Your 2017 Golden Minecart Award Winners

Your 2017 Golden Minecart Award Winners

Here’s the full breakdown of all the categories and results along with some fun stats at the end. History was made in a few categories, including one where the top three were all write-ins!

Each of the winners is listed here along with some information about the votes. For the audio of the full awards show along with acceptance speeches from many of the winners, please check out Episode 560 of the podcast.
Episode 560 - Buh Bye Glenn


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Stats


PlayStation Vita

Best Action/Adventure Best RPG Best Platformer Best Cross-Buy Game of the Year

PlayStation VR

Best Action Best Adventure Best Horror Most Unique Experience
Best Puzzle Most Family Friendly Game of the Year  

PlayStation 4

Best Free to Play Best Racing Best Fighting
Best Sports Best RPG/Action RPG Best Horror
Best HD Remake/Remaster Best New IP Most Unique Experience
Most Family Friendly Best Adventure Best Multiplayer
Best Action Game of the Year  



Golden Minecart Awards 2017 PlayStation Vita Winners

Best Action/Adventure (PS Vita)
SteamWorld Dig 2 – 62%
2064: Read Only Memories – 22%
VA-11 HALL-A – 8%
Oceanhorn – Monster of the Uncharted Seas – 6%
Toukiden 2 – 1%

Steamworld Dig 2 gets the first win of the night with ease. In second place, 2064: Read Only Memories only pulled in a third of what first place got.

SteamWorld Dig 2

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Best RPG (PS Vita)
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA – 45%
Undertale – 27% (Write-in)
Ys Origin – 14%
Tokyo Xanadu – 8%
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey – 4%
Revenant Saga – 2%

The two Ys titles took first and third this year sandwiched around our first of many write-ins of the night, Undertale. In a weird bit of symmetry, Atelier games took fifth place two years in a row here, last year’s title being Atelier Sophie ~The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book~.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

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Best Platformer (PS Vita)
Rabi-Ribi – 52%
forma.8 – 32%
Mecho Tales – 8%
The Deer God – 7%
Alteric – 1%

This was an early fight for the top spot between Rabi-Ribi and forma.8 but in the end, Rabi-Ribi pulled ahead to a comfortable margin of victory. Third and fourth place were decided by the slimmest of margins with only a single vote separating the two.

Rabi-Ribi


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Best Cross-Buy (PS Vita)
Salt and Sanctuary – 54%
Windjammers – 20%
SteamWorld Dig 2 – 19% (Five votes less than Second Place)
2064: Read Only Memories – 5%
forma.8 – 2%

One of the toughest games on the Vita this year gets the Cross-Buy love and takes first place. Meanwhile, Second and Third were separated by only five votes.

Salt and Sanctuary

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Game of the Year (PS Vita)
Undertale – 24% (Write-in)
Salt and Sanctuary – 16% (Write-in)
Papers, Please – 13% (Write-in)
SteamWorld Dig 2 – 13% (One vote less than Third)
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony – 9%
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA – 8%
2064: Read Only Memories – 6%
Oceanhorn – Monster of the Uncharted Seas – 5%
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth – 4% (Write-in)

In what has quickly become one of the most hotly contested categories each year, history has been made once more. Write-in votes have taken First, Second, and Third place for the first time ever. Clearly the Vita still resonates within the community and as long as developers keep bringing quality games, we’ll all keep supporting them.

Undertale

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Golden Minecart Awards 2017 PlayStation VR Winners

Best Action (PS VR)
Farpoint – 56%
StarBlood Arena – 19%
SUPERHOT VR – 10%
Star Trek: Bridge Crew – 9%
DOOM VFR – 6%

Year two of PlayStation VR sees bigger names, bigger games, and new plastic peripherals. It’s yet to be seen whether the PlayStation Aim controller has a solid future or it’s just a soon to be forgotten niche product, but in the meantime, you can take advantage of all that is has to offer in this year’s winner, Farpoint.

Farpoint

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Best Adventure (PS VR)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – 67%
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin – 24%
Manifest 99 – 3%
The Solus Project – 2%
Obduction – 1%

Adventure doesn’t get much bigger than The Elder Scrolls and the biggest installment got a surprise VR conversion. Even more surprising, it works.

Read our review of the award winning game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR by clicking the banner below:

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Best Horror (PS VR)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – 98%
Don’t Knock Twice – 1% (Three votes)
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul – 1% (One vote)
The Bellows – 0%
Soul Dimension – 0%
Stifled – 0%

Wow, I, just… wow. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard managed to snag all but four of the votes in this category giving it easily the biggest blowout in the history of the Golden Minecarts and a feat that will likely never be bested.

