All the 2016 Game Awards Nominees

The awards show takes place on December 1.


The nominees for the Game Awards 2016 have been revealed.

Titles nominated for the overall Game of the Year award include Doom, Inside, Overwatch. Titanfall 2, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. The award will be given to the game that "delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields."

Uncharted 4 picked up the most nominations overall, with eight, including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Narrative, and three nominations in Best Performance for voice actors Nolan North, Troy Baker, and Emily Rose.

Firewatch, Inside, and Overwatch followed with five nominations each. Sony was the most-recognized publisher, with 13 nominations, followed by Electronic Arts (10), Blizzard (7), and Bethesda (6). Playdead and Campo Santo followed with five nominations each.

A total of 63 games across all categories were nominated this year. You can see the full list of nominees below. GameSpot is on the panel that decided the nominees and winners.

The Game Awards 2016 takes place on Thursday, December 1 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show will be streamed live--you'll be able to watch right here on GameSpot.


For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)


Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.

  • Blizzard (for Overwatch)
  • Dice (for Battlefield 1)
  • id Software (for Doom)
  • Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End)
  • Respawn (for Titanfall 2)


For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/SIE)


For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/SIE)


For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id/Bethesda)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)


Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
  • Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
  • Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
  • Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change.

  • 1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
  • Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
  • Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
  • Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)


For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
  • The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)


For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.

  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)


For the best game experience playable in virtual reality.

  • Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
  • EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Thumper (Drool)


For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)


For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)


The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.

  • Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)


For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
  • Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)


Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy.

  • Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
  • Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)


Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres.

  • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)


For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.

  • FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
  • NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)


For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)


An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.

  • God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)


For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016.

  • AngryJoeShow
  • Boogie2988
  • Danny O'Dwyer
  • JackSepticEye
  • Lirik


For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content.

  • Project A2MR
  • Pokemon Uranium
  • Brutal Doom 64
  • Enderal: The Shards of Order


The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game.

  • Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
  • Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
  • Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
  • Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)


The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game.

  • SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
  • Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
  • SK Gaming
  • ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
  • Cloud 9


The Esports game that has shown creative and technical excellence in 2016 with the best gameplay, community support and content updates.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom)

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We talked about the GoTY nominees on our podcast.

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Hands down, Inside is my GOTY this year, at least this masterpiece must get best sound design/art design/indie game of the year imo.

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Game of the year = UNCHARTED 4 on PS4 Pro with 4K Upgrade.

PS4 = 50 Million + Units sold World Wide after Christmas.

Xbox 1 = 20 Million ( Xbox CEO " We can't catch up to Sony " )

Nintendo Wii 2 = 10 Million

Future Game of the Year = GOD OF WAR on PS4 Pro 4K.

Video Game System of the Year = for the 25th Time SONY PLAYSTATION.

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Overwatch in the game of the year category?


Give me a break with that.

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Even Trump cannot defeat Uncharted from winning game of the year award

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Good to know The Witcher III is still kicking

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@Hardcoreehb: it's a testament to how good it is when DLC is nominated for overall best RPG. I hope it wins too.

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Inside and Uncharted 4 are the best games of the year, hands down. Both 10/10 must-play-experiences in my book. I hope The Last Guardian lives up to the hype and can grab an award or two as well, if it ever fucking comes out. Ratchet & Clank should probably get an award for best platformer. certainly best remake. Final Fantasy XV, while it could be enjoyable, will probably not win any awards. I haven't seen anything groundbreaking about it thus far. Dead Rising 4 looks to be the funniest game of the year, if there's a category for that...

Shooters were pretty underwhelming this year honestly. Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 are fun but nothing really groundbreaking there either. Here's hoping we get a FPS next year that really innovates instead of refines what's already been done before, or in the case of CoD: Infinite Warfare, makes it worse.

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Not the best year for gaming, 2016. There's even an expansion running as best RPG game. It seems Uncharted is ruling unchallenged this year...

