The Steam Awards, Valve’s community-driven awards ceremony, has concluded for 2022, and the awards have been dished out accordingly. For a while, fans and users of the platform were poring over the categories, desperately trying to assign their votes to the games that they believed were most deserving of their respective awards.
As per expectations, Elden Ring swooped in to secure Game of the Year, which helped immeasurably in pushing the game past the record established by The Last of Us Part II, officially it as the most highly awarded game in history. There were plenty of other categories present, though – read on to see the full breakdown of The Steam Awards 2022’s winning titles.
Every Game That Won At The Steam Awards 2022
There were eleven categories in total at The Steam Awards, making it a much less bloated affair than something like The Game Awards, for example. Although, it must be stressed that Bill Clinton wasn’t nominated for any prizes at The Steam Awards, unfortunately.
Game of the Year: Elden Ring
VR Game of the Year: Hitman 3
Labor of Love: Cyberpunk 2077
Better With Friends: Raft
Outstanding Visual Style: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Most Innovative Gameplay: Stray
Best Game You Suck At: Elden Ring
Best Soundtrack: Final Fantasty VII: Remake Intergrade
Outstanding Story-Rich Game: God of War
Sit Back and Relax: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Best Game on the Go: Death Stranding
It comes as no surprise that Elden Ring cleaned up at The Steam Awards, and admittedly, almost every other category played out as expected. For instance, the charming and somewhat heartbreaking Stray picked up the award for Most Innovative Gameplay, which is apt – for a while, it was in the running for Game of the Year at many outlets.
Elsewhere, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was absolutely deserving of the award for Outstanding Visual Style, boasting some of the most stunning graphics we’ve seen in gaming for years, and one of the best photomode packages to boot. In 2023, we’ll be picking up Spider-Man 2, in which Morales will make a return appearance.
There’s no big secret as to why Cyberpunk 2077 secured the Labor of Love award. Since the game launched, it has had a relatively rocky relationship with gamers, but hard work from CD Projekt Red in the last two years has really sharpened up the platform. In 2023, the game will be expanded with DLC, and then the universe will be expanded with a sequel title.
Finally, the Steam Deck received a little love in the form of the Best Game on the Go award, which was handed down to Death Stranding. According to the platform, ‘this game was so good, you wanted to take it everywhere’. We’ll stress that the competition wasn’t particularly intense for this category, but still, hats off to Death Stranding, which is set to receive a movie adaptation in the near future.