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Here Are Your 2021 Nominees for The Game Awards

The Game Awards 2021

The leaves in southern Ontario have all but fallen. Hot Chocolate is a viable beverage choice once again, and not just the subject of a Baby Yoda meme. And so, that must mean that The Game Awards are upon us again.

It’s a big year for Arkane Studios as their smash-hit Death Loop has managed to… loop in a grand total of nine nominations — and in some of the top categories: Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, and Best Action Game.

For right now, I’m going to simply layout the categories and their nominees so that you know what they are, but keep a lookout on Console Creatures because the full crew will definitely be offering feedback, personal preferences, and maybe even some outlooks based upon the list in the next couple of weeks leading up to the gala event held at live December 9th from 7:00 p.m. t0 11:00 p.m. ET. 

Game of the Year

Description: Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Best Game Direction

Description: Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Returnal
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Narrative

Description: For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Psychonauts 2

Best Art Direction

Description: For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Deathloop
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Artful Escape

Best Score/Music

Description: For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Deathloop
  • Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Artful Escape

Best Audio Design

Description: Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Deathloop
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Returnal

Best Performance

Description: Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Erika Mori, Life is Strange
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Far Cry 6
  • Jason E. Kelley, Deathloop
  • Maggie Robertson, Resident Evil Village
  • Ozioama Akagha, Deathloop

Games for Impact

Description: For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.

  • Before Your Eyes
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • No Longer Home

Best Ongoing Game

Description: Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty: War Zone
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

Best Indie Game

Description: For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • 12 Minutes
  • Death’s Door
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero

Best Debut Indie Game

Description: For the best debut game created by a new independent studio. [You don’t say!]

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Sable
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Forgotten City
  • Valheim

Best Mobile Game

Description: For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Fantasian
  • Genshin Impact
  • League of Legends
  • MARVEL Future Revolution
  • Pokemon Unite

Best Community Support

Description: Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates/patches.

  • Apex Legends: Escape
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky

Best VR/AR Game

Description: For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform. [the more than just a game category!]

  • Hitman III
  • I Expect You to Die 2
  • Lone Echo II
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Sniper Elite VR

Innovation in Accessibility

Description: Recognizing software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

  • Far Cry 6
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Best Action Game

Description: For the best game in the action genre focused primarily on combat.

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Chivalry II
  • Deathloop
  • Far Cry 6
  • Returnal

Best Action/Adventure Game

Description: For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving. [Now with adventure!]

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Metroid Dread
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Psychonauts 2

Best RPG

Description: For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Tales of Arise

Best Fighting Game

Description: For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles
  • Guilty Gear -Strive-
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Best Family Game

Description: For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

  • It Takes Two
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • New Pokémon Snap
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • WarioWare: Get It Together!

Best Sports/Racing Game

Description: For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

  • F1 2021
  • Fifa 22
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Riders Republic

Best SIM/Strategy Game

Description: Best game focused on real time or turn-based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

  • Age of Empires IV
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Humankind
  • Inscryption
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best Multiplayer Game

Description: For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.

  • Back 4 Blood
  • It Takes Two
  • Knockout City
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • New World
  • Valheim

Content Creator of the Year

Description: For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2021.

  • Dream
  • Fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • TheGrefg

Best Esports Athlete

Description: The esports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021, irrespective of game.

  • Chris “Simp” Lehr
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo

Best Esports Coach

Description: The esports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Andrey “ENGH” Sholokhov
  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi
  • James “Crowder” Crowder
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun

Best Esports Event

Description: Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.

  • The International 2021
  • 2021 League of Legends World Championship
  • Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020

Best Esports Game

Description: For the game that has delivered the best overall esports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Call of Duty
  • CS: GO
  • DOTA2
  • League of Legends
  • Valorant

Best Esports Team

Description: Recognizing a specific esports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Atlanta FaZe, Call of Duty
  • DWG KIA, League of Legends
  • NAVI, CS: GO
  • Team Spirit, DOTA2
  • Sentinels, Valorant

Most Anticipated Game

Description: Recognizing an announced game that has demonstrably illustrated potential to push the gaming medium forward.

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Starfield

Phew! That’s it! That’s the list! I feel as though I’ve been stuck in some sort of loop. The selection of the nominations is based on the thoughts of 103 of the leading media and influencer outlets from across the globe, but it’s us, the everyday fans, who get to make the last call! So be sure to vote to start right now!

The Game Awards 2021 air on December 9, 2021, at 8:00 PM ET.

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