There Can Only Be One
The TGA’s are tomorrow, but we already know one winner – Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima has taken home the coveted player’s voice award.
Much like a punch with zero warning – something there must be a name for – Ghost of Tsushima overtook the critically acclaimed The Last of Us: Part 2 and quickly rocketed up to the winner’s position. The game follows samurai Jin who must embrace a more dishonorable fighting style to fight off a Mongol invasion of the island of Tsushima, becoming the titular ghost.
That’s not to say the award was undeserved. It was one of the most popular and critically adored games of the year, whereas The Last of Us: Part 2 suffered a review bombing campaign for “pandering to SJW’s” and the fact that the first game’s protagonist, Joel, dies just a few hours into the lengthy story. Still, that didn’t stop fans of the latter game claiming that the system going down was due to hackers, something producer Geoff Keighley dismissed as he clarified that the downtime was due to a technical issue.
It remains to be seen who’ll pull ahead in the rest of the categories, with The Last of Us: Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima receiving 10 and 7 nominations, respectively. The Last of Us: Part 2 dominated the Golden Joystick awards this year with 5 wins, which could be a good sign that they’ll repeat that success, but 2020 has been one of the strongest years in gaming history, and with three of the biggest releases of the year being PlayStation exclusives, it looks like Sony will be celebrating success, one way or another. We also shouldn’t discount some of this year’s other big games, like Final Fantasy VII Remake, pulling a big sweep.