Sekiro wins GOTY at The Game Awards 2019
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware’s hit action role-playing game, has officially been crowned ‘Game of the Year’.
The latest title from the Japanese studio – released back in March – deviated from its most recent successes in the Dark Souls franchise.
Rather than creating another Medieval-inspired fantasy RPG, it developed an action-focused game set in the the Sengoku era of Japan filled with samurais and ninja skirmishes.
While it differed from Souls, it bore a similarity in the shape of its difficult learning curve which demanded players become experts in swordplay, learning how to ‘dance’ with their opponent, when to strike and when to deflect a blow.
In a year which has seen numerous hits released such as Death Stranding, Control, Super Smash Bros, Resident Evil 2, The Outer Worlds and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Sekiro has been hailed as the best of them all at The Game Awards 2019.
It has also won the ‘Best Action/Adventure Game’ award in the same ceremony.
This isn’t the first time the FromSoftware title has been celebrated this year. Back in September, it also won the ‘Excellence Award’ during the Japan Game Awards.
@Jordan_EGD here: Sekiro won the Excellence Award during the Japan Game Awards!
A well deserved award, it's my personal GOTY!
— eGaming Desk (@eGamingDesk) September 12, 2019
Other award winners
Elsewhere at The Game Awards 2019, Fire Emblem: Three Houses won the ‘Player’s Voice‘ category. It has also triumphed as the ‘Best Strategy Game‘.
Gris, surprisingly, has been crowned as the top contender in the ‘Games for Impact‘ category outranking Life is Strange 2. To commemorate the success of Gris, Nomada Studio has been given the ‘Fresh Indie Developer‘ award.
Disco Elysium has taken home an impressive three awards for ‘Best Narrative,’ ‘Best Independent Game‘ and ‘Best Role-Playing Game‘.
Unsurprisingly, Death Stranding won ‘Best Game Direction‘ much to Hideo Kojima’s credit. Likewise, it also has been credited as having the ‘Best Score/Music‘.
Interestingly, renowned actor Mads Mikkelsen pipped Norman Reedus – both featured in Death Stranding – for ‘Best Performance‘.
Despite being released in 2017, phenomenon Fortnite is yet again being hailed, this time for ‘Best Ongoing Game‘.
Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been celebrated for ‘Best Audio Design‘, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the highly-realistic gunfire sounds present in both the single-player and multiplayer.
Call of Duty: Mobile brushed aside the likes of Grindstone, Sayonara Wild Hearts and Sky: Children of Light for the ‘Best Mobile Game‘.
Former Halo developer Bungie’s Destiny 2 acclaimed for ‘Best Community Support‘.
For augmented reality and virtual reality lovers, Beat Saber has been acclaimed for the ‘Best AR/VR Game‘.
Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 bested the likes of Gears of War 5, Apex Legends and Call of Duty as the ‘Best Action Game‘.
Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros and Luigi’s Mansion 3 won the ‘Best Fighting Game‘ and ‘Best Family Game‘ awards respectively.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled has been crowned the ‘Best Sports/Racing Game‘ while Apex Legends has taken the ‘Best Multiplayer Game‘ award.
Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has been named ‘Content Creator of the Year‘ and Fortnite World Cup solo winner Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf has been hailed as the ‘Best eSports Player‘.
Despite the impressive scope of the Fortnite World Cup, the ‘Best eSports Event‘ has been given to the League of Legends World Champion 2019.
G2 eSports has been celebrated for being the ‘Best eSports Team‘ of the year. Danny ‘Zonic’ Sørensen has been revered as the ‘Best eSports Coach‘ and, finally, Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere has been named ‘Best eSports Host‘.
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