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The Game Awards 2020 Nominees Revealed

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by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 November 2020 / 2,491 Views

The nominees for The Game Awards 2020 have been announced. The nominated games were chosen by more than 95 media publications and influencer outlets. Users can vote now in all categories on The Game Awards website.

The Game Awards 2020 will air live on December 10.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Game of the Year

Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Game Direction

Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (written by George Kamitani)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (written by Kazushige Nojima, Motomu Toriyama, Hiroaki Iwaki, and Sachie Hirano)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (written by Ian Ryan, Liz Albl, Patrick Downs, and Jordan Lemos)
  • Hades (written by Greg Kasavin)
  • The Last of Us Part II (written by Neil Druckmann and Haley Gross)

Best Art Direction

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Score and Music

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.

  • DOOM Eternal (composed by Mick Gordon)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamazu, and Mitsuto Suzuki)
  • Hades (composed by Darren Korb)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (composed by Garreth Coker)
  • The Last of Us Part II (composed by Gustavo Santaolala with additional music by Mac Quayle)

Best Audio Design

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil 3 (Capcom)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Performance

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Ashley Johnson as Ellie in The Last of Us Part II
  • Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us Part II
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai in Ghost of Tsushima
  • Logan Cunningham as Hades in Hades
  • Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Games for Impact

For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.

  • If Found… (Dreamfeel)
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Cardboard Computer)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus Games)
  • Tell Me Why (Dontnod Entertainment / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Through the Darkest of Times (Paintbucket Games)

Best Ongoing

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Indie

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • Carrion (Phobia Game Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver Digital)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Spelunky 2 (Mossmouth)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus Games)

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Among Us (Innersloth)
  • Call of Duty Mobile (Timi Studios / Activision)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • Legends of Runeterra (Riot Games)
  • Pokemon Cafe Mix (Genius Sonority / Nintendo)

Best Community Support

Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates/patches.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver Digital)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best VR / AR

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

  • Dreams (Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR (Camouflaj / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Motive Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Skydance Interactive)

Innovation in Accessibility

Recognizing software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Grounded (Obsidian Entertainment / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hyperdot (Tribe Games)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)

Best Action

For the best game in the action genre focused primarily on combat.

  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Nioh 2 (Team Ninja)
  • Streets of Rage 4 (Dotemu)

Best Action / Adventure

For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Role-Playing

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • Persona 5 Royal (Atlus / P Studio / Sega)
  • Wasteland 3 (inXile Entertainment / Deep Silver)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio / Sega)

Best Fighting

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus (Arc System Works / Cygames / XSEED Games)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Street Fighter V Champion Edition (Dimps / Capcom)
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows (Spike Chunsoft / Bandai Namco)
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] (French-Bread / Arc System Works / Aksys Games)

Best Family

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (Toys for Bob / Activision)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver Digital)
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Velan Studios / Nintendo)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Mojang / Double Eleven / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Best Sim / Strategy

Best game focused on real time or turn-based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

  • Crusader Kings III (Paradox Development Studios / Paradox Interactive)
  • Desperados III (Mimimi Games / THQ Nordic)
  • Gears Tactics (Splash Damage / The Coalition / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios)
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad (Firaxis / 2K Games)

Best Sports / Racing

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

  • DIRT 5 (Codemasters Cheshire / Codemasters)
  • F1 2020 (Codemasters Birmingham / Codemasters)
  • FIFA 21 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K21 (Visual Concepts / 2K Games)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (Vicarious Visions / Activision)

Best Multiplayer

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  • Among Us (InnerslotH)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward / Activision)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver Digital)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Content Creator of the Year

For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2020.

Best Debut Game

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

  • Carrion (Phobia Game Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry / Playstack)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Nodding Heads Games / Super.com)
  • Roki (Polygon Treehouse / United Label)
  • Phasmophobia (Kinetic Games)

Best eSports Athlete

The eSports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2020, irrespective of game.

