The Game Awards 2016 Recap
The second annual Game Awards was probably filled with way more commercials than it was last year, but they eventually got around to listing their winners. The clear winner this year was Overwatch with three wins. Blizzard’s little shooter may indeed be one of the best games of the year, and it’s refreshing to see a non-annualized shooter be so critically and commercially successful not just in its own genre, but every genre. Overwatch truly has something magical that allows it to appeal so widely.
The final chapter in the Uncharted franchise received some recognition as well, winning two awards. Uncharted has a long history of delivering cinematic, unrivaled narratives, so it’s no surprise that it won best narrative of 2016. Nolan North, who is in every video game, is well beloved not just for his role as Nathan Drake in Uncharted but his roles as every character in every video game.
Pokemon GO, despite losing a lot of users and being heralded as another sham, continues to go strong. With second generation Pokemon and a new tracking system around the corner, the awards for best family game and mobile game might give Nintendo the justification to continue to support the development of phone games like Pokemon GO and Super Mario Run.
Witcher 3 might deserve an asterisk next to its name for this win. It, in fact, won best game of the year and role playing game last year as well because it’s not actually a 2016 game. Somebody, somewhere, decided to include a DLC as a game in its own separate category, which may be considered poor form and a bad precedent. Other actual role playing games released this year, after all.
That Dragon, Cancer is a beautiful, personal story created by a game developer about his son’s battle with, and death from, cancer, and it’s nice to see it receive some recognition. Boogie2988 is a YouTuber that’s had a long, controversial history, on the site, who has made a point of making videos about topics some would consider significant, including his battle with depression, weight, thoughts of suicide, and his thoughts on the Gamergate quagmire.
- Game of the Year: Overwatch
- Best Studio/Game Direction: Blizzard for Overwatch
- Best Narrative: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Best Art Direction: Inside
- Best Music/Sound Design: Doom
- Best Performance: Nolan North for Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Games for Impact Award: That Dragon, Cancer
- Best Independent Game: Inside
- Best Mobile/Handheld Game: Pokemon GO
- Best VR Game: Rez Infinite
- Best Action Game: Doom
- Best Action/Adventure Game: Dishonored 2
- Best Roleplaying Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood & Wine DLC
- Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter V
- Best Family Game: Pokemon GO
- Best Strategy Game: Civilization VI
- Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Horizon 3
- Best Multiplayer Game: Overwatch
- Best eSports Player: Coldzera
- Best eSports Team: Cloud9
- Best eSports Game: Overwatch
- Trending Gamer: Boogie2988
- Best Fan Creation: Enderal: The Shards of Order
- Most Anticipated Game: Zelda Breath of the Wild