NZGamer.com 2016 Game of the Year Winners

NZGamer.com 2016 Game of the Year Winners
 
 

The NZGamer.com Game of the Year awards recognise excellence in videogames, celebrating the achievements of those who create them. There are 24 categories in total, including the likes of Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, and of course Game of the Year.

All of the awards are based off of countless votes from the gaming public, making the winners you’ll see below a true representation of what kiwi gamers love.

The winners of the 2016 NZGamer.com Game of the Year Awards are...

Best Shooter Best Shooter

Star Wars Battlefront

Overwatch (Blizzard)
"Overwatch is still a hell of a fun, fast paced, rock-paper-scissors, goal orientated team-fps with plenty of other awesome traits - like the inclusion of a post-match commendation system that rewards players with gold, silver, and bronze awards based on how well they performed, all prefaced with a Play of the Game highlight reel from the match you just finished."

Runner-up: Battlefield 1 (DICE / EA)

 

Best Action-Adventure Best Action-Adventure Game

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / SIE)
"There’s no question that Uncharted 4 is a must-have for PS4 owners - whether a fan of the series or not. It’s a testament to how a videogame can deliver on so many fronts, and if Naughty Dog are able to deliver new story-driven DLC along the lines of what they did for The Last of Us, this is certainly worth saving up some gold doubloons for."

Runner-up: Dishonored 2 (Arkane / Bethesda)

 

Best Action-Adventure Best Role-Playing Game

Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix)
"Final Fantasy XV is a ground-breaking fantasy based on reality, with revolutionary gameplay, awe-inspiring graphics, and cutting edge technology. Escaping the flames of war, Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, embarks on an epic journey with his best friends through a world of larger-than-life beasts, amazing wonders to behold, and dungeons filled with danger in hopes of finding the strength to take back his homeland and end the battle."

Runner-up: Dark Souls III (From Software / Bandai Namco)

 

Best Platform Best Platform Game

The Last Guardian (Team Ico / SIE)
"The Last Guardian does show the battle scars of its long and troubled development. It has problems maintaining a stable framerate, and the controls can be stiff and unrelenting. But the game also shares a warming, heartfelt tale of friendship. A tale so strong and confident in its telling, that most of its negative elements fade away."

Runner-up: Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac / SIE)

 

Best Sports Game Best Sports Game

FIFA 17 (EA Sports / EA)
Fans of the series should look out for FIFA 17, even if they just picked up last year’s edition. The Journey mode alone is worth checking out and with the all new graphics and physics engine in the mix, it feels like a fresh new direction, or an evolution, of an enduring franchise.

Runner-up: NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)

 

Best Fighting Game Best Fighting Game

Street Fighter V (Capcom)
"Street Fighter V is much more balanced around being good at actually playing the game. Execution is easier across the board, and while there are some complex, beefy combos that can be really painful, there isn’t that scope to just autopilot your way through a vortex until your opponent guesses their way out of it."

Runner-up: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Dimps / Bandai Namco)

 

Best Driving Game Best Driving Game

Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games / Microsoft Studios)
"I am very impressed with the improvements Playground Games have implemented in Forza Horizon 3, while also reshaping the progression mechanics and revamping the story to make it interesting to play. I can't fault the game on any aspect, instead, it's giving me more motivation to buy an Xbox One S to take advantage of the HDR capabilities. Microsoft’s fall season has started strong with the release of Forza Horizon 3, and Playground Games have set the bar high on how current generation driving games should look and feel."

Runner-up: Driveclub VR (SIE Immersive Technology Group / SIE)

 

Best Strategy / Simulation Game Best Strategy / Simulation Game

Civilization VI (Firaxis / 2K)
"The number of options to completely customize my civilization, and how drastically different each play could be thanks to the randomly generated maps made each match a challenge. Being able to switch policies and governments meant I could also react appropriately in response to the actions of the AI, or other players in the match. Is Civ6 perfect? No, but it’s one of the best Civilizations games to date, and one that is more than worth the price of entry."

Runner-up: XCOM 2 (Firaxis / 2K)

 

Best PlayStation-Exclusive Best VR Experience

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady / Warner Bros.)"Ultimately though, Arkham VR is an amazing, adrenaline filled first person experience for anyone who’s wanted to be the Caped Crusader. It would be a discredit to pass this off as a tech demo, but it’s not exactly a game as such either. It’s an experience. And despite it being a short-lived one, it’s certainly one you won’t forget in a hurry."

