The Game Awards 2015 Nominees Are A Solid Bunch

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Geoff Keighley’s put a lot of effort into hosting and producing The Game Awards, so it is only fair that we should help promote the announcement of The Game Awards’ full list of nominees (and their categories). The Game Awards 2015 will go live at 8:30 PM ET with a half-hour pre-show, with the full proceedings expected to go live at 9 PM ET. You can watch the event live streaming on go90 (event partners), PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Wii U, Steam, Twitch, YouTube and a host of games outlet websites.

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The Game Awards’ nominees have interesting stories in their machinations. The Game of the Year category is solid, if not for an Ori exception. Speaking of, Microsoft Studios-published Ori and the Blind Forest being considered for the Best Independent Game category is hilarious when you say it out loud. For once, the Best Shooter category is packed, and includes a very formidable challenger in Splatoon. MLB 15: The Show continues a tradition of getting shutout from Best Sports Game categories. That said, I’m glad Rocket League made it into that list.

When it comes to specific games, there are some surprises. For one, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leads the way with 6 nominations for the game, while Indie darling Undertale (once the highest rated PC game of all time on Metacritic) has a very solid three nominations that include Best RPG. Meanwhile, the fighting game community has effectively been disregarded, with an embarrassing Best Fighting Game category that features a title you cannot purchase anymore (shutting down in December) and a game that’s currently in Alpha stages. Considering The Game Awards’ eSports Advisory Panel features no major reps from the FGC but one from the outlet Brietbart, that should tell you everything there is about how miniscule the respect is for that medium right now.

Regardless, here is the full list of The Game Awards 2015 nominees.

Jury Voted

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne (From Software)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Developer of the Year

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

Best Independent Game

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

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Downwell (Moppin)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios, Behaviour Interactive)
  • Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montreal)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale)

Best Narrative

  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
  • Tales from the Borderlands (TellTale Games)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)
  • Until Dawn (Supermassive Games)

Best Score/Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Best Performance

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

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Treyarch)
  • Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE)

Best Action/Adventure

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft Quebec)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics)

Best RPG

  • Bloodborne (From Software)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian Entertainment)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)
  • Undertale (Tobyfox)

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign (Arc System Works)
  • Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios)
  • Rise of Incarnates (Bandai Namco)
  • Rising Thunder (Radiant Entertainment)

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Studios)
  • LEGO Dimensions (Traveller’s Tales)
  • Skylanders: Superchargers (Beenox Studios, Vicarious Visions)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16 (EA Canada)
  • Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10 Studios)
  • NBA 2K16 (Visual Concepts)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES Productions)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Treyarch)
  • Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2)

Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)
  • Bloodborne (From Software)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Fan’s Choice

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eSports Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • Hearthstone (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)

Best Fan Creation

Trending Gamer

  • Christopher “Montecristo” Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • Pewdiepie
  • Total Biscuit

eSports Team of the Year

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

eSports Player of the Year

  • Kenney “Kenneys” Schrub (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team EnVyUs)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-Hyeok (League of Legends, SK Telecom T1)
  • Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fnatic)
  • Peter “PPD” Dager (DOTA 2, Evil Geniuses)
  • Syed Sumail “SUMA1L” Hassan (DOTA 2, Evil Geniuses)

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment)
  • The Last Guardian (genDesign)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog)