The Last Of Us Part 2 walked away with the Game Of The Year award at The Game Awards last night, and snagged another six awards to boot.
The Game Awards are decided by popular vote, so there was never much doubt about which studios and titles would be winning big that evening... yet there were some surprises. At the beginning of the event, it also scooped the Best Action/Adventure award, and, as pointed out by host Sydnee Goodman, the one that wins this category often goes on to win the coveted Game Of The Year award. As well as these, it won the awards for Best Narrative, Best Game Direction, Best Audio Design, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Performance for Laura Bailey as Abby.
Bailey expressed her joy and pride in Naughty Dog for creating "such a fantastically challenging character," and letting her step into her shoes. "I told the team on the day, that I finished filming that what I wanted more than anything was to give a performance that honoured the impact that the original game had on me," she said in her speech. Rumours abound that The Last Of Us Part 2 will be receiving an independent multiplayer mode where players may be able to select different characters from the game's story and duke it out in a range of maps. So, this might not be the last we've seen of Abby, is all I'm saying.
Hades, the super-stylish roguelike set in the depths of the Greek Underworld, also won awards for Best Indie and Best Action. Everyone liked that. Additionally, Among Us triumphed in the crowded categories of Best Mobile Game and Best Multiplayer, leaving heavyweights like Valorant, Call of Duty, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the dust. The four person team (would you believe it) behind the incredibly popular mobile and PC game were evidently not expecting to win, and their speeches were very emotional. GG, everyone.
Final Fantasy VII Remake picked up awards for Best Score and Music and Best Role Playing, and after winning the Player's Voice award, Ghost of Tsushima went home with another award for Best Art Direction. And, as per The Game Awards tradition, we also saw a slew of announcements for brand new games in development. Evil Dead: The Game is happening, which is weird but we'll roll with it. Horror fans were in for a treat with The Callisto Project coming from the executive producer of Dead Space, and Back 4 Blood which is the Left 4 Dead 3 we've all been waiting for. Finally, there's no normal way to say this, but Vin Diesel is in Ark 2, and he's very obviously Vin Diesel in Ark 2.
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