In brief: Critics and customers don’t constantly concur when it comes to the year’s best games, but as the platform’s users pick the Steam Awards, they’re a great indicator of which titles are liked by the public. In Valve’s most current occasion, Red Dead Redemption 2 won both the Game of The Year and Exceptional Story-Rich Game categories.

Although launched in December 2019, Red Dead Redemption made it as the 2020 Steam Awards elections start in November. It was up against some tough competitors: Fall Men, one of Steam’s most popular video games of the year; Hades, which many anticipated to win; Death Stranding, PC Player’s Finest Video game of 2020; and Doom Eternal.

Red Dead Redemption 2 likewise beat the similarity Detroit: End Up Being Human and Horizon Zero Dawn to take the Exceptional Story-Rich Game award.

Somewhere else, the Labor of Love category, highlighting long-running games that continue to receive support from devs, was won by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Death Stranding won Most Innovative Gameplay, and Doom Eternal took the Finest Soundtrack award.

Most likely the least-surprising outcome came in the VR Video Game of the Year category, won by Half-Life: Alyx. Regardless of needing a virtual reality headset, Alyx was among Steam’s very popular new games as determined by gross profits this year.

Nominees: Phasmophobia, The Space VR: A Dark Matter, Burglar Simulator VR, Star Wars Squadrons

Candidates: Detroit: Become Human, Mafia Definitive Edition, City Exodus, Horizon Absolutely No Dawn

Nominees: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Helltaker, Requirement for Speed Heat, Persona 4 Golden

Winner: The Sims 4

Candidates: Microsoft Flight Simulator, Satisfactory, Untitled Goose Video Game, Factorio