Welcome to our annual Game of the Year Awards. Each day, for the rest of the month, we’ll be revealing the winners of our various awards, leading up to the ultimate Game of the Year—unveiled on December 31.
Rather than fit the year’s best games into a handful of fixed categories, each staff member was asked to nominate up to six games that released this year—either fully or into Early Access. We then gathered into one big, global call to argue through our choices and decide upon the final list. Once the games are picked, we assign each an award that represents what we feel it excelled at. This is why the categories are always slightly different each year.
Alongside the main awards, each PC Gamer writer has also picked one of their personal favourites to highlight. We’ll be updating this page with new awards and staff picks throughout the rest of the month.
Best Ongoing Game: Apex Legends
Best Co-op: Back 4 Blood
Best Multiplayer: Chivalry 2
Best Horror: Resident Evil Village
Best Strategy: Revealed December 22
Best Characters: Revealed December 23
Best RPG: Revealed December 24
Best Shooter: Revealed December 25
Best Design: Revealed December 26
Best Narrative: Revealed December 27
Best Open World: Revealed December 28
Best Action: Revealed December 29
Best Stealth: Revealed December 30
Game of the Year: Revealed December 31
We’ll be revealing two staff picks per day from December 19 to December 30.
Jacob Ridley: Hell Let Loose
Morgan Park: Jackbox Party Pack 8
Natalie Clayton: Unbeatable [White Label]
Tyler Colp: Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
Mollie Taylor: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Lauren Morton: Book of Travels
Game of the Year Awards 2020
Game of the Year Awards 2019
Game of the Year Awards 2018
Game of the Year Awards 2017
Game of the Year Awards 2016
Game of the Year Awards 2015
Game of the Year Awards 2014
Game of the Year Awards 2013