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In what is surely to be the first of many accolades, Sony Santa Monica's God of War won "Game of the Year" at the 2018 Game Awards. Kratos's latest adventure also picked up statuettes for "Best Game Direction" and "Best Action/Adventure Game."
But the biggest winner of the night was Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, which picked up four wins last night. The publisher's "Cowboy Game" collected some shiny hardware for "Best Narrative," "Best Score/Music," "Best Audio Design," and "Best Performance" (for Roger Clark's work as Arthur Morgan).
The all-mighty Fortnite picked up two awards, "Best Ongoing Game" and "Best Multiplayer," but the most surprising news of the night might be that Insomniac's Spider-Man was completely shut out. Best of luck next time to the ol' webhead.
More than a dozen different games went home as winners at the 2018 Game Awards, and you can find them all after the break.
Game of the Year Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft) Celeste (Matt Makes Games) WINNER: God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment) Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment) Monster Hunter: World (Capcom) Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
Best Game Direction Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.
Best Narrative For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.
Best Art Direction For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.
Best Score/Music For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.Celeste (Lena Raine) God of War (Bear McCreary) Spider-Man (John Paesano) Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Joe Hisaishi) Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki) WINNER: Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson)
Best Audio Design Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.
Best Performance Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.Bryan Dechart, Detroit: Become Human (As Connor) Christopher Judge, God of War (As Kratos) Melissanthi Mahut, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (As Kassandra) WINNER: Roger Clark, Red Dead Redemption 2 (As Arthur Morgan) Yuri Lowenthal, Spider-Man (As Peter Parker)
Games for Impact For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.
Best Ongoing Game Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.
Best Mobile Game For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.
Best VR/AR Game For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.
Best Action Game For the best game in the action genre focused on combat.
Best Action/Adventure Game For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.
Best Role Playing Game For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.
Best Fighting Game For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works) Sacramento Fidget Spinner Three-way WINNER: Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / Bandai Namco Entertainment) Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment) Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (Dimps / Capcom)
Best Family Game For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.
Best Strategy Game Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.
Best Sports/Racing Game For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.
Best Multiplayer For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.
Best Independent Game For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.
Best Student Game Awarded the best student project created at the high school or college level.Content Creator of the Year
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.
Best Esports Player The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2018, irrespective of game.
Best Esports Team The eSports team judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2018, inclusive of multi-team organizations.Best Esports Coach WINNER: Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu (Cloud9) Cristian "ppasarel" Bănăseanu (OG) Danny "zonic" Sørensen (Astralis) Dylan Falco (Fnatic) Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi (Team Vitality) Janko "YNk" Paunovic (MiBR) Best Esports Event Best Esports Hots Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez Alex "Machine" Richardson AndersBlume WINNER: Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere Paul "RedEye" Chaloner Best Esports Moment
Best Debut Indie Game Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2018.Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive) Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive) Moss (Polyarc Games) WINNER: The Messenger (Sabotage Studio) Yoku's Island Express (Villa Gorilla)
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