New York Game Awards Reveals 2023 Nominees

The New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC) has revealed the nominees for this year’s New York Game Awards. Taking place at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan on Tuesday, 17th January, 2023, the awards include a category for the ‘best AR/VR game’.

The nominees for the category, known in full as ‘Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game’, are as follows:

  • Lost Recipes
  • Moss: Book II
  • The Last Clockwinder
Moss: Book II keyart

In addition to recognising the best games of 2022, the award show will also honor Xbox CEO Phil Spencer as the 2023 Andrew Yoon Legend Award winner. The 12th annual awards show will be co-hosted by 2020 Andrew Yoon Legend Award recipient and former President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé and NYVGCC president and founder, Harold Goldberg.

New York Game Awards Nominees

While we’re all here for the XR, we felt it best to include all the categories and nominees for the sake of completion. These are as follows:

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Immortality
  • Pentiment
  • Vampire Survivors
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
God of War Ragnarok keyart

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Immortality
  • Neon White
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Trombone Champ
  • Vampire Survivors
  • Wordle
  • Wylde Flowers 

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game

  • As Dusk Falls
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Immortality
  • Norco
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Roadwarden

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Trombone Champ

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Alex Jarrett as Zoe Walker in As Dusk Falls
  • Ashly Burch as Aloy in Horizon Forbidden West
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War Ragnarök
  • Grace Zabriskie as Eliza Vorez in The Quarry
  • Justice Smith as Ryan Erzahler in The Quarry
  • Manon Gage as Marissa Marcel in Immortality

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Harmony’s Odyssey
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Moss: Book II
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  • Splatoon 3
  • Tunic

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • Desta: The Memories Between
  • Marvel Snap
  • Poinpy
  • Railbound
  • Wylde Flowers

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion keyart

Joltin’ Joe Award for Best Esports Player of the Year

  • Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique (FATE Esports/Red Bull Esports) – Tekken 7
  • Bryan “pANcada” Luna (Sentinels, formerly with LOUD) – Valorant
  • Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu (DWG KIA) – League of Legends
  • Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto (VGBootCamp/Red Bull Esports) – Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere) – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Yoo “smurf” Myeong-hwan (Boston Uprising) – Overwatch

Chumley’s Speakeasy Award for Best Hidden Gem

  • A Memoir Blue
  • Norco
  • Patrick’s Parabox
  • Perfect Tides
  • Strange Horticulture
  • The Case of the Golden Idol
  • Wayward Strand

NYC GWB Award for Best DLC

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Tombs of the Fallen Pt. 2
  • Bugsnax: The Isle of BIGsnax
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator: Top Gun Maverick DLC
  • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Attend the New York Game Awards

Heading to the Big Apple this month? Ticket sales for the New York Game Awards are live now. Proceeds will help to fund ongoing programs with NYVGCC for 2023, and are on sale at this link.

Tickets cost $40 for General Admission and $75 for Orchestra Seating (closest to the stage), which includes access to the New York Game Awards afterparty.