The Game Awards 2018 Retrospective

The Game Awards have come and gone again, and you know what that means. It’s well and proper Game of the Year time. Everyone here at SideQuesting now has to begin the mad scramble to finish up the games we’re planning on finishing before we nominate our own nominees and decide who is writing up what for which winners in a few weeks.

We also had our annual SideQuest drink-a-long, streamed live to an audience of millions right alongside The Game Awards. We laughed. We cried. We talked about trains an awful lot. Most importantly, we pretty much unanimously agreed that this year’s award show was the best it has ever been, and actually felt like an awards show. We’ve, uh. We’ve had some harsh words for the thing in the past.

But this year was good!

Except for the fact that Marvel’s Spider-Man got snubbed, repeatedly. Yuri Lowenthal was ROBBED for Best Performance.

Here are the results of The Game Awards 2018.

Game of the Year:

Best Ongoing Game:

Best Game Direction:

Best Narrative:

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 ( Winner )

Best Art Direction:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn ( Winner )

Best Score/ Music – Presented by Spotify:

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 ( Winner )

Best Audio Design – Presented by Dolby:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 ( Winner )

Best Performance:

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor from Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos from God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption 2 ( Winner )
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker from Marvel’s Spider-Man

Games for Impact:

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste ( Winner )
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Independent Game:

  • Celeste ( Winner )
  • Dead Cells
  • Into the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Mobile Game:

  • Donut County
  • Florence ( Winner )
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game:

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission ( Winner )
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Action Game:

Best Action/ Adventure Game:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War ( Winner )
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadows of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game:

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Monster Hunter: World ( Winner )
  • Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Fighting Game:

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ ( Winner )
  • Soul Calibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Best Family Game:

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2 ( Winner )
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game:

  • The Banner Saga 3
  • BATTLETECH
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach ( Winner )
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/ Racing Game:

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4 ( Winner )
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite ( Winner )
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game:

  • Combat 2018 ( Winner )
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game:

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger ( Winner )
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game:

  • CS: Go
  • DOTA 2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch ( Winner )

Best eSports Player – Presented by OMEN by HP:

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean ( Winner )
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang

Best eSports Team:

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9 ( Winner )
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

Best eSports Coach:

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu ( Winner )
  • Cristian “ppasarel” Bănăseanu
  • Danny “zonic” Sørensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic

Best eSports Event:

  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship ( Winner )
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best eSports Host:

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Best eSports Moment:

  • C9 Comeback Win in Triple OT vs FAZE ( Winner )
  • G2 Beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s Massive Upset of LGD
  • SonicFox Side Switch Against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year:

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja ( Winner )
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex

Author: Erron Kelly

Erron plays videogames, and then writes about them. He has written online for Insert Credits, Game on Mac, Armless Octopus, and SideQuesting.

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