Nominee List for 2018

God of War Leads NAVGTR Nominees with Record 22 Nominations

Baltimore (February 11, 2019) / NAVGTR CORP. – The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of 1,100 media voters and 8,895 subscribers, has announced nominees for its 18th annual awards program honoring video game art, technology and production.

The NAVGTR Awards honor 59 competitive categories recognizing achievement in animation, art direction, character design, controls, game design, game engineering, musical score, sound effects, writing, and more. Since its inception, the academy has recognized over 3,600 talented individuals.

Leading all games with a record 22 nominations is God of War, followed closely behind by Marvel’s Spider-Man with 21. Dead Cells earned the highest number of nominations for an independent title with five. This year’s Game of the Year nominees include:

• Celeste
• God of War
• Marvel’s Spider-Man
• Monster Hunter: World
• Red Dead Redemption 2
• Subnautica
• Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Winners will be announced March 13th, as well as represented at the War of Awards ceremony at this year’s PAX East.

“We have strong contenders for this year’s NAVGTR awards, including record-setting nominations by God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man,” said Thomas Allen, Executive Director at NAVGTR Corp. “It can be anyone’s day as there are a bevy of other amazing titles in the mix, such as Detroit: Become Human and Red Dead Redemption 2. We can’t wait to see which games come out on top.”

NAVGTR strongly supports the IGDA Developer Credit special interest group (SIG) at http://igda.org/devcredit to improve crediting practices, making award attributions possible for individuals.

All titles, characters, likenesses, and indicia are copyrights or trademarks of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

To learn more about the NAVGTR Awards please visit http://navgtr.org/.

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2018-NAVGTR Awards

Game of the Year

Celeste
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Monster Hunter: World
Red Dead Redemption 2
Subnautica
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Animation, Artistic

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
God of War
Gris
Marvel’s Spider-Man

Animation, Technical

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Yakuza Kiwami 2

Art Direction, Contemporary

Detroit: Become Human
Far Cry 5
Gris
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Art Direction, Fantasy

Dead Cells
God of War
Hollow Knight
Octopath Traveler
Shadow of the Colossus

Art Direction, Period Influence

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The Banner Saga 3
Red Dead Redemption 2
Strange Brigade
We Happy Few

Camera Direction in a Game Engine

A Way Out
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Character Design

Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Hollow Knight
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Monster Hunter: World

Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D

Celeste
Dead Cells
Guacamelee 2
NBA Live 19
Overcooked 2

Control Design, 3D

Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Hitman 2
Just Cause 4
Marvel’s Spider-Man

Control Design, VR

Arca’s Path
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Firewall Zero Hour
Moss
The Inpatient

Control Precision

Celeste
Dead Cells
Forza Horizon 4
God of War
NBA Live 19

Costume Design

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Design, Franchise

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Monster Hunter: World
Red Dead Redemption 2

Design, New IP

39 Days to Mars
Detroit: Become Human
Hollow Knight
Into the Breach
Sea of Thieves

Direction in a Game Cinema

Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Lego DC Super-Villains
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Direction in Virtual Reality

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Firewall Zero Hour
The Inpatient
Moss
Torn

Engineering

Detroit: Become Human
Fortnite Battle Royale
Forza Horizon 4
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man

Game, Classic Revival

de Blob
Pokemon: Let’s Go
Shadow of the Colossus
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Yakuza Kiwami 2

Game, eSports

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Fortnite Battle Royale
Overwatch
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Game, Franchise Action

Battlefield V
Far Cry 5
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
Guacamelee 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man

Game, Franchise Adventure

God of War
Hitman 2
Just Cause 4
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

Game, Franchise Family

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Detective Pikachu
Lego DC Super-Villains
Overcooked 2
Super Mario Party

Game, Franchise Fighting

Dragon Ball FighterZ
Soul Calibur VI
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
UFC 3

Game, Franchise Racing

F1 2018
Forza Horizon 4
NASCAR Heat 3
The Crew 2

Game, Franchise Role Playing

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
Valkyria Chronicles 4
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Game, Franchise Sports

FIFA 19
Mario Tennis Aces
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Super Mega Baseball 2
The Golf Club 2019

Game, Music or Performance-Based

Beat Saber
Floor Kids
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

Game, Original Action

A Way Out
Below
Dead Cells
Hollow Knight
Sea of Thieves

Game, Original Adventure

Detroit: Become Human
Florence
Light Fall
Strange Brigade
The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Game, Original Family

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Minit
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Wandersong
Yoku’s Island Express

Game, Original Fighting

Brawlout
Fighting EX Layer
Way of the Passive Fist

Game, Original Racing

Desert Child
Onrush
Wreckfest

Game, Original Role Playing

Ashen
Octopath Traveler
Vampyr

Game, Original Sports

Laser League
Regular Human Basketball
Sports Party

Game, Puzzle

39 Days to Mars
Far: Lone Sails
Return of the Obra Dinn
Tetris Effect
Unravel Two

Game, Simulation

Frostpunk
House Flipper
Jurassic World Evolution
Two Point Hospital

Game, Special Class

Florence
Knowledge is Power: Decades
Nintendo Labo
Shadow’s Edge
The Jackbox Party Pack 5

