Game Awards 2019 in a Nutshell


Alexander Gray

Overview of the winners and announcements from the 2019 Game Awards (Photo courtesy Alexander Gray).

Game Awards 2019 has wrapped up, and although a bit underwhelming and cringy at times, overall it was pretty exciting. Let’s see which games, developers, and people took home awards from the twenty-nine categories.

“Game of the Year” was a surprise to everyone as From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice won, beating the other contenders: Smash Bros Ultimate, Death Stranding, Control, Resident Evil 2, and The Outer Worlds. This award came right after Sekiro won for the “Best Action/Adventure Game”.

“Smash Bros Ultimate should have won Game of the Year,”  said sophomore Myles Holmes.

In the AAA department, Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding walked away with two awards for “Game Direction” and “Score/Music.” Nintendo won three awards for Fire Emblem: Three Houses for “Best Strategy Game,” Luigi’s Mansion 3 for “Best Family Game”, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for “Best Fighting Game.” “Best Action Game” went to Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5, and Respawn’s Apex Legends won the “Best Multiplayer.”

In the art department, Remedy and 505 Games’ Control won the “Best Art Direction.” Activision ended up walking away with two awards: one for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for “Best Sound Design” and one for Call of Duty: Mobile for “Best Mobile Game.” Namada Studio and Devolver Digital’s Gris won “Game for Impact.”

In the indie developer scene, ZA/UM’s Disco Elysium ended up walking away with four awards for “Best Narrative,” “Fresh Indie Game,” “Independent Game,” and “Best Role-Play Game.” Beat Games’ (and Facebook’s) Beat Saber won “Best VR/AR.”

In the Esports scene, Esports’ team G2 was nominated for the “Best Team.” Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was nominated for the “Best Esports Player” and Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere was nominated for “Best Host.” Finally, Riot Games walked away with two awards for League of Legends as “Best Esports Game” and “Best Esports Event.”

Finally, in the community section, Shroud walked away with “Best Content Creator.” Destiny 2 won an award for “Best Community Support.” And last but not least, Fortnite won the “Best Ongoing Game.”

Throughout the awards, we got some new announcements from Xbox, Sony, and many other developers.

Microsoft revealed their new Xbox title, “Xbox Series X,” which they have stated will be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X. Ninja Theory revealed a cinematic for their new game, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II for the Xbox Series X, which looked pretty ominous and gave off a nice creepy vibe.

“The new Xbox is pretty cool. It looks like a PC,” said sophomore Max Gassner.

Gears Tactics, a turn-based strategy game, got a story trailer as well as an April 2020 release date for PC and Xbox One.

Sony unveiled new Ghosts of Tsushima gameplay had the longest reveal showing off gameplay and a cinematic, which looked beautiful. Along with Tsushima, Godfall, a Playstation 5 exclusive published by Gearbox, was announced and showed off a beautiful cinematic cutscene running off the game engine. The final reveal we got was a fantastic new trailer for the new Final Fantasy 7 remake, which showed off cutscenes from the game missions.

“I like Godfall. It looks like it could be hype,” said Holmes.

We also had some nice surprises from indie developers. Telltale Games came back from bankruptcy to announce The Wolf Among Us: Season 2, which is something I was not expecting and am super excited about the game. The Forest has come out with a sequel titled “Sons of the Forest,” which was overly creepy with the monsters they showed off in the gameplay. Finally, PlayerUnkown is working on a new game, Prologue, which had about 15 seconds of footage from the game.

In terms of surprises, Beat Saber confirmed that Green Day would be the new song pack for the game during their live performance. No More Heroes 3 was a big surprise to everyone as it was kept a secret from the hosts of the Game Awards. Finally, Surgeon Simulator is getting a second game.

“I’m Hyped for Surgeon Simulator 2, I used to play that all the time as a kid,” said Andre Newton.

The Game Awards 2019 was a blast to watch. It was surprising to see the winners of the awards and the exciting announcements that they had during the show. One thing is for certain: 2020 is going to be a busy year in the gaming community.