Games of the Decade (2010-2019) Nominees

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2020) / NAVGTR CORP. – The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of 978 media voters and 11,700 subscribers, has announced nominees for its second Games of the Decade (2010-2019) program honoring video game art, technology, and production.

The nominees for Game of the Decade are:

• God of War
• Minecraft
• Red Dead Redemption
• The Last of Us
• The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Winners in 60 categories will be announced December 10, 2020.

Decade Leaders

Winners from the past ten years of its annual program were sent to voters to narrow down to five nominees per category. God of War leads the franchise totals, and The Last of Us leads the totals for new intellectual property (new in its time). Cuphead leads the totals for the decade’s stand-alone single games. Overall, the top performers of the decade are:

14 God of War
13 The Last of Us
12 Witcher series
10 Uncharted series
08 Super Mario franchise

06 Cuphead
06 Red Dead series
06 Zelda franchise

05 Bioshock: Infinite
05 Death Stranding
05 Forza franchise
05 Horizon Zero Dawn
05 Persona 5
05 Resident Evil series

04 Alien: Isolation
04 Batman franchise
04 Borderlands franchise
04 Star Wars franchise
04 Tomb Raider franchise

03 A Plague Tale: Innocence
03 Destiny
03 DOOM
03 Portal 2
03 South Park: The Stick of Truth
03 Super Meat Boy
03 Super Smash Bros.
03 The Last Guardian
03 Untitled Goose Game

Surprises

Despite 15 wins in the past decade, the Assassin’s Creed franchise failed to make the final five in any category for this particular decade. Of those that had 3 or more wins in the decade, other games and series that also went empty-handed were Call of Duty, Detroit: Become Human, Dragon Age, Far Cry, Firewatch, Heavy Rain, Just Dance, Ni No Kuni, and Street Fighter. Also notably missing was Skyrim, which had 2 wins. Many franchises, however, did score nominations in the previous decade.

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The final nominees for the decade (2010-2019) are:

NAVGTR Animation, Artistic

Cuphead
God of War
Journey
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Last Guardian

NAVGTR Animation, Technical

Control
Horizon Zero Dawn
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Art Direction, Contemporary

DOOM
Gris
LIMBO
Persona 5
The Last of Us

NAVGTR Art Direction, Fantasy

Alice: Madness Returns
God of War
The Last Guardian
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Art Direction, Period Influence

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Bioshock: Infinite
Cuphead
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

NAVGTR Camera Direction in a Game Engine

Dead Space 2
God of War
Inside
Max Payne 3
The Last of Us

NAVGTR Character Design

Bayonetta 2
Cuphead
God of War
Overwatch
Red Dead Redemption

NAVGTR Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D

Dead Cells
Super Mario Maker
Super Meat Boy
Super Smash Bros.
The Messenger

NAVGTR Control Design, 3D

Batman: Arkham City
God of War
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Splatoon
Super Mario Odyssey

NAVGTR Control Design, VR

Moss
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Superhot VR
Vader Immortal

NAVGTR Control Precision

Cuphead
Destiny
Portal 2
Super Meat Boy
Tomb Raider

NAVGTR Costume Design

Dishonored 2
Persona 5
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Gameplay Design, Franchise

Bioshock: Infinite
God of War
Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Gameplay Design, New IP

Hollow Knight
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us
Untitled Goose Game

NAVGTR Direction in a Game Cinema

God of War
Persona 5
The Last of Us
The Wolf Among Us
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Direction in Virtual Reality

Batman: Arkham VR
Moss
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Vader Immortal

NAVGTR Engineering

Alien: Isolation
Dreams
Marvel’s Spider-Man
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Game of the Decade

God of War
Minecraft
Red Dead Redemption
The Last of Us
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Game, Classic Revival

DOOM
Resident Evil 2
Shadow of the Colossus
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Action

DOOM
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Red Dead Redemption
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Adventure

God of War
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Family

Lego Batman 3
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Odyssey

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Fighting

Dragon Ball FighterZ
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Mortal Kombat X
Super Smash Bros.

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Racing

Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Motorsport 7
Mario Kart 8
Motorstorm: Apocalypse

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Role Playing

Final Fantasy XV
Mass Effect 2
Persona 5
South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Sports

FIFA 17
Madden NFL 11
NBA 2K16
NHL 20
Super Mega Baseball 2

NAVGTR Game, Music or Performance-Based

Beat Saber
Cadence of Hyrule
Crypt of the Necrodancer
Dance Central 3
Rock Band 3

NAVGTR Game, Original Action

Bloodborne
Horizon Zero Dawn
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The Last of Us
Titanfall

NAVGTR Game, Original Adventure

A Plague Tale: Innocence
L.A. Noire
Ori and the Blind Forest
The Walking Dead
What Remains of Edith Finch

