If you’ve got any gamers in your family and wondering what’s the best of the best out there, we have the thing for you.
The Game Awards, held in Los Angeles, just announced the winners and the nominees of this year’s gaming selection! The Awards, as voted by gaming fans around the world, recognize creative and technical excellence in video gaming industry on a global level.
This list may help any last minute gift shopping you may have (but please check individual games for age recommendations).
GAME OF THE YEAR: recognizes a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.
- WINNER: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
- Nominated: Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo), PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.), Persona 5 (Atlus), Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment
BEST FAMILY GAMES: for the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.
- Winner: Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPS/Nintendo)
- Nominated: Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo), Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games + Headcannon/Sega), Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan/Ubisoft), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
BEST STRATEGY GAME: best game focused on real-time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.
- Winner: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris +Milan/Ubisoft)
- Nominated: XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis games/2K), Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games), Total war; Warhammer II (Creative Assembly/Sega), Halo wars 2 (Creative Assembly +343/Microsoft Studios)
BEST MOBILE GAME: for the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.
- Winner: Monument Valley 2 (two games)
- Nominated: Fire Emblem Heroes (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo), Super Mario Run (Nintendo), Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules), and Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh/Sylvian Tegroeg)
BEST HANDHELD GAME: for the best game playable on a dedicated portable gaming system.
- Winner: Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam/Nintendo)
- Nominated: Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel/Nintendo), Monster Hunder Stories (Marvelous/Nintendo), Ever Oasis (Grezzo/Nintendo), Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
BEST ACTION GAME: for the best game in the action genre focused on combat.
- Winner: Wolfenstein II (MachineGames/Bethesda)
- Nominated: Prey (Arkane/Bethesda), Nioh (Team Ninja/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Destiny 2 9Bungie/Activision), Cupped (Studio MDHR)
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME: for the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.
- Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
- Nominated: Uncarted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft), SuperMario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo), Horizon Zero Down (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
BEST SPORTS /RACING GAME: for the best traditions and nontraditional sports and racing game.
- Winner: Forza Motorsport 7
- Nominated: Project Cars 2 (Slightly Mad Studios/Bandai Namco Entertainment), Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES Productions/Konmai), NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports), GT Sport (Polyphony Digital/Soy Interactive Entertainment), FIFA 18 (EA Vancouver/EA)
BEST VR/AR GAME: for the best game experience playable in visual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.
- Winner: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
- Nominated: Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team), Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment/Ubisoft), Lone Echo/Echo Arean (Ready at Down/Oculus Studios), Farpoint (impose Gear/Sony Interactive Entertainment)