Game News Elden Ring is the video game of 2022 at the Game Awards: a look back at the winners of recent years…
The Game Awards 2022 took place tonight. The opportunity to discover the ninth GOTY. For the occasion, we offer you a retrospective of all the games that won the GOTY title during the Geoff Keighley ceremony.
- Game Awards 2014: Dragon Age Inquisition
- Game Awards 2015: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
- Game Awards 2016: Overwatch
- Game Awards 2017: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
- Game Awards 2018: God of War
- Game Awards 2019: Sekiro Shadows Die Twice
- Game Awards 2020: The Last of Us Part II
- Game Awards 2021: It Takes Two
- Game Awards 2022: Elden Ring
Game Awards 2014: Dragon Age Inquisition
For the very first edition of The Game Awards, the competition for the title of GOTY was particularly tough. Between Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, Hearthstone and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, there were many titles that marked the video game landscape. And against all odds, it was ultimately BioWare’s RPG, Dragon Age Inquisition, that picked up the coveted prize. As a reminder, the third installment of the Dragon Age license takes us to a larger Thedas than before. In the shoes of a human, an elf, a dwarf or a qunari, your goal is simply to save the world and defeat forever the corruption and the demons that have invaded it. To the delight of fans, this episode revived the origins of the saga, while bringing it some more modern mechanics. A successful blend that had harvested the pretty score of 17 out of 20 with us
Game Awards 2015: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
If you are still hesitating to take advantage of the release of the new gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to finally discover the title, this information may help you take the plunge. Indeed, the third opus of CD Projekt’s flagship license is the GOTY of 2015. And yet, there were big competitors against him, namely Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Super Mario Maker. But despite everything, it is the witcher who has managed to curry favor with the video game world. As a reminder, The Witcher 3 offered us to follow the continuation of the adventures of Geralt de Riv. In the midst of an unprecedented war, our witcher goes in search of his adopted daughter, Ciri. The latter is on the run because she is pursued by the terrible Wild Hunt. This gives an epic as exciting as rich which amply deserves its 19 out of 20.
Game Awards 2016: Overwatch
In the History of the Game Awards, those of 2016 are to be marked with a white stone. Indeed, this is the only edition where an online multiplayer game has managed to clinch the precious title of GOTY. A surprise for Overwatch who managed to beat games such as Doom, Inside, Titanfall 2 or Uncharted 4. But then, what is Overwatch? For those who have never heard of Blizzard’s license (if there is one), a short summary is in order. Overwatch is an FPS action game set in the year 2074. The bulk of the experience consists of throwing 6 vs 6 matches, all while choosing the hero you want to play as. There are of course many, each with a defined role (Attack, Defense, Tank, Support). The goal is simply to complete the objectives before the opposing team. A game “devilishly efficient” who had obtained a nice 17 out of 20 with us.
Game Awards 2017: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
There are years where it’s hard to see how any game could miss out on GOTY’s title. 2017 is one of them because it was that year that one of the biggest video game behemoths of this decade was released: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Drastically changing the formula of the Nintendo license, this new opus took us into a gigantic open world which has now become a real reference for the Nintendo Switch, and even for the entire industry. All of this allowed us to discover a devastated Hyrule, delivered to Ganon for almost 100 years. Finally awake Link had to find out what had happened and save, as usual, Princess Zelda. A true ode to exploration, this Breath of the Wild has certainly marked the spirits. Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, PUBG and Super Mario Odyssey therefore had little chance against whoever collected a 20 out of 20 with us.
Game Awards 2018: God of War
If Santa Monica narrowly missed this year’s GOTY title, they can always fall back on 2018’s one. Because it’s not Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, or Celeste, or even Marvel’s Spider-Man, Monster Hunter : World or even Red Dead Redemption 2 which collected it, but God of War. The new adventures of Kratos, this time immersed in the heart of Norse mythology, hit the mark. This is also why its sequel released this year, God of War: Ragnarok, was also expected. In 2018, we discovered a reworked gameplay but above all a wiser Kratos accompanied by his young boy: Atreus. Across the nine realms, they have taken us on a divine epic that is as epic as it is moving and surprising. A new interpretation of the franchise that had marked our minds so much that it also managed to collect the holy 20 out of 20.
Game Awards 2019: Sekiro Shadows Die Twice
You would have thought that Geoff Keighley’s friend, developer Hideo Kojima, would collect his first GOTY in 2019. But against all odds, it is FromSoftware and Activision’s game, Sekiro Shadow Twice, which won the title. Best known for Armored Core and Dark Souls, the studio offered us with this title a brand new license. Taking up the demanding side of Souls, the game offered a very different atmosphere by taking us to the side of feudal Japan (of the Sengoku era more precisely), and this in the skin of the samurai nicknamed the “one-armed wolf”. A little anecdote: the title was announced for the very first time at the 2017 Game Awards. Seeing it win the prize against Control, Death Stranding, The Outer Worlds, Resident Evil 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a bit like coming full circle. In any case, it is largely deserved for this title which had obtained the score of 17 out of 20 with us.
Game Awards 2020: The Last of Us Part II
We were talking about obvious GOTY above for Breath of the Wild. Well know that in 2020, the same scenario arose. It’s hard to imagine a game that can compete with the behemoth The Last of Us Part II. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghost of Tsushima and Hadez were not unworthy, but difficult to compete against Naughty Dog’s license. Particularly awaited, The Last of Us Part II has had a profound impact on gamers and the video game industry. Admittedly, it did not bring major changes in terms of gameplay, but its narration and its daring bias made it a major title. As a reminder, this second opus took place a few years after the events of The Last of Us. Joel and Ellie returned to Jackson to live peacefully in Tommy’s colony. But an event will come to change everything for them and mark the beginning of a new post-apocalyptic adventure. (rated 19 out of 20 with us).
Game Awards 2021: It Takes Two
The year 2021 offered us few big releases. Many games have been postponed to the following year, so we ended up with a less busy schedule than expected. And inevitably, this was seen at the time of the Game Awards. Between Deathloop, Metroid Dread, Psychonauts 2, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Resident Evil Village and It Takes Two, it’s hard to predict who would be the big winner, each going with their little favorite. Against all expectations, it was Josef Fares’ game that won the bet. And it was all the more a surprise that It Takes Two is not really the kind of game that we tend to usually reward in these ceremonies. The title is indeed a co-op game aimed at both regulars and non-players. It told the story of two parents whose couple is in crisis and who find themselves in the shoes of little dolls in order to be able to reconcile. Touching and varied in terms of gameplay, It Takes Two was an excellent surprise when it was released. A real little candy to consume without moderation, the title had brought us a little balm to the heart in the midst of a pandemic. Enough to largely deserve its 18 out of 20.
Game Awards 2022: Elden Ring
This year, Hidetaka Miyazaki won his second GOTY. The first, he got it by being a director on Sekiro, the GOTY of 2019. And at this year’s ceremony, it was her latest baby who won, unsurprisingly, the title: Elden Ring. As soon as it was released in February, the Souls-Like open world was already called GOTY. It must be said that, with its very well polished artistic direction and its innovative design of the open-world, it was a more than interesting proposition. Add to that the already acclaimed Souls gameplay and you have a title in a very good position to win the Game Awards. A Plague Tale: Requiem, God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 unfortunately could not do anything against whoever collected a very nice 18 out of 20 with us. Never two without three ? To verify the well-known adage, we will have to wait to see what will be the next baby of Hidetaka Miyazaki. As for FromSoftware, they have already announced the arrival of a new Armored Core during the ceremony.
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