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The 2017 Game Awards nominees have been announced, with the live show scheduled to take place on December 7th live in Los Angeles. Producer Geoff Keighley has already promised a big night with the first performance by The Game Awards’ very own orchestra and a handful of new game announcements, and we’re intrigued to see how the show continues to find its footing as a more respected event.

While The Game Awards has struggled in the past to find a tone that successfully balances the award ceremony aspect and the commercial advertisement one, the judge’s panel, comprised of members from 51 media outlets, generally does a fantastic job of recognizing smaller critical darlings along with the AAA blockbusters, and voting for suitable winners. With the banner year, we’ve had for games in 2017, the list of nominees is diverse and chock full of deserving titles, and we’ve definitely noticed some missing gems, controversial selections, and difficult predictions. Here’s the full list of nominees, along with our predictions and favorites:

Game of the Year

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

  • What Remains of Edith Finch [Our prediction]
  • NieR: Automata
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Art Direction

  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead [Our prediction & favorite]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Score/Music

  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • NieR: Automata
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey [Our favorite]
  • Persona 5 [Our prediction]

Best Audio Design

  • Destiny 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Best Performance

  • Melina Juergens as Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]
  • Laura Bailey as Nadine Ross, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy [Our prediction]
  • Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Ashly Burch as Aloy, Horizon Zero Dawn

Games for impact

  • Please Knock on My Door
  • Night in the Woods
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm [Our prediction]
  • Bury Me, My Love
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]

Best Ongoing Game

  • Warframe
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Overwatch
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Destiny 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Mobile Game

  • Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Super Mario Run [Our prediction]
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Hidden Folks

Best Handheld Game

  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Metroid: Samus Returns [Our prediction]
  • Ever Oasis
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

Best VR/AR Game

  • Superhot VR
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew [Our favorite]
  • Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Farpoint
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [Our prediction]

Best Action Game

  • Prey
  • Nioh
  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Assasin’s Creed: Origins
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Role Playing Game

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • NieR: Automata
  • Persona 5 [Our prediction]

Best Fighting Game

  • Tekken 7
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Injustice 2 [Our prediction & favorite]
  • ARMS

Best Family Game

  • Splatoon 2
  • Sonic Mania
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Super Mario Odyssey [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Strategy Game

  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
  • Tooth and Tail
  • Total War: Warhammer II
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Project Cars 2
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
  • NBA 2K18
  • GT Sport
  • Forza Motorsport 7 [Our Prediction]
  • FIFA 18

Best Multiplayer

  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: World War II
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Destiny 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [Our prediction]

Most Anticipated Game

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Red Dead Redemption II [Our prediction]
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • God of War

Best Independent Game

  • Pyre
  • Night in the Woods
  • Cuphead [Our prediction]
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]

Best Student Game

  • Meaning
  • Level Squared
  • Impulsion
  • Falling Sky
  • Hollowed
  • From Light

Trending Gamer

  • Steven Spohn
  • Mike Grzesiek
  • Guy Beahm
  • Clint Lexa
  • Andrea Rene

Best Esports Game

  • Rocket League
  • League of Legends
  • DOTA 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Overwatch

Best Esports Player

  • Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi
  • Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu
  • Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David
  • Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”

Best Esports Team

  • Team Liquid
  • SK Telecom 1
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • FaZe Clan
  • Cloud 9

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Slime Rancher
  • Mr. Shifty
  • Hollow Knight
  • Golf Story
  • Cuphead [Our prediction]

Best Chinese Game

  • Monument Valley 2
  • Jx3 HD
  • Gumballs
  • ICEY
  • King of Glory

The nomination of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in any category, let alone game of the year, is likely going to be the focus of a lot of TGA talk this year considering the game is technically not out yet (PUBG is still a part of Steam’s Early Access program, with a formal release slated sometime later this December). But it became one of the biggest industry stories of 2017 after quickly amassing enormous attention from players and online influencers, maintaining a record-breaking player count since becoming playable in March. All of this without a major marketing campaign or publisher. So, while it’s a controversial choice to nominate Battlegrounds before it’s officially been released, we can understand the reason to include it.

Of course, the remaining unknown quantity is what kind of announcements and trailers we’ll see debut during the show. In past years, the awards have hosted new footage of landmark titles like Death Stranding, The Last of Us and The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, so rest assured we’ll be watching to catch all the news.

The Game Awards will air live across major streaming platforms like YouTube and Twitch on December 7th starting at 8:30 ET / 5:30 PT, which will feature the debut performance of The Games Award Orchestra.


Images: The Game Awards, Respective Publishers

Source: The Game Awards

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The Game Awards 2017 Nominees Have Been Announced

We list all the year's award nominees and pick our favorites and predictions.

