As 2019 draws to a close it is time to look back at what the year had to offer. With The Game Awards being the closest thing video games will ever get to the Oscars, I donned my digital tux and tuned in this past Thursday, excited to see who would be honored and what surprises Geoff Keighley had up his magical sleeves. While I could certainly feel the love for the industry from the crowd, guests, and Keighley himself, it’s really just a two-and-a-half hour commercial with 30 minutes of awards that was mostly a slog to get through. Lucky for you I watched it and am here to tell you the important bits.
While it was often boring there were two moments that really stole the show. The band CHVRCHES performed their original and titular song for Death Stranding. As someone who had heard of CHVRCHES but never actually listened to them, I found myself greatly enjoying the performance as well as the music itself. I will be digging into their discography over the weekend.
Second, there was a really fun moment with some Muppets. I am a huge sucker for Muppets and they did not disappoint. Poking fun at VR headsets as well as Untitled Goose Game was great fun and really added some humor to the rather dull affair. With all that said, let’s jump into the premieres and awards of the night!
No More Heroes III
Bravely Default II
Sons of the Forest
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
Xbox Series X
There were plenty of other announcements last night but these were the noteworthy ones. Games like Warframe and Apex Legends had content announcements throughout the night as well. When I wasn’t too busy spacing out between commercials, I was able to keep track of the awards that often came at a rapid pace.
Best Art Direction: Control
Best Narrative: Disco Elysium
Best Score: Death Stranding
Games For Impact: Gris
Best Audio Design: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
Best Performance: Mads Mikkelsen for Death Stranding
Best RPG: Disco Elysium
Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Best Action Game: Devil May Cry 5
Best Action/Adventure Game: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Best Multiplayer Game: Apex Legends
Best Mobile Game: Call of Duty Mobile
Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite (Sorry Final Fantasy XIV fans…I mean Gamer Escape readers.)
Best Community Support: Destiny 2
Best VR/AR Game: Beat Saber
Best Family Game: Luigi’s Mansion 3
Best Strategy Game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Best Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled
Best Indie Game: Disco Elysium
Fresh Indie Game: Disco Elysium
Content Creator of the Year: Shroud
Best Esports Game: League of Legends
Best Esports Player: Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf (Fortnite)
Best Esports Coach: Danny “Zonic” Sorensen for Astralis (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Best Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019
Best Esports Host: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Best Esports Team: G2 Esports (League of Legends)
Best Game Direction: Death Stranding
Game of the Year: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Again, there were many categories throughout the night, most of which apparently weren’t worthy of the big stage. While there were a few fun moments, there was not much to look at here. If you would like to see for yourself, however, you can watch the broadcast in full here.
If you aren’t happy with these awards don’t worry! Gamer Escape will be along soon with our own Best of 2019 to settle your minds so keep your eyes out! For the time being, check out our Best of 2018!
Featured image courtesy of The Game Awards.