Global Game Awards 2019 Results: Game of the Year - Best Indie - Most Anticipated Game

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 2:55 PM
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Like most people, we love surprises, and the Global Game Awards 2019 are dishing up some fantastic shocks this year. Here we are the peak of this year in gaming, celebrating the best and boldest games, as well as our most anticipated title of 2020.

This is the main event. The absolute best games of the year. We've already given you the genre by genre breakdown of the GGA winners and now it's time for the gold medallist. Your favourite game this year and the best indie game in the world 2019.

Here we reward the absolute best of the best at the Global Game Awards 2019, including your overall Game of the Year, the Best Indie, and your Most Anticipated Game of 2020.

Before then, a quick update on the Radeon RX 5700 XT Giveaway. Felix is now in the process of finding and contacting the winner so you will be notified who's won the top-end AMD graphics card within the next 24 hours or so. We will update the original competition article above with the name of the winner. Good luck to everyone who's entered!

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So, onwards with the major awards, here are the three biggest winners of the Global Game Awards 2019...

GAME OF THE YEAR 2019 - Death Stranding

We'll admit it, we're surprised. Death Stranding has proven a divisive experience but it would appear enough people love rather than loathe Hideo Kojima's post-apocalyptic parcel delivery simulator to hand it top honours at the GGAs. Death Stranding doesn't even come to PC until Summer 2020 but even that wasn't enough to slow its march to victory.

In many senses, Death Stranding is the antithesis of traditional AAA development. It takes risks and it isn't trying to please everyone. The end result is endlessly fascinating, a game which is all about the journey rather than the destination. Death Stranding is a sombre slow-burner, the sort of game which begs to be immersed in for hours on end rather than rewarding pick-up-and-play sessions. Big congratulations to the team at Kojima Productions then, who've somehow managed to live up to the years of frenzied hype with a wildly different experience to just about anything we've ever played before.

BEST INDIE GAME 2019 - Outer Wilds

 

Outer Wilds is a phenomenal experience from top to bottom. A true innovator, Outer Wilds' elevator pitch is the sun is about to go supernova and wipe out the entire solar system in 22 minutes time. Cue a continually repeated 22-minute cycle in which players must gradually unearth the deals of what makes this solar system tick. It's a clockwork machine on a galactic scale, where the entirety of your power comes from knowledge gained. The more you learn of how this strange space system works, the closer you'll be to figuring out just how to stop that supernova blast.

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME - Dying Light 2

Well, well, well. If you thought Game of the Year was surprising, think again. Cyberpunk 2077 has won Most Anticipated game three years running and yet now, the moment before its launch, it has handed over the crown of Most Anticipated Game to none other than Dying Light 2. It was an awfully close race with Dying Light 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 scooping up 34% and 33% of the votes respectively.

Techland won over a heck of a lot of fans with the original Dying Light. Not only was it a fantastic solo and co-op first-person survival experience but it was also incredibly well supported for years after launch. Respect breeds respect and that's why Dying Light 2 is now your most anticipated game. This time around we're promised a larger city and a branching storyline courtesy of writer Chris Avellone, all of which points to Dying Light 2 becoming something really special indeed.

And that's a wrap for another year of the Global Game Awards. Thank you all for voting, congratulations to all of the winners, and do be sure to let us know what you think of the results below!

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23:35 Dec-12-2019

more like game of the last 3 months cuz so many games were missing that needed to be up for nomination

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10:02 Dec-06-2019

I can understand why so many people are surprised by Death Stranding winning, but personally i'm not.


It sold really well from what i've heard, and i know a lot of people who actually think it's amazing. It's one of those games you either hate or love. And looking at the other participating games, most of them are Indie Games, Remakes or expansions. This is one of the few AAA original games on the list.

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14:43 Dec-06-2019

You nailed it

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14:49 Dec-06-2019

I don't think it makes the grade for my game of the year but I found it very unique, both in terms of the world building and the gameplay. I guess it can be reduced to being a delivery game but it's a very good one with some interesting traversal mechanics. People who say it's not a game can't have played it because it's at least 90% game, 10% cinematics.

