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It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios) Leads with 19 NAVGTR Nominations

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Announces Nominees for the 21st Annual NAVGTR Awards

Baltimore (January 18, 2022) / NAVGTR CORP. – The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of 1,200 media voters and 13,200 subscribers, has announced nominees for its 21st 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 5,580 talented individuals.

 

Leading all games with 19 nominations is It Takes Two, developed by Hazelight Studios.  Close behind are Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Far Cry 6, tied with 14 nods each.  Psychonauts 2 received 10 nominations, and The Artful Escape rounds out the top five most-nominated with 9 nominations.  Little Nightmares II crept in with 8 nominations, as did Kena: Bridge of Spirits. 

 

This year’s Game of the Year nominees are:

 

  • Deathloop
  • Far Cry 6
  • It Takes Two
  • Metroid Dread
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

 

The top developers this year are Ubisoft, Hazelight Studios, Insomniac Games, Double Fine Productions, and Bandai Namco.  Ubisoft and Insomniac were also in the top five last year.  This year, Ubisoft leads with 21 nominations. 

 

The top publishers this year are Electronic Arts, Bandai Namco, Xbox Game Studios, Ubisoft, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.  The last two were also in the top five last year.  This year, Electronic Arts leads with 27 nominations.  Square Enix, Annapurna Interactive, Nintendo, and Capcom also received more than 10 nominations. 

 

For a complete list of categories and nominees, please visit https://navgtr.org. Winners will be announced February 28. 

 

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About NAVGTR CORP.

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The general voting body of reviewers, journalists, analysts, YouTubers, Twitch streamers, content creators, and writers includes contributors for Bitmob, CBS Interactive, Destructoid, EGM Now, Game Informer, Game Trailers, GamesIndustry.biz, Gamespot, Gamezone, IGN, Kotaku, Machinima, Mashable, Massively, MSNBC, Polygon, Retroware, The Koalition, Ten Ton Hammer, and Venture Beat.

 

Additional varied outlets include CNN, Futurenet, GamesRadar, Los Angeles Times, Moody’s, NBC, Nintendo World Report, PC Gamer, San Jose Mercury-News, Twinfinite, USA Today, Wired News, and hundreds more.

 

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Complete List of Nominees

Outstanding Animation, Artistic

Ghosts ‘N Goblins Resurrection
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Sable

Outstanding Animation, Technical

It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Scarlet Nexus

Outstanding Art Direction, Contemporary

Deathloop
Far Cry 6
It Takes Two
Sable
Subnautica: Below Zero
Unsighted

Outstanding Art Direction, Fantasy

The Artful Escape
Ghosts ‘N Goblins Resurrection
No More Heroes III
Persona 5 Strikers
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Art Direction, Period Influence

Bright Memory: Infinite
Devotion
The Good Life
The Medium
Tales of Arise

Outstanding Camera Direction in a Game Engine

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Life is Strange: True Colors
Little Nightmares II
Riders Republic
Scarlet Nexus

Outstanding Character Design

Biomutant
Deathloop
Far Cry 6
Little Nightmares II
Psychonauts 2
Scarlet Nexus

Outstanding Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D

Before Your Eyes
Cyber Shadow
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
Little Nightmares II
Metroid Dread

Outstanding Control Design, 3D

Battlefield 2042
Halo Infinite
Hitman 3
It Takes Two
Psychonauts 2

Outstanding Control Design, VR

Eye of the Temple
I Expect You To Die 2
Jurassic World Aftermath Part 2
Resident Evil 4 VR
Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia

Outstanding Control Precision

Battlefield 2042
Ghosts ‘N Goblins Resurrection
Halo Infinite
It Takes Two
Metroid Dread

Outstanding Costume Design

The Artful Escape
Monster Hunter Rise
Persona 5 Strikers
Scarlet Nexus
Tales of Arise

Outstanding Direction in a Game Cinema

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Far Cry 6
It Takes Two
Lost Judgment
Resident Evil Village

Outstanding Direction in Virtual Reality

I Expect You To Die 2
Jurassic World Aftermath Part 2
Lone Echo 2
Resident Evil 4 VR
Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife

Outstanding Engineering

Age of Empires IV
It Takes Two
Loop Hero
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Riders Republic
Subnautica: Below Zero

Outstanding Gameplay Design, Franchise

Age of Empires IV
Far Cry 6
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Subnautica: Below Zero

Outstanding Gameplay Design, New IP

The Artful Escape
Cyber Shadow
Deathloop
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Outstanding Game, Classic Revival

Alan Wake Remastered
Diablo II: Resurrected
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Outstanding Game, Franchise Action

Call of Duty: Vanguard
Far Cry 6
Halo Infinite
Metroid Dread
Resident Evil Village

Outstanding Game, Franchise Adventure

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Hitman 3
Life is Strange: True Colors
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

Outstanding Game, Franchise Family

Bowser’s Fury
Pac-Man 99
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
WarioWare: Get it Together!

