DOOM and Dark Souls 3 were the only recent releases honoured in the Steam Awards, but GTA 5 and Euro Truck Simulator snatched two gongs each

By Brenna Hillier
3 January 2017 05:11 GMT

The first Steam Awards demonstrated PC gamers have long memories and decided opinions.


Valve has announced the winners of its community-voted Steam Awards.

End of year award lists tend to be dominated by the latest and greatest, as everyone suffers amnesia beyond the current hype cycle, but the Steam community proved to be made of sterner stuff, resolutely selecting timeless favourites for most of the eclectic categories.

The awards weren’t restricted by year of release, and the nature of the categories probably skewed them towards a wider variety of releases than usual, but it’s still really interesting to see how few 2016 releases made the nominees and winners.

DOOM and Dark Souls 3 released in 2016, and I suppose we would count Skyrim since it re-released this year. But GTA 5, which took two gongs, hit PC in 2015 and first launched in 2013. Euro Truck Simulator 2, the other dual winner, released in 2013.

Left 4 Dead 2 released in 2009, Portal 2 came out in 2011, Counter-strike: Global offensive launched in 2012, and even the most recent full season of The Walking Dead wrapped up in 2014. Goat Simulator dropped in 2014, too.

Naturally I consider VG247’s Game of the Year Awards to be superior in all regards, Here’s the full list of all Steam Awards 2016 winners and nominees.

The ‘Villain Most In Need Of A Hug’ Award

  • Winner: Portal 2
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 4

The ‘I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award’ Award

  • Winner: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Paladins
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Unturned

The ‘Test of Time’ Award

  • Winner: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • Age of Empires 2 HD
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 5
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Terraria

The ‘Just 5 More Minutes’ Award

  • Winner: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Rocket League
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
  • Fallout 4
  • Terraria

The ‘Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!’ Award

  • Winner: GTA 5
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Doom
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The ‘Game Within A Game Award’ Award

  • Winner: GTA 5
  • Garry’s Mod
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Tabletop Simulator
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The ‘I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye’ Award

  • Winner: The Walking Dead
  • Life Is Strange
  • To the Moon
  • This War of Mine
  • Undertale

The ‘Best Use Of A Farm Animal’ Award

  • Winner: Goat Simulator
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Blood and Bacon
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Stardew Valley

Community-created awards:

The ‘Boom Boom’ Award

  • Winner: DOOM
  • BroForce
  • Just Cause 3
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Kerbal Space Program

The ‘Love/Hate Relationship’ Award

  • Winner: Dark Souls 3
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Dota 2
  • Geometry Dash
  • Super Meat Boy

The ‘Sit Back and Relax’ Award

  • Winner: Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Abzu
  • Cities Skylines
  • Mini Metro
  • Viridi

The ‘Better With Friends’ Award

  • Winner: Left 4 Dead 2
  • Don’t Starve Together
  • Gang Beasts
  • Golf With Your Friends
  • Magicka

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