Nominees Press Release

God of War Ragnarök, Elden Ring, Bayonetta 3 top NAVGTR Award nominations

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Announces Nominees for the 22nd Annual NAVGTR Awards

Baltimore (January 17, 2023) / NAVGTR CORP. – The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of 1,207 media voters and 14,528 subscribers, has announced nominees for its 22nd annual awards program honoring video game art, technology and production.

 

The NAVGTR Awards honor 57 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 6,816 talented individuals.

 

Leading all games with 24 nominations is God of War Ragnarök, developed by Santa Monica Studio.  The game now ties with The Last of Us Part II holding the record for most nominations.  Elden Ring has 12 nominations.  Bayonetta 3 received 9 nominations.  Sifu and As Dusk Falls each received 7 nods.  Receiving six nods each were Stray, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, New Tales from the Borderlands, and A Plague Tale: Requiem.

 

This year’s Game of the Year nominees are:

 

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Cursed to Golf
  • Elden Ring
  • Endling: Extinction is Forever
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Stray
  • Two Point Campus

 

The top developers this year are Santa Monica Studio, Gearbox Software, FromSoftware, Platinum Games, INTERIOR/NIGHT, Sloclap SAS, and Obsidian Entertainment.  The year’s top ten developers are all new compared to last year.  This year, Santa Monica Studio leads with 24 nominations.

 

The top publishers this year are Sony Interactive Entertainment, Nintendo, 2K Games, Bandai Namco, Xbox Game Studios, Annapurna Games, and Devolver Digital.  Maintaining their top ten status from last year are Annapurna Games, Bandai Namco, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Xbox Game Studios.

This year, Sony leads with 32 nominations.  Nintendo has 23 nominations, and 2K Games rounds out the top three with 20 nominations.  Bandai Namco and Xbox Game Studios also received more than 10 nominations.

 

For a complete list of categories and nominees, please visit https://navgtr.org. Individual nomination credits and tallies for actual persons will be updated on the nomination page by the date of the winner announcement on February 14.

 

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Complete List of Nominees

Outstanding Animation, Artistic

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ll
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
God of War Ragnarök
Pentiment
Sifu
Stray

Outstanding Animation, Technical

God of War Ragnarök
Horizon Forbidden West
MLB® The Show™ 22
NBA 2K23
New Tales from the Borderlands
Stray

Outstanding Art Direction, Contemporary

Endling: Extinction is Forever
Norco
OlliOlli World
Rainbow Six Extraction
Rollerdrome
Stray

Outstanding Art Direction, Fantasy

Bayonetta 3
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons
Horizon Forbidden West
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Total War: WARHAMMER III

Outstanding Art Direction, Period Influence

A Plague Tale: Requiem
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Elden Ring
New Tales from the Borderlands
Pentiment

Outstanding Camera Direction in a Game Engine

A Plague Tale: Requiem
God of War Ragnarök
Hindsight
NBA 2K23
Sifu

Outstanding Character Design

Bayonetta 3
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Elden Ring
Ghostwire: Tokyo
God of War Ragnarök

Outstanding Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D

Anno: Mutationem
Rogue Legacy 2
Serial Cleaners
Tunic
Vampire Survivors

Outstanding Control Design, 3D

Bayonetta 3
Elden Ring
God of War Ragnarök
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Sifu

Outstanding Control Design, VR

Bonelab
Cities VR
Moss: Book II
Samurai Slaughter House
Tentacular

Outstanding Control Precision

Bayonetta 3
Elden Ring
God of War Ragnarök
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Outstanding Costume Design

Bayonetta 3
God of War Ragnarök
Gotham Knights
Horizon Forbidden West
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Outstanding Direction in a Game Cinema

As Dusk Falls
The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me
God of War Ragnarök
Gotham Knights
New Tales from the Borderlands

Outstanding Direction in Virtual Reality

Among Us VR
Bonelab
Moss: Book II
Red Matter 2
The Twilight Zone VR

Outstanding Engineering

Dwarf Fortress
Elden Ring
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
God of War Ragnarök
Two Point Campus

Outstanding Gameplay Design, Franchise

God of War Ragnarök
Marvel Snap
Multiversus
Splatoon 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Outstanding Gameplay Design, New IP

Cult of the Lamb
Elden Ring
Grounded
Sifu
Vampire Survivors

Outstanding Game, Classic Revival

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series
Live A Live
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
Sonic Origins

Outstanding Game, Franchise Action

Bayonetta 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ll
Shovel Knight Dig
Sniper Elite 5
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Outstanding Game, Franchise Adventure

A Plague Tale: Requiem
New Tales from the Borderlands
Return to Monkey Island
We Were Here Forever