By Dan Capelluto-Woizinski | 11/15/2017 01:30 PM PT

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The 2017 Game Awards nominees have been announced, with the live show scheduled to take place on December 7th live in Los Angeles. Producer Geoff Keighley has already promised a big night with the first performance by The Game Awards’ very own orchestra and a handful of new game announcements, and we’re intrigued to see how the show continues to find its footing as a more respected event.

While The Game Awards has struggled in the past to find a tone that successfully balances the award ceremony aspect and the commercial advertisement one, the judge’s panel, comprised of members from 51 media outlets, generally does a fantastic job of recognizing smaller critical darlings along with the AAA blockbusters, and voting for suitable winners. With the banner year, we’ve had for games in 2017, the list of nominees is diverse and chock full of deserving titles, and we’ve definitely noticed some missing gems, controversial selections, and difficult predictions. Here’s the full list of nominees, along with our predictions and favorites:

Game of the Year

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

  • What Remains of Edith Finch [Our prediction]
  • NieR: Automata
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Art Direction

  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead [Our prediction & favorite]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Score/Music

  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • NieR: Automata
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey [Our favorite]
  • Persona 5 [Our prediction]

Best Audio Design

  • Destiny 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Best Performance

  • Melina Juergens as Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]
  • Laura Bailey as Nadine Ross, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy [Our prediction]
  • Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Ashly Burch as Aloy, Horizon Zero Dawn

Games for impact

  • Please Knock on My Door
  • Night in the Woods
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm [Our prediction]
  • Bury Me, My Love
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]

Best Ongoing Game

  • Warframe
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Overwatch
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Destiny 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Mobile Game

  • Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Super Mario Run [Our prediction]
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Hidden Folks

Best Handheld Game

  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Metroid: Samus Returns [Our prediction]
  • Ever Oasis
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

Best VR/AR Game

  • Superhot VR
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew [Our favorite]
  • Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Farpoint
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [Our prediction]

Best Action Game

  • Prey
  • Nioh
  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Assasin’s Creed: Origins
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [Our prediction & favorite]
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Role Playing Game

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • NieR: Automata
  • Persona 5 [Our prediction]

Best Fighting Game

  • Tekken 7
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Injustice 2 [Our prediction & favorite]
  • ARMS

Best Family Game

  • Splatoon 2
  • Sonic Mania
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Super Mario Odyssey [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Strategy Game

  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
  • Tooth and Tail
  • Total War: Warhammer II
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [Our prediction & favorite]

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Project Cars 2
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
  • NBA 2K18
  • GT Sport
  • Forza Motorsport 7 [Our Prediction]
  • FIFA 18

Best Multiplayer

  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: World War II
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Destiny 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [Our prediction]

Most Anticipated Game

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Red Dead Redemption II [Our prediction]
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • God of War

Best Independent Game

  • Pyre
  • Night in the Woods
  • Cuphead [Our prediction]
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [Our favorite]

Best Student Game

  • Meaning
  • Level Squared
  • Impulsion
  • Falling Sky
  • Hollowed
  • From Light

Trending Gamer

  • Steven Spohn
  • Mike Grzesiek
  • Guy Beahm
  • Clint Lexa
  • Andrea Rene

Best Esports Game

  • Rocket League
  • League of Legends
  • DOTA 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Overwatch

Best Esports Player

  • Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi
  • Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu
  • Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David
  • Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”

Best Esports Team

  • Team Liquid
  • SK Telecom 1
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • FaZe Clan
  • Cloud 9

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Slime Rancher
  • Mr. Shifty
  • Hollow Knight
  • Golf Story
  • Cuphead [Our prediction]

Best Chinese Game

  • Monument Valley 2
  • Jx3 HD
  • Gumballs
  • ICEY
  • King of Glory

The nomination of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in any category, let alone game of the year, is likely going to be the focus of a lot of TGA talk this year considering the game is technically not out yet (PUBG is still a part of Steam’s Early Access program, with a formal release slated sometime later this December). But it became one of the biggest industry stories of 2017 after quickly amassing enormous attention from players and online influencers, maintaining a record-breaking player count since becoming playable in March. All of this without a major marketing campaign or publisher. So, while it’s a controversial choice to nominate Battlegrounds before it’s officially been released, we can understand the reason to include it.

Of course, the remaining unknown quantity is what kind of announcements and trailers we’ll see debut during the show. In past years, the awards have hosted new footage of landmark titles like Death Stranding, The Last of Us and The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, so rest assured we’ll be watching to catch all the news.

The Game Awards will air live across major streaming platforms like YouTube and Twitch on December 7th starting at 8:30 ET / 5:30 PT, which will feature the debut performance of The Games Award Orchestra.


Images: The Game Awards, Respective Publishers

Source: The Game Awards

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About Dan Capelluto-Woizinski

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Dan is a lifelong fan of pop culture who contributes to GEEK as an attempt to legitimize thousands of hours lost sitting on the couch with a TV remote in one hand and controller in the other.