Really, who didn’t see this coming? Nintendo’s superlative masterpiece from earlier this year, the paradigm shifting Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild swept The Game Awards tonight, winning Game of the Year 2017 (and marking the first GotY win Nintendo has had at the awards show, ever). Zelda also ended up winning Best Director and Best Action Adventure game of the year.
That apart, Persona 5 was best RPG of the year, Super Mario Odyssey was best Family game of the year, Injustice 2 won best fighting game, Nier Automata won best soundtrack, Cuphead won best indie game and best art, Hellblade won best voice acting and best game for impact, and What Remains of Edith Finch won best story.
Curiously enough, Horizon: Zero Dawn managed to win no award tonight whatsoever, in spite of being nominated for a lot of categories. On the other hand, Sony scored a win, because The Last of Us Part 2 is the most anticipated game of 2018 for now.
You can check out the full list of winners below.
- Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch
- Best Art Direction: Cuphead
- Best Audio Design: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Performance: Melina Juergens, Hellblade
- Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch
- Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Best Action/Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Best Role Playing Game: Persona 5
- Best Fighting Game: Injustice 2
- Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey
- Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
- Most Anticipated Game: The Last of Us Part II
- Best Independent Game: Cuphead
- Best Student Game: Level Squared
- Best Esports Game: Overwatch
- Best Debut Indie Game: Cuphead
- Best Score/Music: Nier: Automata
- Best Mobile Game: Monument Valley
- Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7
- Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil 7
- Best Handheld Game: Metroid: Samus Return
- Best Chinese Game: jx3 HD
- Industry Icon Award: Carol Shaw
- Trending Gamer: Dr. Disrepect
- Best Esports Player: Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”
- Best Esports Team: Cloud9