It's day three of the Creative Bloq Awards 2022 and we turn our attention to the Gaming category. In this Gaming category of the Creative Bloq Awards 2022 our judges voted on a number of categories with entries nominated by you, our audience.
We've covered video games on Creative Bloq for many years, but we do so in our own way, looking at how games are made as much as played. Read our guides to the best laptops for game development and the best laptops for 3D modelling for a better idea of our approach. Or learn the skills needed to succeed in our features on game design: everything you need to know and best Zbrush tutorials for game production.
We have over 70 award categories this year from laptops and drawing tablets to studio chairs and craft machines. The winners of the Creative Bloq Awards 2022 will be shared throughout this week, to catch up we have a schedule below.
- MONDAY: Laptops and Tablets
- TUESDAY: Crafting and Home Studio
- WEDNESDAY: Gaming and Entertainment
- THURSDAY: Software and Computing
- FRIDAY: Cameras
We decided the winners through a panel of judges who are experts across a number of areas, some directly involved in video games, including journalists from Games Radar, PC Gamer and Play magazine. Visit the Creative Bloq Awards 2022 website for more details on judges and our voting process. But first, we begin with the big one: games console of the year.
Games console of the year: PlayStation 5
Notoriously hard to buy, Sony's PlayStation 5 remains the brand and console to beat even as Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch close the gap in terms of sales. The PS5 offers the power you'd expect from a cutting-edge console but also delivers unique user features, such as the DualSense controller's haptics and 3D audio support. Also, we love the inventive blade design that is both visually startling but also serves to cool the console. Design and gaming come together in PlayStation 5.
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Best video game design: Elden Ring
Elden Ring met the hype and expectation when it finally released earlier this year. FromSoftware's spiky game design and tough challenge was placed upon a vast open world and this changed our experience of sandbox game design. Approachable but challenging, epic but personal, Elden Ring remains a game like no other. The creative, gothic visual design remains a draw too. A stunning game.
Elden Ring features in our guide to the best PS5 games.
Best VR game: F1 22
Playing F1 22 in VR is entirely optional but you can play the entire game in VR, on PC, using some of the leading headsets, including Oculus and Vive. It proves a refreshing and intense addition to the long-running racing series modes and brings to life the power and speed of F1. EA has really embraced VR in the last two years, beginning with the excellent Star Wars Rogue Squadron. Experiences like F1 prove how F1 can and should be integrated into gaming.
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Best gaming accessory: HORI Fighting Commander Octa
The HORI Fighting Commander Octa has been designed specifically for 2D fighting games, and it shows. The controller comes with a 10ft cable to ensure no lag and microswitch buttons ensure every punch and kick lands as intended. Uniquely the R1 and R2 buttons are moved to the face of the controller to emulate the six-button design of classic 2D brawlers. For its specialised purpose, this controller impressed our judges.
Read our guide to the best PS5 controllers.
Best gaming PC: Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition
This new AMD gaming PC offers incredible power all squeezed into a neat and stylised curved casing. Alienware’s Aurora Ryzen Edition proved ferocious speed and performance needn't look like a big, ugly box of bits. 1080p and 4K? Easy. Approachable setup and issue-solving? That's here too, courtesy of Alienware Command Center and suite of apps. If you're looking for a gaming PC that looks as good as it performs, our judges recommend the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition.
Read our AMD Ryzen 3950x review.
Best monitor for games: ROG Swift PG32UQX
The best monitor for games was a tough category with many new and interesting displays heading our way, but our judges voted the ROG Swift PG32UQX the best screen for gamers of the last 12 months. Superb colour and image quality, including a mini-LED backlight with a quantum dot film that offers stunning contrast levels, ensures this is one of the best screens of the last 12 months perhaps even ever.
Read our reviews of the best gaming monitors.
Best game UI and UX: The Quarry
The Quarry is the latest game from horror and narrative game pros Supermassive Games, and it takes everything the team learned from previous games to a new level. This game is all about its UX and UI, with players asked to react to events on screen with button prompts, stick pushes and exploration of the environment and clues.
Our judges loved the attention to detail, which stretched to aged VHS cassette icons and the kind of scratchy visual overlays that results in corrupted analog storage – UI for narrative purpose, love it.
Read our reviews of the best Xbox Series X games.
Best gaming headphone: Nacon RIG 800 Pro HX
The Nacon RIG 800 Pro HX wins best gaming headphone, and it's well-deserved. These are essentially a rebrand of the excellent Plantronics headphones and feature the same attention to detail, including cosy padded ear cups, adjustable straps and positioning, and 30ft wireless connectivity. The neat recharge stand just adds that extra bit of class to, as does the inclusion of Dolby Atmos for 3D audio.
Read our reviews of the best wireless headphones.