Gamescom 2017 Awards: And the winners are…

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Gamescom 2017 is over and it was a blast for everyone visiting, be it fans, journalists or developers. A new record was established with more than 355,000 visitors at this year’s event in Cologne, Germany.

Aside from all the new gameplay, trailers and announcements, the event also gives out a variety of awards each year to games and studios that make an appearance at the show. This article is a roundup of all the award winners of Gamescom 2017. In addition, I’ll share gameplay, trailers and interviews from each game, giving you a sense of why the game deserves the award it received.

This list features games that you’ve surely heard of and expect, like Super Mario Odyssey, but also games that you might have missed, like God’s Trigger. It’s a great place to learn which titles to keep an eye on in the upcoming year! Enjoy!

Category A: Best of Gamescom
Best of Gamescom award:
Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo

Without a doubt, Super Mario Odyssey was the most sought after game at Gamescom 2017. The hype started earlier this year during E3, where we got to see tons of new gameplay from the upcoming hit. There’s no doubt about it: Super Mario Odyssey will be a system seller for Nintendo, and the footage shows great promise as it builds upon the classic Mario recipe but with new flavors mixed in.

Category B: Gamescom Global Awards
Gamescom award for best add-on/DLC:
Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar, Electronic Arts

The highly anticipated DLC for Battlefield is promised to deliver some incredible action. Thousands of people waited hours in line to get their hands on just a few minutes of multiplayer madness at Gamescom, and most seemed pretty satisfied with the experience.

Gamescom award for best booth:
Electronic Arts Gamescom Booth 2017, Electronic Arts

It’s no secret that for a few years now EA has been stealing the show with their fantastic hall designs. This year was no different as they leveraged the enormous amount of space they had with immense props, stages, screens and gaming stations that no other booth could compete with. The only company who rivaled them in terms of space was Sony, but their focus on restricted access to certain areas made it feel a lot smaller and more closed off in comparison to EA. Well done!

Category C: Platform Specific
Best Console Game, Sony PlayStation 4:
Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft

Although the next two titles are cross-platform, they’ve given awards to specific platforms. I played Assassin’s Creed Origins on Xbox One, but I can understand why they awarded the game this honor. The game looks amazing, and it’s bringing a ton of new features and elements to the franchise, something that previously only Black Flag was famous for. With a better combat system and deep RPG elements, Assassin’s Creed Origins has my attention.

Best Console Game, Microsoft Xbox One:
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Warner Bros.

Shadow of War is a bigger, louder, better looking, and all-around improved version of the first title, Shadow of Mordor. This sequel will expand on the famous Nemesis system and will add many new gameplay features. Most notably, the game will include some truly epic new boss battles with classic Lord of the Rings enemies. If you loved the first one, you have to play this!

Best Console Game, Nintendo Switch:
Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo

It won the overall best game award, so naturally, Super Mario Odyssey was the best Nintendo title at Gamescom 2017. There’s not much more to say here — buy the game and play it as soon as it releases!

Best PC Game:
Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Koch Media

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been shown a few times in the last year and is most anticipated by PC gamers and traditional Western RPG fans. The game is set in the fantastic world of the middle ages, looking a lot like Skyrim but combined with the methodical combat of Dark Souls. Definitely a title to watch out for in 2018.

Best Handheld Game:
Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo

Nintendo has one of the strongest lineups of recent years that’s set to carry them through 2017 and 2018. It’s no surprise that the new handheld adventure with Samus Aran received this award. From what we’ve seen so far at E3 and at Gamescom, the game is brilliant and pays homage to the old 2D Metroid games. Especially with the new 2DS on the shelves, this is the perfect game to pick up in September.

Category D: Genre Specific
Best Role Playing Game:
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Bandai Namco

Ni No Kuni 2 is a JRPG with a unique art style and modern game mechanics. It features a completely new story that has nothing to do with the first title. It’s an exclusive that you’ll have to get lest you miss out on the epic and magical journey that is Ni No Kuni. I had a chance to try it myself, and I have to say, it looks and plays great.

Best Racing Game:
Forza Motorsport 7, Microsoft

Forza 7 is about to blow the racing community away with its photo-realistic graphics, true to life mechanics, and overall immersive gameplay. The Gran Turismo series has a lot of catching up to do. If you want the ultimate racing experience in your living room, you might just have to get an Xbox One and this game. They showed off 4K HDR gameplay at Gamescom with the Xbox One X and it was absolutely stunning.

Best Action Game:
Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo

This feels like the 1993 movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Super Mario Odyssey once again is in the spotlight. In my opinion, this award could have gone to another title, since I wouldn’t call Super Mario an action game per se. I would have loved to mention Uncharted: The Lost Legacy here, which should have been on the list somewhere.