Outstanding Game, Franchise Family

Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Outstanding Game, Franchise Fighting

Capcom Fighting Collection
The King of Fighters XV
River City Girls
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
WWE 2K22

Outstanding Game, Franchise Racing

F1 22
Need for Speed Unbound
WRC Generations

Outstanding Game, Franchise Role Playing

Digimon Survive
Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Outstanding Game, Franchise Sports

Mario Strikers: Battle League
MLB® The Show™ 22
NBA 2K23
Out of the Park Baseball 23
Windjammers 2

Outstanding Game, Music or Performance-Based

Deemo II
Disney Twisted Wonderland
Metal: Hellsinger
Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
Trombone Champ

Outstanding Game, Original Action

Cult of the Lamb
Grounded
High on Life
Neon White
Rollerdrome
Vampire Survivors

Outstanding Game, Original Adventure

As Dusk Falls
Ghostwire: Tokyo
The Longest Road on Earth
Pentiment
Weird West

Outstanding Game, Original Family

Raft
Stray
Tinykin
Tunic

Outstanding Game, Original Fighting

Boomerang Fu
Dawn of the Monsters
DNF Duel
Rumbleverse
Sifu

Outstanding Game, Original Racing

Turbo Golf Racing

Outstanding Game, Original Role Playing

Elden Ring
Live A Live
Triangle Strategy
Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden
The Waylanders

Outstanding Game, Original Sports

Nock
OlliOlli World

Outstanding Game, Puzzle

Dorfromantik
Far: Changing Tides
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
Never Alone: Arctic Edition
Serial Cleaners

Outstanding Game, Simulation

Disney Dreamlight Valley
Japanese Rail Sim: Journey to Kyoto
Not For Broadcast
PowerWash Simulator
Two Point Campus

Outstanding Game, Special Class

Endling: Extinction is Forever
Marvel Snap
Needy Streamer Overload
Norco
Vermillion

Outstanding Game, Strategy

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Master of Magic
Phobies
Total War: WARHAMMER III
Victoria 3

Outstanding Graphics, Technical

Bayonetta 3
God of War Ragnarök
Horizon Forbidden West
NBA 2K23
Need for Speed Unbound
Splatoon 3

Outstanding Lighting/Texturing

Elden Ring
God of War Ragnarök
Horizon Forbidden West
Somerville
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score, Franchise

A Plague Tale: Requiem
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ll
God of War Ragnarök
Honor of Kings – Alsahraa, Karaturam
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score, New IP

As Dusk Falls
Elden Ring
Endling: Extinction is Forever
Ghostwire: Tokyo
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons

Outstanding Original Light Mix Score, Franchise

Bayonetta 3
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Serial Cleaners
The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Outstanding Original Light Mix Score, New IP

Infernax
Live A Live
Metal: Hellsinger
Stray
Triangle Strategy

Outstanding Performance in a Comedy, Lead

Evil Dead: The Game – Bruce Campbell as “Ash Williams”
High on Life – Justin Roiland as “Kenny”
Neon White – Steve Blum as “Neon White”

Outstanding Performance in a Comedy, Supporting

Bayonetta 3 – Dave Fennoy as “Rodin”
High on Life – J.B. Smoove as “Gus”
High on Life – David Herman as “Gene”
Return to Monkey Island – Jess Harnell as “LeChuck”
Return to Monkey Island – Adam Grimes as “Fishmonger”

Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Lead

A Plague Tale: Requiem – Charlotte McBurney and Robyn Wolf as “Amicia”
As Dusk Falls – Elias Toufexis as “Vince Walker”
God of War Ragnarök – Sunny Suljic as “Atreus”
God of War Ragnarök – Christopher Judge as “Kratos”
Metal: Hellsinger – Troy Baker as “Paz”

Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Supporting

As Dusk Falls – Simon Hubbard as “Big Sam”
Ghostwire: Tokyo – Asami Seto and Anne Yatco as “Mari”
God of War Ragnarök – Alastair Duncan as “Mimir”
God of War Ragnarök – Adam J. Harrington as “Sindri”
God of War Ragnarök – Richard Schiff as “Odin”

Outstanding Song Collection

Gran Turismo 7
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Metal: Hellsinger
Need for Speed Unbound
OlliOlli World

Outstanding Song, Original or Adapted

As Dusk Falls – God’s Gonna Cut You Down
As Dusk Falls – Hole in the Middle
God of War Ragnarök – Blood Upon The Snow
Metal: Hellsinger – Dissolution
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – It’s a Pizza Party

Outstanding Sound Editing in a Game Cinema

God of War Ragnarök
Honor of Kings – Starry Sky
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Sniper Elite 5
Tinykin

Outstanding Sound Effects

Elden Ring
God of War Ragnarök
Grounded
Sifu
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Outstanding Sound Mixing in Virtual Reality

