New York Game Awards: All The Nominees Announced For Our 1/22/19 Celebration!


New York Videogame Critics Circle Announces 8th Annual New York Game Awards Nominees and Honors Industry Great Jade Raymond with Legend Award

New York City, January 3, 2019 – The New York Videogame Critics Circle will host the 8th Annual New York Game Awards, honoring the best in video gaming on January 22 at SVA Theatre in New York City. From Best Game Music to Best Remake, the New York Game Awards nominations all culminate to the Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year, all announced at the awards ceremony hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

In addition to award nominations announced today, the New York Game Awards is proud to give its Andrew Yoon Legend Award to Jade Raymond, co-creator of the Assassins Creed franchise and founder of EA Motive and Ubisoft Toronto studios. Raymond is a leading force in advancing the medium of videogames 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.

When asked about Jade Raymond’s honor with the Legend Award, Critics Circle president and founder Harold Goldberg said, “From her days at Sony Online Entertainment as a programmer to this very day, Jade really has had a game-changer of a career. It makes total sense that the first woman we honor be Jade Raymond.”

8th Annual 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 One: Roads
Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game

  • 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

Tickets are now on sale now for the 8th Annual New York Game Awards. With the purchase of a $22 ticket, attendees will be entertained with live music and comedy from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, watch trailer premiers, meet the world’s greatest game makers and hang with the Legend Award winner herself at the after party. What the New York Videogame Critics Circle earns from ticket sales go directly back into the non-profit organization to help with mentoring, scholarships and workshops in New York City. Additionally, all attendees receive a free gift.

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About the New York Videogame Critics Circle

Based in New York City, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization, stemming from the need for community in the oftentimes cut-throat world of journalism. This multicultural group is comprised of the finest videogame critics, designers, writers, reporters, bloggers and videographers in New York City. Members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle give back to their communities with programs like the DreamYard Project at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx, NY, offering mentoring, internships, lectures, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underprivileged students. The organization also works with The Abrons Arts Center, part of the Henry Street Settlement. There, they hold the annual New York Game Awards, teach courses and bring games and education to community events. They also mentor seniors at O.A.T.S., Older Adult Technology Services, at their tech center in NYC.

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