It’s been a busy few days with the last of 2017 drawing this year to a close, which means the gaming Oscar’s has been! Unlike the Oscar’s, The Game Awards isn’t just an event set up to celebrate the last year of gaming triumph and innovation, but also debuts footage and trailers for future releases, celebrating what is to come.
A quick congratulation to all those games which won an award, which were nominated and which spent hours of developer life to even see the light of day this year. With such a remarkable year for gaming, probably the best yet, competition was tough. Games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata and Super Mario Odyssey dominated the cross-platform battlefield this year, to name a few. With this wealth of gaming excellence going into The Game Awards, the potential winners for some of the biggest categories were anyone’s best guess, and despite a few small upsets the results reflected well on this years competition:
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
Games for Impact – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
These are just a few of the nights winners, with a full rundown over at PC Gamer.
One of the biggest upsets has to be that Horizon Zero Dawn was continuously snubbed despite its long list of nominations. Whilst the game was not a big winner, the developers can assure themselves it was one of the best releases this year, and only lost out due to such a long list of high calibre games and fierce competition.
One surprise was the massive success of Hellbalde: Senua’s Sacrifice, a game which highly deserved an abundance of praise and unlike the usual story with smaller, indie games, actually received it. Hellbalde walked away with a total of three awards, for ‘Games for Impact’, ‘Best Performance’ and ‘Best Audio Design’. All of which were highly deserved, with Best Performance being the shocking win. Best Performance was probably going to go to Ashly Burch as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn in most people minds, and it was rightly deserved for the games industry actress veteran. However, Melina Juergens stole the show as Senua in Hellbalde. Melina herself was just a video editor for Ninja Theory and due to their indie budget, became the motion actress for Senua. Even in her acceptance speech she gushes at how this was her first acting job ever. Congratulations Melina, and Ashly too for their amazing performances in two of the most impactful games this year.
Additionally to the celebration of 2017, lots of new trailers and games were revealed at the event. The most anticipated of all, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, got a lengthly and mind-bending new trailer, featuring Norman Reedus. The trailer was a cinematic masterpiece to say the least, but probably posed more questions about the upcoming game than it answered. Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus were all present at the event to dish out the awards and reveal the trailer. Watch the trailer below.
Other announcements and trailers included World War Z, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Champions’ Ballad, Metro Exodus, Fade to Silence, GTFO, Beyonetta 1 and 2 coming to the Nintendo Switch among many more. To see all of these trailers, watch the select few below or go to this IGN link to see a consolidated playlist of the trailers.