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The Game Awards 2017 Nominees Revealed

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It is almost that time of year where the best of the best games of the year are celebrated for all the great times they gave us and all the tears of joy they delivered. The Game Awards 2017 will take place on 7 December and for its fourth year, influential people in the industry will gather to honour the games that changed 2017. 

This year's nominees are not surprising at all as we have had a great year in video games. The only thing I disagree with is PUBG being nominated for GOTY mainly because it is an Early Access game with one map, most of its mechanics have not been added yet, and there is simply no media accolades for it to fall back on. Other than that I am pretty excited to see who walks away with the awards and as I have played almost everything myself and I cannot decide who would win. Take a look at all the nominees below. 

Game of the Year

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Persona 5
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

Wolfenstein II
Resident Evil 7
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch
NieR: Automata
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Wolfenstein II
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Art Direction

Destiny 2
Cuphead
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Persona 5
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Score / Music

Destiny 2
Cuphead
NieR: Automata
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Persona 5

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Resident Evil 7
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey

Best Performance

Melina Juergens, Hellblade
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II
Ashly Burch, Horizon Zero Dawn

Games for Impact

Please Knock on my Door
Night in the Woods
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Bury Me, My Love
What Remains of Edith Finch
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Ongoing Game

Warframe
Rainbow Six: Siege
Overwatch
Grand Theft Auto Online
Destiny 2
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Best Mobile Game

Super Mario Run
Old Man’s Journey
Monument Valley 2
Hidden Folks
Fire Emblem Heroes

Best Handheld Game

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Monster Hunter Stories
Metroid: Samus Returns
Fire Emblem Echoes
Ever Oasis

Best VR / AR Game

Superhot VR
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Lone Echo / Echo Arena
Farpoint
Resident Evil 7

Best Action Game

Prey
Nioh
Destiny 2
Cuphead
Wolfenstein II

Best Action / Adventure Game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Role Playing Game

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Final Fantasy XV
Divinity: Original Sin 2
NieR: Automata
Persona 5

Best Fighting Game

Tekken 7
Nidhogg 2
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
Injustice 2
ARMS

Best Family Game

Splatoon 2
Sonic Mania
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Mario Odyssey

Best Strategy Game

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Tooth and Tail
Total War: Warhammer II
Halo Wars 2
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Best Sports / Racing Game

Project Cars 2
Pro Evoltuion Soccer 2018
NBA 2K18
GT Sport
Forza Motorsport 7
FIFA 18

Best Multiplayer

Fornite
Call of Duty: World War II
Splatoon 2
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Destiny 2
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground

Best Anticipated Game

The Last of Us Part II
Red Dead Redemption II
Monster Hunter World
Marvel’s Spider-Man
God of War

Best Independent Game

Pyre
Night in the Woods
Cuphead
What Remains of Deith Finch
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Student Game

Meaning
Level Squared
Impulsion
Falling Sky
Hollowed
From Light

Trending Gamer

Steven Spohn
Mike Grzesiek
Guy Beahm
Clint Lexa
Andrea Rene

Best eSports Game

Rocket League
League of Legends
DOTA2
Counter Strike: Global-Offensive
Overwatch

Best eSports Player

Kuro “KuroKy” Salhei Takhasomi
Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu
Nikola “NiKo” Kovac
Marcelo “coldzera” David
Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”

Best eSports Team

Team Liquid
SK Telecom 1
Lunatic-Hai
FaZe Clan
Cloud 9

Best Debut Indie Game

Slime Rancher
Mr. Shifty
Hollow Knight
Golf Story
Cuphead

Best Chinese Game

Monument Valley 2
jx3 HD
Gumballs
ICEY

So there you have all the nominees. The awards will take place on 7 December 2017 and it will be live streamed starting at 3AM on 8 December for South Africans due to the time difference. I am sure there will also be some awesome new game reveals taking place which is normal for the awards ceremony. 

Who do you think will win what? Let us know in the comments below. 

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