  • Ian “Crimsix” Porter (Call of Duty)
  • Heo “Showmaker” Su (League of Legends)
  • Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu (League of Legends)
  • Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro (Call of Duty)
  • Matthieu “ZywOo” Herbaut (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Best eSports Coach

The eSports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2020.

  • Danny “Zonic” Sorensen (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Dae-Hee “Crusty” Park (Overwatch)
  • Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann (League of Legends)
  • Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min (League of Legends)
  • Raymond “Rambo” Lussier (Call of Duty)

Best eSports Event

Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.

  • BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Call of Duty League Championship 2020 (Call of Duty)
  • IEM Katowice 2020 (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • League of Legends World Championship 2020 (League of Legends)
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020 (Overwatch)

Best eSports Game

For the game that has delivered the best overall eSports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward / Raven Software / Activision)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best eSports Host

The best host or commentator of eSports events (both in-venue and/or broadcast) in 2020, irrespective of game or language.

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Effje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • James “Dash” Patterson
  • Jorien “Sheever” Van Der Heijden

Best eSports Team

Recognizing a specific eSports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2020.

  • Dawon Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Dallas Empire (Call of Duty)
  • G2 eSports (League of Legends)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
  • Team Secret (DOTA 2)

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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61 Comments

FloatingWaffles (on 18 November 2020)

half life alyx and ori both got ROBBED I TELL YOU

anyways hoping for hades just because that would be a nice surprise

  • +14
dan_banan (on 18 November 2020)

yay! nice nominations for spiritfarer! such a lovely game

  • +8
Vendrom (on 18 November 2020)

Hades is a surprise, but Celeste was also nominated for GOTY on TGA, which shows how influential indie games can be

  • +6
KLAMarine (on 18 November 2020)

No Half Life Alyx for GotY!?

  • +5
TheTitaniumNub (on 18 November 2020)

I've only played ACNH this year. Cant speak for the other games. I dont think awards honestly mean much anyways.

  • +5
axumblade (on 18 November 2020)

Pretty much what I expected of this list. Still a solid year as far as releases go despite such a weird year we have had.

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Hynad (on 18 November 2020)

2020 was amazing gaming wise. Thank God for that! Being in confinement for many weeks throughout the year, all these stellar games made the isolation a lot more bearable. Final Fantasy VII Remake, Half-Life: Alyx, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, The Last of Us Part 2, Dreams, Death Stranding, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Remaster, Doom Eternal, Resident Evil 3, Streets of Rage 4, Ghost of Tsushima...
And yet, it’s not over! New gen licked off and then Cyberpunk 2077 is just around the corner. Truly an impressive year for gaming.

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Hynad (on 18 November 2020)

KICKED off*** LoL 😂

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AFattyGamer (on 18 November 2020)

2 Sony 1st Party nominations for GOTY. Y'all keep sleeping on Sony, tsk tsk. I got a feeling Naughty Dog of Sony Interactive will win the award. Last Of Us 2 seems to be it.

  • +4
DonFerrari (on 18 November 2020)

Seems like Sony exclusives are at a great position for another edition.

  • +4
AFattyGamer (on 18 November 2020)

If Sony sticks to their guns, 2021 will be even crazier for GOTY nominations I imagine.

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DonFerrari (on 19 November 2020)

Not sure we will see as many titles. But sure GoW and HFW are serious contenders. And no idea why you got downvoted.

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AFattyGamer (on 19 November 2020)

Probably because certain 'people' hate to see Sony dominating lol

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 18 November 2020)

P5 Royal is my goty

  • +3
TheTitaniumNub (on 19 November 2020)

Theyre lucky Cyberpunk isnt eligible.

  • +2
mjk45 (on 19 November 2020)

maybe they should think about a remaster/remake of the year award going forward.

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Azzanation (on 18 November 2020)

Wow.. no Half Life Alyx? What a shambles. I knew this show was based on popularity rather than quality.

