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Video Game Award Nominations 2018

Welcome to the annual Gamerheadquarters Video Game Awards where we kick things off with our nominations. These include multiple categories in gaming featuring the best titles of the year. Firstly, I should mention that we have a Fan Favorite Award that can be voted on from the link below or just continue down to view the nominations. We've slightly altered the categories for the awards feeling this best represents gaming in 2018 and what the site covers.

This includes removing virtual reality and the Nintendo exclusive category, which were both added last year. Additional games will be added to this list prior to the final awards reveal, with Just Cause 4 being most considered. The final awards area of the site will go live on December 17, 2018 featuring the winners for this year along with a fancy set of awards. Check out the nominations below and be sure to share around!

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View the 2017 Winners!

Game of the Year
Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War

Red Dead Redemption 2 Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Game of the Year
Forza Horizon 4 Game of the Year
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Game of the Year
Marvel's Spider-Man Game of the Year
God of War Game of the Year

Indie Game of the Year
Dead Cells, City of Brass, Full Metal Furies, Vesta, QUBE 2

Dead Cells Game of the Year
City of Brass Game of the Year
Full Metal Furies Game of the Year
Vesta Game of the Year
Qube 2 Game of the Year

Story of the Year
Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Vampyr, God of War

Red Dead Redemption 2 Game of the Year
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Game of the Year
Marvel's Spider-Man Game of the Year
Vampyr Game of the Year
God of War Game of the Year

Shooter Game of the Year
Hitman 2, Strange Brigade, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V, Far Cry 5

Hitman 2 Game of the Year
Strange Brigade Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game of the Year
Battlefield V Game of the Year
Far Cry 5 Game of the Year

Coop Game of the Year
Strange Brigade, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Overcooked 2, State of Decay 2, Warhammer Vermintide 2, Sea of Thieves

Strange Brigade Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game of the Year
Overcooked 2 Game of the Year
State of Decay 2 Game of the Year
Warhammer Vermintide 2 Game of the Year
Sea of Thieves Game of the Year

Best Non Series Game of the Year
Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Vampyr, Paladins, Sea of Thieves, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Strange Brigade

Starlink Battle for Atlas Game of the Year
Vampyr Game of the Year
Paladins Game of the Year
Sea of Thieves Game of the Year
Kingdom Come: Deliverance Game of the Year
Strange Brigade Game of the Year

Best in a Series Game of the Year
Hitman 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, God of War

Hitman 2 Game of the Year
Red Dead Redemption 2 Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Game of the Year
Forza Horizon 4 Game of the Year
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Game of the Year
God of War Game of the Year

Best Environments in a Game
Hitman 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, God of War

Hitman 2 Game of the Year
Red Dead Redemption 2 Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Game of the Year
Forza Horizon 4 Game of the Year
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Game of the Year
God of War Game of the Year

Best New Character in a Game
Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Faith Seed (Far Cry 5)
Jonathan E. Reid (Vampyr)
Fury (Darksiders 3)

Favorite Returning Character in a Game
Agent 47 (Hitman 2)
John Marston (Red Dead Redemption 2)
Lara Croft (Shadow of the Tomb Raider)
Kratos (God of War)

Xbox Exclusive of the Year
Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2

Forza Horizon 4 Game of the Year
State of Decay 2 Game of the Year
Sea of Thieves Game of the Year

Playstation Exclusive of the Year
Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Marvel's Spider-Man Game of the Year
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life Game of the Year
God of War Game of the Year

PC Exclusive of the Year
Hyper Universe, Frostpunk, Megaquarium

Hyper Universe Game of the Year
Frostpunk Game of the Year
Megaquarium Game of the Year

Digital Game of the Year
Overcooked 2, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, Yoku’s Island Express, Laser League, Pit People, Unravel Two

Overcooked 2 Game of the Year
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit Game of the Year
Yoku's Island Express Game of the Year
Laser League Game of the Year
Pit People Game of the Year
Unravel Two Game of the Year

Remake of the Year
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Shadow of the Colossus, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Game of the Year
Yakuza Kiwami 2 Game of the Year
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Game of the Year
Shadow of the Colossus Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed Rogue Game of the Year

DLC of the Year
-Destiny 2: Forsaken, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Desolation of Mordor, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones

Destiny 2: Forsaken Game of the Year
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Desolation of Mordor Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls Online Summerset Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones Game of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year
Grimvalor, Guinea Pig Bridge, Ava Airborne, Boom Ball 3, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, Old School RuneScape

Grimvalor Game of the Year
Guinea Pig Bridge Game of the Year
Ava Airborne Game of the Year
Boom Ball 3 Game of the Year
Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians Game of the Year
Old School Runescape Game of the Year

Early Access Game of the Year
Deep Rock Galactic, Hunt: Showdown, Vigor, My Time at Portia

Deep Rock Galactic Game of the Year
Hunt: Showdown Game of the Year
Vigor Game of the Year
My Time at Portia Game of the Year

Fan Favorite Voting VOTE HERE

Other things to note: Early Access titles cannot be awarded multiple years and remasters cannot qualify for any other categories aside from the remake one. Games must have released or finished within the year to be included, this is mostly for episodic titles as they can only qualify in the year they conclude. Exclusives are now somewhat different due to a changing market, we now consider console titles exclusive if they're only available on one platform with it being fine if they're on PC. We feel these nominations cover a variety of titles and display the best of the year, hoped you might have even come across a gem you missed in the year.

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner