The dust has settled and we’re ready to discuss the results of The Game Awards 2018. AAA and indie games alike won awards, with Red Dead Redemption 2 turning out to win the most awards but failing to win the (arguably) biggest award of them all (Game of The Year, which went to God of War). Here’s what I thought of some notable winners and losers from various The Game Awards 2018 categories from earlier today:

God of War Won Game of The Year

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God of War totally deserved its Game of The Year win. Even before the event, I already pegged Sony Santa Monica’s masterpiece as the only candidate truly worthy of being this year’s GOTY. No other game this year managed to evoke the same epic and awe-inspiring feeling from the very beginning to the end, as well as leaving me both utterly satisfied and wanting more. Polished to perfection, God of War was definitely the right choice.

What about the other games? Red Dead Redemption 2 was overrated and had its own share of problems (bugs, which, to be fair, Rockstar has recently fixed) while Marvel’s Spider-Man was spectacular (and is currently the best Spidey game ever) but ultimately did not reach the same heights as God of War did.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Monster Hunter World were remarkable games as well, but facing God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and RDR2, there was no hope for these games to compete. Celeste was the only indie game on this list so it would have been interesting to see it win. I haven’t actually played the game so I’ll reserve my opinions for this game.

Additionally, God of War also won Best Action/Adventure Game, beating other similarly-worthy candidates like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The combat in God of War might not be terribly innovative or groundbreaking but nothing else can compare to throwing that Leviathan Axe and executing godly combos.

Fortnite and Epic Games

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Besides God of War, Fortnite also won two awards; specifically Best Ongoing Game and Best Multiplayer Game. Unlike God of War, it does not deserve to win any awards. Yes, I do admit that it might be the most profitable game in the world right now, making more money than any other game. However, sales aren’t supposed to factor into awards, as they should be bestowed upon games that actually feature good content and those that can be actually classified as ‘good’ games.

I believe that Best Ongoing Game should have gone to either Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege. Both games have consistently offered good content since launch. Ubisoft’s game is particularly deserving of this due to actually being unrecognizable to earlier versions of the game back in 2015. That’s how much the game has improved. In comparison, Fortnite is essentially the same game it was at launch, having only added new weapons, truckloads of cosmetic items and dance emotes since then.

Epic Games is throwing the big bucks, heavily promoting their new Epic Games Store by announcing a slew of new exclusive games like Supergiant Games’ Hades, A44 and Annapurna Interactive’s Ashen, and more. It remains to be seen if these games will able to make the new storefront a serious competitor to Steam or even GOG, but Epic Games certainly isn’t playing around.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Were The Biggest Winners

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Rockstar Games’ latest effort won a whopping 4 awards, including Best Narrative, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design, and Best Performance. Of these four, I believe that RDR2 only deserves two of them, at most. No one doubts that RDR2 features an exceptional narrative (we’re talking about a Rockstar game after all), and anyone who’s played the game can attest to its impeccable audio design (just listen to the distinct sounds made by different animals and weapons).

However, there were other games more deserving of Best Score/Music and Best Performance. Of all the games nominated for best score and music, the one that really stuck with me long after completing it was God of War. I still occasionally listen to the game’s haunting Memories of Mother theme.

As for best performance, it’s a hard one to choose. I would personally choose either Detroit Become Human‘s Bryan Dechart as Connor, Marvel’s Spider-Man‘s Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, or God of War‘s Christopher Judge as Kratos. These were all captivating performances, which elevated their own respective games. I don’t want to downplay RDR2‘s Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, but he’s basically a gruff cowboy archetype or a tough guy with a conscience.

All in all, The Game Awards 2018 was an exciting one, with many surprises and unexpected game announcements. It’s still a travesty that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age didn’t manage to win anything but the only Japanese game to win an award was Monster Hunter World, and that was for Best RPG, a category that’s already mostly dominated by some of the only Japanese games in the entire event.

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Here’s a list of all the nominees and winners in The Game Awards 2018:

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War – WINNER
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells – WINNER
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War – WINNER
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World – WINNER
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Game Direction

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War – WINNER
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Narrative

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER

Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite – WINNER
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn – WINNER

Best Score/Music

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste – WINNER
  • Dead Cells
  • Into the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Performance

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Games for Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste – WINNER
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Mobile Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence – WINNER
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG MOBILE
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission – WINNER
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – WINNER
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2 – WINNER
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game

  • Battletech
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach – WINNER
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4 – WINNER
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite – WINNER
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game

  • Combat 2018 – WINNER
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger – WINNER
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch – WINNER

Best Esports Player

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean – WINNER
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon “JJoNak” Bang

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9 – WINNER
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

Best Esports Coach

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu – WINNER
  • Christian “ppasarel” Banaseanu
  • Danny “zonic” Sorensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic

Best Esports Event

  • ELAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship – WINNER
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best Esports Host

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere – WINNER
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Best Esports Moment

  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE – WINNER
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja – WINNER
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex
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