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@MigGui: overwatch is overrated so it might win

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@MigGui: Not the best, but not a bad year either. While not many games shined, a lot were very solid installments. Doom, Battlefield, Watch Dogs, Overwatch, Dishonored, all very good games, but none of them goty contenders.

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I miss when "ACTION" game refered to this:


And this:

Seriously? What the **** happened to action games?

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@wushuknight25: The genre of action you're refering to became outdated....

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@livedreamplay: Since when? Last I checked. Bayonetta 2 was the second most fun game of 2014. It shows that fast paced character fighting combo action games are still refreshing, most challenging, and fun today. It's the only genre of action that makes you feel like a badass.

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@wushuknight25: What? Bayonetta 2 did well with the critics, but it was a commercial disaster. In the first month it barely sold 50k units in Japan and wasn't even in top 10 monthly games. Which for the first month is a disaster. Those games are good, I like them due to nostalgia, but they became outdated and people don't buy them anymore, that's why they don't make them anymore. :(

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@livedreamplay: The fact that the game was critically acclaimed proves that the genre hasn't gotten outdated at all. Sales had nothing do it with it. More it's on Nintendo's fault for barely even advertising it. It was bad enough that it was exclusive for one console that is now currently dying, but there was Nintendo barely even showing the public about the game. There was only one TV spot in only one channel (Adult Swim) which even I didn't see. I went to my local Gamestop, Target, and Best Buy asking about the game, and they didn't know it was coming out 3 DAYS before release. These games aren't just good, They are FANTASTIC. How do you know people DON'T want to buy them anymore. Is there some type of survey that says people don't like fast-paced complex combo gameplay anymore? Since when?

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@wushuknight25: Mate, do you really think the market cares about your explanations? Hard truth, it doesn't. Gaming companies won't focus on genres that are not bought by people just because the marketing behind said games wasn't done good enough. You don't need a survey to know that... A gaming company will look for interest, if Nintendo chose to not spend money advertising the game it automatically assumes it's not worthy, then if people don't flock towards the game and it has mediocre sales, then it strengthens the assumption that it's not worthy. If the sales are poor even after the game is critically acclaimed and gets great reviews, that just underlines their assumption even more. Just because you and a few others think those games are fantastic will not make the companies spend in that direction, they need sales, they need to see proof that they won't wast their money if they make those games. Btw, I also like those games, I'm not against them in any way, however you were wondering why they weren't made anymore, and this is sadly the hard truth :(

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@livedreamplay: They need to care, because of this lack of awareness, care, and good promotion of these game is what is hurting the genre of itself, and it's what this current gen is lacking hugely on: Diversity. I mean Jesus, this the worst nominee of action games I've ever seen on a big gaming site. Despite Odin's Sphere being a reinvent. I would say not putting it on this list is a huge insult to the genre.

"if Nintendo chose to not spend money advertising the game it automatically assumes it's not worthy"

Until the game scored 9s and 10s accross the board, THEN they started promoting it like hell, which was already too late. Just so you know, Nintendo sucks at advertising games that are not Pokemon, Smash Bros, Mario, and Zelda. This is the problem here. As these game you claimed are "outdated" has proven wrong as they are still top notch in quality. Everyone who has played Bayonetta 2 LOVED it. Not a single dislike. Bayonetta 2 is not only the greatest action game ever made, it's one of the best games of the past 10 years. Yet Nintendo did not have the guts to at least show that? They didn't show this game out to the public, nor why the game is amazing, but only the small group as if they assume we live in their mother's basement.

"If the sales are poor even after the game is critically acclaimed and gets great reviews, that just underlines their assumption even more."

