God of War Wins Game of the Year; Best Direction at TGA 2018

2018 was a huge year for gaming.  Tons of quality games provided millions of gamers with memorable experiences to share with the rest of the gaming community.  For developers, several years of blood, sweat, and tears paid off when their game finally hit shelves, to the delight of the masses.  The 5th Annual Game Awards set out to honor those who worked (and continue to work) so hard to give us these lasting experiences with nominations, platforms to talk about their process, and of course the highly-sought after award.

Early on in the night, Red Dead Redemption 2 looked to have the most momentum, as they secured 3 awards for Best Narrative, Best Score, and Best Audio Design.  However, no one can ever count out the former God of War, as Kratos & co. stole the rest of the evening by claiming Best Action/Adventure, Best Direction, and the top prize of Game of the Year.  They even stole the show as Christopher Judge (Kratos) and Sunny Suljic (Atreus “Boy”) took to the stage to announce the winner of Best Content Creator.

As now-Award-winning Director Cory Barlog stated, any one of these games could’ve took home the top prize.  That’s how great of a year it was for games.  That being said, God of War truly was most deserving of the top prize.  Barlog & co. took this previously one-note character in Kratos and gave him such depth in an adventure that was so gritty, captivating, and heart-warming.  However, the character wasn’t just about him.  They had a tough task of giving Atreus, Kratos’ son, a platform to grow before our eyes from child trying to prove himself to his father to becoming a capable warrior.  Moreover, the seamless way they built this world was a triumph of massive preportions.  Add that to the graphics, the music, and combat mechanics, and God of War was simply a masterpiece deserving of the top spot in 2018.

Below are the rest of the winners from The Game Awards 2018:

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War – WINNER
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells – WINNER
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

 Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War – WINNER
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World – WINNER
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Game Direction

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War – WINNER
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Narrative

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER

Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite – WINNER
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn – WINNER

Best Score/Music

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste – WINNER
  • Dead Cells
  • Intro the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Performance

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II – WINNER
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Games for Impact

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste – WINNER
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Mobile Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence – WINNER
  • Fortnite
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission – WINNER
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – WINNER
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2 – WINNER
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game

  • Battletech
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach – WINNER
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4 – WINNER
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite – WINNER
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game

  • Combat 2018 – WINNER
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger – WINNER
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch – WINNER

Best Esports Player

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean – WINNER
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon “JJoNak” Bang

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9 – WINNER
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

 Best Esports Coach

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu – WINNER
  • Christian “ppasarel” Banaseanu
  • Danny “zonic” Sorensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic

Best Esports Event

  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship – WINNER
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best Esports Host

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere – WINNER
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Best Esports Moment

  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE – WINNER
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja – WINNER
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex