Game Awards 2018 Winner Predictions


The 2018 Game Awards nominees have been revealed, which should imply that its time to pit a number of the greatest titles of the yr towards one another and wildly speculate relating to which video games will win all of it. 

In latest years, The Game Awards have served as an more and more revered strategy to gauge what most avid gamers think about to be the very best video games of the yr. While it is nonetheless a little bit missing on the subject of giving quite a lot of titles the eye they deserve, there is no denying that each nominee is a sport that’s price taking part in. 

This yr, we have now a superb reboot that redefines the action-adventure epic, an open-world masterpiece eight years within the making, a masterful interpretation of one of many biggest superheroes of all-time, a little bit indie platformer that might, and lots of extra nice titles facing-off for the proper to be named the very best of their class.

At the chance of spoiling the enjoyable, we predict that you’re going to hear the next names known as when The Game Awards 2018 winners are revealed on Dec. 6. 

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GAME OF THE YEAR



Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

What Will Win: Red Dead Redemption 2



You get the sensation this race actually comes right down to Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the odd sport out, Monster Hunter: World simply doesn’t have the attain, Spider-Man falls simply brief, and Celeste might be nonetheless a bit too obscure/low-budget for this sort of present.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s insane momentum will most likely carry it to victory, however don’t be stunned to see God of War take it. Regardless, each video games are distinctive examples of contemporary Triple-A design.

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME



Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)

Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

What Will Win: Fortnite



Call of Duy: Black Ops 4 is implausible, Destiny 2: Forsaken has stored that sport related, and Monster Hunter: World is fascinating, however Fortnite is the winner right here.

Even when you don’t play Fortnite, you can not deny its success nor are you able to deny the unimaginable degree of help Epic has proven in the direction of it. Fortnite is a consistently evolving sport that units a brand new customary when it comes to developer response and danger in a “video games as service” title.

BEST FAMILY GAME



Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)

Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games / Team 17)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)

Super Mario Party (NDCube / Nintendo)

What Will Win: Super Mario Party



This isn’t a very shut battle, however Overcooked 2 and Super Mario Party each make robust circumstances for themselves. Starlink is simply okay, Mario Tennis Aces is burdened with some questionable design selections, and the Labo is simply too area of interest and restricted.

We’re giving the nod to Super Mario Party. It’s a superb return to kind for the up and down collection that may be a bit bolder and extra strong than the unimaginable – however acquainted – Overcooked 2. Super Mario Party is simple to like, pretty bold for what it’s, and a complete lot of enjoyable with family and friends.

BEST FIGHTING GAME



BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

Soul Calibur VI (Bandai Namco Studios / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

Street Fighter V Arcade (Dimps / Capcom)

What Will Win: Dragon Ball FighterZ



This lineup isn’t fairly as slim as it could initially look like. Soul Calibur VI is phenomenal, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is very underrated, and Street Fighter V Arcade did rather a lot to repair the missteps of the unique launch.

Still, you may’t deny Dragon Ball Fighter Z is likely one of the smoothest, most lovely, and deepest mainstream preventing video games in years. Even when you’re not a fan of the Dragon Ball property, this sport’s unimaginable appears, pace, and modes will seemingly hook you.

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME



Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

Into the Breach (Subset Games)

Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)

The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)

What Will Win: Celeste



Wow, this can be a stacked class. The solely “drawback” with this class is that Celeste is sort of assured to win. It was the one indie title additionally nominated for sport of the yr, it’s an business favourite, and it’s a downright sensible platformer that is likely one of the best-made indie titles we’ve seen in a very long time.

Still, each sport on this record deserves to win. Into the Breach is a near-perfect technique sport, Return of the Obra Dinn is likely one of the most clever video games out there, The Messenger is an excellent throwback to 8-bit motion, and Dead Cells ranks among the many greatest roguelikes ever. Play all of those video games.

BEST ACTION GAME



Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)

Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)

Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

Mega Man 11 (Capcom)

What Will Win: Dead Cells



We’re actually going out on a limb with this guess as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 most likely has a a lot better likelihood of profitable. However, Dead Cells has maintained momentum all year long and solely turned extra common when it was launched on Switch. It simply might need sufficient to steal this one.

As for the remaining, Destiny 2 is carrying an excessive amount of controversial baggage, Far Cry 5 is sweet, however not nice, and Mega Man 11 is truthfully a little bit disappointing when it comes to the way it evolves the franchise for the fashionable age.

