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It’s a big night for video games, where the top achievements of the past year will be honored at The Game Awards, broadcast live online from Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.
Nominated for the top award, Game of the Year, is “The Last Of Us Part II,” “Hades,” “The Ghost of Tsushima,” “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” “Doom Eternal,” and “Final Fantasy VII Remake.”
Games that raked in multiple nominations last month included the Sony PlayStation 4 exclusive “The Last Of Us Part II,” released in June, which earned the most (10). “Hades,” a PC game also released for the Nintendo Switch in September, earned eight, while “The Ghost of Tsushima,” released in July, got seven.
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By mid-show, “The Last of Us Part II” had netted five wins: innovation in accessibility;
audio design; best narrative; Laura Bailey, for best performance as the character Abby; and for best action adventure game.
More winners: “Among Us (best mobile game and best multiplayer game); “Mortal Combat 11 Ultimate” (best fighting game); “Ghost of Tsushima” (Players’ voice and art direction); “Microsoft Flight Simulator” (best simulation/strategy game); “Final Fantasy VII Remake” (best role-playing game and for best score and music); “Hades” (best indie game and best action game); “Hades” (best action game); “Half-Life: Alyx” (best VR/AR); “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2” (best sports/racing game); and “Elden Ring” (most anticipated game); and “No Man’s Sky” (best ongoing game).
Among early winners: “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for best family game; “Phasmophobia” for best debut game; “Final Fantasy VII Remake” for best score and music; and “Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” for best community support.
In addition to prizes, The Game Awards promises exclusive video game trailers, celebrity appearances from Gal Gadot, Keanu Reaves and Brie Larson, who presented the best performance award via Zoom – all the presenters and nominees were connected via videoconference – and musical performances including Eddie Vedder.
Actor Tom Holland zoomed in from Atlanta, where he is working on the as yet-untitled Spider-Man sequel, and will also appear in the Uncharted movie, based on the PlayStation video game franchise to introduce Nolan North, the voice of Uncharted lead character Nathan Drake. North announced that “Among Us,” was winner of the best multiplayer game award.
Exclusive previews and reviews included “Perfect Dark,” a reimagining of the classic N64 game for Xbox, with Agent Dark investigating a scary underside to new technologies corporations have developed to combat the effects global warming has had on a futuristic Earth; and “Back 4 Blood,” a four-player cooperative zombie shooter, due June 22, 2021, from the makers of “Left 4 Dead.”
•”The Callisto Protocol,” a single-player sci-fi survival horror game coming in 2022 from Striking Distance Studios, led by Glen Schofield (“Dead Space,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”). “Our goal is to make the single most scariest game for PCs and consoles,” Schofield said on the broadcast.
•”Disco Elysium: The Final Cut” is a console version of the PC role-playing game that won four awards at last year’s event (due in March 2021).
•”Open Road,” a road trip mystery with characters voiced by Keri Russell and Kaitlyn Dever.
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