Winners of the 4th Annual War of Awards

This year at PAX East, Boston was home to the 4th Annual War of Awards. The epic awards showdown takes its nominees from the winners of the major game award programs throughout the year and has attendees attesting or chaotically fumbling through their merits and voting for their favorites in an “Iowa caucus” live debate format.

At the 2018 show, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice saw multiple award wins with both the Character/Performer and New IP/Debut categories, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took the top spot with their Game of the Year win.

During the debate, close calls and upsets kept attendees excited and pondering hard decisions based on the passion or charisma of the volunteer game representatives. Uurnog Uurnlimited saw a surprising amount of support from attendees, upsetting some major contenders in the “Audio” category. Baba is You saw growing support throughout its very competitive category and was able to clinch a “Design” win. There was some strong contention between Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn in the “Narrative” category, as well as large support for both Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS coming out of the New/IP Debut list.

To watch the entire LIVE debate, visit: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/250950508

ART DIRECTION
Cuphead (DICE Awards, Golden Joystick, The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards, NAVGTR Awards) – WINNER
Persona 5 (NAVGTR Awards)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NAVGTR Awards)
Horizon Zero Dawn (SXSW Gaming)
Chuchel (IGF Awards)

AUDIO
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (The Game Awards)
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Golden Joystick, GDC Awards)
NieR: Automata (The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming)
Cuphead (DICE Awards, G.A.N.G. Awards)
Super Mario Odyssey (DICE Awards, SXSW Gaming)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (NAVGTR Awards)
Uurnog Uurnlimited (IGF Awards) – WINNER

CHARACTER/PERFORMER
Horizon Zero Dawn – Aloy (Golden Joystick)
Hellblade – Senua (DICE Awards, The Game Awards, NAVGTR Awards) – WINNER
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Peter Quill (NAVGTR Awards)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Chloe Frazer (G.A.N.G. Awards)

DESIGN
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (DICE Awards, The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards)
Super Mario Odyssey (NAVGTR Awards)
Horizon Zero Dawn (NAVGTR Awards)
Baba is You (IGF Awards) – WINNER

GAME OF THE YEAR
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (DICE Awards, Golden Joystick, The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards) – WINNER
Super Mario Odyssey (NAVGTR Awards)
Night in the Woods (IGF Awards)

NARRATIVE
Horizon Zero Dawn (DICE Awards, Golden Joystick)
What Remains of Edith Finch (The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards)
Night in the Woods (NAVGTR Awards, IGF Awards)
Persona 5 (NAVGTR Awards) – WINNER
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (G.A.N.G. Awards)

NEW IP/DEBUT
Cuphead (The Game Awards, GDC Awards)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (The Game Awards) – WINNER
Horizon Zero Dawn (Golden Joystick, NAVGTR Awards, SXSW Gaming)
Snipperclips (DICE Awards)
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (SXSW Gaming)
Night in the Woods (IGF Awards)
So Let Us Melt (G.A.N.G. Awards)

TRENDING PERSONALITY
Markiplier (Golden Joystick) – WINNER
Guy Beahm as “Dr. Disrespect” (The Game Awards)

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