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME



Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix / Square Enix)

Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5 / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment / Versus Evil)

What Will Win: Monster Hunter: World



This class is truthfully a bit weaker than it has been previously. The solely sport that doesn’t actually really feel prefer it’s within the race is Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (which was good however didn’t actually generate a number of buzz). Dragon Quest XI can also be a little bit of an extended shot regardless that it was relatively well-received.

Of the remaining three titles, we are inclined to assume it’s between Monster Hunter: World and Octopath Traveler. Monster Hunter: World is an epic continuation of the franchise that has attracted a ton of recent followers (whereas managing to please outdated ones) so it is going to seemingly get the nod. Don’t be stunned to see Octopath Traveler (or, to a lesser extent, Pillars of Eternity II) steal it, although.

BEST ACTION-ADVENTURE GAME



Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)

What Will Win: God of War



Any class with God of War and RDR 2 goes to be powerful to name. In the tip, we’re going to say that God of War’s barely extra conventional tackle the action-adventure idea most likely places it excessive.

God of War improves upon the components utilized by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Spider-Man, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider is simply the worst sport on this record. Red Dead Redemption 2 might find yourself stealing this award, nevertheless it appears like God of War’s to lose.

BEST SCORE/MUSIC



Celeste (Lena Raine)

God of War (Bear McCreary)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (John Paesano)

Ni No Kuni II (Joe Hisaishi)

Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson)

What Will Win: Celeste



This is possibly the toughest class to precisely guess. We assume that Marvel’s Spider-Man is type of the odd man out as its audio observe is made higher by sound design relatively than simply the soundtrack itself. As we talked about earlier than, Ni No Kuni II most likely isn’t actually within the race due largely to reputation causes.

Of the video games which are left, we’re going to go along with Celeste. It’s a haunting, lovely, distinctive, and gameplay acceptable rating that’s oozing with character and combines the very best of contemporary and retro. God of War may win if this goes the epic soundtrack route, and Red Dead Redemption 2’s unusual minimalist Western soundtrack and unimaginable vocal tracks may simply find yourself placing it excessive. It’s a three-game race.

BEST ONGOING GAME



Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Overwatch (Blizzard)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)

What Will Win: Fortnite



Our hearts exit to Rainbow Six Siege (which has quietly been among the best multiplayer video games of the previous few years), however that is Fortnite’s award to lose. That’s to not say it’s undeserved. Epic has completed an amazing job of updating and perfecting the wildly common battle royale title.

Overwatch hasn’t acquired practically as many updates, Destiny 2 stays controversial even amongst its personal fanbase, No Man’s Sky isn’t fairly there but, and Siege most likely simply misses out on the award (even when it’s a attainable darkish horse candidate). 

BEST NARRATIVE



Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)

God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

What Will Win: God of War



Honestly, this competitors isn’t as shut because it appears. RDR 2’s story type of falls aside in the direction of the tip, Marvel’s Spider-Man’s story is maybe a bit too acquainted, Life is Strange 2 would not even characteristic a whole story, and Detroit: Become Human’s story is excellent, however once more, maybe a bit cliche in spots.

God of War’s story is a bit too drawn out, but additionally options some actually unimaginable narrative moments in addition to an all-time nice forged of characters and an interesting backdrop. It’s the clear winner right here.

BEST GAME DIRECTION



A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / EA)

Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)

God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

What Will Win: God of War



Honestly, this award ought to most likely go to A Way Out. It’s the one sport on this record that we’d argue is totally reliant on the director’s imaginative and prescient. A Way Out options a number of the most spectacular and clever co-op gameplay that we’ve ever seen, and we have now a tough time imagining the sport working in addition to it does if it have been put within the fingers of another director.

With that out of the best way, we actually can’t fault anybody who votes for God of War. Director Cory Barlog poured his coronary heart and soul into this re-imagining of the franchise. While his dedication doesn’t at all times present itself by modern gameplay, it’s nonetheless an award-worthy effort.

BEST ART DIRECTION



Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)

God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Return of Obra Din (3909 LLC)

What Will Win: Octopath Traveler



We’re not totally certain that AC, RDR 2, and God of War belong on this record over some indie candidates, however akin to it’s, we give the nod to Octopath Traveler.

