Complete List of The Game Awards 2019 Nominees

Complete List of The Game Awards 2019 Nominees

Geoff Keighley has spoken. Here is the complete list of nominees for The Game Awards 2019:

 

Game of the Year

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Outer Worlds

 

Best Game Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Outer Wilds

 

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • The Outer Worlds

 

Best Art Direction

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • GRIS
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

 

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule
  • Death Stranding
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

 

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb (The Outer Wilds)
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden (Control)
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz (Gears 5)
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff (Death Stranding)
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling (Control)
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges (Death Stranding)

 

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie
  • GRIS
  • Kind Words
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Sea of Solitude

 

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

 

Best Independent Game

  • Baba is You
  • Disco Elysium
  • Katana Zero
  • The Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

 

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Gears 5
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

 

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

 

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Grindstone
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: Children of Light
  • What the Golf?

 

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Blood & Truth
  • Beat Sabre
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Trover Saves the Universe

 

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Astral Chain
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Metro: Exodus

 

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Resident Evil 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

 

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • The Outer Worlds

 

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

 

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms
  • Tropico 6
  • War Groove

 

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
  • Dirt Rally 2.0
  • E Football PES 2020
  • F1 2019
  • Fifa 2020

 

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Tetris 99
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

 

Fresh Indie Developer

  • ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)
  • Nomada Studio (GRIS)
  • DeadToast Entertainment (My Friend Pedro)
  • Mobius Digital (Outer Wilds)
  • MegaCrit (Slay the Spire)
  • House House (Untitled Goose Game)

 

Content Creator of the Year

  • Courage (Jack Dunlop)
  • Dr. Lupo (Benjamin Lupo)
  • Ewok (Soleil Wheeler)
  • Grefg (David Martinez)
  • Shroud (Michael Grzesiek)

 

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

 

Best Esports Player

  • Bugha (Kyle Giersforf)
  • Faker (Lee Sang-hyeok)
  • Perkz (Luka Perkovic)
  • S1mple (Oleksandr Kostyliev)
  • Sinatraa (Jay Won)

 

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis
  • G2
  • OG
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Team Liquid

 

Best Esports Event

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

 

Best Esports Coach

  • Adren (Eric Hoag)
  • Cain (Nu-ri Jang)
  • Grabbz (Fabian Lohmann)
  • Kkoma (Kim Jeong-gyun)
  • Soskshka (Titouan Merloz)
  • Zonic (Danny Sorensen)

 

Best Esports Host

  • Sjokz (Eefje Depoortere)
  • Machine (Alex Richardson)
  • Redeye (Paul Chaloner)
  • Goldenboy (Alex Mendez)
  • Candice (Duan Yu-Shuang)

Romancing SaGa 3 Remaster Released Everywhere

Romancing SaGa 3 Remaster Released Everywhere

Romancing SaGa 3 was released exactly 24 years ago, on 11/11/1995. To celebrate this arbitrary anniversary, publisher Square Enix has released a remaster of the classic RPG for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and Windows, available right now on all platforms. Romancing SaGa 3 is the sixth game in the SaGa series, and allows you to choose one of eight protagonists to play from and experience a unique story in their shared world, where every 300 years the land is threatened by the “Rise of Morastrum”. Every 300th year, every child born dies, save for one 300 years ago and another 300 before that, and the world waits to see what’ll happen this time around.

The remaster comes with beautifully updated graphics, a new dungeon to explore, new scenarios for the characters, and a new game+ for replaying the game. Eight characters with their own routes and stories seems quite hefty, but Romancing SaGa 3 is available for only $28.99, and will be 20% off until December. This is the first time the game has made it to the West, so now’s a perfect time for a new generation of gamers to give it and the series as a whole a try.

ESPN Reports That Blizzard Will Reveal Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon

ESPN Reports That Blizzard Will Reveal Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon

Blizzard is set to unveil Overwatch 2 during BlizzCon, which takes place in just a few days. This comes from an ESPN report, which claims it has obtained a “BlizzCon training document” from a source over at Blizzard.

The report reveals that Overwatch 2 will include a PvE mode, a new PvP mode named “Push”, and at least one new hero. We also get some info about a new map, said to be based in “Toronto” in the training document. This hints that our new hero will be from Canada, which makes sense as we haven’t got a hero from the great white north yet.

The report also details the logo for Blizzard’s new title, which is described to have a “small orange 2 indexed in the top right corner”. This could mean that Overwatch 2, isn’t a full sequel, and is more akin to a large expansion. It would make sense, as Overwatch still has a massive player base and a strong esports league. The way the document seems to talk about the addition of content like maps and game modes also seems to imply that this content will attach to Overwatch, rather than be a separate installment entirely.

Considering Overwatch’s widely appealing gunplay, it’s no surprise Blizzard is bringing a PvE mode to the hero shooter. The PvE mode is set to include consumable items, hero talents, and 4-player co-op. We know one mission will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s capital city. Considering the diverse cast of Overwatch, it’s likely we’ll get to explore various parts of the world in the new story mode.

Plenty more detail is to follow come BlizzCon on November 1st, where Overwatch 2 is planned to playable by attendees.

Speaking of BlizzCon, it’s looking like it will be an interesting couple of days. A massive protest is planned for the event after Blizzard controversially banned one of its Hearthstone pro players, for supporting the Hong Kong protests. That’s a whole can of worms to open, but it’s impossible to ignore when you’re discussing anything to do with Blizzard. If you want more detail, check out our piece on it here.

So what are you most excited about for BlizzCon? The protests, Overwatch 2, or a likely Diablo 4 reveal? Let us know down in the comments.

Sunless Skies is Coming to Consoles in Early 2020

Sunless Skies is Coming to Consoles in Early 2020

Isometric space-exploration game Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2020.

While attending EGX, developer Failbetter Games announced the ports via its website, which is being handled by Nephilim games. The site also let us know that the extra content included in the Sovereign Edition will come as a free update to owners of Sunless Skies on PC. Not only that, Sunless Skies’ predecessor, Sunless Sea, is coming to Switch and Xbox One at some point in 2020.

Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition includes a variety of improvements to the early 2019 title. New scenarios are being included for when your crew is starving, players will be able to improve their stats past the level cap, and the character progression interface is being completely overhauled, to name just a few. If you want a more complete sense of what’s new, more details can be found on Failbetter’s website post that’s linked above.

Failbetter gained its cult following when it came out with Fallen London¸a free browser game that established the world that the Sunless games are set in. Each installment in the Fallen London universe has been praised for smart-writing and the unique portrayal of a dystopian world. If you want to know more about what makes Sunless Sea’s narrative special, check out our piece on it.

Despite its games getting high praise, Failbetter Games haven’t got the best financial history. In 2018 Failbetter had to downscale its team of devs, due to sales not being as high as it had hoped. Now its team of 12 will hopefully get the attention worthy of its skill, especially in the strong indie library of the Switch. The long-form adventuring and punishing mechanics seem perfect for a game you can pick up and play, making the Switch a nice fit for this bleak survival game.

Will you be picking up Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition next year? If so on what platform? Let us know down in the comments.

The Outer Worlds Release Times and Day One Patch Size Revealed

The Outer Worlds Release Times and Day One Patch Size Revealed

The Outer Worlds is ready to launch in just over a week. With that mind, Obsidian has revealed the release times on each platform, as well as some details on a rather hefty day-one patch.

For people buying a digital copy of The Outer Worlds, the day-one update will be included within the game download. However, if you’re planning on a physical purchase, then you’re looking at a hefty 38 Gigabytes on Xbox One or a smaller 18 Gigabytes on PlayStation 4. There aren’t too many details on the content of the patch itself, with the forum post simply stating it will “include tweaks and optimization fixes.”

The Outer Worlds PC release times are as follows:

  • October 24, 2019 – 16:00 PDT
  • October 24, 2019 – 19:00 EDT
  • October 24, 2019, 2019 – 20:00 BRT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 BST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 01:00 CEST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 01:00 SAST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 02:00 MSK
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 07:00 SGT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 08:00 JST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 10:00 AEDT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 12:00 NZST

 

And here are the release times for Xbox One and PS4:

  • October 24, 2019 – 21:00 PDT
  • October 25, 2019 – 00:00 EDT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 BRT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 BST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 CEST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 SAST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 MSK
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 SGT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 JST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 AEDT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 – 00:00 NZST

 

The Outer Worlds is an Epic Games Store timed-exclusive, meaning it won’t be coming to Steam until a year after its initial release. Players can also buy the title on PC via Xbox Game Pass and the Microsoft Windows Store. If you love to take your RPGs on the go, The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch too, but we still don’t have a confirmed date yet. For more details on how the port is being handled, check out our piece on it here.

Obsidian is considered a master of its craft, and it’s no surprise when you take into account the classics under its belt. It’s responsible for Fallout: New Vegas, a game thought by many to be even better the mainline games developed by Bethesda. More recently, it put out Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. This is where Obsidian did its own thing whilst simultaneously paying homage to classic games, like Baldur’s Gate, that it’s inspired by.

