UploadVR’s Best Of 2017 Winners

by David Jagneaux • December 31st, 2017

I’m not gonna beat around the bush and waste your time too much with this. We all know that 2017 was an amazing year for video games, both VR and non-VR, so it was incredibly difficult to choose winners in these categories. After careful deliberation and voting though, winners have been selected.

If you want a whole bunch of build up and grandstanding for each category then you can look over the nominee list for our thought process one more time. And don’t forget to leave a comment down below letting us know how our opinions are wrong!

Now let’s get down to business: Here are UploadVR’s Best of 2017 Winners!


Best VR Hardware

Deluxe Audio Strap for HTC Vive
*WINNER: Samsung Odyssey Windows VR Headset
Pixel 2 / Daydream View
PS Aim Controller
TPCast Wireless VR Accessory
Vive Tracker

Best PSVR Game

Arizona Sunshine
Invisible Hours
*WINNER: Resident Evil 7: biohazard
Superhot VR
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

Best Oculus Rift Game

From Other Suns
*WINNER: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
The Gallery: Episode 2 – Heart of the Emberstone
The Mage’s Tale
Wilson’s Heart

Best HTC Vive Game

Fallout 4 VR
*WINNER: LA Noire: The VR Case Files
Project CARS 2
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
The Gallery: Episode 2 – Heart of the Emberstone

Best Windows VR Game

Arizona Sunshine
Space Pirate Trainer
*WINNER: Superhot VR

Best Mobile VR Game

Augmented Empire
*WINNER: Eclipse: Edge of Light
Lola and the Giant
Rez Infinite

Best Story Experience

*WINNER: Dear Angelica
If Not Love
So Let Us Melt

Best Visuals

LA Noire: The VR Case Files
*WINNER: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
Project CARS 2
Robo Recall
The Gallery: Episode 2 – Heart of the Emberstone
Wilson’s Heart

Most Immersive Experience

Duck Season
Echo Grotto
Lone Echo
PS Aim Controller
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
*WINNER: The Void

Best Multiplayer VR Game

*WINNER: Echo Arena
From Other Suns
Raw Data
Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Best Social Experience

Facebook Spaces
High Fidelity
*WINNER: Rec Room

Most Innovative Experience

Exa: The Infinite Instrument
Invisible Hours
Lone Echo/Echo Arena
*WINNER: Mindshow
Wilson’s Heart

Best Creative App (Tie)

*WINNER: Blocks
Exa: The Infinite Instrument
Gravity Sketch
Masterpiece VR
*WINNER: Mindshow

Best Developer of the Year (Tie)

*WINNER: Bethesda
Cloudhead Games
Oculus Story Studio
*WINNER: Ready At Dawn

Most Anticipated VR Game of 2018

Budget Cuts
Echo Combat
*WINNER: Firewall: Zero Hour
MARVEL Powers United VR
The Inpatient
Valve VR Games
Wipeout VR

Best Overall VR Game of the Year

Invisible Hours
*WINNER: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
Resident Evil 7: biohazard
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
The Gallery: Episode 2 – Heart of the Emberstone

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  • David D. Taylor

    Lone Echo deserves all the wins, especially best of the year. Even though it might not be my first choice, it is a close runner up, and I can live with it winning.

  • Frogacuda

    Lone Echo is a righteous choice. Most sites that aren’t VR-focused are going to go for higher profile games like RE7, but Lone Echo is really the high water mark for the medium right now.

    • As a VR-only title, it really felt like a landmark achievement for the medium in terms of gameplay, story, characters, writing, interaction, and even multiplayer entertainment. Really hard to see anything else topping it for a VR-specific award list!

      • Bundy

        Agreed, it was fantastic. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  • bschuler

    Most anticipated, LOL!

  • impurekind

    Yeah, I feel good about most of these awards. 😀

    • Tal – UploadVR

      Thanks! So do we! :0)

  • Ted Joseph

    Lone Echo is amazing. I just haven’t been able to finish it yet.. Probably get into it tonight… That is, if I can avoid Arktika or From Other Suns for one night…

  • ivan

    Most anticipated game choice is ridiculous.

    Budget Cuts should win.

    • Tal – UploadVR

      Your choice is perfectly valid. See how I can acknowledge your opinion without taking offense or belittling yours?

  • chicken_colonel

    I played Lone Echo up until right after the “anomalies” were detected on the map…so probably played like 30-45 mins including tutorial…and it was awesome…but being new to VR, I’ve had to try a ton of other stuff- and honestly have been hooked on space pirate trainer and blasters of the universe…but anyways…does Lone Echo get more exciting? The graphics were amazing, the acting, the animation, the interactions, the control…all excellent – but I am concerned…is there any sort of conflict? I’m honestly a bit immature I guess…and just want to shoot stuff and dodge bullets….games where I have to move around, duck for cover…are my favorite….and Lone Echo seemed a little slow….now Echo Arena…that was awesome.

