Game Awards 2020 Winners and Announcements RECAP


2020 is coming to a close, and while this year has in many ways been absolutely awful, it has some silver linings in the gaming world. We have seen the standardization of streaming versions of far away events bringing even more people to certain content that was sometimes locked away to a distant city. It has given us next generation technology and consoles, and this year, like each year moves the needle forward for engaging, immersive, and beautiful GAMES.


This article contains first the winners of the various awards and their fellow nominees, and second will list all the amazing game announcements. To be clear, this is a GI news recap of the Game Awards event. The winners and nominees were selected for the Game Awards, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Game Infinite and is independent of our own annual end of year lists. Later in the December and January, we will do our own end of year celebratory content and awards.



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2020 GAME AWARDS - AWARDS, NOMINEES, AND WINNERS (IN BOLD)

Game of the Year

  • The Last of Us Part 2

  • Doom Eternal

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Hades

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Best Score and Music

  • Doom Eternal

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Hades

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

  • The Last of Us Part 2

Best Action/Adventure

  • The Last of Us Part 2

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Best Family

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

  • Minecraft Dungeons

  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

Best Debut Game

  • Carrion

  • Mortal Shell

  • Raji: An Ancient epic

  • Roki

  • Phasmophobia

Best Performance

  • Ashley Johnson as Ellie, The Last of Us Part 2

  • Laura Bailey as Abby, The Last of Us Part 2

  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai, Ghost of Tsushima

  • Logan Cunningham as Hades, Hades

  • Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Best Ongoing

  • Apex Legends

  • Destiny 2

  • Call of Duty: Warzone

  • Fortnite

  • No Man's Sky

This was by far the most hilarious moment in the entire event. No one was more surprised on the win as No Man's Sky's Sean Murray. When the announcement occurred and the camera shifted to his video, he was mid-sip of his drink, with the most genuine surprised look on his face. His look and reaction was priceless as he in no way expected to win. He even jokingly commented that "Fortnite always wins". It was a super funny moment that is worth a watch.


Best Sports/Racing

  • DIRT 5

  • F1 2020

  • FIFA 21

  • NBA 2K21

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2

Best VR/AR

  • Dreams

  • Half-Life: Alyx

  • Marvel's Iron Man VR

  • Star Wars: Squadrons

  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Best Action

  • Doom Eternal

  • Hades

  • Half-Life: Alyx

  • Nioh 2

  • Streets of Rage 4

Best Art Direction

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Hades

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

  • The Last of Us Part 2

Best Narrative

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Hades

  • The Last of Us Part 2

Best Multiplayer

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Among Us

  • Call of Duty: Warzone

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

  • Valorant

Games for Impact

  • If found...

  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

  • Spiritfarer

  • Tell Me Why

  • Through The Darkest of Times

Best Audio Design

  • Doom Eternal

  • Half-Life: Alyx

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Resident Evil 3

  • The Last of Us Part 2

Best Role Playing Game

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Genshin Impact

  • Persona 5 Royal

  • Wasteland 3

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Crusader Kings III

  • Desperados III

  • Gears Tactics

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator

  • XCOM: Chimera Squad

Best Fighting

  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

  • Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[CL-R]

Best Indie Game

  • Carrion

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

  • Hades

  • Spelunky 2

  • Spiritfarer

Best Mobile Game

  • Among Us

  • Call of Duty Mobile

  • Genshin Impact

  • Legends of Runeterra

  • Pokemon Cafe Mix

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends

  • Destiny 2

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

  • Fortnite

  • No Man's Sky

  • Valorant

Innovation in Accessibility

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

  • Grounded

  • Hyperdot

  • The Last of Us Part 2

  • Watch Dogs Legion

Best Game Direction

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Hades

  • Half Life: Alyx

  • The Last of Us Part 2

Best Esports Host

  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez

  • Alex "Machine" Richardson

  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere

  • James "Dash" Patterson

  • Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden

Best Esports Team

  • Damwon Gaming (LOL)

  • Dallas Empire (COD)

  • G2 Esports (LOL)

  • San Francisco Shock (OWL)

  • Team Secret (Dota2)

Best Esports Game

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • Fortnite

  • League of Legends

  • Valorant

Best Esports Event

  • Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals (CS:GO)

  • Call of Duty League Championship 2020

  • IEM Katowice 2020 (CS:GO)

  • League of Legends World Championship 2020

  • Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020

Best Esports Coach

  • Danny "Zonic" Sorensen (CS:GO)

  • Dae-Hee "Crusty" Park (OWL)

  • Fabian "Grabbz" Lohmann (LOL)

  • Lee "Zefa" Jae-min (LOL)

  • Raymond "Rambo" Lussier (COD)

Best Esports Athlete

  • Ian "Crimsix" Porter (COD)

  • Heo "Showmaker" Su (LOL)

  • Kim "Canyon" Geon-Bu (LOL)

  • Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro (COD)

  • Matthieu "Zywoo" Herbaut (CS:GO)

Content Creator of the Year

  • Alanah Pearce

  • Jay Ann Lopez

  • Nickmercs

  • Timthetatman

  • Valkyrae


2020 GAME AWARDS - GAMING ANNOUNCEMENTS


Loop Hero

Sea of Solitude: Director's Cut


Shady Part of Me


Nier Replicant


I am a big fan of the Nier universe, 2B is one of my favorite characters. The combat in the game is beautiful and elegant, and when we got to see gameplay of this Automata prequel remaster I was definitely excited.

