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Zelda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Mario Lead the Nominees in This Year's Game Awards

Here's how to vote for your favorite games.

News by Matt Kim, .

The nominees for the 2017 Game Awards have been revealed, and public voting has begun.

Leading the nominations for this year with six nominations apiece are: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Destiny 2, and Super Mario Odyssey. These titles are followed by Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Persona 5, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, and Cuphead with four nominations, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with three nominations.

Of these top contenders the big surprise is Hellblade which racked up multiple nominations, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds which is up for Game of the Year. It is a bit disheartening personally to not see Nier: Automata up in the nominations leaderboard.

The Game Awards nominees were chosed by a jury of 51 media and influencer outlets, including USgamer. But while the nominees were selected by the media, voting is open to the public for most of the awards. You can vote either on The Game Awards website, or through several social media channels detailed by Geoff Keighley in this tweet.

The Game Awards will air on Thursday December 7 at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET. Geoff Keighley will once again host, and the show will stream on most popular video platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Live, Twitter, Mixer, and through Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network.

Game of the Year

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Game Direction

  • Wolfenstein II (MachineGames/Bethesda)
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Narrative

  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow/Annapurna Interactive)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games/Square Enix)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Wolfenstein II (MachineGames/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Art Direction

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Score/Music

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games/Square Enix)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)

Best Audio Design

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Performance

  • Melina Juergens, Hellblade (as Senua)
  • Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Nadine Ross)
  • Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Chloe Frazer)
  • Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II (as BJ Blazkowicz)
  • Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn (as Aloy)

Games for Impact

  • Please Knock on My Door (Levall Games)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Deck Nine/Square Enix)
  • Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt/Figs, ARTE)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Warframe (Digital Extremes)
  • Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)

Best Mobile Game

  • Super Mario Run (Nintendo)
  • Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules)
  • Monument Valley 2 (ustwo games)
  • Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh/Sylvain Tegroeg)
  • Fire Emblem Heroes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)

Best Handheld Game

  • Poochy and Yoshi's Wooly World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Stories (Marvelous/Nintendo)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam/Nintendo)
  • Fire Emblem: Echoes (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Ever Oasis (Grezzo/Nintendo)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment/Ubisoft)
  • Lone Echo/Echo Arena (Ready at Dawn/Oculus Studios)
  • Farpoint (Impulse Gear/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)

Best Action Game

  • Prey (Arkane/Bethesda)
  • Nioh (Team Ninja/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Wolfenstein II (MachineGames/Bethesda)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Role Playing Game

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square-Enix Business Division 2/Square-Enix)
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games/Square Enix)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)

Best Fighting Game

  • Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
  • Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
  • ARMS (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Family Game

  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games + Headcanon/Sega)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan/Ubisoft)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K)
  • Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
  • Total War: Warhammer 2 (Creative Assembly / Sega)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
  • Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly, 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Project Cars 2 (Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES Productions / Konami)
  • FIFA 18 (EA Vancouver / EA)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Multiplayer

  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)

Most Anticipated Game

  • The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Marvel's Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • God of War (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Independent Game

  • Pyre (Supergiant Games)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)

Best Student Game

  • Meaning (Hariz Yet; DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore)
  • Level Squared (Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen; Swiburne University of Technology)
  • Impulsion (Hugo Verger, Remi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski; IIM - Institut de L'internet et du Multimedia)
  • Falling Sky (Jonahan Nielssen, Nikolay Savov, Mohsen Shah; National Film and Television School)
  • Hollowed (Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard; University of Central Florida - Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy)
  • From Light (Alejandro Grossman, Steven Li, Serveen Uduwana; University of Southern California)

Trending Gamer

  • Steven Spohn (AbleGamers)
  • Mike Grzesiek ("Shroud")
  • Clint Lexa ("Halfcoordinated")
  • Guy Beahm ("Dr. Disrespect")
  • Andrea Rene (What's Good Games)

Best Esports Game

  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)

Best Esports Player Presented by Oment by HP

  • Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, Dota 2)
  • Nikola 'NiKo' Kovac (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: GO)
  • Je-hong "ryujehong" Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
  • Lee Sang-hyeok "Faker" (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
  • Marcelo "coldzera" David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO)

Best Esports Team

  • Cloud 9
  • FaZe Clan
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team Liquid

Best Debut Indie Game Presented by Shick Hydro

  • Slime Rancher (Monoi Park)
  • Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
  • Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
  • Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)