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Vendrom (on 20 November 2020)

Wasn’t Overwatch awarded GOTY from the same show? That’s pretty much expected

  • 0
Azzanation (on 20 November 2020)

Seems Half Life Alyx got excluded due to many people unable to play it. Giving a game GOTY award not many have played will effect ratings.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 20 November 2020)

Maybe but they could have at least nominated it for GOTY. Most people haven't played Hades but it still got nominated.

  • +4
Azzanation (on 20 November 2020)

Well Hades is very accessible to many. It seems that The Video game awards likes to add a Indy game in there to make it seem like they arent being bias. I dunno, i am extremely disappointed that HL-A is not even mentioned for GOTY, it has some of the best Critic and User scores out there this year too. I had a feeling they would just shaft this game into the VR category, much like how Forza Horizon 4 wasn't nominated either and was just placed in Best Racer category instead. Cant have those games winning GOTY awards.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 20 November 2020)

Agreed. Although it does kinda prove the show isn't rigged since Geoff Keighley is a huge fan of Half-Life: Alyx lol

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Azzanation (on 20 November 2020)

Geoff isnt a voter. If he was im sure HL-A would be in there.

  • +1
SuperNintend0rk (on 20 November 2020)

Yeah I know he isn't but last year people kept saying it was gonna be rigged by him so Death Stranding would win.

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Azzanation (on 21 November 2020)

The Game Awards seems to have an issue with who ever votes for what games get in. I don't understand how games like Doom Eternal, FF7 and GoT get a spot over HL-A, i am trying to work out their metric? Again, the reviews alone show HL-A is regarded as one of the best reviewed games going around from both Critics and Users and yet its shafted in the VR area. Only metric i get from this is that its not as popular as Doom, FF7 and GoT because its a VR game.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 21 November 2020)

The nominations come from dozens of media outlets voting then they make a shortlist for each category. I'm guessing it didn't get nominated for GOTY because VR is still pretty niche even among a lot of professional reviewers.

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Sogreblute (on 18 November 2020)

I bet Last of Us 2 will win Best Sports Game.

  • +2
ClassicGamingWizzz (on 18 November 2020)

Last of us 2 win , let the tears flow , i want to see the craptubers implode

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Signalstar (on 18 November 2020)

Unless GoT splits the vote. Also with the fan vote element. Haters might out vote TLOU 2. Also Animal Crossing has a huge fan base and is the only major Nintendo game nominated so that might receive a hefty share of the votes.

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Jranation (on 18 November 2020)

Animal Crossing winning will have more tears

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kazuyamishima (on 19 November 2020)

User vote doesn’t have any effect to decide the winners.

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TheTitaniumNub (on 19 November 2020)

I voted Animal Crossing. ACNH for the win!

  • +3
SuperNintend0rk (on 19 November 2020)

Actually the user votes do count but only for 10% of the total so they don't really matter unless the vote is super close.

  • +1
iron_megalith (on 19 November 2020)

I'm only here for Ghost of Tsushima.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 19 November 2020)

I like animal crossing. I'm glad it got the goty nod, but it won't and shouldn't win.

That being said, I feel like it should have been nominated for the ongoing game category. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding the qualifications. Not enough updates I guess? Or frequency of updates? Even fortnite has slowed dramatically in the frequency department. At least in terms of significant changes.

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DonFerrari (on 19 November 2020)

I guess the ongoing updates only qualify for titles that can't compete in the other categories, they need to be over one year old and still being supported with great content. At least without double checking all the games on that list seemed like over 1 year old.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 19 November 2020)

Oh. Yeah. Over one year old. That's probably it. Thanks.

  • +1
SuperNintend0rk (on 19 November 2020)

Yeah I'm pretty sure they have to be at least a year old but I bet AC will get nominated for Best Ongoing Game next year.

