2020 Game Awards Predictions Scored

Producer/host Geoff Keighley

Nearly a month ago, I made my predictions for The Game Awards 2020, full of many games I missed within the past year. With this ceremony, I was once again struck by how much of the show is based on announcements and “world premieres,” not the titular awards and celebration of the nominees and winners. For a show purported to be the “Oscars of video games,” The Game Awards is somehow even more crassly commercial, driven home by the number of presenters from outside the gaming world. And yet, I was excited to see Sephiroth in SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE (2018), an upcoming MASS EFFECT, and more. And producer/host Geoff Keighley should be recognized to some extent for making this show still happen every year, even in the face of a global pandemic. In any event, I’ve noted my guesses to the actual wins below, bringing the total number of categories down from 30 to 23 with the omission of esports/community awards that I really could not even begin to fathom. By my original predictions, THE LAST OF US PART II would be the big winner with seven wins of its 11 nominations, and that’s just what actually happened. Good start so far! Bolded below is my original pick, and marked with an * is the actual winner.

Game of the Year

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS
  • DOOM ETERNAL
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
  • HADES
  • THE LAST OF US PART II*

Best Game Direction

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
  • HADES
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX
  • THE LAST OF US PART II*

Best Narrative

  • 13 SENTINELS: AEGIS RIM
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
  • HADES
  • THE LAST OF US PART II*

Best Art Direction

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA*
  • HADES
  • ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
  • THE LAST OF US PART II

Best Score and Music

  • DOOM ETERNAL
  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE*
  • HADES
  • ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
  • THE LAST OF US PART II

Best Audio Design

  • DOOM ETERNAL
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
  • RESIDENT EVIL 3
  • THE LAST OF US PART II*

Best Performance

  • Ashley Johnson — THE LAST OF US PART II
  • Laura Bailey — THE LAST OF US PART II*
  • Daisuke Tsuji — GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
  • Logan Cunningham — HADES
  • Nadji Jeter — MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES

Games for Impact

  • IF FOUND
  • KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION
  • SPIRITFARER
  • TELL ME WHY*
  • THROUGH THE DARKEST OF TIMES

Best Ongoing

  • APEX LEGENDS
  • DESTINY 2
  • CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE
  • FORTNITE
  • NO MAN’S SKY*

Best Indie

  • CARRION
  • FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT
  • HADES*
  • SPELUNKY 2
  • SPIRITFARER

Best Mobile

  • AMONG US*
  • CALL OF DUTY MOBILE
  • GENSHIN IMPACT
  • LEGENDS OF RUNETERRA
  • POKEMON CAFE MIX

Best Community Support

  • APEX LEGENDS
  • DESTINY 2
  • FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT*
  • FORTNITE
  • NO MAN’S SKY
  • VALORANT

Innovation in Accessibility

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA
  • GROUNDED
  • HYPERDOT
  • THE LAST OF US PART II*
  • WATCH DOGS LEGION

Best VR/AR

  • DREAMS
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX*
  • MARVEL’S IRON MAN VR
  • STAR WARS: SQUADRONS
  • THE WALKING DEAD: SAINTS & SINNERS

Best Action

  • DOOM ETERNAL
  • HADES*
  • HALF-LIFE: ALYX
  • NIOH 2
  • STREETS OF RAGE 4

Best Action/Adventure

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES
  • ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
  • STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
  • THE LAST OF US PART II*

Best Role Playing

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE*
  • GENSHIN IMPACT
  • PERSONA 5 ROYAL
  • WASTELAND 3
  • YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON

Best Fighting

  • GRANBLUE FANTASY: VERSUS
  • MORTAL KOMBAT 11 ULTIMATE*
  • STREET FIGHTER V: CHAMPION EDITION
  • ONE PUNCH MAN: A HERO NOBODY KNOWS
  • UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH EXE: LATE[CL-R]

Best Family

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS*
  • CRASH BANDICOOT 4: IT’S ABOUT TIME
  • FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT
  • MARIO KART LIVE: HOME CIRCUIT
  • MINECRAFT DUNGEONS
  • PAPER MARIO: THE ORIGAMI KING

Best Sim/Strategy

  • CRUSADER KINGS III
  • DESPERADOS III
  • GEARS TACTICS
  • MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR*
  • XCOM: CHIMERA SQUAD

Best Sports/Racing

  • DIRT 5
  • F1 2020
  • FIFA 21
  • NBA 2K21
  • TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER 1+2*

Best Multiplayer

  • ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS
  • AMONG US*
  • CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE
  • FALL GUYS: ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT
  • VALORANT

Best Debut Game

  • CARRION
  • MORTAL SHELL
  • RAJI: AN ANCIENT EPIC
  • ROKI
  • PHASMOPHOBIA*

This year, I improved heartily over my previous 8/23, or 35 percent, score. For The Game Awards 2020, I was able to predict 14 of the 23 winners as decided by the array of gaming insiders that drive the winner selection. That’s roughly a 61 percent! Still a failing grade, but hey, improvement is improvement.

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