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News The Game Awards 2021 Nominees

Turk1993

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No Forza Horizon 5?


GOTY my ass more like fps/3d person goty as always. I don't care what they vote for or what game wins this but ignoring racing games as always is just such a disrespect to the devs. At the end Its just a useless award and doesn't change the fact that Forza Horizon 5 and Returnal are great games, but still fuck them.
 

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I'm a huge fan of the Forza Horizon Series and think they've improved from 3 to 4 to 5, but...

I can see an argument that they're not great racing games, nor great open world games. It took me a long time to get into Forza Horizon 3, and see what the game was trying to do and be. At first I really, really hated it and would rather have been playing Driveclub.

The argument boils down to the open world being used poorly (no reason to explore), many of the tracks being "meh" and the racing being boring due to the homologation of each race at whatever difficulty you select. There's no satisfying sense of progression whatsoever. The showcases are scripted bullshit, frankly, and the story and voice acting are consistently hero-worshipping cringe city.

Of course, once you get used to it it's a glorious celebration of hypercars in a sandbox to just fuck around, preferably with friends, and the car handling and visuals make it worthwhile. But I still think I'd prefer to select my races from a menu.

Just saying that I get why it may not have been nominated. And I have 600k accolades in FH5 already lol
 
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Warnen

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No Forza or Guardians of the Galaxy…

what shit choices.
 
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WitchHunter

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What? Cyberpunk didn't get the narrative nomination? Really?



Also Cherami Leigh deserved the acting one.

Spot on. Absolutely agree on Pathfinder also, should have been put in the best RPG, cause it's the only fucking real rpg released this year.
Plus art direction. 2077 had the best visuals and will be king for so many more years.
 
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brian0057

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Hitman 3 not being nominated for GOTY but 70's Dishonored is, should be a hate crime.
But, then again, these awards have always been a joke.
I'll be watching for the game reveals and the unadulterated cringe brought to you by Dorito Pope.
 

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Game of the Year
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
Best Game Direction
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Returnal (Housemarque/SIE)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
Best Ongoing
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward/Raven/Activision)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online (SQUARE ENIX)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)
Best Indie
  • 12 Minutes (Luis Antonio/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Death’s Door (Acid Nerve/Devolver Digital)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games/Devolver Digital)
  • Loop Hero (Four Quarters/Devolver Digital)
Best Debut Indie
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Sable (Shedworks/Raw Fury)
  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna)
  • The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller/Dear Villagers)
  • Valheim (Iron Gate/Coffee Stain)
Best Narrative
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
Best Art Direction
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna)
Best Score and Music
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Marcin Przybylowicz, Piotr T. Adamczyk, Composers)
  • Deathloop (Tom Salta, Composer)
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 (Keiichi Okabe, Composer)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Richard Jacques, Composer)
  • The Artful Escape (Johnny Galvatron & Josh Abrahams, Composers)
Best Audio Design
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
  • Returnal (Housemarque/SIE)
Best Performance
  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen, Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo, Far Cry 6
  • Jason E. Kelley as Colt Vahn, Deathloop
  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake, Deathloop
Games for Impact
  • Before Your Eyes (GoodbyeWorld Games/Skybound Games)
  • Boyfriend Dungeon (Kitfox Games)
  • Chicory (Greg Lobanow, Alexis dean-Jones, Lena Raine, Madeline Berger, A Shell in the Pit/Finji)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine/SQUARE ENIX)
  • No Longer Home (Humble Grove, Hana Lee, Cel Davison, Adrienne Lombardo, Eli Rainsberry/Fellow Traveler)
Best Community Support
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online (SQUARE ENIX)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Best Mobile Game, Presented by Verizon
  • Fantasian (Mistwalker)
  • Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)
  • MARVEL Future Revolution (Netmarble)
  • Pokemon Unite (TiMi Studios/The Pokemon Company)
Best VR/AR
  • Hitman 3 (IO Interactive)
  • I Expect You To Die 2 (Schell Games)
  • Lone Echo II (Ready at Dawn/Oculus Studios)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Armature Studio/Capcom/Oculus Studios)
  • Sniper Elite VR (Coatsink/Just Add Water/Rebellion Developments)
Best Action
  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock/WB Games)
  • Chivalry II (Torn Banner Studios/Tripwire Interactive)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)
  • Returnal (Housemarque/SIE)
Best Action/Adventure
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
Best Role Playing
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  • Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco)
  • Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlus/Sega)
  • Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco)
Best Fighting
  • Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (CyberConnect2/Sega)
  • Guilty Gear -Strive- (Arc System Works)
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina (French-Bread/Delightworks)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Ludosity/Fair Play Labs/GameMill)
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown (Sega)
Best Family
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Mario Party Superstars (NDcube/Nintendo)
  • New Pokémon Snap (Bandai Namco/The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo)
  • WarioWare: Get It Together! (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Best Sports/Racing
  • F1 2021 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • FIFA 22 (EA Vancouver/EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (Milestone)
  • Riders Republic (Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft)
Best Sim/Strategy
  • Age of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination (Rebellion Developments)
  • Humankind (Amplitude Studios/Sega)
  • Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games/Devolver)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios)
Best Multiplayer
  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock/WB Games)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Knockout City (Velan Studios/EA)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  • New World (Amazon Games)
  • Valheim (Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain)
Most Anticipated, Presented by Prime Gaming
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
Innovation in Accessibility, Presented by Chevrolet
  • Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Creative Bytes Studios/Falling Squirrel)
Content Creator of the Year
  • Dream
  • Fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • TheGrefg
Best Esports Game, Presented by Grubhub
  • Call of Duty (Activision)
  • CS:GO (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)
Best Esports Athlete
  • Chris “Simp” Lehr
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
Best Esports Team
  • Atlanta FaZe (COD)
  • DWG KIA (LOL)
  • Natus Vincere (CS:GO)
  • Sentinels (Valorant)
  • Team Spirit (DOTA2)
Best Esports Coach
  • Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Andrey “ENGH” Sholokhov
  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi
  • James “Crowder” Crowder
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun
Best Esports Event
  • 2021 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
  • The International 2021
  • Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters
 
