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These are the best games of 2022, according to Steam Awards voters

Steam Awards 2022
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    Winners of the Steam Awards 2022, which were determined via community vote, have been announced.

    On Tuesday, Valve Corporation shared the winning titles of 11 categories. Valve operates popular digital storefront Steam, which reportedly has over 50,000 games and over 120 million monthly active users.

    From Dec. 22, 2022, until 9:00 AM (PT) on Tuesday, users were able to cast their votes.

    Some notable wins include Hideo Kojima‘s “Death Stranding Director’s Cut” for Best Game on the Go, “Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade” for Best Soundtrack and adventure game “Stray” for Most Innovative Gameplay.

    On “Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade,” Valve said that it “deserves to be recognized for its outstanding musical score. It’s the OST with the MOST!” As for “Stray,” Valve wrote that it “delighted, inspired and entertained with newness never played before.”

    Meanwhile, “Cyberpunk 2077,” which was released in 2020, won one of the most unique categories: Labor of Love. The category acknowledges games that are still consistently being improved; as Valve explained, the game “has been out for a while” and its “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.”

    Taking the Steam Awards’ top prize this year was “Elden Ring,” which won both Game of the Year and Best Game You Suck At. The fantasy RPG, which was developed by Japanese video game development company FromSoftware, was also crowned The Game Awards’ 2022 Game of the Year last month.

    Valve wrote that “Elden Ring” has “immersive gameplay,” a “gripping story,” “well-crafted characters,” “immaculate design” and addictive multiplayer. It also “rewards persistence, and is not for the faint of heart. It’s the toughest game we’ve ever loved.”

    View the full list of the Steam Awards 2022 winners here.

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