Congratulations to the winners! Sarfrin and spoken_starfish: can you send me the email address you have registered on RPS? (The one you use for commenting on articles.) I’ll get you both hooked up.
Thanks ot Aerothorn and Fumarole for organising and running everything as always. This is fun for me to follow along with each year.
I think I did this last year, but I thought it might be interesting to share some behind the scenes stats from the list.
Return of the Obra Dinn and Into The Breach initially tied on 9 points, but there was a bit of a fight as people adjusted their votes til Obra Dinn had 12 and Into The Breach had 11. We also had a conversation about it as a team and felt Obra Dinn was a more interesting choice (eg. I didn’t keep changing my vote to push Into The Breach back up).
Slay The Spire had 9 points at the end, Red Strings Club had 7 and Hitman 2 had 6. I left Hitman 2 til late in the running order because I felt like if more people would have had time to play it, it would have got more votes. But ultimately I think its similarity to Hitman 2016 would have kept us from giving it the top spot anyway.
Every game that got 2 or more points was included in the final list. The games that got 1 point were: Minit, Quarantine Circular, Dragon Quest XI, Megaquarium, Two Point Hospital, Frostpunk, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Unforeseen Incidents, Fe, Dead Cells, Thronebreaker, and Ion Maiden.
5 people voted for Obra and Breach. 4 for Spire, 3 for Red Strings, 3 for Hitman 2, 4 for The Hex.
3 games received 4 points from a single person: Obra Dinn, Into the Breach, and Subnautica.
Hope that’s of interest! If anyone has any questions, I can probably answer them as long as it doesn’t involve revealing individual staffer’s votes.