NAVGTR Game, Original Family

Cuphead
Disney Epic Mickey
Splatoon
The Flame in the Flood
Yoku’s Island Express

NAVGTR Game, Original Fighting

Arms
Awesomenauts
Brawlout
GORN
Towerfall

NAVGTR Game, Original Racing

Blur
Dangerous Driving
Onrush
Project CARS
The Crew

NAVGTR Game, Original Role Playing

Bastion
Dragon’s Crown
Dragon’s Dogma
The Outer Worlds
Undertale

NAVGTR Game, Original Sports

Golf Story
Killer Queen Black
Kinect Sports
Laser League
Rocket League

NAVGTR Game, Puzzle

Her Story
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Tetris Effect
The Witness
Untitled Goose Game

NAVGTR Game, Simulation

Jurassic World Evolution
Kerbal Space Program
Planet Zoo
Stardew Valley
The Sims 4

NAVGTR Game, Special Class

Dreams
Journey
Monument Valley
Nintendo Labo
That Dragon, Cancer

NAVGTR Game, Strategy

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

NAVGTR Graphics, Technical

Control
God of War
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Last of Us
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Lighting/Texturing

Alien: Isolation
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Last of Us
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
What Remains of Edith Finch

NAVGTR Original Dramatic Score, Franchise

God of War
Kingdom Hearts III
Nier: Automata
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

NAVGTR Original Dramatic Score, New IP

Alan Wake
Bloodborne
Death Stranding
Destiny
The Last of Us

NAVGTR Original Light Mix Score, Franchise

Bayonetta 2
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tetris Effect
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

NAVGTR Original Light Mix Score, New IP

Child of Light
Cuphead
Life is Strange
Octopath Traveler
Super Meat Boy

NAVGTR Performance in a Comedy, Lead

Bastion – Logan Cunningham as “Rucks”
Borderlands 2 – David Eddings as “Claptrap”
Broken Age: Act I – Elijah Wood as “Shay”
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Christopher Lloyd as “King Graham”
The Stanley Parable – Kevan Brighting as “Narrator”

NAVGTR Performance in a Comedy, Supporting

Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Paul Reubens as “Bat-Mite”
Borderlands 2 – Dameon Clarke as “Handsome Jack”
Guardians of the Galaxy – Adam Harrington as “Groot”
South Park: The Stick of Truth – Trey Parker as “Various”
Tales from the Borderlands – Erin Yvette as “Sasha”

NAVGTR Performance in a Drama, Lead

A Plague Tale: Innocence – Charlotte McBurney as “Amicia”
God of War – Christopher Judge as “Kratos”
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Melina Juergens as “Senua”
The Last of Us – Troy Baker as “Joel”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Doug Cockle as “Geralt”

NAVGTR Performance in a Drama, Supporting

Batman: Arkham Knight – Mark Hamill as “Joker”
Bioshock Infinite – Courtnee Draper as “Elizabeth”
Catherine – Michelle Ruff as “Katherine McBride”
Death Stranding – Mads Mikkelsen as “Cliff”
The Walking Dead – Melissa Hutchison as “Clementine”

NAVGTR Song Collection

Bioshock: Infinite
Death Stranding
Forza Horizon 4
Lumines Electronic Symphony
Rock Band 4

NAVGTR Song, Original or Adapted

Death Stranding – “BB’s Theme”
Final Fantasy XV – “Stand By Me”
Life is Strange – “To All of You”
Portal 2 – “Want You Gone”
Super Mario Odyssey – “Jump Up, Super Star!”

NAVGTR Sound Editing in a Game Cinema

Death Stranding
God of War
The Last of Us
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Sound Effects

Alien: Isolation
God of War
Portal 2
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Star Wars Battlefront

NAVGTR Sound Mixing in Virtual Reality

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Adr1ft
Beat Saber
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

NAVGTR Use of Sound, Franchise

Alien: Isolation
Bioshock: Infinite
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Star Wars Battlefront
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Use of Sound, New IP

Crypt of the Necrodancer
Destiny
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
The Last of Us
Untitled Goose Game

NAVGTR Writing in a Comedy

Night in the Woods
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Tales from the Borderlands
The Outer Worlds
The Stanley Parable

NAVGTR Writing in a Drama

Catherine
Persona 5
Red Dead Redemption
The Last of Us
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Innovation in Game Play or Technology

Horizon Zero Dawn
HTC Vive
L.A. Noire
Oculus Rift Development Kit
P.T. (Playable Trailer)

NAVGTR Game, eSports

Fortnite Battle Royale
Overwatch
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

NAVGTR Performance in a Sports Game

FIFA 19 – Adetomiwa Edun
Forza Motorsport 7 – Josef Newgarden
NBA 2K17 – Michael B. Jordan as “Justice Young”

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