 Runner-up: Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)

Best Strategy / Simulation Game Best DLC

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (CD Projekt Red)
"Geralt’s story is over, and I’m sorry to see him go. But he’s been one hell of a witcher, and earned his retirement. While this is a closing door, it’s a very well crafted one, and it’ll be great to see what CD Projekt Red do next. As sendoffs go, this is the way to do it, and it was one hell of a ride. As Geralt said: 'Old witchers don’t die, they just fade away.' Rest well, Witcher."

Runner-up: Fallout 4 (Bethesda)

 

Best PlayStation-Exclusive Best PlayStation-Exclusive

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / SIE)
"Uncharted 4 doesn’t just rely on beautiful scenery and set-pieces however. The characters and sharp dialogue do just as much heavy lifting as the visuals. Casual banter and repartee between characters are not only entertaining, but also reveal a lot about them. "

Runner-up: The Last Guardian (Team Ico / SIE)

 

Best Xbox-Exclusive Best Xbox-Exclusive

Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games / Microsoft Studios)
"Moving the setting to the southern hemisphere for the first time, Playground Games upped the ante on how a driving game should look and feel. Recreating the Outback, the Yarrow Valley and Gold Coast is not an easy task, but the team has gone a long way to realise their vision. "

Runner-up: Gears of War 4 (The Coalition / Microsoft Studios)

 

Best Nintendo-Exclusive Best Nintendo-Exclusive

Pokemon Sun and Moon (Game Freak / The Pokemon Company)
"Sun and Moon are no different, but what took me – and, plenty of other people, it seems – by surprise is just how much the new pair of games does to build on what came before. It’s still the same turn-based monster-collecting RPG that we all know and love, with the same basic mechanics and structure, but it’s full of innovations to that formula."

Runner-up: Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)

 

Best PC-Exclusive Best PC-Exclusive

Civilization VI
"The beauty of Civ6 is that it manages to capture the inviting, mass-market atmosphere of the Civilization Revolution games, while marrying it with a more streamlined, but still robust version of the deep systems the core titles are known for."

Runner-up: World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)

 

Best Handheld Game Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Pokemon Go (Niantic / The Pokemon Company)
Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth! Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.

Runner-up: Pokemon Sun and Moon (Game Freak / The Pokemon Company)

 

Best Narrative Best Narrative

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / SIE)
"There’s no question that Uncharted 4 is a must-have for PS4 owners - whether a fan of the series or not. It’s a testament to how a videogame can deliver on so many fronts, and if Naughty Dog are able to deliver new story-driven DLC along the lines of what they did for The Last of Us, this is certainly worth saving up some gold doubloons for."

Runner-up: Firewatch (Campo Santo)

 

Best Art Direction Best Art Direction

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
"The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe."

Runner-up: Overwatch (Blizzard)

 

Best Score / Soundtrack Best Score / Soundtrack

DOOM (Id Software / Bethesda)
"The original DOOM popularized the first-person shooter genre: its formula for success was a mix of interesting weapons and genius map design, and the reboot does not disappoint in these two elements. In fact, they emulated what made the originals so successful and elaborated on them, making the campaign exciting, smart, and most importantly a departure from other modern shooters. "

Runner-up: Mafia III (Hangar 13 / 2K)

 

Most Surprising Game Most Surprising Game

Stardew Valley (Concerned Ape)
"You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!"

Runner-up: Pokemon Go (Niantic / The Pokemon Company)

 

Biggest Disappointment Biggest Disappointment

No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
"There’s something meditative and introspective about No Man’s Sky. It’s size and scope elicits feelings of wonder and irrelevance in equal measure, creating metaphors from calculus and code. Those feelings are savagely curtailed by oppressive systems that transform it into something smaller: a videogame."

Runner-up: Mighty No. 9 (Comcept)

 

Best New IP Best New IP

Overwatch (Blizzard)
With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard's signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid.

Runner-up: Tom Clancy's The Division (Ubisoft)

 

Best Kiwi Game Best Kiwi Game

Path of Exile: Breach League (Grinding Gear Games)
You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world.

Runner-up: Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)

 

Best NZ Retailer Best NZ Retailer

Mighty Ape

MightyApe
MightyApe have been in business for over a decade and during that time have earned a reputation for providing a fast, safe, reliable, affordable and fun online shopping experience. MightyApe have over 6 million products in their catalogue including games, books, movies, home and office products, toys and collectibles, music, electronics and computers.