Best Chinese Game

  • Monument Valley 2《纪念碑谷2》(ustwo games)
  • jx3 HD《剑网3》重制版 (Kingsoft Corporation)
  • Gumballs & Dungeons《不思议迷宫》(QcPlay Limited)
  • ICEY《艾希》(FantaBlade Network)
  • Honor of Kings《王者荣耀》 (Timi Studio Group)

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  • Avatar for moochan #1 moochan 4 days ago
    I feel like with most people I both love and hate GOTY. It's such a weird snapshot that may or may not hold up years later. But that's like with most media where top 10 songs in a year can easily be forgotten while a random song that no one ever hard about is fondly remembered. I can't really say what my top games of this year because it really has been an amazing year. Switch being a big win this year but really the biggest win for me is RPG like with Persona 5 and Ys 8 (if you want to count it Golf Story is a fun golf RPG on the Switch). Should start Nier but will wait for Black Friday since its on sale. Metroid came back in a nice remake. And along side a crazy reinvention (for real this time) Zelda game we also got one of the best Mario games. Also the year isn't just over yet with Xenoblade 2 coming out next month which I'm really excited for.
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #2 donkeyintheforest 4 days ago
    I doubt any reasonable person has the time to play all these games (let alone have a deep love for all the genres); I certainly haven't. That said, Zelda: BotWs all the way down!
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  • Avatar for Retro-Plissken #3 Retro-Plissken 4 days ago
    Nier automata is easily the best game released this year. The plot, gameplay, and soundtrack are incredible.
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  • Avatar for nimzy #4 nimzy 4 days ago
    Best Chinese game? What?
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  • Avatar for starride #5 starride 4 days ago
    Personally I would have to vote for Breath of the Wild if not for how fresh and new it felt, even after the glut of open-world titles that have released in the past few years. The versatility and sense of freedom in this game really is unparalleled. It was probably one of the only games I've played where I actually enjoyed just exploring and messing around in the environments, even with no immediate promise of reward or payoff; in fact being able to traverse any area of the map with little-to-no fetters felt rewarding in itself.

    If anything, I think BotW should be remembered as a turning point for Nintendo. post-2015 and the Wii U era in general was pretty rough, but the fact that this single game stole the entirety of E3 2016, plus the massive success of the Switch really helped swing Nintendo back into action.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #6 NiceGuyNeon 4 days ago
    Best Chinese Game? Most Anticipated? Trending Gamer? Some of these categories are a little funky and pointless. Like, why is their a separate Chinese category?

    I do know there are a bunch of games I want to play but don't have the time. Based on what I have played, Breath of the Wild is my favorite and likely won't be dethroned for me personally. I doubt I'll get to playing most of anything I want to play, like ever. Too much cool stuff releases and not enough time to commit to them without being a shut-in.

    Just the list of indie games I want to play from just 2017 is massive: Tooth and Tail, Ruiner, Hob, The Signal from Tolva, Night in the Woods, A Hat in Time, What Remains of Edith Finch, Tacoma, The Sexy Brutale, Pyre, Nex Machina, Heat Signature, Hellblade. That's not even counting the AAA stuff that are so obvious I shouldn't even have to list them.

    Too many games, not enough time. So, go Zelda because that's all I have time to commit to.
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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #7 SuperShinobi 4 days ago
    Many contenders for GoTY this year, but the Sonic Mania soundtrack by portuguese composer Tiago Lopes is easily my soundtrack of the year. It's an irresistible mix of japanese retro cool and modern latino-tinged electronica beats.

    Yakuza Zero should also be nominated for something - best story at least, but unfortunately games that are released in Jan - Feb seem to be always at a disadvantage when it comes to GoTY awards. Danganronpa 3 should be up for best handheld game over Yoshi & Poochy.Edited 3 times. Last edited 3 days ago by SuperShinobi
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #8 Roto13 4 days ago
    I'm voting for "Best Chinese Game" in the category of "Most Pandering Awards Show Category."
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  • Avatar for IfIToldYouTheHours #9 IfIToldYouTheHours 4 days ago
    Just by the slight hesitation before mentioning it in the game of year category, makes me believe Zelda gets the nod. As it should.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #10 SatelliteOfLove 4 days ago
    No Trails in the Sky the 3rd for Best Music, no sale!

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  • Avatar for chaoticBeat #11 chaoticBeat 3 days ago
    Where's Dirt 4 for best racing game? I don't know what my goty is yet but I would choose Wolfenstein 2 for best narrative beyond any doubt.
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  • Avatar for MarioIV #12 MarioIV 3 days ago
    Breath of the Wild and Odyssey should win everything.
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