Game of the Year Nominees announnced, Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild to be Game of the Year candidates

A list of all the categories/nominees can be found after the break.

Game of the Year

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Persona 5
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

Wolfenstein II
Resident Evil 7
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch
NieR: Automata
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Wolfenstein II
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Art Direction

Destiny 2
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Persona 5
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Score / Music

Destiny 2
NieR: Automata
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Persona 5

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Resident Evil 7
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey

Best Performance

Melina Juergens, Hellblade
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II
Ashly Burch, Horizon Zero Dawn

Games for Impact

Please Knock on my Door
Night in the Woods
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Bury Me, My Love
What Remains of Edith Finch
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Ongoing Game

Rainbow Six: Siege
Grand Theft Auto Online
Destiny 2
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Best Mobile Game

Super Mario Run
Old Man’s Journey
Monument Valley 2
Hidden Folks
Fire Emblem Heroes

Best Handheld Game

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Monster Hunter Stories
Metroid: Samus Returns
Fire Emblem Echoes
Ever Oasis

Best VR / AR Game

Superhot VR
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Lone Echo / Echo Arena
Resident Evil 7

Best Action Game

Destiny 2
Wolfenstein II

Best Action / Adventure Game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Role Playing Game

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Final Fantasy XV
Divinity: Original Sin 2
NieR: Automata
Persona 5

Best Fighting Game

Tekken 7
Nidhogg 2
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
Injustice 2

Best Family Game

Splatoon 2
Sonic Mania
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Mario Odyssey

Best Strategy Game

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Tooth and Tail
Total War: Warhammer II
Halo Wars 2
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Best Sports / Racing Game

Project Cars 2
Pro Evoltuion Soccer 2018
NBA 2K18
GT Sport
Forza Motorsport 7

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: World War II
Splatoon 2
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Destiny 2
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground

Best Anticipated Game

The Last of Us Part II
Red Dead Redemption II
Monster Hunter World
Marvel’s Spider-Man
God of War

Best Independent Game

Night in the Woods
What Remains of Deith Finch
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Student Game

Level Squared
Falling Sky
From Light

Trending Gamer

Steven Spohn
Mike Grzesiek
Guy Beahm
Clint Lexa
Andrea Rene

Best eSports Game

Rocket League
League of Legends
Counter Strike: Global-Offensive

Best eSports Player

Kuro “KuroKy” Salhei Takhasomi
Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu
Nikola “NiKo” Kovac
Marcelo “coldzera” David
Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”

Best eSports Team

Team Liquid
SK Telecom 1
FaZe Clan
Cloud 9

Best Debut Indie Game

Slime Rancher
Mr. Shifty
Hollow Knight
Golf Story

Best Chinese Game

Monument Valley 2
jx3 HD
King of Glory

Categories: General News
Tags: 3ds, switch


Top Rated Comment

>Both juggernauts split the Nintendo vote

>Neither wins

>I make poopy face

Tue Nov 14 17 11:22am
Rating: 1

What a time to be alive... where Mario and Zelda have to fight for the same awards.

>Both juggernauts split the Nintendo vote

>Neither wins

>I make poopy face

I hope for Mario to win. And while I am overall not THAT ultra hyped about which game being Game of The Year, I sorta realy hope Horizon doesn't win, at least.


What's PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds? Is that like an online game like World of Tanks or Rocket League?

At least Nier:Automata has two shots both the music and story are very good.

I find very funny how most of the Family nominations are Nintendo games. Is one game short of being a Nintendo category.

The handheld category also feels like it should be a 3DS category. I wonder if Samus Returns will win that one.

It has a really cool concept: 100 players(?) are dropped onto this map and fight to survive. Once you're killed, you're out.

I haven't played it personally, but it seems really interesting.

Wasn't that the idea of MAG?

Tue Nov 14 17 12:12pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

Best Chinese Game? That's a really odd category.

Also, it's really weird that a game that isn't even finished is in the running for GOTY (Battlegrounds). Sets a bad precedent for the future I think. We might end up seeing even more unfinished games nominated, and devs will start to think it's okay to never finish developing a game, and to just leave it in an Early Access state.

And I do want to make the distinction that finishing development of a game, then expanding its content later via DLC is different from just never moving a game out of its beta state. I'm referring to the latter in my above statements.

As long as the nomination (and potential award) are given to the game based on its current state (and not what it might become by the time it's finished), I don't think it's a problem. Even though it's technically unfinished, PUBG is still great as-is.

Yeah, "Best Chinese Game" caught me off guard too. Why single out one country's games? Unless that's like a genre now...

It's a shame they don't consider December releases. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 would likely have been nominated for a few awards.

Tue Nov 14 17 12:23pm
(Updated 1 time)

BOTW is the better game and more revolutionary in my opinion. It’s a Zelda game that isn’t a Zelda game.

Odessy is an evolution on previous games and is a bloody fantastic game that I love so much but it still follows the Super Mario formula laid down with SM64. There isn’t as much new in Odyssey than there is with BOTW.

Also why is BOTW in a music category? It’s got very very little music and definitely nothing memorable.

Both games are unbelievably fantastic but BOTW beats Odyssy for me

Also why is BOTW in a music category? It’s got very very little music and definitely nothing memorable.

This Zelda may not really have music well suited for an OST, but there was an incredible amount of thoughts put into its soundtrack's design, and how it subtly change depending on the context.

It's hard for me to choose between BOTW and Odyssey. Both have provided a LOT of fun for me and are well-designed and polished. It feels like it's the N64 era and we got Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time in the same year. Both games are THAT prolific.

Tue Nov 14 17 12:44pm
(Updated 1 time)

With Overwatch winning so many awards years ago, I wouldn't be surprised to hear PUBG winning that show's Game of the Year awards...

...but then again, a DLC expansion won the best RPG award 2 years ago in the same event, so I'd be lying if I would state to be disappointed.

How is Arms a fighting game yet Pokken DX isn't? Especially since the former launched incomplete? (Moreso than Splatoon 2 which i'll at least give credit for)

Tue Nov 14 17 01:13pm
Rating: 1

'Best Esports player'

'[Only nominates guys who play team-based games]'


Tue Nov 14 17 01:45pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

"Best anticipated game" has to be the absolute worst category I've ever seen for any awards show.

Anyway, Zelda will win GOTY. Deserves to, at least.

Mario better win this else Nintendoom to us all!

Zelda VS Horizon I imagine here

BotW is sweeping most categories for me, but if Cuphead doesn't win best art direction and best score this year I'll be very upset at voters.

Glad to see games that you can play on the Switch in so many categories.

Apologies for the comment section novella. I've placed it in a spoiler tag to make it easier to scroll down the page. This is long even for me.


Some answers for you.
All the actual video game awards in this awards ceremony are chosen by video game publications. Perhaps this is why a game like Her Story wins over a 100 hour game like The Witcher. Game critics are playing several games at a time and maybe the 15 people at IGN are more likely to complete Her Story over The Witcher. Or maybe they just preferred it over the other.

The trending Gamer award is chosen by the community. So it depends on how much the fans decide to vote.

Ongoing Game refers to games that are continually seeing updates.

Tue Nov 14 17 06:16pm
(Updated 1 time)

How is Zelda not a part of "Most Anticipated Game"? It was hyped beyond all belief!

Best artistic style...

Zelda vs CupHead!

Zelda being a Ghibli movie as agame (visually) and CupHead like a fine 30's cartoon.... Holy crap!!!!! I can't choose.

They should make a Splatfest for this one :D

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