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These are the games that won The Game Awards 2022—plus, where to buy them
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Step aside Oscars, and make way Grammys, there’s only one award show that matters in December: The Game Awards. Created in 2014 and hosted by video game journalist Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards are a celebration of the year’s best games, with nominations across various categories such as the best game score and the best virtual reality. Additionally, The Game Awards is an evening of trailer premieres for highly anticipated video games.

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Last night, some of this year’s most buzzed-about games including God of War: Ragnarök and Elden Ring took home several awards. Whether you’re figuring out what games to gift this holiday season or you’re a gamer looking to treat yourself, we’re here to help you buy this year’s hottest games. Here are the winners of The Game Awards 2022—and where to buy them. 

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Winners of The Game Awards 2022 

Game of the Year 

The winner of this award is seen as the absolute best game of the year and excels in both creativity and technical fidelity. 

Winner: Elden Ring  

Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: A Plague Tale: Requiem, God of War Ragnarök, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 

From $44.95 at Walmart

Best Game Direction 

The winner of this award has an excellent creative vision and innovative design philosophy. 

Winner: Elden Ring  

Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: God of War Ragnarök, Horizon Forbidden West, Immortality, Stray 

From $44.95 at Walmart

Best Narrative 

This award’s winner is seen as having strong storytelling.  

Winner: God of War Ragnarök 

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: A Plague Tale: Requiem, Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, Immortality 

From $59.88 at Walmart

Best Art Direction 

This award acknowledges a game’s outstanding art design, be it through character, animation or environmental design. 

Winner: Elden Ring  

Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: God of War: Ragnarök, Horizon Forbidden West, Scorn, Stray 

From $44.95 at Walmart

Best Score/Music 

The recipient of this award is a composer who crafted an excellent soundtrack that enhances all aspects of a game. 

Winner: Bear McCreary – God of War: Ragnarök 

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: Olivier Deriviere – A Plague Tale: Requiem, Tsukasa Saitoh – Elden Ring, Two Feathers – Metal Hellsinger, Yasunori Mitsuda 

From $59.88 at Walmart

Best Audio Design

Separate from score/music, this award recognizes the sound effects and audio that further tie a game together.  

Winner: God of War Ragnarök 

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Elden Ring, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West 

From $59.88 at Walmart

Best Performance 

The winner of this award is an individual with outstanding voice-acting, motion or performance capture. 

Winner: Christopher Judge – God of War: Ragnarök 

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: Ashly Birch – Horizon Forbidden West, Charlotte McBurney – A Plague Tale: Requiem, Manon Gage – Immortality, Sunny Suljic – God of War: Ragnarok 

From $59.88 at Walmart

Games for Impact 

The winner of this game has a thought-provoking social message or theme in its narrative. 

Winner: As Dusk Falls  

Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Cloud Gaming, online 

Other nominees: A Memoir Blue, Citizen Sleeper, Endling – Extinction is Forever, Hindsight, I Was a Teenage Exocolonist 

From $29.99 at Target

Best Ongoing Game 

This award is given to the best game with no set endpoint, mostly understood as a game that is continually being developed. 

Winner: Final Fantasy 14 Online  

Available online 

Other nominees: Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Fortnite, Genshin Impact 

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Best Indie Game 

The award is given to the best game created by an independent or small publisher. 

Winner: Stray  

Available on PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: Cult of the Lamb, Neon White, Sifu, TUNIC 

$40 at Walmart

Best Debut Indie Game 

This is awarded to the best game created by a newly formed independent or small publisher. 

Winner: Stray  

Available on PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: Neon White, NORCO, TUNIC, Vampire Survivors 

$40 at Walmart

Best Mobile Game 

This is awarded to the best game that can be played on mobile devices such as phones or tablets. 

Winner: Marvel Snap 

Available on iOS, Android, online 

Other nominees: Apex Legends Mobile, Diablo Immortal, Genshin Impact, Tower of Fantasy 

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Best Community Support 

The winner of this award is acknowledged as having a responsive team that is helpful and transparent with its community of players about updates, patches and more. 

Winner: Final Fantasy 14 Online  

Available online 

Other nominees: Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Fortnite, No Man’s Sky 

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Best VR/AR Game 

This is awarded to the best game created for augmented and virtual reality platforms such as Meta Quest 2. 

Winner: Moss: Book II  

Available on PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: After the Fall, Among Us VR, BONELAB, Red Matter 2 

$29.99 on Oculus

Innovation in Accessibility 

This award recognizes a game with features and content that help it to be enjoyed by a wider audience. 

