Here are the nominees for the 2017 Game Awards

It’s that time again, get ready to vote for your favorites! The nominees for the 2017 Game Awards have just been released, here are the categories and descriptions along with the nominees:

Game of The Year:

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

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG Corp.

Persona 5 – Atlus

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Game Direction:

Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

Wolfenstein II – MachineGames / Bethesda

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Narrative:

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive

NieR: Automata – Platinum Games / Square Enix

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory

Wolfenstein II – MachineGames / Bethesda

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Art Direction:

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

Destiny 2 – Bungie/Activision

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Persona 5 – Atlus

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Score/Music:

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtracking.

Destiny 2 – Bungie/Activision

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

NieR: Automata – Platinum Games / Square Enix

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Persona 5 – Atlus

Best Audio Design:

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

Destiny 2 – Bungie/Activision

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Best Performance:

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

Melina Juergens, Hellblade as Senua

Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as Nadine Ross

Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as Chloe Frazer

Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II  as BJ Blazkowicz

Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn as Aloy

Games for Impact:

For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

Please Knock on My Door – Levall Games

Night in the Woods – Infinite Fall

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Deck Nine / Square Enix

Bury Me, My Love – The Pixel Hunt/Figs, ARTE

What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory

Best Ongoing Game:

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

Warframe – Digital Extremes

Rainbow Six: Siege – Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft

Overwatch -Blizzard

Grand Theft Auto Online – Rockstar Games

Destiny 2 – Bungie/Activision

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG Corp.

Best Mobile Game:

For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.

Super Mario Run – Nintendo

Old Man’s Journey – Broken Rules

Monument Valley 2 – ustwo games

Hidden Folks – Adriaan de Jongh / Sylvain Tegroeg

Fire Emblem Heroes: Shadows of Valentia – Intelligent Systems/Nintendo

Best Handheld Game:

For the best game playable on a dedicated portable gaming system.

Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World- Good-Feel / Nintendo

Monster Hunter Stories – Marvelous / Nintendo

Metroid: Samus Returns – MercurySteam / Nintendo

Fire Emblem: Echoes – Intelligent Systems / Nintendo

Ever Oasis – Grezzo / Nintendo

Best VR/AR Game:

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

Superhot VR – SUPERHOT Team

Star Trek: Bridge Crew – Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft

Lone Echo / Echo Arena – Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios

Farpoint – Impuse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom

Best Action Game:

For the best game in the action genre focused on combat.

Prey – Arkane / Bethesda

Nioh – Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Destiny 2 – Bungie/Activision

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

Wolfenstein II – MachineGames / Bethesda

Best Action/Adventure Game:

For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Ent

Assassin’s Creed: Origins  – Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Role Playing Game:

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisoft

Final Fantasy XV – Square-Enix Business Division 2 / Square-Enix

Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Larian Studios

NieR: Automata – Platinum Games / Square Enix

Persona 5 – Atlus

Best Fighting Game:

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

Tekken 7 – Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment

Nidhogg 2 – Messhof Games

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite – Capcom

Injustice 2 – NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent

ARMS – Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Best Family Game:

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

Splatoon 2 – Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Sonic Mania – PagodaWest Games + Headcannon / Sega

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo EAD / Nintendo

Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Best Strategy Game:

Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Firaxis Games / 2K

Tooth and Tail – Pocketwatch Games

Total War: Warhammer II – Creative Assembly / Sega

Halo Wars 2 – Creative Assembly + 343 / Microsoft Studios

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft

Best Sports/Racing Game:

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

Project Cars 2 – Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – PES Productions / Konami

NBA 2K18 – Visual Concepts / 2K Sports

GT Sport – Polyphony Digital / Sony Intetactive Entertainment

Forza Motorsport 7 – Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios

FIFA 18 – EA Vancouver / EA

Best Multiplayer:

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.

Fortnite – Epic Games

Call of Duty: World War II – Sledgehammer Games / Activision

Splatoon 2 – Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo EAD / Nintendo

Destiny 2 – Bungie/Activision

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG Corp.

Most Anticipated Game:

Awarded to an upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise. Title must be announced and scheduled for release after December 7, 2017.

The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Ent.

Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Games

Monster Hunter: World – Capcom

Marvel’s Spider-Man – Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Ent.

God of War – Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Ent.

Best Independent Game:

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

Pyre – Supergiant Games

Night in the Woods – Infinite Fall

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory

Best Student Game:

Awarded the best student project created at the high school or college level.

Meaning – Hariz Yet; DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore

Level Squared – Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen; Swinburne University of Technology

Impulsion – Hugo Verger, Rémi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski; IIM – Institut de l’Internet et du Multimédia

Falling Sky – Jonathan Nielssen, Nikolay Savov, Mohsen Shah; National Film and Television School

Hollowed – Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard; University of Central Florida – Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

From Light – Alejandro Grossman, Steven Li, Sherveen Uduwana; University of Southern California

Trending Gamer:

For a streamer, influencer or media member who has made an important impact on the industry this calendar year.

Steven Spohn – AbleGamers

Mike Grzesiek – Shroud

Guy Beahm – Dr. Disrepect

Clint Lexa – “Halfcoordinated”

Andrea Rene – What’s Good Games

Best Esports Game:

For the game that has delivered the best overall eSports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

Rocket League – Psyonix

League of Legends – Riot

DOTA2 – Valve

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Valve

Overwatch – Blizzard

Best Esports Player, presented by Omen by HP:

The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2017, irrespective of game.

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi – Team Liquid, DOTA 2

Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu – Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch

Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac – FaZE Clan, Counter-Strike: GO

Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David – SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO

Lee sang-hyeok “Faker” – SK Telecom 1, League of Legends

Best Esports Team:

The eSports team judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2017, inclusive of multi-team organizations.

Team Liquid

SK Telecom 1

Lunatic-Hai

FaZe Clan

Cloud 9

Best Debut Indie Game, presented by Schick Hydro:

Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2017. Winner selected by fan voting.

Slime Rancher – Monomi Park

Mr. Shifty – Team Shifty

Hollow Knight – Team Cherry

Golf Story – Sidebar Games

Cuphead – Studio MDHR

Best Chinese Game:

A fan-voted award to recognize the most popular game in China, as judged by The Game Awards viewers in China.

Monument Valley 2(《纪念碑谷2》) – ustwo

jx3 HD(《剑网3》重制版 – Kingsoft Corporation

Gumballs(《不思议迷宫》)- QcPlay Limited

ICEY(《艾希》) – FantaBlade Network

King Of Glory(《王者荣耀》 – Timi Studio Group

The winners will be announced at The Game Awards live on Thursday, December 7th at 5:30 pm (pacific) and will be available to stream.

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