemy designs are cool but that’s about all it REALLY has going for it.

  • Rex Sol

    I played every game on the list, and I disagree.

  • Rex Sol

    Voted for NieR Automata. And not that I would vote for it, but I think Horizon Zero Dawn should be nominated, it is a better than some games in this list.

  • Never played. I do have a friend who has and likes it. I don’t really have an opinion of it. Is it like Tomb Raider from a few years ago?

  • Hey wait a minute. Your using that safe word, I know what that means. I’m offended!

  • Andrew Wilson

    I wanted my horizon zero down on this list. Still probably wouldn’t vote for it.

  • Forky

    Seems a little hypocritical to dis Horizon for the general positions of the genders. It’s a plenty fun game. Just because the main character, who’s surrounded by weirdly inept idiots, is female; doesn’t mean it was all a front for political opinions.

  • Forky

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhh Nier. It fantastic amazing awesomeness.
    And you know what, haters? I actually really enjoyed playing as 9S! I’m including you haters that still love the game.

  • The game runs at 30fps and you play as one of the ugliest bitches I have seen as a protagonist. 5/10 at best.

  • Oh you are back. I hear that Zero joined the dark side. :-)

  • Ace

    Surprised not to see some of the bigger titles on this list, but then again… You’re never gonna please everyone with whatever candidates you choose.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I agree that GOTY is bullshit, but if a game deserves it, it’s going to be Nier.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I was surprised to see Nier beat Persona 5 (as it should). I think we have a large PC crowd here though and so they’re only going to vote for games they’ve actually played.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    That’s a good choice, but you’re voting in the wrong year haha.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    They’ve had an amazing come back to be sure. It’s stunning to compare this year to the last half decade.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    It’s always going to be a popularity contest. If someone doesn’t have a PS4, they simply will not be playing a lot of games on this list. This is why multiplatform releases (such as Nier) are probably doing so well.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    I don’t think you should hold yourself back with that; I disagree vehemently with your take on the game, but those PSA videos were golden. Do you have metrics to show that you took a hit? Backbone is better than metrics!

  • UnpluggedBeta

    It’s not just that some people haven’t played certain games, it’s that most people are unable to unless they decide to buy a new console. Games like NIER are going to win because most people have access to it even if they haven’t necessarily played it.

  • doesn’t mean it was all a front for political opinions.

    Then it’s time to remove your head from the sand and take a look at the SJW-feminist political opinion that’s being peddled in the mainstream media and mainstream games media for the last 4+ years. It all results in the influence of how Western developers design their games. And Horizon Zero Dawn is one example of such influence.

  • Nier is not flawless on the shitty PS4. Unless an action game running at 30fps is flawless.

  • Yeah but NON-SEXUALIZED FEMALE LEAD. Therefore it deserves to get Game Of The Century.

  • Madara

    I can’t find the link to vote

  • Josiah Grey

    I wish Blue Reflection was GOTY worthy but it lacked too much considering it’s format (which is much like Persona’s). It has potential to be great though. I hope GUST keeps at it. I think Blue Reflection would make a great series.

  • Will_Z_Macht

    It’d take more than PS4 hardware can handle to make that Mary Sue sexually appealing.

  • Snorlaxation

    flip a coin?

  • SevTheBear

    It’s more like Far Cry. It’s game-play is nothing new wild, but it’s well made and the game runs stabil. The only problem with the game is the obvious feminist tone of the game + with a shot or “diversity” :/

  • SevTheBear

    Ugliest bitch? Nah that one goes to a certain indie dev who plays the victim card 24/7 ;) The lead ain’t my type either, but it have been done worse.

  • Forky

    You’re using SJW styled Hyperbole and making insane leaps to random points. You’re acting as nutty as any extremist SJW, just mad at anything for the sake of yourself, backed by a pretense that people have to agree with you, or they’re bad people.
    You have different social values of the typical depiction, but you are yourself, an SJW. Fighting for your own brand of social justice with the exact same methods.

    But don’t delete your original comment just because the author might not share your values. Not that I expect Horizon would make the list. Just because I enjoyed it, doesn’t mean I bust a nut over it.

  • Way to completely avoid all of my points (which are valid) and resort to just trying to character assassinate me.

    You are absolutely clueless on what is going on in the political climate and culture wars right now in the West and Europe. Either that or you’re just yet another SJW pretending to be a neutral.

    Just go and stick your head back into the sand. I’m not even going to bother explaining and citing the current political and cultural atmosphere to someone so brain-dead like you.

  • Until what date is this poll running?

