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SXSW Gaming Awards: 'Fallout 4,' 'The Witcher 3,' 'Bloodborne' And The Complete List Of Finalists

27 January 2016, 5:31 am EST By Sumit Passary Tech Times
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South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming has announced the finalists for the third annual SXSW Gaming Awards, which will honor video game titles, studios, characters in more than 20 different categories.

The Gaming Awards will take place at 8 p.m. CST on March 19 at the Hilton Downtown Austin.

"First, congratulations are in order for all of our entrants and finalists. This year we saw a record number of entries and an incredibly diverse set of games," says Justin Burnham, the Gaming Producer of SXSW. "This year's show - thanks to the help of our hosts and finalists, is going to be one of the best yet. We can't wait to see which titles take home this year's Awards."

The winners in each of the category will be picked by a public voting system that starts Feb. 1 until Feb. 12. People who want to vote can find the ballot at http://sxsw.is/1WHAv2u.

Among the finalists in the Game of the Year category are Fallout 4 (released in November 2015), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (released in May 2015) and Bloodborne (released in March 2015). 

A record 527 video game titles entered the competition but all of them cannot be finalists or winners. Here is a list of all finalists of the SXSW Gaming Awards:

Game of the Year

Bloodborne
Fallout 4
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Undertale

Tabletop Game of the Year

Pandemic Legacy
Blood Rage
Above and Below
Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Codenames

Mobile Game of the Year

Downwell
Fallout Shelter
Her Story
Lara Croft GO
SteamWorld Heist

Excellence in Gameplay

Bloodborne
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Undertale
Rocket League
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Excellence in Art

Bloodborne
Ori & the Blind Forest
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Yoshi's Woolly World

Excellence in Animation

Batman: Arkham Knight
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Ori & the Blind Forest
The Order: 1886
Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Fallout 4
Just Cause 3
Until Dawn
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Star Wars Battlefront
The Order: 1886
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Excellence in Narrative

Life Is Strange
Her Story
SOMA
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Tales from the Borderlands

Excellence in Design

Fallout 4
Rocket League
Super Mario Maker
Bloodborne
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Excellence in SFX

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Bloodborne
The Order: 1886
Star Wars Battlefront
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Excellence in Musical Score

Ori & the Blind Forest
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Excellence in Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Halo 5: Guardians
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Rocket League
Splatoon

Excellence in Convergence

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition
Rock Band 4
Guitar Hero Live
Batman: Arkham Knight
Star Wars Battlefront

Most Enduring Character

Lara Croft - Rise of the Tomb Raider
Geralt - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Joker - Batman: Arkham Knight
Hannah Smith -Her Story
Ori - Ori & the Blind Forest

Most Valuable Esports Team

Cloud9
Evil Geniuses
Team Archon
Team EnVyUs
Counter Logic

Most Entertaining Online Personality

Greg Miller - Kinda Funny
Markiplier
PewDiePie
Angry Joe - The Angry Joe Show
Tim Schafer - Double Fine Adventure Documentary Series

Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game

Broken Age
Kingdom Death: Monster
Pillars of Eternity
Kerbal Space Program
Undertale

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Ori & the Blind Forest
Bloodborne
Life Is Strange
Splatoon
Undertale

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Her Story
Emily is Away
Life Is Strange
Undertale

Multiplayer finalists

ARENA GODS
Breaker Blocks
Death Stair
Gang Beasts
GoatPunks
Gruff
Home Improvisation
INVERSUS
Karmaka
Move or Die
Random Encounters
Rivals of Aether
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
SUNDOWN
Super Sky Arena

SINGLEPLAYER FINALISTS

_PRISM - Clint Siu
Affordable Space Adventures
Armello
Azte
Bazaar
Burly Men at Sea
Deliver Us The Moon
Eden Star: Destroy, Build, Protect
Fragments of Him
ICBM
KINGDOM
Layers of Fear
Odallus
Okhlos
P.O.L.L.E.N
Pinstripe
Radical Rebels
Ray's The Dead
Read Only Memories
Snakebird
Soft Body
STRAFE
SUPERHOT
The Magic Circle
The Town of Light

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