New York Game Awards 2022 Winners Announced

The winners of the New York Game Awards 2022 have been announced, with Psychonauts 2 scoring the top honor after triumphing in the Best Game of the Year category.

The 11th annual New York Game Awards took place overnight, with a virtual event that celebrated the best games, actors, journalists, and esports athletes of the past year. Psychonauts 2 emerged as one of the big winners of the night after being named Best Game of the Year while also receiving the Statue of Liberty Award for Best World.

Shedworks’ Sable took home two trophies on the night, one for Best Music and the other for Best Indie Game, having been nominated alongside Death’s Door, Genesis Noir, and several others. Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise was also celebrated at the event, with Maggie Robertson being recognized for her role as Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village.

IGN is also thrilled to announce that investigative reporter Rebekah Valentine became the recipient of the Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism, where she had been nominated amongst a top list of creative people for her distinguished contributions in the field during the most recent awards year.

The full list of winners from the New York Game Awards 2022 follows:

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • Psychonauts 2 – WINNER
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Deathloop
  • Dorfromantik
  • Halo Infinite
  • Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Metroid Dread
  • Resident Evil: Village

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Sable – WINNER
  • Before I forget
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Death’s Door
  • ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights
  • Genesis Noir
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Wildermyth

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game

  • Life Is Strange: True Colors – WINNER
  • Chicken Police – Paint It Red
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Resident Evil: Village
  • Strangeland

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • Psychonauts 2 – WINNER
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Chicken Police – Paint it Red
  • Exo One
  • Far Cry 6
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil: Village

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Sable – WINNER
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Everhood
  • Far Cry 6 – Pedro Bromfman
  • Genesis Noir
  • Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • NBA 2K 22

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village – WINNER
  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen in Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Giancarlo Esposito in Far Cry 6
  • Michael Mando as Vass Montengro in Far Cry 6: Vaas – Insanity
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake in Deathloop
  • Sera-Lys McArthur as Thunderbird in Rainbow Six Siege: North Star

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game

  • Resident Evil 4 VR – WINNER
  • Floor Plan 2
  • Mare – Quest
  • Ragnarock
  • Star Wars Pinball VR
  • Traffic Jams

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – WINNER
  • Bowser’s Fury from Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Death’s Door
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Miitopia

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • NieR Re[in]carnation – WINNER
  • Fantasian
  • Crash on the Run
  • Marvel Future Revolution
  • Pikmin Bloom
  • Queen Rock Tour
  • Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • Resident Evil 4 VR – WINNER
  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
  • Shadow Man Remastered
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Captain Award for Best Esports Team

  • Natus Vincere a.k.a. Na’Vi (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) – WINNER
  • Atlanta FaZe Clan (Call of Duty League)
  • EDward Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Team Spirit (Dota 2)

Joltin’ Joe Award for Best Esports Player of the Year

  • Genki “Gen” Kumisaka (Tekken 7 for Donuts USG) – WINNER
  • Chris “Simp” Lehr (Call of Duty for Atlanta FaZe)
  • Lee “Scout” Ye-chan (League of Legends for EDward Gaming)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Natus Vincere)
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo (Valorant for Sentinels)
  • Xin “Leave” Huang (Overwatch League for Chengdu Hunters)

Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism

  • Rebekah Valentine – Investigative reporting – WINNER
  • People Make Games – Video Series
  • Megan Farokhmanesh – Investigative reporting
  • Zoya Street – Essay
  • Renata Price – Reviews
  • Kirsten Grind, Ben Fritz, and Sarah E. Needleman – Activision/Kotick Investigations

Biggest Games of 2022

In addition to this round-up of winners, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer was the recipient of the Andrew Yoon Legend Award at this year’s New York Game Awards. Each year, this accolade is bestowed upon an individual who has exhibited “a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional achievement and innovation.”

If you’d like to find out more about the New York Game Awards’ Game of the Year, check out IGN’s review of Psychonauts 2, which commends Double Fine for expanding the universe toward both “grander and more intimate without losing the joyous childhood adventure vibes of the original,” with a “weird and wonderfully written story” full of “interesting, nuanced characters.”

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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