Celeste Nominated For Game Of The Year
When I excitedly peeked at the nominee’s for The Game Awards this year, I did what every other gamer does and immediately looked for the prestigious Game Of The Year award. While most of the games were expected, it was a pleasant surprise to see Celeste nominated for Game Of The Year.
If you haven’t seen the list, it consists of some massic triple-A titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, God Of War, Assasin’s Creed: Odyssey, Monster Hunter: World and of course, Celeste, the little indie game that could.
Celeste is a colorful platformer developed by Matt Makes Games. It’s about a girl named (SURPRISE) Madelaine (I uh… thought her name would be Celeste) who makes her way up a mountain avoiding both physical and emotional obstacles. IGN gave the game a 10/10 and had this to say about the game:
“The greatest triumph of Celeste is that its best-in-class jumping and dashing is blended beautifully with an important and sincere story and an incredible soundtrack that make it a genuinely emotional game, even when your feet are planted firmly on the ground.” – Tom Marks, IGN
PlayStation’s Dominance Of 2018
While reading through the nominations list, I knew that PlayStation would have some contenders for the year. God Of War and Spider-Man alone garnered so much attention and praise you just knew they would be in the running for a number of different awards. What I didn’t expect was a lack of representation from the other two consoles, Nintendo and Xbox. While Xbox has been widely criticized for a lack of console exclusives for the last couple of years, it was Nintendo’s lack of contenders that really stood out.
Nintendo came off a year that rejuvenated the brand and warmed the hearts and gamers everywhere. With a brand new console and some brand new games, Nintendo found itself in the Game Of The Year category with not one, but two titles in Super Mario Odyssey and the eventual winner of the prestigious award, The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild. But since then, Nintendo has done a good job of filling the gap with Nintendo Directs and exciting announcements about its upcoming titles.
Meanwhile, PlayStation has been delivering high-quality triple-A titles all year long. By my count, Sony has 20 nominations at this years Game Awards. A very impressive feat that has us raving out how much PlayStation is really killing it this year.
The Puzzling Nominations For Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange was the first game my fiancee and I played through from start to finish together. It was a great experience with an innovative game and so the series holds a special place in my heart. When Life Is Strange 2 was announced, I was excited to dive in. Admittedly I haven’t yet. I would like to wait for a couple of episodes to release first because well… the game isn’t complete. Which is why I was so puzzled about the nominations for Life Is Strange 2.
Life Is Strange 2: Chapter 1 is nominated for Best Narrative and Games For Impact. What’s puzzling about these nominations is that, as a narrative, it’s incomplete. While I get that the chapter could indeed have a great narrative to it, I can’t see how anyone can make an assessment on a single chapter in the grand scale of the narrative. The same thing goes for their Games For Impact nomination. We can’t exactly grasp the impact and message the game would be trying to make in a single chapter. In playing Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm, while each chapter made its own mark, you certainly didn’t get the full picture until the game was complete.
With that being said, eligibility rules for the Game Awards could be behind the puzzling nominations. For example, if Chapter 1 is released in 2018 and the rest of the game is released in 2019, but the game is ineligible for the 2019 awards due to it actually releasing in 2018, then it all makes sense but for now, I will remain puzzled.
No Man’s Sky Up For Best Ongoing Game
No Man’s Sky is up for best ongoing games and to be honest I’m happy to see them nominated. The hype surrounding No Man’s Sky was steep and the launch of the game was met with displeasure from many gamers. Fast forward a couple of years and Hello Games re-launches No Man’s Sky on Xbox which is met with rave reviews. In fact, we here at Game Savvy called it the “Turnaround story of this generation”. The nomination for Hello Games is a testament to the hard work the developers put in to turn the game around and gamers aren’t an easy bunch to sway. A win for them would be the cherry-on-top of a great year for the developers and for No Man’s Sky and is a really great story to follow this December 6th at The Game Awards.
eNough eSports For Ya?
Out of the 30 categories, 7 are e-sports related. While I don’t doubt the popularity of e-sports and the quality of e-sports games, some of the categories seem a little… unnecessary.
The first two categories, Best eSports Game and Best eSports Player seem like no-brainers. I think those are appropriate for celebration at this level. Games like League Of Legends, DOTA, World Of Warcraft, Starcraft and many others have garnered massive popularity in the gaming community. And the talents of most of the eSports players leave me in so much awe I debated if eSports players should be considered athletes. The same logic applied for the Best eSports Team. If you’re going to pick the best player then sure, it makes sense to pick the best team.
But coach? Event? Host and moment? These seem hardly necessary and seem like a stretch in some cases. I’m not saying that these talents shouldn’t be celebrated, I just think that it might need to be on a different stage, at a different venue, on a different day but maybe there just isn’t enough action in eSports to warrant its own awards just yet. And hey, ultimately The Game Awards is a celebration of games and eSports deserves to be celebrated.
Games Lacking Some Love
When looking through this year’s nominees for the Game Awards, I was excited about all the high-quality games that were on the list. Of course, the Game Awards can’t include every highly-touted game out there but, some game omissions certainly stood out more than others.
When writing his review for Dead Cells, our former editor and current writer over at Twinfinite, Joseph Yaden, said that Dead Cells would most likely get his vote for Game Of The Year. On top of that, it was a highly publicized game due to the controversy surrounding one former IGN employee. PR aside, the game had high reviews across the board and I was taken aback by the lack of nominations for the game. Currently, Dead Cells has two nominations at this years Game Awards. One for Best Independent Game and another for Best Action Game.
As much as Nintendo lacked nominations this year, they didn’t have a down year by any means. Which is why I was shocked to see a lack of nominations for a number of games. But to be more specific, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had a great musical soundtrack and was IMMA LETCHU FINISH, BUT had one of the best soundtracks of the year and was a bit snubbed by a lack of a nomination. That’s the last Kanye reference I’ll make on this website I’m so sorry.
These were the 6 biggest surprises that stood out to me at this years Game Awards. What stood out to you? Comment below!