In case you missed The Game Awards…

Video games have long since transcended bleeps and bloops. The interactive entertainment of today is highlighted by orchestral, visual, and storytelling achievements. The Game Awards are proof of this – an awards ceremony meant to honor games on multiple levels. It’s the Academy Awards for Mario – a live event streamed online and attended by many, including industry veterans.

2018’s ceremony has now come and gone (aired Dec. 6th), and we have a new champion: God of War brought home the coveted Game of the Year award. From the skilled performances, particularly from Christopher Judge as Kratos, to the fantastic art style and carefully crafted storyline, it’s a game that deserves all its praise. The game also won the award for Best Action-Adventure Game and Best Game Direction, which is no easy feat.

Red Dead Redemption 2 also won many of the awards: for Best Narrative, Best Performance, Best Score/Soundtrack, and Best Audio Design. Stunning video games weren’t the only nominees and winners – there were other awards for categories such as e-sports and industry icons – but The Game Awards are about more than handing out trophies. The show airs several trailers too, including first looks and announcements of previously unrevealed games.

Let’s talk about a few of those. Mortal Kombat 11 was shown, in all its gory glory, with a fantastic cinematic trailer. The long-awaited sequel Psychonauts 2 was shown, which is something I personally am really excited for. A new Dragon Age game was teased, though I’ve heard it’s pretty far off. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was revealed, but oddly, it’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Joker from Persona 5 was announced as a paid character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a sudden pairing between a PlayStation exclusive character and a first-party Nintendo game.

Top it all off with an excellent live orchestra and band, and you’ve got an event. There were performances from the game of the year award nominees, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Devil May Cry, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

The Game Awards celebrates the gaming community as a whole. If you don’t have time to sit through the re-runs of the three-hour-long ceremony online, at least check out some of the trailers and watch the highlights. There really is something for everyone.

Watch the God of War team accepting their award, along with The Game Awards Orchestra’s game of the year performance here.

-Sean Daniel