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gamescom 2016

Zelda Walks Away With Top Honors In This Year's Gamescom Awards

by Jeff Marchiafava on Aug 19, 2016 at 08:11 AM

The winners of this year's Gamescom awards have just been announced, and Nintendo's most anticipated Wii U title continues to impress. Read on to find out what other games took home awards.

While Gamescom's official awards contain the usual staples such as best RPG, multiplayer game, etc., there are some peculiarities with the international awards. For instance, Sony's PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn won for Best Preview/Vision (which presumably relies more on the vision half of the equation, as all of the games at the show are previews), yet didn't win Best PlayStation 4 Game, which instead went to Ubisoft's multiplatform melee game, For Honor. Even more curiously, Steep won the show's Best Sports Game award, while the Best Simulation award went to...NBA 2K17.

While some of the genre classifications may leave us scratching our heads, the Gamescom awards round up a wide host of promising titles. Here's the full breakdown of the show's winners:

Best of Gamescom:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best PlayStation 4 Game:
For Honor (Ubisoft)

Best Xbox One Game:
Sea of Thieves (Microsoft)

Best Nintendo WiiU Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best PC Game:
For Honor (Ubisoft)

Most Wanted Consumer Award:
Battlefield 1 (Electronic Arts)

Best Add-on/DLC:
Destiny: Rise of Iron (Activision Blizzard)

Gamescom Indie Award:
Little Nightmares (Bandai Namco)

Best Preview/Vision:
Horizon Zero Dawn (Sony)

Best Gamescom Booth:
Mafia III (2K)

Best Mobile Game:
Mario Party Star Rush (Nintendo)

Best Action Game:
Battlefield 1 (Electronic Arts)

Best Role-Playing Game:
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix)

Best Racing Game:
Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft)

Best Simulation Game:
NBA 2K17 (2K)

Best Sports Game:
Steep (Ubisoft)

Best Family Game:
Skylanders Imaginators (Activision)

Best Strategy Game:
Sid Meier's Civilization VI (2K)

Best Puzzle / Skill Game:
Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)

Best Social / Online Game:
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (CD Projekt Red)

Best Casual Game:
Battlezone (Rebellion)

Best Multiplayer Game:
Sea of Thieves (Microsoft)

Best Virtual Reality Game:
Wilson's Heart (Twisted Pixel)

Best Hardware:
PlayStation VR (Sony)