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Video Game Award Nominations 2017

Welcome to the annual Gamerheadquarters Video Game Awards where we kick things off with our nominations. These include multiple categories in gaming featuring the best titles of the year. Firstly, I should mention that we have a Fan Favorite Award that can be voted on from the link below or just continue down to view the nominations. We've slightly altered the categories for the awards feeling this best represents gaming in 2017. This includes adding virtual reality as a new category and the return of the Nintendo exclusive. The final awards area of the site will go live on December 17, 2017 featuring the winners for this year along with a fancy set of awards. Check out the nominations below and be sure to share around!

Fan Favorite Vote Here
View the Winners! (Coming December 17)
Game of the Year
-Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nier: Automata, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War


Horizon Zero Dawn Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game of the Year
Nier: Automata Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed: Origins Game of the Year
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Game of the Year
Middle-Earth: Shadow of WarGame of the Year


Indie Game of the Year
-Slime Rancher, SteamWorld Dig 2, She Remembered Caterpillars, Thimbleweed Park


Slime Rancher Game of the Year
SteamWorld Dig 2 Game of the Year
She Remembered Caterpillars Game of the Year
Thimbleweed Park Game of the Year


Story of the Year
-Horizon Zero Dawn, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Nier Automata, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus


Horizon Zero Dawn Game of the Year
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Game of the Year
Nier: Automata Game of the Year
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Game of the Year
 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus  Game of the Year


Shooter Game of the Year
-Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront II, Sniper Elite 4, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Lawbreakers


Call of Duty: WWII Game of the Year
Star Wars Battlefront II Game of the Year
Sniper Elite 4 Game of the Year
 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus  Game of the Year
Lawbreakers Game of the Year


Co-op Game of the Year
-Destiny 2, Cuphead, The Escapists 2, Ark: Survival Evolved


Destiny 2 Game of the Year
Cuphead Game of the Year
The Escapists 2 Game of the Year
Ark: Survival Evolved Game of the Year


Best Non Series Game of the Year
-Horizon Zero Dawn, Cuphead, Ark: Survival Evolved, For Honor, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice


Horizon Zero Dawn Game of the Year
Cuphead Game of the Year
Ark: Survival Evolved Game of the Year
For Honor Game of the Year
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Game of the Year


Best in a Series Game of the Year
-Call of Duty: WWII, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Star Wars Battlefront II


Call of Duty: WWII Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed: Origins Game of the Year
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Game of the Year
Star Wars Battlefront II Game of the Year


Best Environments in a Game
-Horizon Zero Dawn, Star Wars Battlefront II, Destiny 2, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Horizon Zero Dawn Game of the Year
Star Wars Battlefront II Game of the Year
Destiny 2 Game of the Year
Mass Effect: Andromeda Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed: Origins Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game of the Year


Best New Character in a Game
-Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn)
-Iden Versio (Star Wars Battlefront II)
-Bayek (Assassin’s Creed: Origins)
-William Pierson (Call of Duty: WWII)
-Senua (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice)

Favorite Returning Character in a Game
-Chloe Price (Life is Strange: Before the Storm)
-Talion (Middle-Earth: Shadow of War)
-Link (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
-Sebastian Castellanos (The Evil Within 2)
-William J. Blazkowicz (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus)
-Chloe Frazer (Uncharted: The Lost Legacy)

Xbox Exclusive of the Year
-Forza Motorsport 7, Cuphead, Halo Wars 2


Forza Motorsport 7 Game of the Year
Cuphead Game of the Year
Halo Wars 2 Game of the Year


Playstation Exclusive of the Year
-Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Nier: Automata, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Tales of Berseria, Persona 5


Horizon Zero Dawn Game of the Year
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Game of the Year
Nier: Automata Game of the Year
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Game of the Year
Tales of Berseria Game of the Year
Persona 5 Game of the Year


Nintendo Exclusive of the Year
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game of the Year
Super Mario Odyssey Game of the Year
Splatoon 2 Game of the Year
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Game of the Year


PC Exclusive of the Year
-West of Loathing, Battlerite, She Remembered Caterpillars, Total War: Warhammer II


West of Loathing Game of the Year
She Remembered Caterpillars Game of the Year
Battlerite Game of the Year
Total War: Warhammer II Game of the Year


VR Game of the Year
-The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, Dino Frontier, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Archangel


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Game of the Year
Dino Frontier Game of the Year
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Game of the Year
Archangel Game of the Year


Digital Game of the Year
-Slime Rancher, SteamWorld Dig 2, Cuphead, Tooth and Tail, Thimbleweed Park, The Sexy Brutale, Life is Strange: Before the Storm


Slime Rancher Game of the Year
SteamWorld Dig 2 Game of the Year
Cuphead Game of the Year
Tooth and Tail Game of the Year
Thimbleweed Park Game of the Year
The Sexy Brutale Game of the Year
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Game of the Year


Remake of the Year
-Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Voodoo Vince Remastered, Yakuza Kiwami


Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Game of the Year
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Game of the Year
Voodoo Vince Remastered Game of the Year
Yakuza Kiwami Game of the Year

DLC of the Year
-Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC of the Year
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels DLC of the Year
Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare DLC of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year
-Monument Valley 2, Crusaders of Light, Flipping Legend, Hexmon War


Monument Valley 2 Game of the Year
Crusaders of Light Game of the Year
Flipping Legend Game of the Year
Hexmon War Game of the Year


Early Access Game of the Year
-Conan Exiles, Playunknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Astroneer, Quake Champions


Conan Exiles Game of the Year
Playunknown’s Battlegrounds Game of the Year
Fortnite Game of the Year
Astroneer Game of the Year
Quake Champions Game of the Year


Fan Favorite Voting VOTE HERE

Other things to note: Early Access titles cannot be awarded multiple years and remasters cannot qualify for any other categories aside from the remake one. Games must have released or finished within the year to be included, this is mostly for episodic titles as they can only qualify in the year they conclude. Exclusives are now somewhat different due to a changing market, we now consider console titles exclusive if they're only available on one platform with it being fine if they're on PC. We feel these nominations cover a variety of titles and display the best of the year, hoped you might have even come across a gem you missed in the year.

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner
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