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The Game Awards: Recap of the show and all the winners

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If you were busy on Friday, you may have missed The Game Awards. Don’t worry! We’ve got a recap of all the award winners from the event for you.

Trending Gamer

Having the title of “Trending Gamer” is a huge award. For this category, there was no definite winner as all nominees fit this award perfectly. Still, not surprisingly, the winning nominee for the “Trending Gamer” award went to Guy Beahm, or commonly known as DrDisRespect! DrDisRespect was also the previous winner for Streamer of the year at the eSports Industry Awards 2017.

The Game Awards DrDisRespect

Best Score/music

The Game Awards second award was “Best Score/Music”. Cuphead, Destiny 2, Nier: Automata, Persona 5, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were all competing nominees for this award. NeiR: Automata was the deserving winner of this award and took home the trophy for Best Score/Music.

Best Narrative

The “Best Narrative” award had some beautifully written games in the category. They included, What Remains of Edith Finch, NieR: Automata, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Wolfenstein II and Horizon Zero Dawn. Taking home the award was the outstanding What Remains of Edith Finch.

Best Art Direction

The “Best Art Direction award only went to a game that had outstanding creating or technical achievement in artistic design and animation. The well-deserving Cuphead, by Studio MDHR, won this award.

Best Handheld Game

The “Best Handheld Game award could have gone any direction, whether that was Ever Oasis, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia, Monster Hunter Stories, Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World, or Metroid: Samus Returns. But the best of the best, for the best game playable on a dedicated portable gaming system, went to Metroid: Samus Returns!

The Game Awards Samus Metroid

Best Action Game

The “Best Action Game had a well deserving winner, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Out of all the nominees, this was the game I was not surprised that won. Every nominee was deserving but I can EASILY see why Wolfenstein II won!

Most Anticipated Game

The “Most Anticipated Game went to the well waited The Last of Us Part II won over Red Dead Redemption II, Monster Hunter: World, Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War.

Industry Icon

This next award is probably one of the most important awards from the whole awards ceremony, if not THE most important. The recipient of this award is probably the most deserving. The “Industry Icon award went to the lovely, Carol Shaw!

Best Strategy Game

Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle took home the award for the Best game focused on real-time or turn-based strategy gameplay award, “Best Strategy Game”.

Best Ongoing Game

Overwatch has been developing content that evolves the player experience the best according to their award title, “Best Ongoing Game” beating games such as Warframe, Rainbow Six: Siege, Grand Theft Auto Online, Destiny 2 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Best Esports Player

My personal favourite award went to my personal favourite player on my favourite game, it’s an award that was practically set up to be my favourite. “Best Esports Player” went to the hardworking and devoted League of Legends player, Lee Sang-Hyeok, better known as Faker, from team SK Telecom 1.

The Game Awards Faker

Best VR/AR Game

The “Best VR/AR Game” Award went to the horrifying game, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Taking the throne over Superhot VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Lone Echo/Echo Arena and Farpoint. Well done Capcom!

Best Student Game

The “Best Student Game” went to Level Squared, from the Swinburne University of Technology. Congratulations the Aussie game creators, Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio and Dane Perry Svendsen.

Best Role Playing Game

The “Best Role Playing Game” could have gone any direction, but Persona 5 won the award. Nominees included South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Final Fantasy XV, Divinity: Original Sin 2 and NieR: Automata.

Games for Impact

The “Games for Impactaward went to a game that has a profound pro-social meaning or message throughout the game. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice won this award with the nominees being Please Knock on My Door, Night in the Woods, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Bury Me, My Love, What Remains of Edith Finch and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Congratulations Ninja Theory!

The Game Awards Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice

Not only did Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice win the “Games for Impact” award but they also won the “Best Performance” award, going to Melina Juergens, the voice actor for Senua.

Best Fighting Game

The “Best Fighting Game” award went to the well deserved Injustice 2. Injustice 2 won over Tekken 7, Nidhogg 2, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite and ARMS.

Best Game Direction

The “Best Game Direction” award only goes the game that had an outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design, winning this award was Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Game Awards Zelda Breath of the Wild

Finally, Game of the Year

The “Game of the Year” award only goes to a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical awards. The nominees were; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn. Nintendo with 2 nominees in this award took the award with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild!

Final thoughts

The Game Awards was an amazing event and I am so happy with all the winners and recipients of these awards. Everyone who won deserved it. For a complete list of awards visit http://thegameawards.com/awards/.

Hope to see you next year!

Images: The Game Awards, Nintendo, Hellblade, Riot Games

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