  • Forky

    “all of my points (which are valid)”
    “remove your head from the sand”
    “so deep into the sand”
    I’m sorry I didn’t give you a Nobel Prize for your astounding and thought provoking rhetoric.
    I’m also sorry I resorted to asinine aimless insults in panicked and angry self defense from words, by calling you brain-dead and insinuating that you’re a cartoon ostrich; along with describing something and implying that means I know anything about it.
    How I wish I could be like you and be able to see that there are grey areas in society.

  • Andrew Krasy

    BotW because it actually is a good game, and not a fucking pretentious meme with mediocre-to-bad gameplay.

  • Bernard McMahon

    Why is Prey not on here, it is legitmately the best game of its type since VTMB

  • FrankieL

    I agree. Though, I prefer sticking with the English tracks for the in battle comments and other moments in the game that aren’t subtitled so I know what the hell they are saying.

  • Andrew Krasy

    >absolutely zero support post-launch
    >flawless 10/10 GOTY
    Every meme game fanbase is pure cancer.

  • Andrew Krasy

    Ha ha no, it gets worse.

    But it’s okay, because the gameplay is meant to be shit, you know? So that you can FEEL more in tune with your character (is there anything better than people defending your shitty design for free?), not because you spent sixty bucks on this glorified indie turd.

  • Andrew Krasy

    Voting for it is actual proof of shit taste and not knowing what a fucking GAME should be.

  • Psycho Schismatic Addict Insan

    Hellblade, Nier: Automata, and Horizon Zero Dawn, and Nioh are my games of the year.

  • A Loli que não jantou

    my top 3 games of the year are:
    1)NiER Automata
    2) Persona 5
    3) Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash

  • sanguis4k

    These were all pretty good picks. Would like to have been able to choose 1st 2nd 3rd but this year is more an exception to the rule we have been seeing of one truly good game a year

  • SuperiorBeing

    1.) xenoblade chronicles 2
    2.) Cuphead
    3.)Mario Odyssey

    Nier and persona 5 are just overhyped mediocre games that have loud fanbases. they arent game of the year material but certainly still decent 7/10 games.

  • SuperiorBeing

    i would agree its better then persona 5, but its really just a watered down skyrim, with no skill building and character building features.

  • SuperiorBeing

    Persona 5 did virtually nothing original, from it’s predecessors. same repetative school life simulator cycle that we have seen a million times(persona ip or not), with SMT fusion system. the stealth mechanics arent well polished, the story is very formulaic, and becomes tediously repetative after the 3rd antagonist scenario.

    Nier Automata being a good game, is just a watered down bayonetta rip off trying to be somewhat of an rpg, but not giving a full representation of both genres. combat is widely limited when compared to bayonetta, and the rpg features of exploring and character building are very forced in, and feel like they are only present, to bring rpg gamers. (silly fetch quests) the chip feature was ok, but ultimately ends up being nothing but a stacking of increasing weapon damage.

    the story was vastly inferior to Nier Gestalt.

  • Andrew Krasy

    Call me when you can attach balloons to a raft to create an airship in Skyrim.

  • SuperiorBeing

    in skyrim you can shoot giant explosions from your hands, freeze people, explode them, slice their head clean off their shoulders, become a archmage to a college,enchant weapons (weapons dont break in skyrim! instead u can actually upgrade and enchant them, soooo much better feature) litterally millions of more impressive things then that silly child crap thats utterly pointless.

    sorry buddy, skyrim is the much better game

  • SuperiorBeing

    persona 5 and nier automata are decent games, but they have far too many flaws, aswell as hardly original (especially persona 5)

    xenoblade 2 is by far a much more impressive rpg then persona 5.

  • Snorlaxation

    Yeah right.
    < Persona 5

  • Zanthos

    I’m such a fan of the “every decision made by everyone ever is motivated by political or cultural bias and has a super secret agenda bent on world domination,” instead of, ya know, doing something different because doing something different for a change is nice.

    Studio made umpteen sweaty war dude games, decided to go with a average Looking, fully clothed female protagonist and now they’re bent on the eradication of all men. Back to the corner with you, and Rite Aid has a great sale on tin foil, just so you know.

  • drunken monk

    What is this replying to yourself? You can edit your original comment.

  • Back to the corner with you, and Rite Aid has a great sale on tin foil

    No thanks.

    You just go and stick your head back into the sand like a good little soy boy.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    >indie shit
    fuck off

  • iswear12

    I was wondering why I had a reply like this from you and then I remembered


  • Chocolate ISISCream

    AND LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY! I don’t want your fucking indie garbage on my platform.

  • Josiah Grey

    Damn lmao

  • iswear12

    whatever you say m8 :^)

  • NegFactor

    ::clicks Nier: Automata, knowing it will not possibly be in first place::
    ::notes Nier: Automata is in first place::


    But really, it’s nice to see people showing that game some love.

  • Are our Eyes Real?

    Xenobalde 2 is by far less original and with more flaws than both of those games.

