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 h