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The Game Awards 2021

Here’s Every Winner From The Game Awards 2021

Wondering who (or what) won at 2021’s The Game Awards? Here’s what you might have missed if you went to sleep.

The 2021 Game Awards are over. Geoff Keighley has been packed into his special box and shoved into Hideo Kojima’s attic, ready to hibernate for another year. We’ve already rounded up all this year’s big gaming announcements, but it turns out (and you’re never going to believe this) some awards were given out as well.

Yes, it’s absolutely true. And, even better, we’ve got a list of all the games and games-related personages that walked away with an award:

Game of the Year: It Takes Two. Josef Fares’ adorable co-op adventure was a well-deserved win and we were particularly happy to see that, given that the game’s name is up in the air, it wasn’t bleeped out or replaced by a burst of white noise.

Best Game Direction: Deathloop. Arkane’s time-looping adventure is one we still dip into, even now, and definitely not just because we love pissing people off in head-to-head mode.

Best Narrative: Guardians of the Galaxy. GotG’s combat can be a little overdrawn, but its swashbuckling story is completely on the money.

Best Art Direction: Deathloop. Again.

Best Score and Music: NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… We’re a little disappointed with this win, if we’re honest. Not because it didn’t deserve it, but because it means we can’t use our “so Nier, so far” joke.

Best Audio Design: Forza Horizon 5. After all, what’s the point in having a garage full of virtual cars if they don’t sound authentic as you smash through the jungle, tumble off a cliff and ease your battered wreck over to the starting grid.

Best Performance: Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu (from Resident Evil Village). Robertson really stole the show as Village’s towering, plummy nemesis, and we’re hoping she puts in an appearance in future DLC. Actually embracing the internet’s Tall Vampire Lady thirst almost merits some kind of extra award.

Games for Impact: Life is Strange: True Colours. No, not Street Fighter V, we’re not talking about that kind of impact. This category is for “a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message”, and True Colours certainly fits the bill.

Best Ongoing: Final Fantasy XIV Online. With Endwalker dropping the other day, this JRPG MMO shows no sign of stopping.

Best Indie: Kena: Bridge of Spirits. All the more remarkable for being Ember Lab’s first game, Kena really is amazing and we’re not just saying that because of the thirty-three knock-off “Rot” plushies we’ve ordered off AliExpress.

Best Mobile Game: Genshin Impact. Snake was robbed.

Best Community Support: Final Fantasy XIV. We reckon there should be an award for “Social media managers who suffer through a hopelessly toxic community” as well, but we’re running on four hours of sleep so that could be the Happy Shopper Energy Drink talking.

Innovation in Accessibility: Forza Horizon 5. We’re going to defer to the excellent Can I Play That, a site for disabled gamers by disabled gamers, who stated that “It’s clear that accessibility took a more critical role during production”, though they did remark that more could have been done. Still, it’s good to know that they’ve removed many of the accessibility barriers to smashing through the jungle, tumbling off a cliff and easing your battered wreck over to the starting grid.

Best VR / AR: Resident Evil 4 VR. After all, what’s the point of owning an Oculus Quest 2 if you can’t get a first-person chainsaw in your face?

Best Action Game: Returnal. We’re pretty sure Housemarque just looped the evening until they won.

Best Action / Adventure: Metroid Dread. It may have raised a few eyebrows with its Mr X style pursuers, but fans still embraced this return to form for bounty hunter Samus.

Best Role Playing: Tales of Arise. As outstanding as this ARPG is, we’re never not going to see it as Tales of Arse.

Best Fighting: Guilty Gear – Strive – . You can bludgeon someone with an electric guitar. That’s all we need to say.

Best Family: It Takes Two. Awards, that is. Thank you, thank you, we’ll be here all week.

Best Sim / Strategy: Age of Empires IV. The Age of Empires series has always been pretty solid and while this doesn’t eclipse the superb Age of Empires II Definitive Edition it’s another well-deserved win.

Best Sports / Racing: Forza Horizon 5. We’re starting to see a pattern here.

Best Multiplayer: It Takes Two. We stand corrected, it takes three.

Content Creator of the Year: Dream. And then he made a burger.

Best Debut Indie: Kena: Bridge of Spirits. What do you mean they’ve been held up at customs? They’re Rot plushies, not blocks of cocaine.

Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring. Not to be confused with The Winds of Winter, which isn’t coming out ever.

Best eSports Game: League of Legends. Now available as a Netflix series.

Best eSports Athlete: Olekxandor “Simple” Kostyliev. Don’t make a meerkat joke, don’t make a meerkat joke.

Best eSports Team: Natus Vincere. Sometimes abbreviated to Na’Vi. James Cameron has yet to express an opinion on the matter.

Best eSports Coach: Kim “Kkoma” Jeong-Gyun. He’s currently coaching pro League of Legends players DWG KIA.

Best eSports Event: 2021 League of Legends Championship. Turns out League of Legends is quite popular. Who’d have thought it, eh?

And there you have it. The Game Awards will return next year, unless Geoff Keighley gets eaten by rats.

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