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The Best Performance category was packed, so it’s no surprise some incredible actors were overlooked. In replies to The Game Awards’ tweet asking who got snubbed, Danielle Bisutti as God of War Ragnarok’s Freya appears more than almost any other reply.
This year had more great game soundtracks than could fit in one category, but a few exclusions are downright baffling. For all its flaws, Sonic Frontiers’ score is maybe the best in the series, with intense, anime-as-hell boss themes and some surprising orchestral pieces as well.
Then there’s Mario and Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, which features a frankly ridiculous lineup of legendary composers: Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts), Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie), and Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest).
Given the absolutely massive success of Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s shocking that its sequel, Rebirth, was nowhere to be seen. But the Most Anticipated Game category had a much bigger problem this year...
Maybe it’s not surprising, but it’s certainly disappointing. Despite its source material’s racist and antisemitic tropes, J.K. Rowling’s years of bigoted comments, and trans people begging you not to play it, some people are still on board for Hogwarts Legacy.
A game that lets you play as a cat was destined to get a lot of attention, but Stray’s five Game Awards nominations were a big surprise. It’s by far the smallest game with a GOTY nomination, but it’s also in indie categories alongside solo-developed games.
Stray’s multi-nomination status illustrates the lack of clarity around what an indie game even is. The recipient of a major marketing push from Sony, it’s too big to really be called an indie, but it’s the closest to one we’re likely to see up for GOTY.
However nebulous their definition, this year was absolutely bursting with fantastic indie games. While true tiny-team masterpieces like Sephonie and The Curse of the Golden Idol never stood a chance, others like Signalis broke through enough to make their exclusion puzzling.