The Outer Worlds hopes to combine the gallows humor of the Fallout series with an aesthetic design most attributed to Borderlands. Obsidian has revealed plenty of gameplay for The Outer Worlds, and it gives us a clear picture of what to expect in the Sci-Fi action-RPG – plenty of violence, over-the-top weaponry, and colorful environments.

The Outer Wilds crash lands on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 25th. Are you gonna pick this one up? Let us know down in the comments.

 

Fortnite Chapter 2 Drops Players Into New Territory

Fortnite Chapter 2 Drops Players Into New Territory

After the world-ending black hole event took Fortnite off the map, the game is back in the form of Fortnite Chapter 2. The revamped version of the popular battle royale shooter brings a whole new map, boats, swimming, fishing, new game mechanics and tweaks, and a whole bunch of new cosmetics.  Take a look at the trailer for Fortnite Chapter 2 below to see the introduction into the game’s new world.

With the new chapter also comes a new Battle Pass, which begins with a brand new Season 1. There are a ton of new ways to level up, which Epic Games promises will result in “less grind” for players. You can check out the short video on the new Battle Pass for Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2 below.

Will you be jumping back into the soft reboot of Fortnite? Is this enough for you to finally try the massively successful game? Let us know in the comments and keep it tuned to Sick Critic for all your gaming news.

Fortnite Season 10 Ends as Black Hole Destroys Map

Fortnite Season 10 Ends as Black Hole Destroys Map

Fortnite isn’t shy about putting live events in-game. Fissure-creating rockets and giant monster vs mecha battles have played out live in front of millions of players, but Fortnite‘s latest stunt really takes the cake.

Fortnite’s 10th season concluded on October 13th with an event aptly called ‘The End’. Anyone playing at the time of the event witnessed a barrage of asteroids striking the map, culminating in an impact that created an all-consuming black hole. The game world and every player was dramatically sucked up by the vortex, leaving only a black screen for gamers to stare at in disbelief. That was 22 hours ago and the game has been offline since.

I know it sounds too crazy to be true, but here’s a gameplay video in case you want to see it with your own eyes:

 

 

It’s currently impossible to play Fortnite. If you try logging in now, you’ll simply be presented with a livestream of the black hole, gently swirling as atmospheric music loops. There is also no official word on when Fortnite will be returning either. In fact, Fortnite’s official Twitter has effectively been deleted entirely – only one post remains: the black hole livestream.

Despite the information black-out, Nintendo’s customer support page for Fortnite was quick to reassure die-hard players that “your inventory items and V-Bucks are secure.” Given the overwhelming commercial success of the game, it’s highly unlikely that we’ve seen the last of Fortnite as we know it. The million-dollar question is: ‘when will the game return?’ At the moment, only Epic Games knows the answer.

As this story develops, feel free to monitor the black hole livestream here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huDgBRqbMuc

 

A Quick Guide to Playing Crypto in Apex Legends

A Quick Guide to Playing Crypto in Apex Legends

So how do you play Crypto in Apex Legends and not completely suck? This new character brings with him unique abilities that are going to shake up the battle royale in new ways. Before you start jumping into some matches, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First off, let’s start with his abilities in this quick guide to playing Crypto in Apex Legends

 

Crypto’s Abilities


Crypto’s passive, tactical, and ultimate abilities are all surveillance-favoring. This means that they help you get the drop on where your enemy is positioned. 

Crypto on the character selection screen

  • Surveillance Drone: When you activate Crypto’s tactical ability, Surveillance Drone, he’ll toss a drone in the air, which you can then manually use to fly around the nearby environment in search of opponents. The drawback to this ability is that you can’t move Crypto around while the drone is deployed. You’ll be stuck wherever you were when you activated the ability. You’ll end up either having to pick a really good hiding place or have your teammates cover your blind spots.

 

  • Neurolink: Crypto’s passive ability is only activated when Surveillance Drone has just been deployed. Teammates of Crypto will be able to see what the drone marks up to 30 meters. This makes sure that teammates are in the know unless Crypto’s drone goes past those 30 meters. 

 

  • Drone EMP: Unlike other character’s abilities, Drone EMP requires that Crypto be using Surveillance Drone before he can use his ultimate. The key is to sneak up on as big a group of opponents as you can (in drone mode) and set off the EMP when it’s fully charged. It will do 50 shield damage, destroy traps, and even slow them down a little in a wide radius. As a bonus, if you have your teammates nearby, you can get them to sneak up after you find the group and have them charge in after the Drone EMP goes off and stuns everyone.

