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Tough Choices Await At The Game Awards 2018

For its fifth year running, The Game Awards is happening and competition looks to be stiffer than ever before as 2018 sees a number of incredibly anticipated and much raved about games to our doorsteps.

With a good range of categories giving a whole year’s worth of titles the chance to shine, it’s inevitable that certain big names still steal the limelight, snagging multiple nominations under their belt — most notably, God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 have both managed to score a whopping total of seven nominations out of the thirty categories, with both leading voice actors placing in the Best Performance category. Predictably, they’re both also in the running for the coveted title of ‘Game of the Year’.

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They’re joined by Marvel’s Spider-Man, another behemoth of a title, which has come in with six nominations — Yuri Lowenthal, voice of Peter Parker also places in Best Performance — not too shabby, along with Monster Hunter: World, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and token independent game entry, Celeste, because we can’t let the corporate giants have all the fun.

And here’s a list of all nominated games, for those interested:

Game of the Year
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Game Direction
  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Art Direction
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
Best Score/Music
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Performance
  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man
Best Independent Game
  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Intro the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger
Best Esports Game
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch
Best Narrative
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
Games for Impact
  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
Best Audio Design
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Debut Indie Game
  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express
Best Mobile Game
  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG MOBILE
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
Best VR/AR Game
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect
Best Action Game
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Best Role Playing Game
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Best Fighting Game
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade
Best Family Game
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party
Best Strategy Game
  • Battletech
  • Frost Punk
  • Into the Breach
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
Best Sports/Racing Game
  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Best Multiplayer Game
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves
Best Esports Player
  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon “JJoNak” Bang
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Best Esports Team
  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG
Best Esports Coach
  • Bok Han-gyu “Reapered”
  • Christian Banaseanu “ppasarel”
  • Danny Sorensen “zonic”
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob Mebdi “YamatoCannon”
  • Janko Paunovic “YNk”
Best Esports Event
  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018
Best Esports Host
  • Paul Chaloner “RedEye”
  • Alex Richardson “Machine”
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje Depoortere “Sjokz”
  • Alex Mendez “Goldenboy”
Best Esports Moment
  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ
Content Creator of the Year
  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex
Best Student Game
  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge
Best Ongoing Game
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

The Games Award will be streamed live on December 6, 2018, and producer and host, Geoff Keighley, has promised a “sneak preview of where games are going in the future, with some surprise new game announcements and world premieres”. You can support your favourites by voting here. May the best game win.


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