The Game Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

By Mark Delaney,
We're just weeks away from one of the biggest annual celebrations of video games, The Game Awards 2016. The show has taken some criticism in the past for putting the actual awards on the back burner in favor of reveals and teasers but most of the critics saying such things would also admit the presentation has come a long way in recent years. Producer Geoff Keighley puts more and more into the show with each year. Hopefully 2016's show can be a successful one for all involved. According to the below list of nominees, it certainly was for the people making the games — not to mention those who are fortunate to play them.


Of the nominees, PS4's Uncharted 4 leads the way with eight nominations in just six categories, quite a remarkable feat regardless of how much hardware the team at Naughty Dog walks away with come December 1st. Notable Xbox One titles include Gears of War 4 Achievements up for Best Action Game, Killer Instinct Achievements nominated for Best Fighting Game, and Forza Horizon 3 Achievements, a likely shoo-in for Best Sports/Racing Game.

Check out the extensive list below of all awards and nominees, then be sure to leave your predictions in the comments.

Game of the Year

DOOM Achievements
INSIDE Achievements
Titanfall 2 Achievements
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Inside 2

Best Game Direction

Blizzard Entertainment (Overwatch)
EA DICE (Battlefield 1 Achievements)
id Software (DOOM)
Naughty Dog (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)

Best Narrative

Firewatch Achievements
Mafia III: Definitive Edition Achievements
OXENFREE Achievements
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best Art Direction

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


Best Music/Sound Design

Battlefield 1
Rez Infinite

Best Performance

Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Rich Sommer as Henry, Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Games For Change

1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Sea Hero Quest
That Dragon, Cancer

Best Independent Game

Hyper Light Drifter Achievements
Stardew Valley
The Witness Achievements

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Clash Royale
Fire Emblem Fates
Monster Hunter Generations
Pokémon Go

Best Virtual Reality Game

Batman: Arkham VR
Eve: Valkyrie
Job Simulator
Rez Infinite

Gears of War 4 Screens 2

Best Action Game

Battlefield 1
Titanfall 2

Gears of War 4 Achievements

Best Action/Adventure Game

Dishonored 2 Achievements
HITMAN Achievements
Hyper Light Drifter
Ratchet & Clank
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best RPG

Dark Souls III Achievements
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Achievements
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine DLC
World of Warcraft: Legion
Xenoblade Chronicles X

Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct Achievements
The King of Fighters 14
Pokkén Tournament
Street Fighter 5

Best Strategy Game

Sid Meier's Civilization 6
Fire Emblem Fates

The Banner Saga 2 Achievements
Total War: Warhammer
XCOM 2 Achievements

Best Family Game

Dragon Quest Builders
Pokémon Go
Ratchet & Clank

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Achievements
Skylanders Imaginators Achievements

Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 17 Achievements
Forza Horizon 3 Achievements
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2K17 Achievements
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Achievements

Best Multiplayer Game

Battlefield 1
Gears of War 4

Overcooked Achievements
Titanfall 2

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Achievements

Most Anticipated Game

God of War
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Mass Effect: Andromeda
Red Dead Redemption 2

Trending Gamer

Danny O’Dwyer

Best Fan Creation

Project A2MR
Pokémon Uranium
Brutal Doom 64
Enderal: The Shards of Order

Forza Horizon 3 Review 4

Best E-Sports Player

Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
ByuN – Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter 5)
Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)

Best E-Sports Team

SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
Wings Gaming (Dota 2)
SK Gaming
ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
Cloud 9

Best E-Sports Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
League of Legends
Street Fighter 5

You can watch The Game Awards 2016 on your Xbox, Facebook, or via several other platforms live on December 1st. Later in December we'll be kicking off our own annual Game of the Year awards, including the community and staff picks. Look out for those — but first, let's hear some predictions!
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.
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