Game Awards 2019 Nominees and also Predictions


The Game Awards is the computer game sector’s largest event of the year, recognizing the current and also biggest in video gaming. The 2019 event is just a couple of days away and also the candidates for this year’s numerous honors have actually been introduced. 

The 2019 Game of the Year candidates are ControlDeath Stranding, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and also The Outer Worlds. Other video games with a minimum of 3 elections consist of Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Disco Elysium, Final Fantasy XIV, Fortnite, Gris, Outer Wilds, and also Sayonara Wild Hearts.

Nominees will certainly be recognized at the honor event on Thursday, December 12 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 5: 30 pm PT/8: 30 pm ET. Here’s the complete listing of candidates:

Game of the Year

Control (Remedy/505 Games)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Death Stranding got several elections for a video game launched so near to this specific honors reveal, so we’re preferring it very throughout this listing in regards to most likely victors. At the extremely the very least, we believe it’s the runaway fave for this group, also if it’s not really the very best video game of the year. 

Assuming Death Stranding does not win, Control and also Resident Evil 2 are one of the most likely dismayed prospects. The Outer Worlds, Sekiro, and also Super Smash Bros. all seem like somewhat longer shots, a little as well particular niche to take the leading reward, however we definitely believe they’re all deserving of remaining in the conversation for the very best video games of the year. 

Best Game Direction

Control (Remedy/505 Games)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)

Once once more, this seems like Death Stranding‘s group to shed. Hideo Kojima has actually placed himself as one of minority prominent “auteurs” in AAA video gaming, and also Death Stranding is most definitely the item of his special vision (for all the great and also negative that involves). We believe he obtains the win, and also we believe he deserves it for this specific group. 

Outer Wilds is an interesting dismayed prospect, however we’re not totally certain that “direction” in the typical feeling of that term is actually what makes that video game fantastic. Given the nature of this specific honor, after that, we would certainly offer somewhat greater dismayed probabilities to the fantastic Control

Best Narrative

A Plague Tale: Innocence (Asobo/Focus Home)

Control (Remedy/505)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)

The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

This is definitely the hardest significant group to anticipate this year. 

Our vibrant hunch of the evening is that Death Stranding does not leave with this set. Its tale is intriguing, however the video game’s story as it’s composed might really be just one of the weak aspects of the experience. That leaves us considering the various other prospects in this group. 

A Plague Tale: Innocence definitely deserves its election, however it does not have the energy of a few of the various other candidates. Disco Elysium supplies among one of the most intricate, fully grown, and also dark tales of the year, however the what’s what is that indies typically battle in this (and also various other prominent) groups at this specific program. 

That leaves us with Control and also The Outer Worlds. Both should have the honor, however we agree to wager that this is where Control leaves with an extremely just win after possibly being snubbed somewhere else. 

Best Art Direction

Control (Remedy/505)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)

Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)

This is a peculiar group that is once more highlighted by the existence of 2 of the highest-profile video games of this specific honors reveal: Control and also Death Stranding. While there’s a possibility that both video games might creep away with the win, we prefer bank on among the smaller sized candidates to leave with an honor. 

Gris seems like the favored below. It has one of the most certainly stunning and also special art design, and also its inconspicuous nature suggests that it likely would have never ever gotten an election below unless it was a solid prospect. 

Best Score/Music

Cadence of Hyrule (Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)

Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)

Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)

This group isn’t almost as piled as it was in 2014 when Celeste, God of War, and also Red Dead Redemption 2 were all top-tier prospects. Honestly, we would certainly be stunned if either Death Stranding or Devil May Cry 5 does not leave with the win. 

Of those 2 video games, Death Stranding seems like the more powerful total prospect. Devil May Cry 5‘s steel styles stand for a rejuvenating adjustment of rate from the “typical” video gaming soundtrack options, however Death Stranding‘s use qualified and also initial songs in a large-world setup advises us of the 2018 champion in this group, Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Audio Design

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Control (Remedy/505)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

We’d be great with any one of these video games leaving with the win below as each of them stands for a substantial technical success in this specific area. However, we believe that this is Control‘s honor to shed. Not just is its audio style practically fantastic, however the nature of the video game’s tale and also gameplay (which sees you handle the effects of interdimensional meddling) suggests that the title’s fantastic audio style is much more noticeable throughout the experience. Who could fail to remember the limitless shouting that mirrors via the corridors of the Oldest House?

