Yesterday night, it was finally time for the annual award show that celebrates all things gaming: The Game Awards! It was an evening full of game reveals, new trailers, exciting announcements and of course lots of awards. The days leading up to the event were filled with rumours about which studios would make an appearance and which new titles would be revealed at the show. While some of these turned out to be false (no Alien: Blackout reveal), there were still lots of major announcements that many people – including myself – will be very happy with. Alongside all the reveals, various awards of course had to be handed out to the most outstanding games of the year, so let’s take a look!
So, who won??
No one can deny that 2018 was an amazing year for gaming. With AAA titles like God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Red Dead Redemption 2, it was difficult to predict what studio would take home Game of the Year. While I still haven’t been able to play any of these games yet (absolute torture), I was pretty sure that it would be Red Dead Redemption 2 that would be taking home the prize. Turns out I was wrong, as it was God of War that won the biggest prize of all and was named Game of the Year 2018! Red Dead Redemption 2 was still a big winner though, as it managed to beat some outstanding games in 4 different categories, including Best Narrative and Best Music, while Spider-Man (surprisingly?) and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey went home empty-handed.
Celebrating Indie Games
The Game Awards are known for not only celebrating AAA-titles, but also honouring and putting the spotlight on indie titles, with categories such as Best Indie Game and Best Debut Indie Game. We are sad to say that Punch Perfect did not receive a nomination (???), and that it was Sabotage Studio’s ‘The Messenger’ – a love letter to NES-era action platformer games – that took home Best Debut Indie Game. The big prize was won by Canadian studio Matt Makes Games for their ‘Celeste’, a story of self-discovery in the shape of a platformer game in which you have to help Madeline survive her inner demons and reach the top of Celeste mountain. The game was also nominated for categories such as Best Score and even Game of the Year!
A new Far Cry, the next RPG from Obsidian, and much more!
The best parts of the show were not necessarily the handing out of prizes though, as this year saw some really exciting announcements, game reveals, and new trailers. Probably one of the most widely-discussed game reveals of the evening is the new Far Cry: New Dawn – a spin-off / sequel to Far Cry 5 set in a post-apocalyptic Hope County in which you have to face off against an evil gang called ‘the Highwaymen’, led by bad-ass looking twins Vicky and Lou. While not everyone seems to be enthusiastic about the game, with people complaining about the lushness of the landscape for a post-apocalyptic world and even about the fact that the two main villains are female (really?), I quite enjoyed Far Cry 5 and think New Dawn looks very interesting!
Some other exciting announcements of the evening include a new RPG called ‘The Outer Worlds’ by Obsidian, which appears to be a sort of Fallout in space, a retro-style ‘Stranger Things’ game, and much more.
What did you think of the 2018 Game Awards? And what is your favourite game reveal or announcement? We have a very exciting game reveal coming up ourselves, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels and of course the blog!
Until next time,