This is less the fault of the public, and more to the publishers. As they assume character action games like Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Bayonetta are too difficult to handle, they are "weird" and "too crazy," they don't take their stories seriously, and don't have generic stereotypical movie characters with a gun. But also the fact that most AAA companies ruled by people who don't know nor care about video games believe only COD or anything related is what sells since it makes the biggest money. So this type of action that was big back in the day is now niche. They barely even show people the game, and when they do, they have horrible players that button mash the same YYYY combo over and over and not dodge at obvious attacks. That can turn off many players thinking the game will be repetitive and dull until they're shown combo videos. This is why Nier Automata is doing very well right now. It's getting great advestisement, but they are also showing the gameplay's great potential. Gaining nothing but positive buzz and grabbing people's attention.

The only people who don't want it are the small minority, while many other would have no idea what the game is about because of the lack of support from the publisher.

If they need sales, they need to put just as much effort supporting these games as they did with Battlefield 1. It's not that hard.

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@wushuknight25: I partially agree with you. I say partial because you say that the genre is dying because of the promotion issues, I say that the promotion issues are caused by the fact that it's dying.

Let's leave Bayonetta aside for a second and look from a different perspective. Why aren't other companies making/marketing games of this genre? Why? If there is so much interest, why won't they put as much effort into a game like this as they would into Battlefield 1? Is it because they don't like money? Especially now with this nieche market being so empty, why do they still choose other genres? I know why, because of the lack of interest. Why start developing and marketing a game and risk failing when you already know that a game like Battlefield will sell like hot cakes. If you have another, better explanation, I'm willing to hear it.

"If they need sales, they need to put just as much effort supporting these games as they did with Battlefield 1. It's not that hard." Why aren't they doing it then?

PS: I think Nier Automata will be an excellent game, but I think it will be mediocre in sales too. I may be wrong, but we'll see...

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@livedreamplay: "Why aren't they doing it then?" I believe in this gen of gaming, stylish action games are now only believe to appeal to anime fans, and what people use the term today as "weaboos" when stylish action back in the day went it's for hardcore players. Publishers also have the mindset that these game doesn't "appeal to the WIDER AUDIENCE" fantasy instead of trying to introduce it to the wide audience. They also believe they are too complex for this generation of gaming, and too difficult for people to master the gameplay unlike 90% of the shooters that had flooded the market. They are more just scared of the fact that the game doesn't sell because it doesn't fit into the gaming world where Call of Duty, Battlefield, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, many games that are Free Roam, FPS, TPS, Free to Play, Story driven games that are angsty, dark and gritty, realistic, dumb-down, and very slow gameplay dominate and make ALL the money. Hints why they don't want to promote stylish action game as much as they are video game and not "experiences," and people delude themselves thinking that's true (without even given them a chance), it's when they do give it a chance that they ask why they heard about them, so this whole thing about them not being interesting comes as an excuse. How are they NOT interesting? Considering they have 50x the variety of combat than shooters, far better gun mechanics than shooters (aim, shoot, cover, and reload is never as interesting as break dancing while shooting, using missiles launchers as police clubs, using a shotgun as nun chucks, and stacking bullets on top of eachother and on a armed weapon), faster, far more challenging, and have limitless amount of depth to keep players in the game. You say they don't matter due to sales (funny even though Bayonetta 2 was still nominated for best action game), but there has not been any real legitimate prove of that. In fact, in this generation ruled by FPS that are basically the same thing over and over again, having a stylish action game should be nothing but refreshing as they are so rare. What is it about the mechanics in stylistic action genre that makes this outdated: but makes THIS now the new category of "action":

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@wushuknight25: Not even close. This "publishers have the mindset" thing doesn't fly one bit. If the publishers smell money they go for it, if they think it doesn't apply to the wider audience it's because it doesn't, and they'd rather focus on games that do, rather than spending money with "trying to introduce it to the wide audience". And that's what I've been saying all along.

Also, I don't agree with "They also believe they are too complex for this generation of gaming", all genres have more complex and difficult games, and less complex and difficult games, yet the genre isn't excluded like it is in our case. People playing Candy Crush and Call of Duty didn't stop Bloodborne from having millions of sales and exceeding the expecations in both revenue and reviews.

