The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley’s independent successor to the VGAs and VGX, has announced its list of nominees for 2014.
Game Of The Year nominees include Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Hearthstone.
The nominees for “Best Performance” vary in genre wildly, with Adam Harrington in The Wolf Among Us and Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare both securing nominations.
“Best Narrative” also rewarded the sleeper hit Wolfenstein: The New Order with a nomination, alongside more obvious choices like Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
The full list of jury-voted categories is listed on the show’s official website, but a few of the new categories show how the industry has evolved over the past generation. “Best Remaster” is now an official category, as are “Best Online Experience” and “Games For Change,” which features dark, moving experiences like Valiant Hearts and This War of Mine.
Also included is a selection of “Fan’s Choice” categories, which heavily focus on community involvement over individual games. Categories include “Best Fan Creation,” “Trending Gamer,” and “ESports Player Of The Year.”
Geoff Keighley is self-funding The Game Awards, and if the plethora of categories and nominees are any indication, this should be more of an actual awards show than the glorified commercials of the past.