The Game Awards 2021 – The Winners

And The Winners Are

It’s that time of the year again where every gamer on this side of the timezones experience an internal battle about whether they’ll stay up, and forgo sleep, to watch the magic of The Game Awards unfold live. If you’re here, then that probably means you chose the more sensible option of getting into bed 2 hours before it even went live. So let’s get into what you’ve missed!

AWARD WINNERS

Games for Impact:

Life is Strange: True Colours – Winner
Before Your Eyes
Boyfriend Dungeon
Chicory
No Longer Home

Esports Awards

Best Player – S1mple
Best Team – NAVI
Best Coach – KKoma
Best Event – Worlds 2021
Best Game – League of Legends

Best Audio Design

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

Best Independent Game

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

Best Performance

Maggie Robertson (Resident Evil Village) – Winner
Erika Mori (Life is Strange: True Colours)
Giancarlo Esposito (Far Cry 6)
Jason Kelly (Deathloop)
Ozioma Akagha (Deathloop)

Best Action Game

Returnal – Winner
Back 4 Blood
Chivalry II
Deathloop
Far Cry 6

Best Art Direction

Deathloop – Winner
Kena: bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Artful Escape

Players’ Voice

Halo Infinite – Winner
Forza Horizon 5
It Takes Two
Metroid Dread
Resident Evil Village

Best Roleplaying Game

Tale of Arise – Winner
Cyberpunk 2077
Monster Hunter Rise
Scarlet Nexus
Shin Megami Tensei V

Best Score & Music

Nier Replicant – Winner
Cyberpunk 2077
Deathloop
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
The Artful Escape

Content Creator of the Year

Dream – Winner
Fuslie
Gaules
Ibai
The Grefg

Best Multiplayer Game

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

Best Mobile Game

Genshin Impact – Winner
Fantasian
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Marvel Future Revolution
Pokemon Unite

Best Narritive

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

Best Action Adventure Game

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

Best Ongoing Game

Final Fantasy XIV Online – Winner
Apex Legends
Call of Duty: Warzone
Genshin Impact
Fortnite

Innovation In Accessibility

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

Best Game Direction

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

Best Family Game

It Takes Two – Winner
Mario Party Superstars
New Pokemon Snap
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Warioware: Get It Together!

Best Fighting Game

Guilty Gear Strive – Winner
Demon Slayer
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Virtua Fighter 5

Best Sim/Strategy

Age of Empires IV – Winner
Evil Genius 2
Humankind
Inscryption
Flight Simulator

Best AR/VR

Resident Evil 4 VR – Winner
Hitman 3
I Expect You To Die 2
Lone Echo II
Sniper Elite VR

Most Anticipated Game

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

Game of the Year

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

Yet another fantastic show this year, truly. It still had some moments where it could have done without the cringe, but we took it like real champs. A really big congratulations to all the games nominated this year, and to the winners in every category! I can’t say that I’m disappointed with any of the outcomes. Surprised perhaps, but not disappointed.

As for all the spicy game announcements! I had a list as long as my arm typed out for every game, and their release date, announced during the award ceremony. But I opted for scrapping the list since it would take me a year just to fully source all the information for this article.

So I left it to the professionals on YouTube and your ability to type “Game Awards Announcements” into a search bar. However, here’s a few to get you started:

What did you think of all the winners and nominees for 2021? Were some of them underserved, or were you pleasantly surprised to see a name on a list? Let us know in the comments!

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