December 5, 2017

IG2G - The Game Awards Special

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THiRD SHiFT presents a special dive into The Game Awards for 2017.

Key

EP = Eric's Pick
EW = Eric's Projected Winner
MP = Matt's Pick
MW = Matt's Projected Winner
ALL IN = Both Picks and Projected Winners

Winners in bold/italics.

Best Chinese Game

MW King of Glory (王者荣耀) - Timi Studio Group
ICEY (艾希)- FantaBlade Network
EW Gumballs & Dungeons (不思议迷宫)- QcPlay Limited
jx3 HD (剑网3)重制版 - Kingsoft Corporation
MP Monument Valley 2 (纪念碑谷2)- ustwo games

Best Debut Indie Game

ALL IN Cuphead - Studio MDHR Entertainment
Golf Story - Sidebar Games
Hollow Knight - Team Cherry
Mr. Shifty - Team Shifty
Slime Rancher - Monomi Park

Best eSports Team

EW Cloud 9
FaZe Clan
Lunatic-Hai
MP/MW SK Telecom T1
EP Team Liquid

Best eSports Player

ALL IN Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok - SK Telecom T1, League of Legends
Marcelo “coldzera” David - SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO
Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac - FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: GO
Ryu “ryujehong” Je-hong - Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi - Team Liquid, DOTA 2

Best eSports Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Valve
DOTA2 - Valve
MP League of Legends - Riot
EP/EW/MW Overwatch - Blizzard
Rocket League - Psyonix

Trending Gamer

EP/EW Andrea Rene - What’s Good Games
Clint Lexa - “Halfcoordinated”
Guy Beahm - “Dr. Disrespect”
Mike Grzesiek - “Shroud”
MP Steven Spohn - AbleGamers

Best Student Game

MP Falling Sky - Jonathan Nielssen, Nikolay Savoy, Mohsen Shah / National Film & TV School
From Light - Alejandro Grossman, Steven Li, Sherveen Uduwana / USC
EP Hollowed - Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard / University of Central Florida
Impulsion - Hugo Verger, Remi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski / IIM
Level Squared - Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen / Swinburne University
Meaning - Hariz Yet / DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore

Best Independent Game

MW/EW Cuphead - Studio MDHR Entertainment
EP Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - Ninja Theory
MP Night in the Woods - Infinite Fall
Pyre - Supergiant Games
What Remains of Edith Finch - Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive

Most Anticipated Game

God of War - Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Marvel’s Spider-Man - Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Monster Hunter World - Capcom
EW/MW Red Dead Redemption II - Rockstar Games
EP The Last of Us Part II - Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: WWII - Sledgehammer Games / Activision
EP Destiny 2 - Bungie / Activision
MP Fortnite - Epic Games
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo EAD / Nintendo
MW/EW PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG Corp.
Splatoon 2 - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Best Sports/Racing Game

EW FIFA 18 - EA Vancouver / EA
MW Forza Motorsport 7 - Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios
Gran Turismo Sport - Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment
NBA 2K18 - Visual Concepts / 2K Sports
MP Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 - PES Productions / Konami
EP Project Cars 2 - Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment

Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2 - Creative Assembly, 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios
MW/EP/EW Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft
Total War: Warhammer II - Creative Assembly / Sega
MP Tooth and Tail - Pocketwatch Games
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - Firaxis Games / 2K

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo EAD / Nintendo
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft
Sonic Mania - PagodaWest Games, Headcannon / Sega
Splatoon 2 - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo
ALL IN Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo EAD / Nintendo

Best Fighting Game

ARMS - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo
EP/EW Injustice 2 - NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent
MW Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Capcom
Nidhogg 2 - Messhof Games
MP Tekken 7 - Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment

Best Role Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin II - Larian Studios
MW Final Fantasy XV - Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix
NieR: Automata - Platinum Games / Square Enix
EP/EW/MP Persona 5 - Atlus
South Park: The Fractured But Whole - Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisoft

Best Action/Adventure Game

MP Assassin’s Creed: Origins - Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft
EP/EW Horizon Zero Dawn - Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo
MW The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Action Game

Cuphead - Studio MDHR Entertainment
EW Destiny 2 - Bungie / Activision
Nioh - Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Prey - Arkane Studios / Bethesda
EP/MP/MW Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - MachineGames / Bethesda

Best VR/AR Game

Farpoint - Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Lone Echo - Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios
MW/EP/EW Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Capcom
Star Trek: Bridge Crew - Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft
MP SUPERHOT VR - SUPERHOT Team

Best Handheld Game

MP Ever Oasis - Grezzo / Nintendo
EP Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - Intelligent Systems / Nintendo
EW/MW Metroid: Samus Returns - MercurySteam / Nintendo
Monster Hunter Stories - Marvelous / Capcom / Nintendo
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World - Good-Feel / Nintendo

Best Mobile Game

MP/EP/EW Fire Emblem Heroes - Intelligent Systems / Nintendo
Hidden Folks - Adriaan de Jongh / Sylvain Tegroeg
Monument Valley 2 - ustwo games
Old Man’s Journey - Broken Rules
MW Super Mario Run - Nintendo

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2 - Bungie / Activision
Grand Theft Auto Online - Rockstar Games
EP Overwatch - Blizzard
EW/MW PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG. Corp
MP Rainbow Six: Siege - Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft
Warframe - Digital Extremes

Games for Impact

Bury Me, My Love - The Pixel Hunt / Figs / ARTE / Playdius
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - Ninja Theory
MW/EW Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Deck Nine / Square Enix
MP/EP Night in the Woods - Infinite Fall
Please Knock on My Door - Levall Games AB
What Remains of Edith Finch - Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive

Best Performance

EP/EW Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn - As Aloy
Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - as BJ Blazkowicz
MP Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - as Chloe Frazer
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - as Nadine Ross
MW Melina Juergens, Hellblade - as Senua

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2 - Bungie
ALL IN Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - Ninja Theory
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Capcom
Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Best Score / Music

MW Cuphead - Kristofer Maddigan
EW Destiny 2 - Mike Salvatori, Skye Lewin, C Paul Johnson
NieR: Automata - Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi
EP/MP Persona 5 - Shoji Meguro
Super Mario Odyssey - Naoto Kubo, Shiho Fujii, Koji Kondo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata

Best Art Direction

ALL IN Cuphead - Studio MDHR Entertainment
Destiny 2 - Bungie / Activision
Horizon Zero Dawn - Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment
Persona 5 - Atlus
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - Tameem Antoniades, Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe / Ninja Theory
EP Horizon Zero Dawn - John Gonzalez / Ninja Theory
MP NieR: Automata - Yoko Taro, Hana Kikuchi, Yoshiho Akabane / Platinum Games
What Remains of Edith Finch - Ian Dallas / Giant Sparrow
EW/MW Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Jen Matthies, Tommy Tordsson Bjork / MachineGames

Best Game Direction

MW/EW Horizon Zero Dawn - Guerrilla Games
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Capcom
Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo EPD
EP The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo EPD
MP Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - MachineGames / Bethesda

Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn - Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment
ALL IN Persona 5 - Atlus
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG Corp.
Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo EPD / Nintendo

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