In 2016, Overwatch took home the prestigious Game of the Year award. However, the game's reputation has been tarnished by its sequel, Overwatch 2, which is filled with predatory microtransactions.
9. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition, the first ever Game of the Year winner, is a solid RPG with a passionate fan base. However, it feels dated compared to more recent releases.
8. It Takes Two
It Takes Two is a unique winner of Game of the Year, coming from a small studio. With its forced co-op gameplay, it offers a fresh experience, although some may find the character Dr. Hakim annoying.
7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, from the acclaimed FromSoftware studio, is a great game with fast-paced action. However, it didn't bring enough innovation to justify the Game of the Year title.
6. God of War
God of War is a visually stunning triple-A game with engaging combat and bombastic boss fights. While it doesn't offer much in terms of innovation, it's still a solid experience.
5. The Last of Us Part 2
The Last of Us Part 2 divided fans with its gameplay changes and morally complex story. It offers more shades of grey compared to traditional good versus evil narratives.
4. Elden Ring
Elden Ring, the standout game of 2022, opened up the FromSoftware genre to a wider audience. With new styles of character customization, it catered to players of all skill levels.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an industry-changing RPG with real choices and a detailed world. It remains a top-ranking game in many "Best games of all time" lists.
2. Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 brings a fresh take on the RPG genre with its massive world and impactful decision-making. It deserves recognition as one of the best Game of the Year winners.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild broke industry boundaries with its massive open world and innovative gameplay. It is the benchmark by which all games are judged.
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