Read our review of the award winning game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard by clicking the banner below:

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Most Unique Experience (PS VR)
The Invisible Hours – 48%
Accounting+ – 20%
Shooty Fruity – 19%
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin – 7%
PixelJunk VR Dead Hungry – 4%

The Invisible Hours is a very different take on a the mystery formula and one that may only be possible in VR. This one really stood out for our readers. Meanwhile, Second and Third Place were separated by only four votes.

Read our review of the award winning game The Invisible Hours by clicking the banner below:

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Best Puzzle (PS VR)
Statik – 73%
Darknet – 8%
GNOG – 7% (One vote behind Second Place)
Symphony of the Machine – 6% (Two votes shy of Third)
Light Tracer – 5%

While the excellent puzzle game Statik dominated the voting and took home a well deserved win, the next three spots were separated by a total of three votes with Fifth place Light Tracer only four votes behind Symphony of the Machine.

Statik

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Most Family Friendly (PS VR)
Rec Room – 54%
Tiny Trax – 19%
Apollo 11 VR – 13%
Shooty Fruity – 8%
PixelJunk VR Dead Hungry – 5%

As a social space filled with minigames, Rec Room easily won out over the other nominees here.

Rec Room

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Game of the Year (PS VR)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – 46%
Farpoint – 27%
Star Trek: Bridge Crew – 9%
Accounting+ – 8%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – 6%

After straight up dominating the Best Horror Category, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard took Game of the Year pretty handily. Meanwhile, only eight votes came between Third and Fifth place.

Read our review of the award winning game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard by clicking the banner below:

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Golden Minecart Awards 2017 PlayStation 4 Winners

Best Free To Play (PS4)
Fortnite Battle Royale – 87%
Orcs Must Die! Unchained – 5%
Brawlhalla – 4%
Trove – 1%
Fishing Planet – 1% (Write-in, One vote less than Fourth)
Dungeon Defenders II – 1% (One vote less than Fifth)

Fortnite Battle Royale took hold of this category and just wouldn’t let go. At the bottom of the list we have a pair of games wrapped around a write-in, all separated by one vote each.

Fortnite Battle Royale

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Best Racing Game (PS4)
Gran Turismo Sport – 80%
wipEout Omega Collection – 12%
F1 2017 – 3%
Project CARS 2 – 2%
DiRT 4 – 1% (T)
Need for Speed Payback – 1% (T – Write-in)

In a year with some great racing games, Gran Turismo Sport ran away with the title. And at least some of you liked Need for Speed Payback as it snuck in for a tie at the bottom of the list as a write-in.

Gran Turismo Sport

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Best Fighting Game (PS4)
Injustice 2 – 59%
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 – 17%
Tekken 7 – 15%
Nidhogg II – 5%
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite – 3%

We seem to be living in a superhero world with box office domination and GMA victories. Injustice 2 takes home the honors while Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Tekken 7 battled it out for Second and Third place.

Read our review of the award winning game Injustice 2 by clicking the banner below:
Injustice 2 Review
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Best Sports Game (PS4)
Everybody’s Golf – 58%
MLB 17 The Show – 16%
Madden NFL 18 – 3%
Windjammers – 2%
FIFA 18 – 2% (Write-in, One vote behind Fourth)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – 2% (Two votes behind Fifth)

For only the second time in Golden Minecarts history, MLB The Show has been beaten out for First Place, and it was beaten handily. Everybody loves Everybody’s Golf, as the franchise makes its PS4 debut. At the bottom things are again interesting with just a few votes separating Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth.

Everybody's Golf

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Best RPG/Action RPG (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn – 61%
NieR: Automata – 19%
Persona 5 – 13%
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – 4%
Yakuza 0 – 2%
Pyre – 0%

The developers at Guerrilla once again show their prowess with one of the biggest hits on PS4 this past year, and our community loved it. The rest of the winners were fairly well spread out with Pyre receiving just one vote in Sixth Place, leaving it at statistically 0%.

Read our review of the award winning game Horizon Zero Dawn by clicking the banner below:
Horizon Zero Dawn Review
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Best Horror (PS4)
Friday the 13th The Game – 41%
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – 33%
Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition – 17%
The Evil Within 2 – 7%
Dead by Daylight – 1%

A year ago, if you had told me that Night Trap would be back and it would place well in the Golden Minecarts, or that a Friday the 13th game would win, I’d say you’ve spent too much time talking to Crazy Ralph, yet here we are. As big a franchise as Resident Evil is, it couldn’t overcome the clever mix of IP and gameplay that Friday the 13th brought to the table.

Friday the 13th The Game

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Best HD Remake/Remaster (PS4)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – 56%
wipEout Omega Collection – 27%
L.A. Noire – 6%
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – 5% (Write-in)
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – 3%
Okami HD – 2%

Fans have been screaming for a Crash remake for years and they finally got their wish. The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy exceeded expectations and showed everyone how to do a remake/remaster the right way, and our audience certainly agreed.

