Do you agree or disagree with each winner?
Words "saying The Steam Awards - Presenting your winners! The Steam Community h as spoken, and we are proud to announce the winners for The 2022 Steam Awards! Thank you for participating, we'll see you again next year."

The Steam community has spoken and the winners of The Steam Awards for 2022 have been selected. Like all of the nominees, the winners were picked strictly by the Steam community. Surely, the Steam users have a good head about them and wouldn't pick something like the actually terrible VR version of Hitman 3 for VR Game of the Year, right?

Yeah, about that.

The winners can be found below. I have put all winners in bold from each category. Maybe I'll add like a star to them as well or something.

Game of the Year
  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  • Elden Ring - WINNER
  • Stray
  • God of War
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

VR Game of the Year
  • Bonelab
  • Hitman 3 - WINNER
  • Green Hell VR
  • Among Us VR
  • Inside the Backrooms

Labor of Love
  • Dota 2
  • Project Zomboid
  • No Man's Sky
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Cyberpunk 2077 - WINNER

Better with Friends
  • Raft - WINNER
  • Ready or Not
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • MultiVersus
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Outstanding Visual Style
  • Scorn
  • Bendy and the Dark Revival
  • Cult of the Lab
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - WINNER
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Most Innovative Gameplay
  • Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
  • Teardown
  • Stray - WINNER
  • Neon White
  • Dome Keeper

Best Game You Suck At
  • GTFO
  • Victoria 3
  • Total War: Warhammer 3
  • Elden Ring - WINNER
  • FIFA 23

Best Soundtrack
  • Metal Hellsinger
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade - WINNER
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+

Outstanding Story-Rich Game
  • A Plague Tale Requiem
  • God of War - WINNER
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
  • Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

Sit Back and Relax
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga - WINNER
  • Power Wash Simulator
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Dorf Romantik
  • Slime Rancher 2

Best Game on the Go
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
  • Vampire Survivors
  • Death Stranding Director's Cut - WINNER
  • Brotato
  • Marvel Snap
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First off, I have to say that PowerWash Simulator was absolutely robbed in the "Sit Back and Relax" category. Secondly, I cannot say that I agree with Stray winning for innovative gameplay. It must be the cat factor. Best Soundtrack going to Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is totally fine. It was honestly a toss-up in my mind between that one and Metal: Hellsinger.

I really have to wonder though: How the hell did Hitman 3 win for "VR Game of the Year?" Seriously. The VR implementation in Hitman has been panned by critics and players ever since its release. It hasn't improved since then by any stretch of the imagination. Many have flat out called it the worst implementation of VR they have ever played. I fully understand that non-VR owners are free to vote in every category, including this one, but still. There were far better options that should have been nominated far and above Hitman 3 VR. Then out of those that were nominated, all of them are still better VR experiences. I can only assume that it was voted on purely by name recognition, and even then it still somehow beat out Among Us VR.

Also, I very much disagree with Cyberpunk 2077 getting the "Labor of Love" award. It was less a labor of love and more an obligation for CD Projekt Red to fix a game that was very much broken for a very significant number of people. I'd have rather seen No Man's Sky, Project Zomboid, or Deep Rock Galactic take this one. At least with No Man's Sky, the team at Hello Games is long past the point where the updates they release are born out of necessity.

Now, if you want a totally reasonable Game of the Year list, you should check out Total Gaming Network's 2022 Games of the Year. You won't find a finer selection games anywhere else.