    The most obvious flaw is the terrible, borderline pathetic performance of the game. Even my “casual” friends who liked the first Xenobalde and always go about how they don’t mind low ress/quality games almost threw up trying to play Xenoblade 2 and ended up returning it days later. And I don’t blame them, I’m still thinking about doing the same, game is okay, good even, but the blurry jagged mess that is graphically speaking and the frame drops just completely kill the experience. Which is sad, because the art direction in some of the areas is really good. It’s just painfully obvious they tried way too hard to say “Look guys, the Switch is actually powerful enough for big full of detail open world games!” and it backfired spectacularly.

  • Andrew Krasy

    Are you 12 years old?

  • Jack Thompson

    Who voted for Steam World Dig 2?

  • all month

  • SuperiorBeing

    Lol i hope you realise the irony of you asking that question

  • Andrew Krasy

    Says the guy who starts his sentences with “lol”.

    Find a rope and make good use of it.

  • This is Mugen Tenshin

    If I could vote for more than one…

  • SpecialK

    Never been a fan of GOTY contests, but nonetheless, feel like a total Casual voting Mario Galaxy, when I’ve gotten and enjoyed half the rest of that list anyway, but it is what it is. Enjoyed it in a unique way I haven’t experienced in years, one of the best game experiences of my life, just hit all the nostalgia childhood wonder feels, just right, for the first time in years.

  • Keirnoth

    You motherfuckers make this WAY too hard – there’s so many good games in this list.

  • Persona 5 would have won if it wasn’t trapped on Sony systems.

  • DynastyStar

    ehhh, I despise it when anybody does it personally, Nintendo included and I follow very few Nintendo games on Twitch as a result. Had it not been for Nintendo’s policy on streaming/YouTube, I would be following Pokemon on Twitch, I’d be following Link to the Past, etc. How do you know he’s got no issue with it when Nintendo does it?

  • DynastyStar

    Well, can I vote towards Finding Paradise then? I haven’t played it yet, but its probably the only [Current Year] game I may end up playing and I heard its good.


    *Mario Odyssey

  • Cy

    Of course the weebs on this site are picking Neir and Persona.

  • akai

    You sir, have a nice taste…
    My top 3 is same with yours

  • Really, I wouldn’t even say it was a “comeback”. Great Japanese games were always there. They’ve just been seriously downplayed in recent years, at least partially because corrupt gaming media could be payed off easily by local developers and their indie friends. But yes, it is great to see them get center spotlight again.

    On another note, I’m set to get my import of Digimon Story: Hacker’s Memory very soon, so this year isn’t even over for me. ^^

  • Varg Wetterskog

    >Of course the intelligent people on this site are picking Nier and Persona.

  • Varg Wetterskog

    Any game that treats women as anything but subhuman sexbots = >SJW bullshit according to this comment section. So much saltiness, so much MGTOW (not that any of them have even touched a woman IRL).

  • Varg Wetterskog

    Persona 5 is now indie? LOL.

  • chaoguy

    Some AAA was bad. Most of the good AAA was by Japan, like Persona 5.

  • Pedro

    Where is Doki Doki Literature Club?

  • I Love Ai Ebihara

    Nier And Persona 5 were pretty good this year

    Man, Andromeda fell so bad, I feel bad. :(

  • Supernova

    No contest.

  • That’s pretty tough to say since P5 XC2 play entirely different from eachother. They’re the best rpgs on their specific consoles, sure. P5 definitely made the best of, and expanded on classic, turn based combat.

  • H⛧🎄

    Damn straight

  • Josiah Grey

    Thank God, someone fixed this comment. I’m no grammar nazi but this comment needed some culture.

  • SuperiorBeing

    the combat to persona 5 is really not much different then any SMT game… and thats whats pissing me off about the amount of praise p5 gets. we have been getting SMT games for decades and all of a sudden this one is getting an overabundant amount of praise for it. it just seems like the hype overtook everyone, either that or people are just that thirsty for a turnbased rpg these days where a SMT game gets a 10/10

  • patyos

    Doki Doki Literature Club

  • Congrats to Yoko Taro and Nier Automata for winning GOTY on our fan poll and staff poll!
    I’ll carry it with me for the rest of my life.

    The music alone made the game for me but I love everything about it and it’s a masterpiece.

  • SevTheBear

    I have to give a BIG minus to parts of HZD. Aloy is a *man with tits* Character. She is not written as women. But as man. same goes for many other female roles in the game. That is the MAJOR flaw with her character + she VERY bland. She is very much like the “heroes” from the cheesy 80-90’s action movies. I am not not saying you can’t have strong women in games. Because you can and we have seen it done right. But for some reason much of the entertainment industry in the West right now thinks that having a women acting like a men is a great way to fix their problem with not have enough women in lead roles. Spoiler, it doesn’t. But hey, they can make whatever they want. If that is what they want to make let them. I just think it’s a dumb way to do it.

