List of The Game Awards 2022 nominees, with God of War: Ragnarok and Elden Ring leading

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Geoff Keighley has announced all the nominees for The Game Awards 2022with God of War: Ragnarok and Elden Ring leading the way with ten and seven nominations respectively.

God of War: Ragnarok nominations include Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design, two for Best Performance, Best Action/Adventure and Innovation in Accessibility.

Elden Ring received several similar nominations, including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design, and Best Role Playing Game.

Voting is now open.

The full list of categories and The Game Awards 2022 nominations is the next:

game of the year

Recognizing a game that offers the best experience in all creative and technical areas.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3

best game direction

Awarded for his extraordinary creative vision and innovation in game design and direction.

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality
  • Stray

best narrative

For excellent narration and narrative development of a game.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality

best art direction

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievements in artistic design and animation.

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Scorn
  • Stray

Best music

For featured music, including sheet music, original song, and/or licensed soundtrack.

  • Olivier Deriviere – A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Tsukasa Saitoh – Elden Ring
  • Bear McCreary – God of War: Ragnarok
  • Two Feathers – Metal Hellsinger
  • Yasunori Mitsuda

best sound design

Recognizing the best audio and sound design in the game.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Grand Touring 7
  • Horizon Forbidden West

best performance

Awarded to one person for voice-over acting, motion capture, and/or acting.

  • Ashly Birch – Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney – A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge – God of War: Ragnarok
  • Manon Gage – Immortality
  • Sunny Suljic – God of War: Ragnarok
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Games of “impact”

For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.

  • A Memoir Blue
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever
  • Hindsight
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

best game in progress

Awarded to a game for excellent continuous content development that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 14 Online
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact

best indie game

For outstanding creative and technical achievements in a game made outside of the traditional publisher system.

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Stray
  • TUNIC

Best New Indie Game

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

  • Neon White
  • NORCO
  • Stray
  • TUNIC
  • Vampire Survivors

best mobile game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Apex Legends Mobile
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Genshin Impact
  • Marvel Snap
  • Tower of Fantasy

Better community support

Acknowledging a game for its excellent community support, transparency, and responsiveness, including activity on social media and game updates and patches.

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 14 Online
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky

Best VR/AR Game

For the best virtual or augmented reality gaming experience, regardless of platform.

  • After the Fall
  • Among Us VR
  • BONELAB
  • Moss: Book II
  • Red Matter 2

innovation in accessibility

Recognizing the software and/or hardware that is powering the medium by adding features, technology, and content to help make games played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

  • As Dusk Falls
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Returnal
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • The Last of Us Part 1
  • The Quarry

best action game

For the best game in the action genre focused mainly on combat.

  • Bayonetta 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Best Action/Adventure Game

For the ultimate action/adventure game, combining combat with scrolling and puzzle solving.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • TUNIC
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Best RPG

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massive multiplayer experiences.

  • Elden Ring
  • Live a Live
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  • Triangle Strategy
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3

best fighting game

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • DNF Duel
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R
  • The King of Fighters 15
  • MultiVersus
  • Sifu

best family game

For the best family-friendly game, regardless of genre or platform.

  • Kirby and the Land of Oblivion
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Nintendo Switch Sports
  • Splatoon 3

Best Sports/Racing Game

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

  • F1 22
  • FIFA 23
  • NBA 2K23
  • Grand Touring 7
  • OlliOlli World

Best Simulation/Strategy Game

Best turn-based or real-time strategy or simulation-focused game, regardless of platform.

  • Dune: Spice Wars
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Total War: WARHAMMER 3
  • Two Point Campus
  • Victoria 3

best multiplayer game

For its excellent design and online multiplayer gameplay, including massively multiplayer and cooperative experiences, regardless of game genre or platform.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Multiversus
  • Overwatch 2
  • Splatoon 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Content Creator of the Year

For a streamer or content creator who has made a significant and positive impact on the community in 2021.

  • Karl Jacobs
  • Ludwig
  • Nibellion
  • Count up
  • QTCinderella

best esports athlete

The esports athlete who is considered Most Outstanding for Performance and Conduct in 2021, regardless of game.

  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen.G, LOL)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL)
  • Finn “Karrigan” Andersen ( (FaZe Clan – CS:GO)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Born to Win, CS:GO)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, Valorant)

best esports coach

The Esports coach considered the most outstanding for his performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Born to Win, CS:GO)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT)
  • Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, CS:GO)
  • Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL)
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best esports event

Recognizing an event (of one or several days) that has offered the best experience to the participants and the audience.

  • EVO 2022
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022
  • The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational
  • VALORANT Champions 2022

best esports game

For the game that has provided the best overall esports experience for players (including tournaments, community support, and content updates), regardless of genre or platform.

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA 2
  • League of Legends
  • Rocket League
  • VALUING

best esports team

Recognition of a specific esports team (not the entire organization) considered the most outstanding for its performance and conduct in 2021.

  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • FaZe Clan (CS:GO)
  • Gen.G (League of Legends)
  • LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
  • LOUD (Valorant)

most anticipated game

Recognizing a heralded game that has shown potential to push the gaming medium forward.

  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Starfield
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

best adaptation

Celebrating gaming-inspired projects across the world of entertainment, including TV, movies, comics, and more.

  • Arcane: League of Legends
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
  • The Cuphead Show!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Uncharted

The public You can now vote for the nominees you deem most deserving of each individual award on The Game Awards website, with the award ceremony taking place on December 8.

At last year’s awards, It Takes Two won Game of the Year, while Deathloop won Best Game Direction, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy won Best Narrative, and Final Fantasy XIV Online won. the award for the best game in progress.

The Game Awards are also a great source of video game announcements, new trailers, etc. The 2021 ceremony hosted the reveal of Star Wars: Eclipse, Alan Wake 2, and Wonder Woman, among others.