Read our review of the award winning game Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy by clicking the banner below:
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Review
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Best New IP (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn – 87%
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 9%
Night in the Woods – 2%
Nioh – 1% (One vote behind Third Place)
SUPERHOT – 1% (Four votes behind Fourth Place)

There are some amazing games in this list but this wasn’t even a fair fight. No new IP resonated with the PlayStation family more than Horizon Zero Dawn. At seven million+ units sold, the choice was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

Read our review of the award winning game Horizon Zero Dawn by clicking the banner below:
Horizon Zero Dawn Review
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Most Unique Experience (PS4)
Gang Beasts – 36% (Write-in)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 30%
Gravity Rush 2 – 21%
Night in the Woods – 4%
Ultimate Chicken Horse – 3%
Everything – 1%

Gang Beasts and its unique take on the multiplayer brawler genre wasn’t on the list, but clearly the community felt strongly enough about it that it eked out a win, relegating Hellblade to another Second place finish.

Read our review of the award winning game Gang Beasts by clicking the banner below:
Gang Beasts Review
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Most Family Friendly (PS4)
Everybody’s Golf – 35%
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – 25%
Knack II – 18% (Write-in)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 – 13%
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 – 4%
It’s Quiz Time – 2%
That’s You – 1% (Write-in)

Two winners from previous categories battled it out for the top spot here, but, of course, the one popular enough to unseat the MLB franchise, Everybody’s Golf, had enough clout to take the top spot here as well. Another write-in, Knack II came on strong but ultimately ended up in Third place.

Everybody's Golf

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Best Adventure Game (PS4)
What Remains of Edith Finch – 70%
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – 10%
Batman: The Enemy Within – 8%
RiME – 3%
Last Day of June – 3% (One vote behind Fourth place)
Thimbleweed Park – 2% (Write-in)

It’s long overdue, but we finally split Adventure and Action into their own categories. We nominated five and there was one write-in, but we could have added at least six or seven more. What Remains of Edith Finch trounced the competition to take home the first ever win in this category.

Read our review of the award winning game What Remains of Edith Finch by clicking the banner below:
What Remains of Edith Finch Review
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Best Multiplayer (PS4)
Friday the 13th The Game – 36% (Write-in)
Gran Turismo Sport – 14% (Write-in)
Everybody’s Golf – 13% (Five votes behind Second Place)
Fortnite – 11%
Destiny 2 – 9%
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – 9% (One vote behind Fifth Place)
Call of Duty: WWII – 2% (Write-in)
Nidhogg II – 2% (One vote behind Seventh Place)
Star Wars Battlefront II – 2% (Write-in, two votes behind Eighth Place)
Pyre – 1%

Wow. Five nominees and five write-ins made up the most hotly contested category of the year. Clearly everyone has their favorite multiplayer game and you all wanted to ensure that yours was represented. Write-ins took the top two spots as Friday the 13th The Game garnered its second win over some heavy hitters in a well earned victory. The rest of the list is a series of near misses, with many games separated by a handful of votes.

Friday the 13th The Game

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Best Action Game (PS4)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 58%
Nex Machina – 15%
Assassin’s Creed Origins – 11%
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 10% (Four votes ehind Third Place)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – 2% (T)
NieR: Automata – 2% (T – Write-in)

With Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End taking home the win in this category last year, it seems only fitting that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy would follow in its footsteps.

Read our review of the award winning game Uncharted: The Lost Legacy by clicking the banner below:
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review
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Game of the Year (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn – 59%
Gran Turismo Sport – 12% (Write-in)
Persona 5 – 8% (Write-in)
NieR: Automata – 5%
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 4%
Assassin’s Creed Origins – 3% (Two votes behind Fifth Place)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 3% (Three votes ehind Sixth Place)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – 2%

We nominated six, and you brought two write-ins to the party. Horizon Zero Dawn was a juggernaut and much like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End last year, it ended up with three wins while those write-ins took Second and Third.

Read our review of the award winning game Horizon Zero Dawn by clicking the banner below:
Horizon Zero Dawn Review
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Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who voted. There were quite a few wins with big margins of victory and a number of surprises, which is always fun to see.

Some Stats
Most wins: Horizon Zero Dawn (3)
Category with the most votes: Game of the Year (PS4)
Category with the least votes: Game of the Year (PS VR)
Most votes for a game in a single category: Horizon Zero Dawn in Best New IP (PS4)
Least votes for a game in a single category: Tie- Soul Dimension, Stifled, The Bellows Best Horror (PS VR)
Closest Runner up: The Last Guardian Game of the Year (PS4) by 14 votes
Closest Category: Most Unique Experience (PS4)

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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