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Game Awards 2021: Best Narrative Winner Prediction

Video games have become one of the best mediums for storytelling. They are uniquely immersive compared to other forms of media, which can lead to a profound effect on stories that linger with fans long after the game is over. That’s why Best Voiceover is one of the most coveted awards at Game Award.


There are five nominations for Game Awards 2021The best narration of: It Takes Two, Psychonauts 2, Life is Strange: True Colors, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Deathloop. To be fair, 2021 hasn’t been the narrative game’s strongest year compared to 2020, which has seen Our Last 2 won, but each of these titles effectively showcases video game storytelling.

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It takes two


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Hazelight Studios co-op adventure It takes two captivates fans with its impressive gameplay mechanics and innovative level design. It takes two tells the story of Cody and May, a wife and husband who have decided to divorce. When they told their daughter Rose about the divorce, she accidentally turned them into a pair of homemade dolls. From there, the story consists of them exploring strange levels inspired by their lives as they try to become human again and mend their relationship.


What makes storytelling in It takes two special is not necessarily its plot, much more its nuanced environmental storytelling. Every level is directly inspired by something in Cody and May’s lives and offers insight into the family’s history, uncovering the many conflicts that led to their divorce as well as the moments that led to their divorce. It brought them together in the first place. It takes two is a prime example about what it is meant to show, not say.

Psychonauts 2


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Serves as a sequel to 2005 Psychonauts, Psychonauts 2 back into the world with a much clearer direction. In Psychonauts 2 the player reunites with Raz, a young psychic who is determined to become a Psychonaut. While fans who love the original game will see Psychonauts 2 As a direct sequel, the game is also accessible to new fans of the series. It’s a big new story for Raz, but the story involves some serious and complex issues. Psychonauts 2 also highlight empathy, encouraging players to understand their enemies instead of just fighting them.


Psychonauts 2 has been praised for its mind-shaping story and how it tackles mental health issues. Psychologists penetrate the psyche of individuals to extract information or help them, and in doing so they encounter the individual’s fears, regrets, bad ideas, etc. Psychonauts 2 deal with addictions, splits, and other types of emotional trauma in creative, yet sensitive ways. NS Psychonauts 2 story runs much deeper than it looks, which is why it’s a strong contender for Best Narrative.

Life is Strange: True Colors


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NS Strange La river life series known for telling emotional and relatable stories, so it’s no surprise that True color was nominated for Best Narrative. In fact, Life is Strange: True Colors won best storytelling at the Golden Joystick Awards. Psychonauts 2 is the only other Game Award nominee also nominated for the Golden Joystick Award, so it can True colors’ biggest competition.


Life is Strange: True Colors tells the story of Alex Chen, a young Asian-American woman with a unique ability to empathize. After the sudden death of his brother Gabe, Alex uses his abilities to uncover the corporate conspiracy behind his death. Through Alex, the player builds relationships in the small, picturesque town of Haven Springs, and encounters many side plot twists beyond the main story. NS shares in True color not quite high as in other Strange La river life game, but the end result is a beautiful exploration of emotion, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy


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After Marvel’s Avengers failed to impress at the narrative level, many players doubted how Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will treat ragtag hero group. To the delight of the fans, Guardians of the Galaxy provide an emotion, the funny and exciting single-player adventure deserves a nomination. Guardians of the Galaxy is a big step forward for the Marvel video game, beyond the Insomniac game Spiderman, often don’t stand out in terms of storytelling.

Guardians of the Galaxy tell another story compared to the MCU, but it still feels familiar to fans of the movies. After an unfortunate encounter with the Soul Stone, the Guardians embark on a thrilling adventure to rescue the Milky Way, encountering characters like Adam Warlock and Lady Hellbender. Do not go into damage, Guardians of the Galaxy has been praised for its sharp intelligence and player choices that allow people to customize their play. Interesting to see Guardians nominated for Best Narrative, and hopefully more Marvel games will follow.


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Deathloop


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The newest game from Arkane Studios, Deathloop, is the most nominated title for Thr Game Awards 2021. With a total of nine nominations including Game of the Year, Deathloop There’s a lot of talk about it. There are so many things to love Deathloop, and while the multiplayer aspect is given more headlines than the story, it’s still a journey. There’s nothing wrong with gameplay rather than the opposite, especially if it adds a layer of depth to the world and characters.


When Colt wakes up on Blackreef, he finds himself trapped in an endless time loop. To break it, he must assassinate eight Visionaries before the loop resets. Obstructing his efforts is Julianna, Eighth Missionary. As he explores Blackreef and tries to break the loop, Colt discovers more about his past and his connections to the other inhabitants. Depending on the player’s choice, there are three different endings to the story. Deathloop’s story certainly has all the elements for a great action movie.

Prediction for best narrative winner: Strange Life: True Color


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There are several strong contenders for The best narration, but Life is Strange: True Colors seems to be the most likely winner. True color is the only game among the nominees to use its story as its main selling point, where the others emphasize combat and gameplay. Removing the story from any other nominations will still leave players with fun games, but Life is Strange: True Colors is built on a deep and emotional story, and cannot survive with the story stripped.


Because of the focus in True color is its morally challenging story, the game takes every opportunity to go deeper, considering the thoughts and feelings of every character besides Alex. Alex’s choices determine the relationships she invests in and lead to different consequences. Life is Strange: True Colors will most likely take home Best Narrative next month, especially since it has won similar awards.

Game Awards 2021 go live December 9 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

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