With South by Southwest (SXSW) finally wrapping up, it's time to take a look at the various awards presented in the area of video games. There was a nice bit of variety in this year's selection but, in the end, Nathan Drake's final outing in Uncharted 4 pretty much stole the show.
This year marked the fourth iteration of the SXSW Video Game Awards presentation, with Naughty Dog's latest offering bringing home quite a bit of hardware once all of the winners had been announced. In total, 23 awards were presented in areas we've come to expect, including sound design, animation, multiplayer, best mobile game and, yep, Video Game of the Year. Of those categories, Uncharted 4 won quite a few honors. Along with its Game of the Year nod, the PlayStation 4 exclusive also earned big wins in areas such as Excellence in Visual Achievement, Excellence in Animation, Most Memorable Character and Excellence in Narrative.
If you've been following the video game awards circuit, the SXSW showing is one of the few places that Overwatch didn't take home the top prize. As noted by GameInformer, it claimed wins in the area of Trending Game of the Year and eSports Game of the Year, but the SXSW judges panel was apparently looking for something different in their game of the year winner.
Here's a rundown of all of this year's SXSW winners.
Excellence in SFX: Battlefield 1 - Electronic Arts / EA DICE
Excellence in Musical Score: DOOM - Bethesda Softworks / id Software
Excellence in Technical Achievement: Battlefield 1 - Electronic Arts / EA DICE
Excellence in Visual Achievement: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
Excellence in Animation: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
Excellence in Art: Firewatch - Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
Excellence in Convergence: Batman: The Telltale Series - Telltale Games
Excellence in Multiplayer: Overwatch - Blizzard Entertainment
Most Memorable Character: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Nathan Drake
Most Promising New Intellectual Property: Overwatch - Blizzard Entertainment
Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game: Starbound - Chucklefish Games
Excellence in Gameplay: DOOM - Bethesda Softworks / id Software
Excellence in Design: Dishonored 2 - Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
Excellence in Narrative: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award: That Dragon, Cancer - Numinous Games
Gamer's Voice Multiplayer: Arena Gods - Supertype
Gamer's Voice Single Player: Owlboy - D-pad Studio
Fan Creation of the Year: Brutal Doom 64 - Sergeant_Mark_IV
Trending Game of the Year: Overwatch - Blizzard Entertainment
eSports Game of the Year: Overwatch - Blizzard Entertainment
Tabletop Game of the Year: Arkham Horror: The Card Game - Fantasy Flight Games
Mobile Game of the Year: Pokémon GO - Niantic
Video Game of the Year: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
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