The Game Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

We’re just weeks away from one of the biggest annual celebrations of video games, The Game Awards 2016. The show has taken some criticism in the past for putting the actual awards on the back burner in favor of reveals and teasers but most of the critics saying such things would also admit the presentation has come a long way in recent years. Producer Geoff Keighley puts more and more into the show with each year. Hopefully 2016’s show can be a successful one for all involved. According to the below list of nominees, it certainly was for the people making the games – not to mention those who are fortunate to play them.

Of the nominees, PS4’s Uncharted 4 leads the way with eight nominations in just six categories, quite a remarkable feat regardless of how much hardware the team at Naughty Dog walks away with come December 1st. Notable Xbox One titles include Gears of War 4 up for Best Action Game, Killer Instinct nominated for Best Fighting Game, and Forza Horizon 3, a likely shoo-in for Best Sports/Racing Game.

Check out the extensive list below of all awards and nominees, then be sure to leave your predictions in the comments.

Game of the Year
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Game Direction
Blizzard Entertainment (Overwatch)
EA DICE (Battlefield 1)
id Software (DOOM)
Naughty Dog (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)

Best Narrative
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Art Direction
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Music/Sound Design
Battlefield 1
Rez Infinite

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
Rich Sommer as Henry, Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Games For Change
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Sea Hero Quest
That Dragon, Cancer

Best Independent Game
Hyper Light Drifter
Stardew Valley
The Witness

Best Mobile/Handheld Game
Clash Royale
Fire Emblem Fates
Monster Hunter Generations
Pokémon Go

Best Virtual Reality Game
Batman: Arkham VR
Eve: Valkyrie
Job Simulator
Rez Infinite

Best Action Game
Battlefield 1
Titanfall 2
Gears of War 4

Best Action/Adventure Game
Dishonored 2
Hyper Light Drifter
Ratchet & Clank
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best RPG
Dark Souls III
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine DLC
World of Warcraft: Legion
Xenoblade Chronicles X

Best Fighting Game
Killer Instinct
The King of Fighters 14
Pokkén Tournament
Street Fighter 5

Best Strategy Game
Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
Fire Emblem Fates
The Banner Saga 2
Total War: Warhammer

Best Family Game
Dragon Quest Builders
Pokémon Go
Ratchet & Clank
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Skylanders Imaginators

Best Sports/Racing Game
Forza Horizon 3
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2K17
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Best Multiplayer Game
Battlefield 1
Gears of War 4
Titanfall 2
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Most Anticipated Game
God of War
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Red Dead Redemption 2

Trending Gamer
Danny O’Dwyer

Best Fan Creation
Project A2MR
Pokémon Uranium
Brutal Doom 64
Enderal: The Shards of Order

You can watch The Game Awards 2016 on your Xbox, Facebook, or via several other platforms live on December 1st.

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GOTY: Overwatch
Best Mobile/Handheld Game: PoGo
Multiplayer: Overwatch
Most Anticipated: ME Andromeda
Best Fan Creation: Pokemon Uranium

I’m betting either Titanfall 2 or DOOM gets game of the year.

I’d always expect successful originals over sequels/remakes.
I only played the beta of Overwatch and it isn’t my type of game, but I perceive it to be very popular.