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The Game Awards 2016: Event Overview & Winners List

The Game Awards 2016: Event Overview & Winners List

This years annual The Game Awards featured a plethora of highlights and a hefty catalog of trophy recipients. The event was held in Los Angeles, CA at the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre) – capable of holding over 7000 people; one of the largest theater auditoriums in the US. This particular awards show is held to honor all video game related achievements throughout the year, and is also a platform for showcasing world premieres and a closer look at in-development games.

Before we get to the Award winners, let’s take a moment to talk about a few highlights:

Geoff Keighley’s speech to recognize the great, Hideo Kojima.

To kick off the award show Geoff Keighley made it a point to “give one man, a moment he was robbed of.” Geoff took the first moments of the event to briefly touch upon Kojima’s amazing character and his overall merits in the world of gaming. He wanted to let Kojima know that no matter what upsets have occurred in his past that he was loved and cherished by many around the globe.

Kojima is a pioneer in the video game industry and is a true master of his craft. I am overwhelmed with happiness to see the masses stand behind and support his cause in a righteous manner.

Following his award ceremony the audience was given a special front row viewing of Kojima’s newest footage from his highly anticipated title, Death Stranding.


2016 Most Impactful Game Award Winner

This years recipient for the Games for Impact category was That Dragon, Cancer. Ryan Green, his wife Amy, and a small team of creatives developed the title under the name Numinous Games. The game was developed based on Ryan & Amy’s life experience with their son Joel, who had terminal cancer since he was 12 months old. That Dragon, Cancer is considered to be a true autobiographical gaming experience, one that fully captures the roller coaster of emotions tethered with a disease such as this one.

Ryan stood on stage and poured his heart out in gratitude for the tremendous amount of support his game has received. It was a speech that hit home for many who were home watching and in the audience. His game fully showed the power of storytelling and the freedom we have to “tell our stories the way we want.”


Without further ado, here is the complete detailed list of nominated titles per category.

GAME OF THE YEAR:
DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard) – Award Winner
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST GAME DIRECTION:
Blizzard (for Overwatch) – Award Winner
DICE (for Battlefield 1)
id Software (for DOOM)
Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
Respawn (for Titanfall 2)

BEST NARRATIVE:
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE) – Award Winner

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead) – Award Winner
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN:
Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id/Bethesda) – Award Winner
Inside (Playdead)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)

BEST PERFORMANCE:
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 – Award Winner
Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAMES FOR IMPACT:
1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games) – Award Winner

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME:
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Inside (Playdead) – Award Winner
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD:
Clash Royale (Supercell)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
Pokemon Go (Niantic) – Award Winner
Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

BEST VR GAME:
Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games) – Award Winner
Thumper (Drool)

BEST ACTION GAME:
Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks) – Award Winner
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME:
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks) – Award Winner
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:
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) – Award Winner
World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

BEST FIGHTING GAME:
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) – Award Winner

BEST STRATEGY GAME:
Civilization 6 (Firaxis Games/2K) – Award Winner
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:
Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
Pokemon Go (Niantic) – Award Winner
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)

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

BEST MULTIPLAYER:
Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
Overwatch (Blizzard) – Award Winner
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME:
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) – Award Winner

 

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER:
Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming) – Award Winner
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:
SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
SK Gaming
ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
Cloud 9 – Award Winner

BEST ESPORTS GAME:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
DOTA2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot)
Overwatch (Blizzard) – Award Winner
Street Fighter V (Capcom)


Over all the award show was amazing and had plenty of entertainment. I can honestly say I am happy with the winners this year, I believe they were all well deserved. The evident MVP of 2016 was Overwatch, taking a whopping 4 categories and Game of the Year. I cant wait to see next years winners, 2017 has a very promising lineup so be sure to tune in for next years show.

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