    • Lone Echo may not be for you and that’s totally okay. It doesn’t get a whole lot more “exciting” but there is a bit more action and some more climactic moments, but it’s very much more about character interactions and immersive scenarios. But that’s the beauty of VR — there’s something for everybody!

      • chicken_colonel

        Lone Echo is amazing and a milestone game, just for me, I have such little time to game these days, if want to jump into the action asap. I’m sure, I hope I finish it at some point; most narrative single player games I usually don’t these days though.

    • johngrimoldy

      With the preferences you mentioned, I’d highly recommend Serious Sam. Ridiculous amounts of shooting things.

      • chicken_colonel

        Yeah -want to try it – but even $20 seems a lot – I like shooting stuff – but feel artika, raw data, robo recall – have a better cohesive art style – ss always struck me as kind of cheeseball, even moreso than doom.

        • johngrimoldy

          I agree with you on the cheeseball factor. SS isn’t really my bag either – but it does involve ridiculous amounts of shooting.

        • mirak

          That’s why I never played serious sam

    • LoreII

      You should buy Psvr with far point and aim controller, on Psvr each game is exciting cause Sony is focused on that since 1995, even their tv spot are focused on adrenaline and excitement

    • MowTin

      No, your assessment is correct. Lone Echo is technically the most amazing VR game but it’s boring because it lacks any enemies. I loved it but I have zero interest in playing it a second time. I think if they had added some robot enemies and a few weapons it would have been an even better game. How many best selling games have no enemies?

      From Other Suns is my favorite VR game of 2017.

      • chicken_colonel

        Never played from other suns. The movement option seemed weird to me. Wish I picked up while on sale perhaps; is there action? Lone echo seems like a walking simulator in zero g, and elite dangerous is too much effort. I’m looking for a game like no mans sky and destiny combined in vr…hop in your ship, land on a planet, get out, shoot bad guys, fly back home…conceptually a no brainer and instant success if done well. I think VR experiences should be playable in short 1-2 HR sessions, at least until screens improve and headsets lighten, become more comfortable; less sweat inducing…so I need action to pick up rather quickly before I move on.

  • I feel like Croteam should have gotten best dev over Bethesda. Croteam jumped in sooner, they’ve jumped in with four conversions and one new VR only title, and the support for each one is much better. Far more control options, far more graphics/performance options, mod support, and multiplatform support between VR and non-VR. That’s a lot of work and very polished work, from a smaller dev/publisher.

    • I feel you and that’s totally why they were one of the first on the list of nominees. However, games like Skyrim and Fallout feel like much more impressive and ambitious ports, rather than relatively linear shooters. That being said, Croteam is crushing it and I really hope SS4 has native VR support at launch!

  • Graham

    Interesting choices – bet that took ages to agree on!!! Or not! 🙂

    I’ve not got into pc vr yet (2018 hopefully!) so cant comment on many of these but the odyssey as hardware winner feels a good choice – have to say, if they had released that in the uk I’d have bought that and a powerful laptop by now. A step up in quality without loads of base stations is perfect for me.

    Also interesting to see that neither of the 2 recent big releases (fallout and Skyrim) are winners in any category – although I guess the Bethesda win kind of reflects that a bit

  • Justos

    Glad Lone Echo gets the win it deserves. A game that can only be done in VR is worthy of VR title of the year. Not a gamepad game with more users.

  • mirak

    That’s still a joke to me to have The Gallery taken over Obduction.

  • chicanoterp06

    If the best developer award was a tie then why is Bethesda the only one represented in the picture? ready at dawns logo should be displayed as well

  • LoreII

    Such a pity you didn’t mention Megaton Rainfall that in my opinion is a piece of history of videogsmes, I would put it after re7 and Skyrim

  • JoeCoder

    Well, there’s one “most anticipated” VR game that I’m interested in, but it’s on Sony. I have several highly anticipated games for next year that I just can’t wait for. Should be a blast.

  • Nads

    i still believe the experience you get when first playing through resident evil 7 in vr is unmatched, even a year down the line!

    Lone echo and others are good aswell, but nothing really compares to RE7 experience, it was just phenomenal. An experience that i will never forget, forget the game, i will never forget looking at those peeled off wallpapers and detailed environments. Best I’ve ever seen!

  • Daniel Gochez

    I have a lot of VR painting and modeling apps and I find it odd that Medium wasn’t even mentioned, it looks like the most polised one.