Winner: God of War: Ragnarök 

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: As Dusk Falls, Returnal, Return to Monkey Island, The Last of Us Part 1, The Quarry 

From $59.88 at Walmart

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Best Action Game 

This award is given to the best game in the action genre. These games typically have a heavy focus on combat. 

Winner: Bayonetta 3 

Available on Nintendo Switch 

Other nominees: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Neon White, Sifu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge 

$55.13 at Amazon

Best Action/Adventure Game 

This is awarded to the best game in the action/adventure genre, which often blends combat with puzzle-solving and exploration. 

Winner: God of War Ragnarök  

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: A Plague Tale: Requiem, Horizon Forbidden West, Stray, TUNIC 

From $59.88 at Walmart

Best RPG 

This is awarded to the best game in the roleplaying game (RPG) genre. These games will often focus on customization and/or making your character stronger by gaining levels. 

Winner: Elden Ring  

Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: Live a Live, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Triangle Strategy, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 

From $44.95 at Walmart

Best Fighting Game 

This is awarded to the best game in the fighting genre. These games are focused around player-versus-player combat. 

Winner: MultiVersus 

Available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, online 

Other nominees: DNF Duel, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, The King of Fighters 15, Sifu 

Play free

Best Family Game 

This is awarded to games whose content is seen as being enjoyable for families to play together, regardless of age. 

Winner: Kirby and the Forgotten Land 

Available on Nintendo Switch 

Other nominees: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Nintendo Switch Sports, Splatoon 3 

$50.89 on Amazon

Best Sports/Racing Game 

This is awarded to the best in the sports or racing genre. Sports games emulate real-life sports such as basketball or football. Racing games refer to games in which a player tries to reach the goal the fastest. 

Winner: Gran Turismo 7 

Available on PS4, PS5 

Other nominees: F1 22, FIFA 23, NBA 2K23, OlliOlli World 

$29.97 at Walmart

Best SIM/Strategy Game 

This is awarded to the game with the best simulation real-time or turn-based. Additionally, this award focuses on the best strategy gameplay. 

Winner: Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope 

Available on Nintendo Switch 

Other nominees: Dune: Spice Wars, Total War: WARHAMMER 3, Two Point Campus, Victoria 3 

$31.98 at Amazon

Best Multiplayer Game 

Awarded to the game with outstanding multiplayer gameplay, design and experience. 

Winner: Splatoon 3 

Available on Nintendo Switch 

Other nominees: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, MultiVersus, Overwatch 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge 

$58.99 at Amazon

Content Creator of the Year 

Awarded to a streamer or content creator who has left a positive impact on the gaming community. 

Winner: Ludwig 

Other nominees: Karl Jacobs, Nibellion, Nobru, QTCinderella 

Best Esports Athlete 

Awarded to an electronic sports athlete noted for their outstanding performance and conduct. 

Winner: Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, VALORANT)  

Available online 

Other nominees: Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen.G, LOL), Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL), Finn “Karrigan” Andersen (FaZe Clan, CS:GO), Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO) 

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Best Esports Coach 

This award celebrates an electronic sports coach notable for their outstanding performance and conduct. 

Winner: Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT) 

Available online 

Other nominees: Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Natus Vincere, CS:GO), Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT), Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, CS:GO), Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL) 

Play free

Best Esports Event 

Awarded to an electronic sports event that delivered a superb experience for players and audiences alike. 

Winner: 2022 League of Legends World Championship 

Available online 

Other nominees: EVO 2022, PGL Major Antwerp 2022, The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, VALORANT Champions 2022 

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Best Esports Game 

Awarded to the electronic sports game with the best player experience, taking into account tournaments, community support and content updates. 

Winner: VALORANT 

Available online 

Other nominees: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, League of Legends, Rocket League 

Play free

Best Esports Team 

This award recognizes an electronic sports team notable for its outstanding performance and conduct. 

Winner: LOUD (VALORANT) 

Available online 

Other nominees: DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends), FaZe Clan (CS:GO), Gen.G (League of Legends), LA Thieves (Call of Duty) 

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Most Anticipated Game 

This is awarded to a currently unreleased game that is generating the most excitement among potential players. 

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 

Available on Nintendo Switch starting May 12, 2023 

Other nominees: Final Fantasy 16, Hogwarts Legacy, Resident Evil 4, Starfield 

Pre-order at Walmart

Best Adaptation 

Awarded to the best adaptation of a video game in movies, TV, comics or more.  

Winner: Arcane: League of Legends 

Available online 

Other nominees: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, The Cuphead Show!, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Uncharted 

Play free

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