Game Awards 2016 - Frattyman Edition

Whats up! I have never been a big fan of the “Game Awards” show, ever since they gave a game of the year award to a TellTales game (I believe it was walking dead) they lost all credibility with me. I believe that the video game industry deserves better, much much better, a show on par in terms of production quality and hosting (the one year they had that douchebag from E! was horrible) similar to the Emmys or Oscars. Every year I’ve hoped it would get better, then I read the list of nominations/categories for this year and immediately felt let down. I’ll give my predictions and thoughts on the list below. You can find the article containing the list I used here,

GAME of THE Year (2016)

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I was fairly let down by the list they put out for game of the year, really it should be longer (maybe 8 titles) and even at 5 games left out a few titles.

Awards List

Doom - Didn’t Play it

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Inside - Didn’t Play it (I’ve been meaning to) - Winner

Overwatch - I’d give this game a 10/10 - Frattyman Pick

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Titanfall 2 - I’d Give this game a 8/10

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End I’d give this game a 8.5/10

Prediction from this List - Inside wins it. Out of the five above my personal choice would be Overwatch. Anyone who has played Overwatch for any significant amount of time will probably agree with me. Those of you that don’t probably don’t care much for online competitive games and that is exactly the problem with Overwatch as it really is only attractive to a set group of gamers.

Notable Exclusions

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Dark Souls III

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Hitman

Gears of War 4

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Battlefield 1 (only because they included Titanfall 2)

FF XV (I know this game is pass their deadline but the deadline should be extended).

Fire Emblem Fates

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Stardew Valley

As of writing I haven’t played enough of Gears 4 or FF XV, although from what I have played both would definitely be in contention for my personal game of the year. If I were to choose from the Game Awards list and my added games right now I would give it to Dark Souls III. Dark Souls III was certainly a step up from Dark Souls II, although I don’t believe better than the original Dark Souls. It is also a breath of fresh air in a year that has seen so many first person shooters. The game was challenging, beautiful, and a blast to play. The Souls series has always prided itself on its gameplay, which at this point they have fine tuned to perfection.

Best Studio/Game Direction

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Blizzard - Winner

DICE

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id Software

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Naughty Dog

Respawn - Frattyman Pick

Prediction - Blizzard wins this because Overwatch really is a perfect game, even if only a fraction of gamers will enjoy it. I would give the award to Respawn, they created a fantastic game and were given a bullshit release date by their publisher. Nonetheless they created something that felt fresh and was full of heart.

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Best Narrative

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Firewatch

Inside - Didn’t Play it

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Mafia III - Didn’t Play it

Oxenfree - Didn’t Play it

Uncharted 4 - Winner/Frattyman Pick

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I don’t think I played enough of these games to give a pick myself, based on what I’ve read though I still think Uncharted 4 will take the prize.

Best Art Direction

Abzu

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Firewatch

Inside

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Overwatch Winner/Frattyman Pick

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Uncharted 4

I’ll have to go with Overwatch on this, if you can’t tell by all the cosplay and porn out there I don’t know what else to say.

Best Music/Sound Design

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Battlefield 1

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Doom

Inside

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Rez Infinite - Winner

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I got nothing on this, maybe Rez Infinite for a prediction. No personal selection here although BF1 does have amazing sound.

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Best Performance

Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay (Mafia III)

Cissy Jones as Delilah (Firewatch)

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Emily Rose as Elena (Uncharted 4)

Nolan North as Nathan Drake (Uncharted 4)

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Rich Summers as Henry (Firewatch)

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Troy Baker as Sam Drake (Uncharted 4) Winner/Frattyman Pick

I think Troy Baker takes this one, it is also my personal choice.

Games for Impact Award

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1979 Revolution

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Block’Hood

Orwell

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Sea Hero Quest

That Dragon, Cancer Winner/Frattyman Pick

Cancer sucks.

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Best Independent Game

Firewatch

Hyper Light Drifter

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Inside

Stardew Valley - Winner

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The Witness

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I’ve only played Firewatch out of all of these, I think Stardew Valley will take this though, I don’t have a personal choice in this category.

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Clash Royale

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Fire Emblem Fates - Frattyman pick

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Monster Hunter Generations

Pokemon Go - Winner

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Severed

Fuck mobile games, seriously, but Pokemon Go takes this, never have I ever seen a game take over the world like this one. My personal choice goes to Fire Emblem Fates, it was fucking awesome!

Best VR Game

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Batman: Arkham VR

EVE Valkyrie

Job Simulator - Winner

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Rez Infinite

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Haven’t touch VR yet, I want to, Job Sim takes it, no personal choice.

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Best Action Game

Battlefield 1

Doom

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Gears of War 4

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Overwatch

Titanfall 2 - Winner/Frattyman Prediction

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What the difference between an action and an action adventure game????? Titanfall 2 is the winner and my personal choice I guess since I don’t really know what an action game is based on the list they have here.

Best Action/Adventure Game

Dishonored 2

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Hitman - Frattyman pick

Hyper Light Drifter

Ratchet & Clank

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Uncharted 4 - Winner

See my argument above. Winner is Uncharted 4, my choice would be Hitman.

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Best Role-Playing Game

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Dark Souls 3

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

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World of Warcraft: Legion

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Ummm so whats a roleplaying game again? LOL this is a BS list, with two of the choices being DLC/Expansions. I’m not even gonna make a pick or prediction.

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Best Fighting Game

Killer Instinct Season 3

Pokken Tournament

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Street Fighter V - Winner/Frattyman Pick

The King of Fighters XIV

SFV was a great game, minus the lame launch and stripped features, at its heart though it is just a fantastic fighting game. Forget you hate Capcom and just play it.

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Best Family Game

Dragon Quest Builders

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Pokemon Go - Winner

Ratchet & Clank - Frattyman pick

Skylanders Imaginators

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Best Strategy Game

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Civilization VI - Winner

Fire Emblem Fates

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The Banner Saga 2

Total War: Warhammer

XCOM 2 - Frattyman Pick

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Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 17

Forza Horizon 3

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MLB The Show 16

NBA 2K17 - Winner

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PES 2017

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Best Multiplayer Game

Battlefield 1 Winner/Frattyman Pick

Gears of War 4

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Overcooked

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Overwatch

Rainbow Six Siege

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Titanfall 2

Most Anticipated Game (Fan Voted)

God of War

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Horizon Zero Dawn

Mass Effect Andromeda - Winner/Frattyman Pick

Red Dead Redemption 2

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Thanks for reading this opinion piece it was very rushed but I wanted to get it out before the show! I will have my own Game/Games of the year article out around the start of 2017!