Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V Lead GDCA Nominees

Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V Lead GDCA Nominees

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The Game Developers Choice Awards nominees have been announced, with The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V up for four awards each.

The nominees have been announced for the 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V are leading the pack, with both titles up for four nominations each, including the top honor of Game of the Year. Rounding out the options for that category are Fallout 4, Bloodborne, and Rocket League, with Honorable Mentions going to Her Story, Super Mario Maker, Undertale, Splatoon, and Life is Strange.

"Any video game that was released and made publicly available to customers during the 2015 calendar year, irrespective of platform or delivery medium, is eligible for nomination for the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards," the announcement reads. "Both nominees and winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only organization, comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry."

The winners will be announced at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 16. The full list of nominees can be seen below:

Game of the Year
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Bloodborne (From Software / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Innovation Award
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo)
Undertale (Toby Fox)
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
The Beginner's Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Best Debut
Studio Wildcard (Ark: Survival Evolved)
Toby Fox (Undertale)
Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
Moppin (Downwell)
Steel Crate Games (Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes)

Best Design
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Bloodborne (From Software / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Lara Croft: GO (Square Enix Montr?al / Square Enix)
Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
AlphaBear (Spry Fox)

Best Visual Art
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
Bloodborne (From Software / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Narrative
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
Undertale (Toby Fox)
The Beginner's Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Best Audio
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Best Technology
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios / Square Enix)

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I still don't get Rocket League, like fuck.

Aerosteam:
I still don't get Rocket League, like fuck.

Haha this is exactly what I was coming to say, I just don't get what is so big about Rocket League, when we did our review on it we all were bored to tears and uninstalled it once the review was up. It just doesn't hold any lasting appeal for any of us in Grindstone/MMOGrinder. I just can't see this game last past a few more months.

Nothing for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate?

Darth_Payn:
Nothing for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate?

Well I didn't see a "safest game of the hear" award.

I'm pretty happy with the nominations, even Battlefront considering that game is a visual and sound masterpiece even if the gameplay is dull.

The Enquirer:

Darth_Payn:
Nothing for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate?

Well I didn't see a "safest game of the hear" award.

I'm pretty happy with the nominations, even Battlefront considering that game is a visual and sound masterpiece even if the gameplay is dull.

Syndicate had a pretty good soundtrack, it could have gotten something for that.

I still don't think a half finished game like MGS V should even be nominated for GotY, sure it was a fun game to play, I did like it's gameplay, but to reward unfinished games like this with awards is quite absurd.

Best Technology - Fallout4

They're joking, right?

freaper:
Best Technology - Fallout4

They're joking, right?

Xenoblade Chronicles X. World is 5 times bigger, with online play elements, far more locations are enemy packed. 35 hours in never crashed once. Plays gorgeously smooth on the WiiU.

Fallout 4 (PC)? Pffh....

'Best technology' ... Getting Xenoblade Chronicles X to work as it does on the WiiU should be considered the benchmark.

Well nominee doesn't mean winner and I hope MGSV wins nothing because fuck Konami and MGSV isn't that good either.

Fallout 4 for best technology must be a joke. It has to be, the engine is a mess.
And why do they list games anyway, shouldn't they list engines?
E.g. Star Wars Battlefront is a joke as game but Frostbite 3 is one impressive engine.

My picks out of the selection would be:

Game of the Year: The Witcher 3
Innovation Award: - (pass) - (not enough xp with titles)
Best Debut: Moon Studios
Best Design: Bloodborne
Best Handheld/Mobile Game: - (pass) - (not enough xp with titles)
Best Visual Art: Ori and the Blind Forest
Best Narrative: Life is Strange
Best Audio: Star Wars Battlefront
Best Technology: Star Wars Battlefront

I'd honestly pick Hearts of Stone for best narrative. I liked the Witcher 3's story, but I think the high point of it came with the Bloody Baron quest line. The third act, while interesting, felt kind of rushed. Hearts of Stone on the other hand had one of the most satisfying stories I've ever experienced in a video game. Olgierd was entertaining, yet flawed in a similar manner to how the Baron was, but his backstory is even more interesting. The main villain.... one of the best I've seen. Mysterious, powerful, and dangerously charismatic.

As for the others in that category, I have yet to play Life is Strange, but I don't feel the others were as good as Hearts of Stone. The Beginner's Guide probably comes the closest for me, even though it mostly made me depressed.

Game of the Year
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)

Innovation Award
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Debut
Toby Fox (Undertale)

Best Design
Bloodborne (From Software / Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Not a single actual handheld game mkay...

Best Visual Art
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)

Best Narrative
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)

Best Audio
Personally I prefer Splatoon's audio to anything on the list

Best Technology
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)

Witcher 3 deserves to win most of those.

I know it's already been said, but I can't help it. Fallout 4 for best technology? That kills any legitimacy the GDCA had to me. Don't get me wrong. I've got sixty hours in Fallout 4 and still going strong. It's a fun game. But best technology? I just don't have the words to express how... how... I don't have the words.

 

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