In addition to winning the prize, the game in the Dark Souls series, from Bandai Namco and FromSoftware, collected the awards for best game direction, best art direction and best role-playing game, for a total of four awards .
But it’s God of War: Ragnarok, starting favorite with nine nominations, which stole the show on Thursday night. The game scooped awards for Best Story, Best Soundtrack, Best Audio Design, and Best Action Adventure Game.
Its innovation in terms of accessibility also won it an award. Even actor Christopher Judge, who lends his voice to the character of Kratos in the game, won the award for best performance.
The most recent title in the God of War series was therefore decorated six times on Thursday evening, out of a possible nine victories.
The popular game Stray was in the running with seven nominations. The French studio BlueTwelve, which designed the game, walked away with two awards, that of the best independent game and that of the best start for a new independent studio.
The title of the best family game was awarded to Kirby and the Forgotten Landand Best Fighting Game went to MultiVersus de WB Games.
Ubisoft does not leave empty-handed, its studios having won the prize for the best simulation or best game strategy with Mario+Rabbids: Spark of Hope.
And this is the Netflix series Arcane: League of Legends which opened the ball by winning the new award for best adaptation, inaugurated this year.
Canadian studios defeated
Nintendo has pulled off a masterstroke with Splatoon 3which won the title of best multiplayer game, surpassing Montreal studio Tribute Games and its game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.
Tribute Games was also in the running for Best Action Game, but was defeated by God of War: Ragnarok.
It’s not the only Canadian studio to leave the Game Awards ceremony empty-handed.
In addition to the Ninja Turtles, among the nominees was the soccer game FIFA 22, created by Electronic Arts Vancouver, which was in the running for the award for best sports game. It’s rather Gran Turismo 7 who got the decoration.
The Vancouver title I Was a Teenage Exocolonistfrom Northway Games, did not win an award in the category of best game with social impact, and the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IIpartly designed in Quebec, won none of the four prizes for which it was nominated.
Unsurprisingly, the prize for the most anticipated game of the year goes to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, from Nintendo, the sequel to the success Breath of the Wild.