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(The Game Awards 2018)

The Game Awards 2018 will take place later this week with plenty of big titles fighting for the top prizes.

TokiGame review: Toki is a very unexpected arcade remake

As well as various awards, gamers can expect to see various announcements about future releases.

Unsurprisingly, Red Dead Redemption II leads the way along with God of War with eight nominations, while Fortnite has four nominations.

As well as video game categories, there will also be prizes covering eSports including best player, best team and best coach.

(The Game Awards 2018)

How to watch The Game Awards 2018

The event will start on Friday 7 December at 1.30am GMT / 8.30pm EST (Thursday 6).

It will be streamed live on various platforms – YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Live, Twitch, Steam and PlayStation.

The Game Awards 2019 nominations

Red Dead Redemption II - if only cowboys played football

Red Dead Redemption II – now with online multiplayer

Game of the Year

Assassins Creed: Odyssey [Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft]

Celeste [Matt Makes Games]

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God of War [Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Marvels Spider-Man [Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Monster Hunter: World [Capcom]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Rockstar Games]

No Man's Sky NEXT - it's also 50% off on Steam today

No Mans Sky NEXT – its also 50% off on Steam today

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken [Bungie/Activision]

Fortnite [Epic Games]

No Mans Sky [Hello Games]

Overwatch [Blizzard]

Tom Clancys Rainbow Six Siege [Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft]

(Picture: Sony)

Best Game Direction

A Way Out [Hazelight Studies/EA]

Detroit: Become Human [Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

God of War [Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Marvels Spider-Man [Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Rockstar Games]

Life Is Strange 2 - Episode 1 (PS4) - preparing for the long road ahead

Life Is Strange 2 – Episode 1 (PS4) – preparing for the long road ahead

Best Narrative

Detroit: Become Human [Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

God of War [Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 [Dotnod Entertainment/Square Enix]

Marvels Spider-Man [Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Rockstar Games]

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - it's got a lot of competition

Assassins Creed: Odyssey – a virtual holiday

Best Art Direction

Assassins Creed: Odyssey [Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft]

God of War [Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Octopath Traveler [Square Enix/Acquire/Nintendo]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Rockstar Games]

Return of the Obra Dinn [3909 LLC]

Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4) - pretty spectacular

Marvels Spider-Man – best console graphics?

Best Score/Music

Celeste [Lena Raine]

God of War [Bear McCreary]

Marvels Spider-Man [John Paesano]

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [Joe Hisaishi]

Octopath Traveler [Yasunori Nishiki]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Wood Jackson/Daniel Lanois]

Forza Horizon 4 - only on Xbox

Forza Horizon 4 – only on Xbox

Best Audio Design

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 [Treyarch/Activision]

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Forza Horizon 4 [Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios]

God of War [Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Marvels Spider-Man [Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Rockstar Games]

Detroit: Become Human (PS4) Markus wants to start a revolution

Detroit: Become Human – almost real

Best Performance

Bryan Dechart as Connor [Detroit: Become Human]

Christopher Judge as Kratos [God of War]

Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra [Assassins Creed Odyssey]

Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan [Red Dead Redemption II]

Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker [Marvels Spider-Man]

Celeste (XO) - Super Meat Girl

Celeste (XO) – Super Meat Girl

Games for Impact

11-11 Memories Retold [Digixart/Aardman Animations/BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment]

Celeste [Matt Makes Games]

Florence [Mountains]

Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 [Dotnod Entertainment/Square Enix]

The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories [White Owls / Arc System Works]

Into The Breach (NS) - the hardest strategy is to stop playing

Into The Breach (NS) – the hardest strategy is to stop playing

Best Independent Game

Celeste [Matt Makes Games]

Dead Cells [Motion Twin]

Into the Breach [Subset Games]

Return of the Obra Dinn [3909 LLC]

The Messenger [Sabotage Studio]

(Epic Games)

Best Mobile Game

Donut County [Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive]

Florence [Mountains]

Fortnite [Epic Games]

PUBG MOBILE [Lightspeed & Quantum/Tencent Games, PUBG Corporation]

Reigns: Game of Thrones [Nerial / Developer Digital]

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (PSVR) - a platform classic

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (PSVR) – a platform classic

Best VR/AR Game

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission [SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Beat Saber [Beat Games]

Firewall Zero Hour [First Contact Entertianment/Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Moss [Polyarc Games]

Tetris Effect [Resonair and Monstars Inc./Enhance, Inc.]

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout plays like Battle Royale but handles like COD

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PS4) – Treyarch have mastered Battle Royale on their first try

Best Action Game

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 [Treyarch/Activision]

Dead Cells [Motion Twin]

Destiny 2: Forsaken [Bungie/Activision]

Far Cry 5 [Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft]

Mega Man 11 [Capcom]

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (PS4) - gaming's most aggressive archaeologist

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider – better or worse than theyre saying?

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassins Creed Odyssey [Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft]

God of War [Sony Santa Monica/SIE]

Marvels Spider-Man [Insomniac Games/SIE]

Red Dead Redemption 2 [Rockstar Games]

Shadow of the Tomb Raider [Eidos Montreal/Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix]

Monster Hunter: World - will it finally be a worldwide hit?

Monster Hunter: World – how to hunt with friends

Best Role Playing Game

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age [Square Enix/Square Enix]

Monster Hunter: World [Capcom]

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [Level 5 / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment]

Octopath Traveler [Square Enix/Acquire/Nintendo]

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire [Obsidian Entertainment/Versus Evil]

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition – M. Bison has always been a pain

Best Fighting Game

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle [Arc System Works]

Dragon Ball FighterZ [Arc System Works/BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment]

Soul Calibur VI [Bandai Namco Studiso/BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment]

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition [Capcom]

Overcooked! 2 - the fun is ballooning

Overcooked! 2 – the fun is ballooning

Best Family Game

Mario Tennis Aces [Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo]

Nintendo Labo [Nintendo EPD / Nintendo]

Overcooked 2 [Ghost Town Games/Team 17]

Starlink: Battle for Atlas [Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft]

Super Mario Party [NDCube / Nintendo]

The Banner Saga 3 (PC) - the combat is good, but it's getting a bit old now

The Banner Saga 3 (PC) – the combat is good, but its getting a bit old now

Best Strategy Game

The Banner Saga 3 [Stoic Studio/Versus Evil]

BATTLETECH [Harebrained Schemes/Paradox Interactive]

Frostpunk [11 bit studios]

Into the Breach [Subset Games]

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 [Sega CS3/Sega]

(EA Sports)

Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 19 [EA Vancouver/EA Sports]

Forza Horizon 4 [Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios]

Mario Tennis Aces [Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo]

NBA 2K19 [Visual Concepts/2K Sports]

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 [PES Productions/Konami]

Sea Of Thieves - it be with them thar Twitch viewers

Sea Of Thieves – Microsofts first big hit of the year

Best Multiplayer Game

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 [Treyarch/Activision]

Destiny 2: Forsaken [Bungie/Activision]

Fortnite [Epic Games]

Monster Hunter: World [Capcom]

Sea of Thieves [Rare/Microsoft Studios]

Moss (PSVR) - Quill is such a little cutie

Moss (PSVR) – Quill is such a little cutie

Best Debut Indie Game

Donut County [Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive]

Florence [Mountains]

Moss [Polyarc Games]

The Messenger [Sabotage Studio]

Yokus Island Express [Villa Gorilla]

Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best eSports Game

CS:GO [Valve]

Dota 2 [Valve]

Fortnite (Epic Games]

League of Legends [Riot Games]

Overwatch (Blizzard]

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