The Game Awards 2022 winners and reveals roundup

Tonight was this year’s Game Awards. the annual celebration of the best releases of the year. 2022’s game awards, like the year itself, was jampacked with tons of titles nominated for prestigious awards, with the winners chosen by fans of the games themself. In addition, there were a ton of world premieres of exciting new titles coming soon.

If you missed tonight’s game awards, here’s our roundup of everything that happened at tonight’s celebration.

Opening Act

The opening act of the Game Awards was jam-packed with enough stuff to make an entire award show around on its own.

Before we get into the awards handed out, let’s talk about the litany of world premieres shown during the Game Award’s opening act. Tons of brand-new games were announced to the worldwide audience of the Game Awards, including some new titles in beloved franchises.

The biggest of the world premiers at this year’s Game Awards has to have been Street Fighter 6. The exciting premiere showed off the game’s brand-new characters, as well as the character customization players can expect in the game. All alongside, of course, a ton of explosive gameplay.

Also announced was a lineup of new titles. Returnal, Replaced, After Us, Viewfinder, Valiant Hearts: Coming Home, and Hellboy: Web of Wyrd were all announced during the Game Awards opening act, alongside the brand new Among Us: Hide and Seek game mode, which sees the Imposter chasing crewmembers for a change.

During the opening act, several game awards were handed out for various categories. Each category contained a lineup of impressive games, but ultimately only one could win their respective awards. The categories and winners for the opening act awards are as follows:


The Show

Once the opening act was finished, our host introduced Al Pacino (who admittedly is not much of a video game player himself) to hand out the first award. A shot speech about his appreciation for storytelling in games, Pacino announced the first category, which, fittingly, was BEST PERFORMANCE, acknowledging the best actors in video games this year.

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Throughout the night, awards were handed out for various categories, broken up by musical numbers and world premieres of new games. So many new games were premiered at this year’s Game Awards that it was hard to keep count of them all.

As each award was handed out, the relevant teams accepting the awards got a chance to take the stage and express their gratitude. Christopher Judge, the actor for Kratos in God of War Ragnarok, had an especially long and heartfelt speech after winning the night’s first award.

The party was also crashed by Animal from the Muppets and Crash himself, the latter of who took the stage to announce his new game, Crash Team Rumble.

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As the night drew to a close and it was time to announce this year’s Game of the Year winner, the crowd was greeted by a musical performance from the Game Awards Orchestra, playing homage to this year’s nominees by covering their soundtrack hits.

The Main Awards

Best Performance Award

For Best Performance, we were given an all-star lineup of fantastic video game actors. From the phenomenal cast of God of War: Ragnarok, to the heart-wrenching performances of Plague Tale, the award for Best Performance this year could not have been easy to choose.

The candidates for this year’s Best Performance award were

  • Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West
  • Charlotte Mcburney, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarok
  • Sunny Suljic, God of War Ragnarok
  • Manon Gage, Immortality

Ultimately, the winner was Christopher Judge for his performance as Kratos in God of War: Ragnarok

Best Debut Indie Award

The cast of the Netflix movie Glass Onion handed out the next award, for the best Indie game to debut this year. The list of nominees was full of the best indie games to come out this year, holding their own against Triple AAA title releases.

The nominees for Best Debut Indie were

  • Neon White
  • Norco
  • Stray
  • Tunic
  • Vampire Survivors

The winner was Stray by BlueTwelve Studio.

Between awards, we received a heartfelt memorial to Kevin Conroy, the classic voice of Batman, who passed away last month. It was confirmed that his final performance would be in Suicidal Squad: Kill The Justice League, releasing next year.

Best Adaptation

The award for Best Adaptation was for the best tv show/movie adaptation of a video game franchise. This category was surprisingly jam-packed, showing just how many great video game adaptations released this year.

The nominees were

  • Arcane
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunner
  • The Cuphead Show
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Uncharted

To nobody’s surprise, Arcane was the winner.

Best Narrative

The nominees for Best Narrative were the stories with the best written and most compelling stories released this year, each one a testament of story telling in games.

The nominees for Best Narrative were

  • Elden Ring
  • Immortality
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Immortality

And the winner was God of War Ragnarok, making this the second award it won tonight.

Games for Impact

The Games for Impact award was for games that had a message for their players. All of the nominees for this category had deep and impactful social commentary.

The nominees for Games for Impact were

  • A Memoir Blue
  • As Dusk Falls
  • citizen Sleeper
  • Endling – Extinction Is Forever
  • Hindsight
  • I was a Teenage Exocolonist

The winner of the award was As Dusk Falls

Best Action Game

This category needs no introduction. With so many great titles released in this genre, competition among the nominees was fierce and a winner was not easily chosen.

