Gamescom 2018 Nominations

The nominations for various categories of game have been released. A few are obscure. The potential cultural impact of some goes beyond their nomination or their win. This is because, there are quite a few games that appeal to wide audiences. As such, these games appear frequently as nominees.

Best Action Game: Marvel's Spider-Man

With the superhero craze that has gripped this decade, Spider-Man seemingly has little competition. However, the team behind Dark Souls also created Spider-Man’s competitor: Sekiro. Metro Exodus was also nominated, but the award seems to be centered around the two latter nominees.

Best Add-On/DLC:

In the ring are Destiny 2: Forsaken and State of Decay 2 Daybreak. Destiny has a larger audience due to being on both Microsoft and Sony’s platforms. However, an upset could be immanent.

Best Casual Game:

Life is Strange 2 vs. Team Sonic Racing

Due to its heavy subject matters, Life is Strange is a surprising addition to this category. Nominations are strange, too.

Best Family Game:life is strange 2

Again, Life is Strange 2 has been nominated. Its competition comes from two fronts: Super Mario Party and Lego DC Super-Villains. 

Best Puzzle/Skill Game:

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, a VR game has been nominated. Its competitors are Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Persona 5: Dancing Starlight. Ori has astounding visuals, but Astro Bot being Virtual Reality may carry it to a win.

Best Racing Game:

F1 2018 Vs. Forza Horizon 4 Vs. Team Sonic Racing

I haven’t played a racing game since the early Need for Speed games. I cannot say anything about these games. If my pre-teen logic still applies, the winner of this category will have the coolest cars.

Best Roleplaying Game:Kingdom Hearts 3

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be competing with Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Fans have lusted after a new addition to the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I see no way it will lose after a 10 year, salivating, wait.

Best Simulation Game:

Anno 1800 and F1 2018 compete against the ever-growing Farming Simulator series.

Best Social/Online Game:

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will be competing against Dying Light Bad Blood and Rend. The CoD games have been stagnating after the emergence of battle royale style games. Moreover, as a survival game with an end-goal, Rend reminds me very much of Subnautica. 

Best Sports Game:

F1 2018 once again finds a place among nominees. It will face off against Fifa 2019 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019. 

Best Strategy Game:

Anno 1800 will likely be a huge disappointment, or a ground-shaking success. Its multiple nominations prove, at the surface, it has wide appeal. However, its fellow nominees in this category are good games in their own right.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Vs. Anno 1800 Vs. Total War: Three Kingdoms

Best PS4 Game:

Spider-Man Vs. Assasin’s Creed Odyssey Vs. Project Mephisto. The last on the list is merely a working title, and few know what the game actually will be.

Best Xbox One Game:

Ori and the Will of the Wisps competes against Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Forza Horizon 4.

Best Switch Game:

Lego Super-Villians is of course competing. Super-heroes are extremely profitable. Nevertheless, Nintendo characters are cultural heroes in their own right. Thus, Lego and Super Smash Bros Ultimate will likely win over Starlink: Battle for Atlas. 

Best PC Game:

Three games will vie for the throne: Anno 1800, Life is Strange 2, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Anno 1800

Best Mobile Game:

For this category, the competition will be between Hyperdrome and Shadowgun War Games.