While the rush of Game of the Year awards has yet to come, the second annual The Game Awards has unveiled its full slate of nominees, and for fans of open-world games, the titles competing for the top prize will offer a difficult decision.

Produced by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards has revealed that Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Super Mario Maker, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have all been nominated for Game of the Year. The Witcher 3 leads nominees in all the categories with a total of seven nominations, with Metal Gear closely behind it with five nominations.

All five Game of the Year nominees’ developers are also represented in the Developer of the Year category. Two of the Indepdent Game of the Year nominees, Ori and the Blind Forest and Her Story, come in under Metal Gear with four nominations each. Both games are competing in the Independent category with Axiom Verge, Rocket League, and Undertale.

There might not be an Oscars or Emmys of the video game world, but Keighley’s The Game Awards aims to be the premiere end-of-year awards showcase for the gaming world. The show kicked off last year with awards, performances, and a few reveals, and looks to continue that trend this year. Check out the full list of nominees below, and stay tuned for coverage of the show as The Game Awards airs on Dec. 3

Game of the Year


Fallout 4

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Super Mario Maker

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Developer of the Year

Bethesda Game Studios

CD Projekt Red


Kojima Productions


Best Independent Game

Axiom Verge

Her Story

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rocket League


Best Mobile/Handheld Game


Fallout Shelter

Lara Croft GO

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate

Pac-Man 256

Best Narrative

Her Story

Life Is Strange

Tales From The Borderlands

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Until Dawn

Best Art Direction

Batman: Arkham Knight


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ori and the Blind Forest

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Score/Soundtrack

Fallout 4

Halo 5: Guardians

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ori and the Blind Forest

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Performance

Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)

Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)

Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)

Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change Award

Cibele (Nina Freeman)

Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)

Sunset (Tale of Tales)

Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Shooter

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Destiny: The Taken King

Halo 5: Guardians


Star Wars Battlefront

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Batman: Arkham Knight

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game


Fallout 4

Pillars of Eternity

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Best Fighting Game

Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN–

Mortal Kombat X

Rise of Incarnates

Rising Thunder

Best Family Game

Disney Infinity 3.0

LEGO Dimensions

Skylanders: SuperChargers


Super Mario Maker

Best Sports/Racing Game


Forza Motorsport 6

NBA 2K16

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

Rocket League

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Destiny: The Taken King

Halo 5: Guardians

Rocket League


Most Anticipated Game

Horizon Zero Dawn

No Man’s Sky

Quantum Break

The Last Guardian

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

eSports Player of the Year

Kenny “KennyS” Schrub

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer

Peter “ppd” Dager

Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan

eSports Team of the Year

Evil Geniuses


Optic Gaming

SK Telecom T1

Team SoloMid

eSports Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Dota 2


League of Legends

Trending Gamer

Total Biscuit

Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles

Greg Miller



Best Fan Creation

GTA V – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)

Real GTA (Corridor Digital)

Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)

Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78 / theycallmeshaky)

Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

Batman: Arkham Knight
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