Here Are The Nominees For The Game Awards 2021

The Game Awards (hosted by Geoff Keighley) airs on December 9 live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. We already know the in-person event will showcase a significant number of new and upcoming titles, but celebrating 2021’s most outstanding games remains the heart of the show. Today, we learned the nominees for each category, which you can vote on right now at the Game Awards official website.

The nominees are: 

Game of the Year

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village

Best Game Direction

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Returnal
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Narrative

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Life is Strange: True Colors
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2

Best Performance

Erika Mori (Alex Chen/Life is Strange: True Colors)
Giancarlo Esposito (Antón Castillo/Far Cry 6)
Jason Kelly (Colt Vahn/Deathloop)
Maggie Robertson (Alcina Dimitrescu/Resident Evil Village)
Ozioma Akagha (Julianna Blake/Deathloop)

Best Multiplayer

Back 4 Blood
Knockout City
It Takes Two
Monster Hunter Rise
New World
Valheim

Deathloop

Best Ongoing Game

Apex Legends
Call of Duty: Warzone
Final Fantasy XIV
Genshin Impact
Fortnite

Best Art Direction

Deathloop
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Artful Escape

Best Score & Music

Cyberpunk 2077
Deathloop
Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
The Artful Escape

Best Audio Design

Deathloop
Forza Horizon 5
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Returnal

Innovation in Accessibility

Far Cry 6
Forza Horizon 5
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Games for Impact

Before Your Eyes
Boyfriend Dungeon
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Life is Strange: True Colors
No Longer Home

Best Independent Game

Death’s Door
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Inscryption
Loop Hero
Twelve Minutes

Best Mobile Game

Fantasian
Genshin Impact
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Marvel Future Revolution
Pokémon Unite

Best Community Support

Apex Legends
Destiny 2
Final Fantasy XIV
Fortnite
No Man’s Sky

Best Debut Indie Game

Kena: Bridge of Spirts
Sable
The Artful Escape
The Forgotten City
Valheim

Psychonauts 2

Best AR/VR Game

Hitman III
I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar
Lone Echo II
Resident Evil 4 VR
Sniper Elite VR

Content Creator of the Year

Dream
Fuslie
Gaules
Ibai
The Grefg

Best Action Game

Back 4 Blood
Chivalry II
Deathloop
Far Cry 6
Returnal

Best Action/Adventure Game

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Metroid Dread
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Psychonauts 2

Best Role-Playing Game

Cyberpunk 2077
Monster Hunter Rise
Scarlet Nexus
Shin Megami Tensei V
Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise

Most Anticipated Game

Elden Ring
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon Forbidden West
The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Starfield

Best Fighting Game

Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles
Guilty Gear -Strive-
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown

Best Family Game

It Takes Two
Mario Party Superstars
New Pokémon Snap
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
Warioware: Get It Together!

Best Sim/Strategy Game

Age of Empires IV
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Humankind
Inscryption
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best Sports/Racing Game

F1 2021
FIFA 2022
Hot Wheels Unleashed
Forza Horizon 5
Riders Republic

Inscryption

Best eSports Game

Call of Duty
CS:GO
Dota 2
League of Legends
Valorant

Best eSports Athlete

Collapse
S1mple
Showmaker
Tenz
Simp

Best eSports Team

Atlanta Faze (Call of Duty)
DWG KIA (League of Legends)
Natus Vincere (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Sentinels (Valorant)
Team Spirit (Dota 2)

Best eSports Coach

Airat “Silent” Gaziev
Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov
Andreii “B1AD3” Horodenskyi
James “Crowder” Crowder
Kim “KKoma” Jeong-Gyun

Best eSports Event

2021 League of Legends World Championships
The International 2021
PGL Major Stockholm 2021
PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters

For more on The Game Awards, you can read the full list of winners from last year’s show here. For a look at our own opinions on the year’s best and brightest, be sure to also check out Game Informer’s evolving list of the top-scoring games of 2021. 

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