UploadVR’s 2016 Game of the Year Winners

by David Jagneaux • December 30th, 2016

Last week we announced a comprehensive list of nominees for our 2016 Game of the Year Awards. There were over 20 categories selected with approximately 4-8 different games and experiences nominated for each category. That all adds up to a ton of amazing content we saw in VR’s first full year of consumer adoption.

We teamed up with the prolific Christopher Sabat (the voice of Piccolo, Yamcha, and of course Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z as well as Roronoa Zoro in One Piece) to record a video announcing each winner in every category. In my opinion, getting a glimpse of gameplay combined with that epic voice is absolutely the best way to experience our award selections. Check it out:

Since there were so many categories to decide and so many voices to hear, we actually had a true deliberation process in real-time using AltspaceVR. That means for three hours I, the Games Editor at UploadVR, Staff Writer Joe Durbin, Staff Writer Jamie Feltham, and Senior Editor Ian Hamilton, all discussed the nominees and who we thought deserved to win each and every category. That entire process was recorded, so get your popcorn ready.

We know it is three hours long, at the very least the first 25 or so minutes are pretty funny. The whole thing is embedded below.

We also have the third, and quickest, way to digest our selections and that’s in plain old text format.

Check them out below!

thumper

Best Music/Sound Design Winner: Thumper

Bound

EVE: Valkyrie

The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed

Thumper

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

bound-ps4-photo-mode

Best Art Direction Winner: Bound

ADR1FT

Bound

The Climb

Obduction

Robinson: The Journey

SUPERHOT VR

Thumper

werewolveswithin

Best Online Game Winner: Werewolves Within

Arizona Sunshine

Battlezone

Dead and Buried

EVE: Valkyrie

Onward

RIGS

The Unspoken

Werewolves Within

thegallerycallof-starseed

Best Narrative Winner: The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed

The Assembly

Edge of Nowhere

The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed

Obduction

Robinson: The Journey

ka-battle-within

Best Immersive Film Winner: KÀ The Battle Within

Ctrl

Gnomes and Goblins

Henry

KÀ The Battle Within

bigscreen

Best Productivity App Winner: Bigscreen

Bigscreen

Envelop

LightVR

Virtual Desktop

tiltbrush

Best Creativity App Winner: Tilt Brush

Gravity Sketch

Medium

Quill

Tilt Brush

dirtrally

Best Racing Game Winner: DiRT Rally

Blaze Rush

DiRT Rally

Driveclub VR

Project CARS

Redout

achairinaroomgreenwater

Best Horror Game Winner – A Chair in a Room: Greenwater

A Chair in a Room: Greenwater

The Brookhaven Experiment

Dark Days

Sisters

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

vanishingrealms

Best Action/Adventure Game Winner: Vanishing Realms

Chronos

Edge of Nowhere

SUPERHOT VR

Vanishing Realms

Windlands

superhot

Best Puzzle Game Winner: SUPERHOT VR

Fly to KUMA

Hitman GO: VR Edition

Neverout

Please, Don’t Touch Anything

SUPERHOT VR

Water Bears VR

onward

Best Shooter Winner: Onward

Arizona Sunshine

Damaged Core

Onward

Raw Data

RIGS

Space Pirate Trainer

onward

Most Surprising New Game Winner: Onward

The Brookhaven Experiment

Eagle Flight

Onward

Space Pirate Trainer

Thumper

The Unspoken

Vanishing Realms

minecraft

Best Mobile VR Game Winner: Minecraft

Dark Days

End Space

Minecraft

Neverout

Sisters

Tactera

Wands

theunspoken

Best Rift Game Winner: The Unspoken

Arizona Sunshine

Chronos

The Climb

Damaged Core

Edge of Nowhere

Lucky’s Tale

SUPERHOT VR

The Unspoken

arizonasunshine

Best Vive Game Winner: Arizona Sunshine

Arizona Sunshine

The Brookhaven Experiment

The Gallery: Call of the Starseed

Job Simulator

The Lab

Onward

Raw Data

Vanishing Realms

rigs

Best PS VR Game Winner: RIGS

Battlezone

Bound

How We Soar

Job Simulator

Rez Infinite

RIGS

Thumper

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

altspacevr

Best Social Variety Experience Winner: AltspaceVR

AltspaceVR

Bigscreen

Destinations

High Fidelity

Rec Room

Toybox

fantasticcontraption

Most Innovative VR Game Winner: Fantastic Contraption

Accounting

Damaged Core

Eagle Flight

Fantastic Contraption

The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed

Job Simulator

The Lab

SUPERHOT VR

owlchemylabs

Breakout VR Game Studio Winner: Owlchemy Labs

CCP Games (EVE: Valkyrie, Gunjack, Project Arena)

Cloudhead Games (The Gallery)

High Voltage (Damaged Core, Dragon Front)

Insomniac (Edge of Nowhere, The Unspoken)

Owlchemy Labs (Job Simulator, Rick and Morty)

Playful Corp (Lucky’s Tale, Wonderland)

Squanchtendo (Accounting)

Survios (Raw Data)

arizonasunshine

Best VR Game of the Year Winner: Arizona Sunshine

Arizona Sunshine

Damaged Core

The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed

Job Simulator

Onward

Rez Infinite

SUPERHOT VR

The Unspoken

startrek

Most Anticipated Upcoming VR Game of 2017 Winner: Star Trek – Bridge Crew

Arktika.1

Fallout 4 VR

Farpoint

Lone Echo

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Rock Band VR

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Wilson’s Heart


What are your picks for some of the best games and experiences this year? Did your favorite not win what you thought it would? Let us know in the comments below!

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