GameCentral hands out awards for the best graphics, music, storytelling, and more in its annual video game awards.
At some point we’re going to get tired of saying what a great year 2017 was for video games, but really it can’t be understated. Not considering how terrible things had got just a couple of years ago. The only problem with having so many top quality games is finding enough time to praise them all, which has made deciding on this year’s mini-award winners all the more difficult…
Cuphead (Xbox One)
On a technical level Horizon Zero Dawn is definitely the most accomplished video game of 2017. And it has some really nice art design too, in terms of the characters and the various robot animals. But it’s no Cuphead. If you want to talk about the game with the most memorable, and the most artistically interesting, visuals of the year then it has to be Cuphead. With not a single polygon in sight it created a game world the likes of which have never been seen before, but which you immediately wanted to interact with. The sinister character designs fit the rock-hard difficulty perfectly, and prove that the very best visuals aren’t just a flashy tech demo layered on top of the gameplay but just one part of a holistic design.
Runner-up: Horizon Zero Dawn (PlayStation 4)
The multiplayer game mode known as Battle Royale was invented long before 2017. But in games, as with everything, it’s not about who invents an idea but who can popularise it. And they don’t get much more popular than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG). Battle Royale is a very simple idea: 100 people start on a huge 16km square map and have to survive and scavenge weapons in order to be the last person standing. PUBG popularised the concept, and is arguably the best at it, but the reason it gets the innovation award is the immediate and obvious effect it’s had on other publishers. Everything from Fortnite to GTA Online has rushed to copy the formula, and you can guarantee there’ll be many more next year.
Runner-up: Cappy – Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
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