Best of Gamescom nominees announced

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Gamescom kicks off this week, and I’m looking rather forward to it. I’ve always preferred the European game show to the big media extravaganza that is E3. There’s less pomp and ceremony, and more of a focus on actual games. Plus, there’s great beer to drink, and it’s just a generally more chilled event. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t great big reveals, announcements or first looks at brand new games.

This may take some of the excitement out of it all. Gamescom’s organisers have already published the list of nominees for Gamescoms awards, which are a reflection of the best games on show. The show has yet to actually start (kicking off this Wednesday), but here’re the nominees anyway:

Best Console Game Sony PlayStation

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Uncharted 4
  • Unravel

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii

  • LEGO Marvel Avengers
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X

Best PC Game

  • Anno 2205
  • Call of Duty – Black Ops 3
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Mad Max
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Best Mobile Game (incl. Handheld, iOS, Android, Windows)

  • The Airbender
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  • Torchlight Mobile

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Dragon Quest Heroes
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X

Best Racing Game

  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Need for Speed
  • Skylanders SuperChargers

Best Action Game

  • Mad Max
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Uncharted 4
  • Until Dawn

Best Simulation Game

  • Anno 2205
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Grand Ages: Medieval

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
  • PES 2016

Best Family Game

  • Guitar Hero Live
  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Dragon Quest Heroes
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Strategy Game

  • Anno 2205
  • Crookz – The Big Heist
  • Unravel

Best Social / Casual / Online Game

  • Guitar Hero Live
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Online Multiplayer Game

  • Battleborn
  • Call of Duty – Black Ops 3
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

The winners will be chosen by an expert panel of judges. As we’ve told you before, entrants in to these particular awards need to pay a nominal fee, so the whole thing is a little bit iffy – and seems to serve as a marketing more than anything else.

Last Updated: August 3, 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.

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