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Top 5 Game of the Year Nominees (Prediction)

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The Game Awards are fast approaching, so it’s only appropriate for me to give you my prediction for the top five Game of The Year nominees. There’s been some fantastic games that’s been released so far, and truthfully some obvious contenders in my opinion, but whether we all agree is another matter. Here’s my picks for the Game of the Year title…

5. Plague Tale: Requiem

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Plague Tale: Requiem, unlike the other games on this list, hasn’t reached the public eye as much as it should have. The first game Plague Tale: Innocence was a visual masterpiece and is very often times compared to The Last of Us, a game whose sequel also won an award in 2020. That being said this is a contest for the best game, not the most popular, and Plague Tale: Requiem well deserves its spot on this list. Game of the Year usually goes to a AAA title but maybe this or the next entry can break that trend.

4. Sifu

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Sifu on this list should be a no-brainer. Coming from devs that brought us, ABSOLVER, Sloclap showed us once again that they absolutely excel in resting unique and intricate combat systems that dive deeper than meets the eye. Paired with the aging system in Sifu and were given a truly revolutionary fighting game with some of the most satisfying combat ever put to screen.

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3. God of War: Ragnarok

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While God of War: Ragnarok hasn’t been released yet, it’s fair to say if it’s anything like its predecessor, it deserves its spot on this list. In the sequel Kratos and Atreus must travel deeper into the realms to find Tyr, the Norse God of War, to aid them in their battle against Asgard. Given the previous game was nearly perfect, and with the new hardware abilities of the Playstation 5, we should be in for a real treat.

2. Stray

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Stray is a game that had a lot of gamers’ attention even before release, but I don’t think anyone was expecting this game to be as good as it really was. Coming from indie developers BlueTwelve Studio, Stray is a game that could easily be mistaken as AAA budgeted game, truly showing how much time and care developers put into this game. Stray also broke Annapurna Interactive, their respective publisher’s, record for most concurrent plates on steam, an astonishing accomplishment for a studio of its size.

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1. Elden Ring

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Is there really anything that I have to say about Elden Ring? As the latest entry into the “Souls” franchise, Elden Ring took the world by storm. It seemed no matter where you looked you couldn’t escape the hype of Elden Ring. Not to mention the game is simply fantastic, and the visuals are stunning, but more importantly, the game has easily one of the best combat systems ever, and in a game based completely around fighting against enemies substantially stronger than you, that’s really important. In my opinion a clear frontrunner for the Game of the Year title, but who knows?

There’s my picks for the Game of the Year title, but have I missed any? What would you have chosen instead?

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Written by Elijah Boxhill

Elijah Boxhill is a critic and author for Fandomwire. Elijah is also one of the hosts of the FandomWire comic book based podcast, Comic Book Saga. Twitter: @OpticalCinema TikTok: @OpticalCinema Instagram: @ElijahBoxhill