    I don’t hate the game. The main story is fine (but VERY predictable) and gameplay is works. It doesn’t break any new grounds, but it does ruin them either. But the hamfisted feminist tone ruined some of the enjoyment for me. but not enough to stop me from 100% completion.

    HZD is like the new SW movies. Darn pretty and have some great elements to them. But falls in on the rest.

  • SevTheBear

    Horizon: Zero Awards?

  • Forky

    It’s funny because the “Man with tits” thing is a go to SJW approach to why female protagonists don’t count as female protagonists. But you give reasonable conjecture as to why. I don’t wanna say you’re wrong, just that I personally disagree.

    I find the “man with tits” statement as absurd as calling an emotionally driven male a “woman with a penis”. Male and female roles should be diverse enough across all media that some exist with any balance of emotional/logical/crazy/bland/aggressive/passive/sexual traits. Some are good, some are bad, it’s never gonna be a balance that everyone likes, but it’s frustrating to assume it would be. I’d rather just run with the acceptance that for any leading role, not carried by targeted sexual attraction, the gender of the character makes no difference, regardless of how they’re written. Aloy’s blandness is nearly a testament to the choice to make her a female, just because they had a choice, and they felt like it. Plus, I think she’s written lighter so as to assume the role as a moderate projection for the player, so I felt rather indifferent to it.

    I quite like the game. Any open world game that doesn’t focus on gameplay before character and story, falls into the trap of feeling like a waste of time to explore. I really liked the gameplay. For some blandness and predictability to be the worst to come of this, I’m all for it. At least from a fresh-faced title.
    I’d personally sit firmly with an 8/10. Almost a point higher, but other open world games do some of each element better; though not everything better. I struggle to think of a game that lets you change combat strategies on the fly, quite like Horizon.

  • SevTheBear

    My point was more than they didn’t embrace the feminin part of her female side. Women can be badass and still be lady like. It adds a lot * BRING IT ON* to it. Aloy lacks that PUNCH. But I think we can agree on that we both have points but that we also can’t agree on everything :) But we can agree on 1 thing… not being able to ride a Robot T-rex in the game SUCKS!

    I think the reason I don’t really care for Aloy, is because after playing Uncharted and The Last of Us (just to name a few), I have been spoiled :P The writing was good and I like the cast. Unless we talk about U4. It seemed pointless. I think my favorit female badass is Ellen Ripley from Aliens (Sigourney Weaver). I want a protagonists to evolve. There is nothing worse then a boring charters worth zero personality. That’s my main issue with Aloy.

  • Forky

    We can agree to disagree on agreeing. Except what you just said. I disagree to agreeing to disagree on that. I agree with your agreement. Why give us decked out T-Rexatrons if we can’t conquer the land on the back of one? But it is just a difference in opinion. I’m on board with some females characters not embracing their female side, because some females don’t have accentuated feminine characteristics. My understanding is that you prefer that they embrace those characteristics, so the viewer/player doesn’t lose touch of the fact that it’s a healthy female role model that can have both.

    I wish I could pick a favorite female protagonist, but favorite protagonists are hard. Some strong ones I liked were 2B (Automata), Zero (Drakengard 3), Shion (Xenosaga)… I tried to think of a movie example, but I only own about 10 movies. I quite like Black Widow, but I know she lacks a “leading role”. I haven’t seen Aliens since I was 11 I think. I also have yet to play through much of The Last of Us or Uncharted. Luckily, I’m streaming a clearing of my physical Playstation backlog this year and The Last of Us is on my PS4 shelf. With all the hype, I’ll naturally be more critical of the character. I hope to find more than the raining disappointment of Wonder Woman, but previews I’ve seen do make Ellie look somewhat promising.

  • SevTheBear

    TLoU ain’t perfect, but I did enjoy myself. The story and cast is done well.

    I heard that Wonder Women was a great movie. Never got around to see in the Cinema because of busy schedule. Have heard that the villain is kinda lame.

  • Forky

    Watched Wonder Woman with the wife, and we wouldn’t recommmend.

    The villain was an obvious letdown, but the action was either lame, beyond suspension of disbelief, or laughable; the writing was annoying, and I kinda want to make a separate but additional complaint about the action as it was just that bad. Fortunately we took early reviews with a grain of salt. Much like when people pretended Suicide Squad was great and Jared Leto was “actually a really good Joker”.
    Suicide Squad I would still watch again though. It’s kinda dumb, but the less serious tone makes it less repulsive. Wonder Woman was just one more DCU flop, given unreasonably high reviews for having a female superhero lead.