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The Game Awards 2015 Wrap-up | The Winners, the reveals, and Konami’s shame

Carl Phillips
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The Game Awards 2015 Wrap-up | The Winners, the reveals, and Konami’s shame

It’s both anticipated and loathed in equal measure, but The Game Awards returned last night delivering awards, reveals, and marketing (something host Geoff Keighley even mentioned during the show, weirdly.) While it was still very much the same ridiculous spectacle we’ve come to expect, there were actually a few moments of note from the show that weren’t world premieres.

We’ll get to that in due course, as we’ve handily pulled together all the winners and trailers for your perusal after the jump.

The Awards

As usual, half of these weren’t even presented during the show, but we’ve got the full list for you to go over. Did the right games win? YOU be the judge!

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Super Mario Maker
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year

  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • CD Projekt Red
  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Splatoon
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best RPG

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • Rocket League

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Best Indie Game

  • Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Skylanders SuperChargers
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Mobile or Handheld Game

  • Downwell (Moppin/Devolver Digital)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
  • Lara Croft Go (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale/Bandai Namco)

Best Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Tales From the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Score or Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4 (Inon Zur)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Kazuma Jinnouchi)
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Justin Burnett, Ludvig Forssell, Daniel James)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Gareth Coker)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch – Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Doug Cockle – Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill – The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Camilla Luddington – Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change

  • Cibele (Nina Freeman)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
  • Sunset (Tale of Tales)
  • Undertale (tobyfox)

Industry Icon AwardWestwood Studios co-founders Brett Sperry and Louis Castle

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Fan Creation

  • GTA 5 – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
  • Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
  • Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
  • Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78/theycallmeshaky)
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

Trending Gamer

  • Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • PewDiePie
  • Total Biscuit

eSport Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • League of Legends

eSports Player of the Year

  • Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 – Evil Geniuses)
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (CS:GO – Fnatic)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends – SK Telecom T1)
  • Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (CS:GO – Team EnVyUs)

eSports Team of the Year

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Optic Gaming
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team SoloMid

The Reveals

Let’s be honest here – we only really pay attention to this show for the world premieres, of which there were plenty. Some were genuinely surprising, while others were rather expected or lacked any impact. Let’s get to it:

Baba Yaga coming to Rise of the Tomb Raider

Surprisingly, this trailer didn’t make it onto the main show, but it’s noteworthy none the less. A rather creepy Slavic folktale is coming to Rise of the Tomb Raider as the first part of the Season Pass content. Expect all kinds of spooky shenanigans that Lara will quell with bows and shotguns when it arrives next year.

Psychonauts 2 announced

Double Fine are taking to the crowd-funding world yet again with the aim of finally creating a sequel to the fondly-remembered Psychonauts. The video above explains how it will be possible, but the short of it is that they want $3.3 million in fan pledges to make it happen. After the way Broken Age panned out it will be interesting to see if they get that kind of money with issue, but it’s great news that Psychonauts 2 could very well be an actual thing.

Far Cry: Primal gets animalistic

After an intriguing reveal earlier this year, we got to see more gameplay mechanics for Far Cry: Primal last night. The big news is that players will be able to tame wild animals and use them for their own gain, such as unleashing sabretooths and friggin’ bears on enemies, or using owls to scout areas. It’s great that we got to see more of it in action, especially as it’s currently scheduled to release in February.

The Elder Scrolls Online unleashes a big cash prize

The Game Awards 2015 Wrap-up | The Winners, the reveals, and Konami’s shame

There was some heavy TESO marketing throughout the show, but the news that Bethesda are giving away $1 million to anyone who fills in a form and then plays the game was somewhat unexpected. The competition is open to old and new players alike, so if own TESO and like money you should probably give it a whirl.

Uncharted 4 debuts a new character

We got a first glimpse at Nadine Ross, played by Laura Bailey, who immediately starts kicking Nathan Drake’s ass. The poor fella. We expect to see more of her beating up the Uncharted lead when the game releases in March.

Telltale working on a Batman title

It’s not the game we need, but the one we deserve. Or something else that’s paraphrased from the Dark Knight. Whatever. In one of the genuine surprises of the night, we’re getting a Batman episodic adventure. Hopefully it will match the same level of gritty noir-eqsue intensity we saw from The Wolf Among Us. If we’re really lucky, it might even be as good as Tales From The Borderlands.

