It is that time of year again where a whole bunch of people who are obsessed with games descend upon the lovely city of Cologne for a little thing called Gamescom, and this year, yours truly is here, sat in a small hostel bunk-bed ready to bring you the latest news on this year’s antics. 

And the first bit of news I can give you are the winners of the Gamescom awards 2019. So without further ado let’s look at this year’s winners…

Best Action Adventure Game 

Blacksad: Under the Skin, astragon Entertainment –

An indie game based on the comics will surely be a fit for anyone looking for an intriguing mystery with anthropomorphic characters bringing in heavy political and racial themes which were prevalent in the 1950s, under a holistic well rounded action adventure. 

Other nominees in the category were:

Concrete Genie, Sony Interactive Entertainment 

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Nintendo

Best Action Game 

DOOM Eternal, ZeniMax Germany –

A slight surprise here as the ZeniMax dev team take the win from the heavily anticipated Marvel’s Avengers and the formidable titan Borderlands 3, as they carry on their successful rebrand of the DOOM series. Whether there are big changes or not is yet to be seen, but with DOOM, who needs them? 

Other nominees in the category were:

Borderlands 3, 2K 

Marvel’s Avengers, Square Enix 

Best Family Game 

Concrete genius, Sony Interactive Entertainment –

Happy to see this incredibly original and aesthetically pleasing indie PlayStation exclusive win this title. It certainly deserves a lot more hype than it is getting. Only time will tell if the gameplay packs the same punch the trailers for this game brought.

Other nominees in the category were:

Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment 

Luigi’s Mansion 3, Nintendo 

Best Racing Game 

Grid, Codemasters –

With a reboot from the ground up, it is clear that Codemasters meant business snatching the accolade from the likes of the perpetually popular Need for Speed. One for the speed freaks. 

Other nominees in the category were:

Hot Wheels Infinite Loop, Mattel 

Need for Speed Heat, Electronic Arts 

Best Role Playing Game 

Wasteland 3, InXile Entertainment

InXile prove here that their series Wasteland is top tier role playing goodness. It beat the likes of Final Fantasy VII Remake, which if early reviews are correct, may not be as engaging as all the die hard fans want it to be.

Other nominees in the category were:

Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix 

Pokémon Schwert und Pokémon Schild, Nintendo 

Best Simulation Game 

Planet Zoo, Frontier

From my fondly remembered days on Zoo Tycoon, I am glad to see Planet Zoo bring this prize home. With incredible animal animation, complex enclosure requirements and an intrinsic bonding system with multi-animal enclosures showcases why Planet Zoo deserved to win!

Other nominees in the category were:

Barotrauma, Daedalic Entertainment 

NBA 2K20, 2K 

Best Sports Game 

Roller Champions, Ubisoft

Roller Champions shows that bringing new innovation and great gameplay knocks the titans from the top. Keep an eye on this one – think rocket league, but on acid.

Other nominees in the category were:

EA SPORTS FIFA 20, Electronic Arts 

eFootball PES 2020, Konami 

Best Strategy Game 

Desperados III, THQ Nordic

A classic top-down strategy game brings the style of the old Fallout titles with a wild west twist. For those who love the genre this is going to be as good as any!

Other nominees in the category were:

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Microsoft 

Foundation, Polymorph Games 

Most Original Game 

Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment

It is no surprise that Sony powerhouse developers Media Molecule (the great minds behind LittleBigPlanet) prove that originality is their speciality. In VR or not, take full control of both move controllers and regular dualshocks to paint, draw, build and even audio editor, to create anything you want. 

Other nominees in the category were:

Concrete Genie, Sony Interactive Entertainment 

Felix The Reaper, Daedalic Entertainment 

Next were the categories for platform, the winners were: 

Best Microsoft Xbox One Game 

Gears 5, Microsoft 

Best Nintendo Game Switch 

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Nintendo 

Best Sony PlayStation 4 Game 

Dreams, Sony Interactive Entertainment 

Best Mobile Game 

Battle Chasers: Nightwar – Mobile Edition, mobile games 

Best PC Game 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon breakpoint, Ubisoft 

And remember folks to keep an eye on GameRVW throughout Gamescom as we attend the biggest video game convention in Europe.