Update: the article’s original headline said that Death Stranding had 10 awards; it has 9. Kakuchopurei regrets the error.

The Game Awards 2019 is happening soon in the next few weeks, so it’s apparent that the nominations are primed and ready.¬†

Turns out that it’s chock-filled with Death Stranding. No, really: the Hideo Kojima-directed game has nine nominations, with the Remedy shooter Control netting eight.

Here’s the full nomination list:

Game of the Year

  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 2(Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds(Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Game Direction

  • Control(Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)
  • Outer Wilds(Mobius Digital/Annapurna)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence(Asobo/Focus Home)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Disco Elysium(ZA/UM)
  • The Outer Worlds(Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Art Direction

  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts(Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening(Grezzo/Nintendo)

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule (Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Devil May Cry 5(Capcom)
  • Kingdom Hearts III(Square Enix)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts(Simogo/Annapurna)

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gears 5(The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil 2(Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb, The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden, Control
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz, Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling, Control
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends(Respawn/EA)
  • Astral Chain(Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare(Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Devil May Cry 5(Capcom/Capcom)
  • Gears 5(The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Metro Exodus(4A Games/Deep Silver)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3(Gearbox/2K)
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2(Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening(Grezzo/Nintendo)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium(ZA/UM)
  • Final Fantasy XIV(Square Enix)
  • Kingdom Hearts III(Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne(Capcom)
  • The Outer Worlds(Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6(Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo)
  • Jump Force(Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco)
  • Mortal Kombat 11(NetherRealm/WBIE)
  • Samurai Showdown(SNK/Athlon)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3(Next Level Games/Nintendo)
  • Ring Fit Adventure(Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Maker 2(Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall(Triumph Studios/Paradox)
  • Anno 1800(Blue Byte/Ubisoft)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses(Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms(Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Tropico 6(Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled(Beenox/Activision)
  • DiRT Rally 2.0(Codemasters)
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020(PES Productions/Konami)
  • F1 2019(Codemasters)
  • FIFA 20(EA Sports)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends(Respawn/EA)
  • Borderlands 3(Gearbox/2K)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare(Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Tetris 99(Arika/Nintendo)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2(Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

Fresh Indie Game Studio

  • ZA/UM for Disco Elysium
  • Nomada Studio for Gris
  • DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro
  • Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds
  • Mega Crit for Slay the Spire
  • House House for Untitled Goose Game

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie (Pixelopus/SIE)
  • Gris(Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Kind Words(Popcannibal)
  • Life is Strange 2(Dontnod/Square Enix)
  • Sea of Solitude(Jo-Mei Games/EA)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You(Hempuli)
  • Disco Elysium(ZA/UM)
  • Katana ZERO(Askiisoft/Devolver)
  • Outer Wilds(Mobius Digital/Annapurna)
  • Untitled Goose Game(House House/Panic)

Best  Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile(TiMi Studios/Activision)
  • GRINDSTONE(Capybara Games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts(Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sky: Children of Light(Thatgamecompany)
  • What the Golf?(Tribland)

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2(Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV(Square Enix)
  • Fortnite(Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege(Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath(Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)
  • Blood & Truth(SIE London Studio/SIE)
  • Beat Saber(Beat Games)
  • No Man’s Sky(Hello Games)
  • Trover Saves the Universe(Squanch Games)

Some takeaways:

  • Why the hell isn’t Code Vein nominated for Best Score/Music? On that note, why is DMC5 on this category?
  • If I were to make a drinking game revolving around Death Stranding’s nomination and wins, I’d be dead from alcohol poisoning in the first 10 minutes of the show.
  • Good to see Outer Wilds getting the nominations it needs, though it should at least get a GOTY nomination.
  • Arslan Ash should at least get a nomination in the esports player category. His victory and story must be noticed in something as big as the Game Awards.

Anyway, you can start voting now.

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