Each year the gaming industry celebrates it’s most creative achievements with the highly coveted Game Awards. In a cut throat business that generates over $100 billion dollars a year globally, it pays to be at the pinnacle of your particular art form. Games have come so far, even in the last 10 years, and the pressure to produce a blockbuster rises proportionately with the quality of the output. We are constantly blown away by what we see in gaming and thank the video gaming gods for their incredible talent. Here’s a quick rundown of some of this year’s winners.
Game of the Year – The Witcher III – A worthy winner in our opinion. Deep, wide and well put together. The developer CD Projekt Red also picked up best rpg and developer of the year. Nice work!
Best Independent Game – Rocket League – This is set to become an esports classic! It’s giant space soccer in jet equipped cars, what’s not to love?
Best Action/Adventure Game – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Another huge game and arguably Kojima’s greatest work so far. In a bizarre twist of fate though, Kojima was banned by head dev Konami’s legal dept from attending and accepting his awards for still unknown reasons, sending Kiefer Sutherland in his place. Phantom Pain also picked up best score/soundtrack.
Best Shooter – Splatoon – Huh?? To be honest, we kind of expected this one. Most gamers we know have become a bit tired of the current state of shooters with a terrible epidemic of same same disease going around. The fact a kid’s shooter on the current Nintendo platform won this class says a lot about the problem. Splatoon also took out best multiplayer game. Yikes!
As usual along with the awards comes a raft of previews and announcements of upcoming games. Most surprising was the announcement of a new Batman series of games based more on the story telling than the action from studio Telltale. These guys are behind the Walking Dead season one and two series and have just finished another in the series specifically about Michonne. We can’t wait to see what they do with everybody’s favourite Bat.