The Game Awards is coming up in just a few weeks. With the nominations for Game of The Year being revealed recently, social media has been full of discussion about the selections.
Many have not been pleased with the fact that Starfield wasn’t nominated for Game of The Year, while others are surprised by the lack of a single Hogwarts Legacy nomination. In this discussion, some fans have also brought up Red Dead Redemption 2.
According to various users, Red Dead Redemption 2 remains the biggest snub at The Game Awards.
Why it matters: Red Dead Redemption 2 was the best-rated game of 2018 and is still considered a masterpiece by many.
RDR2 is still the undisputed greatest game of all time with a 5 years standing record and #TheGameAwards not giving it GOTY in 2018 remains the biggest robbery we’ve ever seen from an awards show pic.twitter.com/lxzMM8TFTS
— Synth Potato🥔 (@SynthPotato) November 14, 2023
Back in 2018, God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 were the two favorites for Game of the Year. While both games were considered excellent at the time, the latter arguably pushed the open-world genre forward.
Meanwhile, God of War stood out for reinvigorating a familiar franchise through a new take. Both games received various awards in different categories, but God of War took home the biggest award of the year. However, this decision did not satisfy everyone.
Five years later, the debate has emerged again, with many claiming that Rockstar’s 2018 release was the more deserving candidate since it nailed the writing, immersion, and open-world gameplay.
It was also a technical marvel, producing incredible results from the aging hardware of the consoles. All of these qualities led many to believe that no game would be able to challenge Red Dead Redemption 2 at the event.
Some have pointed out that God of War had a slight edge because it was paced better, leading to a more consistent experience overall. Still, fans like SynthPotato believe Rockstar’s last game is yet to be topped despite an overwhelming number of great games in 2023.
I've played both RDR2 and God Of War (GOTY in 2018).
I'm still shocked how much of a robbery this was, don't get me wrong God Of War is a great game, but it stands nowhere near when compared to RDR2 (Story wise, gameplay and characters)
— NikTek (@NikTekOfficial) November 14, 2023
Like every year, The Game Awards 2023 has been surrounded by more than a few controversies.
Apart from the obvious outliers, picks like Cyberpunk 2077 for best ongoing support have left fans scratching their heads. A few have also claimed that remakes should not be a part of the Game of the Year debate.
While it may not have won Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption 2 is still going strong. The game has sold over 57 million copies to date, climbing its way among the top 10 best-selling games of all time.
With Rockstar gearing up for a GTA 6 reveal in December, this entry could make up for what many fans consider the biggest robbery at The Game Awards. Following the hype surrounding this title, GTA 6 could become Rockstar’s first major win at the event.
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