We’re incredibly happy to already have awards for the Virtual reality game field. UploadVR announced the winners for their 2016 Game of the Year campaign and we fully agree with the results!
Here are the categories and winners in each of them:
Best Music/Sound Design: Thumper
Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. You brave the hellish void and confront a maniacal giant head from the future.
Best Art Direction: Bound
Bound is a dancing platformer / art world on the PlayStation 4. It was created by a small Polish developer named Plastic, working with Sony’s Santa Monica Studios. It is a platformer, where you run and jump through a landscape, looking for the way forward to the end. Here, though, through motion capture, the protagonist is a dancer who moves with grace, who not only does the running and jumping with beautiful agility, but also has a dancing button to move through tangles of vines, overgrowth of plants, and other obstacles.
Best Online Game: Werewolves Within
Werewolves Within brings the fun of game night with friends to Virtual Reality. This is a fast-paced game of hidden roles and social deduction for 5-8 players.
Best Narrative: The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed
Your missing sister, an ancient machine, and a sinister presence await within The Gallery, an episodic, built-for-VR game inspired by dark 80’s fantasy films.
Best Immersive Film: KÀ The Battle Within
KÀ The Battle Within is a gravity-defying VR saga of heroism and martial arts. Two rival clans from an ancient and mythical world confront one another in a furious clash of vertiginous acrobatics and breathtaking combat. The very fabric of reality is transcended, as the physical world is broken into horizontal and vertical choreographies.
Best Productivity App: Bigscreen
Bigscreen is a social virtual desktop app for the HTC Vive & Oculus Rift that lets you use your computer in VR. Play your favorite PC games, have a virtual LAN party, watch movies with friends in a virtual theater, or hangout by the campfire.
Best Creativity App: Tilt Brush
Tilt Brush is a room scale 3D painting virtual reality application developed and published by Google. You paint life-size three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire.
Best Racing Game: DiRT Rally
DiRT Rally captures the essence of what makes rally unique like no other game: that white knuckle feeling of racing on the edge; trying to remain in control of your emotions as you hurtle along dangerous, undulating roads at breakneck speed, aiming to squeeze everything out of your car whilst knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time.
Best Horror Game: A Chair in a Room: Greenwater
A Chair in a Room utilises the immersive power of Google Cardboard and your mobile device to create the experience of you being the protagonist of a horror film. Stood in the centre of a windowless room, you only have the unfolding clues around you to piece together the mystery of what led you to be on a chair in a room.
Best Action/Adventure Game: Vanishing Realms
Vanishing Realms is an immersive RPG designed exclusively for Virtual Reality. Grab your sword and fight life-sized monsters in epic face-to-face melee combat. Explore mystic domains, outwit magical wards, seek lost artifacts, wield sorcery and steel to take on denizens of the Undead Realm.
Best Puzzle Game: SUPERHOT VR
SUPERHOT VR is a title reimagined and redesigned from the ground up for Oculus Rift and Touch controllers. The fruit of over three years of close cooperation between the critically acclaimed SUPERHOT Team and Oculus, SUPERHOT VR brings the intensely visceral action of SUPERHOT directly into your head and soul.
Best Shooter: Onward
Onward is a Mil-Sim paced tactical multiplayer shooter, being developed for virtual reality head mounted displays. Players will use coordination, communication, and marksmanship skill to complete objectives in online infantry combat.
Most Surprising New Game: Onward
Best Mobile VR Game: Minecraft
Get right inside the world of Minecraft with virtual reality. Build, explore and battle mobs – do all the things you know and love – but from a fresh perspective. With a VR headset on, coming face-to-face with monstrous mobs takes on new meaning; creeping into dark caves inspires even greater trepidation thanks to 3D audio; and the light of a gorgeous sunrise seems to envelop you more completely.
Best Rift Game: The Unspoken
The Unspoken is an Oculus Touch‐enabled VR action game that pulls players into a hidden world of spellcasting and magicians’ duels. Manipulate the environment around you with the powerful arcane forces that flow through your fingertips, summon unfathomable monstrosities with your bare hands, and rise up through the ranks of an urban magic fight club.
Best Vive Game: Arizona Sunshine
Arizona Sunshine is a zombie survival first-person shooter video game. Step in the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, freely move around and explore a post-apocalyptic world, and handle motion-controlled weapons with real-life movements – putting the undead back to rest is more thrilling and satisfying than ever before.
Best PS VR Game: RIGS
RIGS throws you into explosive battle arenas where mechanised combat and futuristic sports collide head-on. Immerse yourself into a gripping single player experience that will push your skills to the limit and sharpen your team tactics. Unlock new and more powerful RIGS to then take online against the world.
Best Social Variety Experience: AltspaceVR
AltspaceVR is the easiest way to meet people from around the world, play interactive games, and attend free live events in VR. Choose from over 28 activities or attend live events with comedians, DJs, authors, celebrities, and more. Day or night, there’s always someone to hang out with.
Most Innovative VR Game: Fantastic Contraption
Fantastic Contraption is an online flash puzzle game where you build whimsical machines to solve each level. Save your contraptions and share them with your friends.
Breakout VR Game Studio: Owlchemy Labs
Owlchemy Labs is a video game developer based in Austin, Texas. The company was founded in 2010 by Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate Alex Schwartz. Owlchemy is best known for its virtual reality video game franchise titled Job Simulator.
Best VR Game of the Year: Arizona Sunshine
Most Anticipated Upcoming VR Game of 2017: Star Trek – Bridge Crew
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a collaborative game in the vein of Artemis or Space Team. In it, you’ll assume one of four positions — captain, engineer, weapons or pilot — and then work with your team mates to complete objectives. It’s a VR-only experience, and so is only coming to PC and PlayStation 4 for now.
For a full list of the nominees visit the original source at UploadVR. May you have a great new year!