The Game Award nominations are finally here and the competition is stiff. PlayStation’s God of War: Ragnarok leads the nominations with Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West following closely behind.
With the awards ceremony inching closer and closer, the highly-anticipated Game of the Year trophy remains up for grabs, with this year’s heavy-hitters making the race all the more so competitive.
Here are the nominees from last night’s announcement across major categories:
BEST GAME DIRECTION:
BEST ART DIRECTION:
BEST SCORE AND MUSIC:
BEST AUDIO DESIGN:
And here are the nominees for Game of the Year (or GOTY) 2022:
Though Santa Monica Studios’ action-adventure masterpiece, God of War: Ragnarok and FromSoftware’s fantasy epic Elden Ring are both favourites to win, with 10 and 7 nominations across all categories respectively; fans are also hyped to see the indie frontrunners - Annapurna’s feline-adventure game Stray and Focus Entertainment’s survival horror game A Plague Tale: Requiem - possibly upset at the award ceremony.
Here’s a quick look at how the internet’s reacting to potential GOTY winners this year...
No matter what game ends up winning GOTY they both delivered 🤝 pic.twitter.com/ipYQlzzmrP— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) November 10, 2022
So this is the general GOTY reaction? pic.twitter.com/GrvVcrlFqB— TheNCSmaster (@TheNCSmaster) November 14, 2022
Horizon: Forbidden West getting a GOTY nom the way someone with a rich dad gets a makework job at a media company— Kris P. Bacon (@KrisWolfheart) November 14, 2022
I didn't even LOVE Stray honestly, but the amount of people surprised at it's GOTY nomination is confusing.— AntDude (@antdude92) November 14, 2022
Are we forgetting how obsessed people were with cute cat game, got a ton of buzz, and reviewed super well?
Or can it just not be a GOTY cause you're a cat pic.twitter.com/mXI9MpspwM
PlayStation has taken over the GOTY 2022 Nominees list— TCMFGames 🎅🏽 (@TCMF2) November 14, 2022
- PS5 | PlayStation pic.twitter.com/kYsm7msVAx
Elden Ring is a Masterpeice— Leytrx (@MasterLeytrx) November 10, 2022
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a Masterpiece
God of War Ragnarok is a Masterpiece
The take away is that 2022 has been *very good* for gaming, no matter who wins GOTY
The Game Awards 2022 will take place on December 8, 2022, and shall announce the winners as well as brand new game reveals for future projects.