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2018 New York Game Awards Nominees Revealed [Update: Winners Announced]

The New York Videogame Critics Circle hosts the 8th Annual New York Game Awards, honoring the best in video gaming on January 22, 2019 at SVA Theatre in New York City and the nominees, as chosen by the New York Videogame Critics Circle, have been announced!

The Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year, alongside all winners for the categories below, will be announced at the awards ceremony hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Trevor hosted the reveal event for 2018's Battlefield V).

Related: Full Game Awards 2018 Winners List Revealed

In addition to award nominations, the New York Game Awards is giving its Andrew Yoon Legend Award to Jade Raymond, co-creator of the Assassin's Creed franchise and founder of EA Motive and Ubisoft Toronto studios. Raymond is a leading force in advancing the medium of video games as an art form by pioneering new forms of gameplay, player agency and online games. Even more importantly, she’s been on the vanguard of making the subject matter of games more thought provoking and relevant to our world. She’ll receive the Legend Award in-person at the New York Game Awards ceremony.

Update (Jan 23 2019): The complete list of winners has been announced. Original article continues below list.

  • Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year: God of War
  • Andrew Yoon Legend Award: Jade Raymond, Assassin’s Creed franchise co-creator and founder of EA Motive and Ubisoft Toronto studios
  • Statue of Liberty Award for Best World: Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Herman Melville Award for Best WritingRed Dead Redemption 2
  • Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game: Tetris Effect
  • Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game: Tetris Effect
  • Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game: Nintendo Labo Variety Pack
  • A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game: Florence
  • Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game: Dead Cells
  • Freedom Tower Award for Best RemakeShadow of the Colossus
  • Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game: Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War
  • Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism: Cecilia D'Anastasio for her story in KotakuInside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
  • Captain Award for Best Rookie Esports Game: Knicks Gaming

2018 New York Game Awards Nominees

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • Monster Hunter: World
  • God of War
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Celeste
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Nintendo Labo Variety Pack
  • Yoku's Island Express
  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Moss
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • Alto's Odyssey
  • Death Road to Canada
  • Florence
  • Part Time UFO
  • Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition
  • Homo Machina
  • Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game

  • Moss
  • Fire Escape
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Tetris Effect
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall: Zero Hour

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Finding Paradise
  • Donut County
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Into the Breach
  • Gris

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Tetris Effect
  • Fallout 76
  • Chuchel
  • Far Cry 5

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • God of War
  • Minit
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Far Cry 5
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1: Roads

Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game

  • SOULCALIBUR VI
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Bayonetta 1 and Bayonetta 2 Collection
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Diablo III (Nintendo Switch)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War
  • Sunny Suljic as Atreus in God of War
  • Laura Bailey as MJ Watson in Spider-Man
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Cali Elizabeth Moore as Abigail Roberts in Red Dead Redemption 2

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