We have reached the end of another year of video games. While 2020 in general was a terrible year, the gaming industry saw a HUGE boost in sales. 2020 also saw some big video game releases as well. This year we were able to play games such as The Last of Us Part 2, Ghosts of Tsushima, Demons Souls, Animal Crossing New Horizons and so much more. (And Cyberpunk 2077 just came out today!) But now that we are nearing the start of a new year, it is time to look back at 2020 and make our predictions for this year’s Game Awards.

Let’s get right to it! There a few categories where I don’t have enough knowledge to make an accurate guess (most of the eSports categories) so I won’t even include them down below.

(My predictions will be in BOLD and once the winners are announced, I will mark them italicized.)

Best Esports Game

• Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Raven/Activision)

• Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

• Fortnite (Epic Games)

League of Legends (Riot Games) [WINNER]

Valorant (Riot Games)

Two of the games on this list have given me A LOT of hours of playing. Recently, Fortnite has taken over my favorite online game to play, but since June up until recently, Valorant has been my go-to. I usually stay away from online competitive games like this, but Valorant clicked for me early on and I’ve played that game more than any other game this year.

Content Creator of the Year, Presented by Adobe

Alanah Pearce

• NickMercs

• TimtheTatman

• Jay Ann Lopez

• Valkyrae [WINNER]

Now to be honest, I’m only familiar with two of the names on this list. TimtheTatman became known to me throughout his entire Fall Guys triumph over the summer. Seeing @FallGuysGame and even @ESPN I believe tweet about him unable to get a crown put him on a high platform, not only just for him, but for Fall Guys itself. Alanah Pearce on the other hand, I’ve been familiar with for a while. She originally worked for IGN, then she went to Funhaus. She even had a stint on the Kinda Funny XCast. I enjoy watching her content whether it’s on her own channel or on others.

Best Multiplayer

• Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)

Among Us (InnerSloth) [WINNER]

• Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward/Raven/Activision)

• Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic/Devolver)

• Valorant (Riot Games)

As someone who as played a lot of Valorant this year, I would LOVE to choose them to win. But I don’t think Valorant is at a well known level and made a big impact like some of the other games on this list. I thought about choosing Fall Guys because this summer was owned by them. BUT, Among Us took the world by storm, taking Fall Guys out of the spotlight and everybody is playing it, even AOC.

Best Family

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) [WINNER]

• Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (Toys for Bob/Activision)

• Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic/Devolver)

• Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Velan Studios/Nintendo)

• Minecraft Dungeons (Mojang/Double Eleven/Xbox Game Studios)

• Paper Mario: The Origami King (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)

This category is one I struggled with. The only games I didn’t play on this list were Minecraft Dungeons and Mario Kart Live. Animal Crossing was my life for the first 3-4 months it was released. I worked hard and put the hours in to get a 5-Star Island and I’m proud to say that I have caught every fossil and fish so far. But now that I play it maybe once or twice a week during an event, it may have lost its influence. Crash Bandicoot 4 was amazing. I’m so happy Crash came back bigger and better than ever. Paper Mario was one that I felt could go either way when it came out but I really enjoyed that game. Given Nintendos history with winning this category, I think the smart choice was to go with Animal Crossing.

Best Action/Adventure

• Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch/SIE)

• MARVEL’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games/SIE)

• Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios/Xbox Game Studios)

• Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Respawn/EA)

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE) (Our Review) [WINNER]

This is a very difficult category. We are getting to the point in these nominations where they will just hand one game a victory because they won’t win the bigger categories. I loved Jedi Fallen Order when I beat it earlier this year, but compared to the rest, it’s simply not the best. Ori I heard was amazing, but it didn’t have the same reach as the other games on this list. I think that Ghost of Tsushima surprised a lot of people and became one of the best games of the year.

Innovation in Accessibility

• Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

• Grounded (Obsidian/Xbox Game Studios)

• HyperDot (Tribe Games)

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE) [WINNER]

• Watch Dogs Legion (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)

This is such an important category. Games are better when more people can play them. Having amazing Accessibility options in game menus allows people with certain conditions to play it their way. The Last of Us Part 2 did that so damn well and it set the bar so high for other games to match them.

Best Community Support

• Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

• Destiny 2 (Bungie)

Fall Guys (Mediatonic/Devolver) [WINNER]

• Fortnite (Epic Games)

• No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

• Valorant (Riot Games)

Once again, I would love to pick Valorant here, but I think Fall Guys takes this win. Their social media presence was a BIG reason they got to the atmosphere that they were in.

Best Indie

• Carrion (Phobia Game Studio)

• Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic/Devolver)

Hades (Supergiant Games) [WINNER]

• Spelunky 2 (Mossmouth)

• Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus Games)

While I didn’t get to play many of the games on this list, I know that Hades was loved by everyone who played it. I would be SHOCKED if Hades didn’t win this award.

