In a surprise upset, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice won Game of the Year at tonight's Game Awards. FromSoftware's samurai action game also took home the prize for best action-adventure game, in a night where Disco Elysium and Death Stranding also took home plenty of silverware.
The pick came as a bit of a shock in a night that was expected to belong to Death Stranding, but Sekiro: Shadows Twice will surely be on plenty of Game of the Year ballots for 2019.
In giving Sekiro a 4 out of 5 in our original review, Soulsborne veteran John Learned wrote, "Sekiro is a demanding and rewarding game. Harrowing to the point of emotional exhaustion, some players will bounce off after a few of the meaner boss encounters without the now-classic FromSoftware multiplayer. Brave individuals that persevere, though, will dig through a rich, textured game crammed with spectacular levels and enemy encounters."
For what it's worth, the USgamer staff picked Control on its ballot, but while it's high up on our list, it's not our Game of the Year. You'll be able to see our final pick for Game of the Year 2019 next week!
In the meantime, you can find the full list of the awards below.
- Game of the Year: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Best Action-Adventure Game: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Best Game Direction: Death Stranding
- Fresh Indie Developer: ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)
- Best Independent Game: Disco Elysium
- Esports Game of the Year: League of Legends
- Best Performance: Mads Mikkelsen, Death Stranding
- Best VR/AR Game: Beat Saber
- Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite
- Best Multiplayer Game: Apex Legends
- Best Family Game: Luigi's Mansion 3
- Best Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing
- Best Mobile Game: Call of Duty Mobile
- Games for Impact: Gris
- Best Action Game: Devil May Cry 5
- Best Art Direction: Control
- Content Creator of the Year: Shroud
- Best Strategy Game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Best Audio Design: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Best Narrative: Disco Elysium
- Best RPG: Disco Elysium
- Best Community Support: Destiny 2
- Best Score & Music: Death Stranding
- Best Esports Coach: Zonic
- Best Esport Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019
- Best Esports Host: Sjokz
- Best Esports Player: Bugha
- Best Esports Team: G2 Esports
- Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Game Awards included a host of major reveals, including our first glimpse at the next-gen Xbox, called "Xbox Series X," and games like Bravely Default 2, Fast and the Furious, and Hellblade 2. We'll have a full recap of all the trailers and announcements first thing tomorrow.