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The Game Awards is among the biggest events on the gaming calendar, with gamers all over the world tuning in to find out if their favourite release of the past 12 months has landed any of the prestigious awards. Players have been treated to some truly spectacular games through the back of 2018 to now in 2019, with the list of nominees being a class of six superb titles.
In this article, the focus is on the ultimate prize: Game of the Year 2019. After running through the nominees and making a prediction on which game will take the award, there’ll be a link to the voting page so that you can pick your favourite to win on 12 December at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Control (Remedy Entertainment)
It wasn’t long ago that Control was honoured at another game awards ceremony, winning the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2019 Golden Joystick Awards. Control has been praised by players and critics alike for its incredible story and exciting implementation of combat in the form of a supernatural weapon and Jesse Faden’s supernatural powers. Control is certainly one of the most memorable games of the year.
Death Stranding (Kojima Productions)
Coming into 2019, most critics and gamers will have had Death Stranding earmarked as an almost certain game of the year contender. Not only did the development team create a vast and intriguing world to explore with a typically Hideo Kojima-esque story, but it also utilised motion capture technology to bring some exquisite actors into the game.
Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Lea Seydoux all feature, with their acting skill making the game even more immersive and the story even more powerful. Some players were disappointed, citing that there’s too much walking in the early stages, but most critics praised the title a great deal.
Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
A part of the early wave of blockbuster titles released in 2019, the remake of Resident Evil 2 has been hailed as a masterpiece by just about everyone who played the game. It appeased the old fan base by staying true to the fundamentals of the original but also brought the classic title into the modern age of gaming.
Resident Evil 2 has already claimed the Golden Joystick Awards’ 2019 Ultimate Game of the Year award, which was also voted for by the public online, so it could well claim yet another major award at The Game Awards.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware)
When fans see that FromSoftware is releasing a new game, they brace themselves for what’s bound to be a frustrating, difficult, but eventually very rewarding experience. While there are some similarities between Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and FromSoftware’s flagship series, Dark Souls, it is a superb game in its own right.
In a new setting with new mechanics, Sekiro sets itself apart from Dark Souls while also delivering on the anticipated high-grade of difficulty throughout. It’s already being hailed as a grand challenge for gamers, with those who manage to go far in the game feeling a true sense of pride and accomplishment.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco, Sora)
The oldest game on this list, having been released on 7 December 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still a very relevant title in gaming circles. The game lived up to its billing of ‘Ultimate’ upon release, but continued support from its developers and publisher, Nintendo, in the form of a thriving competitive scene and regular post-launch content releases have kept it relevant and entertaining a year later.
With so many iconic characters crammed into one of the best fighter games on the market, it’s hard to imagine Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not getting a huge stack of votes for the Game of the Year award. The game has already swept up at the 2019 Japan Game Awards, taking five accolades.
The Outer Worlds (Obsidian Entertainment)
Even though the creators of The Outer Worlds have tried to distance themselves from the Fallout brand – an association that can’t be avoided as Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain are its original creators – the timing of their new game’s release only added fuel to the flames.
The Outer Worlds is everything that Fallout fans have been craving from the once-beloved Bethesda franchise, and it just so happened to release within mere days of Fallout 76’s horrifying $99-per-year subscription within the triple-A-priced live service game. The Outer Worlds, even without comparisons to the Fallout franchise, is a tremendous game in its own right and has earned Obsidian Entertainment a huge amount of goodwill from gamers.
2019 Game of the Year predictions
It’s a closely contested field for the 2019 Game of the Year award, but three games look to have an edge.
The most obvious is Resident Evil 2, which has already claimed a major game of the year award. It has a strong following and does right by the original.
Death Stranding will also be in the running. Given all of the excitement for the game, the expansive world that players find themselves in, and the incredibly high level of detail that it boasts, Kojima’s creation should be near the top of the pile.
Then, of course, there’s The Outer Worlds, which earned a huge amount of praise from gamers for creating a splendid action RPG in an exciting and delightful new world.
Technically speaking, Death Stranding should probably take the prize, but the safe call is Resident Evil 2, which beat The Outer Worlds, Control, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to the Ultimate Game of the Year award earlier this year.
To vote for one of these six games to win the Game of the Year award, go to The Game Awards website.