The 2018 iteration of The Game Awards aired Thursday night, Dec. 7, with 31 awards announced throughout a night filled with music, touching speeches and oodles of game trailers. It was a packed show that lasted nearly three hours, but we've gathered all of the award winners into one convenient location for you.
After Red Dead Redemption 2 seemed to be sweeping the show, Kratos stormed onto the scene with a surprise twist of fate, earning the evening's top spot as the Game of the Year. This will likely spur on a number of thinkpieces in the coming week but, for now, let's get through the rundown of all of this year's winners.
The first surprise of the night came when Monster Hunter World took home the prize for the best roleplaying game of 2018. Don't get me wrong, I adore MHW, but many would argue it's not exactly an RPG and, more importantly, it was up against the Nintendo Switch darling, Octopath Traveler. Other big moments from the night included an excited and clearly terrified speech from the fursuit-wearing eSports player of the year, SonicFox, a genuinely touching acceptance speech from the team behind the best independent game, Celeste, and a really nice retrospective on the career of this year's Industry Icon, Greg Thomas.
Music was also a big part of the night, with an orchestra providing a soundtrack to the proceedings and a couple of live performances for music from games like Devil May Cry 6, Red Dead Redemption and more. Oh, and a Muppet had a chat with Ninja, so that was pretty fun.
On top of all of that, the show was absolutely packed with trailers including known quantities like the new season of Fortnite, a Crash Team Racing remaster and the heavily teased post-apocalyptic Far Cry, as well as a whole bunch of surprises including the Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and a whole bunch of indie games that look absolutely fantastic. And then Nintendo goes and announces that Joker, from Persona 5, will be the first DLC character in Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you missed any of the trailers, we've also gathered them into a single post for your viewing convenience.
All told, this was probably the best year for The Game Awards yet. They still need to make some adjustments but, as a celebration of gaming, it's getting the job done.