The Game Awards 2015 nominees named

The nominees for this year's Game Awards have been named with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leading the pack with seven nominations.

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Every year for the past decade, Geoff Keighley has put together a gaming award show to end the year. With that said, it is that time of the year to honor the best in video games with this year's Game Awards, with a jury of 32 members of the international gaming media gathering to decide on winners across roughly a dozen categories. In addition to honoring games, several eSports categories are included, which will be decided by an advisory panel of featuring members of the eSports media. The big guns include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with seven nominations, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom just behind it with four.

Here are this year's nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne (From Software/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Developer of the Year

  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • CD Projekt RED
  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Nintendo

Best Independent Game

  • Axiom Verge
  • Her Story
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rocket League
  • Undertale

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Downwell
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate
  • Pac-Man 256

Best Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Best Score/Soundtrack

  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
  • Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games For Change

  • Cibele
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Sunset
  • Undertale

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Splatoon
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action/Adventure

  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best Role-Playing Game

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear XRD -SIGN-
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Rise of Incarnates
  • Rising Thunder

Best Family Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Skylanders: Superchargers
  • Splatoon
  • Super Mario Maker

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 16
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • NBA 2K16
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
  • Rocket League

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Best Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

A fan vote will also decide the following categories:

eSports Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone
  • League of Legends

Best Fan Creation

  • GTA V - Targets
  • Portal Stories: Mel
  • Real GTA
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls

Trending Gamer

  • Christopher 'Montecristo' Mykles
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • Pewdiepie
  • Total Biscuit

eSports Team of the Year

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • Optic Gaming
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Team Solomid

eSports Player of the Year

  • Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
  • Lee 'Faker' Sang-Hyeok
  • Olof 'Olofmeister' Kajbjer
  • Peter 'PPD' Dager
  • Syed Sumail 'Suma1l' Hassan

Most Anticipated Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • No Man's Sky
  • Quantum Break
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

The Game Awards will take place on December 3 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Senior Editor

Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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