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Game of the Year Voting and Contest

Hello, everyone!

So, it's time. You got in the nominees, now you get to vote on the winners. But, there's also our usual contest to see who can best predict the winners.

If you just want to vote, here's your link: http://goty.n4g.com/home/in... . Make sure you vote for who you think should win in the poll. The contest below is an entirely different item and should not reflect who you think should win in each category.

Please note: Voting will be open until February 24, 2017 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be announced the following week.

Predict the GotY Winners Contest

Like in past years, we're running a contest where the goal is to be the closest to predicting the outcome of the Game of the Year voting. The prizes will be two (2) $250 Amazon Gift Cards to two winners. The two people who get the most correct predictions will win. If there is a tie, then we will randomly select between those who are tied.

How to Enter: from the possible nominees in each category (pasted below for your aid), select the one winner in each category and Private Message them to me, Christopher, via http://n4g.com/user/home/ch... . Your PM should only include each category and your one predicted winner for each respective category. Only one entry will be accepted per person, so make sure you use notepad or a similar tool to organize your entry first. Entries must be received no later than February 26, 2017 11:59 PM EST.

This year's categories and nominees, as provided by the N4G Community

Best New Video Game Character
- BT-7274 (Titanfall 2)
- Delilah (Firewatch)
- Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Bood and Wine)
- Emily Kaldwin (Dishonored 2)
- Lincoln Clay (Mafia III)
- Jesse McCree (Overwatch)
- Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV)
- Prompto Argentum (Final Fantasy XV)
- Sam Drake (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)
- The Protagonist (INSIDE)
- Tracer/Lena Oxton (Overwatch)
- Trico (The Last Guardian)
- Wrench (Watch Dogs 2)

Best Single Player Experience
- Dark Souls III
- Dishonored 2
- DOOM
- Final Fantasy XV
- Gears of War 4
- Hitman (2016)
- INSIDE
- Ratchet & Clank
- Severed
- Stardew Valley
- The Last Guardian
- Titanfall 2
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- XCOM 2

Best Multiplayer Experience
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Dark Souls III
- DOOM
- Forza Horizon 3
- Gears of War 4
- Killing Floor 2
- Overcooked
- Overwatch
- Titanfall 2
- Tom Clancy’s The Division
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Downloadable Content
- Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel
- Destiny: Rise of Iron
- Dying Light: The Following
- Fallout 4: Far Harbor
- Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain
- Star Wars: Battlefront – Death Star
- Tom Clancy’s The Division – Expansion II: Survival
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine
- Uncharted 4: Survival

Best Episodic Content
- Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3: New World Order
- Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: City of Light
- Hitman: Bangkok
- Hitman: Paris
- Hitman: Sapienza
- King’s Quest – Chapter III: Once Upon a Climb
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 1: Ties That Bind – Part 1
- The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1: In Too Deep

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
- Darkest Dungeon
- Deus Ex GO
- Dragon Quest Builders
- I Am Setsuna
- Lara Croft GO
- Pokemon Go
- Pokemon Sun and Moon
- Severed
- World of Final Fantasy

Best Voice Acting
- Aidan Gillen (Paul Serene, Quantum Break)
- Alex Hernandez (Lincoln Clay, Mafia III)
- Cissy Jones (Delilah, Firewatch)
- Emily Rose (Elena Fisher, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
- Nolan North (Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s end)
- Rich Sommer (Henry, Firewatch)
- Troy Baker (Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)

Best Art Direction
- ABZU
- Bound
- Dishonored 2
- DOOM
- Final Fantasy XV
- Firewatch
- INSIDE
- Overwatch
- Ratchet & Clank
- The Last Guardian
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine
- The Witness
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Story
- Dishonored 2
- Firewatch
- INSIDE
- Mafia III
- Oxenfree
- The Last Guardian
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Soundtrack
- ABZU
- Battlefield 1
- DOOM
- Final Fantasy XV
- Forza Horizon 3
- Furi
- Mafia III
- The Last Guardian
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Innovation
- HDR10
- Pokemon Go augmented reality
- Trico AI (The Last Guardian)
- Virtual Reality hardware

News Story of the Year
- Bethesda Softworks changes review copy policy
- Death Stranding announcement
- God of War announcement
- Mid-generation console announcements (PS4 Pro/Scorpio)
- Nintendo Switch announcement
- No Man’s Sky controversy
- Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement
- Sony E3 2016 conference
- Spider-man PS4 game announcement
- The Last of Us Part II announcement

Most Anticipated Game of 2017
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
- Crackdown 3
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- Nier: Automata
- Nioh
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Fail of the Year
- Alekhine’s Gun
- Battleborn
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Final Fantasy XV
- Mafia III
- Mighty No. 9
- No Man’s Sky
- Quantum Break
- ReCore
- Star Fox Zero
- Street Fighter V
- Tom Clancy’s The Division

Indie Game of the Year
- Darkest Dungeon
- Firewatch
- Furi
- Hyper Light Drifter
- INSIDE
- Oxenfree
- Stardew Valley
- The Witness

Game of the Year
- Battlefield 1
- Civilization VI
- Dark Souls III
- Dishonored 2
- DOOM
- Final Fantasy XV
- Forza Horizon 3
- Overwatch
- Ratchet & Clank
- The Last Guardian
- Titanfall 2
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- XCOM 2

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Terms and Conditions:
1. Competition is open to all N4G users, except for employees of HAVAmedia and immediate relatives. Contests are not limited to the US/NA. Note: Moderators do not receive remuneration, are not employees of HAVAmedia, and are eligible for N4G monthly contests.
2. The closing date for this contest is 11:59 PM EST 26 February 2017.
3. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, N4G/HAVAmedia reserves the right to substitute the prizes for alternatives of equal or greater value.
4. Prizes are not transferable.
5. The winners of the competition will be notified by N4G ticket on or before March 7, 2017.
6. Failure to reply to ticket notification within seven (7) days may result in forfeiture of a prize.
7. All N4G TOU apply and may affect eligibility.
8. Lottery style winners are chosen at random from eligible entries. Spam or multiple accounts will result in disqualification.
9. All prizes are in USD, where prizes are awarded to winners outside the USD the exchange rate at the time of prize issue will affect prize amount.

