Steam Awards 2021 nominations have been revealed

Steam Awards 2021 nominations have been revealed

Tomorrow starts Steam Winter Sale, and with discounts and voting for the best games on Steam. In recent weeks, Steam users have nominated games in eight categories, and Valve has gently steered them toward games that came out during 2021.

Namely, in previous editions of the Steam Awards, people mostly nominated the same (old) things. The Witcher 3 has famously been nominated for Steam Awards for a total of four years in the five years since its launch, most recently in 2020 - without the game receiving any updates or official additions. This time Witcher is not on the list, and most of the nominated games appeared during 2021.

However, there are several controversial nominations. For example, for the game with the best story, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition was nominated, while the excellent Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was left without a nomination. Is it fair for a remastered collection of games over ten years old to win the championship over one current game? According to Valve's criteria, nothing is in dispute here.

In any case, here are the nominations by category:

A product of love

  • Apex Legends
  • Dota 2
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Rust
  • Terraria

It's better with friends

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Crab Game
  • Halo Infinite
  • It Takes Two
  • Valheim

The most innovative gameplay

  • Deathloop
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero
  • Moncage
  • Twelve Minutes

An extraordinary story

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Days Gone
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
  • Resident Evil Village

The best game we're bad at

  • Age of Empires IV
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • NiOh 2: The Complete Edition
  • World War Z: Aftermath

Excellent visual style

  • Bright Memory: Infinite
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Subnautica: Below Zero

The best Soundtrack

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
  • Guilty Gear: Strive
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
  • Persona 5 Strikers

For relaxation

  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Dorfromantik
  • Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator
  • Townscaper
  • Unpacking
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