The Game Awards 2016 (Predictions)

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The Game Awards return on December 1, 2016!
Presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, host and creator Geoff Keighley will once again be creating a platform to celebrate all of the wonderful video games released throughout the year. With musical guests, world exclusive game reveals and trailers, and the actual awards themselves, it’s bound to be an important evening that you won’t want to miss.

If you don’t live in the area, or aren’t able to travel to attend, then don’t worry!
The whole event will be live streamed on YouTube, Twitch, and The Game Awards official website. Of course, you could always watch an archive of the stream after the fact, but where’s the fun in that?

This year, I thought it would be fun to go through the list of categories and nominations and make my predictions for who/what will win. It’s worth noting that there’s technically two rounds of voting: with a panel of jury’s deciding the official awards and a separate set of categories completely decided by fan’s. I’m only going to be covering the jury selected choices because the fan’s choice category is full of things I have no experience with (like all the e-Sports selections), so without further ado, here’s my predictions for The Game Awards 2016!

JURY SELECTED

1.) Game of the YearRecognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

DOOM – id Software/Bethesda
Inside – PlayDead
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
Titanfall 2 – Respawn/Electronic Arts
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment

My prediction: Overwatch

2.) Best Studio/Game DirectionRecognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

Blizzard for Overwatch
DICE for Battlefield 1
id Software for DOOM
Naughty Dog for Uncharted 4
Respawn for Titanfall 2

My prediction: Blizzard

3.) Best NarrativeFor outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

Firewatch – Campo Santo
Inside – PlayDead
Mafia III – Hangar 13/2K
Oxenfree – Night School Studio
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog

My prediction: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

4.) Best Art DirectionFor outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

Abzu – Giant Squid/505
Firewatch – Campo Santo
Inside – PlayDead
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog

My prediction: Overwatch

5.) Best Music/Sound DesignFor outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.

Battlefield 1 – DICE/Electronic Arts
DOOM – id Software/Bethesda
Inside – PlayDead
Rez Infinite – Enhance Games
Thumper – Drool

My prediction: DOOM

6.) Best PerformanceAward to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay – Mafia III
Cissy Jones as Delilah – Firewatch
Emily Rose as Elena – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Nolan North as Nathan Drake – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Rich Sommer as Henry – Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

My prediction: Nolan North

7.) Games for Impact Award – For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

1979 Revolution – iNK Stories
Block’hood – Plethora Project/Devolver Digital
Orwell – Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack
Sea Hero Quest – Glitchers
That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

My prediction: That Dragon, Cancer

8.) Best Independent GameFor outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

Firewatch – Campo Santo
Hyper Light Drifter – Heart Machine
Inside – PlayDead
Stardew Valley – Concerned Ape/Chucklefish Games
The Witness – Thelka, Inc.

My prediction: Firewatch

9.) Best Mobile/Handheld GameFor the best game playable on portables devices, including mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.

Clash Royale – Supercell
Fire Emblem: Fates – Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
Monster Hunter Generations – Capcom
Pokémon GO – Niantic
Severed – Drinkbox Studios

My prediction: Pokémon GO

10.) Best VR GameFor the best game experience playable in virtual reality.

Batman: Arkham VR – Rocksteady/WBIE
Eve Valkyrie – CCP Games
Job Simulator – Owlchemy Labs
Rez Infinite – Enhance Games
Thumper – Drool

My prediction: Batman: Arkham VR

11.) Best Action GameFor the best games in the action genre focused on combat.

Battlefield 1 – DICE/Electronic Arts
DOOM – id Software/Bethesda
Gears of War 4 – The Coalition/Microsoft Studios
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
Titanfall 2 – Respawn/Electronic Arts

My prediction: DOOM

12.) Best Action/Adventure GameThe best action/adventure games, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

Dishonored 2 – Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks
Hitman – IO Interactive/Square-Enix
Hyper Light Drifter – Heart Machine
Ratchet & Clank – Insomniac Game/Sony Interactive Entertainment
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment

My prediction: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

13.) Best Role Playing GameThe best games designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.

Dark Souls III – From Software/Bandai Namco Entertainment
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine – CD Projekt RED
World of Warcraft: Legion – Blizzard Entertainment
Xenoblade Chronicles X – Monolith Soft/Nintendo

My prediction: The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

14.) Best Fighting Game – For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

Killer Instinct Season 3 – Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios
King of Fighters XIV – SNK/Atlus USA
Pokken Tournament – Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.
Street Fighter V – Capcom

My prediction: Street Fighter V

15.) Best Family Game – Best game appropriate for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres.

Dragon Quest Builders – Square Enix
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens – TT Fusion/WBIE
Pokemon Go – Niantic
Ratchet & Clank – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment
Skylanders: Imaginators – Toy For Bob/Activision

My prediction: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

16.) Best Strategy Game – Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay.

Civilization VI – Firaxis Games/2K
Fire Emblem: Fates – Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
The Banner Saga 2 – Stoic Studios/Versus Evil
Total War: Warhammer – Creative Assembly/Sega
XCOM 2 – Firaxis/2K

My prediction: XCOM 2

17.) Best Sports/Racing Game – For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.

FIFA 17 – EA Canada/EA Sports
Forza Horizon 3 – Playground Games/Microsoft Studios
MLB: The Show 16 – SCE San Diego Studio/SIE
NBA 2K17 – Visual Concepts/2K Sports
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 – PES Production/Konami

My prediction: NBA 2K17

18.) Best Multiplayer Game – For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.

Battlefield 1 – DICE/Electronic Arts
Gears of War 4 – The Coalition/Microsoft Studios
Overcooked – Ghost Town Games/Team 17
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
Rainbow Six: Siege – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
Titanfall 2 – Respawn/Electronic Arts

My prediction: Overwatch

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is my first year doing predictions for the show, so I’m curious to see if I’ll actually get any right. Make sure to check back early next week with my recap of the show, along with my tally of awards I successfully predicted.

– Zack Burrows



 

 

 

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