Best Simulation Game:
Project CARS 2, Bandai Namco

Project CARS 2 was the only competition for Forza 7 this year. Project CARS is somewhere between Forza and Gran Turismo and has earned its place with racing enthusiasts. The game looks fun and brings the realism of racing, but from my viewpoint, it just doesn’t reach the overall quality and polish of Forza.

Best Sports Game:
PES 2018, Konami

So, yeah, PES 2018 is not bad, I guess? Sorry, I’m not into football/soccer games… I haven’t played any of these since Fifa 96 for the N64. I’m sure some of you might get a kick out of the interview above, but I’m not qualified to say anything meaningful here. The game looks solid… I think?

Best Family Game:
Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo

The fourth award for Super Mario Odyssey. As with the action game award, I would have given this one to another game as well. Anything that features co-op gameplay, for example. As it happens, the next entry on this list would have been my personal choice for the most family friendly game.

Best Strategy Game:
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Ubisoft

The game just released and is currently running on my Nintendo Switch. It’s super fun, comical, and even hard to master. With all the cute characters and the many different game modes, this game would have been the perfect fit for a family award. But, to be fair, it’s also an excellent strategy game. It might not look the part, but its mechanics work brilliantly and it’s a lot of fun.

Best Puzzle / Skill Game:
God’s Trigger, Techland

Yes, it does look like Hotline Miami, and no, it is not from the same developer. I didn’t catch the game during my time at Gamescom, but apparently it was there and got an award, so it has to be fun, right? It certainly looks like a lot of fun. I love a good co-op game, as some of our readers might know by now, so I’ll be sure to check this out.

Best Social/Online Game:
Destiny 2, Activision/Blizzard

I’m not surprised that Destiny 2 won this. The newest game by Bungie might look like a bit like a 1.5 edition of the first game, but you might be surprised by how much of an upgrade it really is. With only a few days left till its release, we’ll find out soon what the game has in store. Destiny 2 releases on September 6th.

Best Casual Game:
Hidden Agenda, Sony

Hidden Agenda is somewhat of a hidden game at the moment, meaning we don’t know much about it. Supermassive Games, the creators of Until Dawn, have created another very similar experience here. You can play with up to 5 players simultaneously and decide the fate of your characters. It looks pretty awesome, and although they just show people using Sony smartphones, you will be able to play it with other devices as well.

Best Multiplayer Game:
Destiny 2, Activision/Blizzard

Destiny 2 was sure to win this category. I’m curious how the new features will play out and how much people will enjoy the new multiplayer modes.

Best Virtual Reality Game:
Fallout 4 VR, ZeniMax

Fallout 4 VR was not the only VR game, but it was one of the better ones at the event. I would have preferred to see Skyrim VR here, since I like the setting much better, but I can understand why this game got the award. It’s also nice to see some hype around the HTC Vive, proving that the race for VR dominance is still going strong. If you are still undecided, read our newest article on VR and why we think now’s a pretty good time to jump into this exciting new realm of gaming.

Best Hardware:
Xbox One X, Microsoft

No surprise here — we’ve all been hearing about “the most powerful console ever” for a while now. But, as it stands, Microsoft still lack the games that are needed to truly make their side more enticing to most than the others. That said, despite the lack of exclusive games I’m still willing to get this console. I hope all the teraflops will pay off eventually…

Category E: Gamescom Consumer Awards
“Most Wanted” Consumer Award:
Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo

Super Mario! Are you even surprised? In all seriousness, be sure to let us know on Twitter and Facebook what you’re most excited for from this upcoming hit. Personally, I look forward to playing as almost any enemy or object in this game, using Mario’s new ability to transform.

Category F: Indie Awards
Gamescom Indie Award:
Double Kick Heroes, Headbang Club

Last but not least, an indie game closes the Gamescom 2017 awards. Honestly, I was totally oblivious to this game, but after reading a bit about it, I’m kind of excited. It’s basically a rhythm game, but instead of having a generic sequence in the background like in Guitar Hero, you’re actually escaping from zombies and each successful note will help you survive the apocalypse. It’s a fun concept and speaks to me as a musician. So, if you enjoy these types of games, check it out and maybe even gain access to the beta.

In Conclusion

There is no doubt that the next 18 months will be amazing. It’s a very good time to be a gamer, regardless of which platforms and genres you prefer. With all the mainstream hype and increased production value of games, there is so much to look forward to in the future. For my part, I’m most excited about Nintendo right now; they’ve done everything right since they launched the Switch, and everyone seems to have already forgotten about the Wii U fiasco. I hope they can keep up the pace.

On the other hand, Sony continues to amaze us with the finest selection of exclusive AAA titles. Meanwhile I feel like Microsoft is still in a bad spot and that they will probably keep struggling long into 2018. Who knows if they’ll do anything to change that?

Overall, Gamescom 2017 was an excellent opportunity for me to see some more footage and to play some games that I’ve been waiting for since E3. What was your highlight of the event? Do you agree with the award choices? Let us know on Twitter!

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