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The Game Awards 2016 Highlights and Winners

Last night’s game awards celebrated achievements across the industry, and gave us a glimpse of more to come.

On a night where we were spoiled with brand new trailers for highly anticipated 2017 releases such as Breath of the Wild and Mass Effect Andromeda, the most talked about preview was for a game we won’t see for at least four years. After premiering the initial trailer at E3 earlier this year, Kojima Productions treated us to yet another cinematic concept trailer for their latest project.

This time the trailer follows Guillermo del Toro through the mysterious new setting as he clutches an incubated baby, much like the one held by Norman Reedus in the last teaser. The dead crabs are back, but this time we also get a look at potential enemies with a patrolling military force seemingly lead by Mads Mikkelsen, who incidentally seems to be connected to his soldiers via umbilical cords. Obviously.

Kojima attended the event this year, which in itself is a big deal considering he was legally barred from leaving Japan to attend the 2015 Game Awards by Konami, preventing him from accepting the award for Metal Gear Solid V. This fact was not lost on the event’s host Geoff Keighley this year, who referenced the incident when awarding Kojima the 2016 Industry Icon Award.

“We had to be back on the same stage as last year, to give one man a moment he was robbed of,” Keighley said, before inviting Kojima to accept his award.

Another big winner of the night was Blizzard’s Overwatch, which received game of the year, best multiplayer and best game direction. Director Jeff Kaplan accepted the award and praised his team and the strengths and diversity of the game itself.

Playdead’s Inside took home awards for best art direction and best independent game, PokemonGo got best mobile/handheld and best family game, and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4 received best narrative and the award for best performance for Nolan North’s portrayal of Nathan Drake.

You can read the full list of winners below;

GAME OF THE YEAR:

DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)

Inside (Playdead)

Winner: Overwatch (Blizzard)

Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

 

BEST GAME DIRECTION:

Winner: 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:

Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Inside (Playdead)

Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)

Oxenfree (Night School Studio)

Winner: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

 

BEST ART DIRECTION:

Abzu (Giant Squid/505)

Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Winner: Inside (Playdead)

Overwatch (Blizzard)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

 

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN:

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)

Winner: DOOM (id/Bethesda)

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

Winner: 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:

1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)

Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)

Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)

Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)

Winner: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME:

Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)

Winner: Inside (Playdead)

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)

Winner: Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

 

BEST VR GAME:

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)

EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)

Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)

Winner: Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)

Thumper (Drool)

 

BEST ACTION GAME:

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)

Winner: DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)

Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)

Overwatch (Blizzard)

Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

 

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME:

Winner: 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:

Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)

Winner: 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

 

Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)

King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)

Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)

Winner: Street Fighter V (Capcom)

 

BEST STRATEGY GAME:

Winner: Civilization 6 (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:

Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)

Winner: Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)

 

BEST SPORTS/RACING:

FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)

Winner: 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:

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)

Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)

Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)

Winner: Overwatch (Blizzard)

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)

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

 

TRENDING GAMER:

AngryJoeShow

Winner: Boogie2988

Danny O’Dwyer

JackSepticEye

Lirik

 

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER:

Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)

Winner: 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:

SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)

Wings Gaming (DOTA2)

SK Gaming

ROX Tigers (League of Legends)

Winner: Cloud 9

 

BEST ESPORTS GAME:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

DOTA2 (Valve)

League of Legends (Riot)

Winner: Overwatch (Blizzard)

Street Fighter V (Capcom)

Alice Edwards View All

Games enthusiast with a passion for all things geek culture.

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