Nominations at the Game Awards 2022 with PS5 exclusives God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West vying with platform-neutral Elden Ring for the best awards.
The prestigious year-end Game Awards takes place on December 8, and Sony Santa Monica’s new Norse mythology adventure is leading the way with 10 nominations – including Game of the Year, Game Direction, and Best Narrative.
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Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West also fall into the top categories, while Sleeper Stray (6 nominations), A Plague Tale: Requiem (5) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (3) are among the most nominated games. .
For Game of the Year, the six games shortened are:
You can watch the full nomination announcement below and start voting for your favorites at The Game Awards here.
The ad tells the story of 2022 for console gamers in particular, who didn’t have much in the way of massive originals to choose from — especially on the Xbox side of things.
The PS5 has clearly had the best year, with two of the best games here nominated exclusively for the platform and created in-house by Sony. The third candidate, Stray, which sees players embark on an adventure as a stray cat, is only available on PS5 and PC with an Xbox version still believed to be in play.
A Plague Tale: Requiem is available on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms, as is Elden Ring. Meanwhile, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is only available on Nintendo Switch. So, to guess, only two of the six best games of the year can be played on Xbox Series S or Series X.
By its own admission, Microsoft had a down year, but promises that will change in 2023 with Stafield, Redfall, and Forza Motorsport.