The 2018 Game Awards Winners: See The Full List

Kratos yelling in God of War.

The 2018 iteration of The Game Awards aired Thursday night, Dec. 7, with 31 awards announced throughout a night filled with music, touching speeches and oodles of game trailers. It was a packed show that lasted nearly three hours, but we've gathered all of the award winners into one convenient location for you.

After Red Dead Redemption 2 seemed to be sweeping the show, Kratos stormed onto the scene with a surprise twist of fate, earning the evening's top spot as the Game of the Year. This will likely spur on a number of thinkpieces in the coming week but, for now, let's get through the rundown of all of this year's winners.

The Game Awards 2018 Winners

Game of the year: God of War

Best game direction: God of War

Best narrative: Red Dead Redemption 2

Best performance: Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2

Best score/music: Red Dead Redemption 2

Best audio: Red Dead Redemption 2

Best art direction: Return of the Obra Dinn

Best ongoing game: Fortnite

Best multiplayer game: Fortnite

Best independent game: Celeste

Best action/adventure game: God of War

Best action game: Dead Cells

Best roleplaying game: Monster Hunter World

Best sports/racing game: Forza Horizon 4

Best fighting game: Dragon Ball FighterZ

Best family game: Overcooked 2

Best strategy game: Into the Breach

Best mobile game: Florence

Best VR game: Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Best debut indie game: The Messenger

Games for impact award: Celeste

Industry Icon: Greg Thomas of Visual Concepts

Content Creator of the year: Tyler "Ninja" Blevins

eSports player of the year: SonicFox

Best esports team: Cloud9

Best esports game: Overwatch

Best esports event: League of Legends World Championship

Best esports host: Shockz

Best esports coach: Reapered

Best esports moment: C9 comeback win in triple OT vs Faze

Best student game: Combat 2018

The first surprise of the night came when Monster Hunter World took home the prize for the best roleplaying game of 2018. Don't get me wrong, I adore MHW, but many would argue it's not exactly an RPG and, more importantly, it was up against the Nintendo Switch darling, Octopath Traveler. Other big moments from the night included an excited and clearly terrified speech from the fursuit-wearing eSports player of the year, SonicFox, a genuinely touching acceptance speech from the team behind the best independent game, Celeste, and a really nice retrospective on the career of this year's Industry Icon, Greg Thomas.

Music was also a big part of the night, with an orchestra providing a soundtrack to the proceedings and a couple of live performances for music from games like Devil May Cry 6, Red Dead Redemption and more. Oh, and a Muppet had a chat with Ninja, so that was pretty fun.

On top of all of that, the show was absolutely packed with trailers including known quantities like the new season of Fortnite, a Crash Team Racing remaster and the heavily teased post-apocalyptic Far Cry, as well as a whole bunch of surprises including the Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and a whole bunch of indie games that look absolutely fantastic. And then Nintendo goes and announces that Joker, from Persona 5, will be the first DLC character in Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you missed any of the trailers, we've also gathered them into a single post for your viewing convenience.

All told, this was probably the best year for The Game Awards yet. They still need to make some adjustments but, as a celebration of gaming, it's getting the job done.

Ryan Winslett

Staff Writer for CinemaBlend.