The Golden Joystick Awards have determined that Subnautica, the undersea survival sim that is really a horror game in disguise (and if you don’t believe me, give it a try sometime and let me know how it goes), is the PC Game of the Year. CD Projekt’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 took the title for Most Wanted Game, while Fortnite beat out not-on-PC heavyweight Red Dead Redemption 2 to claim the overall Game of the Year title.
Fortnite is a phenomenon, of course, and while I wouldn’t necessarily argue that it’s a better game that RDR2 taken in isolation, I don’t see the Housers turning up on Ellen anytime soon, or shit-talking an entire nation just because they can.
Subnautica, meanwhile, is spectacularly good: Excellent as a survival game, but with so much more going on beneath the surface (pardon the pun). It suffered from a few niggling technical issues but was otherwise a serene, sublime experience of remarkable beauty—except when the bad things happen, and then it’s a five-alarm nope back to the surface for a few minutes. (Or days.)
I am down with the winners, in other words, but feel free to debate their merits in the comments. The full list of victors is down below:
The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of From Software and producer/director on the Dark Souls games, Bloodborne, and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
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