2017 saw the release of so many great games that our yearly deliberations for choosing the best of them was a longer, more drawn-out fight between our editors than usual. From groundbreaking entries in long-running series to a slew of innovative newcomers, players of all kinds of games had something to love.

You can find our yearly list of the 50 best games of 2017 in the latest issue of Game Informer, but we've also doled out several other honors, including the best platform exclusives, the most exciting games to refine and move genres forward, and more. Check out the full list of winners, including Game Informer's Game of the Year award.

Best Sony Exclusive: Horizon Zero Dawn
Foregoing a sequel to create a new franchise is always a risky bet, but it paid off for Guerrilla games, which made pivoting from first-person shooters to action-RPGs look easy. Horizon's world is not only gorgeous, but filled with lots of hunting, quests, and enemies to pursue. Aloy's story is also filled with both intriguing mysteries and plenty of spectacle, making it the best Sony exclusive in a competitive year.

Best Microsoft Exclusive: Cuphead
Microsoft may not have had the strongest exclusive lineup this year, but that doesn't make Cuphead any less impressive. Although most players will come to it for its jaw-dropping cartoon visuals, most of them should stick around for the tough-as-nails shooter gameplay, which not only makes each boss a visual treat, but a satisfying challenge to overcome.

Best Nintendo Exclusive: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo had one of its strongest years ever in 2017, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the biggest reasons why. It breaks the Zelda formula apart and builds a more trusting, adventurous world out of it – one where you never know what the next snow-capped mountain or jungle basin will show you.

Best PC Exclusive: Divinity: Original Sin II
In Divinity: Original Sin II, absolute freedom of choice melds with a fun and strategic combat system to give players the chance to explore a majestic fantasy world. Whether you want to beat down the opposition, blast them into oblivion, or even talk your way out of trouble, this PC RPG is one of the best.

Best Mobile/Handheld Exclusive: Metroid: Samus Returns
MercurySteam's take on Metroid in Samus Returns feels true to what has made the series great throughout the years: Diverse environments, secrets galore, and backtracking that feels self-motivated instead of tedious. Even better, the melee counter fixes the issues with close-range combat, and the Aeon abilities streamline many of the original game's pacing issues.

Coming up next: Our picks for the best action game of 2017, plus the best cooperative and competitive multiplayer experiences...