Most winners at The Game Awards are decided via a mixture of public voting and jury choice—PC Gamer is a type of jurors—however one award, known as Gamers’ Voice, is completely as much as the general public. At once, the chief of that public vote is overwhelmingly Sonic Frontiers.

After popping out on high within the first two rounds, Sonic Frontiers has a whopping 48% of the votes within the third and last spherical of the Gamers’ Voice award voting. In second place, Genshin Impression has 29%, and in third, Elden Ring has simply 13%. God of Warfare: Ragnarok is in fourth with 8%, and Stray has the final spot at 2%. 

“Can we get a Sonic Sweep?!?!?!” wrote Sega senior PR supervisor Evan Bader on Twitter earlier right this moment.

Sonic Frontiers isn’t among the many jury-selected nominees for TGA’s general Game of the 12 months award, though Elden Ring, God of Warfare: Ragnarok, and Stray are. The others within the GOTY class are Horizon Forbidden West, A Plague Story: Requiem, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. It is just about a on condition that Elden Ring will win that class. I beforehand thought that Ragnarok might need an opportunity at upsetting it, but when the general public and jurors vote like they’re within the Gamers’ Voice voting, it will not come shut.

The Participant’s Voice award, however, will in all probability go to Sonic Frontiers, which wasn’t nominated for some other Game Awards. From one perspective, that discrepancy illustrates why the primary awards should not be determined completely by fan vote. The Game Awards says it mixes jury voting and public voting to keep away from the winners being “socially engineered,” and the Sonic fan foyer, which has additionally awarded Sonic Frontiers the next Metacritic person rating than Elden Ring, appears fairly good at coordinating its enthusiasm. 

An alternate interpretation, nonetheless, is that the Sonic Frontiers nomination snub means it has merely been under-appreciated by mainstream critics. Our anti-Sonic bias has been uncovered! (Plus it launched a bit late within the 12 months.)

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The divide between followers {and professional} critics is not really as chasmic as I assumed it is likely to be, although. PC Gamer’s Sonic Frontiers evaluate wasn’t among the many glowing ones, however there are many constructive critic evaluations. In accordance with Gene Park at The Washington Put up, Frontier’s controls, soundtrack, “evocative” storytelling, and Sonic Adventures-style construction are a boon for long-time Sonic followers.

“Sonic Frontiers will not win any awards, and it doesn’t want them,” wrote Park in November. “For followers of the hedgehog, experiencing the game looks like successful a lifetime achievement award.”

That final bit could also be true, however except Genshin Impression followers rally shortly, it seems like Frontiers will win a minimum of one non-imaginary award in spite of everything. Voting for the Gamers’ Voice award, in addition to the opposite Game Awards, is open for 2 extra days. The winners will probably be introduced on the 2022 Game Awards this Thursday at 7:30 pm ET.

Voting results showing Sonic Frontiers leading the Players' Voice race.

The Gamers’ Voice voting outcomes on the time of writing. (Picture credit score: The Game Awards)