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The Biggest Winners And Announcements Of The Game Awards

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This year’s Game Awards was so jam-packed with trailers, more trailers, and even more trailers that a lot of it started to run together into noise — you can only look at so many giant robots before you become indifferent to the whole concept. But there were a few special things that stood out to us. Here are the best moments of the Awards that didn’t involve Gonzo:

CLEAN SWEEP FOR BALDUR’S GATE 3
The Dungeons and Dragons spinoff RPG stole the trophy in over half the categories it was nominated in, including Best Multiplayer, Best RPG and Game of the Year. XBox’s Alan Wake 2 was runner-up with three awards.

KOJIMA TEAMS UP WITH JORDAN PEELE
The creator of Metal Gear and the creator of Get Out, Nope and that one viral sketch about Urkel — working together?? Pinch us! In typical Kojima style, the teaser trailer of what’s being called “O.D.” told nothing about the game itself, but we gather from the general vibe of it and the talent involved, it must be in the horror genre.

SEGA RESURRECTING FIVE CLASSIC IPs AT ONCE
Why announce just one game when you can announce five? Sega threw down the gauntlet tonight with confirmation that several of their classic games are getting new installments in the future: Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe. Most of these franchises haven’t seen action in years, except Streets of Rage. Bring it on!

THE FIRST NEW MANA GAME IN WHO KNOWS HOW LONG
I’m invoking my own personal bias by selecting this one, as I’ve been a fan of Square’s action RPG Mana series for the longest time. It’s been staying above water by remaking all its old games lately, but we’ll finally get a new one next year. Behold

ARKANE STUDIOS REVEALS MARVEL’S BLADE
Oh, that’s what they’ve been working on? A licensed property game? Not Dishonored 3? That’s……okay……I guess….This is your fault for not buying enough copies of the second one.

MONSTER HUNTER GOES INTO THE WILDS
The final trailer of the evening was Capcom’s next Monster Hunter, which no one knew about until tonight. And we STILL don’t know THAT much about Monster Hunter Wilds, but the twenty seconds we saw look superb:

Here are all the winners of the 2023 Game Awards.

Game of the Year

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

Best Game Direction

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Best Adaptation

  • The Last of Us (PlayStation Productions/HBO)

Best Narrative

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Best Art Direction

  • Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Best Score and Music

  • Final Fantasy XVI, Composer Masayoshi Soken (Square Enix)

Best Audio Design

  • Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)

Best Performance

  • Neil Newbon, Baldur’s Gate 3

Innovation in Accessibility

  • Forza Motorsport (Turn 10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)

Games for Impact

  • Tchia (Awaceb/Kepler Interactive)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)

Best Community Support

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

Best Independent Game

  • Sea of Stars (Sabotage Studio)

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)

Best Mobile Game

  •  Honkai: Star Rail (HoYoverse)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Resident Evil Village VR Mode (Capcom)

Best Action Game

  • Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)

Best RPG

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

Best Fighting Game

  • Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Best Family Game

  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy Game

  • Pikmin 4 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing

  • Forza Motorsport (Turn 10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)

Best Multiplayer

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

Most Anticipated Game

  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Square Enix)

Content Creator of the Year

  • IronMouse

Best Esports Game

  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best Esports Athlete

  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends)

Best Esports Team

  • JD Gaming (League of Legends)

Best Esports Coach

  • Christine “potter” Chi (Evil Geniuses – Valorant)

Best Esports Event

  • 2023 League of Legends World Championship