THE Game Awards, also known as The Oscars of gaming, has released its list of nominees for 2022.
Despite only being out for a week at this point, God of War Ragnarök cleaned up with 10 nominations, including Game of the Year.
Stray was a surprise hit.
Other games that did well include Horizon Forbidden West with seven nominations, and Elden Ring and Stray with six nominations each.
Horizon’s success surprised fans, as it launched just a week before Elden Ring, which soon took players’ attention.
While it did well both critically and commercially, the hype at the start of the year was mostly focused on FromSoftware’s title.
Another surprise success was Stray. Stray also performed well this year, but it is unusual for an indie game to be nominated for Game of the Year.
There were some notable snubs as well this year.
Big games like Bayonetta 3, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and Triangle Strategy all walked away with just one nomination each.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 received four nominations, despite a luke-warm response to the multiplayer.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 got three nominations, including for Game of the Year, which is unusual for a Japanese game.
The only Japanese game that has taken home the top prize is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 2017.
Another indie success, Tunic has also caused a stir scooping up three nominations, alongside Neon White, Sifu, and Immortality.
Overwatch 2 also received a nomination despite being critically panned.
The biggest surprise out of all the nominations was Nibellion receiving a nomination for Content Creator of the Year.
Nibellion was a Twitter account that used to tweet out important gaming news as soon as it happened.
They have since left Twitter, and this nomination is assumed to be a thank you for all their hard work keeping fans up to date.
You can vote for your favourite games now on The Game Awards website.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.