Best Ongoing

• Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

• Destiny 2 (Bungie)

• Call of Duty Warzone (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games) [WINNER]

Fortnite continues to get better every year (no matter what the player base thinks). They are able to grab me and others back into their game thanks to their special events like the Marvel season including the Galactus finale. Now that Kratos, Mandalorian and possibly Master Chief are coming to the game, there’s no doubt that this is the Best Ongoing Game.

Best Performance

• Ashley Johnson as Ellie, The Last of Us Part II

Laura Bailey as Abby, The Last of Us Part II [WINNER]

• Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai, Ghost of Tsushima

• Logan Cunningham as Hades, Hades

• Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

As much as I loved Miles Morales, this category is between the two female leads from The Last of Us Part 2. Ellie was the favorite going in, but people’s opinions of her changed as the game went on. Abby was hated from the moment people saw her. I like that.

Best Audio Design

• DOOM Eternal (id Software/Bethesda)

• Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)

• Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch/SIE)

• Resident Evil 3 (Capcom)

The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog/SIE) [WINNER]

Now I’m not an audiophile or anything but I feel that picking TLoU2 here is a safe choice. Not only because it’s the only game I played on this list, but because Naughty Dog is so incredible when it comes to making games that I can’t deny their talents of anything.

Best Score and Music

DOOM Eternal (Mick Gordon)

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Nobuo Uematsu, Masahi Hamauzu, Mitsuto Suzuki) [WINNER]

• Hades (Darren Korb)

• Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Gareth Coker)

• The Last of Us Part II (Gustavo Santaolala, Mac Quale)

While I would love to give it to TLoU2, I think I’ll give this one to Doom Eternal. Doom always has an amazing soundtrack and even though I haven’t played it yet, I have a good feeling that it will blow me away.

Best Art Direction

• Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)

• Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch/SIE) [WINNER]

• Hades (Supergiant Games)

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios/Xbox Game Studios)

• The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE)

Ori has to win this one. That game is art. The only other game I can see possibly contending is Hades. But I already have Ori downloaded so I’m going to head with the Xbox choice.

Best Narrative

• 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (George Kamitani)

• Final Fantasy VII Remake (Kazushige Nojima, Motomu Toriyama, Hiroki Iwaki, Sachie Hirano)

• Ghost of Tsushima (Ian Ryan, Liz Albl, Patrick Downs, Jordan Lemos)

• Hades (Greg Kasavin)

• The Last of Us Part II (Neil Druckmann, Halley Gross) [WINNER]

TLoU2 and it isn’t even a question. That game was incredible and the writing of it gave us so many emotions throughout the entire game. We are getting into the territory where you will be seeing a lot of TLoU2 in bold.

Best Game Direction:

• Final Fantasy VII Remake

• Ghost of Tsushima

• Hades

• Half-Life: Alyx

The Last of Us Part II [WINNER]

Told you! This game was a movie. Neil Druckmann, once again, proved why he is amazing at his job and it’s being recognized since he just became Co-President of Naughty Dog.

Game of the Year

• Animal Crossing: New Horizons

• Doom Eternal

• Final Fantasy VII Remake

• Ghost of Tsushima

• Hades

The Last of Us Part II [WINNER]

No surprise here. This game was easily the best game of the year. The story, the visuals and the (not so) amazing commentary afterwards by gamers everywhere makes this game worthy of this award. While it was 20 freaking hours long, it was worth every second.

While what I put above wasn’t every category, I will quickly give my uneducated opinion on who I think will win.

Games for Impact: Spiritfarer [Tell Me Why WINNER]

Best Mobile: Among Us [WINNER]

Best VR/AR: Half-Life: Alyx [WINNER]

Best Action: Doom Eternal [HADES WINNER]

Best Role Playing: Final Fantasy 7 Remake [WINNER]

Best Fighting: Under Night In-Birth [MORTAL KOMBAT 11 ULTIMATE WINNER]

Best Sim/Strategy: Microsoft Flight Simulator [WINNER]

Best Sports/Racing: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 [WINNER]

Best Debut Game: Carrion [Phasmophobia WINNER]

Best Esports Athlete: Ian Porter [SHOWMAKER WINNER]

Best Esports Team: Dallas Empire [G2 WINNER]

Best Esports Event: Call of Duty League Championship [LEAGUE OF LEGENDS WINNER]

Best Esports Host: Alex Mendez [SJOKZ WINNER]

I’m super excited for The Game Awards this year and while giving out trophies to amazing games is what the main purpose of the show is, I’m sure we will see some World Premiere game announcements to get us excited for what’s in store for us in 2021.