Final Fantasy 16
This category has historically echoed the Game of the Year category fairly closely, and I don’t think this year will be any different. Alan Wake 2, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 are all exceptional experiences that also represent the kind of games that are typically nominated for direction.
Believe it or not, it’s Tears of the Kingdom I’m a little less confident in. Historically, the nominees in this category tend to be a little more traditionally cinematic than titles like Tears of the Kingdom. However, Breath of the Wild did win this award in 2017, and Tears of the Kingdom is certainly a little closer to the typical nominee than that game was.
Appropriately enough, the final spot most likely goes to Final Fantasy 16. Again, that game has some issues, but the sheer scope of its cinematic audacity is undeniably stunning. I don’t know how that game will fare this year in other categories, but I do think it deserves a nomination here.
Other Notable Contenders: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (depending on eligibility), Hogwarts Legacy, System Shock
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