Since 2014, The Game Awards has been an annual ceremony for the videogame industry and its fans to celebrate the games that were released that year. Since the year is ending, that means The Game Awards is soon to be here, and to prepare gamers for it, the nominees were announced Nov. 13. Here are my thoughts on the Game of The Year (GOTY) nominees.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Not only nominated for GOTY, but also nominated in seven other categories as well, it would not be surprising if it is a Baldur’s Gate sweep at the awards. While turned-based combat is not my thing, all the praise that the game, the developer and producer, Larian Studios, has earned since it was released has made me think otherwise, and I would be quite proud if it took the award home.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
The only contender that stuck out, which sadly only has two other nominations, is a remake of a critically acclaimed game from 2005. I do not have a vendetta against Resident Evil; I just do not think remakes should be considered a contender for an award that encompasses a whole year.
Alan Wake 2
If Baldur’s Gate 3 does not win, then it would not be surprising if Alan Wake 2 takes it back home to Bright Falls. Leading with Baldur’s Gate with eight nominations as well, Remedy Entertainment proceeds to exceed expectations with every new game it develops. Even if the GOTY is not written in its story, that might change when the remake of Max Payne or the sequel to Control is released.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom
While Breath of The Wild (BOTW) won Game of the Year 2017, I do not think this one will win compared to the likes of Alan Wake and Baldur’s Gate. The new gameplay additions make it much more enjoyable, but because of that, it puts the previous installment, BOTW, to shame. It was nominated in four other categories as well so it may still have hope.
Swinging in with a GOTY and six other nominations, we have the sequel to Spider-Man. I personally do not think it will win because it is a superhero game, but the gameplay that mostly involves navigating around New York City while web swinging is quite fun.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Out of all the contenders, this one surprised me the most. Nintendo’s second game to be nominated this year with a GOTY and nominated in four other categories, Wonder is not only fresh paint, but breathes new life into the 2D Mario games where there were none at least for the last four games. I do not think it will win because it is a platformer, but we can only wonder what if it does.
If you would like to help choose the winners in the other categories, there is online voting at thegameawards.com.