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  • Recapping the winners at the Game Awards 2017

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    The Game Awards 2017 was held early yesterday morning. There were a few surprise winners this year, but most of the winners were rather predictable.

    Best Game Direction


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    Winner:
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Other Nominees:
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
    Super Mario Odyssey
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

    Best Narrative

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    Winner:
    What Remains of Edith Finch

    Other Nominees:
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    NieR: Automata
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

    Best Art Direction

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    Winner:
    Cuphead

    Other Nominees:
    Destiny 2
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Persona 5
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Best Score / Music

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    Winner:
    NieR: Automata

    Other Nominees:
    Cuphead
    Destiny 2
    Persona 5
    Super Mario Odyssey
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Best Audio Design

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    Winner:
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    Other Nominees:
    Destiny 2
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
    Super Mario Odyssey
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Best Performance

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    Winner:
    Melina Juergens, Hellblade

    Other Nominees:
    Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn
    Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
    Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
    Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

    Games for Impact

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    Winner:
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    Other Nominees:
    Bury Me, My Love
    Life is Strange: Before the Storm
    Night in the Woods
    Please Knock on My Door
    What Remains of Edith Finch

    Best Ongoing Game

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    Winner:
    Overwatch

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

    Best Multiplayer Game

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    Winner:
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

    Other Nominees:
    Destiny 2
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    Splatoon 2
    Fortnite
    Call of Duty: World War II

    Best Independent Game

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    Winner:
    Cuphead

    Other Nominees:
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
    Night in the Woods
    Pyre
    What Remains of Edith Finch

    Best Mobile Game

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    Winner:
    Monument Valley 2

    Other Nominees:
    Fire Emblem Heroes
    Hidden Folks
    Old Man’s Journey
    Super Mario Run

    Best Handheld Game

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    Winner:
    Metroid: Samus Returns

    Other Nominees:
    Ever Oasis
    Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
    Monster Hunter Stories
    Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World

    Best VR/AR Game

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    Winner:
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

    Other Nominees:
    Farpoint
    Lone Echo
    Star Trek: Bridge Crew
    SUPERHOT VR

    Best Action Game

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    Winner:
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

    Other Nominees:
    Cuphead
    Destiny 2
    Nioh
    Prey

    Best Action/Adventure Game

    Winner:
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Other Nominees:
    Assassin’s Creed: Origins
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Super Mario Odyssey
    Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

    Best Role-Playing Game

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    Winner:
    Persona 5

    Other Nominees:
    Divinity: Original Sin II
    Final Fantasy XV
    NieR: Automata
    South Park: The Fractured But Whole

    Best Family Game

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    Winner:
    Super Mario Odyssey

    Other Nominees:
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
    Sonic Mania
    Splatoon 2

    Best Strategy Game

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    Winner:
    Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Other Nominees:
    Halo Wars 2
    Total War: Warhammer II
    Tooth and Tail
    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

    Best Sports/Racing Game

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    Winner:
    Forza Motorsport 7

    Other Nominees:
    FIFA 18
    Gran Turismo Sport
    NBA 2K18
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
    Project Cars 2

    Most Anticipated Game

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    Winner:
    The Last of Us Part II

    Other Nominees:
    God of War
    Marvel’s Spider-Man
    Monster Hunter World
    Red Dead Redemption II

    Trending Gamer

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    Winner:
    Guy Beahm (“Dr. Disrespect”)

    Other Nominees:
    Andrea Rene (What’s Good Games)
    Clint Lexa (“Halfcoordinated”)
    Mike Grzesiek (“Shroud”)
    Steven Spohn (AbleGamers)

    Best Esports Game

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    Winner:
    Overwatch

    Other Nominees:
    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    DOTA 2
    League of Legends
    Rocket League

    Best Esports Player

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    Winner:
    Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)

    Other Nominees:
    Marcelo “coldzera” David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO)
    Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: GO)
    Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
    Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, DOTA 2)

    Best Esports Team

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    Winner:
    Cloud 9

    Other Nominees:
    FaZe Clan
    Lunatic-Hai
    SK Telecom T1
    Team Liquid

    Student Game Award

    Winner:
    Level Squared

    Other Nominees:
    Falling Sky
    From Light
    Hollowed
    Impulsion
    Meaning

    Best Debut Indie Game

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    Winner:
    Cuphead

    Other Nominees:
    Golf Story
    Hollow Knight
    Mr. Shifty
    Slime Rancher

    Chinese Fan Game Award

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    Winner:
    jx3 HD

    Other Nominees:
    Honor of Kings
    ICEY
    Gumballs & Dungeons
    Monument Valley 2

     

    Game of the Year

     

    Winner:
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Other Nominees:
    Horizon Zero Dawn
    Persona 5
    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
    Super Mario Odyssey

     

    Conclusions:

    Voting in this year’s Game Awards was especially difficult for me as this year was an impressive year for games. I’m surprised that Horizon did not pick up any awards this year, for me it was a stand out game both technologically and artistically. However, congratulations are in order to all winners, and nominees. With so many high caliber games released this year,  and more announced for the years to come, there will be tons for gamers to look forward to.


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