Game Awards 2023: Baldur's Gate 3 wins game of the year


Game Awards 2023: Baldur's Gate 3 wins game of the year

At the grand Game Awards 2023 ceremony held in Los Angeles, the esteemed actor Timothée Chalamet took the stage to unveil the much-anticipated Game of the Year. In a moment of triumph, the prestigious title was bestowed upon the fantasy RPG masterpiece, Baldur's Gate 3, marking a monumental achievement for Belgian developer Larian.

In a heartfelt acceptance speech, Larian expressed that their creation, an epic fantasy RPG rooted in the iconic Dungeons and Dragons universe, was truly a labor of love. The game not only clinched the top honor but also dominated the evening by securing a total of six awards. Among these accolades were distinctions such as Best Performance, Best RPG, and the coveted Player's Choice award.

Timothée Chalamet, introduced by the awards host Geoff Keighley as "ModdedController360," a nod to his now-deleted teenage YouTube channel dedicated to painted gaming peripherals, has been vocal about his passion for gaming. The Wonka star, who has also been photographed visiting the renowned Japanese studio of legendary developer Hideo Kojima, added an extra touch of glamour to the event.

Baldur's Gate 3's success extended to individual recognitions, with actor Neil Newbon, the talent behind the fan-favorite character Asturian, clinching the Best Performance award. The thrilling survival horror game Alan Wake 2 secured three awards for Best Game Direction, Narrative, and Art Direction.
Other noteworthy winners included The Last of Us TV series for Best Adaptation, Cyberpunk 2077 for Best Ongoing Game, and the captivating puzzle adventure Cocoon in the Best Independent Game category.

The awards ceremony, known for its blend of honors and exclusive previews, showcased new titles and projects. Fans were treated to glimpses of Exodus, a sci-fi RPG from Archetype Entertainment, and Hideo Kojima's intriguing collaboration with Get Out director Jordan Peele, known as OD or Overdose. Among the exciting reveals was a remake of the 2013 game Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, along with updates on Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga and Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth. Additionally, players were treated to sneak peeks of Jurassic Park: Survival gameplay, and Sega made headlines by announcing the revival of classic franchises Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio.
Despite the celebratory atmosphere, the Game Awards also shed light on the challenges faced by the gaming industry in the past year. Numerous companies, including Epic Games, Ubisoft Montreal, and Niantic, announced job cuts. Critics of the awards ceremony, organized by gaming journalist Geoff Keighley, expressed dissatisfaction with the emphasis on trailers and advertisements over recognizing the talent behind the games. In a year marked by frequent layoffs, some voiced the need to give the deserving developers a moment to shine.

With 31 awards distributed across diverse categories, including audio design, best independent game, and accessibility and innovation, the winners were determined by a combination of industry expert opinions and a fan vote, accounting for 10% of the final score. The Game Awards 2023 showcased the industry's achievements, innovations, and challenges, offering a comprehensive overview of the gaming landscape.

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