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The Legend of Zelda and Horizon Zero Dawn Lead 2018 GDC Award Nominations

PUBG, Cuphead, and Nier: Automata also nominated for top awards.

News by Matt Kim, .

The organizers of the 18th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards have announced its slate of nominees for this year's awards. Leading the pack are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn with six nominations apiece.

The GDCA are an annual awards show hosted at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California. The organization has awards for categories like Best Audio, Best Debut, Best Design, Best Mobile Game, Innovation Award, Best Narrative, Best Technology, Best Visual Art, Best VR/AR Game, and Game of the Year.

While Zelda and Horizon are nominated for the most awards, including Game of the Year, the two are followed by Nier: Automata, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Cuphead which have three nominations each. However, only Nier and PUBG are nominated for Game of the Year while Cuphead is listed as an honorable mention.

You can see the full list of nominees below.

Best Audio

  • Cuphead
  • Nier: Automata
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Honorable Mentions: Super Mario Odyssey, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Destiny 2, Persona 5, Night in the Woods

Best Debut

  • Team Cherry (Hollow Knight)
  • Sidebar Games (Golf Story)
  • StudioMDHR (Cuphead)
  • Infinite Fall (Night in the Woods)
  • Jason Roberts/Buried Signal (Gorogoa)

Honorable Mentions: Game Grumps (Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator), Terrible Toybox (Thimbleweed Park), Team Salvato (Doki Doki Literature Club!), Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap)

Best Design

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Nier: Automata

Honorable Mention: Cuphead, Gorogoa, What Remains of Edith Finch, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, Prey

Best Mobile Game

  • Reigns: Her Majesty
  • Hidden Folks
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Gorogoa
  • Bury Me, My Love

Honorable Mentions: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem Heroes, Old Man's Journey, Flipflop Solitaire, Gnog

Innovation Award

  • Gorogoa
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Everything
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Honorable Mentions: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Cuphead, Nier: Automata, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, Tacoma, Pyre

Best Narrative

  • Night in the Woods
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Honorable Mentions: Nier: Automata, Tacoma, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Best Technology

  • Destiny 2
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Honorable Mentions: Star Wars Battlefront II, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Nier: Automata, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Best Visual Art

  • Persona 5
  • Cuphead
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Night in the Woods

Honorable Mentions: Gorogoa, Star Wars Battlefront II, Assassin's Creed Origins, Destiny 2, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Super Mario Odyssey

Best VR/AR Game

  • Superhot VR
  • Star Trek: The Bridge Crew
  • Lone Echo
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

Honorable Mentions: Farpoint, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, Robo Recall, Gog, Doom VFR

Game of the Year

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  • Nier: Automata
  • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Honorable Mentions: Cuphead, What Remains of Edith Finch, persona 5, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Gorogoa, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Night in the Woods

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  • Avatar for nimzy #1 nimzy 3 months ago
    Zelda's got a strong chance of sweeping all its categories.

    That said, most look like a hard fight: Audio is genuinely a tossup, Design is a brawl between extremely popular action-adventure games plus PUBG, Narrative reads like a choose-your-Oscar-bait, Tech is going to be a duel, and Visual Art seems like a battle between HZD's vistas and enemy design, Persona 5's set pieces/UI and Cuphead's throwback style.
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  • Avatar for moochan #2 moochan 3 months ago
    Zelda felt like it was trying to something new. Horizon was being just a really good game that has been done before just with robot dinosaurs and just being really pretty much as Kat wrote doesn't really have much standing anymore for some people. Guess really it's up to how you felt with the changes with Zelda. Have a friend that felt Zelda was one of the worse game he played this year because of things like durability, limited weapon slots, weak enemy variety, and a few others. The only thing he really loved are the shrines which isn't really enough to save it for him.
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