The Steam Awards 2021

The Steam Awards 2021 have been awarded, as the community has voted on their choices for the best games of last year. Here's a rundown of the winners:

  • GAME OF THE YEAR WINNER: RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE
  • VR GAME OF THE YEAR WINNER: COOKING SIMULATOR VR
  • LABOR OF LOVE WINNER: TERRARIA
  • BETTER WITH FRIENDS WINNER: IT TAKES TWO
  • OUTSTANDING VISUAL STYLE WINNER: FORZA HORIZON 5
  • MOST INNOVATIVE GAMEPLAY WINNER: DEATHLOOP
  • BEST GAME YOU SUCK AT WINNER: NIOH 2 – THE COMPLETE EDITION
  • BEST SOUNDTRACK WINNER: MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
  • OUTSTANDING STORY-RICH GAME WINNER: CYBERPUNK 2077
  • SIT BACK AND RELAX WINNER: FARMING SIMULATOR 22
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Jan 6, 2022, 20:14
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Jan 6, 2022, 20:14
 
Hunt Showdown - New Steam Bundle is on sale. https://www.bluesnews.com/s/244055/on-sale
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Jan 4, 2022, 18:15
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Quinn wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 13:58:
SkillUp has a good "I do not recommend" review for Deathloop that I 100% agree with. He and I experienced that game exactly the same. In a nutshell: terrible AI and no penalty for chaos gives you absolutely zero reason to go stealthy. He ended up just running and gunning and not giving a shit about anything. That about sums it up for me too.

Then there's the flawed groundhog day / loop concept: there is nothing to learn as a player that you can use in another loop. You won't learn about some container dropping from a failing crane that you can use later to lure a VIP to so he gets crushed under it. You can't turn the postcard at the start of the game around yourself to reveal the passcode behind it. It is all instead being fed to you by "quest updates" as you run and gun your way through meaningless bullshit.

That this game won an award portrays that democracy is indeed nothing but a lesser evil.

The player driven discovery aspect doesn't really kick in until much much later in the game when you need to accomplish all the assassinations on the same day.
That's where the actual puzzle needs to be analyzed by the player and you plan your route throughout the levels during the 4 stages of the day.
But yes I know what you mean, it should have had a lot more of that.

If you haven't played it yet, you might be interested in Outer Wilds (not Outer Worlds which was released the same year), not a shooting game, but it has the day reset mechanic and very little handholding... some tough puzzles using that knowledge you gained in the earlier play throughs. Unlike the fake gameplay premise offered by Deathloop, you can actually beat Outer Wilds right on day 1 if you already have the knowledge.
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Jan 4, 2022, 17:52
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Osc8r wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 15:38:

Different types of games, but Rust is a billion times better... as long as you have the time to invest. And when i dont, there's regular FPS games or BR games which offer much more action without all the stuffing around.

I agree with you there - I think Rust is a great game and although I definitely wouldn't say it's a billion times better than Hunt - it's the game closest in comparison that I've played that nails that sort of "tension". I have some fond memories of happening upon on a team that was sneaking onto my property at night time and put some holes in the back of their heads. Then they came back, of course, and being all alone in your base with people walking all over your roof throwing bombs... pretty intense lol! Rust requires a bit of patience as well. Anytime you start out it's a battle of patience to get yourself setup: get killed, run, put down a sleeping bag, get killed, run, put down a sleeping bag, once you get past that the game finally opens up. Hunt requires patience in a different sort of way - waiting and listening for your golden opportunities and then not giving up - you never know how or what is going to play out, both teammates down, that one left standing could very well kill all 3 of the opposing team, or another team could show up providing an opportunity to get everyone covertly res'd. Also, Hunt has a MMR system which pairs you with players of similar skill - so you shouldn't be going against players who are much more skilled than you are. I know every once in a while I make it to 4 stars and the game turns into sweaty sweat fest and it's definitely not as much fun because I am a 3 star player through and through but soon enough I'm back down to 3, lol.
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Jan 4, 2022, 17:16
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RedEye9 wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 15:55:
Osc8r wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 15:38:
I tried Hunt during a free weekend and that was more than enough for me...
Steam ratings:
RECENT REVIEWS:
Very Positive (3,261)
ALL REVIEWS:
Very Positive (89,363)

Not everyone will like the game.

True!

Just like Farming Simulator... which has even an even higher positive rating, and which i was bored with within an hour! And which seems to be like COD, with a new version every year... but yet, the latest version has more players than even Forza 5 and Battlefield 2042?!

But then i found Stardew Valley to be a masterpiece.

