The Gaming Awards - the "Oscar" of the world of computer and video games - took place yesterday (between Thursday and Friday) at a glittering event in Los Angeles where the best titles of the past year were determined, and alongside the predictable victories, there were also quite a few surprises and disappointments.
The big winner of the evening was undoubtedly the role-playing game "Baldur's Gate 3", which picked up the titles of Game of the Year, Role-playing Game of the Year, Best Multiplayer Game, and the Supportive Community and Audience Choice awards, among others.
The big winner of the evening: Baldur's Gate 3 // Photo: Studio Larian
The anticipation for BG3 was particularly long and great, as the first two episodes in the series, released in 1998 and 2000, are still considered two of the best RPGs of all time. It turns out that the new episode, which unexpectedly launched tonight on Xbox as well, continues the glorious tradition.
Even the somewhat stressful adventure pawn, "Alan Wake 2," did not shame the legacy of its predecessor and returned home with the awards for Best Director, Best Narrative and Best Art Design.
Alan Wake 2: did not shy away from the glorious legacy of its predecessors, photo: from the game
Other significant winners were "Street Fighter 6", which received the best fighting game, "Forza Motorsport", which crossed the finish line as the best sports/racing game and also won the accessibility award, "Pikmin 4" is the best strategy simulator/game and of course "Super Mario Bros. Wonder" won the best family game.
"The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" won Best Action-Adventure Game, "Armored Core VI" received Best Action Game, "Sea of Stars" was the better indie game, and "Honkai: Star Rail" was the best mobile game.
Baldur's Gate 3: What else is there to say that hasn't been said about this game?, Photo: Larian Studio
When it comes to the accompanying awards (if you can call it that), "Final Fantasy XVI" won Best Music and Score, while the TV series "The Last of Us" received the award for Best Game Adaptation of a Series or Movie.
The main and surprising disappointment: the spider man
Congratulations to all the winners, but it is impossible to ignore the main disappointment of the evening: "Marvel's Spider-Man 2", Sony's exclusive flagship game for the PlayStation 5, was nominated for seven awards, but astonishingly did not win a single one.
Spider-Man 2: There's a reason Peter Parker looks so sad. Disappointment, photo: from the game
The truth is that we also felt that something was missing from him, but in our opinion he could at least receive the directing or narrative award and take comfort in it.
Some might also say that Super Mario Bros.: The Movie, which broke the box office earlier this year and received excellent reviews, should have won the adaptation award, but HBO's zombie saga left the mustachioed Italian plumber with the Pompa in hand. Shock in the mushroom kingdom.
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