The Game Awards 2023: Baldur’s Gate 3 wins biggest prize – but show criticized for short speeches and firings | Science and technology news


The fantasy epic Baldur’s Gate 3 has been named game of the year at the industry’s biggest awards ceremony.

Released for PC and PlayStation 5 earlier this year, and for Xbox consoles during Thursday night’s Game Awards, Baldur’s Gate 3 impressed reviewers with the sheer scale of its world and story, which allows players to influence its direction through the choices they make.

Inspired by the classic board game Dungeons And Dragons, it was one of the most critically acclaimed titles of 2023, beating Alan Wake 2, Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom, Marvel‘s Spider-Man 2, Resident Evil 4 and Super Mario Bros. Wonder for the prize.

The top honor – presented by actor Timothee Chalamet – was one of six awards won by Belgian developer Larian, including best multiplayer and role-playing game.

Main rival Alan Wake 2from the Finnish studio Remedy, won best story, game direction and art direction.

Nintendo‘s latest Zelda and Mario titles took home Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Family Game respectively, while there was also success for Xbox’s Forza Horizon racing franchise and the long-running Final Fantasy series.

But one of the most nominated games, Spider-Man 2, won none of the seven awards it was up for.

More glorified advertising than prices show?

The Game Awards is known for spending much of its running time on trailers and announcements for new games.

This year included a first look at a collaboration between famed game creator Hideo Kojima, best known for the Metal Gear Solid series, and Hollywood director Jordan Peele.

Another Hollywood star, Matthew McConaughey, was revealed to star in the sci-fi action game Exodus.

A new Jurassic Park game, Survival, was also announced.

Jurassic Park: Survival was announced.  Image: Jurassic World/YouTube
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Jurassic Park: Survival was announced. Image: Jurassic World/YouTube

And there were trailers for new installments in several popular game franchises, including Prince Of Persia and the Japanese fantasy series Monster Hunter.

Host Geoff Keighley, who launched the show in 2014, is always looking to secure big reveals to build excitement for the show and ensure big viewing figures.

Last year’s show was streamed on platforms including Twitch and YouTube, and was watched by 103 million people.

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Host and organizer Geoff Keighley.  Image: Game Awards/YouTube
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Host and organizer Geoff Keighley. Image: Game Awards/YouTube

But Mr Keighley was criticized for spending too much time on trailers during the three-hour ceremony this year, particularly given that he failed to acknowledge the thousands of redundancies the industry has endured.

Companies that have cut jobs include Fortnite maker Epic, The Last Of Us developer Naughty Dog, Tomb Raider’s Crystal Dynamics and Witcher and Cyberpunk studio CD Projekt Red.

Several awards were also announced without the winners being invited on stage in Los Angeles, while those who were were given very little time for an acceptance speech.

The full list of game winners is listed below.

Game of the year
Alan Wake 2
Baldur’s Gate 3
Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Resident Evil 4
Super Mario Bros Wonder

Best game direction
Alan Wake 2

Baldur’s Gate 3
Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Super Mario Bros Wonder

Alan Wake II.  Image: Remedy
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Alan Wake II won three awards. Image: Remedy

Best fit
Castlevania: Nocturne
Gran Turismo
The last of us
The Super Mario Bros Movie
Twisted Metal

Best story
Alan Wake 2

Baldur’s Gate 3
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Final Fantasy XVI
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Best art direction
Alan Wake 2
Hi-Fi Rush
Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Lies by P
Super Mario Bros Wonder

Best score and music
Alan Wake 2
Baldur’s Gate 3
Final Fantasy XVI
Hi-Fi Rush
Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom

Best sound design
Alan Wake 2
Dead Space
Hi-Fi Rush
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Resident Evil 4

Hi-Fi Rush is something of an audiovisual spectacle.  Image: Bethesda
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Hi-Fi Rush is something of an audiovisual spectacle. Image: Bethesda

Best performance
Ben Starr, Final Fantasy XVI
Cameron Monaghan, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Idris Elba, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Melanie Liburd, Alan Wake 2
Neil Newbon, Baldur’s Gate 3
Yuri Lowenthal, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Innovation in accessibility
Diablo IV
Forza Motorsport
Hi-Fi Rush
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Mortal Kombat 1
Street Fighter 6

Play for effect
A space for the unbound
Songs of Sennaar
Goodbye Volcano High
Terra Zero
Tchai
Friend

Best ongoing game
Apex Legends
Cyberpunk 2077
Final Fantasy XIV
Fortnite
Genshin impact

Idris Elba in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.  Image: CD Projekt Red/YouTube
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Idris Elba in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Image: CD Projekt Red/YouTube

Best community support
Baldur’s Gate 3
Cyberpunk 2077
Fate 2
Final Fantasy XIV
No Man’s Sky

Best indie games
Cocoon
Dave The Diver
Dredge
Sea of ​​stars
Searching

Best Debut Indie Game
Cocoon
Dredge
Pizza tower
Friend
Searching

Best mobile game
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
Honkai: Star Rail
Hello Kitty Island Adventure
Monster hunter now
Terra Zero

Best VR/AR Game
Gran Turismo 7
Humanity
Horizon Call Of The Mountain
Resident Evil Village
Synapse

Resident Evil Village.  Image: Capcom
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Resident Evil Village. Image: Capcom

Best action game
Armored Core VI: Fires Of Rubicon
Dead Island 2
Ghostrunner 2
Hi-Fi Rush
The rest 2

Best action/adventure game
Alan Wake 2
Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Resident Evil 4
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Best RPG
Baldur’s Gate 3
Final Fantasy XVI
Lies by P
Sea of ​​stars
Starfield

Best fighting game
The God of Rock
Mortal Kombat 1
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2
Pocket Bravery
Street Fighter 6

Best family game
Disney Illusion Island
Party animal
Pikmin 4
Sonic Superstars
Super Mario Bros Wonder

The iconic plumber returns in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.  Image: Nintendo
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Super Mario Bros Wonder. Image: Nintendo

Best sim/strategy game
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp
Cities: Skylines II
Company of Heroes 3
Fire Emblem Engage
Pikmin 4

Best sport/race
EA Sports FC 24
F1 23
Forza Motorsport
Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged
Crew Motorfest

Best multiplayer
Baldur’s Gate 3
Diablo IV
Party animal
Street Fighter 6
Super Mario Bros Wonder

Most Anticipated Games
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Hades II
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth
Star Wars Outlaws
Tekken 8


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