The Game Awards Review: Meh.

Call me crazy, call me wrong, call me whatever you want but this year I wasn't really impressed with The Game Awards and I can't remember if last year was the same ad filled, push to just consume product and content as this year was, but it was pretty bad this year. Now, I know that might take some of you in the wrong way but I mean it in the least offensive way as possible. I just mean, I guess me being 36 and having been gaming since 1988, I've kind of become immune to shows like this? It feels kinda like the Oscars. It's a big tug job for everyone in the industry and, while I guess it's something of note to win, does it really matter anymore? Or is it just some sort of a program for people to buy ad space in and do cringe set pieces like talking with an Apex Legends character now?


I digress a bit, sorry. While I wasn't really blown away by the awards themselves there were some pretty badass announcements. We actually got solid information on what Project Scarlett morphed in to: Xbox Series X.


Godfall looks awesome as hell, the Magic: the Gathering MMO seems like it's going to be great, and there's Bravely Default 2 plus many more solid sounding titles. So I guess the Game Awards weren't a total shill-filled, ad space stuffed and speaker rushed show as it could have been? There's always next year I suppose. We'll see how much more "commercial" it gets next year vs this year. Kinda still want to draw the comparison of the Oscars to the Game Awards Show. It happens. Only a niche group of people care about. Then life continues to go on afterwards like it wasn't even really a blip on the calendar and the awards probably end up as paperweights. However, I feel like I should summarize it all for you guys so you can see who won in what category and give some trailers for you to peep your eyeballs at in case you missed the show, or are just wanting a recap of it all. So, here goes!


Game of the Year

  • Death Stranding

  • Control

  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate

  • Resident Evil 2

  • The Outer Worlds

  • Sekiro:Shadows Die Twice

Winner: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

My Pick: Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice

Reason: Lets be honest here Sekiro was a blessing in disguise. It helped to draw a line in the sand between "true" gamers and, well, "gamers". While it's not everyone's cup of tea as far as a game goes, it definitely forced reviewers to show their true colors as to how much of a "true" gamer they really are.


Best Community Support

  • Destiny 2

  • Apex Legends

  • Fortnite

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

  • Final Fantasy 14

Winner: Destiny 2

My Pick: Destiny 2

Reason: I'm a big fan of Destiny and I have to agree that after Bungie's split with Activision, Bungie has really listened to its community and has tried to implement as many quality of life changes and overhauls as possible to bring Destiny back from the grave. My only other close second in this would have to be Final Fantasy 14. I mean, come on. From launch to now it's leaps and bounds better than what it was. See what happens when developers actually listen to their fan base?


Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule

  • Death Stranding

  • Kingdom Hearts 3

  • Devil May Cry 5

  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

Winner: Death Stranding

My Pick: Devil may Cry 5

Reason: I've got nothing here except for the fact that Devil May Cry has always had an awesome soundtrack. Maybe Kingdom Hearts 3 would be another choice for me too.


Best Narrative

  • Control

  • Death Stranding

  • The Outer Worlds

  • Disco Elysium

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence

Winner: Disco Elysium

My Pick: A Plague Tale: Innocence

Reason: The only one of these that I actually played was Outer Worlds and I'm amazed it made this list, honestly. Like how? But, from everything I've heard, A Plague Tale: Innocence was pretty solid on the Narrative front.


Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6

  • Mortal Kombat 11

  • Jump Force

  • Samurai Shodown

  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Winner: Super Smash Bros Ultimate

My Pick: Samurai Shodown

Reason: Out of all the ones listed above, and that I've played over the years, Samurai Shodown just seems to stand out in my head. I understand why Super Smash Bros Ultimate took this one, because it really is a solid game. But to me, Samurai Shodown, hands down.


Best Audio Design

  • Gears 5

  • Resident Evil 2

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Death Stranding

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Control

Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

My Pick: Gears of War 5

Reason: Call of Duty was okay as far as audio goes, but not best of. Gears has always done a smashup job with their audio in my opinion and honestly, this is kind of a hard category to pick. Unless there's just really terrible audio problems, most games do a pretty good job with audio.