"You say they don't matter due to sales but there has not been any real legitimate prove of that" Even what you said at the beginning, with publishers not believing it's worthy due to it not applying to the wider audience is exactly that. Why do you think that the publishers care whether or not it applies to the wider audience, obviously because of sales. This generation is ruled by FPS because people like this genre, even if they do things over and over, they enjoy it. You have better and more complex FPS games, you have dumbed down FPS games, each with their own but the bottom line is that the genre sells and the people are interested.

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@wushuknight25: Rad. Sadly, after Ninja Gaiden black, that franchise has slipped a bunch. It would be great to see it get back on track. Hope Platinum makes another Bayonetta and dream of another Metal Gear Rising. Maybe From software will take a break from the Souls games. An Otogi remake or sequel would be awesome. I'd personally trade every shooter for a fast action game like these. Keep hope alive.

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@wushuknight25: Dont post this kind of stuff around here, people will call it ''mindless button mashing'' then argue that Crap of Us is the best action/survival/adventure/RPG/puzzle/Racing/sport game ever created. that Naughty Dog are the best developpers and that Uncharted 47837583276576 deserves the movie of the year award.

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@gameroutlawzz: Lol most of the people calling these mindless button masher never even played these game. And even if they do, all they'll do is the same YYYYY move over and over again, and then complain that it's too complex.

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Bought UC4 when it released, played maybe 30min so. Got a long weekend next week, so time to put a dent in it.

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They should bring back best game by console exclusive. They should bring back best DLC/expansion (so that stuff like Blood & Wine and WoW: Legion don't make it into best overall game). They should split the performances into male and female like it was in the past. They should get rid of the Game for Change award (because we ALL play games for political statements, don't we?). Art should be split into two categories like it was before (technical and artistic). Songs should be its own category again. It should become more "mainstream" and feel like any other awards show AND be back to TV broadcasting. That would tremendously improve the awards and make them feel more legitimate.

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Overwatch is cool and all, but I get the sinking feeling it's going to get a disproportionate amount of awards.

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Where's the "Best Sponsor of Gamespot Content in 2016" category??

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@VooDooPC: That's only a category in the "Tinfoil Hat Gamer Awards 2016", there might be a separate article for those.

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@VooDooPC: lololol :P

Very tough competition among - EA, Ubisoft and Microsoft

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Didn't care for these lists, but it's all opinions. Though would have been better if they waited a little longer (Pokémon and Final Fantasy)

Dark Souls III, D00M, and Owlboy are my GotY so far.

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Titanfall 2 , the witcher blood and wine for rpg, family ratchet and clank.

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The yearly popularity contest again. My favourite game this year by far is Deus Ex: mankind Divided, and I wish I had Battlefield 1. Don't really care about anything else this year. Roll on Zelda and god of war (hopefully) next year.

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I didn't get a chance to play Uncharted 4 since I'm a PC gamer but from what i've seen it seems like a worthy opponent.
But my vote for GOTY goes to DOOM, thats the first game in years that i didn't have a single boring minute playing. I know it won't win but for me that's what matters most, how enjoyable it is.

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Uncharted 4 easily GOTY followed up by Blood & Wine and Titanfall 2 for me.

Next year looks a LOT more exciting than this year though, just look at that most anticipated list...holy shit.

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@IndySandbagTrik: Yeah...about that. No Man's Sky won the award for most anticipated game last year. So needless to say...

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DOOM, all the way. I can't believe I found a game in this list where fun and gameplay is it's main premise.

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ma boys Ratchet and Clank and Uncharted nominated! Great, also U4 is almost nominated for every category(that it applies to) awesome

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Uncharted or Overwatch would be my guess for the GOTY award wouldn't complain with either winning it.

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doom, rainbow six, titanfall 2 should get the most recognition! This is how shooters should be done!

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Uncharted is the best action-adventure game series ever :) And the 4th installment is the best of them all :)

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Uncharted 4 should storm it easily.