The Game Awards 2019 nominations revealed

Posted November 20, 2019

It’s that time of year again – The Game Awards are just around the corner, taking place on December 12th, and the nominations have been revealed. 2019 doesn’t feel as clear cut as previous years in terms of the titles that would be up for contention for the big main gong of “Game of the Year”, and even the list itself could be seen as potentially divisive. The games up for the big award of the night are:

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Outer Worlds

 

A big release from 2018, a remake and a divisive Kojima experience all make the list, along with three of our favourite releases from the year in Sekiro, The Outer Worlds and Control. It’s certainly a mixed bag, and even in our discussions this morning, we’re not sure which way the judging will go in the end. Will it go to a critical darling that really tried to do something different like Control? Or will naked Norman Reedus just have too much pull?

Game Awards - Control?

Fan voting is open now so be sure to have your say on this year’s Game Awards. As always we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the show for some other big announcements. With the next generation launching at the end of 2020, could we see some big reveals from Xbox or PlayStation?

Check out the other nominations below:

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Astral Chain
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Metro Exodus

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

Best Role-Playing Game

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • Monster Hunter World Iceborne
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • The Outer Worlds

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Blood & Truth
  • Beat Saber
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Trover Saves the Universe

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Grindstone
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: Children of Light
  • What The Golf?

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Tropico 6
  • Wargroove

Games For Impact

  • Concrete Genie
  • Gris
  • Kind Words
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Sea of Solitude

Best Game Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Outer Wilds

Best E-Sports

  • CS:GO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • The Outer Worlds

Best Art Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gris
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You
  • Disco Elysium
  • Katana ZERO
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

Best Sports/Racing

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • DiRT Rally 2.0
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
  • F1 2019
  • FIFA 20

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tetris 99
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule
  • Death Stranding
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gears 5
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch/Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope/Control
  • Laura Bailey/Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen/DS
  • Matthew Porretta/Control
  • Norman Reedus/DS

Fresh Indie Developer

  • ZA/UM for Disco Elysium
  • Nomada Studio for Gris
  • DeadToast for My Friend Pedro
  • Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds
  • Mega Crit for Slay the Spire
  • House House for Untitled Goose Game

Best Esports Player

  • Bugha
  • Faker
  • G2perkz
  • S1mpleo
  • Sinatara

Best Content Creator

  • Courage
  • Dr. Lupo
  • Shroud
  • Ewok
  • TheGrefg

 

We wish all the nominees good luck, especially Melbourne made Untitled Goose Game and also Sayonara Wild Hearts, a sure shoe-in for best music if there is any justice in the world. Tune in to The Game Awards on December 12th to find out who wins, and don’t forget that Checkpoint will be having their far superior Game of the Year episode live on air, Saturday December 14th.



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