Runner-up: JB HiFi

 

Game of the Year Overall 2016 Game of the Year

Overwatch (Blizzard)
"Overwatch is still a hell of a fun, fast paced, rock-paper-scissors, goal orientated team-fps with plenty of other awesome traits - like the inclusion of a post-match commendation system that rewards players with gold, silver, and bronze awards based on how well they performed, all prefaced with a Play of the Game highlight reel from the match you just finished."

Runner-up: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog / SIE)


Congratulations to Blizzard, and to all our winners! Thanks to everyone that voted! We'd also like to extend a big thanks to the New Zealand gaming industry who continue to support us.




 

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Comments Comments (21)

 
Posted by Xenojay
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 3:16 PM
6
That definitely played out pretty much to key! Looks like 2016 was the year gamers knew their sh*t.

Good work gamers, and good work NZGAMER as always!
 
 
 
Posted by GETMONGED_187
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 3:41 PM
-1
Still butthurt I couldn't vote for Rocket League once. NZGamer I expect better from you next time!
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 3:58 PM
3
Pretty much exactly how I expected it to play out.

Some oustanding games there.
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 4:20 PM
3
10 February 2017, 03:41 PM Reply to GETMONGED_187
Still butthurt I couldn't vote for Rocket League once. NZGamer I expect better from you next time!
Rocket League came out in 2015, and you can always submit write-in votes.


I'm pleasantly surprised to see Overwatch get GOTY, I assumed it would have gone to Uncharted 4.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 5:10 PM
1
Pretty much the way I voted everything. Spot on really...
 
 
 
Posted by Shadowdance
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 5:15 PM
1
Have to agree with the games that I know that feature and it was awesome to see The Last Guardian feature as we've been contemplated buying the game.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 5:35 PM
1
List looks good just missing xenoblade chronicles x from best RPG. :)
I love that a new IP took the gold.
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 6:12 PM
4
Firewatch was nice. It's good to see that there so the awards weren't a complete AAA downtrow.
 
 
 
Posted by trun39
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 7:26 PM
1
A nice list of winners. (yay uncharted love).
 
 
 
Posted by captain X nz
On Friday 10 Feb 2017 9:16 PM
1
Needs more XCOM2, but spot on otherwise.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Saturday 11 Feb 2017 12:42 AM
1
Im excited that ff15 has basically been confirmed to be coming to pc, Glad that Witcher 3 got best dlc because it was amazing.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Saturday 11 Feb 2017 2:37 PM
-1
10 February 2017, 04:20 PM Reply to Coddfish
Rocket League came out in 2015, and you can always submit write-in votes.


I'm pleasantly surprised to see Overwatch get GOTY, I assumed it would have gone to Uncharted 4.
Im pleasantly unsurprised to see No Mans Lie win the biggest disappointment category, as it well deserved to.
 
 
 
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Saturday 11 Feb 2017 5:06 PM
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Yay Overwatch!

NERF THIS!
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Saturday 11 Feb 2017 8:06 PM
1
Blood and Wine is one of best DLC's ever! I'm still sinking time into Witcher
 
 
 
Posted by polarbear
On Sunday 12 Feb 2017 8:38 PM
1
Two of my favourites Last Guardian and Firewatch in there. Happy to see that. Still completing Uncharted 4 so hopefully I'm in for a good time based on this.

Full credit to Blizzard. Overwatch is stellar
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 9:30 AM
1
I have to agree with most of those. I voted for either the winner or the runner up in the categories I chose. It was a good year for gaming and hopefully that trend continues this year.
 
 
 
Posted by toner
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 10:31 AM
1
The only thing I'm upset about: No kudos to Inside. Goes to show how many great Indie games were out in 2016: Firewatch, Oxenfree, Inside, The Witness, the list goes on.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 11:10 AM
1
Best Fighting Game being won by Street Fighter V is alllways a lie. Can't get over something like that.

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator or King of Fighters XIV should've won because they're better products in every way. Even BlazBlue: Centralfiction is a better product. It's like humans are stuck in a phase of no-evolution when it comes to Capcom's fighting flagship.

Wish I had more time to play my Genji in Overwatch, Sold it without remorse. At least we've got Paladins coming for free.
 
 
 
Posted by Bunnny
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 11:55 AM
2
Glad to see Firewatch there
 
 
 
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Posted by thomasammy489
On Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 3:55 AM
-1
13 February 2017, 11:55 AM Reply to Bunnny
Glad to see Firewatch there
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Posted by kiwibadboy
On Friday 17 Feb 2017 8:05 PM
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This just reaffirms my opinion that Overwatch is extremely overrated.