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All the 2016 Game Awards Nominees


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.

GAME OF THE YEAR For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields. BEST GAME DIRECTION Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design. BEST NARRATIVE For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game. BEST ART DIRECTION For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation. BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design. BEST PERFORMANCE Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

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

GAMES FOR IMPACT Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change. BEST INDEPENDENT GAME For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system. BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds. BEST VR GAME For the best game experience playable in virtual reality. BEST ACTION GAME For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME

For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving. BEST RPG The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer. BEST FIGHTING GAME For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

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

BEST STRATEGY GAME Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy. BEST FAMILY GAME Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres. BEST SPORTS/RACING For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games. BEST MULTIPLAYER For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences.

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

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward. TRENDING GAMER, PRESENTED BY INTEL For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016. BEST FAN CREATION For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content.

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

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER, PRESENTED BY OMEN BY HP The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game. BEST ESPORTS TEAM The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game. BEST ESPORTS GAME

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

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