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Death Stranding and Control score most nods for The Game Awards 2019

For The Game Awards 2019, weird wins (at least in the nomination numbers).

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For The Game Awards 2019, weird wins (at least in the nomination numbers).

Death Stranding and Control, two very strange games, lead the pack in the nominations for The Game Awards 2019, which producer and host Geoff Keighley announced yesterday.

Kojima Productions’ very expensive FedEx game nabbed nine nominations. Meanwhile, Remedy’s Lynchian shooter racked up eight. Both earned nods in the Game of the Year category, alongside Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – which released in 2018, but after last year’s show – Resident Evil 2, The Outer Worlds and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Death Stranding also earned nods for Best Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design, Best Action/Adventure Game and a pair of Best Performance nominations for stars Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelson.

Control, meanwhile, is up for Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Audio Design, Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Performance for Courtney Hope and Matthew Porretta.

While it’s encouraging to see a pair of audacious games receive high honours at The Game Awards 2019, there were some notable snubs. Fire Emblem: Three Houses somehow isn’t nominated for Best RPG or Best Narrative, receiving just one nomination for Best Strategy Game.

Meanwhile, Outer Wilds missed out on nominations in the Game of the Year and Best Narrative categories, but did get nods in the Best Independent Game, Best Game Direction and the humorously branded Fresh Indie Game Presented by Subway categories.

Disco Elysium, ZA/UM Studios’ acclaimed CRPG, also missed out on a GOTY nod, but did well for itself elsewhere, getting nominated in the sandwich category, and for Best RPG, Best Independent Game and Best Narrative.

The biggest snub of all, though, was reserved for Telling Lies which received a grand total of zero (0) nominations. Sam Barlow and Furious Bee’s follow-up to Her Story, gave us four stellar performances and a brilliantly open-ended narrative, and it deserved better.

Soapbox aside, here’s the full list of nominees.

The Game Awards 2019 nominees

Game of the Year

  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Game Direction

  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence (Asobo/Focus Home)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Art Direction

  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule (Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb, The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden, Control
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz, Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling, Control
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie (Pixelopus/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Kind Words (Popcannibal)
  • Life is Strange 2 (Dontnod/Square Enix)
  • Sea of Solitude (Jo-Mei Games/EA)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You (Hempuli)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Katana ZERO (Askiisoft/Devoler)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios/Activision)
  • GRINDSTONE (Capybara Games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sky: Children of Light (Thatgamecompany)
  • What the Golf? (Triband)

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath (Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)
  • Blood & Truth (SIE London Studio/SIE)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Trover Saves the Universe (Squanch Games)

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Astral Chain (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Metro Exodus (4A Games/Deep Silver)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (Capcom)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6 (Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo)
  • Jump Force (Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm/WBIE)
  • Samurai Showdown (SNK/Athlon)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Next Level Games/Nintendo)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Triumph Studios/Paradox)
  • Anno 1800 (Blue Byte/Ubisoft)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Tropico 6 (Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Beenox/Activision)
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 (Codemasters)
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PES Productions/Konami)
  • F1 2019 (Codemasters)
  • FIFA 20 (EA Sports)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Tetris 99 (Arika/Nintendo)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

Fresh Indie Game Presented by Subway

  • ZA/UM for Disco Elysium
  • Nomada Studio for Gris
  • DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro
  • Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds
  • Mega Crit for Slay the Spire
  • House House for Untitled Goose Game

Content Creator of the Year

  • Courage – Jack Dunlop
  • Dr. Lupo – Benjamin Lupo
  • Ewok – Soleil Wheeler
  • Grefg – David Martínez
  • Shroud – Michael Grzesiek

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)

Best Esports Player

  • Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom, League of Legends)
  • Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Oleksandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CSGO)
  • Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won (SF Shock, Overwatch)

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis (CS:GO)
  • G2 Esports (LOL)
  • OG (DOTA2)
  • San Francisco Shock (OWL)
  • Team Liquid (CS:GO)

Best Esports Event

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

Best Esports Coach

  • Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag (Team Liquid, CS:GO)
  • Nu-ri ‘Cain’ Jang (Team Liquid, LOL)
  • Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann (G2 Esports, LOL)
  • Kim ‘Kkoma’ Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, LOL)
  • Titouan ‘Sockshka’ Merloz (OG, DOTA2)
  • Danny ‘Zonic’ Sørensen (Astralis, CSGO)

Best Esports Host

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Paul “Redeye” Chaloner
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Duan “Candice” Yu-Shuang

You can vote for this year’s awards, right here.

The Game Awards 2019 will be held on December 12, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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New PlayStation 4 releases: January 27-31, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero and Journey to the Savage Planet headline this week’s lineup of new PlayStation releases.

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Kentucky Route Zero, Journey to the Savage Planet, and the return of a PSP classic are the highlights of this week’s new PlayStation 4, PS VR and PS Vita releases.

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is our PlayStation 4 pick of the week. The new edition encompasses all five acts – and the ‘interludes’ – of Cardboard Computer’s acclaimed adventure game. It’s an atmospheric subversion of a time-worn genre, and one to be savoured. Enjoy the journey.

Speaking of which, Typhoon Studio’s debut, Journey to the Savage Planet, is a promising science-fiction adventure with a comedic edge. If the likes of No Man’s Sky and The Outer Worlds are too daunting, this could be the perfect trip. And speaking of games by Obsidian, the studio’s 2018 RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire makes its long-awaited PlayStation 4 bow.

PSP classic Patapon 2 also makes a welcome return, marching onto PS4 in a remaster that includes 4K support and a host of new minigames.

Other new releases include Coffee TalkIt Came From Space And Ate Our Brains and Code Shifter. An early 80s classic also gets an update in shape of Lode Runner Legacy.

Here’s the complete lineup of this week’s new PlayStation Store releases.

New PlayStation 4 releases – January 27-31, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Balthazar’s Dream
  • Coffee Talk
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Kamiko
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Pro Deer Hunting
  • Shadow the Ronin
  • Vigilante Ranger
  • Viking Days

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • Lode Runner Legacy
  • Music Racer
  • Paraiso Island
  • Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire
  • Top Run

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Arc of Alchemist
  • Arcade Archives Tecmo Bowl
  • Autobahn Police Simulator 2
  • Bookbound Brigade
  • Code Shifter
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
  • It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains
  • Mad Age & This Guy
  • Milo’s Quest (+ PS Vita)
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Throw Anything
  • Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • The Inner Friend
  • Heroland
  • Kwaidan
  • oOo: Ascension
  • Reknum
  • Saboteur!
  • Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge

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Atari is now opening hotels, for some reason

The first “video game-themed Atari hotel” is set to break ground in Phoenix, AZ later this year.

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The first “video game-themed Atari hotel” is set to break ground in Phoenix, AZ later this year.

There’s very little of the modern Atari brand that links it to the original Atari of 1970s and 80s. The Atari of Warren Robinett and John Salwitz is long gone. The company has folded, re-branded, and folded again several times over the years. We believe that’s called “phoenixing” in business terms.

The modern Atari’s biggest claim to fame – and also perhaps its biggest problem – is the Atari VCS. It’s a new Atari console that, having been crowdfunded, has struggled to get to market. It looks the part, with a classic wooden chassis, but with high-profile departures, configuration changes and delays, it’s potentially turning into a millstone.

So what would any sane company do in that scenario? Why, they would pivot to building and operating hotels, of course!

No, really. We’re not kidding. We’ve received a press release that actually says “video game-themed Atari hotels” will be springing up in the US over the coming years.

“We are thrilled to partner with GSD Group and True North Studio to build the first-ever Atari branded hotels across the United States. Together we’ll build a space that will be much more than just a place to stay. Atari is an iconic global brand that resonates with people of all ages, countries, cultures and ethnic backgrounds and we cannot wait for our fans and their families to enjoy this new hotel concept.” – Fred Chesnais, CEO, Atari

It’s… well, it’s something, isn’t it? You can’t fault them for trying to do something different, something bold to change the company’s fortunes.

Good luck to them, we guess, but it’s hardly going to be Disneyworld.


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Save up to 80% in the Humble Lunar New Year sale

Save on a decent selection of PC Games in the 2020 Humble Lunar New Year Sale.

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Save on a decent selection of PC Games in the 2020 Humble Lunar New Year Sale.

The latest Humble Store sale marks the Lunar New Year (somehow) with a selection of discounts on some top PC games.

The sale highlight is a 67% price cut for Capcom’s excellent and terrifying remake of Resident Evil 2. It’s well worth playing before the April release of follow-up Resident Evil 3.

Players who prefer to explore huge open worlds could do much worse than taking a trip to ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or the American frontier in Red Dead Redemption 2. Retro gaming enthusiasts can get their thrills with both volumes of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection and The Disney Afternoon Collection.

Team Thumbsticks sale favourites include the beautiful remaster of Clover Studio’s epic Okami, and Ubisoft’s content-packed snowsports extravaganza, Steep. Visit the Humble Store for the full lineup of Lunar New Year savings. The sale ends on Friday, January 31 2020.

Humble Store Lunar New Year Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 60% off
  • Borderlands 3 – 35% off
  • Dead Rising 4 – 50% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 – 60% off
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection – 50% off
  • Dungeons 3 – 80% off
  • For Honor – 50% off
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection (1 & 2) – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter World – 20% off
  • Okami HD – 50% off
  • Onimusha Warlords – 40% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 25% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – 20% off
  • Resident Evil 2 – 67% off
  • Steep – 75% off

Don’t forget that a percentage of every game purchase on the Humble Store goes to a range of worthwhile causes.

Visit our sales page for the latest Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 offers. You can also follow Thumbsticks on Facebook, Twitter, and Flipboard.


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The Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition is available to pre-order

Capcom has unveiled the Resident Evil 3 remake Collector’s Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Capcom has announced a Collector’s Edition for the upcoming remake of Resident Evil 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

You’ll never guess what’s included with the Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition. What’s that you say? An art book? A soundtrack? And a figurine? Well, you might be on to something.

Capcom has unveiled a physical version of the game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that includes all the goodies you’d expect in a limited edition release. The pack includes a copy of the game with exclusive lenticular cover art, a Jill Valentine figure, a printed art book, a Raccoon City map poster, and a copy of the soundtrack. The soundtrack is included digitally in the US and on two CDs in other regions.

Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition

Resident Evil 3 is a ground-up remake of the 1999 survival horror favourite, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The game serves as a prequel and follow up, of sorts, to Resident Evil 2, which was itself remade and released to universal acclaim last year.

The game is the latest to be developed in Capcom’s RE Engine, which has already been put to spectacular use with Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. The game also includes Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical 4 vs 1 online multiplayer game.

Resident Evil 3 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 3, 2020. Pre-orders of the Standard and Collector’s Edition include an exclusive costume pack that features the original design for Jill Valentine and hairstyle for Carlos Oliveira. The game is available from the usual retailers, including Amazon, GameBestBuy. and the Capcom Store.


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The next Metro Exodus DLC arrives next month

4A Games have announced a release date for Sam’s Story, the second major content expansion for Metro Exodus.

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Deep Silver and 4A Games have announced a February release date for Sam’s Story, the second major content expansion for Metro Exodus.

Metro Exodus – a game that, for all its flaws, we rather enjoyed – is getting a second story expansion on February 11, 2020.

Titled Sam’s Story, the DLC follow the adventures of Spartan Ranger who, following the nuclear war, yearns to return home to the US and search for his father. Cue a perilous journey through crumbling ruins, a tsunami wrecked harbour, and rolling meadows full of beautiful daisies. Well, maybe not the last one.

The non-linear sandbox survival level also adds new characters, weapons, and mutant variants to enjoy.

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Sam’s Story is released on February 11, 2020, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia. It’s included as part of the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass along with The Two Colonels DLC that was released last summer.

For more on Metro Exodus, read our guides to pumping the Tikhar air rifle, charging the flashlight, and using the gas mask. And check out details of the franchise’s imminent arrival on Nintendo Switch.


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