All Nominees for The Game Awards 2021

You must be curious every year to find out which game was really the best of the year. No worries! The Game Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 9 (hosted by Geoff Keighley). Also, we already know that the in-person event will feature many current and upcoming titles, but the focus of the event will remain on honoring 2021’s best games. We learned the nominees for each category today, and you can vote on them right now on the official Game Awards website.

The Game Awards 2021’s categories are divided into 30, and here are the nominees for each category:

Game of the Year

The game of the Year awards will be given as a game that provides the most pleasing overall experience in both creative and technical aspects, the nominees are mentioned below:

All Nominees for The Game Awards 2021
Game Of The Year | Source: The Game Awards

Best Game Direction

You can see that this award will be given for excellent creative vision and originality in-game direction and design. Followings are the nominees of this category:

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Returnal
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Narrative

The winner will be awarded for great narrative development and storytelling in a game. Thus, the Nominees are:

Best Art Direction

This award will be given for excellent artistic design and animation technical and/or creative achievement.

  • Deathloop
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • The Artful Escape

Best Score & Music

For excellent music, which may include a score, an original song, or a licensed soundtrack.

Best Audio Design

It is recognizing the outstanding audio and sound design in games.

Best Performance

Awarded to a person who has excelled in voice-over acting, motion capture, and performance capture. Here are the nominees:

  • Erika Mori (Alex Chen/Life is Strange: True Colors)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Antón Castillo/Far Cry 6)
  • Jason Kelly (Colt Vahn/Deathloop)
  • Maggie Robertson (Alcina Dimitrescu/Resident Evil Village)
  • Ozioma Akagha (Julianna Blake/Deathloop)

Games For Impact

This award will be given for a game that provokes thought and has a pro-social message or meaning.

  • Before Your Eyes
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • No Longer Home

Best Ongoing

Awarded to a game for excellent ongoing content creation that improves the player experience over time. The Nominees are:

Best Indie

Award for extraordinary creative and technical achievement in a game not published by a regular publisher.

  • Death’s Door
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero
  • Twelve Minutes

Best Mobile Game

The award will be given for the best game playable on a mobile device. Here are the nominees:

All Nominees for The Game Awards 2021
Best Mobile Game | Source: The Game Awards
  • Fantasian
  • Genshin Impact
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • Marvel Future Revolution
  • Pokémon Unite

Best Community Support

It is awarded to a game for excellent community support, transparency, and response, including social media activity and game updates/patches.

Innovation in Accessibility

Recognizes software and hardware moving the medium ahead by adding features, technology, and content to make games more accessible to a wider audience.

Best AR/VR Game

All Nominees for The Game Awards 2021
Best AR/VR | Source: The Game Awards

Regardless of platform, for the greatest virtual or augmented reality game experience.

  • Hitman III
  • I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar
  • Lone Echo II
  • Resident Evil 4 VR
  • Sniper Elite VR

Best Action Game

Award is given for the greatest action game that focuses heavily on the battle. Thus the nominees are:

Best Action/Adventure

The award is for the best action/adventure game that incorporates battle, exploration, and puzzle-solving.

Best Role-Playing

Award for the greatest game with a lot of character customization and advancement for the player, as well as massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Tales of Arise

Best Fighting

The Game Award is given for the best game that focuses solely on head-to-head fighting.

Best Family

Regardless of genre or platform, for the best game suitable for family enjoyment.

  • It Takes Two
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • New Pokémon Snap
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • Warioware: Get It Together!

Best Sim/Strategy

Regardless of platform, the best game emphasized real-time or turn-based simulation or strategic gameplay.

  • Age of Empires IV
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Humankind
  • Inscryption
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best Sports/Racing

Best Sports/Racing Nominees
Best Sports/Racing | Source: The Game Awards

The award is for the best sports and racing games, both traditional and non-traditional. Here are the nominees are:

Best Multiplayer

Excellent online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and multiplayer experiences, regardless of game genre or platform.

All Nominees for The Game Awards 2021
Best Multiplayer | Source: Game Awards

Content Creator of the Year

In 2021, the award will be given to a streamer or content developer who has had a significant and positive impact on the community.

  • Dream
  • Fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • The Grefg

Best Debut Indie

Award will be given for the most excellent game produced by a new independent studio’s debut.

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirts
  • Sable
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Forgotten City
  • Valheim

Most Anticipated Game

Most Anticipated Game Nominees
Most Anticipated Game | Source: The Game Awards

It is recognizing a previously announced game that has shown promise in moving the gaming medium forward.

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Starfield

Best eSports Game

This award is given to the game that has provided gamers with the best overall esports experience (including competitions, community support, and content updates). Here are the nominees:

  • Call of Duty
  • CS:GO
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Valorant

Best eSports Athlete

The esports athlete is deemed to be the most exceptional for performance and behavior in 2021.

  • Collapse
  • S1mple
  • Showmaker
  • Tenz
  • Simp

Best eSports Team

In 2021, a specific esports team (rather than the entire company) will be recognized for their excellent performance and conduct.

  • Atlanta Faze (Call of Duty)
  • DWG KIA (League of Legends)
  • Natus Vincere (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Sentinels (Valorant)
  • Team Spirit (Dota 2)

Best eSports Coach

In 2021, the esports coach is deemed the most exceptional in terms of performance and conduct.

  • Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov
  • Andreii “B1AD3” Horodenskyi
  • James “Crowder” Crowder
  • Kim “KKoma” Jeong-Gyun

Best eSports Event

Recognizing an event that provided a best-in-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience (over a single or many days).

Best eSports Event Nominees
Best eSports Event | Source: The Game Awards
  • 2021 League of Legends World Championships
  • The International 2021
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
  • Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters

However, we know you all are waiting for the game of the year award. Now, let’s see who will win the Game Awards 2021 among the nominees: Deathloop, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, Psychonauts 2, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Resident Evil Village.

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