And now it's time for the big ones. We've had our rundowns of the finest gaming offerings from around the world, but now it's time crown the grand champions. Here we reward the absolute best of the best at the Global Game Awards 2017, including your overall Game of the Year, the Best Indie, and your Most Anticipated Game of 2018.
2017 has been an astounding year, one of the best ever in fact, so the winners of Game of the Year and Best Indie have never had to work harder. Almost two million of you participated and there were two clear winners that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Peering into your crystal balls, there was also one standout winner for your most anticipated game in the world.
Before then, a quick update on the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Giveaway. Felix is in the process of finding and contacting the winner so you should know who's won the graphics card within the next day or so. Good luck to all involved!
So without further ado, here are the three biggest winners of the Global Game Awards 2017...
Time's a funny thing. This time last year, Mass Effect Andromeda was your most anticipated game of 2017. For many, Nier Automata wasn't even on their radar. Yet in the span of three short months, it all turned around. Nier Automata is the complete package - an epic sci-fi tale with genre-bleeding gameplay and several mindbending reasons to see it through to completion several times. In a year when controversy ruled, Nier Automata proved there's still space for single-player, story-driven games without the baggage.
As developer Ninja Theory affectionately dubbed it, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is 'AAA Indie'. That's having AAA production values on an indie project, and it shows. Hellblade is absolutely gorgeous, featuring some of the finest graphical tech, animation and audio that we've ever seen from any game. It's a dark, gritty tale of one warrior's descent into madness, keeping the running time trim in order to deliver a blockbuster experience.
Somewhat of a poisoned chalice after Mass Effect Andromeda won it two years running, expectations are understandably much higher for CD Projekt RED have The Witcher 3. The odds of Cyberpunk 2077 actually seeing the light of day in 2018 are slim to none, but there's every chance we could see something, anything, after that initial reveal five years ago. Please CDPR, don't make us beg.