The Game Awards 2023 left an indelible mark in the gaming industry, honoring exceptional games across multiple categories. From the illustrious Game of the Year to the highly anticipated Most Anticipated Game, each award recognized the pinnacle of gaming achievement. Here’s a comprehensive look at the games that stood out this year.
Game of the Year
Baldur’s Gate 3 emerged victorious, a testament to its excellence in all creative and technical aspects.
Best Game Direction
Alan Wake 2 won for its outstanding creative vision and innovation.
The storytelling prowess of Alan Wake 2 earned it the Best Narrative award.
Best Art Direction
Alan Wake 2 also claimed the Best Art Direction, showcasing its artistic and animation achievements.
Final Fantasy 16 was recognized for its outstanding music and score.
Best Audio Design
Hi-Fi Rush won for its exemplary in-game audio and sound design.
Neil Newbon in Baldur’s Gate 3 was awarded for his voice-over acting, motion, and performance capture.
Games for Impact
Tchia was recognized for its thought-provoking content with a pro-social message.
Best Ongoing Game
Cyberpunk 2077 won for its outstanding development of ongoing content.
Best Indie Game
Sea of Stars stood out for its creative and technical achievement outside the traditional publisher system.
Best Debut Indie Game
Cocoon was honored as the best debut game from a new independent studio.
Best Mobile Game
Honkai: Star Rail took the crown for the best mobile game experience.
Best Community Support
Baldur’s Gate 3 was recognized for its exceptional community support.
Best VR/AR Game
Resident Evil Village was acclaimed as the best in virtual or augmented reality.
Innovation in Accessibility
Forza Motorsport was celebrated for pushing the medium forward in accessibility.
Best Action Game
Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon clinched the title for best action game.
Best Action/Adventure Game
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was recognized in this category.
Baldur’s Gate 3 also won for its rich character customization and progression.
Best Fighting Game
Street Fighter 6 emerged as the top game designed around head-to-head combat.
Best Family Game
Super Mario Bros. Wonder was chosen for its family-friendly gameplay.
Best Sports/Racing Game
Forza Motorsport took the top spot in this category.
Best SIM/Strategy Game
Pikmin 4 was recognized for its real-time or turn-based strategy gameplay.
Best Multiplayer Game
Baldur’s Gate 3 also won for its outstanding online multiplayer gameplay.
Content Creator of the Year
IronMouse was celebrated for positively impacting the community.
Best Esports Athlete
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok was judged as the most outstanding esports athlete.
Best Esports Coach
Christine “potter” Chi received the award for being the most outstanding coach.
Best Esports Event
The 2023 League of Legends World Championship delivered an unparalleled experience.
Best Esports Game
Valorant was recognized for its overall esports experience.
Best Esports Team
JD Gaming stood out for its performance and conduct.
Most Anticipated Game
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth was recognized for its potential to push gaming forward.
The Last of Us won for the best game-inspired project in entertainment.
Baldur’s Gate 3 was the fan-favorite game of 2023.
Each of these games has contributed significantly to the gaming landscape, offering unforgettable experiences and pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology. The Game Awards 2023 not only celebrated these achievements but also set the stage for future innovations in the gaming world.