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The Game Awards 2019: Which Games Won This Year’s Awards?

We’ve had a great year this 2019 in terms of video games. From games such as The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3, and even community-divisive games like Death Stranding, 2019 has been a great time to be a gamer. However, not all great games could be awarded as the best game of the year. That’s why we present to you today the winners of The Game Awards 2019.

Fresh Indie Game Presented by Subway:

  • Disco Elysium
  • Gris
  • My Friend Pedro
  • Outer Wilds
  • Slay the Spire
  • Untitled Goose Game

Disco Elysium The Game Awards 2019

I so wanted Untitled Goose Game to win this award because it’s so therapeutic, relaxing, and simply fun to play. But Disco Elysium did deserve to win the first The Game Awards 2019 we’re presenting. It’s a gritty tale told in a classic role-playing set-up, ala Dungeons & Dragons. Its effective use of role-playing tropes to deliver a dramatic, grounded, and realistic experience made Disco Elysium a very compelling game to play through.

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tetris 99
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Apex Legends The Game Awards 2019

Apex Legends made us rethink about the whole Battle Royale genre. When it launched, it introduced a lot of simple yet impactful quality-of-life changes that drastically improved the gaming experience. The fact that other battle royale games soon adopted those features is a testament to Apex Legends’ effectivity. At its core, it’s also a very fun game to play, and it’s probably the most fun Battle Royale game you could play with your friends, making it deserving of this award.

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • DiRT Rally 2.0
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020
  • F1 2019
  • FIFA 2020

Crash Team Racing Nitro Boosted The Game Awards 2019

I must admit that I’ve never played Crash Team Racing before, nor have I been a big fan of Crash Bandicoot. But I can’t deny how much noise this game made when it came out. It’s not just a mere Mario Kart clone that other games of the genre turn out to be. It’s a skill-intensive, high-octane game full of excitement that didn’t only fulfill people’s nostalgic needs, but also gave adrenaline junkies a new source of their kick.

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Tropico 6
  • Wargroove

Fire Emblem Three Houses The Game Awards 2019

For the majority of people who aren’t Nintendo fans, this may have been a head-scratcher. It’s a shame that not a lot of people got to play Fire Emblem: Three Houses only because they didn’t have a Nintendo Switch. But the game is more than just a strategy game. Sure, Total War and Tropico would always beat Fire Emblem in terms of combat-related strategic depth. But Three Houses gave players much more than just that – it made you care about every single decision you make. For that, Three Houses made you strategize both in and out of battle, allowing it to earn this title. Its impact to the people who played the game could also be attested to by the fact that Fire Emblem: Three Houses also won the Player’s Voice Award.

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

Luigi's Mansion 3 The Game Awards 2019

We don’t always see Luigi take the spotlight away from Mario. So it feels extra good that Luigi’s Mansion 3 won a category award filled with Mario games. In fact, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a fun game unlike any other. Its game mechanics are unique to itself, and the whole game is filled with funny, wholesome moments that are very easy to appreciate, regardless of age.

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate The Game Awards 2019

It’s not surprising that this result has stirred a lot of commotion. All the nominated games are great fighting games with their own strong, passionate communities, after all. But we can’t deny that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been one of the most impactful games in the industry, not just in the FGC. There’s also denying that SSBU has continued the series’ strong gameplay features, letting both casual and competitive fans enjoy the game to it’s fullest.

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • The Outer Worlds

Disco Elysium The Game Awards 2019

Disco Elysium did more than just surpass indie game standards: it also did great as an RPG game. It reformulates the tried and tested mechanics of RPGs and used it to tell a compelling but grounded story, all the while giving players a ton of role-playing options that makes you feel like you’re really in the shoes of our demented detective.

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro Shadows Die TwiceThe Game Awards 2019

Amidst all the criticisms that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is ableist, and that it’s discriminating towards casual players, the game still wins the award for best Action/Adventure Game. And why not? In spite of its difficulty, its game mechanics are totally fair and beatable. It’s just that it can’t be enjoyed by those who don’t have the capacity to sink in the time and effort to finish the game. Fun is very subjective, and some people like getting punished. That’s why this game wins the award.

