The Witcher 3 took home the grand prize at this year’s 2015 Game Awards, beating out Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V, and Super Mario Maker to win Game of the Year. I am very proud to state that I completed the Witcher 3 and replayed the game for the 2 of the 3 possible endings where Ciri becomes Empress and trained as a Witcher. Have to say there is no dull moment in the RPG and this game excels as one of the most anticipated and delivered gameplay experience. I have not felt this passionate about an RPG since Final Fantasy X. Even Star Wars the Old Republic on the original Xbox inspired that fantastic RPG feeling of accomplishment and total geek-wowzer immersive storyline! 


It’s no surprise that CD Projekt Red’s role-playing game took top honors—The Witcher 3 is one of the year’s most ambitious and successful video games. Developed in Poland over three and a half year, The Witcher 3 has received rave reviews from just about everybody, fans and critics alike.


Other winners—which you can view here—included Rocket League for best independent game, Her Story for best narrative, and Lara Croft Go for best handheld/mobile game.

The Game Award for Most Anticipated Game
2014 · CD Projekt

The Game Award for Game Of The Year
2015 · CD Projekt RED, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

The Game Award for Best Role Playing Game
2015 · CD Projekt RED, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Headlines all over not just video game sites, but fan forums like reddit and NeoGAF as well, read “The Witcher 3 wins game of the year.” Not “The Game Awards claim Witcher 3 is game of the year,” and there are relatively few snarky comments about how the show is lame and doesn’t matter. Instead, it’s being treated like a declarative statement: The Witcher 3 is the game of the year. The Game Awards have already become important enough where that actually means something. Comments instead are praising CD Projekt Red for their fantastic work, rather than disputing the relevance of the show giving out the award.
Yes, there are other gaming award shows, but none, I would argue with The Game Awards’ production value and reach. Yes, there are other game of the year awards, practically every video game site will have them, but given the voting panel The Game Awards has assembled, this is pretty much like the grand metacritic-ish average of what should be game of the year out of all of them. And the sentiment of more or less the entire press is that overall, The Witcher 3 deserves to be game of the year (a notion I happen to agree with).
This is what can make The Game Awards the industry’s Oscars. Not a red carpet full of celebrities or airtime on a big TV network, but relevance. An industry-wide acknowledgement that this show is the big one, and the fans treat it as such as well. And really, I don’t see why they shouldn’t. The Game Awards is a much, much more grown-up version of the VGAs, and I do see it as our best shot to have a definitive, year-end gaming awards show. That’s something that the industry may not need, as some have argued, but I can’t say that it wouldn’t be nice to have. If fans and press and industry figures alike rally around The Game Awards like they seem to have this year, Keighley may have finally achieved his dream and created a newsworthy, respected annual fixture with awards that actually matter.
Here’s the full winner’s list from last night’s show :


BEST FAMILY GAME
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4/Nintendo)
BEST FIGHTING GAME
Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2/Nintendo)
BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
Lara Croft Go (Square Enix Montreal/Square Enix)
ESPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
OpTic Gaming
ESPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive/Team EnVyUs)
ESPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
BEST NARRATIVE
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
TRENDING GAMER
Greg Miller
BEST INDIE GAME
Rocket League (Psyonix)
BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME
Rocket League (Psyonix)
GAMES FOR IMPACT
Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix)
BEST FAN CREATION
Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
BEST ART DIRECTION
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios)
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
BEST SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain (Ludvig Forssell, Justin Burnett, Daniel James/Kojima Productions)
BEST PERFORMANCE
Viva Seifert (Her Story)
GAME OF THE YEAR
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

written by Ryan Quon

edited by Brent Bullard

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