Your nominees for Video Game Awards are…

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Geoff Keighley has branched out on his own, distancing himself from the atrocity that the VGX has become. His Video Game Awards look pretty cool, and the nominees line up with some of the names we’ve been throwing around for our awards, too.

Here is the complete list of Jury’s Choice games:

Game of the Year

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Hearthstone
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Shadow of Mordor

Developer of the Year

  • Blizzard
  • Monolith
  • Nintendo
  • Telltale
  • Ubisoft Montreal

Best Independent Game

  • Broken Age: Act 1
  • Monument Valley
  • Shovel Knight
  • Transistor
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Best Mobile / Handheld Game

  • Bravely Default
  • Hearthstone
  • Monument Valley
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Threes!

Best Narrative

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Best Score / Soundtrack

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Child of Light
  • Destiny
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Transistor

Best Performance

  • Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us
  • Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Advanced Warfare
  • Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead Season 2
  • Trey Parker as Various Voice, South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Troy Baker as Talion, Shadow of Mordor

Games for Change

  • Mountain
  • Never Alone
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • This War of Mine
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Best Remaster

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Master Chief Collection
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Far Cry 4
  • Titanfall
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Best Action / Adventure

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive

Best RPG

  • Bravely Default
  • Dark Souls II
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth

Best Fighting Game

  • Killer Instinct, Season 2
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 2.0
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Skylanders: Trap Team
  • Tomodachi Life

Best Sports / Racing Game

  • FIFA 15
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Mario Kart 8
  • NBA 2K15
  • Trials Fusion

Best Online Experience

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Dark Souls II
  • Hearthstone
  • Destiny
  • Titanfall

I think the categories say as much about the awards (and the current state of gaming) as the nominees. The fact that there is a category for best remaster without any awards per platform generation is interesting to me, as well as the appearance of a sound award yet nothing about art design.

I wonder how glitches and server issues will play into the awards. It’s hard to have Call of Duty grabbing an online experience award with all that lag, and I can’t imagine Ubisoft or Assassin’s Creed Unity getting too much love with all the issues lately.

Which games do you think were left out from these awards? Are there categories missing that you think it’s a crime to ignore? Or is it all basically in line with the games you thought would be on these lists?

Last Updated: November 21, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

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