Bonelab
Moss: Book II
Red Matter 2
RUINSMAGUS
The Twilight Zone VR

Outstanding Use of Sound, Franchise

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
God of War Ragnarök
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
New Tales from the Borderlands
Total War: WARHAMMER III

Outstanding Use of Sound, New IP

As Dusk Falls
The Callisto Protocol
Elden Ring
Sifu
Somerville

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy

High on Life
New Tales from the Borderlands
Not For Broadcast
Return to Monkey Island
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Outstanding Writing in a Drama

As Dusk Falls
Ghostwire: Tokyo
God of War Ragnarök
Norco
Pentiment

Outstanding Game of the Year

A Plague Tale: Requiem
Cursed to Golf
Elden Ring
Endling: Extinction is Forever
God of War Ragnarök
Stray
Two Point Campus

Nomination Totals

By Game

 

24 God of War Ragnarök

12 Elden Ring

09 Bayonetta 3

07 Sifu

07 As Dusk Falls

06 Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

06 Stray

06 New Tales from the Borderlands

06 A Plague Tale: Requiem

05 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

05 Metal: Hellsinger

05 Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

05 Horizon Forbidden West

05 High on Life

05 Ghostwire: Tokyo

05 Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

04 Return to Monkey Island

04 Pentiment

04 OlliOlli World

04 Need for Speed Unbound

04 NBA 2K23

04 Endling: Extinction is Forever

04 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

03 Vampire Survivors

03 Two Point Campus

03 Total War: WARHAMMER III

03 Serial Cleaners

03 Norco

03 Moss: Book II

03 Marvel’s Midnight Suns

03 Live A Live

03 Kirby and the Forgotten Land

03 Grounded

03 Bonelab

02 Tunic

02 Triangle Strategy

02 Tinykin

02 The Twilight Zone VR

02 The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

02 Splatoon 3

02 Somerville

02 Sniper Elite 5

02 Rollerdrome

02 Red Matter 2

02 Not For Broadcast

02 Neon White

02 MLB® The Show™ 22

02 Marvel Snap

02 Honor of Kings

02 Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons

02 Gran Turismo 7

02 Gotham Knights

02 Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

02 Cult of the Lamb

 

 

Franchise History

 

The Call of Duty series has 101 nominations to date.

God of War (2018) had 22 nominations.

The original Bayonetta had 7 nominations.

Bayonetta 2 had 2 nominations.

Since the Borderlands series began in 2009, it has earned 20 nominations.

A Plague Tale: Innocence was the most nominated game with 18 nods that year.

Cuphead won the most awards (6) in the Games of the Decade program.

The Monkey Island series has 10 nominations to date.

The Total War series has 23 nominations to date.

Warhammer games have 8 nominations to date.

 

 

 

By Developer

 

24 Santa Monica Studio

12 Gearbox Software

12 FromSoftware

09 Platinum Games

09 INTERIOR/NIGHT

07 Sloclap SAS

07 Obsidian Entertainment

06 Tribute Games Inc.

06 BlueTwelve Studio

06 Asobo Studio

05 Visual Concepts

05 Ubisoft (Milan, Paris, Montreal)

05 The Outsiders

05 Tango Gameworks

05 StudioMDHR

05 Squanch Games

05 Roll7

05 Guerrilla Games

04 Terrible Toybox

04 Square Enix

04 Infinity Ward

04 Herobeat Studios

03 Two Point Studios Ltd.

03 Stress Level Zero

03 Poncle Limited

03 Polyarc

03 Historia

03 HAL Laboratory, Inc.

03 Geography of Robots

03 Firaxis

03 Draw Distance

03 Criterion

03 Creative Assembly

 

 

By Publisher

 

32 Sony Interactive Entertainment

23 Nintendo

20 2K Games

16 Bandai Namco

12 Xbox Game Studios

09 Annapurna Games

08 Devolver Digital

07 Sloclap SAS

07 SEGA

07 DotEmu SAS

06 Gamera Game

06 Focus Entertainment

05 Ubisoft

05 StudioMDHR

05 Squanch Games

05 Private Division

05 Funcom Oslo

05 Bethesda Softworks LLC

04 Warner Bros.

04 tinyBuild

04 Square Enix

04 Raw Fury AB

04 Microsoft

04 HandyGames

04 Electronic Arts

04 Activision

03 Stress Level Zero

03 Poncle Limited

03 Polyarc

03 505 Games

02 WayForward

02 Vertical Robot

02 Tencent Games

02 Rebellion Developments Ltd.

02 Nuverse

02 NCSOFT

02 Jumpship

02 Fun Train Media

02 Finji

02 Crows Crows Crows

 

 

 

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