The (other) prizes of the game
And so the sun sets on another Gamescom, and it looks like this year’s event was something of a successful comeback. Making a grand return to Germany’s Koelnmesse complex, the first physical Gamescom in over two years brought together gamers, press and publishers to showcase and/or experience some of the best titles currently making their way to an enthusiastic gaming audience.
While some, including this author, found the Opening Night Live stream a bit underwhelming, there was a great selection of exciting games and projects on display both online and on the show floor over the course of the week-long event. As is tradition, a jury of Gamescom peers and employees has put together an awards list, highlighting a selection of titles showcased during the event that stood out to the panel as particularly promising and impressive releases.
Now, of course, we don’t need to put also a lot of weight on this list. It is, after all, a Gamescom games honors list as decided by Gamescom. But it’s still interesting to see which of the 100+ games in attendance this week have been selected as having any special promise, and it may help them find their way on their own personal radar. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more of lies of p.
These are the winners of the Gamescom 2022 awards:
Best Action Adventure Game: lies of p
Best Action Game: Metal: Hellsinger
Best Family Game: paper trail
Best Indie Game: Inkulinati
Best multiplayer game: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tide
Best game in progress: sea of thieves
Best RPG: lies of p
Best sports game: AEW: Fight Forever
Best Strategy/Simulation Game: IXION
Most original game: Inkulinati
Most Wanted Microsoft Xbox Game: The Last Case of Benedict Fox
The most wanted Nintendo Switch game: tin hearts
Most Wanted PC Game: Metal: Hellsinger
Most Wanted Sony PlayStation Game: lies of p
Best Trailer/Ad: Hogwarts Legacy
Best Booth: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Best Lineup: plaion
Heart of the Game Award – The solidarity of the gaming industry with Ukraine
Gamescom Goes Green Award: ukie