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15:49 Dec-06-2019

What is your GOTY Jon? :D

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17:36 Dec-06-2019

I've got a top 3 and they'd be RE2 remake, Outer Wilds, and Control. I think.... tough. Death Stranding, Sekiro and Fire Emblem would be close as well.


What about you?

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00:30 Dec-07-2019

Well RE2 Remake might take the prize from me.. But A Plague Tale: Innocence was also really good. And some smaller Indie games surprised me as well, like Little Misfortune.


The Walking Dead The Final Season is also really high up, if we're still counting that as this year.

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09:46 Dec-06-2019

Im so happy Outer Wilds won best indie, also looking forward to dying light 2

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05:27 Dec-06-2019

I think GD just got hacked or bribed cuz that GOTY choice seems... insane! Like what in the actual fuk?!

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01:52 Dec-06-2019

I think Disco Elysium deserved to get GOTY here,as this is site that focuses on PC gaming,even though I love Death Stranding it's sad to see DE get overlooked.

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23:55 Dec-05-2019

While I personally would've given the goty to Sekiro- I actually really enjoyed playing death stranding, to the point where it could easily be my second pick. I get why many don't like it, but the comments beneath me are way exaggerated imo

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01:37 Dec-06-2019

Agreed. Gameplay wise Sekiro is better, but story wise I like Death Stranding's story more

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22:35 Dec-05-2019

I highly doubt the game of the year choice.

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22:57 Dec-05-2019

I have a feeling it got shared somewhere and got a ton of votes from there. I was really surprised too though, because everything I have heard of it has been okay-ish. That's only from what I've heard though, because I haven't played it. The game even received 8 or 9 award nominations in a different game awards, so it's pretty surprising to everyone about that too. I think it might win there too. No idea why, but I really wouldn't be surprised. My guess is that it's probably just a ton of Japanese people trying to support a creator or just a ton of people in general that are fans of him trying to get him a GOTY. It could also probably be people trolling like someone suggested below, but I don't think I've seen any attempt of people trying to meme it anywhere in that way. It could also just be the best game of this year, but I guess I'll have wait till 2020 when it releases on Steam to see for myself. Definitely thought The Outer Worlds would've won though.

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01:41 Dec-06-2019

As far as I know, DS sold poorly in Japan, so I doubt japanese fans supported DS on GD that much.
Outer Worlds is a good RPG, but it's just a fanservice for...

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01:43 Dec-06-2019

...Fallout fans and doesn't offer anything new, meanwhile Death Stranding is an experiment (it's best way to look at it like that) that tries something new.

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01:45 Dec-06-2019

I advise you to try Death Stranding and judge it yourself, opinions differ from person to person, even those who like it have divided..

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01:45 Dec-06-2019

..opinions on what's good and bad about it. Just don't believe anyone who says it's just a walking simulator nor one's who say it's gameplay is perfect.

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01:52 Dec-06-2019

That's a really interesting way of looking at it. I just assumed it did better in Japan, because I remember Hideo Kojima saying in an interview somewhere that the western culture didn't understand his game properly. Yeah, I probably will try it for myself when it's on Steam. It might actually be something that I might like or find interesting.

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20:26 Dec-05-2019

..... when a troll vote goes wrong. nicely done guys

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18:06 Dec-05-2019

Kojima will be proud of fanboys.

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17:37 Dec-05-2019

Yeah where is Jedi Fallen Order???

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17:16 Dec-05-2019

Death Stranding GOTY? seems legit, GD...

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15:21 Dec-05-2019

death stranding game of the year? are you guys serious?

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15:36 Dec-05-2019

It's what the community voted for, Game-Debate didn't choose it at all. I'm surprised about it too as most of the reviews I heard of it are not great, but not bad either.

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16:27 Dec-05-2019

Yep same, the story is ok, but i still feel like there is no real coneection in story and just filled with random stuff, also i found the open world kinda boring and empty

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19:38 Dec-05-2019

it can barely be called a game...tedious, clunky UPS simulator on acid

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01:11 Dec-06-2019

the game is great

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