Return of the Obra Dinn’s retro visuals are a necessary a part of the sport’s total bundle, however Octopath Traveler contains a beautiful mixture of basic JRPG aesthetics and trendy lighting that immediately captures your consideration.

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar



Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch Studios / Activision)

Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)

God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)

Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

What Will Win: Red Dead Redemption 2



To be trustworthy, we don’t assume that God of War actually stands out on this class (exterior of its soundtrack, which is honored elsewhere). Marvel’s Spider-Man is definitely a bit underrated on this division, however that sadly signifies that it may not get the votes. Forza Horizon 4 is sweet, however not mind-blowing.

That leaves Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and RDR 2. Black Ops 4 is a tad extra reliant on the standard of its sound design, however RDR 2 is simply so wealthy when it comes to the way it makes use of quite a lot of complicated sounds to promote its magnificent open world.

BEST PERFORMANCE

Spider Man PS4 DLC



Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human

Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War

Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2

Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Who Will Win: Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker



We have this as Spider-Man’s solely win of the night time, nevertheless it’s a well-deserved one. Yuri Lowenthal turns in a superb tackle a model of Spider-Man/Peter Parker that we hardly ever get to see (skilled, however wavering). It’s much more spectacular when you think about that Tom Holland elevated expectations for this position not way back.

Christopher Judge as Kratos might find yourself being the considerably stunning winner of this group, however we nonetheless assume Spider-Man takes this.

GAMES FOR IMPACT



11-11 Memories Retold (Digixart / Aardman Animations / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment)

Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (White Owls / Arc System Works)

What Will Win – Life is Strange 2: Episode 1



Celeste is the very best sport on this record, however when it comes to the spirit of the award, we predict that Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 finally ends up profitable. It’s probably the most socially aggressive sport on this record and has some identify worth besides. We’d truthfully be shocked if this award goes another method (with the attainable exception of Celeste taking it based mostly on the general high quality of the sport).

BEST MOBILE GAME



Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)

Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

PUBG MOBILE (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)

Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Developer Digital)

What Will Win: Donut County



This is definitely a really powerful class to foretell. Fortnite might actually stroll away with this award, however we predict that is the place Fortnite fatigue kicks in. Florence can be an actual candidate if awards have been purely determined by critics, nevertheless it most likely doesn’t have the fan help.

That leaves Donut County which is a enjoyable, sensible, and fairly common cellular title that doesn’t really feel like a cellular title. Again, although, don’t be stunned if Fortnite takes it.

BEST VR/AR Game



ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / SIE)

Beat Saber (Beat Games)

Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / SIE)

Moss (Polyarc Games)

Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance, Inc)

What Will Win: Beat Saber



Realistically, this can be a two horse race between Tetris Effect and Beat Saber. While Tetris Effect is a downright sensible sport that ranks among the many yr’s most entertaining experiences, it’s not a sport that’s totally depending on VR.

As such, we predict this award goes to Beat Saber and its hypotonic rhythm gameplay. Beat Saber makes use of VR in a method that’s each comfortingly acquainted but superior sufficient to obviously function a harbinger of the way forward for this style and the technological medium.

BEST STRATEGY GAME



BATTLETECH (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive

Frostpunk (11 bit studios)

Into the Breach (Subset Games)

The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)

Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)

What Will Win: Into the Breach

The technique style isn’t fairly as common/strong because it as soon as was, however this can be a fairly stable total record of candidates. In the tip, although, Into the Breach wins this one in what is likely to be a landslide.



Not solely is it arguably merely the very best technique sport of the yr (even when it is nearer to Chess than StarCraft), nevertheless it’s the one sport on this record that doesn’t include a “however” hooked up to it if you’re attempting to dissect its total benefit.

BEST SPORTS/RACING



FIFA 19 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)

Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)

Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)

NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)

What Will Win: Forza Horizon 4



Here’s one other class that’s largely going to be decided by baggage. NBA 2K19 and FIFA have the microtransaction stigma, Mario Tennis Aces launched with controversy as a consequence of its lack of modes/choices, and Pro Evolution is made by Konami.

That leaves us with Forza Horizon 4. The technique of elimination apart, Forza Horizon 4 is only a nice sport. It’s truthfully one of many yr’s greatest titles. Its beautiful visuals, wealthy content material, and rock stable racing gameplay make it among the best sports activities/racing video games in latest reminiscence.

Matthew Byrd is a workers author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed collection of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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