Each year Geoff Keighley has been working hard toward legitimizing an awards show for video games, attempting to find that fine balance between an entertaining two hour awards show and revealing brand new content and games within the industry. Before getting to that big night The Game Awards listed the nominees who are up for awards this year, and you can see which games you'll be rooting for come December.

Voting is open for each of the entries, which includes a number of high-profile games that can be voted on over on the official Game Awards website. It's broken down with several games (or performers) per category, starting with Game of the Year. All of the big categories are listed below, but you can visit the official website to see every nominee in every category for this year's Game Awards show, which features more than 100 nominations for individuals and games. The show will air next month, on December 6th.

Game Of The Year

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Celeste
  • Monster Hunter: World

Best Ongoing Game

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

Best Game Direction

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Narrative

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Life Is Strange 2: Episode 1

Best Art Direction

  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Octopath Traveler

Best Musical Score

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Celeste

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
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel's Spider-Man

Games For Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • Florence

Best Independent Game

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

Best Mobile Game

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite

Best VR/AR Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Action Game

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

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role-Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Monster Hunter: World

Best Fighting Game

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • BlazBLue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Soul Calibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Best Family Game

  • Nintendo Labo
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle For Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game

  • Battletech
  • Frostpunk
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

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

Best Multiplayer Game

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

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Content Creator of the Year

  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth

Some of these seem like they have pretty easy to figure out winners, such as Ninja likely taking the Content Creator of the Year award, and Fortnite running away with the Best Multiplayer category. However, some of the other categories are a tough call, such as Best Performer. Christopher Judge really knocked it out of the park as Kratos in God of War, and Yuri Lowenthal was one of the best portrayals of Peter Parker and Spider-Man of any incarnation of the character, whether it be in a cartoon, a live-action movie or a video game.

However, Bryan Dechart's portrayal of Connor in Detroit: Become Human was unforgettably sublime. That's going to be a really tough category to pick a winner in, but in terms of long-lasting appeal and just really bringing an original character to life, Dechart's turn as Connor can't go ignored, regardless of what the rest of the game was like.

I'm also pretty sure that Dragon Ball FighterZ will come away with the win for the Best Fighting Game of the year. It's a visual powerhouse that really captures the look and feel of the show, and it had such a strong showing at this year's EVO Championship Series that it's impossible to think that any other game would come away with the honors. However, that's not to discount the quality and fun-factors featured in games like Soul Calibur VI.

It's also nice to see games like A Way Out and The Messenger make the nominees' list. They're in tough categories, though, and I'm pretty sure Cory Barlog is going to come away with the win for God of War in the Best Game Direction category, but that's not to take anything away from excellently directed titles like Marvel's Spider-Man.

Speaking of which, it would be righteous justice if John Paesano came away with the win for the musical score on Marvel's Spider-Man because it really does have a standout soundtrack. I've been replaying that score over and over again. Of course, there's no way to discount Octopath Traveler, which really captures the classic nostalgia from the 16-bit era of gaming, but brought to life for today's generation of gaming.

So, what do you think of the nominees and who do you think will come away with the win this year in each category?

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