Games of the Decade (2010-2019) Winners

Cuphead (2017)

Washington, D.C. (December 10, 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 the winner results in all 60 categories for its second Games of the Decade (2010-2019) program honoring video game art, design, sound, and engineering.

The winner of Game of the Decade is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game beat fellow nominees God of War, Minecraft, Red Dead Redemption, and The Last of Us.

New intellectual properties accounted for the majority (53.3%, or 32 of 60) of all winners, up 6.8 points from 46.5% in the previous decade. Newer games dominated the winners as well, as only a quarter of the wins (25%, or 15 of 60) went to older games from the first half of the decade.

The games with the most wins for best of the decade in their respective categories are:

06 Cuphead
05 The Last of Us
04 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

03 Super Mario Odyssey
03 Death Stranding
03 Alien: Isolation

02 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
02 Persona 5
02 Marvel’s Spider-Man
02 Borderlands 2

Cuphead (2017) led all other games with 6 victories, winning in the following best of decade categories:

• Animation, Artistic
• Art Direction, Period Influence
• Character Design
• Control Precision
• Original Family Game
• Original Light Mix Score, New IP (a music category)

The Last of Us (2013) won five categories:

• Camera Direction in a Game Engine
• Gameplay Design, New IP
• Direction in a Game Cinema
• Lead Performance in a Drama
• Writing in a Drama

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) rounded the top three games with wins in four categories:

• Animation, Technical
• Franchise Role Playing Game
• Original Dramatic Score, Franchise
• Game of the Decade

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

NAVGTR Animation, Artistic

Cuphead – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Art Direction, Contemporary

DOOM
Gris
LIMBO
Persona 5 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

NAVGTR Art Direction, Period Influence

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Bioshock: Infinite
Cuphead – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Character Design

Bayonetta 2
Cuphead – WINNER
God of War
Overwatch
Red Dead Redemption

NAVGTR Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D

Dead Cells – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Control Design, VR

Moss
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Superhot VR – WINNER
Vader Immortal

NAVGTR Control Precision

Cuphead – WINNER
Destiny
Portal 2
Super Meat Boy
Tomb Raider

NAVGTR Costume Design

Dishonored 2
Persona 5 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Untitled Goose Game

NAVGTR Direction in a Game Cinema

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

NAVGTR Direction in Virtual Reality

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

NAVGTR Engineering

Alien: Isolation
Dreams
Marvel’s Spider-Man – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, Classic Revival

DOOM – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Red Dead Redemption
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Adventure

God of War – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Fighting

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

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Racing

Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 4 – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Sports

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

NAVGTR Game, Music or Performance-Based

Beat Saber – WINNER
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 – WINNER
The Last of Us
Titanfall

NAVGTR Game, Original Adventure

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

NAVGTR Game, Original Family

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

NAVGTR Game, Original Fighting

Arms
Awesomenauts
Brawlout
GORN
Towerfall – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, Original Racing

Blur
Dangerous Driving
Onrush
Project CARS
The Crew – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, Original Role Playing

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

NAVGTR Game, Original Sports

Golf Story
Killer Queen Black
Kinect Sports
Laser League
Rocket League – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, Puzzle

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

NAVGTR Game, Simulation

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

NAVGTR Game, Special Class

Dreams
Journey – WINNER
Monument Valley
Nintendo Labo
That Dragon, Cancer

NAVGTR Game, Strategy

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

NAVGTR Graphics, Technical

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

NAVGTR Lighting/Texturing

Alien: Isolation – WINNER
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 – WINNER
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

NAVGTR Original Dramatic Score, New IP

Alan Wake
Bloodborne
Death Stranding – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Original Light Mix Score, New IP

Child of Light
Cuphead – WINNER
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” – WINNER
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” – WINNER
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” – WINNER
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Doug Cockle as “Geralt”

NAVGTR Performance in a Drama, Supporting

Batman: Arkham Knight – Mark Hamill as “Joker” – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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” – WINNER
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 – WINNER
God of War
The Last of Us
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

NAVGTR Sound Effects

Alien: Isolation – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Use of Sound, Franchise

Alien: Isolation – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER

NAVGTR Writing in a Drama

Catherine
Persona 5
Red Dead Redemption
The Last of Us – WINNER
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) – WINNER

NAVGTR Game, eSports

Fortnite Battle Royale
Overwatch – WINNER
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” – WINNER

A shorthand view of the winners and their original years follows.

