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PlayStation Blog announces their Game of the Year winners

The votes are in, and the final picks for the PlayStation Blog's Game of the Year Awards have been released.

Earlier today, the PlayStation Blog announced the winners of their Game of the Year Awards for 2015. More than 600,000 fans voted on the awards this year on games in 11 categories.

The clear crowd favorite of 2015 is The Witcher 3, which won in three categories: Best PS4 Game, Best Story, and Best Soundtrack - and its Hearts of Stone expansion also won Best Expansion.

Also, it's interesting to see the ways the editors' opinions compared to voters' choices - in many cases, the editors' picks didn't even gather enough votes to warrant an honorable mention!

The winner of each category is accompanied by 3 runners-up, some honorable mentions, and a few favorite titles as chosen by the editors. All of them are listed below.

Best PS4 Game                             

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Runners-Up:

  1. Bloodborne
  2. Fallout 4
  3. Metal Gear Solid V

Honorable Mentions:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Rocket League
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Until Dawn

Editor's Choice:

  • Bloodborne
  • N++
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Fallout 4

Best PS3 Game            

Winner: Metal Gear Solid V

Runners-Up:

  1. Yakuza 5
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  3. Tales from the Borderlands

Honorable Mentions:

  • Shovel Knight
  • Tales of Zestiria
  • Dragonball XenoVerse

Editor's Choice:

  • Teslagrad
  • Helldivers

Best PS Vita Game                  

Winner: Resident Evil Revelations 2

Runners-Up:

  1. Shovel Knight
  2. Persona 4: Dancing All Night
  3. Super Meat Boy

Honorable Mentions:

  • Sword Art Online: Lost Song
  • Hotline Miami 2
  • Bastion

Editor's Choice:

  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Shovel Knight

Best Story                                

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Runners-Up:

  1. Life is Strange
  2. Until Dawn
  3. Metal Gear Solid V

Honorable Mentions:

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Batman: Arkham Knight

Editor's Choice:

  • Bloodborne
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • SOMA
  • Tales From The Borderlands

Best Soundtrack                      

Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Runners-Up:

  1. Metal Gear Solid V
  2. Bloodborne
  3. Life Is Strange

Honorable Mentions:

  • Fallout 4
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Hotline Miami 2
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Editor's Choice:

  • Axiom Verge
  • Fallout 4
  • N++

Best Digital Game                       

Winner: Rocket League

Runners-Up:

  1. Life Is Strange
  2. Yakuza 5
  3. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Honorable Mentions:

  • Hotline Miami 2
  • SOMA
  • Super Meat Boy

Editor's Choice:

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • SOMA
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Axiom Verge

Best Multiplayer                     

Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Runners-Up:

  1. Rocket League
  2. Star Wars Battlefront
  3. Destiny: The Taken King

Honorable Mentions:

  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Editor's Choice:

  • Rocket League
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King

Most Anticipated Game of 2016    

Winner: Dark Souls III

Runners-Up:

  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  2. No Man's Sky
  3. Tom Clancy's The Division

Honorable Mentions:

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • The Last Guardian

Editor's Choice:

  • Dark Souls III
  • The Last Guardian
  • Paragon
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • The Witness

Best Free PS Plus Game           

Winner: Rocket League

Runners-Up:

  1. inFAMOUS First Light
  2. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  3. The Walking Dead: Season Two

Honorable Mentions:

  • God of War Ascension
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Dishonored

Editor's Choice:

  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
  • Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Best Expansion                             

Winner: The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone

Runners-Up:

  1. Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
  2. GTA Online: Heists
  3. Destiny: The Taken King

Honorable Mentions:

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
  • Star Wars Battlefront: The Battle of Jakku

Editor's Choice:

  • Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Studio of the Year              

Winner: CD Projekt Red

Runners-Up:

  1. Bethesda Game Studios
  2. From Software
  3. Kojima Productions

Honorable Mentions:

  • Square Enix
  • Treyarch

Editor's Choice:

  • From Software
  • Psyonix
  • Kojima Productions

More details on the final picks, including the reasoning behind each Editor's Choice decision, can be found here.

So, were you surprised by the results or not? Are there any other games you felt should have made it onto the list? Let us know in the comments!

Published Jan. 13th 2016

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