The 2016 Game Awards Nominees Are Here! Check Them Out!

17 November 2016 at 03:13 in Gaming News with 1 comment


The Oscars of the gaming world is fast approaching and 2016 Game Awards Nominees are now available. The categories are many including the most anticipated Game Of The Year award. Breaking down aspects of the game, other categories include Best Art Direction, Best Narrative, Best Independent Game and so much more.

The Game Awards started in 2014 and it was spearheaded by Geoff Keighley in order to recognize the hard work that the game industry puts into its games.

For games to be included for the 2016 awards, it must be commercially released on or before November 24. So, games that are officially coming out after November 24 will be eligible for next year’s awarding.

Watch the Game Awards 2016 on December 1st at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. For those who won’t be able to attend, the event is going to be live streamed via multiple platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Steam, Twitter, Xbox Live and so much more. It will start at 2 AM UK, 6 PM PT, and 9 PM ET.

We’ve made a list of the categories as well as the nominees available below for you.

The Game Awards 2016 Nominees:

game-of-the-year     “For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.” best-game-direction “Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.”
  • Blizzard (for Overwatch)
  • DICE (for Battlefield 1)
  • Id Software (for Doom)
  • Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
  • Respawn (for Titanfall 2)
best-narrative “For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in the game.”
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)
best-art-direction “For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.”
  • ABZU (Giant Squid/505)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)
best-music-sound-design “For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.”
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id Software/ Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)
best-performance “Awarded to an individual for voice over-acting, motion and/or performance capture.”
  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay for Mafia III
  • Assy Jones as Delilah for Firewatch
  • Emily Rose as Elena for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Rich Summer as Henry for Firewatch
  • Troy Baker as Sam Drake for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
games-for-impact “Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change.”
  • 1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
  • Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
  • Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
  • Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)


“For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.”

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Stardew Valley (Concerned Ape/Chucklefish Games)
  • The Witness (Thelka,Inc.)
best-mobile-handheld “For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.”
  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
  • Pokemon Go (Ninantic)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)
best-vr-game “For the best experience playable in virtual reality.”
  • Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
  • EVE Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Rez Infinite (EnhanceGames)
  • Thumper (Drool)
best-action-game “For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.”
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
best-action-adventure-game “For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.”
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
best-rpg “The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.”
  • Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)
best-fighting-game “For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.”
  • Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
  • Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)
best-strategy-game “Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy.”
  • Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
  • Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)
best-family-game “Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres.”
  • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)
best-sports-racing “For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.”
  • FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
  • NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)
best-multiplayer “For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.”
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)


“An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.”
  • God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)


“For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016”.

  • AngryJoeShow
  • Boogie2988
  • Danny O’Dwyer
  • JackSepticEye
  • Lirik


“For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content”.
  • Project A2MR
  • Pokemon Uranium
  • Brutal Doom 64
  • Enderal: The Shards of Order
best-e-sports-player-by-omen-hp “The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game.”
  • Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
  • Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
  • Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
  • Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)
best-esports-team “The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game”.
  • SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
  • Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
  • SK Gaming
  • ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
  • Cloud 9
best-esports-game “The Esports game that has shown creative and technical excellence in 2016 with the best gameplay, community support and content updates.”
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)