God of War leads NAVGTR nominees with record 22 nominations

12 Feb 2019 Tuesday
God of War leads NAVGTR nominees with record 22 nominations
Furkan Sakoğlu
Furkan Sakoğlu Editor

NAVGTR winners will be drafted into War of Awards

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a 501 non-profit media organization of 1,100 media voters and 8,895 subscribers, has announced nominees for its 18th annual awards program honoring video game art, technology and production.

NAVGTR Nominees

The NAVGTR Awards honor 59 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 3,600 talented individuals.

Leading all games with a record 22 nominations is God of War, followed closely behind by Marvel’s Spider-Man with 21. Dead Cells earned the highest number of nominations for an independent title with five.  

What is War of Awards?

“War of Awards” is a campaign designed to engage the entire gaming population in the elite horse race of video game awards season, culminating in the live “War of Awards” rally where supporters anoint the best of the season’s winners.

NAVGTR Nominees

GAME OF THE YEAR

Celeste

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Monster Hunter: World

Red Dead Redemption 2

Subnautica

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

ANIMATION, ARTISTIC

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

God of War

Gris

Marvel’s Spider-Man

ANIMATION, TECHNICAL

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Detroit: Become Human

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Yakuza Kiwami 2

ART DIRECTION, CONTEMPORARY

Detroit: Become Human

Far Cry 5

Gris

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

ART DIRECTION, FANTASY

Dead Cells

God of War

Hollow Knight

Octopath Traveler

Shadow of the Colossus

ART DIRECTION, PERIOD INFLUENCE

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The Banner Saga 3

Red Dead Redemption 2

Strange Brigade

We Happy Few

CAMERA DIRECTION IN A GAME ENGINE

A Way Out

Detroit: Become Human

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

CHARACTER DESIGN

Detroit: Become Human

God of War

Hollow Knight

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Monster Hunter: World

CONTROL DESIGN, 2D OR LIMITED 3D

Celeste

Dead Cells

Guacamelee 2

NBA Live 19

Overcooked 2

CONTROL DESIGN, 3D

Detroit: Become Human

God of War

Hitman 2

Just Cause 4

Marvel’s Spider-Man

CONTROL DESIGN, VR

Arca’s Path

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Firewall Zero Hour

Moss

The Inpatient

CONTROL PRECISION

Celeste

Dead Cells

Forza Horizon 4

God of War

NBA Live 19

COSTUME DESIGN

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Red Dead Redemption 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

DESIGN, FRANCHISE

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Monster Hunter: World

Red Dead Redemption 2

DESIGN, NEW IP

39 Days to Mars

Detroit: Become Human

Hollow Knight

Into the Breach

Sea of Thieves

DIRECTION IN A GAME CINEMA

Detroit: Become Human

God of War

Lego DC Super-Villains

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Red Dead Redemption 2

DIRECTION IN VIRTUAL REALITY

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Firewall Zero Hour

The Inpatient

Moss

Torn

ENGINEERING

Detroit: Become Human

Fortnite Battle Royale

Forza Horizon 4

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

GAME, CLASSIC REVIVAL

de Blob

Pokemon: Let’s Go

Shadow of the Colossus

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Yakuza Kiwami 2

GAME, ESPORTS

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Fortnite Battle Royale

Overwatch

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

GAME, FRANCHISE ACTION

Battlefield V

Far Cry 5

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

Guacamelee 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man

GAME, FRANCHISE ADVENTURE

God of War

Hitman 2

Just Cause 4

Red Dead Redemption 2

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

GAME, FRANCHISE FAMILY

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Detective Pikachu

Lego DC Super-Villains

Overcooked 2

Super Mario Party

GAME, FRANCHISE FIGHTING

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Soul Calibur VI

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

UFC 3

GAME, FRANCHISE RACING

F1 2018

Forza Horizon 4

NASCAR Heat 3

The Crew 2

GAME, FRANCHISE ROLE PLAYING

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Valkyria Chronicles 4

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

GAME, FRANCHISE SPORTS

FIFA 19

Mario Tennis Aces

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Super Mega Baseball 2

The Golf Club 2019

GAME, MUSIC OR PERFORMANCE-BASED

Beat Saber

Floor Kids

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

GAME, ORIGINAL ACTION

A Way Out

Below

Dead Cells

Hollow Knight

Sea of Thieves

GAME, ORIGINAL ADVENTURE

Detroit: Become Human

Florence

Light Fall

Strange Brigade

The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

GAME, ORIGINAL FAMILY

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Minit

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Wandersong

Yoku’s Island Express

GAME, ORIGINAL FIGHTING

Brawlout

Fighting EX Layer

Way of the Passive Fist

GAME, ORIGINAL RACING

Desert Child

Onrush

Wreckfest

GAME, ORIGINAL ROLE PLAYING

Ashen

Octopath Traveler

Vampyr

GAME, ORIGINAL SPORTS

Laser League

Regular Human Basketball

Sports Party

GAME, PUZZLE

39 Days to Mars

Far: Lone Sails

Return of the Obra Dinn

Tetris Effect

Unravel Two

GAME, SIMULATION

Frostpunk

House Flipper

Jurassic World Evolution

Two Point Hospital

GAME, SPECIAL CLASS

Florence

Knowledge is Power: Decades

Nintendo Labo

Shadow’s Edge

The Jackbox Party Pack 5

GAME, STRATEGY

Artifact

BattleTech

Into the Breach

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

The Banner Saga 3

GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL

Detroit: Become Human

Forza Horizon 4

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Tetris Effect

LIGHTING/TEXTURING

Detroit: Become Human

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Red Dead Redemption 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, FRANCHISE

