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The Game Awards 2016: Nominations and the No Man's Sky effect are revealed

By midian182
Nov 17, 2016
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  1. The 2016 Game Award nominees have been revealed. 63 games are fighting it out across 24 categories, and while some of the year’s biggest hits, such as Uncharted 4, have picked up numerous nominations, smaller titles like the excellent Inside and Firewatch are also up for several awards.

    It looks as if the ceremony, which takes place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on December 1, could be dominated by Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Naughty Dog’s PlayStation 4-exclusive has eight nominations, more than any other game of the night, including one for the coveted Game of the Year award.

    Three titles sit behind Uncharted 4 with the second-highest number of nominations. Overwatch, Inside, and Firewatch are all competing in five different categories, but Firewatch is the only one to miss out on a GotY nomination.

    When it comes to publishers, Sony leads the pack. Uncharted 4 and Ratchet & Clank helped it pick up its 13 nominations, as did its two entries in the Most Anticipated Game category (God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn). Electronic Arts (10), Blizzard (7), and Bethesda (6) sit behind the PlayStation maker.

    Thanks to No Man’s Sky, this year’s awards will reportedly show off more actual gameplay footage from upcoming titles, rather than the CGI-heavy teasers we’ve seen at previous ceremonies.

    "I have thought about the story of No Man's Sky a lot," said even host Geoff Keighley in an interview with Polygon. "Did we create this black hole of hype that the developers couldn't pull themselves out of? Some of that was authored by me."

    "There is a good moral of that story and it's part of what I'm trying to address this year; to have developers be more transparent about the state of their game."

    This year will introduce five-minute preview segments of upcoming games, presented in an almost Let’s Play format, which will “provide a little more context about what’s there.” Hopefully, this should prevent the high expectations and eventual crushing disappointed players experienced with NMS.

    As you can see from the full list of nominations below, some categories are extremely hard to call. I’ll be surprised if Uncharted 4 doesn’t take home Game of the Year and Best Action/Adventure game. For the RPG category, as much as I think The Witcher 3’s Blood and Wine expansion should win, I expect Dark Souls 3 to triumph. XCOM 2 is my favorite to win Best Strategy. And while the Most Anticipated Game award could go to any of the nominees, I have a feeling it may be Horizon Zero: Dawn, though I would have personally chosen Red Dead Redemption 2.

    GAME OF THE YEAR

    For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

    • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
    • Inside (Playdead)
    • Overwatch (Blizzard)
    • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
    • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

    BEST GAME DIRECTION

    Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.

    • Blizzard (for Overwatch)
    • Dice (for Battlefield 1)
    • id Software (for Doom)
    • Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)
    • Respawn (for Titanfall 2)

    BEST NARRATIVE

    For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

    • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
    • Inside (Playdead)
    • Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
    • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
    • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

    BEST ART DIRECTION

    For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

    • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
    • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
    • Inside (Playdead)
    • Overwatch (Blizzard)
    • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

    BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN

    For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.

    • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
    • Doom (id/Bethesda)
    • Inside (Playdead)
    • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
    • Thumper (Drool)

    BEST PERFORMANCE

    Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

    • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
    • Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
    • Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    • Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    • Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
    • Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

    GAMES FOR IMPACT

    Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change.

    • 1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
    • Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
    • Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
    • Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
    • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

    For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

    • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
    • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
    • Inside (Playdead)
    • Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
    • The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)

    BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD

    For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.

    • Clash Royale (Supercell)
    • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
    • Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
    • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
    • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

    BEST VR GAME

    For the best game experience playable in virtual reality.

    • Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
    • EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
    • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
    • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
    • Thumper (Drool)

    BEST ACTION GAME

    For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.

    • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
    • Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
    • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
    • Overwatch (Blizzard)
    • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

    BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

    For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

    • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
    • Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
    • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
    • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

    BEST RPG

    The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.

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

    BEST FIGHTING GAME

    For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

    • Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
    • King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
    • Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
    • Street Fighter V (Capcom)

    BEST STRATEGY GAME

    Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy.

    • Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K)
    • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
    • The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
    • Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
    • XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)

    BEST FAMILY GAME

    Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres.

    • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
    • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
    • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
    • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)

    BEST SPORTS/RACING

    For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.

    • FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
    • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
    • MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
    • NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
    • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)

    BEST MULTIPLAYER

    For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.

    • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
    • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
    • Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
    • Overwatch (Blizzard)
    • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
    • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

    MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

    An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.

    • God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
    • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

    TRENDING GAMER, PRESENTED BY INTEL

    For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016.

    • AngryJoeShow
    • Boogie2988
    • Danny O'Dwyer
    • JackSepticEye
    • Lirik

    BEST FAN CREATION

    For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content.

    • Project A2MR
    • Pokemon Uranium
    • Brutal Doom 64
    • Enderal: The Shards of Order

    BEST ESPORTS PLAYER, PRESENTED BY OMEN BY HP

    The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game.

    • Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
    • Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
    • ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
    • Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
    • Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)

    BEST ESPORTS TEAM

    The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game.

    • SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
    • Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
    • SK Gaming
    • ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
    • Cloud 9

    BEST ESPORTS GAME

    The Esports game that has shown creative and technical excellence in 2016 with the best gameplay, community support and content updates.

    • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
    • DOTA2 (Valve)
    • League of Legends (Riot)
    • Overwatch (Blizzard)
    • Street Fighter V (Capcom)

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  2. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Enthusiast Posts: 62   +19

    I wish people would stop referring to the issue with NMS being hype. WE WERE LIED TO, which lead to unfounded hype. The issue with that type of advertising is the constant lies about what the game will have, not the fact they got the public too excited and the public thought there'd be more to it.
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +790

    I'm sure that NMS is using the new Republican Battle Cry "The system is rigged, fully rigged, even if I did win!"
     
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    Glad to see the new CoD didn't make any of these list, phew there's still hope in the gaming industry.

    Damn I hadn't even thought about the new Uncharted, but yes it should win, just watching a friend of mine play this game was good times. Previously I was thinking Doom but Uncharted has so much more depth to it and looks absolutely stunning on the PS4 despite being a console game.
     
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  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    I kind of hope Pokemon Go doesn't win.
    I feel like it died down fairly fast, but not as fast as MiitoMo.

    I will admit it was a neat idea, but was not executed to the Pokemon standard that everyone loved.
     
  6. FloofyFox

    FloofyFox TS Rookie

    Another Metroid 2 Remake: Project AM2R, not A2MR.

    Cool to see that game up for an award. I mean, it did take the creator / volunteers 10 years on and off to make it, only to get taken down within a week of release. Wait, this sounds awfully familiar... (Pokemon Uranium..)

    Can't blame Nintendo for protecting their IP though. I played straight through AM2R and enjoyed every bit of it. Very well designed.
     
  7. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Guru Posts: 199   +277

    ^ Given that Deus Ex:MD was split in half, the credits started rolling halfway through the plot and is being sold "episodic" in all but name. And given Dishonored 2 is a "hot mess" train-wreck that will require at least 4-8 patches over the next 6-12 months, isn't it best to wait until those games are actually finished before recommending them for awards?...
     
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  8. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Enthusiast Posts: 97   +38

    I'm glad COD didn't make any category too. It is nice to see Titanfall 2 make the list. I haven't played the game yet, but I've only heard good things about it.
     

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