- Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine (CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
- World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard Entertainment)
- Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)
Predicted Winner: Dark Souls 3
Personal Pick: Witcher 3
I would love more than anything for Dark Souls 3 to lose this award just to watch a certain part of the gaming community — you know who you are — lose their minds and throw a fit. I don’t think it will happen, but hey, Witcher 3 did win Game of the Year last year, and Blood and Wine is excellent just like Witcher 3 was, so who knows? Upsets can happen! (Please let it happen.)
BEST FIGHTING GAME
- Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
- The King of Fighters 14 (SNK/Atlus USA)
- Pokkén Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokémon Co. International)
- Street Fighter V (Capcom)
Predicted Winner: Pokkén Tournament
Personal Pick: Pokkén Tournament
Man, 2016 sucked for fighting games this year. This is shown in the fact that Street Fighter V is even nominated. Yeah, I know I was kind to it in our Post Game Zone review: I think gameplay-wise it’s great, but it’s so shallow in content that it doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near contention for an award for screwing its fanbase as badly as its release did.
That being said, Pokkén Tournament is awesome. It feels like a wonderful hybrid of the fighting games Bandai Namco makes for animes and Pokémon lore. If you haven’t played it, check it out. It’s well worth your time, and it well deserves the award.
BEST STRATEGY GAME
- Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
- Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
- The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
- Total War: Warhammer (The Creative Assembly/Sega)
- XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
Predicted Winner: Fire Emblem Fates
Personal Pick: Fire Emblem Fates
I’m predicting Fates wins based on how the well-received the game was not only by the RPG community, but by reviewers as well. The other contenders are all very good games, but I think Fates squeaks this out and finally gets the series the award recognition I believe it deserves.
Though knowing The Game Awards, I could easily see it losing to something random as well. This one could really be any of them, but I’m pulling for Fates.