Steam recently announced the winners for its 2018 Steam Awards, with users of the platform having complete control over which videogames won – unlike other awards events no judges were needed. As such the Steam Awards didn’t nominate any particular titles, either virtual reality (VR) or non-VR based, it was purely on the votes the experiences received. And it was none other than Bethesda’s monster role-playing game (RPG) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR that scooped the top honour for the VR category.
Actual figures haven’t been released but PC VR owners have certainly enjoyed playing the open world adventure all over again in VR – and VRFocus did to giving it a full five-stars in our review which said: “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR’s level of immersion is simply fantastic,” whilst adding “for those who dreamed of a truly immersive role-playing experience, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VRis simply the best opportunity available today.”
There were four other VR titles in the running, social app VRChat, the highly addictive rhythm action experience Beat Saber, Bethesda’s other big open-world RPG Fallout 4 VR and time-bending shooter SUPERHOT VR. With the exception of VRChat, the other three are regular award stalwarts with Beat Saber most recently picking up PlayStation.Blog’s ‘Best PS VR Experience’ 2018 and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s most downloaded VR title for PlayStation VR in Europe during.
Beat Games’ Beat Saber is also up for ‘Best VR/AR Game’ in the 19th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) as part of the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March.
As for the other categories, none of them featured any VR experiences, with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds securing the top Game of the Year award. Other winners included Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin’s Creed Odyessy and Rocket League.
There are going to be plenty more awards as the year rolls on. To keep up with all the VR nominations and winners keep reading VRFocus.