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Outer Wilds
  • Best Indie
  • Best Original Game
  • Best Open World
  • Best Audio
  • Best Innovators
Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds is just brilliant. Top to bottom, it’s a brilliant game like no other. If you haven’t played it yet, put it at the top of your list right now. It’s grand and extravagant, yet intimate. It’s wondrous to explore yet terrifying. It is an entire simulator solar system operating on a 22-minute time loop, a microcosm of Groundhog Day on a galactic scale. Over the course of 20 hours or so you’ll piece together exactly how this universe works, what makes it tick, and how to avert disaster before the end of the next 22-minute loop.
1st
Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds is just brilliant. Top to bottom, it’s a brilliant game like no other. If you haven’t played it yet, put it at the top of your list right now. It’s grand and extravagant, yet intimate. It’s wondrous to explore yet terrifying. It is an entire simulator solar system operating on a 22-minute time loop, a microcosm of Groundhog Day on a galactic scale. Over the course of 20 hours or so you’ll piece together exactly how this universe works, what makes it tick, and how to avert disaster before the end of the next 22-minute loop.
3rd
Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds is just brilliant. Top to bottom, it’s a brilliant game like no other. If you haven’t played it yet, put it at the top of your list right now. It’s grand and extravagant, yet intimate. It’s wondrous to explore yet terrifying. It is an entire simulator solar system operating on a 22-minute time loop, a microcosm of Groundhog Day on a galactic scale. Over the course of 20 hours or so you’ll piece together exactly how this universe works, what makes it tick, and how to avert disaster before the end of the next 22-minute loop.
2nd
Also nominated: Days Gone, Shenmue 3, Death Stranding
Outer Wilds
There’s a lot to like about Outer Wilds, and a lot which will stick with you long after the credits roll, but it’s certainly saying something when the audio stands out even among this. Composer Andrew Prahlow’s soundtrack is consistently excellent and always memorable. It’s timed to perfection, swelling on cue, fading into the background during moments of contemplation, and delivering a satisfying jingle when you’ve expanded your knowledge of the universe.
2nd
Outer Wilds
Outer Wilds is just brilliant. Top to bottom, it’s a brilliant game like no other. If you haven’t played it yet, put it at the top of your list right now. It’s grand and extravagant, yet intimate. It’s wondrous to explore yet terrifying. It is an entire simulator solar system operating on a 22-minute time loop, a microcosm of Groundhog Day on a galactic scale. Over the course of 20 hours or so you’ll piece together exactly how this universe works, what makes it tick, and how to avert disaster before the end of the next 22-minute loop.
1st