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The Steam Awards 2023 nominees sure seem weird to me


The nominees for the public-voted Steam Awards have been announced and they are, perhaps more than ever before, baffling to me. If I was being uncharitable, I’d say that’s because the list is overrun by games with large multiplayer communities that can be encouraged to vote for them – but who would want to be uncharitable? Let’s instead say that the list is certainly not boring, even if Starfield gets a nod for “most innovative gameplay”.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Game Of The Year award

  • Resident Evil 4
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Lethal Company
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • EA Sports FC 24

VR Game Of The Year award

  • Gorilla Tag
  • I Expect You To Die 3
  • Labyrinthine
  • F1 23
  • Ghosts Of Tabor

Labor Of Love award

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Dota 2
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Rust
  • Apex Legends

Best Game On Steam Deck award

  • The Outlast Trials
  • Dredge
  • Diablo 4
  • Brotato
  • Hogwarts Legacy

Better With Friends award

  • Warhammer 40K: Darktide
  • Lethal Company
  • Party Animals
  • Sunkenland
  • Sons Of The Forest

Outstanding Visual Style award

  • Atomic Heart
  • High On Life
  • Cocoon
  • Darkest Dungeon 2
  • Inward

Most Innovative Gameplay award

  • Your Only Move Is Hustle
  • Remnant 2
  • Shadows Of Doubt
  • Contraband Police
  • Starfield

Best Game You Suck At award

  • Sifu
  • Lords Of The Fallen
  • Overwatch
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Street Fighter 6

Best soundtrack award

  • Pizza Tower
  • The Last Of Us: Part One
  • Hi-Fi Rush
  • Persona 5 Tactica
  • Chants Of Sennaar

Outstanding Story-Rich Game award

  • Resident Evil 4
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Love Is All Around
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Lies Of P

Sit Back And Relax award

  • Train Sim World 4
  • Coral Island
  • Dave The Diver
  • Cities Skylines 2
  • Portion Craft

Are those big, pretty battery-drainers really better on Steam Deck than, say, Dave The Diver? Is EA Sports FC 24 really the best game “you suck at”, over and above any difficult platformer or roguelike or another of this year’s many Soulslikes? I’m unconvinced.

You can see more of all the nominees over at the Steam Awards site. Voting opens on December 21st and coincides with the beginning of the Steam winter sale. Voting closes on January 2nd while the sale will continue until January 4th, according to its recent trailer.

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