It Takes Two took home game of the year award at The Game Awards 2021

It Takes Two took home game of the year award at The Game Awards 2021

At last night’s The Game Awards 2021 ceremony, a somewhat unusual unfolding took place around the Best Game of the Year award. The title of the best game of 2021 went to the cooperative platformer It Takes Two. Technically, the game is not an indie project because it was partly funded by Electronic Arts, but this is the first time in the history of the Game Awards that the main prize went to a game that is not a high-budget project.

In addition to the GOTY title, It Takes Two picked up two more awards: for a best multiplayer game and best game for the family. In terms of the number of total awards, he was only matched by Forza Horizon 5. Deathloop and Ken: Bridge of Spirits are the remaining games that took the victory in more than one category.

The biggest losers of the Game Awards were Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Psychonauts 2 who, despite multiple nominations, were left without a single award. Resident Evil Village did not receive the award either, but the best performance was the one of the high Mrs. Dimitrescu.

The winners by category are as follows:

  • Game of the Year — It Takes Two
  • Best Game Direction — Deathloop
  • Best Narrative — Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Best Art Direction — Deathloop
  • Best Score and Music — NieR Replicant
  • Best Audio Design — Forza Horizon 5
  • Best Performance — Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village
  • Games for Impact — Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Best Ongoing Game — Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Best Indie Game — Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Best Mobile Game — Genshin Impact
  • Best Community Support — Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Innovation in Accessibility — Forza Horizon 5
  • Best VR/AR Game — Resident Evil 4 VR
  • Best Action Game — Returnal
  • Best Action/Adventure Game — Metroid Dread
  • Best RPG — Tales of Arise
  • Best Fighting Game — Guilty Gear Strive
  • Best Family Game — It Takes Two
  • Best Simulation/Strategy Game — Age of Empires 4
  • Best Sports/Racing Game — Forza Horizon 5
  • Best Multiplayer Game — It Takes Two
  • Content Creator of the Year — Dream
  • Best Indie Debut — Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Best Esports Game — League of Legends
  • Best Esports Athlete — S1mple
  • Best Esports Team — Natus Vincere
  • Best Esports Coach — Kkoma
  • Best Esports Event — 2021 League of Legends World Championship
  • Players’ Choice — Halo Infinite
  • Most Anticipated Game — Elden Ring
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