The Last Of Us Part 2 Wins Game Of The Year At The 2020 Game Awards

The Last Of Us Part 2 Wins Game Of The Year At The 2020 Game Awards
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The Last of Us Part II won Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Awards, beating out games like Ghost of Tsushima and, somehow, Hades for the top spot.

Beyond the accolades, tonight’s event — which was held digitally this year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that shows no signs of abating any time soon — also squeezed in a bunch of announcements. Like, almost too many. But some pretty cool reveals were buried amid the trailer onslaught: Sephiroth is coming to Smash! There’s a new Perfect Dark on the way! BioWare teased a new Mass EffectVin… Diesel? Sure!

Still, The Game Awards is an awards show, and no amount of Dragon Age hype can distract from the matter at hand: Who walked home with the gold. Here is a roundup of all the nominees from tonight’s show, with the winners highlighted in bold.

Game of the Year

  • Hades
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Doom Eternal
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Players Voice

  • Doom Eternal
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Game Direction

  • Hades
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Narrative

  • Hades
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Art Direction

  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Score and Music

  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Doom Eternal
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Audio Design

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Doom Eternal

Best Performance

  • Logan Cunningham as Hades, in Hades
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai, in Ghost of Tsushima
  • Laura Bailey as Abby, in The Last of Us Part II
  • Ashley Johnson as Ellie, in The Last of Us Part II
  • Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Games For Impact

  • Tell Me Why
  • Spiritfarer
  • If Found…
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Through the Darkest of Times

Best Ongoing

  • Destiny 2
  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky

Best Indie

  • Hades
  • Spiritfarer
  • Spelunky 2
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Carrion

Best Mobile Game

  • Among Us
  • Genshin Impact
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Legends of Runeterra
  • Pokémon Cafe Mix

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Valorant

Best VR/AR

  • Dreams
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Marvel’s Iron-Man VR
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Innovation In Accessibility

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Hyperdot
  • Grounded
  • Watch Dogs Legion

Best Action

  • Hades
  • Doom Eternal
  • Nioh 2
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Streets of Rage 4

Best Action/Adventure

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Role Playing

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Yakuza: Like A Dragon
  • Genshin Impact
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Wasteland 3

Best Fighting

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[CL-R]

Best Family

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Gears Tactics
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Desperados III
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad

Best Sports/Racing

  • Dirt 5
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
  • F1 2020
  • FIFA 21
  • NBA 2K21

Best Multiplayer

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Among Us
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Valorant
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Content Creator of the Year

  • Alanah Pearce
  • Jay-Ann Lopez
  • Nickmercs
  • TimTheTatman
  • Valkyrae

Most Anticipated Game

  • Elden Ring
  • The God of War sequel
  • Halo Infinite
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Resident Evil Village
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

Best Debut Game

  • Carrion
  • Mortal Shell
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Röki
  • Phasmophobia

Best eSports Athlete

  • Ian “Crimsix” Porter
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Kim “Canyon” Geon-Bu
  • Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro
  • Matthieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

Best eSports Coach

  • Danny “Zonic” Sorensen
  • Dae-Hee “Crusty” Park
  • Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann
  • Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min
  • Raymond “Rambo” Lussier

Best eSports Event

  • Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals
  • Call of Duty League Championship 2020
  • IEM Katowice 2020
  • League of Legends World Championship 2020
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020

Best eSports Game

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Fortnite
  • Valorant
  • League of Legends

Best eSports Host

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • James “Dash” Patterson
  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden

Best eSports Team

  • Damwon Gaming
  • Dallas Empire
  • G2 Esports
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Team Secret

Comments

        • You obviously enjoyed the game and more power to you.. but LoU2 was obviously not everyones cup of tea.

          GoTY is usually reserved for games that everyone has enjoyed and agreed on as a game everyone needs to play. To see such a polarising game like LoU2 as GoTY will be raising some eyebrows when there were 2 other games on that list which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

          • GOTY has always been a contentious award, there’s always folks who don’t agree with the results.

            Yeah I did enjoy the game, it wasn’t my game of 2020 though and I can understand why it wasn’t some people’s cup of tea either but we can say that about all the games in the list.

            It’s also not a Zero sum game either, all the other games aren’t somehow bad now as a result.
            We saw in the people’s choice category that Ghost and TLOU were both top contenders and it’s likely the GOTY was pretty close too.

          • ” it’s likely the GOTY was pretty close too. ”

            If you look at the list of media orgs on the voting committee I think “Pretty close” is pretty unlikely given the coverage difference between TLOU2 and GOT in these publications.

