PlayStation Exclusives Lead The Game Awards 2022 Nominations, With Xbox Trailing Far Behind

The Game Awards nominees have been announced, and there are more than a hundred games up for honors. This time around, the competition is intense, and all the big names are gunning for the same pot of gold, The Game of The Year.

With over 20 nominations across a wide range of categories, Sony has dominated the voting for this year’s The Game Awards. It’s no surprise that God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon: Zero Dawn are competing for the prestigious Best Game Direction and Game of the Year awards. Elden Ring, Stray, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and A Plague Tale: Requiem all await them in the competition to be crowned the GOTY.

There are a total of ten nominations for God of War: Ragnarok: Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design, Best Action/Adventure, Best Performance, Best Game, and Innovation in Accessibility. 

Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design, and Best RPG were just some of the awards Elden Ring was up for.

In comparison to God of War Ragnarok’s ten nods, Elden Ring and Horizon: Forbidden West each received seven. This is one more nomination than the independent success Stray for the PlayStation, which is also competing for Game of the Year along with these big giants.

Whereas Xbox was able to get several games home last year, doing so has proven to be quite difficult this time around. The only game produced by Xbox Game Studios Publishing to receive nominations in two different categories is As Dusk Falls.

The Game Awards 2022 Nominations

Game of the Year 

  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/Sony)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/Sony)
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

Innovation in Accessibility 

  • As Dusk Falls (Interior/Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/Sony)
  • Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox/Devolver Digital)
  • The Last of Us Part I (Naughty Dog/Sony)
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games/Sony)

Best Debut Game

  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio)
  • Norco (Geography of Robots/Raw Fury)
  • Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)
  • Vampire Survivors (Poncle)

Games for Impact

  • As Dusk Falls (Interior/Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over the Age/Fellow Traveler)
  • Endling: Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios/Handygames)
  • Hindsight (Team Hindsight/Annapurna Interactive)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/Sony)
  • Immortality (Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid/Half Mermaid)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/Sony)

Best Game Direction

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/Sony)
  • Immortality (Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid/Half Mermaid)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/Sony)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch (Aloy, Horizon Forbidden West)
  • Christopher Judge (Kratos, God of War Ragnarok)
  • Sunny Suljic (Atreus, God of War Ragnarok)
  • Charlotte McBurney (Amicia, A Plague Tale: Requiem)
  • Manon Gage (Marissa Marcel, Immortality)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment/EA)
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)

Best Score & Music

  • Elden Ring (Tsukasa Saitoh)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Bear McCreary)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Yasunori Mitsuda)
  • Metal: Hellsinger (Two Fingers)
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Olivier Deriviere)

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision Blizzard)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/Sony)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica/Sony)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/Sony)

It Takes Two won Game of the Year at last year’s awards, while Deathloop won Best Game Direction, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy won Best Story, and Final Fantasy 14 Online won Best Ongoing Game. However, this time around, there are a lot of interesting nominations, and it will be interesting to see who takes home the crown for the GOTY.

You can now vote for the nominees that you believe deserve each award most. Winners will be announced on December 8.

Farhan Ali
Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.
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