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Sony Interactive Entertainment was a big winner at this year’s Gamescom Awards, with two new titles — Dreams and Concrete Genie — picking up honors, the former for most original game and best PS4 title and the latter for best family game.
Another original title, Astragon Entertainment’s crime adventure Blacksad: Under the Skin, took home the prize for best action adventure game. The game was adapted from the Eisner-winning Spanish comic series Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido.
But the bulk of this year’s Gamescom Awards, handed out on the eve of European’s largest gaming convention, which runs Tuesday-Saturday in Cologne, Germany, were for franchise titles. Doom Eternal, the latest blood-spattered entry in the iconic first-person shooter series, won for best action game; inXile Entertainment’s Wasteland 3, distributed by Koch Media, took best role playing game honors; Microsoft’s Gears 5 was named best XBox One title; and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awaking, the latest version of the rescue-the-princess classic, prevailed in the best Nintendo Switch game category.
Ubisoft picked up two Gamescom Awards: best PC game for the strategic actioner Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and best sports game for Roller Champions.
Other winners included THQ Nordic’s Desperados III for best strategy game; Codemasters’ Grid, which was tapped as best racing game; Frontier’s Planet Zoo for best simulation game; and HandyGames’ Battle Chasers: Nightwar – Mobile Edition, which was named best mobile game.
Gamescom attendees, including the hundreds of thousands of ordinary gamers who will be flooding the Cologne convention center over the next four days, will vote for the winners in several other categories, which will be announced on Saturday. They include best games company, a “Most Wanted” consumer award, a Gamescom Indie Award and the inaugural Heart of Gaming Award.
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