The Game Awards 2016 -- Nominations Announced



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Everyone's favourite three-hour-commercial-attemptively-disguised-as-prestige-award-show is back and has announced its nominations for this year. The winners will be revealed on Dec 1st during the live show. Expect many new game announcements as well as exclusive trailers (Mass Effect Andromeda is set to have a big showing, as an example). Below are the nominees.

GAME OF THE YEAR
-Doom by id Software/Bethesda
-Inside by PlayDead
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
-Titanfall 2 by Respawn/Electronic Arts
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST STUDIO/GAME DIRECTION
-Blizzard for Overwatch
-Dice for Battlefield 1
-Id Software for Doom
-Naughty Dog for Uncharted 4
-Respawn for Titanfall 2

BEST NARRATIVE
-Firewatch by Campo Santo
-Inside by PlayDead
-Mafia III by Hanger 13/2K
-Oxenfree by Night School Studio
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST ART DIRECTION
-Abzu by Giant Squid/505
-Firewatch by Campo Santo
-Inside by PlayDead
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
-Battlefield 1 by Dice/EA
-Doom by id software/Bethesda
-Inside by PlayDead
-Rez Infinite by Enhance Games
-Thumper by Drool

BEST PERFORMANCE
-Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
-Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
-Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4
-Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4
-Rich Sommer as Henry, Firewatch
-Troy Baker as Sam, Uncharted 4

GAMES FOR IMPACT AWARD
-1979 Revolution by iNK Stories
-Block'hood by Plethora Project/Devolver Studios
-Orwell by Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack
-Sea Hero Quest by Glitchers
-That Dragon, Cancer by Numinous Games

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
-Firewatch by Campo Santo
-Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine
-Inside by PlayDead
-Stardew Valley by ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games
-The Witness by Thelka, Inc.

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
-Clash Royale by Supercell
-Fire Emblem Fates by Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
-Monster Hunters Generations by Capcom
-Pokemon Go by Niantic
-Severed by Drinkbox Studios

BEST VR GAME
-Batman: Arkham VR by Rocksteady/WBIE
-Eve Valkyrie by CCP Games
-Job Simulator by Owlchemy Labs
-Rez Infinite by Enhance Games
-Thumper by Drool

BEST ACTION GAME
-Battlefield 1 by Dice/EA
-Doom by id software/Bethesda
-Gears of War 4 by The Coalition/Microsoft
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
-Titanfall 2 by Respawn/EA

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
-Dishonored 2 by Arkane Studios/Bethesda
-Hitman by IO Interactive/Square-Enix
-Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine
-Ratchet & Clank by Insomniac Games/Sony
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME
-Dark Souls 3 by FromSoftware/Bandai Namco
-Deus Ex: Mankind Divided by Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix
-The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Blood and Wine by CD Projekt RED
-World of Warcraft: Legion by Blizzard Entertainment
-Xenoblade Chronicles X by Monolith Soft/Nintendo

BEST FIGHTING GAME
-Killer Instinct Season Three by Iron Galaxy Studies/Microsoft
-King of Fighters XIV by SNK/Atlus
-Pokken Tournament by Bandai Namco/The Pokemon Company
-Street Fighter V by Capcom

BEST FAMILY GAME
-Dragon Quest Builders by Square-Enix
-Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens by TT Fusion/WBIE
-Pokemon Go by Niantic
-Ratchet and Clank by Insomniac Games/Sony
-Skylanders: Imaginators by Toy for Bob/Activision

BEST STRATEGY GAME
-Civilization VI by Firaxis Games/2K
-Fire Emblem Fates by Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
-The Banner Saga 2 by Stoic Studio/Versus Evil
-Total War: Warhammer by Creative Assembly/Sega
-Xcom 2 by Firaxis Games/2K

BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME
-FIFA 17 by EA Canada/EA Sports
-Forza Horizons 3 by Playground Games/Microsoft
-MLB The Show 16 by SCE San Diego/SIE
-NBA 2K17 by Visual Concepts/2K Sports
-Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 by PES Productions/Konami

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
-Battlefield 1 by Dice/EA
-Gears of War 4 by The Coalition/Microsoft
-Overcooked by Ghost Town Games/Team 17
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
-Rainbow Six Siege by Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
-Titanfall 2 by Respawn/EA

Who do you think will win? Who do you think deserves to win? Any snubs you find particularly egregious? Thoughts on the choices?
 

