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It’s about that time of the year again, folks: that time where everyone starts reminiscing about the best and brightest of the video game batch for the year. We’ve had games that surprised us, like Wolfenstien: The New Order, and game’s that fell a bit short of our wild expectations, like Watch Dogs. But only a few of this year’s torrent of titles could be nominated for the coveted Game of The Year honor, and during a livestream today on the Game Awards Twitch channel, Geoff Keighley made the official announcement, along with nominees for other categories. Check out the broadcast and complete list for yourself right below:

Watch live video from thegameawards on Twitch

Game of the Year

Bayonetta 2 – Platinum Games/Nintendo
Dark Souls II – FROM Software/Bandai Namco
Dragon Age: Inquisition – BioWare/EA
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith/Warner Bros.

Best Shooter

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer/Activision
Destiny – Bungie/Activision
Far Cry 4 – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
Titanfall – Respawn/EA
Wolfenstein: The New Order – MachineGames/Bethesda

Best Action/Adventure

Alien: Isolation – Creative Assembly/Sega
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Ubisoft
Bayonetta 2 – Platinum Games/Nintendo
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith/Warner Bros.
Sunset Overdrive – Insomniac/Microsoft

Best Role Playing Game

Bravely Default – Square Enix
Dark Souls II – From Software/Bandai Namco
Divinity: Original Sin – Larian Studios
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Bioware/EA
South Park: The Stick of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft

Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct: Season Two – Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – Arc System Works/Atlus
Super Smash Bros. 3DS – Nintendo
Super Smash Bros. Wii U – Nintendo
Ultimate Street Fighter IV – Capcom

Best Family Game

Disney Infinity 2.0 – Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive Studios
Fantasia: Music Evolved – Harmonix/Disney Interactive Studios
Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
Skylanders: Trap Team – Toys for Bob/Activision
Tomodachi Life – Nintendo

Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 15 – EA Canada/EA Sports
Forza Horizon 2 – Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft
Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo
NBA 2K15 – Visual Concepts/2K Sports
Trials Fusion – RedLynx/Ubisoft

Best Online Experience

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer Games/Activision
Dark Souls II – From Software/Bandai Namco
Destiny – Bungie/Activision
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard
Titanfall – Respawn/EA

Best Mobile/Handheld

Bravely Default – Square Enix
Monument Valley – Ustwo
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Nintendo
Threes – Asher Vollmer, illustrator Greg Wohlwend, and composer Jimmy Hinson

Best Remaster

Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – 343 Industries/Microsoft
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – Game Freak/Nintendo
The Last of Us – Naughty Dog/Sony
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

Best Narrative

South Park: The Stick of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft
The Walking Dead Season 2 – Telltale Games
The Wolf Among Us – Telltale Games
Valiant Hearts – Ubisoft
Wolfenstein: The New Order – Machine Games/Bethesda

Best Score/Soundtrack

Alien: Isolation – Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, The Creative Assembly/Sega
Child of Light – Coeur de pirate, Ubisoft Montreal
Destiny – Marty O’Donnell, Bungie/Activision
Sunset Overdrive – Boris Salchow, Insomniac Games/Microsoft
Transistor – Darren Korb, Supergiant Games

Best Independent Game

Broken Age Part 1 – Double Fine
Monument Valley – Ustwo
Shovel Knight – Cellar Door
Transistor – Supergiant Games
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – The Astronauts

Games for Change

Mountain – David O’Reilly/Double Fine Presents
Never Alone – Upper One Games
The Last of Us: Left Behind – Naughty Dog/Sony
This War of Mine – 11bit Studios
Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft

eSports Player of the Year

Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson – League of Legends
Xu “Fy” Linsen – Dota 2
James “Firebat” Kostesich – Hearthstone
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund – Counter-Strike: GO
Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag – Call of Duty

eSports Team of the Year

Samsung White – League of Legends
Evil Geniuses – Dota 2
Edward Gaming – League of Legends
Newbee – Dota 2
Ninjas in Pajamas – Counter-Strike: GO

Trending Gamer

Evan “Vanoss” Fong
Jeff Gerstmann

Best Fan Creation

BEST Zelda Rap EVER!! By Egoraptor
Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song) by Tobuscus
Minecraft – TITAN City by Colonial Puppet
Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

Developer of the Year

Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal

Best Performance

Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us – Telltale Games
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Sledgehammer Games/Activision
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two – Telltale Games
Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft
Troy Baker as Talion, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith/Warner Bros.

Most Anticipated Game – (To be voted on by fans)

Batman: Arkham Knight – Rocksteady/Warner Bros.
Bloodborne – FROM Software/Sony
Evolve – Turtle Rock/2K Games
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Naughty Dog/Sony

The Game Awards will be honoring different titles, development studios, e-sports teams, and popular game enthusiast across over 20 different categories– the Game of The Year award being the highest honor of the event. The nominees for GOTY include the ridiculously difficult Dark Souls II, Blizzard‘s addicting card battle title Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the Tolkien-infused action game that took many by surprise Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Nintendo’s most adult game ever Bayonetta 2, and the recently released Bioware RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’d say this is quite a diverse list, especially in comparison to previous years. If I had to put my money on one of these to win, it would be on… well, I’ll wait until PLAY to dish out my thoughts on that.

Which game do you think will win Game of the Year? Are there any titles that you believe deserve to be on this list? Vote for yourself in the comments below.

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  1. no love for lords of shadow 🙁 makes me sad

  2. default says:

    Where is Path of Exile?