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18th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Finalists


Honoring the Best Games of 2017


Lifetime Achievement Winner


Tim Schafer

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career and achievements of a developer who has made an indelible impact on the craft of game development and games as a whole.

 

Ambassador Award Winner


Rami Ismail

The Ambassador Award honors an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art.

 

Audience Award Winner


TBD

 

    Game of the Year


    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
    Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)


    Honorable Mentions: Cuphead (StudioMDHR), What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive), Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus), Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory), Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios), Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)

 

    Best Audio


    Cuphead(StudioMDHR)
    Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)


    Honorable Mentions: Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Star Wars: Battlefront II (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom), Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision), Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus), Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)

 

    Best Debut


    Team Cherry (Hollow Knight)
    Sidebar Games (Golf Story)
    StudioMDHR (Cuphead)
    Infinite Fall (Night in the Woods)
    Jason Roberts / Buried Signal (Gorogoa)


    Honorable Mentions: Game Grumps (Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator), Terrible Toybox (Thimbleweed Park), Team Salvato (Doki Doki Literature Club!), Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap)

 

    Best Design


    Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
    Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)


    Honorable Mentions: Cuphead (StudioMDHR), Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive), What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios), Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy), Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

 

    Innovation Award


    Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive)
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
    What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
    Everything (David OReilly / Double Fine Productions)
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)


    Honorable Mentions: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory), Cuphead (StudioMDHR), Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix), Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Tacoma (Fullbright), Pyre (Supergiant Games)

 

    Best Mobile Game


    Reigns: Her Majesty (Nerial / Devolver Digital)
    Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg)
    Monument Valley 2 (ustwo games)
    Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive)
    Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt / Figs / ARTE France / Playdius)


    Honorable Mentions: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Fire Emblem Heroes (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules), Flipflop Solitaire (Zach Gage), Gnog (KO_OP / Double Fine Productions)

 

    Best Narrative


    Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
    What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks)


    Honorable Mentions: Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix), Tacoma (Fullbright), Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios), Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

 

    Best Technology


    Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
    Assassin's Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)


    Honorable Mentions: Star Wars Battlefront II (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks), Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)

 

    Best Visual Art


    Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus)
    Cuphead (StudioMDHR)
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
    Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)


    Honorable Mentions: Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive), Star Wars Battlefront II (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Assassin's Creed Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft), Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision), Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory), Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

 

    Best VR/AR Game


    Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
    Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft)
    Lone Echo (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)


    Honorable Mentions: Farpoint (Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (Owlchemy Labs / Adult Swim Games), Luna (Funomena), Robo Recall (Epic Games), Gnog (KO_OP/ Double Fine Productions), Doom VFR (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)

 

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