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The Game Awards 2014 Announces Nominees

by William Schwartz

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The first annual ‘Game Awards’ presented by industry veteran Geoff Keighley is set to go on in a few weeks and fans are finally treated to the nominees.

The nominees are pretty interesting, but not as interesting as the categories such as ‘Best Remaster’, and some fan voted ones such as ‘Best E-Sports Player’ and ‘Best Fan Creation’. It really looks to encompass everything within gaming and the culture and give it an award. That’s not a bad thing. Check out the nominees below.

Judged Nominees

GAME OF THE YEAR

Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
Dark Souls II (From Software/Bandai-Namco Games)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware/EA)
Hearthstone (Blizzard)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

Blizzard
Monolith
Nintendo
Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

Broken Age: Act I (Double Fine Productions)
Monument Valley (Ustwo)
Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)
Transistor (Supergiant Games)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME

Bravery Default (Silicon Studio/Square-Enix/Nintendo)
Hearthstone (Blizzard)
Monument Valley (Ustwo)
Super Smash Bros. 3DS (Sora Ltd/Bandai-Namco Games/Nintendo)
Threes! (Sirvo)

BEST NARRATIVE

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian/Ubisoft)
The Walking Dead, Season Two (Telltale Games)
The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames/Bethesda)

BEST SCORE/SOUNDTRACK

Alien: Isolation (Joe Henson and Alexis Smith/The Creative Assembly)
Child of Light (Coeur de pirate/Ubisoft Montreal)
Destiny (Marty O’Donnell/Bungie)
Sunset Overdrive (Boris Salchow/Insomniac Games)
Transistor (Darren Korb/Supergiant Games)

BEST PERFORMANCE

Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games)
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games/Activision)
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two (Telltale Games)
Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft)
Troy Baker as Talion, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (WBIE)

GAMES FOR CHANGE

Never Alone (Upper One Games/E-Line Media)
The Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog/SCEA)
Mountain (David O’Reilly/Double Fine Presents)
This War of Mine (11 bit studios)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

BEST SHOOTER

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer/Activision)
Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Titanfall (Respawn/EA)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames/Bethesda)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE

Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)
Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac/Microsoft Studios)

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME

Bravely Default (Silicon Studio/Square-Enix/Nintendo)
Dark Souls II (From Software/Bandai-Namco Games)
Divinity (Larian Studios)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware/EA)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian/Ubisoft)

BEST FIGHTING GAME

Killer Instinct: Season Two (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Arc System Works/Atlus)
Super Smash Bros. 3DS (Sora Ltd/Bandai-Namco Games/Nintendo)
Super Smash Bros. Wii-U (Sora Ltd/Bandai-Namco Games/Nintendo)
Ultimate Street Fighter IV (Capcom)

BEST FAMILY GAME

Disney Infinity 2.0 (Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive Studios)
Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive Studios)
Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
Skylanders: Trap Team (Toys for Bob/Activision)
Tomodachi Life (Nintendo SPD/Nintendo)

BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME

FIFA 15 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
Forza Horizon 2 (Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)
Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
NBA 2K15 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
Trials Fusion (RedLynx/Ubisoft)

BEST ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games/Activision)
Dark Souls II (From Software/Bandai-Namco Games)
Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
Hearthstone (Blizzard)
Titanfall (Respawn/EA)

BEST REMASTER

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (343/Microsoft Studios)
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Game Freak/The Pokemon Company/Nintendo)
The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA)
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Crystal Dynamics/Square-Enix)

Fan Voted Nominees

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
Bloodborne (From Software/SCEA)
Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED/WBIE)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCEA)

E-SPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson (League of Legends)
Xu “Fy” Linsen (DOTA2)
James “Firebat” Kostesich (Hearthstone)
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund (Counter-Strike: GO)
Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag (Call of Duty)

E-SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Samsung White (League of Legends)
Evil Geniuses (DOTA2)
Edward Gaming (League of Legends)
Newbee (DOTA2)
Ninjas in Pajamas (Counter-Strike: GO)

TRENDING GAMER

Evan “Vanoss” Fong
Jeff Gerstmann
PewDiePie
StampyLongHead
TotalBiscuit

BEST FAN CREATION

BEST Zelda Rap EVER!! By Egoraptor
Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song) by Tobuscus
Minecraft – TITAN City by Colonial Puppet
Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

What do you think of the nominees? Who you voting on? Well the fan ones can be voted on here using your Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to catch The Game Awards 2014 on Twitch, Youtube, NicoNico, as well as Steam and consoles. Check out how to watch here and tune in on December 5th to see the winners.

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