On a big night for video games, “The Last of Us Part II” was the biggest winner. The harrowing action-adventure game, a Sony PlayStation 4 exclusive released in June, won seven awards including the biggie: Game of the Year.
The other nominees for the top award were “Hades,” “The Ghost of Tsushima,” “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” “Doom Eternal,” and “Final Fantasy VII Remake.”
Game of the Year and other top achievements of the past year were honored at The Game Awards, broadcast live online from Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.
“The Last of Us Part II,” which netted 10 nominations, had six other wins: game direction; innovation in accessibility; audio design; best narrative; Laura Bailey, for best performance as the character Abby; and for best action adventure game. More winners (to see the complete list of nominees and winners go to thegameawards.com): “Among Us” (best mobile game and best multiplayer game); “Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate” (best fighting game); “Ghost of Tsushima” (Players’ voice and art direction); “Microsoft Flight Simulator” (best simulation/strategy game); “Final Fantasy VII Remake” (best role-playing game and for best score and music); “Hades” (best indie game and best action game); “Half-Life: Alyx” (best VR/AR); “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2” (best sports/racing game); “Elden Ring” (most anticipated game); and “No Man’s Sky” (best ongoing game).
Among early winners: “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for best family game; “Phasmophobia” for best debut game; and “Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” for best community support.
Celebrities get in on the game
In addition to prizes, The Game Awards included exclusive video game trailers, celebrity appearances from Gal Gadot, Keanu Reaves and Brie Larson, who presented the best performance award via Zoom – all the presenters and nominees were connected via videoconference – and musical performances including Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who played “Future Days,” a song he had written for “The Last of Us Part II.” After performing, Vedder said, “I really appreciate the way (the song) was used especially bringing Joel and Ellie together connecting through music and I thought maybe it was cool, too, if it made you wanna perhaps pick up a guitar yourself and write a song for your loved one.”
Video games are “a fascinating way to tell a story, it’s just getting better all the time,” Vedder said. “It’s cool to be part of it.”