Best Strategy Game

  • Wargroove

  • Tropico 6

  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses

  • Anno 1800

  • Total War: Three Kingdoms

Winner: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

My Pick: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Reason: It just is. Total War: Three Kingdoms would probably be my pick if Fire Emblem wasn't on the list but me and Fire Emblem go way back and so, there's a bit of a bias here. Sorry everyone.


Content Creator of the Year

  • Jack "Courage" Dunlop

  • Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek

  • David "Greg" Martinez

  • Soleil "Ewok" Wheeler

  • Benjaming "Dr. Lupo" Lupo

Winner: Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek

My Pick: I don't really care who gets what in this category honestly.

Reason: Kinda like Dr. Disrespect winning his award. Kudos to him and all his hard work, not trying at all to throw shade on the man or anyone else who has made it in this industry doing what they do. But, it seems celebrity status just doesn't do anything for me at all. You do a great job, you made something of yourself, and you're successful as hell in the games industry. Good for you. I'm proud of you and I tip my hat to you, but I'm not going to obsess over you, idolize you, and pretend your some sort of demi-god or something. Besides you thank a person for doing a good job enough times it will end up going to their heads.


Best Art Direction 

  • Control  

  • Death Stranding  

  • Gris  

  • Sayonara Wild Hearts  

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 

Winner: Control

My Pick: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Reason: I'm a sucker for feudal Japan/samurai things.


Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends

  • Astral Chain

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Devil May Cry 5

  • Gears 5

  • Metro Exodus

Winner: Devil May Cry 5

My Pick: Devil May Cry 5

Reason: It's Devil May Cry and it's an Action Game award. What more do I need to say?


Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie

  • Gris

  • Kind Words

  • Life Is Strange 2

  • Sea of Solitude

Winner: Gris

My Pick: Life is Strange 2

Reason: Just because I'm familiar with it. This is a category that isn't really my thing. Lets be honest here, this is the "SJW/MeToo Award for the Year" category and I don't fall within those "guidelines".


Best Family Game

  • Luigi's Mansion 3

  • Ring Fit Adventure 

  • Super Mario Maker 2 

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 

  • Yoshi's Crafted World 

Winner: Luigi's Mansion 3

My Pick: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Reason: I mean, when you can't beat the crap out of your siblings/friends/family members in real life because it's totally frowned upon how better else to get those frustrations out than with some Super Smash Bros, right? Game has been ruining relationships and causing trust issues since its inception.


Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

  • Dirt Rally 2.0

  • Football Pro Evolution Soccer 2020

  • F1 2019

  • FIFA 20

Winner: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

My Pick: This category is not within my realm of games I play at all. But if I had a gun held to my head and had to pick one, I'd probably choose Dirt Rally 2.0.

Reason: Crash Team Racing just seems like a Mario Kart spinoff and, while it might be fun in its own right, I wouldn't be able to look past that it's basically Mario Kart just reskinned and tweaked a bit. And I don't play sportsball games at all.


Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile

  • Grindstone

  • Wild Hearts

  • Sky: Children of Light

  • What the Golf?

Winner: Call of Duty: Mobile

My Pick: None.

Reason: I seriously dislike mobile gaming.


Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends

  • Borderlands 3

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Tetris 99

  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Winner: Apex Legends

My Pick: Borderlands 3

Reason: While I give credit to Apex for everything it does, it's still just a Battle Royale game and that's all it really brings to the table. At least Borderlands gives you more options than "choose legend, drop into big world, rush to find loot, kill or be killed, repeat".


Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends 

  • Destiny 2 

  • Final Fantasy XIV 

  • Fortnite

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Winner: Fortnite

My Pick: Tie between Destiny2/Final Fantasy 14

Reason: I guess I just feel bad that Fortnite got turned into a Battle Royale game and Save the World was kinda just forgotten about. That and Destiny 2 and Final Fantasy 14 have really come a long way from their launches to now by listening to their fan bases and adjusting course.


Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard's Wrath

  • Blood & Truth

  • Beat Saber

  • No Man's Sky

  • Trover Saves the Universe

Winner: Beat Saber

My Pick: Nothing. I haven't experienced VR.