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Sosokrates

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Yeah, there haven’t been any stellar games this year - what I’d do for a new GTA or ND game. Next year should be much better.

The only thing im hyped for is starfield. While the first GOW had a great story there were some design decisions i did not like, i hope Ragnarok improves the upgrade system I hope its simpler, also the map layout was pretty anoying to navigate, and finally the pacing could be improved.
Ive started horizon zero dawn but heard the main story quests are repetive which puts me off, so I dont know if forbidden west will be better in that area.
 

Raven117

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I got new entry to my favourite RPG all time, so I highly disagree about being weak year. But if all I played was AAA western game then I might have agree with you.
That's fair.

Weak may have been a bit strong of a word. Nothing set my hair on fair this year. Some stuff was good....but I can barely remember most of what I played this year because most didn't make an impact on me.
 

KyoZz

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Everyone's praising Returnal bosses fights while I'm here, thinking it's sooooooo inspired by Furi which was 10 times better in every aspect (except graphically, that makes you wonder....)

 
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JayK47

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I am definitely out of touch when I do not even recognize half the so called GOTY nominees.

And definitely retarded that Forza Horizon 5 is not on there. Racing games get no love.
 

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That's a painful reminder on how bad a year it's been for gaming. Dread gets my vote, it's a good game but a weak GOTY.
 
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TheCockatrice

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Ofc Deathloop is going to win and we all know why. Imagine a game worse in almost every way compared to Prey and Dishonored, being highly praised while its predecessors were not. And this is why I keep telling everyone to stop glorifying critic reviews. Clearly, everyone loves FH5 and I can see why even tho I haven't touched it but God forbid if a racing game won GOTY. Ridiculous.
 
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elliot5

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Ofc Deathloop is going to win and we all know why. Imagine a game worse in almost every way compared to Prey and Dishonored, being highly praised while its predecessors were not. And this is why I keep telling everyone to stop glorifying critic reviews. Clearly, everyone loves FH5 and I can see why even tho I haven't touched it but God forbid if a racing game won GOTY. Ridiculous.
Don't be shy. Say it's because they're black
 

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Vote Fuslie as best content creator of the year, her channel is amazing!

I voted Metroid Dread GOTY and best action of the year, voted Tales of Arise as best RPG, voted FF14 as best community and best ongoing game.
 
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elliot5

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Honestly where was the John linneman for content creator for the DF retro stuff. Streamer of the year nonsense
 
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Pedro Motta

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I mean I love Forza Horizon 5, but I played 4 and 5 back to back and except the graphics there is not much difference between the two. Its a great game a exquisitly crafted, but people have to understand that GOTY are games that push the medium forward, not just graphical upgrades to existing games.
 

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"Best Family"

Wanna bet they're gonna give it to "It Takes Two" because it promotes woke ideals?
 
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The Game awards are a joke they always skip games or "Forget to add games" whatever that means but the fact that Forza horizon 5 and returnal are not on the GOTY list is beyond pathetic. But this is the same company that forgot in 2018 to even list Ace combat 7, Catherine, yakuza 6 and many other games because they didnt have time sure. This is the same company that completely ignored xenobalde chronicles 2 and didnt want to add FF14 to the best continued game list because it would of made Destiny 2 looks bad. I dont think Grand turismo has won anything at the game awards either but its pretty obvious that game reviewer cant play racing games and they also arent found of games that dont hold your hand which is the reason returnal isnt there. I will say that all of the games in the role playing section should be in the GOTY list why because at least they work death loop on pc is still broken how that game has nominations for 8 awards makes as munch since as Control getting a nomination in every category.

Other games this year that are missing : neo world ends you, Ninja gaiden master collection, Hitman 3 "great game", no more heroes 3, ys9, Persona 5 strikers, Bravely default 2, Lost judgment, Death end re, Mass effect legendary edition, Shin megami tensei 3 hd.
 
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Won't be Dread cuz it's not sexy and mainstream enough.

Might be RE8 but then it might be too sexy and mainstream.

Watch it be Psychonauts or Deathloop just because they're in the middle when it comes to mainstream status and they think choosing those will give em some gamer cred.
 
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My GOTY choices would be Deathloop, Returnal, Forza Horizon 5, Metroid Dread, and Death's Door. Surprise of the year would be Scarlet Nexus, i threw down 60-70 hours in that game lol

I feel like the actual awards show is going to choose 'It Takes Two'...Which was a fun game too. RE8 was a bit disappointing, a little too easy, and after all the hype the enemies didn't really live up to all of the promo material leading into the game, kinda felt empty...Loved the atmosphere and look though - last half of that game didn't even feel like Resident Evil or anything really enjoyable for me but I beat it.
 
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