Log on, gamers. We’re just weeks away from what will—at least if Geoff Keighley gets his way—be widely described as the Oscars of the video game industry. Now in its 10th year, the annual Game Awards hands out more than 30 trophies in a variety of categories (even Best Adaptation, for all the sickos who loved that Twisted Metal show on Peacock.) But as usual, all eyes are on the night’s top prize, Game of the Year, and 2023’s six nominees make for an especially strong group of contenders.
So which game will join God of War, Elden Ring, and, uh, It Takes Two in the Game of the Year pantheon? Let’s break down this year’s nominees, and why they do and don’t deserve the honor:
Alan Wake II
Pros: A long-in-the-works sequel that actually lived up to the hype. Genuinely scary, but at times also extremely funny. Part of a shared universe more interesting than anything coming out of Hollywood right now. Probably the closest we’ll ever get to a video game adaptation of Twin Peaks: The Return.
Cons: Where’s Alan Wake III?