For the design of a game’s premise, layout, character-environment relationships, planned pacing and/or development of the interactive experience within the game, and other creative ideas that are implemented through programming, with little emphasis on the form of the environment unless it has a direct and significant impact on game play.  From 2001 to 2009, the category was simply called “Game Design”.  For 2011 only, an additional category was added for “Game Design, Classic Revival,” won by Okamiden.


2022-NAVGTR AwardsGod of War RagnarökGod of War Ragnarök
2022-NAVGTR AwardsMarvel Snap
2022-NAVGTR AwardsMultiversus
2022-NAVGTR AwardsSplatoon 3
2022-NAVGTR AwardsTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
2021-NAVGTR AwardsAge of Empires IV
2021-NAVGTR AwardsFar Cry 6
2021-NAVGTR AwardsMetroid DreadMetroid Dread
2021-NAVGTR AwardsPsychonauts 2
2021-NAVGTR AwardsSubnautica: Below Zero
2020-NAVGTR AwardsAnimal Crossing: New Horizons
2020-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed Valhalla
2020-NAVGTR AwardsHalf-Life: Alyx
2020-NAVGTR AwardsOri and the Will of the Wisps
2020-NAVGTR AwardsThe Last of Us Part IIThe Last of Us Part II
2020-NAVGTR AwardsYakuza: Like a Dragon
2019-NAVGTR AwardsFinal Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
2019-NAVGTR AwardsFire Emblem: Three Houses
2019-NAVGTR AwardsJohn Wick Hex
2019-NAVGTR AwardsTetris 99
2019-NAVGTR AwardsThe Legend of Zelda: Link’s AwakeningThe Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
2018-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed Odyssey
2018-NAVGTR AwardsGod of WarGod of War
2018-NAVGTR AwardsMarvel’s Spider-Man
2018-NAVGTR AwardsMonster Hunter: World
2018-NAVGTR AwardsRed Dead Redemption 2
2017-NAVGTR AwardsNier: Automata
2017-NAVGTR AwardsPersona 5
2017-NAVGTR AwardsSonic Mania
2017-NAVGTR AwardsSuper Mario OdysseySuper Mario Odyssey
2017-NAVGTR AwardsThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2016-NAVGTR AwardsDishonored 2DOOM
2016-NAVGTR AwardsForza Horizon 3DOOM
2016-NAVGTR AwardsUncharted 4: A Thief’s EndDOOM
2015-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed SyndicateThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2015-NAVGTR AwardsCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2015-NAVGTR AwardsFallout 4The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2015-NAVGTR AwardsMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2015-NAVGTR AwardsThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2014-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed UnityDragon Age: Inquisition
2014-NAVGTR AwardsDark Souls IIDragon Age: Inquisition
2014-NAVGTR AwardsDragon Age: InquisitionDragon Age: Inquisition
2014-NAVGTR AwardsFar Cry 4Dragon Age: Inquisition
2014-NAVGTR AwardsMetal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesDragon Age: Inquisition
2013-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed IV: Black FlagBioshock: Infinite
2013-NAVGTR AwardsBioshock: InfiniteBioshock: Infinite
2013-NAVGTR AwardsSuper Mario 3D WorldBioshock: Infinite
2013-NAVGTR AwardsXCOM: Enemy WithinBioshock: Infinite
2012-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed IIIAssassin’s Creed III
2012-NAVGTR AwardsCall of Duty: Black Ops IIAssassin’s Creed III
2012-NAVGTR AwardsFar Cry 3Assassin’s Creed III
2012-NAVGTR AwardsMass Effect 3Assassin’s Creed III
2012-NAVGTR AwardsNew Super Mario Bros. 2Assassin’s Creed III
2012-NAVGTR AwardsXCOM: Enemy UnknownAssassin’s Creed III
2012-NAVGTR AwardsZero Escape: Virtue’s Last RewardAssassin’s Creed III