Outstanding Game, Franchise Fighting

Guilty Gear Strive
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Pokemon Unite
Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Outstanding Game, Franchise Racing

Dangerous Driving 2
F1 2021
Forza Horizon 5
Hot Wheels Unleashed
WRC 10

Outstanding Game, Franchise Role Playing

Bravely Default II
Neo: The World Ends With You
Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139
Shin Megami Tensei V
Tales of Arise

Outstanding Game, Franchise Sports

Madden NFL 22
Mario Golf: Super Rush
MLB The Show 21
NHL 22
Out of the Park Baseball 22

Outstanding Game, Music or Performance-Based

Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield
Everhood
Just Dance 2022

Outstanding Game, Original Action

Back 4 Blood
Bright Memory: Infinite
Cyber Shadow
It Takes Two
Outriders

Outstanding Game, Original Adventure

Death’s Door
Devotion
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
The Medium
Mundaun

Outstanding Game, Original Family

The Artful Escape
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Hoa
Knockout City
Lost in Random

Outstanding Game, Original Fighting

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions
RetroMania Wrestling

Outstanding Game, Original Racing

Circuit Superstars
Destruction AllStars
RiMS Racing

Outstanding Game, Original Role Playing

Cris Tales
Curse of the Dead Gods
The Forgotten City
The Good Life
Scarlet Nexus

Outstanding Game, Original Sports

Clap Hanz Golf
Dodgeball Academia
Riders Republic
Skatebird

Outstanding Game, Puzzle

Escape Simulator
I Expect You To Die 2
Little Nightmares II
Maquette
TOEM
Unpacking

Outstanding Game, Simulation

Farming Simulator 22
Hotel Magnate
Jurassic World Evolution 2
New Pokemon Snap
Starbase

Outstanding Game, Special Class

Boyfriend Dungeon
Inscryption
Loop Hero
Subnautica: Below Zero
Twelve Minutes

Outstanding Game, Strategy

Age of Empires IV
Buildings Have Feelings Too!
Demeo
Dice Legacy
Stronghold: Warlords

Outstanding Graphics, Technical

Bowser’s Fury
Far Cry 6
Halo Infinite
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Lighting/Texturing

Call of Duty: Vanguard
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Hoa
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Little Nightmares II

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score, Franchise

Far Cry 6
Halo Infinite
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Original Dramatic Score, New IP

Bright Memory: Infinite
Eldest Souls
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
The Good Life
Honor of Kings
The Medium

Outstanding Original Light Mix Score, Franchise

Life is Strange: True Colors
Little Nightmares II
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Persona 5 Strikers
Psychonauts 2

Outstanding Original Light Mix Score, New IP

The Artful Escape
Deathloop
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Scarlet Nexus

Outstanding Performance in a Comedy, Lead

The Artful Escape – Michael Johnston as “Francis Vendetti”
It Takes Two – Joseph Balderrama as “Cody”
It Takes Two – Annabelle Dowler as “May”
Psychonauts 2 – Richard Horvitz as “Raz”
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Jennifer Hale as “Rivet”

Outstanding Performance in a Comedy, Supporting

It Takes Two – Joseph Balderrama as “Dr. Hakim”
It Takes Two – Grahame Fox as “Squirrel Chief”
Psychonauts 2 – Jack Black as “Helmut Fullbear”
Psychonauts 2 – Nikki Rapp as “Lili Zanotto”
Psychonauts 2 – Grace Kaufman as “Lizzie”

Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Lead

Before Your Eyes – Eric Edelstein as “Richard”
Deathloop – Jason E. Kelley as “Colt Vahn”
Deathloop – Ozioma Akagha as “Julianna Blake”
Far Cry 6 – Giancarlo Esposito as “Antón Castillo”
Life is Strange: True Colors – Erika Mori as “Alex Chen”

Outstanding Performance in a Drama, Supporting

Before Your Eyes – Stephen Friedrich as “Ferryman”
Far Cry 6 – Anthony Gonzalez as “Diego Castillo”
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Sam Cavallaro as “Saiya”
Resident Evil Village – Maggie Robertson as “Lady Alcina Dimitrescu”
Twelve Minutes – Willem Dafoe as “Father”

Outstanding Song Collection

The Artful Escape
Far Cry 6
Just Dance 2022
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Riders Republic

