The Witcher 3 nabs 6 Game Awards nominations

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The Game Awards, Geoff Keighly’s newly independent video game awards ceremony kicks off on December 3rd this year – and will, as usual, give us a glimpse of some new games by way of trailer-accompanied announcements, so it’s always worth a watch. It’s also one of the most “official” of the many end-of-year video game awards, with nominees selected by a panel of 32 esteemed international media.

“Nominees for The Game Awards 2015 are selected by a jury of 32 international media,” Says the Game Awards’ official site. “In some cases, the jury is provided advanced review code of upcoming games in order to meet the Game Awards 2015 judging deadlines. Games must have been commercially released by Tuesday, November 24 to be eligible for awards. eSports nominees were voted on by an advisory panel consisting of eSports media and sites.”

Easy enough – but what games have been nominated? As many of you would imagine, and are likely to be happy about, The Witcher 3 has walked away with many, many nominations.

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year

  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • CD Projekt Red
  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Splatoon
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best RPG

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • Rocket League

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Best Indie Game

  • Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Mobile or Handheld Game

  • Downwell (Moppin/Devolver Digital)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
  • Lara Croft Go (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale/Bandai Namco)

Best Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Tales From the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Score or Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4 (Inon Zur)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Kazuma Jinnouchi)
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Justin Burnett, Ludvig Forssell, Daniel James)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Gareth Coker)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch – Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Doug Cockle – Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill – The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Camilla Luddington – Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change

  • Cibele (Nina Freeman)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
  • Sunset (Tale of Tales)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Fan Choices

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Fan Creation

  • GTA 5 – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
  • Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
  • Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
  • Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78/theycallmeshaky)
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

Trending Gamer

  • Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • PewDiePie
  • Total Biscuit

eSports Categories

Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • League of Legends

Player of the Year

  • Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (CS:GO – Fnatic)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends – SK Telecom T1)
  • Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (CS:GO – Team EnVyUs)

Team of the Year

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Optic Gaming
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team SoloMid

Some rather solid nominations there, though I’d have liked – and expected – the excellent Rise of the Tomb Raider to at least have a nomination for Game of the Year. You can tune in to watch the awards on your favourite media streaming service on December 3.

Last Updated: November 16, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • I will definitely be picking Witcher 3 up for the December holidays. But first that backlog of mine needs some work.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Just make sure you have a spare 100+ hours.

      • And hypothetically speaking, if you only run the main quest line?

        • BakedBagel

          How dare you.
          One does not simply play a witcher game and ONLY run the main quest.

          Do you think this is a game?

          • Hahaha, I usually do the whole “explore everything” for the first half of the game. But when the story gets to gripping, I tend to tunnel vision just to know what happens.

          • BakedBagel

            haha I feel you bro.
            Witcher does a great job of mixing the main quest with some side quests. You actually want to figure out what happened to character x. So you end up doing x’s quest line which could start a different quest lol.

            So its all up to the tunnel vision intensity imo. Its definitely my GOTY c:

          • I overturned Final Fantasy x-2 so much to find more clues from FFX, that my final play through was 250 hours.

          • Mossel

            I basically played only the main quest, with some random side quests every now and then and plenty of monster contracts. I have 100hours on the clock! Going back now to do the rest. I also play slowly, for what it’s worth.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          No idea, I already knocked off 50 hours from my complete play through. 😉

          • 50 hours is doable, but the galaxy still needs it’s mute ninja hero.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You see there was another reactor alert last night? Although you’d think people had learnt from the first two time how to play them.

            And remember that Ash P chassis you wanted? I’ve got two now. I’m also sick of farming cryotic – but got a metric ton of neurodes at the same time.

          • Another? apart from the siege mission?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yip, makes 4 in total for the weekend.

          • Does it have a 24 hour timer?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yes, ends 8/9pm tonight.

          • Phew…

            4 reactors in one weekend awww yiss. Nekros and Mirage are going to get some love.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I really enjoyed those survivals, they were hectic. Especially because I never figured out just how the radiation proc happened so had to be ready to watch for friendly fire all the time.

          • We got nailed by those radiation procs in the survival missions on Saturday xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Guys I was playing with last night were going down like flies. I ended up with 8 revives. I just loved walking down those narrow corridors burning the living hell out of everything in front of me. Punch through FTW!

          • I have a new love for Ember, she is so awesome with the new energy changes.

            Stood on top of the Oxygen canisters and just watched the world burn.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I love firequake. At low levels you just straight out kill everything, but at higher levels it’s good cc.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I made the mistake of going into one with Dread… sure I could kill a line of guys with a single shot, but the amount of enemies was a bit much for it.

          • We are doing it again tonight for the other reactor… huehuehue

          • VampyreSquirrel

            That we are… Can’t have too many reactors!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            For this alert you need a fast firing weapon with punch through, there’s too many enemies swarming you.

          • Or lots and lots and lots of AOE. With FIRE!!!!

          • VampyreSquirrel

            only weapon I have that partially fits that is Boltor P

          • VampyreSquirrel

            yeah… your weapon dude… not good with rad procs.

          • Hahaha, that was the best one. I just heard radiation proc a split second before my orbs fused xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            And down we went… RIP!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            n00bs! *run*

          • VampyreSquirrel

            lol it was funny as hell.

