Game Informer's End-Of-Generation Awards

by Matt Miller on Oct 02, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Some games were the standard-bearing must-plays of the last generation, like those highlighted in our Best Games of the Generation piece. But other projects earn our praise for the features and experiences that set them apart, pushing technology, design, and overall fun to new heights. Here are our individual awards for the games that shaped the last generation of the hobby.



Few would have guessed when Fortnite was first revealed as a cooperative fort builder that it would transform into the juggernaut it became in more recent years. From its defining role in growing the booming battle-royale scene to its games-as-service business model, this game crossed into the world's consciousness, and remains a fixture in gaming and popular culture.


Best Survival

Dead Cells

Best Roguelike

Beat Saber

Best Music⁄Rhythm


Best Arcade Action

Half-Life: Alyx

Best VR

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Best Stratetic Gameplay

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best New Property

Super Mario Odyssey

Best Level Design

Super Mario Maker 2

Best Level Building

Sonic Mania

Best Retro Revival

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Best Spinoff

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Best Evolution

Destiny 2

Best Gunplay


Best Shooter Heroes

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Best Remake

Shadow of the Colossus

Best Remaster

Gone Home

Most Creative


Most Innovative Gameplay

Ghost of Tsushima

Best Art Style

Rainbow Six Siege

Best Teamwork

Into the Breach

Most Balanced


Best Atmosphere

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Most Challenging

Dishonored 2

Most Reactive World

No Man's Sky

Most Improved

World of Warcraft

Most Long-Lived

Until Dawn

Best Jump Scares

Slime Rancher

Most Adorable


Best Breakout Series

The Outer Worlds

Best Spiritual Successor

Slay the Spire

Best New Design

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Choices

Death Stranding

Best Strand Game


Best Ending