NAVGTR Awards Predictions

All across the world, award shows from mainstream networks, to local organization rain full effect. For those who do not know this, NAVGTR (The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers) is a non-profit media organization. They will be hosting its 15th annual awards show on March 21st, 2016.

The NAVGTR focuses on awarding developers based upon the game’s artwork, utilization of technology, and overall production. There are 56 categories and is an extensive list to cover. Don’t worry though, I am only going to give you my predictions on who I think the winners will be. If you would like to view the entire nomination list you can see it here.

Just a quick analysis without spoiling too much for you… Fallout 4 is the most nominated game this year with 20. In addition to that, The Legend of  Zelda: Majora’s Mask is eliegble for 3 nominations because of technicalities. I finally bought the game for Christmas, yet I have had little time to enjoy it. However, I am going to be biased here for once and say that Zelda is winning almost every category it is nominated for!

Without further or do, here are my predictions for who will win in each category. if you agree, awesome! If you disagree, let us know what your choice(s) are.

Game of the Year
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Animation (Technical)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Animation (Artistic)
Fallout 4

Art Direction (Fantasy)
Bloodborne

Art Direction (Period Influence)
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Art Direction (Contemporary)
Life is Strange… (However, this may be the only category I am on the fence with as I think Rise of the Tomb Raidercould pull an upset.)

Character Design
Assassins Creed Syndicate

Control Design (3D)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain… (Sorry Zelda, but you’re not winning this category unfortunately.)

Control Design (2D or Limited 3D)
Super Mario Maker

Camera Direction in a Game Engine
Mortal Kombat X

Control Precison
Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Costume Design
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Game Design (New IP)
Bloodborne

Game Design (Franchise)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Game Engineering
Fallout 4

Direction in a Game Cinema
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Graphics (Technical)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Lighting/Texturing
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Original Light Mix Score (New IP)
Undertale

Original Light Mix Score (Franchise)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Innovation in Game Technology
Guitar Hero Live

Original Dramatic Score (Franchise)
Halo 5: Guardians

Performance in a Drama (Lead)
Her Story (Viva Selefrt as “Wife”)

Performance in a Drama (Supporting)
Until Dawn (Bret Dalton as “Mike”)

Performance in a Comedy (Lead)
Tales from the Borderlands (Troy Baker as “Rhys”)

Performance in a Comedy (Supporting)
Xenonblade Chronicles X (Chriscason as “Tatsu”)

Sound Editing in a Game Cinema
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Song Collection
Fallout 4

Song (Original or Adapted)
Devil’s Third – Bleed Out

Use of Sound (Franchise)
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Writing in a Comedy
Tales from the Borderlands

Writing in a Drama
Life is Strange

Game (Classic Revival)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Game (Original Action)
Bloodborne

Game (Original Adventure)
Life is Strange

Game (Original Family)
Splatoon

Game (Music or Performance Based)
Guitar Hero Live

Game (Original Racing)
Project CARS

Game (Original Role Playing)
Undertale

Game (Franchise Role Playing)
Fallout 4

Game (Franchise Fighting)
Killer Instinct Season 2

Game (Franchise Family)
Yoshi’s Woolly World

Game (Franchise Racing)
F1 2015

Game (Original Sports)
Rocket League

Game (Franchise Action)
Metal Gear SolidV: The Phantom Pain

Game (Franchise Adventure)
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Game (eSports)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Game (Franchise Sports)
NBA 2K16

Game (Puzzle)
Her Story

Game (Special Class)
The Talos Princple: Road to Gehenna

Game (Simulation)
Fallout Shelter

Game (Strategy)
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

Honorary Award
Tour Iwatni (Creator of Pac-Man)
Mark DeLoura (Developing programs for children to explore coding)