The Game Awards 2023: Baldur's Gate 3 Dominates with Game of the Year Win; Check Complete List

The Game Awards 2023 concluded with Baldur's Gate 3 winning Game of the Year, among other accolades. Explore the highlights and surprises of this prestigious gaming event.

The Game Awards 2023: Baldur's Gate 3 Dominates with Game of the Year Win; Check Complete List
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The Game Awards 2023, a prestigious event celebrating the best of the gaming world, has recently concluded, unveiling a pantheon of titles and developers that have left an indelible mark on the industry. Let’s dive into the highlights and surprises of this gala.

 

Baldur's Gate 3: The Crowning Jewel

 

Baldur's Gate 3 emerged as the night's biggest winner, clinching the coveted Game of the Year award. Its triumph didn't stop there, as it also bagged awards for Best Performance, Best Community Support, Best Multiplayer, and Best RPG. This sweep signifies a notable achievement for Larian Studios, which launched the game on Xbox immediately following the awards​​.

 

Celebrated Nominees for Game of the Year

 

The Game of the Year category was a battleground of titans, featuring:

 

  • Alan Wake 2
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom​​.

 

Each nominee represented the pinnacle of gaming innovation and storytelling, making Baldur’s Gate 3's victory all the more impressive.

 

Alan Wake 2's Critical Acclaim

 

Alan Wake 2 made its mark by winning Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, and Best Art Direction​​​​​​. These awards reflect the game's compelling storytelling and visual mastery, cementing Remedy Entertainment’s reputation for delivering narratively rich experiences.

 

The Unfortunate Case of Marvel's Spider-Man 2

 

In a surprising turn, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, despite its seven nominations, did not secure a single award​​. This outcome highlights the unpredictable nature of the awards and the stiff competition within each category.

 

Indie and Esports Highlights

 

The Game Awards also shone a spotlight on independent games and the esports arena. Key awards in these domains included:

 

Best Indie Game: Sea of Stars​​

Best Esports Game: Valorant​​

Best Esports Athlete: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok​​.

 

These categories underscore the diverse and vibrant nature of the gaming ecosystem, from indie developers to competitive gaming giants.

 

Looking Ahead: Most Anticipated Game

 

The Most Anticipated Game award went to Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, a title that has stirred considerable excitement in the gaming community​​.

 

Here is the full winners list:

Game of the Year


Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)

Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Game Direction


Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2(Insomniac Games/SIE)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Adaptation


Castlevania: Nocturne (Powerhouse Animation/Netflix)

Gran Turismo (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures)
The Last of Us (PlayStation Productions/HBO)
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Illumination/Nintendo/Universal Pictures)

Twisted Metal (PlayStation Productions/Peacock)

Best Narrative


Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (CD Projekt Red)
Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)

Best Art Direction


Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)
Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)

Lies of P (Round8 Studio/Neowiz Games)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Score and Music


Alan Wake 2, Composer Petri Alanko (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Baldur’s Gate 3, Composer Borislav Slavov (Larian Studios)
Final Fantasy XVI, Composer Masayoshi Soken (Square Enix)
Hi-Fi Rush, Audio Director Shuichi Kobori (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Composed by Nintendo Sound Team (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Audio Design


Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Dead Space (Motive Studio/EA)
Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)

Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

Best Performance


Ben Starr, Final Fantasy XVI

Cameron Monaghan, STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor
Idris Elba, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Melanie Liburd, Alan Wake 2
Neil Newbon, Baldur’s Gate 3
Yuri Lowenthal, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Innovation in Accessibility


Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)

Forza Motorsport (Turn 10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)
Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
Mortal Kombat 1 (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Games for Impact


A Space for the Unbound (Mojiken Studio/Toge Productions/Chorus)

Chants of Sennaar (Rundisc/Focus Entertainment)
Goodbye Volcano High (KO_OP)
Tchia (Awaceb/Kepler Interactive)
Terra Nil (Free Lives/Devolver Digital/Netflix)

Venba (Visai Games)

Best Ongoing Game


Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment/EA)

Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)
Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

Fortnite (Epic Games)
Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)

Best Community Support


Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)

Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Independent Game


Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)

Dave the Diver (MINTROCKET)
Dredge (Black Salt Games/Team 17)
Sea of Stars (Sabotage Studio)
Viewfinder (Sad Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing)

Best Debut Indie Game


Cocoon (Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)
Dredge (Black Salt Games/Team 17)

Pizza Tower (Tour de Pizza)
Venba (Visai Games)
Viewfinder (Sad Owl Studios/Thunderful Publishing)

Best Mobile Game


Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis (Applibot/Square Enix)

Honkai: Star Rail (HoYoverse)
Hello Kitty Island Adventure (Sunblink Entertainment)

Monster Hunter Now (Niantic/Capcom)
Terra Nil (Free Lives/Devolver/Netflix)

Best VR/AR Game


Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/SIE)

Humanity (tha LTD/Enhance Games)
Horizon Call of the Mountain (Guerrilla Games/Firesprite/SIE)
Resident Evil Village VR Mode (Capcom)
Synapse (nDreams)

Best Action Game


Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
Dead Island 2 (Dambuster Studios/Deep Silver)

Ghostrunner 2 (One More Level/505 Games)
Hi-Fi Rush (Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks)
Remnant 2 (Gunfire Games/Gearbox Publishing)

Best Action/Adventure Game


Alan Wake 2 (Remedy Entertainment/Epic Games Publishing)

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games/SIE)
Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (Respawn Entertainment/EA)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best RPG


Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)

Lies of P (Round8 Studio/Neowiz Games)
Sea of Stars (Sabotage Studio)
Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks)

Best Fighting Game


God of Rock (Modus Studios Brazil/Modus Games)

Mortal Kombat 1 (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 (Ludosity/Fair Play Labs/GameMill Entertainment)
Pocket Bravery (Statera Studio/PQube)
Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)

Best Family Game


Disney Illusion Island (Dlala Studios/Disney)

Party Animals (Recreate Games)
Pikmin 4 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
Sonic Superstars (Arzest/Sonic Team/Sega)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy Game


Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (WayForward/Nintendo)

Cities: Skylines II (Colossal Order/Paradox Interactive)
Company of Heroes 3 (Relic Entertainment/Sega)
Fire Emblem Engage (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Pikmin 4 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing


EA Sports FC 24 (EA Vancouver/EA Romania/EA Sports)

F1 23 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
Forza Motorsport (Turn 10 Studios/Xbox Game Studios)
Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged (Milestone)

The Crew Motorfest (Ubisoft Ivory Tower/Ubisoft)

Best Multiplayer Presented by Discord


Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)

Party Animals (Recreate Games)
Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Players’ Voice


Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (CD Projekt Red)

Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Insomniac Games / SIE)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game


Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Square Enix)
Hades II (Supergiant Games)

Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth (Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio/Sega)
Star Wars Outlaws (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)
Tekken 8 (Bandai Namco/Arika)

Content Creator of the Year


IronMouse
PeopleMakeGames

Quackity
Spreen
SypherPK

Best Esports Game


Counter-Strike 2 (Valve)

Dota 2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot Games)
PUBG Mobile (LightSpeed Studios/Tencent Games)
Valorant (Riot Games)

Best Esports Athlete


Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends)
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut (CS:GO)