The 2015 Game Award Nominees Have Been Announced

Posted Fri Nov 13, 2015 at 09:54 AM PST by
Game Awards 2015

Begun, the GOTY Wars have.

With December pretty much only bringing 'Just Cause 3' and 'Xenobade Chronicles', time's come for most industry folk to start culling together the best of the best, and for the second year in a row, former Spike VGA showrunner Geoff Keighley is bringing us the Game Awards, in which a jury of game journalists and critics have gathered to decide on the best of the best, just without all the obnoxiousness that came with the awards previously being sponsored and hosted on Spike.

So, in case you wanted an idea of the way the wind was blowing in terms of critical acclaim this year, this is your first chance. Unlike the Grammys or Oscars, there's a fairly profound lack of cringingly bad choices in any of the categories. A few minor omissions, for sure--how neither 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' or 'Everybody's Gone To The Rapture' didn't make the cut for Best Score boggles the mind--but you can balance that against the amount of love they threw at 'Her Story' and 'Life Is Strange'.

There's still time for you to get involve as well, since there's six fan awards to vote on: eSports Game of the Year, Team of the Year, and Player of the Year, Trending Gamer, Most Anticipated Game, and Fan Creation. That Fan Creation one's probably the one to be most excited about, since it's likely the only way the folks behind 'Portal Stories: Mel' will ever get the love and respect they deserve. Check out the full list below. And start tackling your backlog of games, before the show airs on December 3rd on, well, pretty much anywhere you can access the internet.

Game of the Year


Fallout 4 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 

Super Mario Maker 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year

Bethesda Game Studios

CD Projekt Red


Kojima Productions


Best Independent Game 

Axiom Verge

Her Story

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rocket League


Best Mobile/Handheld Game 


Fallout Shelter

Lara Croft GO

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate

Pac-Man 256

Best Narrative 

Her Story

Life Is Strange

Tales From The Borderlands

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

Until Dawn

Best Art Direction 

Batman: Arkham Knight


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ori and the Blind Forest

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

Best Score/Soundtrack 

Fallout 4

Halo 5: Guardians

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ori and the Blind Forest

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Performance 

Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)

Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)

Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)

Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change Award 

Cibele (Nina Freeman)

Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)

Sunset (Tale of Tales)

Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Shooter 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Destiny: The Taken King

Halo 5: Guardians


Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action/Adventure Game 

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate  

Batman: Arkham Knight

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain  

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game 


Fallout 4

Pillars of Eternity

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Best Fighting Game 

Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN– 

Mortal Kombat X

Rise of Incarnates

Rising Thunder

Best Family Game 

Disney Infinity 3.0

LEGO Dimensions

Skylanders: SuperChargers


Super Mario Maker

Best Sports/Racing Game 


Forza Motorsport 6

NBA 2K16  

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

Rocket League

Best Multiplayer 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Destiny: The Taken King

Halo 5: Guardians

Rocket League


Most Anticipated Game 

Horizon Zero Dawn

No Man’s Sky

Quantum Break

The Last Guardian

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End  

eSports Player of the Year 

Kenny “KennyS” Schrub

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer 

Peter “ppd” Dager

Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan

eSports Team of the Year

Evil Geniuses


Optic Gaming

SK Telecom T1

Team SoloMid

eSports Game of the Year 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Dota 2


League of Legends

Trending Gamer 

Total Biscuit

Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles

Greg Miller



Best Fan Creation 

GTA V – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)

Real GTA (Corridor Digital)

Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)

Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78 / theycallmeshaky)

Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

Source: The Game Awards

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