Attack of the Fanboy

Zelda, Hellblade Shine at The Game Awards 2017

by Jose Belmonte


The Game Awards 2017 celebrated last night the best titles of the industry in a show filled with special announcements. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was crowned Game of the Year, as well as receiving awards for Game Direction, and Best Action/Adventure. Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, the independent psychological horror adventure, became one of the surprising winners of the night when it took the awards for Best Audio Design, Best Performance for actress Melina Juergens, and the Games for Impact trophy.

Cuphead was another of the big winners, taking trophies for Best Art Direction, Best Independent Game, and Best Debut Indie Game. Other winners include Wolfenstein 2 for Best Action Game, Resident Evil 7 for Best VR/AR Game, Super Mario Odyssey for Best Family Game, Persona 5 for Best RPG, or Nier: Automata for Best Score/Music. The Last of Us Part 2 won Most Anticipated Game, gearing up for a more detailed look during this weekend’s PlayStation Experience.

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, the ceremony also included a series of game announcements and trailer premieres, including The Champion’s Ballad DLC for Zelda, Bayonetta 3 and the first two entries for Nintendo Switch, Soul Calibur VI, Death Stranding, Metro Exodus, Dreams, and From Software’s new project.

Check out the complete list of winners below:

The Game Awards 2017 Winners

  • Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Best Art Direction: Cuphead
  • Best Audio Design: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Performance: Melina Juergens, Hellblade
  • Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch
  • Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Role Playing Game: Persona 5
  • Best Fighting Game: Injustice 2
  • Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Most Anticipated Game: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Independent Game: Cuphead
  • Best Student Game: Level Squared
  • Best Esports Game: Overwatch
  • Best Debut Indie Game: Cuphead
  • Best Score/Music: Nier: Automata
  • Best Mobile Game: Monument Valley
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7
  • Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil 7
  • Best Handheld Game: Metroid:  Samus Return
  • Best Chinese Game: jx3 HD
  • Industry Icon Award: Carol Shaw
  • Trending Gamer: Dr. Disrepect
  • Best Esports Player: Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”
  • Best Esports Team: Cloud9

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