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“The Game Awards” Awards: Picking the night’s best new game trailers

Hades and Death Stranding sequels, Bioshock’s spiritual successor, and more.

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If you have over three hours to spare, feel free to watch the entire Game Awards presentation. If not, check out some of the best trailers below.

Thursday night’s annual presentation of The Game Awards was ostensibly about recognizing the best games that came out in the last year, and titles like God of War: Ragnarok and Elden Ring ended the night as big winners. But anyone who’s watched any of the annual Geoff Keighley-led award presentations in the past knows The Game Awards aren’t really about the awards. They’re all about the countless “World Premiere” trailers and announcements for upcoming games coming in the next year and beyond.

In that spirit, we present Ars Technica’s first ever “The Game Awards” Awards. The below list comprises our picks for the most exciting, interesting, confusing, or otherwise noteworthy trailers of the night, all presented without the need to sit through over three hours of awards show padding. Best of all, we get to make up the categories as we go, ensuring we can give a prize to any worthy trailer we want.

So, without further ado, onto the awards:

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