2019 Game Awards Predictions Scored

Well, as usual, I didn’t watch the darn thing. Last night, the 6th annual (the 17th such show under host/producer Geoff Keighley’s wings) Game Awards were held to honor the best in gaming from the past year. And although I don’t keep up very well with playing the games from the industry, I do keep my ears open for how things are going in the video game world (and play a lot of old games). In any event, maybe I should have watched the broadcast; I heard there were Muppets there. And maybe it would have alleviated just how off base I was, once again, with my predictions. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, independent RPG DISCO ELYSIUM took home the most wins with four. Didn’t guess that one. I’ll bold the actual winner and mark with a * my pick, and tally my results at the end.

Game of the Year

  • CONTROL
  • DEATH STRANDING*
  • SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE
  • RESIDENT EVIL 2
  • SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
  • THE OUTER WORLDS

Best Game Direction

  • CONTROL
  • DEATH STRANDING*
  • RESIDENT EVIL 2
  • SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
  • OUTER WILDS

Best Narrative

  • A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE
  • CONTROL
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • DISCO ELYSIUM
  • THE OUTER WORLDS*

Best Art Direction

  • CONTROL*
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • GRIS
  • SAYONARA WILD HEARTS
  • SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING

Best Score/Music

  • CADENCE OF HYRULE*
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • DEVIL MAY CRY 5
  • KINGDOM HEARTS III
  • SAYONARA WILD HEARTS

Best Audio Design

  • CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE
  • CONTROL
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • GEARS 5
  • RESIDENT EVIL 2*
  • SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch — THE OUTER WORLDS
  • Courtney Hope — CONTROL
  • Laura Bailey — GEARS 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen — DEATH STRANDING
  • Matthew Porretta — CONTROL
  • Norman Reedus — DEATH STRANDING*

Games for Impact

  • CONCRETE GENIE
  • GRIS
  • KIND WORDS
  • LIFE IS STRANGE 2*
  • SEA OF SOLITUDE

Best Ongoing Game

  • APEX LEGENDS
  • DESTINY 2
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV
  • FORTNITE*
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE

Best Independent Game

  • BABA IS YOU
  • DISCO ELYSIUM
  • KATANA ZERO
  • OUTER WILDS*
  • UNTITLED GOOSE GAME

Best Mobile Game

  • CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE
  • GRINDSTONE
  • SAYONARA WILD HEARTS*
  • SKY: CHILDREN OF LIGHT
  • WHAT THE GOLF?

Best Community Support

  • APEX LEGENDS
  • DESTINY 2
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV*
  • FORTNITE
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASGARD’S WRATH
  • BLOOD & TRUTH
  • BEAT SABER
  • NO MAN’S SKY
  • TROVER SAVES THE UNIVERSE*

Best Action Game

  • APEX LEGENDS
  • ASTRAL CHAIN
  • CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE
  • DEVIL MAY CRY 5*
  • GEARS 5
  • METRO: EXODUS

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • BORDERLANDS 3
  • CONTROL
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • RESIDENT EVIL 2*
  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING
  • SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE

Best RPG

  • DISCO ELYSIUM
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV
  • KINGDOM HEARTS III
  • MONSTER HUNTER WORLD: ICEBORNE
  • THE OUTER WORLDS*

Best Fighting Game

  • DEAD OR ALIVE 6
  • JUMP FORCE
  • MORTAL KOMBAT 11
  • SAMURAI SHOWDOWN
  • SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE*

Best Family Game

  • LUIGI’S MANSON 3
  • RING FIT ADVENTURE
  • SUPER MARIO MAKER 2
  • SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE*
  • YOSHI’S CRAFTED WORLD

Best Strategy Game

  • AGE OF WONDERS: PLANETFALL
  • ANNO 1800
  • FIRE EMBLEM: THREE HOUSES*
  • TOTAL WAR: THREE KINGDOMS
  • TROPICO 6
  • WARGROOVE

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • CRASH TEAM RACING NITRO-FUELED*
  • DIRT RALLY 2.0
  • EFOOTBALL PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2020
  • F1 2019
  • FIFA 20

Best Multiplayer Game

  • APEX LEGENDS*
  • BORDERLANDS 3
  • CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE
  • TETRIS 99
  • TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION 2

Fresh Indie Game Presented by Subway

  • DISCO ELYSIUM
  • GRIS
  • MY FRIEND PEDRO
  • OUTER WILDS*
  • SLAY THE SPIRE
  • UNTITLED GOOSE GAME

Best Esports Game

  • COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE
  • DOTA2
  • FORTNITE
  • LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
  • OVERWATCH*

As I mentioned in my predictions piece, I only made guesses for 23 of the 29 categories; besides best overall game, I just totally avoided the esports categories that bear no meaning for me. That being said, I still received the totally abysmal grade of 8 correct predictions out of 23; that’s a 35 percent. That’s even lower than last year’s 57 percent. Oh well. There’s always next year.

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