‘The Game Awards’ round-up: catch all the best bits
Geoff Keighley has been touting this year’s The Game Awards as the gaming industry’s answer to the Oscars. Now that the ceremony has concluded, we can safely say that he delivered. It had all the hallmarks of a lavish awards show: Live orchestra (check), fervent spiels (check), Hollywood a-listers (check). And, there was the return of the hotly-anticipated game reveals that — in part — helped nab 8.6 million viewers last time round. If you didn’t catch the action online, we’ve got your back. Below you’ll find a list of the night’s winners and the game trailers that went out live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. As always, there were touching moments too, like a noticeably awestruck Melina Juergens getting the Best Performance award for Hellblade from Andy Serkis.
Highlights this year included Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s ongoing bromance (which came with a side-helping of Death Stranding) — the game’s star Norman Reedus was also on hand to help out. The ceremony’s most WTF moment came from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons dev Josef Fares, whose expletive-filled intro for his next project A Way Out included a middle-finger to the Oscars and props to current enemy number one EA (the game’s publisher).
— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) December 8, 2017
Nintendo was the big winner on the night, courtesy of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s game of the year win, for which it beat out Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mario Odyssey, and Steam record-breaker PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The gaming giant also bagged an additional four gongs, bringing its final tally to five.
- Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Game Direction – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Narrative – What Remains of Edith Finch
- Best Art Direction – Cuphead
- Best Score / Music – NieR: Automata
- Best Audio Design – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Performance – Melina Juergens, Hellblade (as Senua)
- Games for Impact – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Ongoing Game – Overwatch
- Best Independent Game – Cuphead
- Best Mobile Game – Monument Valley 2
- Best Handheld Game – Metroid: Samus Returns
- Best VR/AR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Best Action Game – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Best Action/Adventure Game – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Role-Playing Game – Persona 5
- Best Fighting Game – Injustice 2
- Best Family Game – Super Mario Odyssey
- Best Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Best Sports/Racing Game – Forza Motorsport 7
- Most Anticipated Game – The Last of Us Part II
- Trending Gamer – Guy Beahm (“Dr. Disrespect”)
- Best eSports Game – Overwatch
- Best eSports Player – Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
- Best eSports Team – Cloud 9
- Student Game Award – Level Squared
- Best Debut Indie Game – Cuphead
- Chinese Fan Game Award – jx3 HD«??3»???