Have your say in TechRadar’s Game of the Year 2017 awards

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2017 was a wonderful year to be a gamer. In these last 365 days we were lucky enough to get two new consoles – the Xbox One X and the Nintendo Switch – both a Mario game and a new The Legend of Zelda title, plus an exceptional piece of hardware for PC gamers: the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti.
It was a bit overwhelming honestly, and it might take all of next year for our wallets to recover from the vast number of amazing games that came out.

In a year as good as this one was, it’s hard coming up with a single Game of the Year – a title that stood above all the rest. And yet, that’s just what we’re going to do: TechRadar would like to announce its Game of the Year Awards 2017.
To that end, internal voting is already underway and our editors have narrowed down each category of games to five or six contenders. Like last year, categories will be both platform-based (like best PS4 game) and genre-based (like best action-adventure game) and can be found listed in their entirety below.
So far, we’ve picked out 12 categories for games to fall into, and that’s not including our overall Game of the Year pick, our readers’ choice and our Most Excited About award for a game that’s coming next year. With only 15 awards to hand out, it’s going to be a nightmare trying to recognize every game worthy of a moment in the spotlight. Alas, it has to be done.
Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and vote for the game you think deserves the ultimate accolade this year. 
And the nominees are…
Here are the nominees for each category! 

Best Xbox One Exclusive: 

Forza Motorsport 7
Cuphead
Halo Wars 2
Super Lucky’s Tale
Halo 5 (Xbox One X patch)

Best PS4 Exclusive

Horizon Zero Dawn
Uncharted: Lost Legacy
Nier: Automata
Gravity Rush 2
Persona 5
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

Best Nintendo Exclusive

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Splatoon 2
Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Best Virtual Reality Game

Wilson’s Heart
Lone Echo
Superhot
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
LA Noire VR
Skyrim VR
Doom VFR
Arizona Sunshine

Best PC Game

Total War: Warhammer II
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Lawbreakers
Divinity: Original Sin 2

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Metroid: Samus Returns
Monument Valley 2
Pokemon Go
Fire Emblem Heroes
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Best Gaming Hardware

Xbox One X
Nintendo Switch
SNES Classic Mini
NVIDIA Shield
New Nintendo 2DS XL
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Best Action/Shooter

Call of Duty: WWII
Prey
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Destiny 2
Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

(Image: © Atlus)Best Role-Playing Game (RPG)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Persona 5
Destiny 2
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Best Online Multiplayer

Call of Duty WWII
Destiny 2
Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood
Elder Scrolls Online
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
FIFA 18

Best Racing/Sports Game

GT Sport
FIFA 18
Need for Speed Payback
Forza 7
MLB The Show 18

Best Narrative 

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Persona 5
Uncharted: Lost Legacy
What Remains of Edith Finch
Yakuza Zero 

Most Excited About in 2018

Sea of Thieves
Spider-Man
God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Last of Us Part 2
Far Cry 5

Game of the Year 2017

Assassin’s Creed Origins
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Wolfenstein II The New Colossus
Destiny 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Horizon Zero Dawn

Readers’ Choice Award 2017
While our editors bicker and squabble over the game they think should be crowned the Game of the Year 2017, we want to know what YOU think the best game was. Check out the poll below and come back to the site around Friday, December 22 to see which games our editors finally decided on and which game you, our readers, have crowned the best of the best.

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