Following the Game Awards 2023, there was much chatter, whether it was all of the gamer drip, shoutout to Kotaku’s Alyssa Mercante and her annual Best Dressed List, or the award’s show creator catching flack for developer’s speeches being hit with the wrap-it-up music swiftly and his lack of acknowledgment of the layoffs in the gaming industry throughout the year.
By the way – I do agree that the music was played too fast for award winners this year, and I asked our team to relax that rule as the show went on. While no one was actually cut off, it’s something to address going forward.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 8, 2023
Was Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Epically Snubbed?
One ongoing conversation you will see on your timelines is about Insomniac Games again being shut out at the awards, especially this year following the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
Insomniac games checking how much awards they won tonight pic.twitter.com/5km3IO42p4
— moose (@hahamoose) December 8, 2023
While many didn’t expect the critically acclaimed game that is firmly sitting at a mighty 91 rating on Open Critic, with 98% of critics strongly recommending the game to run the table, they damn sure didn’t expect Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 not to win any awards.
The latest Spider-Man adventure sees Peter Parker and Miles Morales teaming up to defend New York City from the likes of Kraven The Hunter, Venom earning seven nominations and was up against some stiff competition in the likes of Baldur’s Gate 3, Alan Wake 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom.
Here is every category the game was nominated in:
Game of the Year
Best Action / Adventure
Best Game Direction
Best Audio Design
Innovation in Accessibility
One could strongly argue that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 should have won the Game Award for Best Action/ Adventure. Still, that award went to Tears of The Kingdom, Best Narrative, which went to Alan Wake 2, or even Best Performance, thanks to Yuri Lowenthal’s strong performance as Peter Parker. That award went to Neil Newbon for his performance in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Did Baldur’s Gate 3 Deserve Game of The Year?
Many also believe Baldur’s Gate 3, one of the best-reviewed games this year with a mighty 96 rating on Open Critic, rightfully deserved its GOTY win over Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 because “it was a better game.”
Cause it’s a better game lol https://t.co/iDDvDWFFJ3
— Mutahar (@OrdinaryGamers) December 8, 2023
That’s all a matter of personal interpretation because if you ask this writer, Insomniac Games is putting on a masterclass when it comes to making next-gen titles and squeezing every ounce of power out of the PS5 with its games, so it’s a crime this game isn’t getting any award recognition.
But Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 getting shut out like JAY-Z at the 2018 Grammys is a testament to how many fantastic video games came out in 2023.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s greatness is not up for debate, and it’s the game of the year for many gamers, including our own Bernard “Beanz” Smalls, and that should count for something.
A major thank you to everyone who nominated Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 in several categories at @TheGameAwards this year! It’s an honor to have had your support.
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) December 8, 2023
In the gallery below, you can see more reactions to Insomniac Studios’ latest game not getting any love at The Game Awards 2023.
Photo: Insomniac Games / Marvel’s Spider-Man 2