The Game Awards 2019: New Xbox, Not Much Else

Kaitlyn Maracle covers everything you need to know about 2019's Game Awards ceremony

Kaitlyn Maracle
20th December 2019
Image: YouTube (GameSpot)
The Game Awards 2019, well, happened I guess? The only thing to take away from my election night despair was good ol' Reggie from Nintendo, Ikumi Nakamura, and the high hopes of a Smash tease. I was disappointed to say the least.

The awards show itself seemed really rushed, almost forgetting that it is an awards show? Esports awards were rushed through in the opening segment as an afterthought, and more emphasis was placed on "exciting world premieres" than actual awards, where in most cases it was not deserved.

Here is a quickfire list of some of the winners, in case you missed them (because in more than one case, I did.)

  • VR/AR game: Beat Saber
  • Strategy game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fuelled
  • Score/Music: Death Stranding
  • RPG: Disco Elysium
  • Performance: Mads Mikkelsen in Death Stranding
  • Ongoing Game: Fortnite
  • Narrative: Disco Elysium
  • Multiplayer: Apex Legends
  • Mobile Game: Call of Duty Mobile
  • Independent: Disco Elysium
  • Game Direction: Death Stranding
  • Fresh Indie Game: ZA/UM with Disco Elysium
  • Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Family Game: Luigi's Mansion
  • Action/Adventure: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Action: Devil May Cry 5

  • Esports Team: G2 Esports League of Legends Team
  • Esports Player: Bugha with Fortnite
  • Esports Host: Sjokz with League of Legends
  • Esports Game of the Year: League of Legends
  • Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • Esports Coach: Zonic with Astralis, CSGO
  • Content Creator of the Year: Shroud
  • Community Support: Bungie with Destiny 2

And finally, that sweet sweet Game of the Year went to...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Game of the Year 2019

I won't lie, I was terrible at this game, and was confused at how it won over some other games in the category like Death Stranding, but the community seems happy (for once...), so congratulations to FromSoftware and game director Hidetaka Miyazaki!

As for reveals, there were a lot of them, but not a lot worth talking about. Players can get excited for Bravely Default II, coming to Nintendo Switch next year. Many Nintendo fans' hopes were dashed, when the show ended without a whisper of news about the final DLC fighter in Smash Bros. Ultimate, or further details regarding the Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel.

The next generation Xbox , which will be called the Xbox Series X, has been shown, with a release date of Winter 2020, so much sooner than a lot of people thought. The console itself seems to be dividing opinion on the internet, with some saying it looks like a PC tower.

I'm excited to see more of Ghost of Tsushima and the PS5 exclusive Godfall

New PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima and PS5 exclusive Godfall were shown, and to be honest they look like a lot of fun, and I'm excited to see more. We sadly didn't see the PS5 but with Xbox showing off their new tech, it's likely PlayStation will follow suit soon enough.

Previews for a new Fast and Furious game, The Wolf Among Us 2, and some sort of prologue to PUBG were also shown, to some scattered applause.

Hopefully next year, The Game Awards will firstly slow down with the pace of announcements. A whole new console can be a lot to take in, and I need a minute goddammit!

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