I guess what im saying is Steam free weekends are awesome. If you are unsure about a game and in no hurry just add it to your wishlist and hope a free weekend shows up. Hunt had plenty of them.
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Jan 4, 2022, 16:32
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Jan 4, 2022, 16:32
 
Any game where the response is "git gud" to have fun is immediately stricken off my list. I don't have time for that.
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Jan 4, 2022, 16:06
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Jan 4, 2022, 16:06
 
I agree with Skillup on Deathloop and also he has a why you should really play Hunt: Showdown video that is great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7olAZyoO6cs - I get it, it's hard to learn. The first year I bought Hunt I played it for a total of maybe 50 hours and I barely scratched the surface of how to play the damn game, it really *clicked* after having played it 80+ hours, now I'm sitting at @ 600 hours. The thing is, you will die - possibly in the first 2 minutes lol, Hunt is a game that you play round after round after round. When you get to the point that you and your team kill 9+ hunters and extract with both bounties - you will know what sweet nectar it holds (and still die within the first 2 minutes every once in a while).
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Jan 4, 2022, 15:55
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Jan 4, 2022, 15:55
 
Osc8r wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 15:38:
I tried Hunt during a free weekend and that was more than enough for me...
Steam ratings:
RECENT REVIEWS:
Very Positive (3,261)
ALL REVIEWS:
Very Positive (89,363)

Not everyone will like the game.

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Jan 4, 2022, 15:38
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Jan 4, 2022, 15:38
 
I tried Hunt during a free weekend and that was more than enough for me...

All i remember is most matches were the same PVE stuff, running around following clues and killing the same monsters. Hoping id finally see some PVP action...

Then when i did see some PVP action i'd be dead instantly, by some max level turds with the best gear available camping on a rooftop somewhere. Then it's back to going through the same BS to start a new match and do it all again. It felt like it would take forever to get better at PVP with that design, and to me it just wasn't worth it.

It's a pretty bad sign when a PVP game has to pair max level players vs noobs, even during a free weekend! Though this could just be an issue due to low pop on the Australian server.

The graphics and atmosphere was top notch though!

YMMV

Different types of games, but Rust is a billion times better... as long as you have the time to invest. And when i dont, there's regular FPS games or BR games which offer much more action without all the stuffing around.
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Jan 4, 2022, 13:58
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Jan 4, 2022, 13:58
 
SkillUp has a good "I do not recommend" review for Deathloop that I 100% agree with. He and I experienced that game exactly the same. In a nutshell: terrible AI and no penalty for chaos gives you absolutely zero reason to go stealthy. He ended up just running and gunning and not giving a shit about anything. That about sums it up for me too.

Then there's the flawed groundhog day / loop concept: there is nothing to learn as a player that you can use in another loop. You won't learn about some container dropping from a failing crane that you can use later to lure a VIP to so he gets crushed under it. You can't turn the postcard at the start of the game around yourself to reveal the passcode behind it. It is all instead being fed to you by "quest updates" as you run and gun your way through meaningless bullshit.

That this game won an award portrays that democracy is indeed nothing but a lesser evil.
Currently playing: V Rising, Evil Dead: The Game, Sea of Thieves, Ragnarock, Beat Saber
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Re: The Steam Awards 2021
Jan 4, 2022, 13:45
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 11:38:
Hrm, pretty glowing praise for Hunt: Showdown, now I'm tempted to buy it and try it before the sale ends in 24 hours...
What have you got to lose?

I purchased “Ready or Not”, Loved everything about the game except the game style.
Refunded it. I’d even go so far as to recommend it.
No loss no fowl. 🐓
Maybe in the future when it goes on sale I’ll snag if my backlog ever becomes manageable. So many if’s
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Re: The Steam Awards 2021
Jan 4, 2022, 13:40
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Jivaro wrote on Jan 3, 2022, 23:38:
Resident Evil Village wasn't even the game of the month it came out. I thought Deathloop and Biomutant were both better games. Mass Effect Legendary came out that month too but it's sort of a remaster so I let that pass.

Agree 100% on RE: Village. That game was a huge downgrade from RE7. Visually the game was great, but that's about all it had going for it. I'm kind of shocked that people seem to like it so much. It can't just be because of big vampire lady, can it?
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Jan 4, 2022, 11:38
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Jan 4, 2022, 11:38
 
Hrm, pretty glowing praise for Hunt: Showdown, now I'm tempted to buy it and try it before the sale ends in 24 hours...

BF2042 has been frustrating. You can find games if you turn on crossplay with consoles, but wow... teammates NOT reviving, dropping ammo, letting you get in vehicles, letting you repair vehicles, helping to cap flags... basically do anything useful at all.. seems like it's 10 times worse in BF2042, or maybe I'm just getting jaded.
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Jan 4, 2022, 09:06
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Jan 4, 2022, 09:06
 
How was Deathloop? Quite a few reviews on release said it was meh, but now I'm reading it was great...... *shrugs*
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Jan 4, 2022, 06:53
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Sepharo wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 06:30:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 04:03:
heroin wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 03:08:
My GOTY wholeheartedly goes to Psychonauts 2 across the board. But I played a ton more of Forza 5 about 80 hours before I got bored. This year I became addicted to Hunt: Showdown which I swear the damn game is a fucking masterpiece - the graphics are incredible, the sound is incredible (every game sounds like dogshit after playing some Hunt: Showdown), gunplay/gameplay incredible - it's like, how is this game not more popular? maybe it's just too far ahead of the curve, maybe it's too damn hard to learn or maybe it's just too damn unique? Hunt makes me feel like I'm playing Quake mods for the first time in the late 90's, but Hunt is like a swampy simulation, immersive sim, like Red Dead Redemption meets Counterstrike meets Thief: The Dark Project. I think it's the best multiplayer FPS since Team Fortress 2 or Counterstrike. Get on in der!

Meanwhile I HATED Psychonauts 2, and I loved Psychonauts 1....

Just story or something? Because the gameplay felt completely identical and the art and design totally on point as well.

Story, tone and puzzle design mostly. I basically did not like a single character, not a single level nor a single puzzle. And I'd even rate one of them (the casino mind zone) one of the worst maps ever put into form since it doesn't communicate what it wants from you properly at all. And if I have to look up a walkthrough how to progress then that is not good.

Meanwhile good game Bitburner .. even free.
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eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 04:03:
heroin wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 03:08:
My GOTY wholeheartedly goes to Psychonauts 2 across the board. But I played a ton more of Forza 5 about 80 hours before I got bored. This year I became addicted to Hunt: Showdown which I swear the damn game is a fucking masterpiece - the graphics are incredible, the sound is incredible (every game sounds like dogshit after playing some Hunt: Showdown), gunplay/gameplay incredible - it's like, how is this game not more popular? maybe it's just too far ahead of the curve, maybe it's too damn hard to learn or maybe it's just too damn unique? Hunt makes me feel like I'm playing Quake mods for the first time in the late 90's, but Hunt is like a swampy simulation, immersive sim, like Red Dead Redemption meets Counterstrike meets Thief: The Dark Project. I think it's the best multiplayer FPS since Team Fortress 2 or Counterstrike. Get on in der!

Meanwhile I HATED Psychonauts 2, and I loved Psychonauts 1....

Just story or something? Because the gameplay felt completely identical and the art and design totally on point as well.
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heroin wrote on Jan 4, 2022, 03:08:
My GOTY wholeheartedly goes to Psychonauts 2 across the board. But I played a ton more of Forza 5 about 80 hours before I got bored. This year I became addicted to Hunt: Showdown which I swear the damn game is a fucking masterpiece - the graphics are incredible, the sound is incredible (every game sounds like dogshit after playing some Hunt: Showdown), gunplay/gameplay incredible - it's like, how is this game not more popular? maybe it's just too far ahead of the curve, maybe it's too damn hard to learn or maybe it's just too damn unique? Hunt makes me feel like I'm playing Quake mods for the first time in the late 90's, but Hunt is like a swampy simulation, immersive sim, like Red Dead Redemption meets Counterstrike meets Thief: The Dark Project. I think it's the best multiplayer FPS since Team Fortress 2 or Counterstrike. Get on in der!

Meanwhile I HATED Psychonauts 2, and I loved Psychonauts 1....
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My GOTY wholeheartedly goes to Psychonauts 2 across the board. But I played a ton more of Forza 5 about 80 hours before I got bored. This year I became addicted to Hunt: Showdown which I swear the damn game is a fucking masterpiece - the graphics are incredible, the sound is incredible (every game sounds like dogshit after playing some Hunt: Showdown), gunplay/gameplay incredible - it's like, how is this game not more popular? maybe it's just too far ahead of the curve, maybe it's too damn hard to learn or maybe it's just too damn unique? Hunt makes me feel like I'm playing Quake mods for the first time in the late 90's, but Hunt is like a swampy simulation, immersive sim, like Red Dead Redemption meets Counterstrike meets Thief: The Dark Project. I think it's the best multiplayer FPS since Team Fortress 2 or Counterstrike. Get on in der!
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Resident Evil Village wasn't even the game of the month it came out. I thought Deathloop and Biomutant were both better games. Mass Effect Legendary came out that month too but it's sort of a remaster so I let that pass.
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