          • And you got resurrected while I was left to the dogs xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I swear he was tapping X tho… took him for frikken ever to revive me.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            GIMMEEEE

          • 50Hrs in I was still doing all the side quests, told myself everytime I put the game on that I will finish the main quests, doesnt work out like that

        • BrianDavion

          you won’t

      • WitWolfy

        Make it for like 300+ hours. Thats how long it took me to finish Witcher 3.

    • BakedBagel

      Witcher 3 is worth it.
      Its made me want to replay the first 2.
      rip backlog.

      • WitWolfy

        One of the reasons I got an Xbox One. Hoping it gets BC support soon! I so need to play that game!

        • BakedBagel

          Or you could just get a PC and not wait for BC support? 😛

          • WitWolfy

            Uuurgh… I hate PC.. I just use mine to download torrents and watch porn to be honest.

          • BakedBagel

            Dont worry majority of PC Gamers do the same thing, we just mix the torrents and porn with gaming. Huheuheuheue

  • Pieter Kruger

    “32 esteemed international media” ROFL! ????????????

    • Hammersteyn

      Will probably regret asking, but what’s the joke?

      • Pieter Kruger

        They nominated paid DLC as Best Shooter….????????????

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          haha that’s actually a good point, I didn’t even think of that.

        • Hammersteyn

          No regrets XD

  • oVg

    Bloodborne, Witcher, MGS, Fallout, Until Dawn, Uncharted…

    2015 you little beauty.

    Remember this time last year? I think the collection was so small that Shadow of Mordor was all we could praise for its innovation in the Nemesis system.

    • Hammersteyn

      2015 has been good to us?

      • oVg

        and I think its safe to say that 2016 is already booked out 🙂

      • oVg

        No mods.

  • TP

    Bloodborne and Rise of the Tomb Raider are pretty much the best games I’ve played this year. Couldn’t agree more Rise of the Tomb Raider should have been nominated for game of the year.

    • Hammersteyn

      Can’t wait to get it cheap. Like the cheap shot Square pulled on the rest of us

      • WitWolfy

        Trust me dude this game is phenomenal! One of the best story driven games I’ve played all year!

      • Nikola

        Cheap cheap cheap!!

    • oVg

      I watched the game on Youtube (PS4 Owner) it should have been nominated.

    • WitWolfy

      I agree, but I think the only reason that the Rise of the Tomb Raider isnt on that list is because of sour fanboys.

    • BrianDavion

      nominated yeah but I think witcher 3 needs to be the winner

  • Steffmeister

    Why should Rise of Tomb Raider get nominated?..its only coming out next year ????

    • Hammersteyn

      ^This

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      All the upvotes!

    • WitWolfy

      LOL Said the poverty struck gamer… 😉

    • BrianDavion

      it’s out now. just because it’s not on PS4 until next year doesn’t mean it’s not out now

  • Hammersteyn

    No Evolve? but it sold millions
    *runs

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      *resold millions….
      *RUNS!

  • oVg

    Bwahahahaha Talk about the EA curse.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      She got owned.

      • Dutch Matrix

        I saw that kick. One of my teeth just spontaneously flew out my mouth…

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Please elaborate?

          • Dutch Matrix

            Ronda/Rhonda/Whatever Rousy/Rosy/Rhousy got herself knocked out quiet brutally the other day?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Watched it now, dayum son

      • oVg

        bwahahahah

  • AfricanTime

    you can walk away from nominations? :p

  • Hammersteyn

    Mark Hamill – The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
    Wait, the Joker is in AK? Noooooooooooo

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Who’d you think was responsible for the PC version?

      • Hammersteyn

        ROFL!

    • WitWolfy

      Not sure if…

      • Hammersteyn

        Still need to play AK. Dodged all spoilers. or I thought I did

        • CaptainNemo42

          Same here.

        • WitWolfy

          I havent finished it either. Got too repetitive for me after a while.. Might go back after Tomb Raider though.

  • Loftus

    This whole thing is rigged, the kardashians game isn’t nominated…

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    That is impressive, hopefully it’ll walk away with quite a few awards, hopefully…

  • Mossel

    Life is Strange should’ve gotten nomination for best score.

  • WitWolfy

    “Game of the Year
    Bloodborne
    Fallout 4
    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain <— This made me LOL
    Super Mario Maker <– WTF?
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"

  • Nikola

    And it should win all of them:)

  • Nikola

    2015 has been a good actually great gaming year I’ve played some really good games this year: Witcher 3, Uncharted Collection, Dying Light, Resident Evil Revalations 2 which really surprised me, little I played of Fallout 4 looks awesome and to my suprise the new Need for Speed I am loving more and more everyday:) Pretty sure I am forgetting something:)

  • BrianDavion

    Witcher 3 deserves to win. Fallout 4 is good and all, but Witcher 3 was just better.

    • WitWolfy

      I agree it feels like Fallout was rushed out the door and doesnt have soul.. Witcher 3 just feels like every byte was coded with love..

  • Spy Master Tokashi

    huh, The Witcher 3’s horse racing should get the game into the “Best Racing Game” Category too … WTF and Gwent should get The Witcher 3 into “Best Family Game” too … what is wrong with these people!!!!

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