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Elden Ring wins best game at the New York Game Awards

Vampire Survivors awarded with best indie game

The 12th New York Game Awards chose FromSoftware's Elden Ring as their game of the year.

In a ceremony taking place yesterday, the New York Videogame Critics Circle awarded 16 prizes, with Elden Ring also winning the Statue of Liberty Award for Best World.

Poncle's Vampire Survivors, which GamesIndustry.biz staff recognised as their game of the year not once, but twice, won the best indie game category.

Best writing went to Sony Santa Monica's God of War Ragnarok and best acting celebrated Manon Gage's performance as Marissa Marcel in Sam Barlow's Immortality.

The NY Game Awards also recognise excellence in the press, with Vanity Fair's Justin Heckert winning the Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism.

Here's the full list of winners of the New York Game Awards 2023:

  • Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year: Elden Ring
  • Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game: Vampire Survivors
  • Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game: God of War Ragnarök
  • Statue of Liberty Award for Best World: Elden Ring
  • Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game: Metal: Hellsinger
  • Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game: Manon Gage as Marissa Marcel in Immortality
  • Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game: Moss: Book II
  • Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game: Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game: Marvel Snap
  • Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
  • Joltin’ Joe Award for Best Esports Player of the Year: Masaya "aMSa" Chikamoto (VGBootCamp/Red Bull Esports)
  • