By Andrew McNeill

01/31/2018

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Here Are Your 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists!

2017 was an amazing year in gaming and the finalists for this year’s SXSW Gaming Awards prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Beginning in August, we solicited entries for the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards and our panel of judges evaluated hundreds of entries in our 24 unique categories.

The result is the amazing list of nominees you’ll find below. To have your voice heard, head over to IGN and vote for your favorite finalist in each category by March 4. And make sure to grab your SXSW Gaming Wristband today so you can be there at the SXSW Gaming Awards show on Saturday, March 17 to see which finalist takes home the prize in each category.

Excellence in SFX

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.

Call of Duty: WWII – Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Musical Score

Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
Persona 5 – Atlus / P-Studio
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
Skyrim VR – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames

Excellence in Animation

Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animations.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Art

Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Gorogoa – Annapurna Interactive / Jason Roberts
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
Persona 5 – Atlus / P-Studio
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Convergence

Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.

DropMix – Hasbro / Harmonix
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games
South Park: Fractured But Whole – Ubisoft / Ubisoft San Francisco
Star Trek Bridge Crew – Ubisoft / Red Storm Entertainment
Star Wars Battlefront II – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Multiplayer

Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

Gang Beasts – Double Fine Presents / Boneloaf
Destiny 2 – Activision / Bungie
Fortnite – Epic Games
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation
Splatoon 2 – Nintendo

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.

Darkwood – Acid Wizard Studio
Kona – Parabole
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
Perception – Feardemic / The Deep End Games
The 7th Continent – Serious Poulp

Excellence in Gameplay

Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Bethesda Softworks / MachineGames
Fortnite – Epic Games
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Design

Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Narrative

Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
Persona 5 – Atlus / P-Studio
Prey – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
What Remains of Edith Finch – Annapurna Interactive / Giant Sparrow

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

Doki Doki Literature Club – Team Salvato
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Square Enix / Deck Nine
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
What Remains of Edith Finch – Annapurna Interactive / Giant Sparrow

Trending Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept us watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy – Humble Bundle / Bennett Foddy
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation
Doki Doki Literature Club – Team Salvato
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator – Game Grumps

Esports Game of the Year

Awarded to the online game that has the best competitive scene, or potential to grow one, and most entertainment value.

Call of Duty: WWII – Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Tekken 7 – Bandai Namco Entertainment / Bandai Namco Studios
FIFA 18 – EA Sports / EA Romania & Vancouver
F1 2017 – Codemasters / Codemasters Birmingham
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation

VR Game of the Year

Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design across any VR platform.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality – Owlchemy Labs / Adult Swim Games
Skyrim VR – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Star Trek Bridge Crew – Ubisoft / Red Storm Entertainment
SUPERHOT VR – SUPERHOT Team

Tabletop Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

Clank! In! Space! – Renegade Game Studios
Gloomhaven – Cephalofair Games
Near and Far – Red Raven Games
Santorini – Roxley
The 7th Continent– Serious Poulp

Mobile Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – Nintendo
Fire Emblem Heroes – Nintendo
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy – Humble Bundle / Bennett Foddy
Gorogoa – Annapurna Interactive / Jason Roberts
Monument Valley 2 – Ustwo Games

Video Game of the Year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

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Andrew McNeill

Gaming Conference Manager

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