The 2017 Game Award Nominees Are Here

Posted on Nov 16 2017 - 7:14pm by Haley Sampson
The 2017 Game Award Nominees Are Here

As a great year of games comes to an end, The 2017 Game Awards begins.

On December 7, the video game world will come together to celebrate game creators, the community and the year’s best video games. This year, 102 games and individuals have been nominated across a range of categories, from Best Mobile Game to Developer of the Year, with the biggest award being Game of the Year.

Nominees for Game of the Year are the crème de la crème of 2017 releases. These titles are Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. All of the nominees for GOTY have also been nominated in other categories, three of them in as many as six.

In addition to the awards show, there will be game announcements, trailers and musical performances. This year, The Game Awards Orchestra will debut to celebrate video game music through the years. The group is comprised of orchestra talent and rock musicians. Another first is the Student Game Award for high school and college-level developers and their creations.

The 2017 Game Awards will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Geoff Keighley. For those at home, the award show can be streamed via Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Below is a list of categories and their nominees. Voting is open to the public for the categories below and can be voted on at The Video Game Awards website.

Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Persona 5

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch

NieR: Automata

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Art Direction

Destiny 2

Cuphead

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Persona 5

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Score/Music

Destiny 2

Cuphead

NieR: Automata

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Persona 5

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Best Performance

Melina Juergens as Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Laura Bailey as Nadine Ross, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Ashly Burch as Aloy, Horizon Zero Dawn

Games for Impact

Please Knock on My Door

Night in the Woods

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Bury Me, My Love

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Ongoing Game

Warframe

Rainbow Six: Siege

Overwatch

Grand Theft Auto Online

Destiny 2

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Best Mobile Game

Fire Emblem Heroes

Super Mario Run

Old Man’s Journey

Monument Valley 2

Hidden Folks

Best Handheld Game

Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World

Monster Hunter Stories

Metroid: Samus Returns

Ever Oasis

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

Best VR/AR Game

Superhot VR

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Farpoint

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Best Action Game

Prey

Nioh

Destiny 2

Cuphead

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Best Action/Adventure Game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Role Playing Game

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Final Fantasy XV

Divinity: Original Sin 2

NieR: Automata

Persona 5

Best Fighting Game

Tekken 7

Nidhogg 2

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Injustice 2

Arms

Best Family Game

Splatoon 2

Sonic Mania

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Super Mario Odyssey

Best Strategy Game

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Tooth and Tail

Total War: Warhammer II

Halo Wars 2

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Best Sports/Racing Game

Project Cars 2

Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

NBA 2K18

GT Sport

Forza Motorsport 7

FIFA 18

Best Multiplayer

Fortnite

Call of Duty: World War II

Splatoon 2

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Destiny 2

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Most Anticipated Game

The Last of Us Part II

Red Dead Redemption II

Monster Hunter: World

Marvel’s Spider-Man

God of War

Best Independent Game

Pyre

Night in the Woods

Cuphead

What Remains of Edith Finch

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Student Game

Meaning

Level Squared

Impulsion

Falling Sky

Hollowed

From Light

Trending Gamer

Steven Spohn, AbleGamers

Mike Grzesiek, Shroud

Guy Beahm, Dr. Disrepect

Clint Lexa, “Halfcoordinated”

Andrea Rene, What’s Good Games

Best Esports Game

Rocket League

League of Legends

DOTA 2

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Overwatch

Best Esports Player

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, Team Liquid, DOTA 2

Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu, Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch

Nikola “NiKo” Kovac, FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Marcelo “coldzera” David, SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker,” SK Telecom 1, League of Legends

Best Esports Team

Team Liquid

SK Telecom 1

Lunatic-Hai

FaZe Clan

Cloud9

Best Debut Indie Game

Slime Rancher

Mr. Shifty

Hollow Knight

Golf Story

Cuphead

Best Chinese Game

Monument Valley 2

jx3 HD

Gumballs

ICEY

King of Glory