2011-NAVGTR AwardsBatman: Arkham CityElder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011-NAVGTR AwardsCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011-NAVGTR AwardsElder Scrolls V: SkyrimElder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011-NAVGTR AwardsHalo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryOkamiden
2011-NAVGTR AwardsLegend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DOkamiden
2011-NAVGTR AwardsMetal Gear Solid HD CollectionOkamiden
2011-NAVGTR AwardsOkamidenOkamiden
2011-NAVGTR AwardsPortal 2Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011-NAVGTR AwardsRayman OriginsElder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011-NAVGTR AwardsThe ICO™ & Shadow of the Colossus™ Collection HDOkamiden
2010-NAVGTR AwardsAssassin’s Creed: BrotherhoodStarcraft II: Wings of Liberty
2010-NAVGTR AwardsBioshock 2Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
2010-NAVGTR AwardsRed Dead RedemptionStarcraft II: Wings of Liberty
2010-NAVGTR AwardsStarcraft II: Wings of LibertyStarcraft II: Wings of Liberty
2010-NAVGTR AwardsSuper Mario Galaxy 2Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
2009-NAVGTR AwardsBatman: Arkham AsylumBatman: Arkham Asylum
2009-NAVGTR AwardsCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Batman: Arkham Asylum
2009-NAVGTR AwardsinFamousBatman: Arkham Asylum
2009-NAVGTR AwardsLeft 4 Dead 2Batman: Arkham Asylum
2009-NAVGTR AwardsUncharted 2: Among ThievesBatman: Arkham Asylum
2008-NAVGTR AwardsLeft 4 DeadLittle Big Planet
2008-NAVGTR AwardsLittle Big PlanetLittle Big Planet
2008-NAVGTR AwardsMirror’s EdgeLittle Big Planet
2008-NAVGTR AwardsPataponLittle Big Planet
2008-NAVGTR AwardsSporeLittle Big Planet
2007-NAVGTR AwardsBioshockThe Orange Box
2007-NAVGTR AwardsCrushThe Orange Box
2007-NAVGTR AwardsMass EffectThe Orange Box
2007-NAVGTR AwardsSuper Mario GalaxyThe Orange Box
2007-NAVGTR AwardsThe Orange BoxThe Orange Box
2007-NAVGTR AwardsThe ShipThe Orange Box
2006-NAVGTR AwardsDead RisingGears of War
2006-NAVGTR AwardsFinal Fantasy XIIGears of War
2006-NAVGTR AwardsGears of WarGears of War
2006-NAVGTR AwardsNew Super Mario Bros.Gears of War
2006-NAVGTR AwardsOkamiGears of War
2005-NAVGTR AwardsNintendogsShadow of the Colossus
2005-NAVGTR AwardsResident Evil 4Shadow of the Colossus
2005-NAVGTR AwardsShadow of the ColossusShadow of the Colossus
2005-NAVGTR AwardsThe MoviesShadow of the Colossus
2005-NAVGTR AwardsWe Love KatamariShadow of the Colossus
2004-NAVGTR AwardsFableHalf-Life 2
2004-NAVGTR AwardsHalf-Life 2Half-Life 2
2004-NAVGTR AwardsKatamari DamacyHalf-Life 2
2004-NAVGTR AwardsPrince of Persia: Warrior WithinHalf-Life 2
2004-NAVGTR AwardsRome: Total WarHalf-Life 2
2004-NAVGTR AwardsThe Sims 2Half-Life 2
2003-NAVGTR AwardsBeyond Good & EvilBeyond Good & Evil
2003-NAVGTR AwardsLegend of Zelda: Wind WakerBeyond Good & Evil
2003-NAVGTR AwardsPrince of Persia: The Sands of TimeBeyond Good & Evil
2003-NAVGTR AwardsStar Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicBeyond Good & Evil
2003-NAVGTR AwardsThe Simpsons: Hit & RunBeyond Good & Evil
2002-NAVGTR AwardsAnimal CrossingGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002-NAVGTR AwardsGrand Theft Auto: Vice CityGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002-NAVGTR AwardsJames Bond 007: NightFireGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002-NAVGTR AwardsMetroid PrimeGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002-NAVGTR AwardsRatchet & ClankGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002-NAVGTR AwardsSOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALsGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2002-NAVGTR AwardsTom Clancy’s Splinter CellGrand Theft Auto: Vice City
2001-NAVGTR AwardsGrand Theft Auto IIIIco
2001-NAVGTR AwardsHaloIco
2001-NAVGTR AwardsIcoIco
2001-NAVGTR AwardsMetal Gear Solid 2Ico
2001-NAVGTR AwardsPikminIco