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With the long awaited Winter Sale, Valve’s incredibly successful gaming platform, Steam announced its inaugural Steam Awards, a community powered vote for the best games in various categories.

Steam Awards – The Winners

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Kicking off the first ever Steam Awards, the iconic puzzler Portal 2 stole the crown for “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug”. Both GLadOS and Wheatley have their brilliant moments, with witty one-liners and quips for every occasion, but still could use a cuddle to get past that cold, metallic exterior.

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Up next, snagging 2 separate awards, Euro Truck Simulator 2 took home “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” and “Sit Back and Relax”. The truck driving simulator obviously captivated the early access players and stole the hearts of those just wanting something casual to enjoy.

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Winning the “Test Of Time” award was Skyrim, a game with a special place in many hearts. Despite new triple A titlereleased throughout 2016, Skyrim weathered the storm, the open world RPG still as enjoyable as the first release. With the addition of more and more game modifications from community and developers alike, Skyrim has truly earned the “Test Of Time” award.

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Counter Strike: Global Offensive was voted for the game that needs “Just 5 More Minutes”. The fast action FPS has swung into the e-sports scene as well as being incredibly popular with both competitive and casual crowds. CS:GO definitely deserves the “Just 5 More Minutes” award for its range of game modes and its power to make players forget they were meant to stop playing an hour ago.

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The latest smash hit in the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA 5 stole both the “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” and the “Game Within A Game” awards, for the almost limitless mini games and community-made maps and the sheer “wow!” factor of all the activities possible in game.

 

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Picking up the award for “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye” is The Walking Dead (check out our review here!). The adventure game faces players with hard hitting decisions, tugging on the heartstrings of those that never expected the emotional blindside from a zombie franchise.

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Another simulator but of an entirely different nature, Goat Simulator won the “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” title. The quirky yet lovable physics-defying adventures of one goat in and about towns and amusement parks combined with a healthy dose of modifications ensure hours of entertainment and exploration.

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Doom. The hands down winner of the “Boom Boom” contest, the gory FPS features explosions and bangs galore. A game that understands the beauty of a well designed blast, Doom knows how to make a spectacle, a well deserved award.

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For the “Love/Hate Relationship”, Dark Souls III takes the cake. A game that revels in challenge, but will have players curse everything they know and love, Dark Souls III is the perfect candidate for the title. With infuriating but gorgeous gameplay, this award fits the bill.

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Finally, rounding out the official Steam Awards with the prize for “Better with Friends” comes Left 4 Dead 2. The co-operative FPS that stars 4 survivors in a post-apocalyptic world fighting off zombies and the perils of no established civilization. Left 4 Dead 2 is a game that absolutely improves with friends.

EloTalk Honorable Mentions

As with any set of awards, not everything gets recognized. We here at EloTalk created a shortlist of honorable mentions for some of our favorite games for a few of the official categories.

 

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Stardew Valley for its unique style and take on the RPG genre.

 

 

 

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“Just 5 More Minutes”

Rocket League for its ever addictive gameplay and huge variety of enticing game modes .

 

 

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Cities Skylines for its casual approach to a sandbox builder from the ground up.

 

 

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“I’m Not Crying, There’s Something In My Eye”

Life Is Strange for its emotional take on the college years and the trials and tribulations they bring along with a hint of magic.

 

 

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Gang Beasts for its silly yet hilarious take on old school wrestling games. Jelly monsters wrestling has never been this fun.

 

 

Share your favorites in the comments! Have a safe and happy New Year!

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