Outstanding Song, Original or Adapted

The Good Life – “The Good Life”
League of Legends – “Burn It All Down”
Life is Strange: True Colors – “Broken Answerphone”
The Medium – “Voices”
Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139 – “Ashes of Dreams”
Psychonauts 2 – “Cosmic I/Smell the Universe”
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – “Join Me at the Top”

Outstanding Sound Editing in a Game Cinema

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Far Cry 6
League of Legends – “Before Dawn | Sentinels of Light”
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal

Outstanding Sound Effects

Age of Empires IV
Halo Infinite
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal
Riders Republic

Outstanding Sound Mixing in Virtual Reality

Hitman 3
I Expect You To Die 2
Resident Evil 4 VR
Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia
Sniper Elite VR

Outstanding Use of Sound, Franchise

Call of Duty: Vanguard
Far Cry 6
Hitman 3
Little Nightmares II
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Use of Sound, New IP

The Artful Escape
Bright Memory: Infinite
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Returnal

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy

The Artful Escape
The Good Life
It Takes Two
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Writing in a Drama

Before Your Eyes
Far Cry 6
Life is Strange: True Colors
Little Nightmares II
Twelve Minutes

Outstanding Game of the Year

Deathloop
Far Cry 6
It Takes Two
Metroid Dread
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Nomination Totals

 

GAME TALLY

19 It Takes Two
14 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
14 Far Cry 6
10 Psychonauts 2
09 The Artful Escape
08 Little Nightmares II
08 Kena: Bridge of Spirits
07 Deathloop
06 Scarlet Nexus
06 Life is Strange: True Colors
06 Halo Infinite
05 The Good Life
05 The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
05 Riders Republic
05 Metroid Dread
04 The Medium
04 Subnautica: Below Zero
04 Nier Replicant Ver 1.22474487139
04 I Expect You to Die 2
04 Hitman 3
04 Bright Memory: Infinite
04 Before Your Eyes
04 Age of Empires IV
03 Twelve Minutes
03 Tales of Arise
03 Returnal
03 Resident Evil VR
03 Resident Evil Village
03 Persona 5 Strikers
03 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
03 Ghosts ‘N Goblins Resurrection
03 Cyber Shadow
03 Call of Duty: Vanguard
02 Sable
02 Loop Hero
02 League of Legends
02 Just Dance 2022
02 Jurassic World Aftermath Part 2
02 Hoa
02 Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights
02 Devotion
02 Bowser’s Fury
02 Battlefield 2042

FRANCHISE HISTORY

The Call of Duty series has 97 nominations to date.
The Resident Evil series has 54 nominations to date.

The Far Cry series earns its 50th nomination this year.
Far Cry 3 led with 12 nominations for 2012.

The Metroid series has earned 29 nominations to date.
The Ratchet & Clank series has 19 nominations to date.

The original Psychonauts had 14 nominations, including Game of the Year.
The original Psychonauts took all 5 slots for Supporting Performance in a Comedy.
Richard Horvitz is nominated this year, after winning for the same role in 2005.

The original Halo had 8 nominations, including Game of the Year.
The original Little Nightmares snared 6 nominations.
The original Subnautica got a GOTY nod for 2018.

DEVELOPER TALLY

21 Ubisoft
19 Hazelight Studios
14 Insomniac Games, Inc.
10 Double Fine Productions
10 Bandai Namco
09 Beethoven & Dinosaur
08 Tarsier Studios
08 Nintendo
08 Ember Lab
08 Capcom
07 Arkane Studios
06 Deck Nine
06 343 Industries
05 White Owls Inc.
05 Supermassive Games
05 MercurySteam
04 Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Inc.
04 Toylogic
04 Schell Games
04 Relic Entertainment
04 IO Interactive
04 GoodbyeWorld Games
04 FYQD-Studio
04 Electronic Arts
04 Bloober Team
03 Sledgehammer Games
03 P Studio
03 Omega Force
03 Mechanical Head Studios
03 Luis Antonio
03 Housemarque
03 Eidos Montreal
03 Atlus
03 Armature Studio

PUBLISHER TALLY

27 Electronic Arts
24 Bandai Namco
21 Xbox Game Studios
21 Ubisoft
19 Sony Interactive Entertainment
17 Square Enix
13 Annapurna Interactive
12 Nintendo
11 Capcom
08 Ember Lab
07 Bethesda Softworks LLC
06 Sega
05 The Irregular Corporation
04 Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Inc.
04 Skybound Games
04 Schell Games
04 IO Interactive
04 Devolver Digital
04 Bloober Team
04 AGM Playism
03 Yacht Club Games
03 Tencent Games
03 Oculus Studios
03 Humble Games
03 Facebook
03 Activision

 

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