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The Game Awards aired last night and, along with a whole bunch of new trailers, announcements, and commercials for eBay, they handed out a nice collection of awards including the coveted Game of the Year trophy. We've got the rundown on all of the evening's winners.
If you missed The Game Awards last night and don't feel like catching up on the three-hour presentation, we've got everything you need to know about which games brought home some hardware.
Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Best Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch
Best Art Direction: Cuphead
Best Music: NieR: Automata
Best Audio Design: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Best Performance: Melina Juergens, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch
Best Independent Game: Cuphead
Best Mobile Game: Monument Valley 2
Best Handheld Game: Metroid: Samus Returns
Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil 7
Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Best Action/Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Best Roleplaying Game: Persona 5
Best Fighting Game: Injustice 2
Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey
Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7
Most Anticipate Game: The Last of Us Part II
Trending Gamer: Guy "Dr. Disrespect" Beahm
Best eSports Game: Overwatch
Best eSports Player: Lee "Faker" Sang-\_hyeok_
Best eSports Team: Cloud 9
Student Game Award: Level Squared
Best Debut Indie Game: Cuphead
Chinese Fan Game Award: jx3 HD
On the whole, I think this was probably the best year for The Game Awards yet. There were only a couple of cringe-worthy moments and the folks who received awards on stage were given plenty of time to say their thanks. There was still a lot of advertising, but that's understandable given the fact that somebody needs to bankroll this whole ordeal. Still, I would have liked to see more presentations made live and fewer lists of winners kind of thrown out between trailers.
Speaking of the fringe benefits of watching, there were plenty of extra niceties thrown into this year's show including fantastic musical performances, some great industry recognitions and trailers for games like Bayonetta 3, Death Stranding and whatever the hell From Software showed off for 6.5 seconds that sure looked a lot like Bloodborne but could have been anything.
And say what you will about the show itself, they usually include a solid collection of categories with deserving entries. I mean, we got to see Hellblade, Cuphead and NieR: Automata win awards alongside the likes of Overwatch, Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, so it included a little something for everyone. I still think Horizon was criminally snubbed, but that's the way these things go sometimes.
So what did you think of the show, folks? What about the winners? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.