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

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

Here's how to vote for your favorite games.

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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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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