The awards range from Best Narrative, Best Art Direction and many more, including the prestigious Game Of The Year Award, which this year is between Doom, Inside, Overwatch, Titanfall 2 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The 2016 Awards will also feature a new award too, with ‘Best VR Game’ joining the extensive list of categories.
Overwatch, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Uncharted 4 and Doom feature throughout a number of categories, representing the best in Triple A titles. However, there are plenty of incredible indie games which have been nominated for awards too, including Firewatch, Abzu, Inside, Oxenfree and many more!
One indie game with an Aussie connection which has been nominated for the ‘Games For Impact’ award, is Orwell. An episodic privacy invasion thriller, developed by Osmotic Studios and Melbourne based indie publishing label, Surprise Attack Games.
In order to qualify for the awards, a game needs to have a commercial release date on or before the 24th of November this year. Meaning a number of big releases including the likes of Final Fantasy 15 and infamous The Last Guardian, will not be taking part in this year’s awards. While a number of late releases from 2015 are up for awards this year, including Xenoblade Chronicles X for ‘Best Role Playing Game’ and Rainbow Six Siege for ‘Best Multiplayer Game’.
We will be finding out on the Dec 2nd (Australian date) who the winners are when The Game Awards 2016 are held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. If you can’t make it to the awards like us, you’ll be able to catch the show live via stream on various platforms, with the pre show set to start 12:30PM AEST and 1:00PM for the start on Dec 2nd, for us Aussies.
Check out the nominations below and we’ll have links to all our reviews of the nominated games throughout!
Game Of The Year
“Recognising a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.”
A few noticeable titles not up for any awards is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Pokémon Sun and Moon (although reviews for the latter are only just coming out now), do you think there are any other titles which should have received a nomination? Let us know in the comments!