Video gaming

2017’s game of the year is Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Title also picked up the prizes for best direction and best action or adventure at the annual Game Awards held in Los Angeles

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 5:33pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 December, 2017, 5:33pm

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was named game of the year at The Game Awards 2017 on Thursday, beating out tough competition from Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Super Mario Odyssey .

The Nintendo title also picked up the awards for best game direction and best action or adventure at the annual event, held in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Other big winners this year include Cuphead , a run-and-gun action game from Studio MDHR, which took the awards for best art direction and best debut indie game; and Melina Juergens, whose day job is a video editor and won the title for best performance for her debut role in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which was also named “game for impact” – the award given for a “thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message”.

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The quirky but much-hyped Japanese RPG Persona 5 walked away with only one award, for the best role playing game, and lost out to Zelda for the game of the year title.

The Game Awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the achievements of video game creators and players and offers fans worldwide a sneak preview of titles set to be released in the coming months.

The awards ceremony – which was streamed online on game and social media platforms (close to 129,000 viewers tuned into it on YouTube) – is produced and hosted by Canadian games journalist Geoff Keighley, who likens it to the Oscars for the video game industry.

The show was not short of star power. Hollywood celebrities including film director Guillermo del Toro, actors Andy Serkis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Schwartzman and Lynda Carter all put in an appearance either by video or in person. Their presence confirms the increasingly cosy relationship between the film and video game industry. Veteran Japanese video game designer Hideo Kojima also appeared.

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Fans were treated to several “big reveals”, including teasers for Bayonetta 3 (which will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive), a video game adaptation of World War Z (Saber Interactive), and Death Stranding, the much-anticipated title from Kojima that features the voice of actor Norman Reedus.