The Winner of the Game of the Year Awards is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Developed by CD Projekt Red, The Witcher franchise is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. With a fantastic blend of gut-wrenching writing, quirky and unforgettable characters, amazing visuals and addictive game mechanics, it out-competed some big names this year.
The Witcher 3 fought for the GOTY award against Fallout 4, Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and, surprisingly, Super Mario Maker.
The game studio managed to grab the Developer of the Year title, as well as the Best Role-Playing Game award.
Twas a fantastic year for CD Projekt Red.
Other winners include indie game Rocket League, which won the Best Sports/Racing Game award, and the Best Independent Game title. Hideo Kojima’s baby, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain nabbed the Best Action/Adventure Game title and the award for the Best Soundtrack. Unfortunately, the mastermind behind the MGS franchise wasn’t there to receive the award.
Geoff Keighley, the host and producer, said that Konami, which is Kojima’s Big Boss, prevented him to attend the ceremony through legal means – read, a lawyer notified Kojima that if he accepts the trophy, he will be sued.
Yet, the most surprising award is the one given to Her Story, a game that didn’t receive that much praise, and somehow flew under the radar for the majority of gamers. It won the award for Best Narrative in a game. Also, the actress that portrayed the woman in Her Story, Viva Seifert, was awarded with the trophy for Best Performance.
Gamers were allowed to vote in six categories:
- Trending Gamer
- eSports Player of the Year
- Team of the Year
- Best Fan Creation
- Most Anticipated Game
Get this, Counter Strike: Global Offensive is praised as the eSports game of the year. Quiet a shocker considering that everybody expected a showdown between Dota 2 and League of Legends, with Smite being a close third.
The Trending Gamer award goes to Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller and eSports Players of the Year is Kenny “KennyS” Schrub.
Team of the Year is Optic Gaming, and to be frank, they completely deserve it. Take a look at ScumperJumper’s YouTube channel for some amazing plays.
Portal Stories: Mel is deemed as the Best Fan Creation of 2015, and the reclusive No Man’s Sky got the Most Anticipated award. Given that they just announced a release date for No Man’s Sky, the hype has reached unbearable levels – it’s Summer of 2016, by the way.
Yet, quite a disappointing actually, Just Cause 3 didn’t get a single nomination. Reviews are in, and it’s quite the game. Too bad it was released so late.
What title do you think deserved the GOTY award instead of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Do you think CD Projekt Red’s game is really that amazing?
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