The Game Awards 2020: Meet the nominees for GOTY and other categories

On December 10th, The Game Awards gala will be held, one of the most notorious events on the calendar for video game lovers. The annual event brings together the entire industry in a show that combines announcements about future titles, musical performances, and awards to the most prominent names of the year in different categories. The awards are delivered through the votes cast by dozens of specialized media around the world, as part of an international jury that also chooses the nominees for the different categories that we can find below.

Among the details that we find in this preliminary list is the clear leader in terms of the number of nominations of two games in particular: The Last of Us Part II and Hades, which confirm their status as two of the most important games of 2020. An absence also stands out: Half-Life: Alyx as nominated for best game of the year, after reaping some of the best scores this year in different analyzes (including a 10 in this house). In any case, these would be the candidates some of the most prominent categories:

Game of the Year

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / SIE)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / SIE)

Best Direction

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / SIE)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / SIE)

Best Narrative

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (George Kamitani)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Kazushige Nojima, Motomu Toriyama, Hiroki Iwaki, Sachie Hirano)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Ian Ryan, Liz Albl, Patrick Downs, Jordan Lemos)
  • Hades (Greg Kasavin)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Neil Druckmann, Halley Gross)
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Best Art Direction

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / SIE)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / SIE)

Best Soundtrack

  • DOOM Eternal (Mick Gordon)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Nobuo Uematsu, Masahi Hamauzu, Mitsuto Suzuki) Hades (Darren Korb)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Gareth Coker)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Gustavo Santaolala, Mac Quale)

Best Audio Design

  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / SIE)
  • Resident Evil 3 (Capcom)
  • The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog / SIE)

Best performance

  • Ashley Johnson as Ellie, The Last of Us Part II
  • Laura Bailey as Abby, The Last of Us Part II
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai, Ghost of Tsushima
  • Logan Cunningham as Hades, Hades
  • Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Impact Games

  • If Found… (DREAMFELL / Annapurna)
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Cardboad Computer / Annapurna)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus Games)
  • Tel Me Why (Dontnod Entertainment / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Through the Darkest of Times (Paintbucket Games)

Best persistent game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn / EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Call of Duty Warzone (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Indie

  • Carrion (Phobia Game Studio)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Spelunky 2 (Mossmouth)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus Games)

Best Mobile Game

  • Among Us (InnerSloth)
  • Call of Duty Mobile (TiMi Studios / Activision)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • Legends of Runeterra (Riot Games)
  • Pokémon Café Mix (Genius Sonority)
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Best Action Game

  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Nioh 2 (Team Ninja)
  • Streets of Rage 4 (DotEmu)

Best Action / Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / SIE)
  • MARVEL’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games / SIE)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Respawn / EA)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / SIE)

Best Role Playing Game

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • Persona 5 Royal (Atlus, P Studios)
  • Wasteland 3 (inXile Entertainment / Koch)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio / Sega)

Best Fighting Game

  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus (Arc System Works / Cygames)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 / Ultimate (NetherRealm Studios / WB Games)
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition (Dimps / Capcom)
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows (Spike Chunsoft / Bandai-Namco)
  • UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe: Late [cl-r] (French Bread / Arc System Works)

Best Family Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (Toys for Bob / Activision)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver)
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Velan Studios / Nintendo)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Mojang / Double Eleven / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Best Strategy / Simulation Game

  • Crusader Kings III (Paradox Development Studio / Paradox)
  • Desperados III (Mimimi Games / THQN)
  • Gears Tactics (Splash Damage / The Coalition / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo / Xbox Game Studios)
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad (Firaxis / 2K)

Best Sports Game / Driving

  • Dirt 5 (Codemasters Cheshire / Codemasters)
  • F1 2020 (Codemasters Birmingham / Codemasters)
  • FIFA 21 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K21 (Visual Concepts / 2K)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Vicarious Visions / Activision)
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Best Multiplayer

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  • Among Us (InnerSloth)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward / Raven / Activision)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best Debut Game

  • Carrion (Phobia Game Studio / Devolver)
  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry / Playstack)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Nodding Heads Games)
  • Röki (Polygon Treehouse / CI Games)
  • Phasmophobia (Kinetic Games
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