The Game Awards 2016 Post-Show Wrap-Up

Ana ValensDec 2, 2016
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The 2016 Game Awards were hosted on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles to wide interest across the gaming community. The night had its highs and lows, and now that Thursday night has come and gone, here’s some of the highlights from the event:

Viewers have been excited over the brand new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailers that premiered during the 2016 Awards show. There were two videos shown. One was a trailer for Breath of the Wild, exploring the game’s various settings available once the title lands on Nintendo Switch and Wii U next year. The other trailer featured official gameplay footage from the game, showcasing how Breath of the Wild looks and feels as development continues.

Death Stranding also received a brand new trailer, this time featuring another major actor: Mads Mikkelsen. The latest trailer revealed a bit more about the setting, introducing a war-torn setting that combines squirmy, tentacle-like creatures with military squadrons. Babies also feature again in this trailer as an important plot point. No word yet what Death Stranding is about, but Mikkelsen’s appearance certainly has players intrigued.

Thursday night wasn’t a perfect night, of course. Of particular note was the awkward Schick Hydro mascot, which looked like a Master Chief costume with an enormous razor for a head. The “Best Fighting Game” category was also met with controversy across the gaming community, with many fighting game fans arguing that Street Fighter V was not a strong choice for a winner. Part of the bad blood comes from Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel failing to hit the Game Awards, despite attempts from NIS and also critics such as Jeff Gerstmann giving the game a nomination.

Listed below are the various categories and winners announced for this year’s Game Awards:

Game of the Year

Winner: Overwatch
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Titanfall 2

Best Game Direction

Winner: Blizzard (Overwatch)
Respawn (Titanfall 2)
id Software (Doom)
DICE (Battlefield 1)
Naughty Dog (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)

Best Narrative

Winner: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Mafia III

Best Art Direction

Winner: Inside
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Music/Sound Design

Winner: DOOM
Battlefield 1
Rez Infinite

Best Performance

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

Games for Impact

Winner: That Dragon, Cancer
Sea Hero Quest
1979 Revolution

Best Independent Game

Winner: Inside
Stardew Valley
Hyper Light Drifter
The Witness

Best Mobile/Handheld

Winner: Pokemon Go
Clash Royale
Monster Hunter Generations
Fire Emblem Fates

Best VR Game

Winner: Rez Infinite
Job Simulator
EVE: Valkyrie
Batman: Arkham VR

Best Action Game

Winner: DOOM
Battlefield 1
Gears of War 4
Titanfall 2

Best Action/Adventure Game

Winner: Dishonored 2
Ratchet & Clank
Hyper Light Drifter
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best RPG

Winner: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, Blood and Wine
Dark Souls 3
World of Warcraft: Legion
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Xenoblade Chronicles X

Best Fighting Game

Winner: Street Fighter V
Pokken Tournament
King of Fighters XIV
Killer Instinct Season 3

Best Strategy Game

Winner: Civilization 6
Fire Emblem Fates
The Banner Saga 2
Total War: Warhammer

Best Family Game

Winner: Pokemon Go
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dragon Quest Builders
Ratchet & Clank
Skylanders: Imaginators

Best Sports/Racing

Winner: Forza Horizon 3
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2k17
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Best Multiplayer

Winner: Overwatch
Battlefield 1
Gears of War 4
Titanfall 2
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Most Anticipated Game

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Red Dead Redemption 2
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Horizon: Zero Dawn
God of War

Trending Gamer

Winner: Boogie2988
Danny O’Dwyer

Best Fan Creation

Brutal Doom 64
Endreal: The Shards of Order

Best ESports Player

Winner: Coldzera

Best ESports Team

Winner: Cloud 9
ROX Tigers
SK Gaming
Wings Gaming
SK Telecom T1

Best ESports Game

Winner: Overwatch
League of Legends
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Street Fighter V