  • +2
PAOerfulone (on 18 November 2020)

2017: Breath of the Wild
2018: God of War
2020: Last of Us 2

  • +1
Signalstar (on 19 November 2020)

2019: Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

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TallSilhouette (on 18 November 2020)

TLOU2 looks slated to take home the most awards. Glad to see Hades get some nominations. Wish Crusader Kings 3 got a couple more. Ghost BETTER win best art direction. Man they're still pushing the fuck out of eSports...

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SuperNintend0rk (on 18 November 2020)

How is Demon's Souls not nominated for a single award yet Miles Morales is nominated for 2? What a joke!

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SuperNintend0rk (on 18 November 2020)

BTW I'm not dissing Miles Morales. I mentioned it because they released on the same day and should both be eligible.

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Signalstar (on 18 November 2020)

Might have something to do with Demon Souls being a remake. It is more or less a recreation of the original game whereas Final Fantasy VII Remake or Resident Evil II Remake were more dramatic overhauls.

  • +1
SuperNintend0rk (on 18 November 2020)

Maybe but I'd still call it a full on remake. Certainly a bigger upgrade than P5 Royal which was nominated for Best RPG.

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DonFerrari (on 19 November 2020)

The metacritic for Demon's is higher than Miles Morales. But perhaps they think for majority of the public MM is "a better game"?

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SuperNintend0rk (on 19 November 2020)

Maybe but it's easily one of the best launch games of all time so for it to get zero nominations is just ridiculous!

  • +2
DonFerrari (on 20 November 2020)

Agree, even if they leave it out of the main one, it should be in some of the other categories.

  • 0
Vendrom (on 20 November 2020)

It could have been at least nominated for best art direction and best RPG, but blame the people who decide what game to add. Maybe we’ll see it next year?

  • +1
DonFerrari (on 20 November 2020)

If by time of launch SpiderMan was eligible then Demon Souls was as well, so it couldn't be eligible in the next year.

  • +1
SuperNintend0rk (on 20 November 2020)

Yup Miles Morales got nominated this year so it won't be eligible next year. Oh well these awards are a joke regardless lol

  • +2
Dahum (on 19 November 2020)

So glad The Last of Us Part ll has the most nominations this year and rightfully deserved and hopefully it takes the award for the prestigious Game of The Year along with best narrative, best audio design, best performance for Ellie and innovation in accessibility.

  • 0
KazumaKiryu (on 19 November 2020)

100% The Last of Us 2, because its feel like a Next Generation-Game!! But Ghost of Tsushima and Persona 5 Royal are impressive too. FF7 is great and Demon Souls Remake + the new Spiderman is coming today. 2020 is a legendary Year for Gamer.

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siebensus4 (on 19 November 2020)

Uh, what about Hyrule Warriors?

  • 0
tripenfall (on 19 November 2020)

I was a bit perplexed by The Game Awards nominations for 2020. We heard last year that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order came out too late for consideration and would make it into this years awards. It got 1 nomination across all categories (best action/adventure game) and surely this is a massive under representation of the game's quality.
I wonder if Cyberpunk 2077 will suffer the same fate next year? I think that The Game Awards should move to January/February to allow all games from a calendar year to be considered. Surely the credibility of the awards as a whole is questionable at this point?

  • 0
DonFerrari (on 19 November 2020)

Considering the games that got nominated I don't think SW really deserved a spot.

  • -1
KLXVER (on 18 November 2020)

Yeah, I voted in the most important thing this year. TLOU2 FTW!

  • 0
hunter_alien (on 18 November 2020)

I hope that TLoU2 wins, I loved that game. I am also glad Carrion gets some recognition as that is my biggest surprise this year. It's just pure fun.

  • 0
Manlytears (on 18 November 2020)

Where's Demon's Souls!? DS got robbed, game deserved a place in this list.

  • -2
tripenfall (on 19 November 2020)

It came out too late for this year's awards

  • 0
SuperNintend0rk (on 19 November 2020)

It came out the same day as Miles Morales which was nominated. Maybe they got their review copies too late though?

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