Best Game of the Year
Winner: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Generally speaking, this is always a tough category to rule on. Do you go for the sequel that manages to reinvent the formula, that one multiplayer game that everyone can’t stop talking about or the rare original idea that brings with a ambitious and well-executed take on a familiar formula? This time around, we opted for the third option.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice builds on the already-great legacy of character-action aficionados at Ninja Theory. It takes the format to a place that, prior to playing Senua’s Sacrifice, it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to successfully pull off. Hellblade is an utterly engrossing experience that’s worth commending on the strength of its storytelling, sound-design, or cinematic visuals alone. Throw in Ninja Theory’s willingness to tackle representing mental illness without resorting to cliche and you’ve got a game that’s worthy of praise across the board.
While PUBG and Breath of the Wild are both games that fans and critics can’t stop talking about, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is one that we can’t stop thinking about.
As we said in our review, “For all the pedigree that action-game developer Ninja Theory bring with them, there are plenty of ways that this project could have gone wrong or off the rails entirely. Instead, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice holds up a triumph of storytelling, gameplay and presentation. It’s a harrowing journey into the soul of its hero - along with the demons that haunt it - and as much a game worth playing as it is an experience worth seeing.”
Runner Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds