Here’s how it works: each staff member was asked to nominate up to six games—including expansions and early access releases—that released this year. We then hopped onto a giant global call, and through a mixture of democracy, impassioned pleas and outright arguments, chose the games we wanted to honour with an award. Once we’ve chosen the games, we assign each an award name to fit it, which is why you’ll see slightly different categories each year.
Alongside the main awards, each PC Gamer staff member has also picked a personal favourite of the year. We’ll be updating this page with new awards and staff picks throughout the rest of the month, as they’re unveiled.
Best Ongoing Game: Final Fantasy XIV
Best Action Game: Revealed December 20
Best Roguelike: Revealed December 21
Best Adventure Game: Revealed December 22
Best Co-op Game: Revealed December 23
Best Card Game: Revealed December 24
Best Innovation: Revealed December 25
Best VR Game: Revealed December 26
Best Multiplayer Game: Revealed December 27
Best RPG: Revealed December 28
Best FPS: Revealed December 29
Best Strategy Game: Revealed December 30
Game of the Year: Revealed December 31
Emma Matthews: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Check back for more Staff Picks, revealed each day between now and December 30.