Shaq Fu brings the fury

As well as delivering some eSports news, Shaquille O’Neal took to the stage to show off a first look at Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn. Will it live up to its nostalgia-fuelled potential? I expect the backers who put $473,884 into its crowd-funding campaign certainly hope so.

New Quantum Break trailer breaks all the time

Wait… I probably could have phrased that title better. Pfft, I’ve committed to it now. The latest cinematic trailer reminds us of all the time-bending antics we can expect from the Xbox One transmedia exclusive when it arrives in April.

Rock Band VR is a thing

I’m not going to lie –  Considering how much noise Oculus were making about their big announcement at last night’s show, I’m not entirely sure what the point of this one is. Will players still have to look at a conveyer belt of buttons whilst wearing a headset? I’m sure we’ll get more details on how it works in the near future, but colour me sceptical for now.

Shadow Complex Remastered revealed, free on PC

Yep, you read that correctly – PC gamers can download the remastered version of Shadow Complex right now without paying a penny. It will also be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in the near future, but we expect console owners will have to pay for that version.

New Star Citizen trailer shows off Persistent Universe

This latest trailer gives an in-game look at the 2.0 version of the alpha for Star Citizen. Highlighting the ability to walk around in first person, float around in first person, and fly your spaceship (yes, in first person) if all certainly looked rather impressive. There’s no date for when all backers will gain access to this first slice of the Persistent Universe side of Star Citizen, although we’re expecting it will be very soon.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne promoted to 3-part series

Originally planned as a one-off episode, this announcement trailer reveals that series favourite Michonne will now get a “3 episode event” to explain how she became a katana-welding badass. There’s no confirmation how it will link into Season 1 and 2, but we do know it will arrive early next year.

Rocket League coming to Xbox One

Not only will the best multiplayer game of the year (and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise) finally be making its way to the Xbox One, but there will be two brand new cars available to mark the occasion – the Gears of War Armadillo, and the Halo Hogsticker. There’s no word on if the XO version will be cross platform (surely it will be though, right?) but it’s great that the Rocket League love will continue to rise. Because it’s awesome.

And finally…

Those were the awards and reveals, but did anything else happen? Well, there were two things of note. The first was touching tribute to the late Satoru Iwata, with both Geoff Keighley and NoA president Reggie Fil-Ames paying tribute to the former head of Nintendo. While I’m not sure the music used for the highlight reel was the best choice, it was still a great reminder of a man who gave so much to the industry we love.

However, the most talked-about moment of this year’s show happened after Kiefer Sutherland accepted the award for Best Action / Adventure game on behalf of Konami. Geoff Keighley took the time to state why Hideo Kojima wasn’t there to accept the award. Here’s a transcript of what he said:

"As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight's awards ceremony to accept any awards. He's still under an employment contract. And it's disappointing and it's inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow team mates."

The Game Awards 2015 Wrap-up | The Winners, the reveals, and Konami’s shame

This was met with some understandable booing from the crowd, and has since sparked many a cutting remark towards Konami to appear online. Konami’s embarrassment didn’t end there, though, as when Jade Raymond went on stage to present the award for Best Performance she stated “Who could imagine Metal Gear Solid… without the voice of David Hayter?” She immediately apologised and said “Sorry, that was a bit mean,”, but the ‘sick burn’ (as the kids call it) no doubt added to Konami’s misery at a time when they were probably hoping to celebrate. After all, they had just won an award.

And that’s your lot from this year’s Game Awards. Were you happy with the winners? Were you blown away by the reveals? Not bothered by either? Let us know in the comments!

Add a comment 1 comment
Tsung  Dec. 4, 2015 at 14:50

Suprises.. Fallout 4 not getting anything, thou' being released so close to the awards I guess doesn't help.

Splatoon best multiplayer game? Really. come on.
Splatoon best shooter?? Again, seriously...

Splatoon A game where certain load-outs are clearly better than others. Also to change your load out you need to quit the server. Oh an only 2 maps at a time and 3 minutes a map. Dam the barrier to win is really low.

Last edited by Tsung, Dec. 4, 2015 at 14:50


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