    • Same. In the end, I feel like there’s always a bit of industry insider/outsider politics at play with these awards (eg: Why the everloving FUCK doesn’t the outstanding Warframe ever turn up in ongoing/online game categories when the competition is so fucking weak? I mean, No Man’s Sky every year, seriously?), and the judges clearly felt that TLOU2 – despite having plenty of shortcomings that Ghost didn’t have – deserved credit to make up for their horrifying crunch, the unconscionable leaking, and the relentless harassment from bigots.

      I don’t feel like TLOU2 had as much going FOR it as some of the other nominees, but it sure had a whole lot more challenges that weren’t all of their own making. So, like I said before the awards, this doesn’t feel like an award based on merits as much as making a statement against all that unfairness and possibly playing industry favourites.

  • I know hating on TLOU2 is cool and all but I honestly really enjoyed it. Not perfect by anymeans but still the most memorable game I’ve played this year

    • A combination of all the vocal criticism and my want to avoid major spoilers meant I went in to the game expecting a deluge of ham fisted social statements at every corner and horizon.
      It was no way to play a game and after taking a break and getting back in to the game with a clearer head, I realised that 90% of the complaints were unfounded nonsense and amplified grievances from some understandably confronting plot points.

    • Thats sorta the thing though… if TLoU2 was your thing than good for you. But it was such a polarising game and I get the whole bandwagon hating but its obvious that people who have played the game and gave it a fair shot just didnt like it or felt it was just average at best.

      Its just weird to have a polarising game marked as GoTY when a GoTY is meant to be the game everyone has agreed everyone should have.

      • It was a polarising game mostly because it contained elements that got identified and labelled as SJW so the culture warriors could swoop in and run a campaign.

        There are lots of people disinterested in the other GOTY contenders but they aren’t projecting that opinion so loudly.

  • CDPR crunch – relentlessly attacked by game journos

    Naughty Dog crunch – universal praise from game journos, gets awards for being apparent best studio.

    Don’t you love double standards?

    • Wait till next year… CP2077 will be in most of the reward categories. Cause memories are short and game will be running better in 6 months.

    • Last of Us 2 won Best Game, Naughty Dog didn’t win Best Studio. And there are plenty of articles about Naughty Dog crunch, multiple on this site alone.

      When my friend asked me recently which game I thought would win the game awards I told him this one, if for nothing else because it would generate the most butthurt and that would translate into clicks, and well… here we are.

      • Hes talking about the golden joystick awards where yes, ND won best studio.
        THESE game awards did not have a category for best studio.

      • What m2d2 said.

        While I expected it to win because well… “TLOU2 is just like.. you know… so representative of diversity and made gaming… like a serious medium by which to have discussions over the human condition…” and all the other garbage that people say to justify their literature or sociology studies or otherwise act like an “enlightened modern human”.

        The problem is that its gameplay is trash. It’s not a good *game* because it lacks good *gameplay*. You know, that thing that people are actually supposed to care about when judging a game? Not whether it makes appropriate social commentary, but whether it actually delivers an enjoyable gameplay experience.

        And that writing… Let’s have Ellie’s primary motivation for the entire game be to kill Abby… but then she doesn’t because … uhh, it’s like.. more meaningful. Yeah, let’s go with that. *That* is best narrative? Heck, Doom Eternal has a more consistent and coherent narrative than that, and its narrative is hot garbage that intruded on the gameplay far too often.

        TLOU2 has received a deluge of praise because of its political and social statements that people want to support, rather than just having those as part of a game and a narrative that is actually GOOD on it own merits. TLOU2 *could* have been a good game and *could* have had a good narrative, but honestly it simply wasn’t, because it sacrificed both of those things for the sake of the message it wanted to push. And the gaming industry is diminished by rewarding such behavior.

        I don’t hate TLOU2 because its messaging, I hate it because it ruined that messaging by packaging it with mediocre gameplay and hackneyed writing, when it deserved so much better than that. It was the gaming equivalent of “You know I support LGBT+ because I have that one gay friend” and honestly I can’t see why that is something that should be celebrated and rewarded.

  • Best Sim/Strategy

    Gears Tactics
    Crusader Kings III
    Desperados III
    Microsoft Flight Simulator
    XCOM: Chimera Squad

    I really think they should divide this one up because they are completely different genres. Microsoft Flight Simulator versus the rest of the games

    • Yeah that is plain bizarre. Neither the players of games in those genres or the developers would think they are even remotely competing with each other. What next, best sport/RPG?

    • This may be a case of me missing your joke, but the Player’s Voice award is the public vote award for best game (i.e. the public, or players, have their ‘say’). It’s not actually to do with voice acting. Again, this may be a major woosh moment on my behalf, however.

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