The Game Awards nominees include 'God of War,' 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

The Game Awards nominees for 2018 are here, and this year it's very, very obvious who's out front. The short list (disclaimer: we're a judge in the competition) is dominated by God

Other notable major games on the list include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the considerably improved Destiny 2: Forsaken and the high-minded Detroit: Become Human, all of which have three nominations each. Also, No Man's Sky is back in contention thanks to a dramatic overhaul delivering much of the experience people had hoped for all along.

As has increasingly become the case with The Game Awards, though, some of the most interesting nominees are the indie or out-of-left-field picks. In addition to Celeste, you'll find multiple nominations for the mysterious whodunnit Return of the Obra Dinn, the grueling slasher Dead Cells and the surreal Donut County. Indies only occasionally have to compete with majors this time around, but it's evident there's a vibrant scene outside the usual blockbusters.

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