The Game Awards - Nominees and Predictions

The Game Awards are almost here and it’s time to get excited. While we await to see what games will get revealed and which nominees will win their respective categories, I’ve put together the list of this years nominations and added my predictions of the outcome.

Before we go over the current nominee lineup, did you hear that we might be seeing the reveal of Crash Team Racing? Fans have been asking for CTR remastered, for sometime now. Personalities in the video game industry have been receiving giant orange rearview mirror dice, delivered to their door. It seems like the type of rumor/speculation that you can be confident in. No grain of salt needed. I surely hope this happens. Do you?

Rumors that Ubisoft will be announcing a new Far Cry title that will be a post-apocalyptic spin-off of the series, have been going around the web as of late. Also, we could be seeing the announcement of Dragon Age 4, during the show. The show is certainly going to be entertaining with some great announcements, even if these rumors don’t pan out.

Moving onto the nominees for the 2018 Video Game Awards, here are my predictions to follow. Be sure to share your predictions in the comments!

Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Monster Hunter: World
Red Dead Redemption 2

This is a tough choice. I have a feeling that Read Dead Redemption 2, will take this category, but it could also go to GoW, Spider-Man or Monster Hunter. I don’t think Celeste nor AC-Odyssey really stack up against the other titles.

Best Action Game
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Dead Cells
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Far Cry 5
Mega Man 11

Honestly, I think Far Cry 5 should take this category, but I have a feeling that BO4 will win it.

Best Action/Adventure Game
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Another tough one. I want to give this to Spider-Man. While I thoroughly love all the other titles, Spider-Man takes it. At least for me.

Best Role Playing Game
Dragon Quest XI
Monster Hunter: World
Ni no Kuni II
Octopath Traveler
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

I actually only played the first three titles and did not try the last 2. I am positive that Monster Hunter: World, will be the winner. I will be surprised if I get this one wrong.

Best Game Direction
A Way Out
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

A Way Out is probably going to win this category. I could see Detroit or GoW winning, but A Way Out feels right to me.

Best Narrative
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Detroit: Becoming Human is the likely winner, in my opinion. God of War has a really great story though. I actually prefer all the other narratives on the list more than I do Detroit, but this isn't about my preference, it's about the Video Game Awards.

Best Ongoing Game
Destiny 2: Forsaken
No Man’s Sky
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

I have a feeling that Fortnite will be walking away the winner, but I feel like Overwatch deserves it. NMS has come a long way since it stumbled out of the gates, but I just don’t see it happening.

Best Art Direction
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
God of War
Octopath Traveler
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

I am leaning toward God of War for this one. AC and Red Dead also look amazing, so this could be any of those 3 titles. I don’t think Octopatch or Obra Dinn will win over the other 3.

Best Score/Music
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Octopath Traveler
Red Dead Redemption 2

Rack up another win for Red Dead Redemption 2. I think Spider-Man could possibly take it, but we will see.

Best Audio Design
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Forza Horizon 4
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

I feel like this is down to Forza and BO4. I’m going to say BO4 will take it, but I won’t surprised if Forza wins it either.

Best Independent Game
Dead Cells
Intro the Breach
Return of the Obra Dinn
The Messenger

I believe Celeste will win this category, simply based on the fact that Celeste is also nominated for Game of the Year.

Best Performance
Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II
Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

I’m going to throw God of War another bone here. Honestly, I find it difficult to even choose a possible winner. All their performances were excellent .

Games for Impact
11-11 Memories Retold
Life is Strange 2
The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

I’m gunning for Life is Strange 2. I’m not really sure why, but I think LIS2, is a dead ringer. Am I psychic? No, but thats aside from the point.

Best Mobile Game
Donut County
Reigns: Game of Thrones

Donut Country is already game of the year on Apple's App store, so I’m going to guess the trend will continue on The Game Awards.

Best VR/AR Game
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Firewall Zero Hour
Tetris Effect

VR fans love both Beat Saber and Tetris Effect. I think Tetris will be the overall winner in this one.

Best Fighting Game
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Soul Caliber VI
Street Fighter V Arcade

Soul Caliber VI will take the win here. DBZ might come out on top, but I don’t think so.

Best Family Game
Mario Tennis Aces
Nintendo Labo
Overcooked 2
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party has a strong chance to take the win. I think Starlink has a shot, but Mario Party will probably overshadow Starlink in this category.

Best Sports/Racing Game
Forza Horizon 4
Mario Tennis Aces
NBA 2K19
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

I can’t imagine that FIFA 19 will lose in this category. I’m sure FIFA takes it.

Best Multiplayer Game
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Monster Hunter: World
Sea of Thieves

Black Ops $ should take this title, but I wouldn’t be surprised of Fortnite wins it. I would hate that, but wouldn't be surprised.

Best Student Game
Combat 2018
Dash Quasar
RE: Charge

Combat 2018? Maybe?

Best Debut Indie Game
Donut County
The Messenger
Yoku’s Island Express

It’s gotta be Moss. I would be shocked to see any of these other titles win it.

Best eSports Game
League of Legends

Overwatch will win this one. I can’t explain it, but I just think Overwatch will take the cake and eat it too!

Best eSports Player
Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Sung-hygeon “JJoNak” Bang

I don’t even have input on this category… I don’t know any of these players listed.

Best eSports Team
London Spitfire

I’m in a toss up between Fnatic and OG. I wanna throw it toward OG.

Best eSports Coach
Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
Christian “ppasarel” Banaseanu
Danny “zonic” Sorensen
Dylan Falco
Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
Janko “YNk” Paunovic

Same dilemma I had with the “best esports player” category. Not a clue who these guys are.

Best eSports Event
ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
EVO 2018
League of Legends World Championship
Overwatch League Grand Finals
The International 2018

I think ELEAGUE Major will win the category. League of Legends was my first thought.

Best eSports Host
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
Alex “Machine” Richardson
Anders Blume
Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

It’s gotta be Alex “Machine” Richardson. Hands down, its the Machine!

Best eSports Moment
C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
G2 beating RNG
KT vs IG Base Race
OG’s massive upset of LGD
SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

C9’s comeback win, was pretty amazing. The C9 win is surely the winner here. At least in my eyes.

Content Creator of the Year
Dr. Lupo

I’m guessing that Ninja, wins this one. His popularity continues to grow. I’m not a fan, but kudos to him.

Favorite Moment of 2017
Carol Shaw (Industry Icon)
The Game Awards Orchestra (Performance)
Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro (Moment)
Josef Fares (A Way Out)
Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Game of the year)

This isn’t even close to a toss up for me. I think the Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro moment, will definitely win.

There we have it. All of this year's nominees. I am sure we are in for some real treats this year. The Game Awards start at 8:30 p.m. EST, 5:30 PAC, on December 6th. Will you be watching or possibly even be there?