The Game Awards 2019: Did They Get It Right?

The Game Awards 2019: Did They Get It Right?

December 15, 2019 0 By tailgatesports

By: Mariano Roy, eSports Analyst

The 2019 Game Awards is an event that celebrates eSports from every aspect. From indie developers to eSports players and coaches, The Game Awards seek to highlight exceptional influences to gaming culture. The three hour awards ceremony also incentivizes viewership by hinting surprise announcements—because, who would watch without it? The Oscars and Grammys have historically generated scepticism. What makes these organizations qualified to judge the “best” art, and what makes (most of) the audience qualified to condemn their decisions? The Game Awards is in a similar category, however, the 29 categories aren’t as accessible as film and music. For example, Game of the Year alone was made up of six different games and held two console-exclusive games. This means you would need to have bought six games for $60 (release day price) and own at least two $300 consoles (Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4.) So, what makes the average gamer qualified to judge The Game Awards game of the year? About $1,000 and enough time to play them all. The winners and nominations are dictated by media outlets, which alone begs inaccuracy. 

With that, here are the Game Awards’ nominees and winners—along with my brief opinion for the categories I am knowledgeable of.

Best Game of the Year

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — Winner

Control

Death Stranding

Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Outer Worlds

The fact that a fighting game was nominated for “Game of the Year” is groundbreaking. However, Sekiro’s production value and mechanics were unmatched and deserved every bit of praise.

Best Action Game

Devil May Cry 5 — Winner

Apex Legends

Astral Chain

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Gears 5

Metro Exodus

Best Adventure Game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — Winner

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Death Stranding

Control

Borderlands 3

I personally think that Link’s Awakening stole a spot here. If they needed Nintendo coverage, Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Best Family Game Winner) was a much better experience than the 1993 remake. 

Best Art Direction

Control — Winner

Death Stranding

Gris

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Best Audio Design

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — Winner

Control

Death Stranding

Gears 5

Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

I couldn’t agree more with the nominees/winner. Call of Duty has always put a great deal of effort into their musical score and gameplay audio.

Best Community Support

Destiny 2 — Winner

Apex Legends

Final Fantasy 14

Fortnite

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Neither winner nor nominees make sense to me—if I’m being honest. This category shouldn’t be left to media outlets/influencers to decide.

Best Content Creator 

Shroud — Winner

Grefg

Ewok

Dr. Lupo

Courage

I’m curious as to the criteria leading to this list.

Best eSports Coach

Zonic — Winner

Adren

Cain

Grabbz

Kkoma

Sockshka

Best eSports Event

League of Legends World Championship 2019 — Winner

The International 2019

IEM Katowice 2019

Fortnite World Cup

Evo 2019

2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals

The revolutionary Louis Vuitton collaboration alone validates the winner here.

Best eSports Game

League of Legends — Winner

Fortnite

Overwatch

Dota 2

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Overwatch, Dota, and CS:GO were probably very close runner-ups. However, any game other than league would have been a controversial choice.

Best eSports Host

Sjokz — Winner

Machine

Redeye

Goldenboy

Candice

Best eSports Player

Bugha — Winner

Faker

Perkz

S1mple

Sinatraa

I’m disappointed that there was no FGC representation here.

Best eSports Team

G2 Esports — Winner

Astralis

OG

San Francisco Shock

Team Liquid

Best Family Game

Luigi’s Mansion 3 — Winner

Ring Fit Adventure

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Completely biased opinion, but I think Yoshi’s Crafted World and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s replay value should have been enough to win “best family game.” 

Best Fighting Game

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Winner

Jump Force

Dead or Alive 6

Mortal Kombat 11

Samurai Shodown (2019)

Super Smash bros. Ultimate broke records with the amount of content, characters, and music given in a single fighting game—this was an easy decision. Jump Force had absolutely no business being a nominee for a “fighting game,” however, some argue that Smash Bros. isn’t a fighting game either.

Best Indie Game

Disco Elysium — Winner

Gris

My Friend Pedro

Outer Wilds

Slay the Spire

Untitled Goose Game

Best Game Direction

Death Stranding — Winner

Control

Resident Evil 2

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Outer Wilds

Best Games for Impact

Gris — Winner

Concrete Genie

Kind Words

Life is Strange 2

Sea of Solitude

Best Independent Game

Disco Elysium — Winner

Baba Is You

Katana Zero

Outer Wilds

Untitled Goose Game

Best Mobile Game

Call of Duty: Mobile — Winner

Grindstone

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Sky: The Children of Light

What the Golf?

Best Multiplayer Game

Apex Legends — Winner

Borderlands 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Tetris 99

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Really great competition this year. All were stellar games.

Best Narrative

Disco Elysium — Winner

Control

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Death Stranding

The Outer Worlds

Best Ongoing Game

Fortnite — Winner

Destiny 2

Final Fantasy 14

Apex Legends

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

This category shouldn’t exist.

Best Performance

Mads Mikkelsen — Winner

Matthew Porretta

Laura Bailey

Courtney Hope

Ashly Burch

Norman Reedus

Best Role Playing Game (RPG)

Disco Elysium — Winner

Final Fantasy 14

Kingdom Hearts 3

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

The Outer Wilds

I think Disco Elysium stole this one. All other games outclassed Disco Elysium as far as “best” RPG’s go. 

Best Score

Death Stranding — Winner

Cadence of Hyrule

Devil May Cry 5

Kingdom Hearts III

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Best Sports Game

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled — Winner

Dirt Rally 2.0

EFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020

F1 2019

FIFA 20

Best Strategy Game

Fire Emblem: Three Houses — Winner

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Anno 1800

Total War: Three Kingdoms

Tropico 6

Wargroove

Best VR/AR Game

Beat Saber — Winner

Asgard’s Wrath

Blood & Truth

No Man’s Sky

Trover Saves the Universe

While Beat Saber was certainly the most popular game, Asgard’s Wrath was an outstanding virtual experience, and would have won best RPG if it hadn’t been a VR game (in my opinion.)