The Game Awards 2021 have come and gone. Unlike Sonic, they did so very slowly! But with this many awards to hand out and world premiers to get to, I can’t hold Geoff Keighley to the task. So I’ll leave it at that!
It was a big night for Ember Lab! Kena: Bridge of Spirits showed that its spirits won over fans. And in doing so, it won a couple of the most-coveted indie game awards.
Arkane must have felt like they were trapped in a loop because Deathloop took home Best Art Direction for its post-war, utilitarian 60’s island. It also walked away with Best Game Direction.
I told everyone I know that Forza Horizon 5 was going to win both awards it was nominated for. And I’m happy it did!
The full list of winners is here:
All and all, there weren’t really any shockers to this year’s list of winners.
Best Indie Game: Kena: Bridge of Spirits [Ember Lab]
Best Score and Music: Nier Replicant [Square Enix]
Best Performance: Maggie Robertson [Lady Alcina Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village]
Best Action game: Returnal [Housemarque]
Best Role Playing: Tales of Arise [Bandi Namco]
Best Art Direction: Deathloop [Arkane]
Best Multiplayer: It Takes Two [EA]
Best Mobile Game: Genshin Impact [miHoYo]
Best Narrative: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy [Eidos-Montréal]
Content Creator of the Year: Dream
Games for Impact: Life Is Strange: True Colors [Square Enix]
Best Action-Adventure Game: Metroid Dread [Mercury Steam and Nintendo]
Best Ongoing Game: Final Fantasy XIV Online [Square Enix]
Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Horizon 5 [Playground Games]
Innovation in Accessibility: Forza Horizon 5 [Playground Games]
Best Game Direction: Deathloop [Arkane]
Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring [FromSoftware]
Game of the Year: It Takes Two [EA]
Best Esports Athlete: Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Best Esports Team: Natus Vincere
Best Esports Coach: Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun
Best Esports Event: 2021 League of Legends World Championship