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The Game Awards 2023 Nominees, Categories, And What To Expect

It's December which can only mean one thing - it's almost time for the annual Game Awards show on Friday, December 8th! This year will also mark the 10th year of The Game Awards.


You can tune in for free Friday morning (830AM Perth/10AM Darwin/1030AM Brisbane/11AM Adelaide/11:30AM Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Canberra) on YouTube, Twitch, X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook, Steam, TikTok, Instagram, and even Kick. Outlets IGN and GameSpot will also be streaming the event.


From Remedy's anticipated survival horror Alan Wake II, Insomniac's web slinging heroes in Spider-Man 2, Respawn's Jedi: Survivor, and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom, there's been practically no video game drought for this year. Some months were more quiet than others, but for the most part gamers were quite busy. If there wasn't a video game to play though, there was a video game adaptation to watch. From TV series The Last of Us on HBO, to The Super Mario Bros. Movie on the big screen. So yeah, it's been busy (and good!)


And that's just a light brief overview of just some titles that dropped this year! Phew. You still here? Good. In case you missed it or needed a refresher for this Friday, here's a list of all the categories and nominees for The Game Awards 2023.


Alan Wake II is up for 8 nominations - GOTY, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design, Best Performance and Best Action/Adventure

GAME OF THE YEAR

Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.


- Alan Wake II

- Baldur's Gate 3

- Marvel's Spider-Man 2

- Resident Evil 4

- Super Mario Bros. Wonder

- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom


BEST GAME DIRECTION

Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.


- Alan Wake II

- Baldur's Gate 3

- Marvel's Spider-Man 2

- Super Mario Bros. Wonder

- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom


BEST NARRATIVE

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.


- Alan Wake II

- Baldur's Gate 3

- Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

- Final Fantasy XVI

- Marvel's Spider-Man 2


BEST ART DIRECTION

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.


- Alan Wake II

- High-FI Rush

- Lies of P

- Super Mario Bros. Wonder

- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom


Baldur's Gate 3 is up for 8 nominations - GOTY, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Score and Music, Best Performance, Best Community Support, Best RPG and Best Multiplayer

BEST SCORE AND MUSIC

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.


- Alan Wake II, Composer Petri Alanko

- Baldur's Gate 3, Composer Borislav Slavov

- Final Fantasy XVI, Composer Masayoshi Soken

- HI-FI Rush, Audio Director Shuichi Kobori

- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom, Composed by Nintendo Sound Team


SHOW ME THE CHAMPION OF LIIIIIIGGGHHHT


BEST AUDIO DESIGN

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.


- Alan Wake II

- Dead Space

- HI-FI Rush

- Marvel's Spider-Man 2

- Resident Evil 4


BEST PERFORMANCE

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.


- Ben Starr as Clive Rosfield, Final Fantasy XVI

- Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

- Idris Elba as Solomon Reed, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

- Melanie Liburd as Saga Anderson, Alan Wake II

- Neil Newbon as Astarion, Baldur's Gate 3

- Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel's Spider-Man 2


INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY

Recognizing software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.


- Diablo IV

- Forza Motorsport

- HI-FI Rush

- Marvel's Spider-Man 2

- Mortal Kombat 1

- Street Fighter 6


GAMES FOR IMPACT

For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.


- A Space for the Unbound

- Chants of Sennaar

- Goodbye Volcano High

- Tchia

- Terra Nil

- Venba


Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is up for 7 nominations - GOTY, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Audio Design, Best Performance, Innovation in Accessibility and Best Action/Adventure

BEST ONGOING

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.


- Apex Legends

- Cyberpunk 2077

- Final Fantasy XIV

- Fortnite

- Genshin Impact


BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates/patches.


- Baldur's Gate 3

- Cyberpunk 2077

- Destiny 2

- Final Fantasy XIV

- No Man's Sky


BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.


- Cocoon

- Dave the Diver

- Dredge

- Sea of Stars

- Viewfinder


BEST DEBUT INDIE GAME

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.


- Cocoon

- Dredge

- Pizza Tower

- Venba

- Viewfinder


BEST MOBILE GAME

For the best game playable on a mobile device.


- Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis

- Hello Kitty Island Adventure

- Honkai: Star Rail

- Monster Hunter Now

- Terra Nil


Resident Evil 4 is up for 3 nominations - GOTY, Best Audio Design and Best Action/Adventure

BEST VR / AR

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.


- Gran Turismo 7

- Horizon Call of The Mountain

- Humanity

- Resident Evil Village VR Mode

- Synapse


BEST ACTION GAME

For the best game in the action genre focused primarily on combat.


- Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

- Dead Island 2

- Ghostrunner 2

- HI-FI Rush

- Remnant 2


BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE

For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.


- Alan Wake II

- Marvel's Spider-Man 2

- Resident Evil 4

- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom


BEST RPG

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.


- Baldur's Gate 3

- Final Fantasy XVI

- Lies of P

- Sea of Stars

- Starfield


The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is up for 5 Nominations - GOTY, Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, and Best Action/Adventure

BEST FIGHTING

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.


- God of Rock

- Mortal Kombat 1

- Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2

- Pocket Bravery

- Street Fighter 6


BEST FAMILY

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.


- Disney Illusion Island

- Party Animals

- Pikmin 4

- Sonic Superstars

- Super Mario Bros. Wonder


BEST SIM / STRATEGY

Best game focused on real time or turn-based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.


- Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-boot Camp

- Cities: Skylines II

- Company of Heroes 3

- Fire Emblem Engage

- Pikmin 4


BEST SPORTS / RACING

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.


- EA Sports FC 24

- F1 23

- Forza Motorsport

- Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged

- The Crew Motorfest


BEST MULTIPLAYER

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.


- Baldur's Gate 3

- Diablo IV

- Party Animals

- Street Fighter 6

- Super Mario Bros. Wonder


BEST ADAPTATION

Recognizing outstanding creative work that faithfully and authentically adapts a video game to another entertainment medium.


- Castlevania: Nocturne

- Gran Turismo

- The Last of Us

- The Super Mario Bros. Movie

- Twisted Metal


MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

Recognizing an announced game that has demonstrably illustrated potential to push the gaming medium forward.


- Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

- Hades II

- Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

- Star Wars Outlaws

- Tekken 8


Super Mario Bros. Wonder is up for 5 nominations - GOTY, Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Family Game, and Best Multiplayer

CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2023.


- Ironmouse

- Peoplemakegames

- Quackity

- Spreen

- Sypherpk


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.


- Counter - Strike 2

- Dota 2

- League of Legends

- PUBG Mobile

- Valorant


BEST ESPORTS ATHLETE

The esports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2023, irrespective of game.


- Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok

- Mathieu "Zywoo" Herbaut

- Max "Demon1" Mazanov

- Paco "Hydra" Rusiewiez

- Park "Ruler" Jae-Hyuk

- Phillip "Imperialhal" Dosen


BEST ESPORTS TEAM

Recognizing a specific esports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2023.


- Evil Geniuses

- FNATIC

- Gaimin Gladiators

- JD Gaming

- Team Vitality


BEST ESPORTS COACH

The esports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2023.


- Christine "Potter" Chi

- Danny "Zonic" Sorensen

- Jordan "Gunba" Graham

- Remy "XTQZZZ"

- Yoon "Homme" Sung-Young



BEST ESPORTS EVENT

Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.


- 2023 League of Legends World Championship

- Blast.TV Paris Major 2023

- EVO 2023

- The International Dota 2 Championships 2023

- Valorant Champions 2023


And there you have it, a whopping 31 categories with over 100+ nominees.


What To Expect

Of course, it wouldn't be a Game Awards show without a few reveals, surprises, and performances here and there throughout the 3 hour (give or take) show.


We could potentially see or hear more about Death Stranding 2, as there's a very quick glimpse of Fragile at the 54 second mark from Geoff's Hype Trailer.


The Game Awards 2023: Geoff's Hype Trailer


Also while we're on the same week as TGA, the first Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer will finally drop on Tuesday, December 5. IGN have an official trailer countdown livestream, or you can keep an eye out on Rockstar's YouTube Channel here. Or on any gaming outlet/platform really.


We'll keep you updated with the winners of each category, surprises, and announcements dropped during TGA. Happy Gaming/Watching!

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