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”.


2022-NAVGTR AwardsCult of the Lamb
2022-NAVGTR AwardsElden RingElden Ring
2022-NAVGTR AwardsGrounded
2022-NAVGTR AwardsSifu
2022-NAVGTR AwardsVampire Survivors
2021-NAVGTR AwardsCyber Shadow
2021-NAVGTR AwardsDeathloopDeathloop
2021-NAVGTR AwardsIt Takes Two
2021-NAVGTR AwardsKena: Bridge of Spirits
2021-NAVGTR AwardsThe Artful Escape
2020-NAVGTR AwardsCarrion
2020-NAVGTR AwardsDeliver Us the Moon
2020-NAVGTR AwardsFall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
2020-NAVGTR AwardsGhost of TsushimaGhost of Tsushima
2020-NAVGTR AwardsHades
2020-NAVGTR AwardsLiberated
2020-NAVGTR AwardsParadise Killer
2020-NAVGTR AwardsValorant
2019-NAVGTR AwardsA Plague Tale: Innocence
2019-NAVGTR AwardsApex Legends
2019-NAVGTR AwardsBaba is You
2019-NAVGTR AwardsDisco Elysium
2019-NAVGTR AwardsUntitled Goose GameUntitled Goose Game
2018-NAVGTR Awards39 Days to Mars
2018-NAVGTR AwardsDetroit: Become Human
2018-NAVGTR AwardsHollow KnightHollow Knight
2018-NAVGTR AwardsInto the Breach
2018-NAVGTR AwardsSea of Thieves
2017-NAVGTR AwardsFriday the 13th: The Game
2017-NAVGTR AwardsGorogoa
2017-NAVGTR AwardsHellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
2017-NAVGTR AwardsHorizon Zero DawnHorizon Zero Dawn
2017-NAVGTR AwardsLittle Nightmares
2017-NAVGTR AwardsWhat Remains of Edith Finch
2016-NAVGTR AwardsDead by DaylightThe Last Guardian
2016-NAVGTR AwardsInsideThe Last Guardian
2016-NAVGTR AwardsOverwatchThe Last Guardian
2016-NAVGTR AwardsRepubliqueThe Last Guardian
2016-NAVGTR AwardsThe Last GuardianThe Last Guardian
2015-NAVGTR AwardsBloodborneSplatoon
2015-NAVGTR AwardsLife is StrangeSplatoon
2015-NAVGTR AwardsPillars of EternitySplatoon
2015-NAVGTR AwardsSplatoonSplatoon
2015-NAVGTR AwardsUndertaleSplatoon
2014-NAVGTR AwardsDestinyThis War of Mine
2014-NAVGTR AwardsMonument ValleyThis War of Mine
2014-NAVGTR AwardsSuper Time ForceThis War of Mine
2014-NAVGTR AwardsThis War of MineThis War of Mine
2014-NAVGTR AwardsTransistorThis War of Mine
2013-NAVGTR AwardsAntichamberThe Last of Us
2013-NAVGTR AwardsThe CaveThe Last of Us
2013-NAVGTR AwardsThe Last of UsThe Last of Us
2013-NAVGTR AwardsThe Stanley ParableThe Last of Us
2013-NAVGTR AwardsThe Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 – FaithThe Last of Us
2012-NAVGTR AwardsDishonoredDishonored
2012-NAVGTR AwardsDokuroDishonored
2012-NAVGTR AwardsFezDishonored
2012-NAVGTR AwardsJourneyDishonored
2012-NAVGTR AwardsMark of the NinjaDishonored
2012-NAVGTR AwardsSound ShapesDishonored
2012-NAVGTR AwardsXenoblade ChroniclesDishonored
2011-NAVGTR AwardsBastionSpacechem
2011-NAVGTR AwardsFrom DustSpacechem
2011-NAVGTR AwardsFrozen SynapseSpacechem
2011-NAVGTR AwardsSolatorobo: Red the HunterSpacechem
2011-NAVGTR AwardsSpacechemSpacechem
2010-NAVGTR AwardsDisney Epic MickeyHeavy Rain
2010-NAVGTR AwardsHeavy RainHeavy Rain
2010-NAVGTR AwardsLIMBOHeavy Rain
2010-NAVGTR AwardsSuper Meat BoyHeavy Rain
2010-NAVGTR AwardsVanquishHeavy Rain
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