- THE RESULTS -
Hello PSNProfiles! It's that time of the year again, the 8th year in a row that we've posted results for the Guide of the Year Awards. Like the past three years we award the top 3, then give 21 more guides some love as well. This has worked well in the past and continues to ring true! The winnings this year will be split between all authors on a winning guide.
Guide of the Year Winners
To start off as we have from the beginning, the first awards we'll give are for the top three guides this year from all of your votes for this category. The quality of guides this year has been incredible, but these are the bunch that stood out the most from the nominations! Unlike last year though, there is only one tie! What a surprise it was, even after 127 valid votes, that there was still a tie and some of the tallies came quite close even after we double and triple checked the votes! Here are the winners! Each will receive a $100 (1st), $80 (2nd) or $60 (3rd) prize, or split the prize where applicable amongst winners!
Final Fantasy XIV Trophy Guide
By Rebourne07, MakoSOLIDER, and zekunlu
Hades Trophy Guide
3rd Place (2-way tie)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Trophy Guide
Control - 100% Trophy Walkthrough
What a year it has been. Honestly, who knew we would have had such a successful year! We started what seemed like ground zero but rose from the ashes to form a stronger community than ever before. It was a record breaking year on several fronts and over 1,000 reviews were issued this year. Quite an achievement! Please do not fret though if your guide did not win GOTY, all guides that were nominated could have equally won this coveted prize and are all deserving of the highest of praises. Please! Pat yourself on the back for all you've achieved this year and join us in celebrating the winners this year.
The Exceptional Guide Winners
Three years ago we started the format of awarding 21 guides with the exceptional awards and it has done well, and has been well received by the community! This year we've decided to do that again, but also decided to continue last years choice of awarding an Exceptionally High Quality badge to all nominated guides, recognizing their efforts in going above and beyond in the work these authors created. We thought it made more sense to do this since all guides submitted were of incredible quality. Along with those however, your community votes will lead to some lucky authors earning some sweet cash prizes of $50 for 1st place, $40 for 2nd place, and $30 for third place in each category! Well done to the winners, these guides are incredible.
Exceptional Trophy Guides
These are guides that are impeccably well crafted to help earn the most dastardly of platinums.
Hades Trophy Guide by Argandalf_01
Final Fantasy XIV Trophy Guide by Rebourne07, MakoSOLIDER, and zekunlu
Persona 5 Strikers Trophy Guide by BeforeJam, LuckySlime, and ObsiEez
Exceptional Gameplay Guides
These are guides we've felt really shine with their organization, details, and ability to guide you through your games. Every year, it's been absolutely mind-blowing to see the quality rise.
(tied!) Control - 100% Trophy Walkthrough by Optinooby
Persona 5 Royal - 100% Perfect Schedule by Montyzu
Resident Evil 4 - Ultimate Guide by suicideyan
Tales of Arise - Sub-Quest Guide by RaveNScythE18
Exceptional DLC Trophy Guides
These three are some of the most detailed and intricate DLC guides from the past year, this category had a ton of competition.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers DLC Trophy Guide by zekunlu and Rebourne07
Mortal Shell - TheVirtuousCycle DLC Trophy Guide by Plattitudes and GinjAJ
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered - Remastered DLC Trophy Guide by Trozenator
These three can be considered the diamond in the rough, the hidden gems, the coveted treasures of the past. These three guides show that even the oldest of games still have secrets to tell!
Persona 4: Arena Trophy Guide by LuckySlime and suicideyan
Disgaea D2 Trophy Guide by JNSpradlin
Brütal Legend Trophy Guide by Xillynoc
With a new console generation, more complex games can be made, sometimes requiring extensive work to guide you through the latest of releases. Here, three of the most exemplary share the limelight.
Resident Evil Village Trophy Guide by angelbless45
Genshin Impact Trophy Guide by Gr4de_04
Cris Tales Trophy Guide by eigen-space
Exceptional Guides With Original Content
Incredible picks of writers that went the extra mile and make their own videos, images, and combination of these within their guide.
Returnal - Collectible Guide by Optinooby
Super Meat Boy Forever Trophy Guide by JDubLuvsTrophies
Sonic Colors: Ultimate Trophy Guide by The_Kopite
Exceptional use of Formatting
Fantastic examples of writers that noticeably master the art of guide resources like tables, headings, colors, spacing, & images.
Ghost of Tsushima Trophy Guide by Argandalf_01
Friday the 13th Trophy Guide by NoMoreUpdates
Nexomon Trophy Guide by ObsiEez
Random Vote Drawing Prize ($25)
This year, three random voters with valid entries were eligible to win a $25 prize. Click here and enter your PSNID as the "Entrant Identifier" for proof of entrance. Congratulations to the lucky winners below!
I would like to congratulate all guide writers this past year. Not just the authors that got published, but the writers too. I know that this year started rough with obscene delays of months to get a review, and it took a long time to get things back in control. Thank you for your patience and trust in our transition into a new team and thank you for all that you do for our community. It is no small task to write a guide and is often a far bigger undertaking that anyone initially realizes. If you have ever started writing, or have been writing a guide, I applaud you. To want to create something so to just help those around you is an incredible thing and deserves to be celebrated. So thanks to all of you out there, writers and authors both! As to all of our nominees, and those that did not make it into nomination, be proud of what you created and I thank you for all you do for this community and its members.
Please join me in congratulating all of our nominees and winners!
Thank you everyone and we will see you next year for GOTY2022!