Surprise, Zelda Won Game Of The Year At The Game Developers Choice Awards

Nintendo's latest Zelda adventure followed up its win at the 2017 Game Awards with GOTY honours at tonight's Game Developers Choice Awards, held as part of the 2018 Game Developers Conference.

It also won Best Audio and Best Design. Tim Schafer, meanwhile, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and upon receiving it gave a lengthy, entertaining and emotional speech on his journey through the last three decades of game development.

The full list of winners in all categories is below. Note that the GDCAs are voted on by game developers themselves.

Best Audio The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best Debut Studio MDHR (Cuphead)

Best Design The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best Mobile Game Gorogoa (Jason Roberts/Buried Signal)

Innovation Award Gorogoa (Jason Roberts/Buried Signal)

Best Narrative What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow)

Best Technology Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)

Best Visual Art Cuphead (Studio MDHR)


Audience Award NieR:Automata (PlatinumGames)

Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Ambassador Award Rami Ismail

Lifetime Achievement Award Tim Schafer


    Ah well, there's no accounting for taste.

      The audience picked Nier, it was the critics who picked Zelda.

        His point still stands. :P

          I don't like Zelda

          Nintendo releases game that breaks just about every Zelda convention there is.

          I don't like Zelda

            Just because it breaks Zelda conventions doesn't make it a good game :-P

            I played A Link Between Worlds and thought it was OK. Nothing grabbed me though. The latest one is just Zelda Scrolls with breaking weapons, repetitive shrines and not much else to do except watch your stamina run out ridiculously fast as you climb or run.

              Ah well, there's no accounting for taste :P

                My favorite was Oracle of Seasons. So Yeah, tastes differ.

    Breath of the Wild is the only Zelda game I've ever enjoyed.
    I bought it on day one, and still regularly take it out for a spin.
    Personally, it was my game of the year too.

    I should get around to finishing Breath of the Wild... but then that means not playing Horizon.

      And you don't want to not play Horizon.

      I'm still tempted to start again... despite finishing it once from the start and twice NG+ including an Ultra Hard completion. Love it so much.

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