Reason: I'm poor and scared of motion sickness. There, I said it.


Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb/The Outer Worlds

  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden/Control

  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz/Gears 5

  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff/Death Stranding

  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling/Control

  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges/Death Stranding

Winner: Mads Mikkelsen-Cliff-Death Stranding

My Pick: Laura Bailey-Parvati Holcom-The Outer Worlds

Reason: I really liked Parvati, despite her awkwardness.


Player's Voice 

  • Death Stranding 

  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses 

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 

Winner: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

My Pick: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Reason: It's Fire Emblem. Star Wars would be a really close second but after all I've read about it, while it seems a great game, I can't help but think it's just a cobbled together game of "Hey! This worked really well with other games!" actually implemented pretty well due to Respawn being awesome at what they do.


Fresh Indie Game 

  • Disco Elysium

  • Gris

  • My Friend Pedro

  • Outer Wilds

  • Slay the Spire

  • Untitled Goose Game

Winner: Disco Elysium

My Pick: Outer Wilds

Reason: I love exploration games and I just think Outer Wilds deserved this award. Exploration isn't "Fresh" I know, but the way it's done in Outer Wilds is a pretty good take.


Best Role Playing Game

  • Disco Elysium

  • Final Fantasy XIV

  • Kingdom Hearts III

  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

  • The Outer Worlds

Winner: Disco Elysium

My Pick: Final Fantasy 14

Reason: It's completely revamped itself. Seriously, if you weren't impressed with it early on give it another shot. You'll be pleasantly surprised.


Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You

  • Disco Elysium

  • Katana Zero

  • Outer Wilds

  • Untitled Goose Game

Winner: Disco Elysium

My Pick: Outer Wilds

Reason: Exploration games are a soft spot with me and I love them.


Best Game Direction

  • Control 

  • Death Stranding

  • Resident Evil 2

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

  • Outer Wilds 

Winner: Death Stranding

My Pick: Death Stranding

Reason: Despite how like it or hate it with no in between Death Stranding is and seemingly could be confused for a simulation that FedEx or UPS would use for training, I think Death Stranding had a pretty unique overall direction.


Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3

  • Control

  • Death Stranding

  • Resident Evil 2

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Winner: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

My Pick: Resident Evil 2

Reason: It has to be the best entry in the franchise and the remake that was done is out of this world amazing. I think the only reason Resident Evil 2 didn't win this category was *because* it was a remake.



Esports Awards

(There won't be a "my pick" part for this. I respect the Esports industry with the utmost regard but I don't follow it at all like I should so I can't put any worthwhile input into this.)


Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • Dota 2 

  • Fortnite 

  • League of Legends 

  • Overwatch

Winner: League of Legends



Best Esports Coach

  • Eric "adreN" Hoag (Team Liquid, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

  • Nu-ri "Cain" Jang (Team Liquid, League of Legends)

  • Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann (G2 Esports, League of Legends)

  • Kim "Kkoma" Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)

  • Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz (OG, Dota 2)

  • Danny "Zonic" Sørensen (Astralis, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Winner: Danny "Zonic" Sørensen (Astralis, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)



Best Esports Event

  • 2019 League of Legends World Championship

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

  • EVO 2019

  • Fortnite World Cup

  • IEM Katowice 2019

  • The International 2019

Winner: 2019 Leage of Legends World Championship 2019

 

Best Esports Host

  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez

  • Alex "Machine" Richardson

  • Duan "Candice" Yu-Shuang

  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere

  • Paul "Redeye" Chaloner 

Winner: Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

  • G2 Esports (League of Legends)

  • OG (Dota 2)

  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch League) 

  • Team Liquid (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Winner: G2 Esports(Leage of Legends)


Best Esports Player

  • Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf 

  • Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok

  • Luka "Perkz" Perkovic 

  • Oleksandr "S1mple" Kostyliev 

  • Jay "Sinatraa" Won 

Winner: Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf


Xbox Series X Probably the best announcement of the night was the new Microsoft Xbox Series X. Watch the trailer below.

Now I'll just subject you to some of the trailers we got for GAMES at the Games Award show. Not a lot of words just a lot of trailers thrown at you!



























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