 

Positioning and Teamplay

 

Crypto does his work the best when paired up with teammates who cooperate and look out for him; cover his back. On the other hand, you could end up getting picked off if your teammates don’t care and decide this is a single-player game. You’ll likely run into this if you only play with random people. 

In the latest match I played, our team won first place because my teammates held back and used me to their advantage. I would survey the area while they looted and bring my drone back if I didn’t find or see anything. If I did run into some enemies, I warned them and marked the area. I would let them start on their way towards the group of enemies and then launch my drone and catch up, shocking all our opponents. 

Crypto's Surveillance Drone

Surveillance Drone is also a great way to survey an area for rare items and guns. It has really good travel speed and can be recalled pretty quickly. It can be destroyed, so watch out for that as it’ll extend the respawn time for the drone. One other tip I would recommend is to have the drone check up on Crypto often. You don’t want any enemies sneaking up on you when you’re immobile. It’ll take about a second to recall your drone, so you have to be prepared and know your surroundings at all times.

Play cautiously with Crypto and hang back if there’s danger nearby. Don’t be afraid to use your drone, but also don’t pull it out while you’re in combat. And remember to keep an eye on your ultimate’s charge level so you have it ready when you do stumble into a group of enemies, especially towards the end. 

Apex Champion

 

What do you think of Apex Legends’ Crypto? Have you had the chance to try him out or fight against him? Let us know in the comments and keep it tuned to Sick Critic.

DOOM Eternal Release Date Delayed to March 20, 2020

DOOM Eternal Release Date Delayed to March 20, 2020

DOOM Eternal’s release date has officially been pushed back from November 22, 2019, to March 20, 2020. In addition, the Nintendo Switch version won’t be out until after that. That date is yet to be announced. This announcement was made via the official DOOM Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

DOOM (2016) brought this 26-year-old franchise to a new generation of gamers in a blaze of glory. It’s the only game part of the main series to be released in this console generation, and it got players hooked. DOOM Eternal was announced at E3 2018, an announcement that brought fans to their feet. E3 2019 had a playable demo that Sick Critic tried out. Our impression of it can be found here. This year, it was also announced that it would be available on Google’s new cloud-gaming platform, Stadia. Eternal was set to make a splash in the gaming industry.

This new Tweet features an apologetic but hopeful note from Bethesda discussing their excitement for DOOM Eternal and what it will be after a few extra months of development. They also highlight that along with the Switch version being pushed even further back, Invasion Mode will release as a free update after the game’s release. Additionally, DOOM 64 is releasing the same day as Eternal on all platforms, except for Google Stadia.  It will come as a free addition to any pre-orders as well.

So far, on Twitter, there’s been universal support for the developers. It’s widely believed that DOOM Eternal will come out better for it. This has become part of a slew of popular titles that have been pushed back to 2020. It’s accompanying Animal Crossing for Switch and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Let’s hope that all of these games will improve with the extra time the developers are putting into them.

Monster Hunter: World Reaches 14 Million Sales Worldwide

Monster Hunter: World Reaches 14 Million Sales Worldwide

Earlier today, news site Gematsu reported that Monster Hunter: World has now sold over 14 million copies worldwide. This takes into account physical shipments and digital sales. It comes from Monster Hunter’s official Japanese Twitter account.

It’s no surprise that Capcom’s latest monster-slaying title has reached this milestone. Monster Hunter: World exceeded expectations when it sold 5 million copies in just its first 3 days of release, even for a games industry giant like Capcom, this was an achievement. It also secured Monster Hunter: World as one of Capcom’s fastest-selling games of all time. Not only that, Monster Hunter: World is currently Capcom’s best-selling game of all time. Its 14 million units almost double that of Capcom’s second best-seller, Resident Evil 5, which sits at an estimated 7.5 million units sold.

 

 

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the game’s latest expansion, isn’t doing too shabby either, reaching around 2.5 million sales since its release on September 6th.

Monster Hunter World’s success is widely down to its accessibility, especially in comparison to other games in the franchise. Monster Hunter: World launched for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and a few months later, it even came to PC. The areas became seamless, movement was much less restrictive, and you didn’t have to own a Nintendo console to play. Monster Hunter has always

had its hardcore fans, but World managed to find a balance that eased off on the unforgiving mechanics but kept the unique style of gameplay.

Capcom isn’t slowing down on the content for Monster Hunter: World either. The upcoming update adds Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2, another one of the publisher’s heavy hitters.

Are you one of the few people who hasn’t picked up Monster Hunter: World. Let us know why down in the comments!