Best Performance

Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb, The Outer Worlds

Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden, Control

Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz, Gears 5

Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding

Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling, Control

Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding

If we were really banking on these groups, we would certainly place cash on Mads Mikkelsen. We talked prior to regarding exactly how it seems like Death Stranding is entering this honors reveal with specific benefits, and also Mads Mikkelsen is a top-level (and also precious) movie and also tv star, which is something that significant video game honor programs have typically place a great deal of supply in. 

However, we likewise believe that Ashly Burch and also Courtney Hope are solid prospects. Hope may have the minor benefit because of her top efficiency, however Burch attracted awards throughout the board for her efficiency as The Outer Worlds‘ most precious friend.

Games for Impact

Concrete Genie (Pixelopus/SIE)

Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)

Kind Words (Popcannibal)

Life is Strange 2 (Dontnod/Square Enix)

Sea of Solitude (Jo-Mei Games/EA)

We do not believe any type of video game is entering this group with a remarkable benefit, which suggests that it’s a real honor program toss-up. However, the clever cash gets on Gris. It’s a thematically made complex and also creatively stunning tale regarding a girl’s trip via unbelievable scenarios, and also a deserving prospect that likewise got some love somewhere else in these elections. 

Best Ongoing Game

Apex Legends (Respawn)

Destiny 2 (Bungie)

Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Let’s break these down a little bit, shall we? 

Apex Legends really decreased in appeal as the year took place, so we do not believe it obtains the win. Destiny 2 remains in a little an odd state right now, so it possibly will not leave with the honor, either. Rainbow Six Siege and also Final Fantasy XIV are definitely deserving prospects, however we have actually seen them shed this specific group prior to. 

That leaves us with one of the most likely champion, Fortnite. In Epic’s protection, Fortnite has actually appreciated a respected year of consistent web content updates, so we seem like it’s relatively deserving of the win in this circumstances.

Best Independent Game

Baba Is You (Hempuli)

Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)

Katana ABSOLUTELY NO (Askiisoft/Devoler)

Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)

Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)

This is a definitely packed group that just includes one candidate (Katana ABSOLUTELY NO) that does not seem like a real challenger. Considering that many individuals seemed like Outer Wilds was snubbed for a GOTY election, however, we believe it obtains the win below.

Untitled Goose Game is really a fascinating dark steed prospect, and also Baba is You and also Disco Elysium likewise should have the honor although that they likely do not have the energy and also buzz of a few of the various other video games on this listing. 

Best Mobile Game

Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios/Activision)

GRINDSTONE (Capybara Games)

Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)

Sky: Children of Light (Thatgamecompany)

What the Golf? (Tribland)

Call of Duty: Mobile is one of the most prominent candidate on this listing, however we believe the win mosts likely to GRINDSTONE. The video game is one-part method, one-part activity, one-part problem video game, and also 100% habit forming. It’s without a doubt the very best video game in the Apple Arcade schedule, and also it’s truthfully deserving of factor to consider for GOTY honors (also if it’s out that specific shortlist). 

Best Community Support

Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

Destiny 2 (Bungie)

Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

We’re not totally certain we comprehend the requirements for this video game taking into consideration that the candidates are precisely the like the ones in the Best Ongoing Game group. It truthfully really feels unnecessary. 

Unless this is a reason to offer Fortnite 2 honors this year rather than its normal one, we believe that Final Fantasy XIV or Destiny 2 may really grab the win below because of the truth that each title delighted in a substantial overhaul that was driven (partially) by neighborhood comments. 

Best VR/AR Game

Asgard’s Wrath (Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)

Blood & Truth (SIE London Studio/SIE)

Beat Saber (Beat Games)

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Trover Saves the Universe (Squanch Games)

There’s actually no argument below. Unless something genuinely surprising occurs, the fantastic Beat Saber will certainly win for its basic VR-fueled rhythm gameplay.

Best Action Game

Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

Astral Chain (Platinum Games/Nintendo)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom)

Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

Metro Exodus (4A Games/Deep Silver)

This is sort of a fascinating group that highlights a couple of titles that aren’t obtaining love somewhere else. We do not believe Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will certainly obtain the win, however it’s usually in the conversation. Devil May Cry 5 seems like a most likely (and also deserving) prospect, however our hearts really head out to Astral Chain in this circumstances. It really did not obtain almost the love that it should have at launch, however it may simply be the Switch’s ideal activity video game and also among one of the most underrated significant titles of 2019. 

Best Action/Adventure Game

Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)

Control (Remedy/505 Games)

Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)

Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

Again, this seems like a somewhat unnecessary group, however we’ll carry on. 

Control will possibly take the win below as it will likely shed the GOTY honor to Death Stranding. We might truthfully see Sekiro likewise obtaining the win for that exact same factor, however Control definitely seems like the various other (deserving) beloved of this program. 