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My picks:

GOTY: Overwatch
Best Studio: Blizzard
Best Narrative: Mafia III or Uncharted 4
Best Art Direction: Abzu
Best Music: Rez Infinite
Best Performance: Troy Baker
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Best Independent Game: Hyper Light Drifter
Best Mobile Game: Monster Hunter Generations or Fire Emblem Fates
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Best Action Game: Titanfall 2
Best Action/Adventure Game: Uncharted 4
Best RPG: The Witcher 3 or Xenoblade Chronicles X
Best Fighting Game: Pokken Tournament
Best Family Game: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Skylanders: Imaginators
Best Strategy Game: Civ VI or Fire Emblem Fates
Best Sports Game: Fifa 2017
Best Multiplayer Game: Overwatch or Battlefield 1
 

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My Picks:


GAME OF THE YEAR

-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST STUDIO/GAME DIRECTION
-Naughty Dog for Uncharted 4

BEST NARRATIVE
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony
*I think Inside has a great chance to win this one, too.

BEST ART DIRECTION
-Firewatch by Campo Santo

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
-Rez Infinite by Enhance Games

BEST PERFORMANCE
-Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4
*There were a lot of great performances here, and I'd give all the nominees the award if I could. Rose would be my next choice after North, though.

GAMES FOR IMPACT AWARD
-That Dragon, Cancer by Numinous Games

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
-Inside by PlayDead

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
-Fire Emblem Fates by Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
*Pokemon Go also has a good chance based on its resonance with the public at the time of launch.

BEST VR GAME
-Batman: Arkham VR by Rocksteady/WBIE

BEST ACTION GAME
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
*I think Battlefield 1 could have a case made here, too.

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME
-The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Blood and Wine by CD Projekt RED

BEST FIGHTING GAME
-Street Fighter V by Capcom

BEST FAMILY GAME
-Ratchet and Clank by Insomniac Games/Sony
*My personal pick, but I actually think Lego Star Wars and Pokemon Go stand a chance here.

BEST STRATEGY GAME
-Civilization VI by Firaxis Games/2K

BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME
-Forza Horizons 3 by Playground Games/Microsoft

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment
*Battlefield 1 has great chances here, too.

I've either played or have extensive knowledge on most of the games on the list, and every single game I have chosen. I think in almost every place where nominated, Uncharted 4 wins, except maybe best narrative, where I could sin Inside coming away with the trophy. In whatI felt to be a surprisingly lackluster year for video games, Uncharted 4 stands out easily. It's one of the best games I have ever played, and I fail to see how it doesn't run away with the competition. As impressive as Overwatch, Battlefield 1, and Inside are, they don't even come close to the technical and artful masterpiece that I felt Uncharted 4 was this year.
 

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My picks:

GAME OF THE YEAR
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST STUDIO/GAME DIRECTION
-Naughty Dog for Uncharted 4


BEST NARRATIVE
-Inside by PlayDead

BEST ART DIRECTION
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
-Inside by PlayDead


BEST PERFORMANCE
-Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4


GAMES FOR IMPACT AWARD
None, I don't even know them.

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
-Inside by PlayDead


BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
-Pokemon Go by Niantic
It'll win I think, even though I don't like it.

BEST VR GAME
Can't say.

BEST ACTION GAME
-Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment


BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
-Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by Naughty Dog/Sony

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME
-Xenoblade Chronicles X by Monolith Soft/Nintendo

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Can't say, haven't played all of them.

BEST FAMILY GAME
-Dragon Quest Builders by Square-Enix
-Ratchet and Clank by Insomniac Games/Sony


BEST STRATEGY GAME
Can't say, haven't played.

BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME
-FIFA 17 by EA Canada/EA Sports
Probably, based on its success.

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
Can't say.
 

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Honestly....was it any surprise Overwatch got GOTY? C'mon folks...wake up and smell the bandwagon coffee. I do give props how an objective-based FPS changed the genre to win GOTY.

Some of these picks can suck a phat dickkkkkkkkkkkkkkk tho

Like Pokemon Go winning both Best Mobile Game and Best Family Game? Fcuk that. That alpha piece of shit aka Ingress 2.0 had so many god damn problems and various updates that definitely don't redeem it as "best" anything. Honestly, the Best Mobile Game should have been MH Generations or FE Fates. GO is just a fad. A bestseller or record breaker =/= best.

Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter V. LOLOLOLOL. Another polished alpha trash game making records. Great.

Best RPG: The Witcher 3.....damn straight, absolutely deserved it. (no sarcasm)

Also Geoff jocking Kojima's d at these shows is practically a must at every Game Awards. Tis true, Kojima has had a rocky 6 months, but it ain't an awards show without the Geoff/Kojima bromance.
 

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Best RPG: The Witcher 3.....damn straight, absolutely deserved it. (no sarcasm)
Not Witcher 3 itself but an expansion, seems weird to me to give such an award to DLC.
 

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Also, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Breath of the Wild got Most Anticipated Video Game. Didn't help that they showcased two awesome trailers.x D
 
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