Century: Age of Ashes


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Sephiroth Announcement


Perfect Dark


I have always regretted never playing the original Perfect Dark games, and now the originals have ages so much, beyond a good revisit. Rumors of a reboot or sequel have been circling for the past year or two, and yesterday during the Game Awards we finally got that first look!

Back 4 Blood


The Callisto Protocol

I am not a huge fan of the horror genre, but with the beautiful space scenery seen in the game, and the "Alien" franchise vibes, I am definitely excited for this space horror thriller.

Open Roads


Dragon Age

Endless Dungeon


Crimson Desert

In what was arguably one of the most beautiful demos of the night, Crimson Desert is absolutely gorgeous. Promoted as actual game footage, Crimson Desert shows us what next gen can really look like. The first months and years of next gens are always a little muddy as developers push through cross-gen financially motivated compromised and learning new hardware. This is some of the first gameplay I have seen that really truly screamed "next-gen" to me. The scenery and landscapes in this open world look absolutely next level.

Seasons

ARK II

F.I.S.T

Odyssey: Elite Dangerous

The second major space-scape of the recap, Elite Dangerous is one of those games I never got around to, but this sure looks exciting. For the first time, Elite Dangerous will be landing on the surface, and so far what I see is everything I wish Mass Effect Andromeda could have been. This looks like next-level space exploration. If you are a space nerd like me, this trailer is a must watch.

Evil Dead: The Game

Returnal

Outriders: Mantra of Survival trailer

You'd be forgiven if you look at Outriders, and think "Great Value Brand Destiny". My friend who I was watching the Game Awards reaction to this game was a pure honest "meh"; however, I am excited for this game. The reason, I feel this game may rise above its "Destiny wannabe" status many gamers will have as first impressions, in that in fact this is a complete experience, non-live service. This is meant to have a story, and be a full complete experience at launch. We don't see as many multiplayer non-live services games anymore so I hope that this player-friendly strategy will win players over. I also know that Square Enix has published some of my favorite experiences of the past few years with Final Fantasy 7 remake, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and the controversial Avengers game.

It Takes Two

Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion

Monster Hunter Rise

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

I don't understand Riot Games... They have made for the most part one major hit, on one platform, and have rested on their laurels of League of Legends, an 11 year old game that still people play. I have dabbled in it recently, and just recently downloaded Valorant. I just don't see the quality that others do. Moreso, these games are so low effort with few modes and cartoony graphics. This new game, Ruined King is another game set in a genre that I expect from indie or mid-level studios. As an outsider looking in, I just don't understand why Riot is allowed to turn in such C-D level work and gamers keep giving them the A+ pass. They are a multi-billion dollar super successful studio, and THIS is one of their hotly anticipated titles?

Mass Effect "will continue"


I cheered louder than when Last of Us Part 2 won Game of the Year for this. When who I can only assume is Liara T'soni bends down and picks up a snow covered piece of metal, only to dust it off and reveal an N7 logo. I about lost my cool and cheered. We Mass Effect fans knew for a while that a Mass Effect trilogy remaster was on it's way, and word of a new mass effect game has been rumbling about the gaming world for a while too. In fact, after letting it slip during the Summer, BioWare confirmed on N7 Day 2020 that a new Mass Effect was in very early development. In fact, this trailer tells us very little we didn't already know. We already knew a Mass Effect game was coming. I also know that this game is farther away than I think most gamers would want. BioWare is a studio that has been plagued with staffing issues, understaffing, burn-out, and high level names leaving. An expose from Kotaku last years exposed how difficult things had gotten at the studio when Anthem surprised everyone with its failed release.


In addition to the problems at BioWare, they have so many projects in front of them. Dragon Age 4 is their next big game, Anthem 2.0 is still supposedly happening, and they just did the Original Trilogy remaster. Honestly they have a lot on their plate. In fact one of the things that makes me think that this game is far far away, beyond the fact that it still has no title or even a "project name" that we know of was Ali Hillis's (voice of Liara) reaction to the news. I follow her on Twitter, and I found it odd that the voice actress for the character in the trailer (who didn't speak) was surprised by this news. If the voice actress is hearing about this news than it HAS to be very early doesn't it?


Does this trailer tell us anything? We know that the teaser at least features a Asari character who really does appear to be Liara. We do know this takes place after ME3, as we see destroyed relays and dead reapers. However, these details don't give us as much clues as we would like. If it is in fact Liara, she is a long lived species, plus we also know cryostasis exists in this universe. This game could take place hundreds or even thousands years later after the original games. Is she looking for Shepard? How will they resolve the multiple endings of ME3? It is possible that Liara travels to the Andromeda Galaxy and meets up with the crew from Andromeda 600 years in the future. Liara tells us who might be important to the game, but doesn't tell us when or much else. A thousand plus window is very wide for narrative options.


I hope to God this is a full Mass Effect sequel with Shepard and Liara and the crew post reapers, because that is the game I want most in this world, but a part of me just doesn't trust or know if BioWare can pull that off. All I can say is while this teaser tells us so little, seeing the N7 logo


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