The SXSW Game Awards for 2021 have concluded, and here are some of our favorite winners for this year:
Video Game of the Year: Hades
Produced by Supergiant Games, Hades is a masterpiece of a rogue game that players have been completing over and over again to do better with each runthrough.
Indie Game of the Year: Deep Rock Galactic
The game produced by the independent Ghost Ship Games has been an excellent addition to the gaming world, providing a unique space-themed experience for all players.
Excellence in Narrative: The Last of Us Part 2
Produced by Naughty Dog, the developers who helped in the creation of the Crash Bandicoot Series, the Last of Us offers a rich, enthralling story that players just couldn't take their eyes off of.
Excellence in Audio Design: DOOM: Eternal
Sound effects and musical elements can really make or break the environment and overall feel of a game, and DOOM: Eternal does an amazing job of creating audio masterpieces that cause players to immerse themselves in the gameplay.
Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award: Dreams
This award is given to games that challenge the norms of gaming, and offer a new, fresh, cultural experience to gamers. Dreams does just that by creating a unique, immersive world that allows players to interact and create works of beauty that one could only dream of.
Excellence in Animation, Art, and Visual Achievement: Ghosts of Tsushima
A game that is certainly deserving of this award, Ghosts presents players with one of the most stunning visual innovations in gaming, using a well-made, gorgeous art and animation design.
Excellence in Score: Ori and the Will of the Wisps
A popular series that many gamers enjoy, the new installment of this beloved platformer series offered players an enchanting musical score that not only gives the game some more depth, but really enhances the actual story and narrative with its orchestration.
Double jeopardy. Hades also won the award for Excellence in Game Design, and Deep Rock Galactic won Excellence in Multiplayer. Congratulations to all the winners this year, your games were all absolutely fantastic!