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The Steam Awards 2022

The Steam Awards 2022 is near. Who is your bet to win it all? Registered users can choose from the titles available on the platform to nominate one for each category. Valve then presents gamers with the five top names submitted for that particular category as the final nominees.

Valve revealed the final nominees one by one each day for this year’s Steam Awards. With the nominees revealed, players can now log in and vote for the title they feel deserves to win the category.

The Steam Awards has a variety of categories for its awards. With a whopping total of 11 awards, expect that almost all genres are present in this awards event. Although it is far from the most prestigious award, winning the Steam Awards is still an excellent accomplishment for every game developer out there. 

As announced by Valve, Steam users can vote for their desired Steam Awards 2022 nominations by logging onto the platform and casting their ballots. The voting period will remain live from 10 am PST, December 22, 2022, to 9 am PST, January 3, 2023.

The categories that I anticipate the most are the Game of the Year, Best Game You Suck At, and the Labor of Love. All these categories have titles that truly deserve the award. The awards can go either way from all those nominated. Ultimately, the winners will be decided by the community so feel free to have an opinion in this year’s Steam Awards. 

Game of the Year

Elden Ring from Steam
  • Dying Light 2
  • Elden Ring
  • Stray
  • God of War
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

The Game of the Year nominees is jam-packed with awesomely good titles such as Dying Light 2, Elden Ring, Stray, God of War, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. However, in this category, there are clear frontrunners to win the award. If the Game Awards 2022 is still fresh on the community’s minds, expect Elden Ring to win Game of the Year. 

Labor of Love

Official Art for Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dota 2
  • Project Zomboid
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Cyberpunk 2077

This game has been out for a while. The team is well past the debut of their creative baby, but being the good parents they are, these devs continue to nurture and support their creation. This game, to this day, is still getting new content after all these years.

However, in terms of the category, the clear frontrunner is Cyberpunk 2077. Also, with its resurgence of the hotly contested game, it can all be attributed to the devs’ efforts to redeem themselves. I fully expect that Cyberpunk 2077 will win the Labor of Love award. 

Best Game You Suck At

Screenshot of Elden Ring
  • GTFO
  • Victoria 3
  • Total War: Warhammer III
  • Elden Ring
  • FIFA 23

This game rewards persistence and is not for the faint of heart. It’s the toughest game we’ve ever loved. 

Just like in the Game of the Year category, I expect Elden Ring to win this category as well. Elden Ring is one of the best games out there and a tough nut to crack as it belongs to the Souls genre. It is one of the hardest games available, but it does not compromise quality to achieve it. 

Steam Awards 2022 List of Titles (Remaining) 

VR Game of the Year

  • Bonelab
  • Hitman III
  • Green Hell VR
  • Among Us VR
  • Inside the Backrooms

Better with Friends

  • Raft
  • Ready or Not
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Multiversus
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Outstanding Visual Style

  • Scorn
  • Bendy and the Dark Revival
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Most Innovative Gameplay

  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Teardown
  • Stray
  • Neon White
  • Dome Keeper

Best Soundtrack

  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+

Outstanding Story-Rich Game

  • A Plague Tale Requiem
  • God of war
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered

Sit Back And Relax

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • PowerWash Simulator
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Dorfromantik
  • Slime Rancher 2

Best Game on the Go

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
  • Vampire Survivors
  • Death Stranding
  • Brotato
  • Marvel Snap

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Juan Cesar Torres
Juan Cesar Torres
College student. Gamer since birth. Learned to read because of Pokémon. Dreams of buying a Nintendo Switch. Always looking for game recommendations (will play anything).
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