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coolbeans100d ago (Edited 100d ago )

Initially, I got the wrong impression from the 3-limit during the nomination phase. I'm really liking the expansiveness of this list. And nary a grammatical flaw of the list in sight. What is this?!?! >:(

Only disappointment for me is Game Innovation locked to hardware-oriented stuff--except for Trico. I thought at least SUPERHOT got a couple of nods during the nomination process but I guess not.

EDIT: Ah ha! "Darkest Dungeons" instead of "Darkest Dungeon" in IGGY category! :P

Christopher100d ago (Edited 100d ago )

SUPERHOT got only one mention.

As far as innovation, it was a hard year to think of much of anything. Might consider nixing it in future years.

coolbeans100d ago

-"...it was a hard year to think of much of anything."

When considering how we've applied "innovation" into our category, I have to disagree with you there. Because we've never tried to solely look at big-picture but smaller nuances as well. Here's a vid from Game Maker's Toolkit that lists 5 which would easily apply here: https://www.youtube.com/wat... .

Another big one not listed here would be Hue. Changing the color of the world around you in order to progress in a 2D platformer is something I haven't quite seen before.

-"Might consider nixing it in future years."

I'd say that'd be a bad idea. A greater emphasis should be put on encouraging the community to consider the category more thoughtfully versus nixing it entirely. And in a year like 2017 with the blossoming ideas of VR games potentially coming down the pipeline, it seems like more BIG candidates can be on the horizon.

Deadpooled100d ago

First time I noticed the spam comments cannot be opened :( I enjoyed opening them as I used to find hilarious comments in them even from legit spammers

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NoFanboyJustLovGames100d ago

WOW shocked COD: Infinite warfare didn't get in best story this year... people who judge off just the name missed a great storyline....
ALso Titanfall 2 storyline was brilliant......
and how no nba 2k in best soundtrack....

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MasterCornholio100d ago

I'm just going to predict GOTY here.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

IMO

Christopher100d ago

Sadly the likely outcome :(

Dishonored 2 is my personal GotY, at least.

AnubisG100d ago (Edited 100d ago )

Why sadly? It was an amazing game. If you liked Dishonored 2, good for you. If it won't get GOTY it won't take away anything from the game. You will or had enjoy it just the same.

In my opinion Dishonored 2 doesn't even deserve to be mentioned on the same page as Uncharted 4. But that is just an opinion.

MasterCornholio100d ago

It is a good game. I don't see why it would be wrong if it win it.

Christopher100d ago

***Why sadly?***

Because in my opinion it doesn't deserve it? Why else would I say sadly? Seriously, am I not allowed to have the opinion that other games should win GotY over it?

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Christopher100d ago

***It's obviously a conflict of interest for the person running the poll to give his impression while the poll is running.***

So, you either think I will make up numbers to suit what I want (calling me corrupt) or you think I'm not allowed to express my opinion like anyone else (saying I should be censored but I won't affect the outcome regardless of my opinion). If the former, how does me expressing my opinion change my level of corruptness? Wouldn't I just alter it how I want regardless? If the latter, you're wrong. I am an individual with an opinion and my opinion doesn't do anything to change the opinions of others.

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Sparta07100d ago

" Sadly the likely outcome :( "
That's a douchey response.
Especially coming from you.

Btw Dishonred 2 is a disappointment compared to the first.

Good luck to all. It's been a fun year.

Christopher100d ago

***That's a douchey response.
Especially coming from you. ***

What makes it douchey? That I don't think it deserves GotY compared to other games? Is that all it takes to be douchey, to have a different opinion than you?

***Btw Dishonred 2 is a disappointment compared to the first. ***

Disagree, but you know what you like. See how that works? No attempting to make one opinion greater or lesser than another, just an agreement that we don't agree.

-Mezzo-99d ago (Edited 99d ago )

I absolutely agree with you, Dishonoured 2 was far superior to UC4 in all the areas that actually matter, from perfect story telling to amazing/addictive gameplay, Dishonoured 2 had it all.

Everyone knows how much I love the UC series and how much I loved UC4, but it will be absolutely sad if UC4 won instead of Dishonoured 2.

AnubisG99d ago

Obviously you are allowed to have your opinion just as I'm allowed to have mine and comment on yours.

DragonDDark99d ago

It was the last guardian for me.

MasterCornholio99d ago (Edited 99d ago )

Your entitled to your opinion. But its up to the community to decide which one wins.

Vegamyster99d ago

Personally DS3 was probably my fave, enjoyed the entire game til the end.

Christopher98d ago

***Sadly, for you****

Who else would it be for?

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mocaak100d ago

Best New Video Game Character
- Trico (The Last Guardian)

Best Single Player Experience
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Multiplayer Experience
- Overwatch

Best Downloadable Content
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

Best Episodic Content
- Hitman: Sapienza

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
- Pokemon Sun and Moon

Best Voice Acting
- Nolan North (Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s end)

Best Art Direction
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Story
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Soundtrack
- Final Fantasy XV

Best Innovation
- Virtual Reality hardware

News Story of the Year
- Sony E3 2016 conference

Most Anticipated Game of 2017
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Fail of the Year
- No Man’s Sky

Indie Game of the Year
- INSIDE

Game of the Year
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Christopher100d ago

PM, not post in comments section.

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