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18th Annual NAVGTR Awards Nominees Unveiled

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2019 @ 7:47 a.m. PST

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers is happy to announce this year's nominees for the NAVGTR Awards, leading all games is God of War (record 22 nominations), followed closely behind by Marvel’s Spider-Man with 21.

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.

“We have strong contenders for this year’s NAVGTR awards, including record-setting nominations by God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man,” said Thomas Allen, Executive Director at NAVGTR Corp. “It can be anyone’s day as there are a bevy of other amazing titles in the mix, such as Detroit: Become Human and Red Dead Redemption 2. We can’t wait to see which games come out on top."

The 2018 NAVGTR Game of the Year nominees include:

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

Amount of Nominations

  • 22 God of War
  • 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
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