The biggest winners at the 2020 Game Awards - plus where to buy

Friday, 11th December 2020, 10:59 am
Updated Friday, 11th December 2020, 2:00 pm

The 2020 Game Awards were hosted last night, with Naughty Dog's hit sequel "The Last of Us Part II" proving the big winner.

As well as picking up game of the year, the critically-acclaimed game picked up key awards through the night, including best narrative, action/adventure game, audio design, performance (Laura Bailey) and best direction.

"Hades" was also a big winner on the night, picking up best indie game and action game, as was "Among Us" - best multiplayer game and mobile game.

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The latest entry into the long-running Final Fantasy Franchise, "Final Fantasy VII Remake" picked up best score, RPQ, and sound.

Although the format of the awards was adapted to accommodate social distancing, it was nevertheless a thoroughly glamorous affair, with the ceremony aired live in London, Toyko, and Los Angeles.

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There were musical performances from Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and a host of special guests, including Tom Holland, Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, and director Christopher Nolan, who announced the game of the year.

Naughty Dog’s "The Last of Us Part II" was created and directed by Neil Druckmann, who expressed gratitude to his team for for their help creating the game.

“More than anything and I know I speak for the whole team, we’d like to thank our friends and family to who stuck by us while we were making this game. You continue to inspire us in making better games but also in how we make these games,” Druckman said.

The Game Awards 2020 major winner: The Last of Us Part II

"The Last of Us Part II" follows Ellie as she travels across Seattle in search of the original protagonist Joel’s brother, Tommy.

Four years on from the original, Ellie is more assured and determined. Players take control of her as she deals with the infected that exist across the land, all the while seeking answers about a mysterious cult within Seattle. It's a dark but narratively engrossing game, with incredible visuals and arresting violence.

Below is a round up of the winners at The Game Awards 2020 in key categories - links to retailers are included where available, should you be looking to pad out a gamer's Christmas stocking.

Game of the Year

Game Direction

Most Anticipated Game

  • Elden Ring – From Software/Bandai Namco (WINNER)
  • Halo Infinite – 343/Xbox Game Studios
  • Horizon Forbidden West – Guerrilla Games/SIE
  • God of War Sequel – SIE Santa Monica/SIE
  • Resident Evil Village – Capcom
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel – Nintendo

Narrative

Art Direction

Score and Music

Audio Design

Performance

  • Laura Bailey – Abby, The Last of Us Part II (WINNER)
  • Ashley Johnson – Ellie, The Last of Us Part II
  • Daisuke Tsuji – Jin, Ghost of Tsushima
  • Logan Cunningham – Hades, Hades
  • Nadji Jeterm – Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Ongoing Game

Indie Game

  • Hades (WINNER)
  • Carrion
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Spelunky 2
  • Spiritfarer

Mobile Game

  • Among Us (WINNER)
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Genshin Impact
  • Legends of Runeterra
  • Pokémon Cafe Mix

Community Support

VR/AR Game

  • Half-Life: Alyx (WINNER)
  • Dreams
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Innovation in Accessibility

Action Game

Action/Adventure Game

  • The Last of Us Part II (WINNER)
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

RPG

Fighting Game

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (WINNER)
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Under Night In-Birth
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]

Family Game

Sim/Strategy Game

Sports/Racing Game

Multiplayer Game

  • Among Us (WINNER)
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Valorant
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