Game, Strategy

Artifact
BattleTech
Into the Breach
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
The Banner Saga 3

Graphics, Technical

Detroit: Become Human
Forza Horizon 4
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Tetris Effect

Lighting/Texturing

Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Original Dramatic Score, Franchise

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Original Dramatic Score, New IP

A Way Out
Dauntless
Detroit: Become Human
Kingdom Craft
Vampyr

Original Light Mix Score, Franchise

Forza Horizon 4
Mega Man 11
Red Dead Redemption 2
Tetris Effect
Valkyria Chronicles 4

Original Light Mix Score, New IP

Ashen
Dead Cells
Gris
Into the Breach
Octopath Traveler

Performance in a Comedy, Lead

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion – Jeremy Shada as “Finn”
Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion – John DiMaggio as “Jake”
STONE – Ethan Watson as “Stone”

Performance in a Comedy, Supporting

Lego DC Super-Villains – Tara Strong as “Harley Quinn”
STONE – Nicholas Richards as “Les”
STONE – Noelle Faulkner as “Cockie”

Performance in a Drama, Lead

Detroit: Become Human – Valorie Curry as “Kara”
God of War – Christopher Judge as “Kratos”
God of War – Sunny Suljic as “Atreus”
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Yuri Lowenthal as “Peter”
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Roger Clark as “Arthur”

Performance in a Drama, Supporting

Detroit: Become Human – Clancy Brown as “Hank”
God of War – Jeremy Davies as “The Stranger”
Marvel’s Spider-Man – Laura Bailey as “Mary Jane”
Marvel’s Spider-Man – William Salyers as “Otto”
Red Dead Redemption 2 – Alex McKenna as “Sadie”

Performance in a Sports Game

FIFA 19 – Adetomiwa Edun
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 – Peter Drury and Jim Beglin
UFC 3 – Jon Anik

Song Collection

Desert Child
Forza Horizon 4
NBA 2K19
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
STONE

Song, Original or Adapted

Battle through the Heaven – “Waiting”
Desert Child – “Love is Here”
Far Cry 5 – “Help Me Faith”
The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories – “The Missing”
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – “White Rider”

Sound Editing in a Game Cinema

Attack on Titan 2
Detroit: Become Human
Forza Horizon 4
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man

Sound Effects

God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Subnautica

Sound Mixing in Virtual Reality

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Firewall Zero Hour
Moss
The Inpatient

Use of Sound, Franchise

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Battlefield V
God of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Use of Sound, New IP

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Detroit: Become Human
Light Fall
Vampyr
We Happy Few

Writing in a Comedy

39 Days to Mars
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
Lego DC Super-Villains
Pit People
The Jackbox Party Pack 5

Writing in a Drama

A Way Out
Batman: The Enemy Within
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Remothered: Tormented Fathers
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

TALLY BY GAME

22 God of War (NEW RECORD)
21 Marvel’s Spider-Man
16 Detroit: Become Human
12 Red Dead Redemption 2
07 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
07 Forza Horizon 4
07 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
06 ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
05 Dead Cells
04 STONE
04 Lego DC Super-Villains
04 Hollow Knight
04 A Way Out
03 Vampyr
03 The Inpatient
03 Tetris Effect
03 Octopath Traveler
03 Moss
03 Monster Hunter: World
03 Into the Breach
03 Gris
03 Firewall Zero Hour
03 Far Cry 5
03 Desert Child
03 Celeste
03 39 Days to Mars

TALLY BY DEVELOPER

28 Sony Interactive Entertainment
22 Insomniac Games, Inc.
16 Quantic Dream SA
12 Ubisoft
12 Rockstar
08 Electronic Arts/EA
07 Playground Games Ltd
07 Eidos Montreal
05 Motion Twin
04 Travellers Tales
04 Team Cherry
04 SEGA
04 Hazelight Studios AB
04 DONTNOD Entertainment
04 Convict Games
04 Capcom
03 Supermassive Games Ltd.
03 Subset Games
03 Square Enix Co. Ltd.
03 Resonair Inc.
03 Polyarc, Inc.
03 Oscar Brittain
03 Nomada Studio
03 Monstars Inc.
03 It’s Anecdotal
03 First Contact Entertainment, Inc.
03 BANDAI NAMCO
03 Acquire Corp.
03 Blizzard Entertainment
03 Matt Makes Games

TALLY BY PUBLISHER

74 Sony Interactive Entertainment
13 Ubisoft
13 Electronic Arts
12 Square Enix
12 Rockstar
09 Nintendo
09 Microsoft Studios
08 SEGA
06 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.
05 Motion Twin
04 Team Cherry
04 Devolver Digital
04 Convict Games
04 Capcom
04 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
03 Team17 Digital Limited
03 Subset Games
03 Rebellion Developments Ltd.
03 Polyarc, Inc.
03 Matt Makes Games Inc.
03 It’s Anecdotal
03 Focus Home Interactive SAS
03 Enhance Games
03 Blizzard Entertainment
03 Annapurna Interactive
03 Akupara Games, LLC

Contact:
Thomas J. Allen
tallen at navgtr dot org
301-437-7880

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