A year has gone by since Geoff Keighley’s first experience producing an awards show to pick up where Spike left off. Lessons have been learned and the spectacle has been compacted into a manageable 2-hour presentation, with less of the bloat of last year. Personally, it’s hard for me to call it a real awards show, as it seems more like Geoff Keighley presenting things he likes and hoping that his viewers will as well. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it allowed for a few personal touches that one probably wouldn’t see elsewhere.

For one, Keighley took several minutes from the program to pay tribute to Satoru Iwata, with a touching speech from NoA president Reggie Fils-Aime. Later, he felt compelled to point out the fact that Konami was legally blocking Hideo Kojima from picking up an award for Metal Gear Solid V. Overall, The Game Awards feels much more personal, even with all of the commercials and marketing bits.


One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the considerably loose definition of “world premiere”. Before the show, Keighley promised there would be 10 on-stage awards along with 10 world premieres. While the first part was true, only 5 trailers shown were for brand new titles. The other “premieres” included a new character reveal for Uncharted 4, a new gameplay trailer for Far Cry: Primal, a new trailer for Quantum Break, and the reveal of Rocket League coming to the Xbox One. What’s that? That only accounts for 9? Yes, the last “world premiere” was simply the closing song performed by Deadmau5, as Keighley smugly stated it was a world premiere of his new music. Oh, come on.

As for the actual premieres? We got the briefest of glimpses at some new projects from Telltale Games – a Batman title and a Walking Dead spin-off featuring Michonne. Parker Luckey, president of Oculus, had a short video about the creation of Rock Band VR, with some help from Dragon Force. Finally, towards the end of the program, Chair Entertainment was present to show off Shadow Complex Remastered, available right now on their website – for free (PC only)!

As far as the actual awards go, there weren’t too many surprises, but it was nice to see the indies getting quite a bit of love.

Game of the Year

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Fallout 4
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker

Developer of the Year

  • CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • FromSoftware (Bloodborne)
  • Kojima Productions (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)
  • Bethesda Game Studios (Fallout Shelter, Fallout 4)
  • Nintendo (Splatoon, Super Mario Maker)

Best Independent Game

  • Rocket League
  • Her Story
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Axiom Verge
  • Undertale

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Lara Croft GO
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Downwell
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Pac-Man 256

Best Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life Is Strange
  • Tales From The Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best Art Direction

  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Score/Soundtrack

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Fallout 4
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Performance

  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)
  • Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)

Games for Change Award

  • Life is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Sunset (Tale of Tales)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)
  • Cibele (Nina Freeman)

Best Shooter

  • Splatoon
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Best Role Playing Game

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Undertale
  • Bloodborne

Best Fighting Game

  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder
  • Guilty Gear Xrd

Best Family Game

  • Super Mario Maker
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Skylanders: SuperChargers
  • Splatoon
  • Disney Infinity 3.0

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Rocket League
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • FIFA 16

Best Multiplayer

  • Splatoon
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Most Anticipated Game

  • No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn

Esports Player of the Year

  • Kenny “KennyS” Schrub
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
  • Peter “ppd” Dager
  • Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan

Esports Team of the Year

  • Optic Gaming
  • Fnatic
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team SoloMid
  • Evil Geniuses

Esports Game of the Year

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone
  • League of Legends
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Trending Gamer

  • Greg Miller
  • Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
  • Markiplier
  • PewDiePie
  • Total Biscuit

Best Fan Creation

  • Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
  • Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
  • Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78 / theycallmeshaky)
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)
  • GTA V – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)