But on the flip side, Breath of the Wild's win is a testament to how much the game has resonated with players; the game has been out for about eight months, and it's not uncommon for games, movies and books released earlier in the year to take a backseat to the latest greatest thing. Many have praised the game's open world concept, something which is new as far as the Zelda franchise is concerned. With the success of the Switch and some massive AAA title releases, we have been more than a little spoiled.
This year, the Joysticks added esports categories, and Overwatch has turned out to be a big winner across the board. Other well-received PC games for this year include Dawn of War 3, A Hat In Time, Total War (as stated above), Dead Cells (albeit that's another Early Access game), Endless Space 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, and more.
The long time host teased us on Twitter just last night and also told fans to expect at least one unannounced game at the Game Awards 2017. Meanwhile Resident Evil 7 walked off with the Best VR award and World of Tanks scooped up the Still Playing joystick. Though Brendan Greene has said that he doesn't want PUBG to be "Game of the Year", it seems like even the creator can't stop the juggernaut.