Wow! Another great year in gaming capped off by Geoff Keighley and The Game Awards! The event was better than the previous year as it spun us through just about every emotion and solidified why was as gamers love the art form. All the nominees for the night gave us water cooler debate fuel for weeks as we prepared for tonights show.
Tonights awards had two major highlights; The Industry Icon Award and the Satoru Iwata tribute. The Iwata tribute was presented by Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Amiè and it was absolute feels moment. Fils-Amiè reminded us why we loved Iwata so much and what he meant to the gaming industry as a whole. Westwood Studios was responsible for what we know now as the modern real time strategy game. The Command and Conquer series is the game that really put Westwood on the map and the ripples of their creations are still felt today.
Oh and what are The Game Awards without a few game premieres?! Well here is the list of games that were shown at the show tonight:
Uncharted 4: Thieves End
Batman (Telltale Games) [!!!]
Far Cry: Primal (Amazing game play footage)
Lego: Marvel’s Avengers
Psychonauts 2 (!!!!!)
Rock Band VR for Oculus Rift
Shadow Complex Remastered
Rocket League for Xbox One
Walking Dead: Michonne
The night was also bookended with performances from CHVRCHES and deadmau5, to which the latter premiered new music.
Now without any further delay, here are the winners from tonights show:
Best Multiplayer: Splatoon
Best Mobile/Handheld Game: Lara Croft GO
Best Score/Soundtrack: Metal Gear Solid V
Best eSports Team: Optic Gaming
eSports Player of the Year: Kenny “ KennyS” Schrub
eSports Game of the Year: Counter-Strike Global Offensive
Best Fan Creation: Portal Stories: Mel
Best Narrative: Her Story
Games for Change Award: Life is Strange
Best Family Game: Super Mario Maker
Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat X
Best Sports/Racing Game: Rocket League
Favorite Trending Gamer: Greg Miller
Best Indie Game: Rocket League
Developer of the Year: CD Projekt Red
Best Art Direction: Ori and the Blind Forest
Industry Icon Awards: Westwood Studios
Best Action Adventure Game: Metal Gear Solid V
Most Anticipated Game: No Man’s Sky
Game of the Year: The Witcher 3
Tonight was awesome and all fun and games (punny I’m sorry), but there was one disappointment of the night. Famed game designer Hideo Kojima was barred from attending The Game Awards tonight due to his current troubles with game developer and current employer Konami. When host Geoff Keighley announced this to the audience it was met with extreme boos and fan outrage. Keighley himself took to Twitter to express his disappointment for not being able to have the famed gaming icon at the show tonight. To make matters worse, Metal Gear Solid V had just won the Best Action/Adventure Award and actor Kiefer Sutherland (voice of Big Boss) had to accept the award on Kojima’s behalf.
Tonights show was absolutely amazing! Congratulations again to all the winner and to Geoff Keighley and crew for putting on another amazing show!!