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The Game Awards: From God Of War Ragnarok to Stray, our picks for winning on gaming’s Oscars night

Gaming’s biggest night – the industry’s closest thing to its own Academy Awards – is upon us.

Live from Los Angeles in just a few days, the Game Awards will celebrate the best the medium has to offer this year, honoring everything from the biggest blockbusters to the smallest independent debuts.

Gaming reporter Martin Kimber and Technology reporter Tom Acres are here with their picks for some of the most competitive categories – and you can keep scrolling to see the full list of nominees.

best game

A Plague Tale: Requiem
elden ring
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon forbidden west
Stray
Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Martin’s choice: Horizon Forbidden West

It’s very difficult to pull off a successful sequel, but Guerrilla Games did just that. You’ll struggle to find a prettier game with a bigger, more expansive map. It offers great replayability so it’s great value for money, it’s addictive, and did I mention it’s pretty? Plus, robotic dinosaurs! What’s not to like?!

Tom’s choice: Stray

Quite a debut from French indie studio BlueTwelve Studio. This surprisingly moving dystopian adventure painted a bleak but hopeful picture of the fragility of life and how it endures. Not content with nuanced commentary on capitalism and its impact on the planet, you also play a very cute cat. And there’s a meow button!

Best Narrative

A Plague Tale: Requiem
elden ring
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon forbidden west
immortality

Martin’s choice: Horizon Forbidden West

In the first Horizon, it felt like the developers took the concept of robotic dinosaurs and built the whole game around that idea. However, this sequel offers a much more fleshed out story and will captivate even the players who just want to take on a mechanized Velociraptor with a bow and arrow.

Tom’s Choice: God Of War Ragnarok

God Of War’s reinvention four years ago was a triumph, taking vengeful protagonist Kratos out of his Greek comfort zone and into Norse mythology – with a son, no less. The stranger in a strange land was inherently less novel this time around, but its transformation from one of the game’s most two-dimensional fleshheads into a touching and relatable depiction of fatherhood goes from strength to strength, with quite an emotional payoff.

Best Art Direction

elden ring
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon forbidden west
contempt
Stray

Martin’s Choice: God Of War Ragnarok

I recently played this with some friends who really couldn’t tell the difference between the cinematics and the gameplay. Basically, if you want a playable, violent Pixar movie, this is the game for you.

Tom’s Choice: Elden Ring

FromSoftware’s games have always boasted tremendous artistic direction, and each has brought its dark, imaginative tendencies to a wider audience. Elden Ring was a collaboration with Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin, which is evident by the sheer scope and detail of his world. There is an almost unimaginable level of variety, and every corner you turn inevitably offers something new. Best art or not, she definitely has the most.

Best Family Game

Kirby and the forgotten land
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Nintendo Switch Sports
turn 3

Martin’s choice: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

If I could give this game all of the above awards, I would. It’s been so long since they’ve released any of these that I was afraid they were messing around with the perfect recipe – but they weren’t. Collectible figures, stud multipliers, and hilarious cinematics all return. A must for everyone Family member (and Star Wars nerd).

Tom’s choice: Nintendo Switch Sports

I didn’t realize how much I missed the thrill of family competition in Wii Sports until its spiritual successor came to Nintendo’s Switch console. As with the original, your mileage will vary with each sport and tennis and bowling remain by far the best, but each is enhanced with much more precise movement controls and online multiplayer.

Best Multiplayer Game

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
MultiVersus
surveillance 2
turn 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Martin’s choice: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Boy this game is hard. It’s so hard to bloom. I haven’t died that many times in a game since…well, never. But the new multiplayer maps are well designed, the gunplay is satisfying and balanced, and it’s fast. Infinity Ward has had a long time to perfect the FPS formula and they have done just that.

Tom’s choice: Splatoon 3

Infinity Ward may have perfected the FPS formula, but Nintendo has a monopoly on futuristic paintball. Splatoon 3 was a lot more of the same, with an emphasis on more. While the fast-paced games and tight controls were familiar to anyone who’s played previous installments, an expanded selection of maps, modes, and weapons made it a worthy entry into a series that, nearly six years after its debut, is unlike anything else.

Best game direction

elden ring
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon forbidden west
immortality
Stray

Best score and music

A Plague Tale: Requiem
elden ring
God of War Ragnarok
Metal: Hellsinger
Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Audio Design

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
elden ring
God of War Ragnarok
Gran Turismo 7
Horizon forbidden west

best performance

Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West
Charlotte McBurney, A Plague Tale: Requiem
Christopher Judge, god of war Ragnarok
Manon Gage, Immortality
Sunny Suljic, god of war Ragnarok

games for effect

A blue memory
As Dusk Falls
citizen sleeper
Endling – Extinction is forever
indulgence
I was a teenage exocolonist

Best Running Game

Apex Legends
destiny 2
Final Fantasy XIV
Fourteen days
Genshin Impact

Best Indie Game

cult of the Lamb
neon white
Sifu
Stray
tunic

Best Indie Debut

neon white
Norco
Stray
tunic
Vampire Survivor

Best community support

Apex Legends
destiny 2
Final Fantasy XIV
Fourteen days
Nobody’s heaven

Best Mobile Game

Apex Legends
Diablo immortal
Genshin Impact
Marvel snap
tower of fantasy

Best VR/AR Game

After the fall
Between us
Bone Lab
Moss: Book II
Red substance 2

Best Action Game

bayonet 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
neon white
Sifu
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Best Action/Adventure Game

A Plague Tale: Requiem
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon forbidden west
Stray
tunic

Best RPG

elden ring
live one life
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
triangle strategy
Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Fighting Game

DNF Duel Arc
JoJo’s bizarre adventure
The King of Fighters XV
MultiVersus
Sifu

Best Simulation/Strategy Game

Dune: Spice Wars
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Total War: Warhammer III
Two point campus
Victoria 3

Best Sports/Racing Game

F1 22
FIFA 23
NBA 2K23
Gran Turismo 7
OlliOlli world

The Game Awards take place on December 9th at 00:30 UK time.

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