Zelda Wins Game Of The Year At The 2017 Game Awards

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to snatch the 2017 Game Awards GOTY from a crowded field of contenders that included Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and somewhat controversially, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

"I want to take all of the joy and warmth I'm feeling right now receiving this award and put that back into making Zelda games, to continue to try and surprise all of you," Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma said in his acceptance speech.

Here's the full list of winners:

Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn 
Persona 5 
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 
Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [WINNER]

Best Game Direction

Horizon Zero Dawn 
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [WINNER]
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
NieR: Automata
What Remains of Edith Finch [WINNER]
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Best Art Direction

Cuphead [WINNER]
Destiny 2 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
Persona 5 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Score / Music

Destiny 2
NieR: Automata [WINNER]
Persona 5
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [WINNER]
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Performance

Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn 
Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 
Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Melina Juergens, Hellblade [WINNER]

Games for Impact

Bury Me, My Love
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [WINNER]
Life is Strange: Before the Storm 
Night in the Woods
Please Knock on My Door
What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2 
Grand Theft Auto Online 
Overwatch [WINNER]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 
Rainbow Six: Siege 

Best Independent Game

Cuphead [WINNER]
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice 
Night in the Woods
What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Mobile Game

Fire Emblem Heroes 
Hidden Folks 
Monument Valley 2 [WINNER]
Old Man's Journey 
Super Mario Run

Best Handheld Game

Ever Oasis 
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 
Metroid: Samus Returns [WINNER]
Monster Hunter Stories
Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World

Best VR/AR Game

Lone Echo
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [WINNER]
Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Best Action Game

Destiny 2
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [WINNER]

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin's Creed: Origins 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [WINNER]
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Best Role-Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin II
Final Fantasy XV
NieR: Automata
Persona 5 [WINNER]
South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Best Fighting Game

Injustice 2
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
Nidhogg 2
Tekken 7

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Sonic Mania
Splatoon 2 
Super Mario Odyssey [WINNER]

Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle [WINNER]
Total War: Warhammer II
Tooth and Tail
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Best Sports/Racing Game

Forza Motorsport 7 [WINNER]
Gran Turismo Sport
NBA 2K18
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
Project Cars 2

Most Anticipated Game

God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Monster Hunter World
Red Dead Redemption II
The Last of Us Part II [WINNER]

Trending Gamer

Andrea Rene (What's Good Games)
Clint Lexa ("Halfcoordinated")
Guy Beahm ("Dr. Disrespect") [WINNER]
Mike Grzesiek ("Shroud")
Steven Spohn (AbleGamers)

Best Esports Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 
League of Legends
Overwatch [WINNER]
Rocket League

Best Esports Player

Lee Sang-hyeok "Faker" (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends) [WINNER]
Marcelo "coldzera" David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO)
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovac (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: GO)
Je-hong "ryujehong" Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, DOTA 2)

Best Esports Team

Cloud 9 [WINNER]
FaZe Clan
SK Telecom T1
Team Liquid

Student Game Award

Falling Sky 
From Light 
Level Squared [WINNER]

Best Debut Indie Game

Cuphead [WINNER]
Golf Story
Hollow Knight 
Mr. Shifty
Slime Rancher


    A lot of questionable winners on that list. But to each their own

    Sick as. Definitely my personal GotY. I don't remember a game having me so utterly engrossed and so consistently surprised/happy for many, many years.

    So much snore, though atleast Hellblade did well.

    Will never understand people's obsession with BotW, it was pretty boring and uninspired.

    So deserving.
    I actually don't remember the last game I enjoyed the way I did BOTW. I'm not sure what it is about it, but it somehow rocketed itself to my top 5 games of all time.
    It's just so gosh darned pleasant!

    The Horizon: Zero Dawn Was Robbed Awards!

    At least Persona won something, if both of them had been screwed over I would’ve lost all faith in humanity.

    Best Role-Playing Game: Persona 5 [WINNER]

    Seriously? I found NieR to be way better than that boring mess.

    Great to see Swinburne-developed Level Squared get the Student Game award.

    Pretty sure that in a few years we'll be talking about BOTW the same way we talk about Shakespeare in Love.

    And if we take nintendo out of our bedroom, Zero Dawn wins all of it's categories. P5 was good but imo, DOSII takes that title.

    Congratulations Nintendo on winning the game of the year award for The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild along with best game direction and best Action/Adventure award. Super Mario Odyssey for best family game and best strategy game Ubisoft's Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle I hope you bring some DLC or maybe a sequel for Super Mario Odyssey soon Nintendo. Again congratulations on winning the game of the year award keep up the good work Nintendo and I'll see you in 2018 for more great games coming to the Nintendo Switch.

      Good job, I was part way through the 3rd line before I twigged and checked the user name.

    As much as I love Marino + Rabbids... Total War Warhammer II should've taken that.

    Mario won best strategy game... I do not understand what is happening, What is up, What is down, Idk anymore.

      Some people just have a hard-on for anything Nintendo. It's the same thing that inexplicably makes some people prefer alcopops over fine wine.

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