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Astral Chain
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Metro Exodus

DmC 5 The Game Awards 2019

Dante’s second coming has been a rocky ride, but at least DmC 5 was able to satisfy its very vocal fans. It’s action-packed to the brim, and there’s no dead air in this game. You’re always moving, always hacking and slashing. Action doesn’t necessarily mean guns a-blazin’, and DmC 5 proves it.

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Blood & Truth
  • Beat Saber
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Trover Saves the Universe

Beat Saber The Game Awards 2019

Beat Saber’s popularity is a testament to its widespread appeal. It’s simply fun to play, and it doesn’t give people nausea like other VR games would. It’s also usually the very first VR game people would get when they get their VR headsets, so this award from The Game Awards 2019 is well deserved.

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Destiny 2 The Game Awards 2019

Remember back when Destiny 2 was such a hollow, uninteresting game? Well Bungie has left it all behind. They did great in listening to their community and improving based on genuine customer feedback. Now, Destiny 2 is nowhere near its former self, and it deserves to win this award. Shoutout also to Ubisoft Montreal for their work with Rainbow Six Siege. Those guys deserve recognition also for the way they shaped the game based on community feedback.

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • GRINDSTONE
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: Children of Light
  • What the Golf?

CoD Mobile The Game Awards 2019

Hands down, probably the best mobile game out right now. Probably the best mobile game there will be for the foreseeable future. Its financial success is only one proof that it’s the bomb, it’s also set countless records for the mobile market, including the most number of downloads in its launch.

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You
  • Disco Elysium
  • Katana ZERO
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

Disco Elysium The Game Awards 2019

We don’t have to talk about Disco Elysium a third time. If you haven’t tried the game yet, go grab it now.

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apez Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Fortnite The Game Awards 2019

You’ve got to give it to Epic Games: they know how to keep things fresh. From having their whole world get eaten by a black hole, to simply making people stare at the void for days, Fortnite has continued to reinvent itself. With its second coming, it continues to dominate the Battle Royale genre for its fun gameplay and competitive potential.

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie
  • Gris
  • Kind Words
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Sea of Solitude

Gris The Game Awards 2019

It’s hard to explain Gris’ impact without giving out spoilers, so the best way to understand it is by getting it on the Apple Store now.

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gears 5
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

CoD Modern Warfare The Game Awards 2019

You would think that you already know how guns are supposed to sound like until you get to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The sound of bullets wheezing past your air and explosions blowing up near you create a terrific atmosphere that amplifies the game’s intense action.

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule
  • Death Stranding
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Kingdom Hearts III

Death Stranding The Game Awards 2019

Death Stranding have already won this category even with just its trailer. All throughout the game, emotions are amplified by the masterful use of music. Not to mention that the songs themselves are really good to listen to.

Best Art Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gris
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Control The Game Awards 2019

Art direction plays a big part in games as they provide visual cues and important information to the player. The better the art direction, the less noticeable these cues are and the more natural they feel. Such is the case with Control, where visual cues and cinematic effects are used to convey useful information to the player to aid them in the game.

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • The Outer Worlds

Disco Elysium The Game Awards 2019

Best Game Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Outer Wilds

Death Stranding The Game Awards 2019

You know you’re a great director when your personality becomes ingrained to the games and your fans can tell it’s you who made it without being told so. Death Stranding is definitely a work by Hideo Kojima. Everything about the game screams Hideo Kojima. The fact that its story is unnecessarily convoluted, confusing, and maybe trying too hard to be deep also point towards it being directed by Hideo Kojima. The Game Awards 2019 acknowledges Hideo Kojima’s oddities with this award.

and finally

The Game of the Year

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Outer Worlds

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice The Game Awards 2019

Sekiro continues the tradition of FromSoftware games being too hard, it’s a great game because it’s hard. However, unlike its predecessors, Sekiro provided players with a more relatable story, a more compelling narrative, and a much more improved gameplay. Souls games are notorious for being hard but a bit lacking when it comes to satisfying you when you beat a hard boss. Sekiro, on the other hand, always ends with a glorious spurt of blood – a trademark sequence in Samurai dramas. Sekiro built upon the legacy of Souls games and gave people better experience overall. That’s way Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is your The Game Awards 2019 Game of the Year.

And that’s it for this year’s The Game Awards 2019. Did your favorite games receive awards that they deserve?