The Game Awards 2015 is right around the corner, boasting nominations for some of the best games to arrive in the past 12 months. But no awards show would be complete without a few snubs, and we've gone ahead and narrowed those omissions down to our top five for the year.

Arguing over which game should or should not be nominated for an award is about as trivial as it gets, but it sure can be fun. When The Game Awards airs on Dec. 3, you'll be able to watch some of the best games of 2015 receive shiny silver statues that recognize them for things such as Best Multiplayer and Best Soundtrack. All of the usual genres are covered by The Game Awards, too, including Best Action/Adventure Game, Best RPG and Best Sports/Racing Game. Even some more unique categories will return for this year's show, including Best Game for Impact, the ESports Game of the Year and...um...Best Trending Gamer?

All of those categories come with a collection of five nominees, all of which are deserving of being recognized in their respective categories. Plenty of other games could have fit on those nomination lists quite nicely, though, and we've picked a few that stand out a bit more than the rest.

Zelda
Zelda Wii U (Most Anticipated)
It's easy to say “This is the game I'm most excited for next year,” but how do you determine which game the most people are the most excited for next year? As silly a concept as the Most Anticipated Game category is, it's not hard to come up with a handful of titles that are likely at the top of everyone's must-play list. This year's nominees include the likes of No Man's Sky, The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4, all of which are likely to do gangbusters when they finally launch. But what about the next Zelda game coming to the Wii U? The next Zelda has all of the trappings of a “most anticipated” game, chief among them being a pedigree for high quality and a history that makes the Uncharted series look like a baby by comparison.

Link's absence from this list has not gone unnoticed, and we imagine quite a few longtime Zelda fans would agree. This is only amplified by the fact that the next Zelda is launching for a console that doesn't have a heck of a lot on the horizon in 2016, making the next trip to Hyrule that much more exciting.

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