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, NEW IP

A Way Out

Dauntless

Detroit: Become Human

Kingdom Craft

Vampyr

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, FRANCHISE

Forza Horizon 4

Mega Man 11

Red Dead Redemption 2

Tetris Effect

Valkyria Chronicles 4

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, NEW IP

Ashen

Dead Cells

Gris

Into the Breach

Octopath Traveler

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, LEAD

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion – Jeremy Shada as “Finn”

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion – John DiMaggio as “Jake”

STONE – Ethan Watson as “Stone”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, SUPPORTING

Lego DC Super-Villains – Tara Strong as “Harley Quinn”

STONE – Nicholas Richards as “Les”

STONE – Noelle Faulkner as “Cockie”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, LEAD

Detroit: Become Human – Valorie Curry as “Kara”

God of War – Christopher Judge as “Kratos”

God of War – Sunny Suljic as “Atreus”

Marvel’s Spider-Man – Yuri Lowenthal as “Peter”

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Roger Clark as “Arthur”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, SUPPORTING

Detroit: Become Human – Clancy Brown as “Hank”

God of War – Jeremy Davies as “The Stranger”

Marvel’s Spider-Man – Laura Bailey as “Mary Jane”

Marvel’s Spider-Man – William Salyers as “Otto”

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Alex McKenna as “Sadie”

PERFORMANCE IN A SPORTS GAME

FIFA 19 – Adetomiwa Edun

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 – Peter Drury and Jim Beglin

UFC 3 – Jon Anik

SONG COLLECTION

Desert Child

Forza Horizon 4

NBA 2K19

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

STONE

SONG, ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED

Battle through the Heaven – “Waiting”

Desert Child – “Love is Here”

Far Cry 5 – “Help Me Faith”

The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories – “The Missing”

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – “White Rider”

SOUND EDITING IN A GAME CINEMA

Attack on Titan 2

Detroit: Become Human

Forza Horizon 4

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

SOUND EFFECTS

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Red Dead Redemption 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Subnautica

SOUND MIXING IN VIRTUAL REALITY

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Beat Saber

Firewall Zero Hour

Moss

The Inpatient

USE OF SOUND, FRANCHISE

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Battlefield V

God of War

Red Dead Redemption 2

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

USE OF SOUND, NEW IP

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Detroit: Become Human

Light Fall

Vampyr

We Happy Few

WRITING IN A COMEDY

39 Days to Mars

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

Lego DC Super-Villains

Pit People

The Jackbox Party Pack 5

WRITING IN A DRAMA

A Way Out

Batman: The Enemy Within

God of War

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Remothered: Tormented Fathers

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

TALLY BY GAME

22 God of War (NEW RECORD)

21 Marvel’s Spider-Man

16 Detroit: Become Human

12 Red Dead Redemption 2

07 Shadow of the Tomb Raider

07 Forza Horizon 4

07 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

06 ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

05 Dead Cells

04 STONE

04 Lego DC Super-Villains

04 Hollow Knight

04 A Way Out

03 Vampyr

03 The Inpatient

03 Tetris Effect

03 Octopath Traveler

03 Moss

03 Monster Hunter: World

03 Into the Breach

03 Gris

03 Firewall Zero Hour

03 Far Cry 5

03 Desert Child

03 Celeste

03 39 Days to Mars

TALLY BY DEVELOPER

28 Sony Interactive Entertainment

22 Insomniac Games, Inc.

16 Quantic Dream SA

12 Ubisoft

12 Rockstar

08 Electronic Arts/EA

07 Playground Games Ltd

07 Eidos Montreal

05 Motion Twin

04 Travellers Tales

04 Team Cherry

04 SEGA

04 Hazelight Studios AB

04 DONTNOD Entertainment

04 Convict Games

04 Capcom

03 Supermassive Games Ltd.

03 Subset Games

03 Square Enix Co. Ltd.

03 Resonair Inc.

03 Polyarc, Inc.

03 Oscar Brittain

03 Nomada Studio

03 Monstars Inc.

03 It’s Anecdotal

03 First Contact Entertainment, Inc.

03 BANDAI NAMCO

03 Acquire Corp.

03 Blizzard Entertainment

03 Matt Makes Games

TALLY BY PUBLISHER

72 Sony Interactive Entertainment

13 Rockstar

12 Ubisoft

11 Square Enix Co., Ltd.

11 Electronic Arts

09 Nintendo

09 Microsoft Studios

08 SEGA

06 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.

04 Team Cherry

04 Motion Twin

04 Devolver Digital

04 Convict Games

04 Capcom

04 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

03 Subset Games

03 Rebellion Developments Ltd.

03 Polyarc, Inc.

03 It’s Anecdotal

03 Focus Home Interactive SAS

03 Enhance Games

03 Annapurna Interactive

03 Akupara Games, LLC

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