The nominees for Best Action Game were

  • Bayonetta 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

And the winner was Bayonetta 3

Best Score and Music

Best Score and Music was the award for the best soundtrack of the games released this year. This award was presented by none other than Animal from The Muppets, one of the best drummers of all time.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3

God of War won once again, making this the third award won tonight.

Innovation and Accessibility

The Innovation and Accessibility Award went to the game that did the most to make their games accessible to new audiences who didn’t have the opportunity to experience them before.

  • As Dusk Falls
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • The Last of Us: Part I
  • The Quarry

Once again, God of War Ragnarok won this award.

Best Game Direction

This award was given to the games with the best direction, which pushed the bounds of artistry and game design to make something truly unique.

The nominees for Best Game Direction were

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden WEst
  • Immortality
  • Stray

The winner of Best Game Direction was Elden Ring, which truly deserved the award.

Other Awards

Besides the main categories, several awards were handed out for miscellaneous categories. These awards were given out in rapid-fire fashion between world premieres and commercial breaks, and the unsuspecting viewer may have missed them.

The categories and winners for these awards are as follows

  • Best Art Direction: Elden Ring
  • Best VR/AR Game: Moss: Book II
  • Best Sim/Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Best Community Support: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Splatoon 3
  • Best Audio Design: God of War Ragnarok
  • Best Racing Game: Gran Turismo 7
  • Content Creator of the Year: Ludwig
  • Most Anticipated Game: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Best Roleplaying Game: Elden Ring
  • Players Voice: Genshin Impact
  • Best Independent Game: Stray
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: God of War Ragnarok
  • Best Ongoing Game: Final Fantasy XIV

Game of The Year

Lots of awards were handed out, and many members of the industry, from actors to sound designers and writers, had their hard work praised and recognized at tonight’s award ceremony. While all the awards won tonight are signs of great accomplishment, at the end of the show, the Game of The Year award is the prestigious prize everyone hoped to bring home.

Despite God of War Ragnarok bringing home so many awards, Game of the Year went to Elden Ring.

The team behind Elden Ring took the stage to accept the GOTY award and express their gratitude. During their speech, they promised to create even more exciting games, and revealed that there is still more to come for Elden Ring.

World Premieres

Between awards, a ton of brand new games were premiered were for the first time to the Game Award’s audience, each to uproarious applause from the audience.

Each game that premiered at the Game Awards this year deserves an article of their own, but I’ll do my best to sum up each exciting title announced during this year’s performance.

  • Hades II, a sequel to Supergiant’s roguelike with a new story and cast of characters.
  • JUDAS, a new Sci-Fi RPG by the makers of Bioshock.
  • Bayonetta: Cereza and the Lost Demon, an original story of the gun-wielding witch herself.
  • Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, the sequel to the fan-favorite game which showed off some amazing force powers and lightsaber tricks.
  • Earthblade, a new title from the creators of Celeste.
  • Dune: Awakening, an RPG set in the legendary Dune franchise.
  • Forspoken, which has a demo available on the Playstation store.
  • Death Stranding 2, which sees actor Norman Reedus reprising his role.
  • Immortals of Aveum, a new fantasy FPS by Ascendant Studios.
  • Teken 8 had its first gameplay reveal at tonight’s show.
  • Nightingale, an action survival/crafting game.
  • Baldurs Gate 3, which had its release announced for August 2023
  • Wayfinder, a new fantasy action game created in part by the developers behind Warframe
  • Diablo IV, with a release date of 6/6/2023
  • Blue Protocol, a new adventure game by Bandai Namco and Amazon Games.
  • Remnant II, a third-person shooter with a unique dark fantasy setting.
  • Transformers: Reactivate, an action-adventure game where players seemingly step into the metal shoes of Bumblebee.
  • Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, a ghost-hunting adventure game that promises to be as emotional as action-packed.
  • Space Marine 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the original Warhammer 40k action game.
  • Meet Your Maker, a unique multiplayer base-building and raiding game.
  • The Lords of the Fallen, a dark fantasy action-adventure game.
  • Crime Boss Rockay City, an FPS crime sim with a star-studded Hollywood cast.
  • Armored Core VI, an exciting new announcement from Bandai Namco and FromSoft.

Outside of the many new game premieres, we got to see exclusive footage from the upcoming Super Mario movie, showcasing more of Christ Pratt’s controversial Mario voice.

Final Fantasy 16 had its newest trailer shown off as well, showing us some exciting combat between summons as well as a further look at the game’s story.

That’s everything you might have missed at this year’s game awards. Much like this year’s game releases, there was a lot going on and a ton of impressive titles vying for player attention. Surely, each award must have been a struggle to hand out, with so many worthy nominees to select from.

If you want to watch the game awards for yourself, you can check out the recording on Youtube or any of the other websites where it was streamed.

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