A The Game Awards (TGA) is one of the most anticipated awards of the year, with several categories awarded after being chosen by a group of press judges — which includes the Voxel — and an event filled with trailers and game announcements.
Created and presented by Geoff Keighleythe event is an evolution of the Spike Video Game Awards, carried out between 2003 and 2013 also with the journalist on the team. And of course the category most awaited by the public is always Game of the Year, or GOTYwhich is the crowning glory of the event.
But do you know which games have won this award? Below, see the list of nominees and winners year by year, as a warm-up for the 2023 edition.
All TGA GOTYs
The Game Awards 2014
- Bayonetta 2
- Dark Souls II
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The first edition of the TGA was marked by a rare card game for PC and mobile nominated and no Nintendo title in that category. The winner was Dragon Age: Inquisitiona BioWare game that is the third in the franchise and features a “semi-open” RPG and action world.
The title was highly praised for bringing a rich universe, with highly customizable characters and conversations based on a “dialogue wheel”. It evolved the series’ dynamic combat, most of it in real time, but with the now traditional pause for you to plan your next moves. Today, Inquisition There are also DLCs that expand the player’s experience.
The Game Awards 2015
- Fallout 4
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Super Mario Maker
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Released by CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was highly praised for the vast open world with well-constructed parallel missions, the consecration of Geralt as the protagonist and intuitive combat, full of possibilities.
The Witcher 3.Source: CD Projekt RED
But its launch — which went through some delays and was supposed to come out in 2014 — was also criticized for several bugs and technical issues that were only resolved in future updates. At the same awards ceremony, he won the award for Best RPG.
The Game Awards 2016
- Titanfall 2
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
In a year with three shooters competing, Blizzard’s competitive multiplayer experience came out victorious. Apart from GOTY, Overwatch won four statuettes at this TGA, including Best Multiplayer, eSports Game and Game Direction.
The title stood out for bringing a list of original characters that quickly became public favorites, exciting matches, well-constructed maps — which, although simple, require training to master.
The Game Awards 2017
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Persona 5
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo’s first and so far only GOTY award at the TGA was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Breath of the Wild.Source: Nintendo
One of the best rated games of the entire generation, the title became a reference in terms of an open map with several events that seem random, exploration full of puzzles to acquire collectibles, a not exactly linear narrative and a look that inspired several titles in the past. next years.
The Game Awards 2018
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- God of War
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Monster Hunter: World
- Red Dead Redemption 2
The reimagining of the franchise God of War was the winner of TGA 2018 by presenting a character beloved by the public in a more mature and melancholic version, but no less brutal.
God of War.Source: Sony
God of War it received high ratings for the narrative, which presents aspects of Norse mythology while showing the maturing relationship between father and son. The title also has fluid combat with violent blows and cutting-edge graphics.
The Game Awards 2019
- Death Stranding
- Resident Evil 2
- Axe: Shadows Die Twice
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- The Outer Worlds
Considered one of the most balanced contests in the history of the TGA, the 2019 edition has a varied and strong list of nominees, but which brought the first prize to FromSoftware.
An axe.Fonte: FromSoftware
Axe: Shadows Die Twice is marked by gameplay that rewards perfectly executed parry, which takes the player to epic battles, especially against bosses — not to mention the great setting in a fictionalized version of feudal Japan.
The Game Awards 2020
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Doom Eternal
- Final Fantasy VII Remake
- Ghost of Tsushima
- The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us: Part II was the winner in 2020, in a hot dispute with other titles published for the PS4 and the indie phenomenon Hades. Now the new Animal Crossing It is perhaps the most unexpected on the list, but it was one of the great phenomena of the year, especially due to its popularity at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Last of Us Part 2.Fonte: Naughty Dog
The Naughty Dog title won a total of seven awards in the competition and is the long-awaited sequel to the 2013 game, bringing expanded gameplay in maps and combat mechanics, improved graphics especially in scenarios and an even more complex and brutal narrative.
The Game Awards 2021
- It Takes Two
- Metroid Dread
- Psychonauts 2
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Resident Evil Village
Without cutting-edge graphics or a vast open world that guarantees dozens of hours of exploration, It Takes Two He won over the public and critics for his sensitivity and creativity.
It Takes Two.Fonte: Hazelight
The cooperative title shows a couple in the middle of a divorce learning about respect and partnership through varied and fun missions that play with different game genres. The victory was also an opportunity to see the CEO of Hazelight Studios, Josef Fareswho always steals the show during TGA.
The Game Awards 2022
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Elden Ring
- God of War Ragnarök
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3
The latest winner of the TGA’s top prize is Elden Ring, marking FromSoftware’s second award in the category — the only studio to have taken GOTY twice so far. Praised for mixing aspects of the soulslike subgenre with new features awaited by the public, such as an open world of possibilities and dangers.
Elden Ring.Fonte: FromSoftware
Elden Ring also has a memorable soundtrack, bosses that are as creative as they are challenging and new gameplay schemes such as runes or the use of the Torrente horse to get around. The year also stands out for having two games published by Sony among the nominees.
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