NAVGTR Animation, Artistic

Cuphead (2017)

NAVGTR Animation, Technical

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

NAVGTR Art Direction, Contemporary

Persona 5 (2017)

NAVGTR Art Direction, Fantasy

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)

NAVGTR Art Direction, Period Influence

Cuphead (2017)

NAVGTR Camera Direction in a Game Engine

The Last of Us (2013)

NAVGTR Character Design

Cuphead (2017)

NAVGTR Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D

Dead Cells (2018)

NAVGTR Control Design, 3D

Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

NAVGTR Control Design, VR

Superhot VR (2016)

NAVGTR Control Precision

Cuphead (2017)

NAVGTR Costume Design

Persona 5 (2017)

NAVGTR Gameplay Design, Franchise

Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

NAVGTR Gameplay Design, New IP

The Last of Us (2013)

NAVGTR Direction in a Game Cinema

The Last of Us (2013)

NAVGTR Direction in Virtual Reality

Moss (2018)

NAVGTR Engineering

Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018)

NAVGTR Game of the Decade

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

NAVGTR Game, Classic Revival

DOOM (2016)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Action

Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Adventure

God of War (2018)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Family

Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Fighting

Super Smash Bros. (2014)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Racing

Forza Horizon 4 (2018)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Role Playing

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

NAVGTR Game, Franchise Sports

NHL 20 (2019)

NAVGTR Game, Music or Performance-Based

Beat Saber (2018)

NAVGTR Game, Original Action

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)

NAVGTR Game, Original Adventure

Ori and the Blind Forest (2015)

NAVGTR Game, Original Family

Cuphead (2017)

NAVGTR Game, Original Fighting

Towerfall (2013)

NAVGTR Game, Original Racing

The Crew (2015)

NAVGTR Game, Original Role Playing

Undertale (2015)

NAVGTR Game, Original Sports

Rocket League (2015)

NAVGTR Game, Puzzle

Tetris Effect (2018)

NAVGTR Game, Simulation

Stardew Valley (2016)

NAVGTR Game, Special Class

Journey (2012)

NAVGTR Game, Strategy

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (2015)

NAVGTR Graphics, Technical

Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

NAVGTR Lighting/Texturing

Alien: Isolation (2014)

NAVGTR Original Dramatic Score, Franchise

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

NAVGTR Original Dramatic Score, New IP

Death Stranding (2019)

NAVGTR Original Light Mix Score, Franchise

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)

NAVGTR Original Light Mix Score, New IP

Cuphead (2017)

NAVGTR Performance in a Comedy, Lead

Borderlands 2 – David Eddings as “Claptrap” (2012)

NAVGTR Performance in a Comedy, Supporting

Borderlands 2 – Dameon Clarke as “Handsome Jack” (2012)

NAVGTR Performance in a Drama, Lead

The Last of Us – Troy Baker as “Joel” (2013)

NAVGTR Performance in a Drama, Supporting

Batman: Arkham Knight – Mark Hamill as “Joker” (2015)

NAVGTR Song Collection

Death Stranding (2019)

NAVGTR Song, Original or Adapted

Final Fantasy XV – “Stand By Me” (2016)

NAVGTR Sound Editing in a Game Cinema

Death Stranding (2019)

NAVGTR Sound Effects

Alien: Isolation (2014)

NAVGTR Sound Mixing in Virtual Reality

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (2017)

NAVGTR Use of Sound, Franchise

Alien: Isolation (2014)

NAVGTR Use of Sound, New IP

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (2017)

NAVGTR Writing in a Comedy

The Stanley Parable (2013)

NAVGTR Writing in a Drama

The Last of Us (2013)

NAVGTR Innovation in Game Play or Technology

P.T. (Playable Trailer) (2014)

NAVGTR Game, eSports

Overwatch (2016)

NAVGTR Performance in a Sports Game

NBA 2K17 – Michael B. Jordan as “Justice Young” (2016)

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