Today, I wished to speak a bit concerning the Steam Awards… or principally what I went for when it comes to nominations.
Frankly, I’m not a fan of sport awards and whatnot… however the Steam ones are fairly cool, so we will make an exception, can’t we?
- Game of the Year Award
- Labor of Love Award
- Better With Friends Award
- Outstanding Visual Style Award
- Most Innovative Gameplay Award
- Best Game You Suck At Award
- Best Soundtrack Award
- Outstanding Story-Rich Game Award
- Sit Back and Relax Award
- VR GOTY / Best Game On The Go Award
Note: The first hyperlink underneath every paragraph hyperlinks to the Steam Store Page. There is a sale occurring for the time being, in any case, so you might wanna wishlist and even straight-up purchase the video games that I’m recommending right here!
Game of the Year Award
I really like this sport. It rapidly grew to become my latest obsession.
I imply, I knew that I’d find it irresistible once I heard concerning the premise from Krikket… and I knew that I’d find it irresistible because it’s made by the Octodad devs… however I didn’t assume I’d find it irresistible this a lot.
Bugsnax is lovely, healthful, and psychologically scarring. There is physique horror and cute animals… you’ll be able to pet the food-themed critters and fulfil quests, embellish your property, and journey the world. Honestly, it’s superb. I really like this sport. GOTY proper there!
Labor of Love Award
Again, I really like this sport. Here’s my overview on it when you haven’t checked out this beekeeping sim but!
It’s a beautiful little title about breeding bees, making mead and different merchandise, crafting stuff, attending to know individuals, and breeding extra bees. You save the bees IRL, too, if you buy the sport since a portion of the gross sales goes to #SaveTheBees. At the identical time, the sport retains getting up to date which is extremely neat.
Heck, I wouldn’t know another sport that may match higher into this class than Apico.
Better With Friends Award
I don’t play too many multiplayer video games and whereas Deep Rock Galactic would in all probability work fairly effectively right here…
Core Keeper (Review), nonetheless, got here out this 12 months. And it’s additionally actually nice although for different causes!
It’s completely playable in Singleplayer however Core Keeper is simply no less than ten instances higher whenever you play it with pals, discover collectively, trade info, break up up the work, embellish your base, conflict with your folks since they don’t like your adorning fashion, and it’s 100 instances higher whenever you then ultimately make up with your folks and play extra Core Keeper collectively. Rinse and repeat.
Outstanding Visual Style Award
There are a number of titles that will have fitted right here. I not too long ago performed Hellblade for the primary time and was in awe about it (however that one’s a bit older now, innit?). I cherished Onde‘s artwork fashion and sound design and the way it meshed collectively extremely effectively… and Boneraiser Minions‘s artwork fashion is gritty but clear and truthfully superb.
But GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon (Review) simply nails its artwork a lot… it’s distinct and distinctive.
It simply works – as Todd Howard would in all probability say. It’s becoming and elaborate… and it makes you neglect concerning the grind and frustrations that include its sport design.
Most Innovative Gameplay Award
I had a number of concepts right here however ended up sticking to the very first thing that got here to thoughts: Backpack Hero (Impressions).
It’s an fascinating concept to principally make deckbuilding and fight revolve round stock administration and the location of things… I cherished it.
The different sport that got here to thoughts was Vampire Survivors because it kinda sparked a style however on the identical time, Vampire Survivors principally simply did what AK-Xolotl did earlier than it and Behold! earlier than that sport… Dome Keeper additionally would in all probability work when it comes to innovation because it has a pleasant mixture of mining and defence, particularly with all of the devices… however Backpack Hero is simply a lot extra distinctive, for my part.
Best Game You Suck At Award
I can persistently get wins on this sport utilizing the Sword Dome and the Engineer paired with the protect gadget… however the brand new Assessor (a category I ought to love however kinda have a tough time with) simply makes me… suck.
But as I already talked about, Dome Keeper is nice. It hits the appropriate stability between mining and fight within the runs… It’s fascinating and enjoyable for a comparatively very long time… and I actually prefer it which is why I additionally come again to it regardless of sucking.
Best Soundtrack Award
Just hearken to Vampire Survivor’s soundtrack. It’s nice. And the sport is enjoyable, too…
And what’s extra, is which you can change the music through an unlock to have the ability to play sooner music or slower music it doesn’t matter what stage you’re in.
I like that so much. And once more, the soundtrack is simply pure hype, as I discussed in my overview.
Outstanding Story-Rich Game Award
Honestly, I nonetheless am battling the overview on Beacon Pines (posts on that sport). I cherished it a lot… I’ve been so excited for it for thus lengthy… and the wait was price it for certain.
But that’s the place the problem is: The story is so nice that I don’t need to spoil it in any respect! How might I probably write about Beacon Pines and never someway take away from the story when it’s a story-driven expertise?!
Anyway, thus far, that is the most effective story I acquired to expertise this 12 months!
Sit Back and Relax Award
Any sport with fishing is a good sport – and Isle of Jura proves that, as I discussed in my overview already.
It’s stress-free and enjoyable… it’s a shorter sport however extremely cute. There are a ton of secrets and techniques and issues to do and unlock…
And once more, simply chill and enjoyable fishing. Amazing.
VR GOTY / Best Game On The Go Award
I don’t have a Steam Deck or a VR Headset but… so… I haven’t been capable of play something in these classes. Luckily, I used to be capable of skip them and nonetheless end the badge. Nice.
I really like nominating video games every year for these, not due to the awards themselves… however relatively as a result of it makes me assume again and keep in mind video games I performed every year.
It’s truthfully good to understand that you simply had a blast with video games like Apico, Core Keeper and Backpack Hero… all on this one 12 months that’s now slowly nearing its finish. It’s wild that it’s already almost December. Can’t look ahead to 2023!
What have been your highlights and nominations this 12 months?
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