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The Steam Community Picks Its Winners For The 2021 Steam Awards

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The results of the 2021 Steam Awards is out now. Take a look at the winners if you haven’t already.

Despite there being online stores dedicated to PC gaming, Steam remains the chosen go to destination for the majority of the PC gamers. And while Valve’s PC gaming online storefront has been in existence for quite some time now, since the 2000’s, to be precise, the Steam Awards came into existence in only 2016.

This set of awards highlight all the best games that were released on the platform, over the course of the year and recognizing them as such. The year that has gone by, 2021, provided the Steam users with a host of amazing games on the platform. And when the time came for picking the best amongst the best, the community has made its mind known.

The 2021 Steam Awards had the community voting for a total of ten categories. The voting began on December 22, 2021 and went on till 9:00 AM Pacific Time, January 3, 2022. The results were then announced at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on January 3, 2022. And in case, you haven’t got the chance to look at the winners yet, here is a summary of the same.

Winners Of The 2021 Steam Awards

Game of the Year

The 2021 Steam Award for the Game of the Year went to Resident Evil Village. Now, this might come as a surprise to many, that given the other titles that were present in the nominations, a horror title won the award. But as Steam states, “Maybe it was its immersive gameplay, or its gripping story… its well-crafted characters, immaculate design, or addictive multiplayer. Whatever the reason, the winner of this year’s Game of the Year Award is an instant classic.

Nominations in the Category Were: Valheim, New World, Cyberpunk, Resident Evil Village, Forza Horizon 5

Winner: Resident Evil Village

VR Game of the Year

Cooking Simulator VR was elected as the winner of the 2021 Steam Award for the VR Game of the Year category. Stating that the VR Game of the Year must not just masquerade reality, Steam appreciates the winner by saying that, “This game improves on reality, taking advantage of the medium of VR and pushing the boundaries of the virtual realm.

Labour of Love

Now the 2021 Steam Award for Labour of Love went to Terraria. The game has been out for some time now. However, the constant efforts of the developers constantly updating the game, has made it a delight to play, for the community. And as Steam says, “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.

Nominations in the Category Were: Dota 2, Terraria, Rust, No Man’s Sky, Apex Legends

Winner: Terraria

Better With Friends

Now this category looked at games that required more than one player to play. And unsurprisingly, the 2021 Steam Award for Better With Friends went to It Takes Two. Steam states that, “There are some games out there that just aren’t the same when you play by yourself. Maybe you need to have a friend to watch your back. Maybe you need to have a friend that you can stab in their back. Either way, fun is awaiting those who gather friends together play this game.

Nominations in the Category Were: Valheim, Back 4 Blood, Halo Infinite, It Takes Two, Crab Game

Winner: It Takes Two

Outstanding Visual Style

Describing this category, Steam says, “Visual style doesn’t aspire to real-world graphical fidelity (though a noble goal in itself)… it describes a distinctive look and feel that suffuses an entire game.” And the 2021 Steam Award for Outstanding Visual Style went to Forza Horizon 5. And if you have played the game, you will know there could not be a more deserving winner.

Nominations in the Category Were: Psychonauts 2, Subnautica: Below Zero, Little Nightmares II, Bright Memory: Infinite, Forza Horizon 5

Winner: Forza Horizon 5

Most Innovative Gameplay

The winner of the 2021 Steam Award for the Most Innovative Gameplay went to none other than Deathloop. About the game, Steam had to say, and we wholeheartedly agree that, “The designers of this game are at the front lines of creative experimentation, bringing a fresh perspective and brain-breaking surprises. This game delighted, inspired and entertained with newness never played before.

Nominations in the Category Were: Inscryption, Twelve Minutes, Moncage, Deathloop, Loop Hero

Winner: Deathloop

Best Game You Suck At

Now there are games that you master almost instantly. But then there are games where you have to slave at for hours, to attain mastery. According to Steam, the Best Game You Suck At, is “the game that rewards persistence, and is not for the faint of heart. It’s the toughest game we’ve ever loved.” And the 2021 Steam Award in this category went to Nioh 2: The Complete Edition.

Nominations in the Category Were: World War Z: Aftermath, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, Nioh 2: The Complete Edition, Age of Empires IV, Battlefield 2042

Winner: Nioh 2: The Complete Edition

Best Soundtrack

The soundtrack of any game could very well be called the soul of the game. Because it is one of the things that keeps the players hooked to the game, even when they are not playing the game. The winner of the 2021 Steam Award for the Best Soundtrack is Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. About this particular winner Steam says, “This unsung hero deserves to be recognized for its outstanding musical score. It’s the OST with the MOST!

Outstanding Story Rich Game

The story of the game, sometimes becomes a driving factor for it becoming a beloved fixture for players. And hence the winner of the 2021 Steam Award for Outstanding Story Rich Game, Cyberpunk 2077, has been described by Steam as “Some days, only a narrative-heavy game will hit the spot, and this one packs a wallop. It’s as gripping as any soap opera, and as well-tuned as a prestige-TV screenplay. Bravissimo — for making us feel things!

Sit Back and Relax

For the days when things are getting too much, gaming becomes an outlet for many of us. And the 2021 Steam Award winner for the Sit Back and Relax category, Farming Simulator 22, is just such a delightful, wonderful escape. Talking about the game, Steam comments, “This game is the antidote to a busy day. It’s smooth, it’s relaxing, it lets your worries melt away. This game is your moment of zen.

Nominations in the Category Were: Unpacking, Potion Craft, Farming Simulator 22, Townscaper, Dorfromantik

Winner: Farming Simulator 22

So these were the winners of the 2021 Steam Awards across all the categories. How many of the games matched up with the ones you had voted for? Were any of the games on this list surprising? Let us know your thoughts!

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Source: Steam

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