The Game Awards 2017 were packed full of world premieres, performances, tributes to industry professionals, and of course the games themselves.
This year introduced The Game Awards Orchestra, which opened the show with a stunning performance of a medley of songs from games both new and old, including tracks from both Mario and Mortal Kombat.
Geoff Keighley, organizer and host of The Game Awards, said, “This is something we’ve always wanted to do, it’s one of the most requested things we’ve had over the years, and we finally did it.”
The orchestra also performed a special medley containing music from all of the nominees for Game of the Year, which included Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.
The night had world premieres of dozens of games, along with popular games announcing new content such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds getting a new map, as well as a new trailer for Hideo Kojima’s highly anticipated Death’s Stranding featuring Norman Reedus. The trailer, in typical Kojima fashion, caused more questions to be asked than answered, with things like invisible monsters, a baby in a backpack and just crazy stuff happening in general.
The awards also added online voting for those who wanted their own say in what game should win in each category, including Game of the Year. Viewers just had to go to The Game Awards website and cast a vote.
Award categories included Best Voice Actor, Games for Impact, Best Multiplayer Game, Game of the Year and more. This year, Nintendo ran away with the competition, having multiple nominations in many of the more prestigious categories including two of the five game of the year nominations, and winning the game of the year with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo also took Best Game Direction with Breath of the Wild, and Best Family Game with Super Mario Odyssey.