2016 is almost at its end, an 2017 is coming, so it’s that time of the year again. You may think that we’re late, but we feel that we’re right on time, as the year doesn’t end on Decmeber 15th, or November 30th. It ends on December 31st.
This year we decided to do something a little different. We value our opinion, but ultimately we’re just a bunch of dudes, so it’s time to give power to a much bigger bunch of dudes and ladies, and let you choose your Game of the Year and your Most Anticipated Game of 2017. We’ll also have our own, but the DualShockers’ Readers’ Choice of the Year Award 2016 and the DualShockers’ Readers’ Most Anticipated Game of 2017 will effectively be considered our most important awards of the year.
Below, you’ll find forms to vote for both. In order to limit spam, you’ll be asked to log in with a google account if you aren’t already. If you don’t have one, making it is pretty easy and very quick.
In order to be eligible for Game of the Year, a game needs to have been released for the first time (unless it’s a remaster/remake) between January 1st, 2016, and December 31st, 2016. Expansions are not eligible.
In order to be eligible for Most Anticipated, a game needs to have an announced release window in North America or Europe within 2017. There are cases in which a game hasn’t been officially revealed yet, but we have confirmed release windows (for instance Destiny 2 or Star Wars Battlefront 2). We decided to include those as well, as we’re quite sure many of you are anticipating them. We did not include games that will possibly or probably come, but don’t have an announced release window yet.
To avoid overlaps, we prioritized western releases. For instance. it wouldn’t make sense to have you vote for Persona 5 as Game of The Year, since most of you will play it in 2017, which is why it’s in the Most Anticipated category. You’ll be able to vote for it as GOTY in 2017 if you so please.
Asian market releases in English have been included where appropriate in case a western release is confirmed as not happening, or extremely unlikely.
As you’ll probably notice, the lists are very long. We decided that it wouldn’t make much sense to let you vote for your game of the year and most anticipated, but only within the games we like. So while it was pretty much impossible to include every game released in 2016 and every game releasing in 2017 (even just because there isn’t enough space in our brains for them all), we tried to give you as many options as humanly possible.
After all, if you really care for your favorite game to win, we’re sure it won’t be too much of a burden to scroll a list to find it (or even better, use the search feature of your browser). Titles are also listed in constantly changing random order, to avoid giving advantages to any. The order you see will be different from everyone else’s.
You’ll also notice that there are a lot of games that didn’t review very well in the list. It’s not our place to tell you what you should or shouldn’t like. We apologize if we missed or forgot games that you might love. After all, we’re only human.
You’re also given the ability to change your vote at any time before the cutoff time, which will be December 31st, at 11:59:59 PM Pacific Time. People change their mind, so we don’t see a reason why they wouldn’t be able to change their vote here.
Incidentally, do remember to click on “submit” at the bottom of each list, because simply selecting your favorites without clicking “submit” won’t register your vote.
So, what are you waiting for? Get voting, and feel free to let us know what you voted for and why in the comments.