Best RPG

Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)

Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (Capcom)

The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division) 

The Outer Worlds is greater than a pseudo-sequel to Fallout: New Vegas. It’s a remarkably composed, properly designed video game in its very own right that stands as one of Obsidian’s most full RPGs in years. It’s a ready “pure” RPG followers, however it makes clever giving ins that open its ideal attributes to those that do not generally succumb to this design of video game. There’s no question that The Outer Worlds will certainly win this group.

Best Fighting Game

Dead or Alive 6 (Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo)

Jump Force (Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco)

Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm/WBIE)

Samurai Showdown (SNK/Athlon)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

In a year without Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mortal Kombat 11 would possibly get hold of the win. However, the attraction of Nintendo’s battling title is simply as well solid. To be reasonable, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an excellent video game that likewise seems like a party of the Smash Bros. franchise business up until this factor. It’s the nearly ensured champion of this group. 

Best Family Game

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Next Level Games/Nintendo)

Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

Yoshi’s Crafted World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Here’s an additional group that is a lot, a lot harder to anticipate than it might at first show up. 

Ring Fit Adventure and also Yoshi’s Crafted World seem like the strange ones out, so we’ll remove them currently. Smash Bros. is fantastic, however it’s well-represented somewhere else as well as likewise truthfully seems like somewhat much less of a “family” video game. That leaves us with Super Mario Maker 2 and also Luigi’s Mansion 3. Of those 2, we would certainly lean in the direction of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for its fantastic co-op gameplay, pleasant style, and also fantastic visuals. 

Best Strategy Game

Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Triumph Studios/Paradox)

Anno 1800 (Blue Byte/Ubisoft)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)

Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Tropico 6 (Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media)

Wargroove (Chucklefish)

We’re mosting likely to presume that They Are Billions missed out on the reduced below because of its odd Early Access launch framework. In any type of situation, one of the most likely prospects are Anno 1880 and also Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Honestly, video games like Anno are hardly ever stood for at The Game Awards, however also if they were, Fire Emblem‘s improvements of the franchise business’s most noteworthy auto mechanics make it a rewarding and also solid challenger for this honor. 

Best Sports/Racing Game

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Beenox/Activision)

DUST Rally 2.0 (Codemasters)

eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PES Productions/Konami)

F1 2019 (Codemasters)

FIFA 20 (EA Sports)

*Looks at prospects*

*Flips coin*

*Shrugs*

FIFA 20

Best Multiplayer Game

Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Tetris 99 (Arika/Nintendo)

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

Once once more, the name brand name charm of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is most likely as well solid to overlook. We’re likewise unsure why Fortnite had not been chosen, however its lack unlocks for Modern Warfare or, perhaps, Apex Legends to win. 

However, Tetris 99 is a rather engaging dark steed prospect that simply might shock everybody en path to a triumph. Don’t be as well surprised if it grabs sufficient ballots. 

Fresh Indie Game Presented by Subway

ZA/UM for Disco Elysium

Nomada Studio for Gris

DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro

Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds

Mega Crit for Slay the Spire

House House for Untitled Goose Game

We can not await a future in which every honor at this program is branded, however if you overlook that blazing promotion, you’ll locate that this is really among one of the most affordable groups in the program. 

Our ideal hunch is that Outer Wilds winds up getting hold of an additional win below, however Slay the Spire, Gris, and also Disco Elysium are all unbelievably solid prospects that likewise show up somewhere else in this program. Honestly, Untitled Goose Game may likewise have the meme energy required to obtain a win. 

Content Creator of the Year

Courage – Jack Dunlop

Dr. Lupo – Benjamin Lupo

Ewok – Soleil Wheeler

Grefg – David Martínez

Shroud – Michael Grzesiek

To be truthful, this author is just actually acquainted with Shroud, so I’m choosing him. It does not injure that he’s preferred, enjoyable, and also actually, actually efficient computer game.

Best Esports Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

DOTA2 (Valve)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

League of Legends (Riot Games)

Overwatch (Blizzard)

The Overwatch League diminished a little bit in 2019, so Overwatch possibly will not leave with the win below. Fortnite had an additional effective year, however we do not recognize if it has the international esports authority of a few of the various other titles on this listing. 

As such, we’ll choose Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the somewhat unexpected champion. The CS: GO scene continues to be dynamic, and also the video game’s biggest affordable occasions still attract numerous visitors on Twitch and also various other systems. 

Best Esports Player

Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)

Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom, League of Legends)

Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic

*Looks at prospects*

*Flips coin*

*Shrugs*

FIFA 20

John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read even more of his job below. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9.

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