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The Game Awards 2022 Recap

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Last Thursday saw us celebrate another year of gaming with the annual Game Awards show. As always, Geoff Keighley and his team put on a fantastic product, allowing us as a community to get together to celebrate our little hobby.

In case you missed it, we’re going to be highlighting all of the award winners, as well as some of our favourite game announcements. If you have the time though, I’d highly recommend watching the show in its entirety. You can view it below.

Award Winners

E-Sports

The Valorant community nearly swept every award within the e-sports categories. This isn’t too surprising as Valo’s competitive scene has continued to rise in popularity over the past year. The only title they didn’t manage to claim was instead given to Riots other major title, League of Legends. Deservingly so, as the Cinderella storyline that persisted throughout that tournament was mythical.

  • Best E-Sports Game – Valorant
  • Best E-Sports Athlete – Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker
  • Best E-Sports Coach – Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi
  • Best E-Sports Team – LOUD
  • Best E-Sports Event – The 2022 League of Legends World Championship

Genres

Retrospectively, this year was fairly diverse in terms of game stylisation. We had intense titles like Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarök, as well as light hearted jaunts like Kirby and Stray. The award winners below expertly showcase the expansiveness of this industry.

  • Best Action / Adventure Game – God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Action Game – Bayonetta 3
  • Best Family Game – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Best Fighting Game – Multiverses
  • Best Indie Game – Stray 
  • Best Mobile Game – Marvel Snap
  • Best Multiplayer Game – Splatoon 3
  • Best RPG – Elden Ring
  • Best Sim / Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Best Sports / Racing Game – Gran Turismo 7
  • Best VR / AR Game – Moss: Book II

Miscellaneous

In today’s landscape, gaming expands across a wide array of audiences. From providing accessibility options for disabled gamers, to adapting titles for TV audiences, people from all types of backgrounds can sit back and engage with the medium they love.

  • Best Adaptation – Arcane: League of Legends
  • Best Community Support – Final Fantasy XIV
  • Best Debut Indie – Stray
  • Best Ongoing – Final Fantasy XIV
  • Content Creator of the Year – Ludwig
  • Games for Impact – As Dusk Falls
  • Innovation in Accessibility – God of War Ragnarök
  • Most Anticipated Game – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Development

Though gamers often give developers a lot of flak, we still appreciate what they do. It’s categories like these that allow us to give our fellow dev’s some well-deserved recognition and appraisal. Plus, if this section is telling of anything, it’s that Santa Monica Studio is packed with exceptionally talented individuals.

  • Best Art Direction – Elden Ring
  • Best Audio Design – God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Game Direction – Elden Ring
  • Best Narrative – God of War Ragnarök
  • Best Performance – Christopher Judge / Kratos (God of War Ragnarök)
  • Best Score and Music – God of War Ragnarök

Game of the Year

Truth be told, any one of these nominations had an argument as to why they should’ve won the award. They are all outstanding titles which perfectly capture the different aspects of the gaming medium. Unfortunately, only one of them is able to take home the grand prize. However, in my opinion, the right game won.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring – Winner!
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3

As a bonus for Elden Ring fans, Hidetaka Miyazaki, the man behind the Soulsborne games, confirmed that additional content is on the way for Elden Ring!

Game Reveals

As per usual, a treasure trove of game announcements/updates was made throughout the course of the show. Whilst they are all cool in their own right, I’m only going to discuss 7 of my personal favourites here.

Armored Core: Fires of Rubicon

10 years after the last entry in the series, Armored Core is back! Admittedly, I’m not a massive fan of the mech thematic. However, even I cannot deny that this trailer looks unbelievably badass. Plus, it’s directed by one of my favourite developers of all time, so I’m guessing it’ll be great.

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 is practically a match made in heaven for me. I absolutely adored the Divinity: Original Sin releases, and I’m also a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve been putting off playing so I can experience the complete version of the game. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait long as we now know is scheduled to come out in August 2023!

Diablo 4

At first glance, Diablo 4 seems to have fixed most of those issues that plagued Diablo 3. However, whether it’ll dethrone Path of Exile as the king of ARPG’s remains to be seen. At the very least, the CGI trailer is dope, though we’d expect nothing less from Blizzard.

Earthblade

Earthblade is an upcoming 2D Metroidvania made by the team behind Celeste, Maddy Makes Games. Although the trailer doesn’t really show off a whole lot, knowing that it’s made by the Celeste dev’s has me more than excited about this release.

Hades II

If you haven’t played Hades 1, I highly recommend you go out and buy it now. It is one of the most memorable games of the past 5 years, and deservingly won countless awards. Hades II appears to be giving us more of the same, albeit on a larger scale.

Judas

Judas is, for all intense and purposes, a spiritual successor to the Bioshock trilogy. In fact, it’s being spearheaded by Bioshock Infinite’s Creative Director, Ken Levine. Without a doubt, this is the title that piqued my interest the most.

The Lords of the Fallen

The Lords of the Fallen has had a bizarre development cycle. It was initially titled Lords of the Fallen 2, and was scheduled to be released back in 2017. However, due to multiple delays, they decided to remove the 2 prefix from the title and brand it as an entirely new game. Confused? Yeah, you’re not alone. Having said that, our first glimpse into this overhaul did not disappoint, and it looks as though it’ll be a stellar souls-like RPG.

Others

Some additional reveals included:

  • Crash Team Rumble
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom of Liberty
  • Death Stranding 2 (Working Title)
  • Dune: Awakening
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores
  • STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor™
  • TEKKEN 8
  • …as well as many more.

Conclusion

And with that, we draw the curtain on the 2022 Game Awards! Once again, I highly recommend checking out the full show as it was chock full of surprises and excellent live performances. Interested in seeing what other trailers were revealed during this show? Want to check out some of the award winning speeches? You can find those by visiting The Game Awards YouTube channel here.

Lee Fairweather
Lee Fairweather
A lifelong video game lover turned games journalist and historian. You can find me playing anything from the latest AAA PC releases, all the way back to retro Mega Drive classics.

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