Ever since the break from Spike TV, the Game of the Year Awards has become bigger and more exciting than ever before. From the very first moment of the award ceremony we’re sucked in by the monologue introducing us. The feeling of being in a place where we’re all the same is something that is impossible to put it into words. This is the one night of the year that we can come together and celebrate what makes us what we are: Gamers. So without further ado, here’s the recap of the amazing Game of the Year Awards.
Splatoon took the first award of the night for best multiplayer. They stole it over games like Halo 5: Guardians, Destiny: the Taken King, Rocket League, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. It’s a surprise that they won when compared to some of the bigger shooters, but the fan reaction for Splatoon is impossible to deny.
Probably one of the best lines in the whole event was from ‘I do the voice of everything’ Troy Baker. In his words “If game play is the needle, than narrative is the thread. Together they weave a game together.” So true on how important both are to a good game. This of course led to the Best Narrative Award which went to the indie success Her Story. Viva Seifert of Her Story also went on to win Best Performance in Game.
Favorite Trending Gamer went to Greg Miller, surprisingly usurping PewDiePie. He was well deserving of the award though because he stood up in front of everyone thanking the little people that often get forgotten. Collectively as gamers, that’s something we all need to remember now and again. There are hundreds of folks that spend months or even years working on a game and never get any credit. So thank you Greg Miller, for not forgetting this and for being an excellent representative for gamers everywhere.
The huge success of Rocket League took home two awards tonight. The Best Sports racing Game and the Best Indie Game. They had some tough competition in the indie department against Ori and the Blind Forest and Her Story, but overall Rocket League was more important to the fans. Rocket League also announced their move to the Xbox One in the near future.
Best developer of the year nominees were Bethesda Game Studios, CD Projekt Red, Kojima Studios, Nintendo, or FromSoftware. Basically another free-for-all from all the contenders nominated for the Game of the Year. The winner though was CD Projekt Red of The Witcher fame.
Best Action/Adventure game went to Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain; they also won Best Soundtrack as well. The award was given to Keifer Sutherland, the voice of Snake, in place of Hideo Kojima. Legal issues hindered Kojima from being here in person because of his bout with Konami. Even though that was a bit of a bummer, fans were excited to have Mark Hamill giving out the award. He made sure to accomplish this in the voice of the Joker just for an extra measure of awesome.
Here are some of the other awards that were given out: Best Fighting game which went to Mortal Kombat X, possibly the best game in the entire series. Laura Croft Go won the best mobile handheld game. E-Sports Team of the Year went to Optic Gaming, and we should be seeing more of them in the new TBS series on E-Sports teams.
Most anticipated game by no surprise went to No Man’s Sky. Best Art Direction was captured by Ori and the Blind Forest, a shocker given that every other nominee was a triple A title. Games for Impact award went to Life is Strange and the Best Fan Creation went to Portal Stories: MEL.
Many indie games were announced, such as Kung Fu Fury, a fast paced martial arts action game with co-op capabilities. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, which is a remake of the infamous 1994 game, made possible by yet another KickStarter campaign. Also Psychonauts 2 was announced after a long break to a huge rouse of cheers from the fans.
There were also some bigger titles that had exclusive premiers and trailers at the game of the year awards that were never before seen. Some of them are: The new Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Baby Yaga: Temple of the Witch. Far Cry Primal had a new trailer showing off the capability to tame and ride beasts as character, Takkar. Also Harmonix is developing an Oculus Rift support system for RockBand in RockBand VR, which should be available in the first quarter of 2016.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End had a world exclusive trailer, introducing us to a new character and retouching on Drake’s flawless sarcasm and wit. A big surprise was that Batman is getting a TellTale series. If you’ve played any of TellTale’s game than you know that this will give us the ability to delve deeper into the story of Batman like never before. This is along TellTale’s other big hit coming out next year, a new Walking Dead series. Remedy Games gave us a look at Quantum Break, and how the game adapts to your choices making it as intuitive as Remedy Games always is.
One of the most important awards of the night was given was to Brett Sperry and Louis Castle of Westwood Studios. They won only the second Industry Award of all time. Westwood Studios is best known for Doom 2, Command and Conquer and DOTA. Without the success of Westwood the words Real Time Strategy may not even mean anything. Blizzard may not have ever put together Warcraft and things like League of Legends probably would have never happened. Westwood Studios, and of course Brett and Louis are so very deserving of the Industry Award.
Now for the big one, the one we’ve all waited for; the Game of the Year. As said in a previous article, the nominees are The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Super Mario Maker, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Bloodborne, and Fallout 4. After waiting for an answer we finally have one tonight; that answer being The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. While there were some groans from the audience about this choice, it was clear that the Witcher 3 was deserving of the prestigious Game of the Year award with its huge RPG epic.
The greatest thing this ceremony accomplished wasn’t the awards though. It was recognizing someone who left us this year, but made games what they are today. I’m talking about Satoru Iwata of course. He was an amazing man who never had an animosity towards anyone, not even his competitors. He once said: “We are not competing against Sony or Microsoft. We are battling the indifference of people who have no interest in video games.” So to the winner of the awards, congratulations, but the real winner tonight is us. We were able to live this man’s dreams through his amazing games and we will always be better for the dedication that Mr. Iwata has given us through so many years. I’ll leave you all with another of Iwata’s brilliant quotes; I hope it makes you think deeper in this next year of gaming than you ever had before. “On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”