DOOM Eternal was a big disappointment, everything around The Last of Us pt. 2 made me retroactively dislike the first one more, and I forgot Ghost of Tsushima existed until I read the title in this post, so I can’t say I’d be into any of those winning but I won’t be surprised when TLOU2 wins.
After everything that happened around it, DOOM in Score/Music seems a bit wild.
Crusader Kings III, imo, deserves to be nominated for more than just the genre-specific category. Especially since there’s a good chance it’ll lose that one to Microsoft Flight Sim. It’s a stand-out and deserves, at least, to be put in GOTY even if only to lose to Hades.
Persona 5 Royal but no Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition? The disrespect…
I’m glad Spiritfarer got a couple of nominations; I’d be shocked if it won anything, but I hope they play some b-roll of it and a few people pick it up as a result. Lovely little game.
NO UMURANGI GENERATION???
NO MURDER BY NUMBERS??
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is this year’s “game that gets nominated in a big category but I have literally never even heard of it” winner for me. I can’t say for sure it didn’t deserve to be a best narrative contender, but I do suspect something like Kentucky Route Zero was better.