Darkstation 2016 Game of the Year - Artistic Awards

Yesterday we had our first overall game of the year posts here at Darkstation with the genre awards. Today though we shift gears a bit and are going to be looking at the artistic awards. These awards might have been some of the most competitive categories of the entire 2016 Game of the Year awards. So rather then delay the inevitable lets jump into the 2016 Artistic Awards.


Best Story Driven Game of 2016 - Firewatch

With each year we're seeing story taking a more predominant role in video games. Some games are more outright with their storytelling approaches and others like this years winner Firewatch uses both the spoken word and its environment to convey a story. Mark had this to say about the story in Firewatch in his review "the ultimate futility of trying to escape that which they carry with them all the time and they begin to accept and understand themselves a little more clearly."

Runner-up: Oxenfree


Best Story of 2016 - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

I mentioned at the top that the artistic awards ended up being some of the most competitive categories of all the categories in our award picking this year. However, Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End came out on top for best story of 2016. Joel had this to say about Uncharted 4 in his review, "it's an absolute treasure that combines action and story in a beautiful concert that I never wanted to end."

Runner-Up: Firewatch


Best Technical Graphics of 2016 - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

2016 along with bring a slew of great games also brought us new consoles with the ability to produce HDR and 4K content. And yet our winner for best technical graphics of 2016 goes to a game that was released before both of those updated consoles and that's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Joel had this to say about the graphics of Uncharted 4 in his review, "is one of the best looking games on the market and that's without even getting started on the cut scenes."

Runner-up: Battlefield 1


Best Artistic Graphics of 2016 - Overwatch

Leave it to Blizzard to redefine one of the most defined genres in all of video games, the competitive shooter. Along with engaging multiplayer action Overwatch is bursting from the seems with amazing artistic prowess. Allen had this to say on the games visual style, "Blizzard has always had a strong eye for art direction and I’m confident in saying that Overwatch represents their best work." 

Runner-up: Superhot / The Witness/ Dishonored 2


We will be back tomorrow with our final Game of the Year post where we pick our overall favorite games of 2016. 

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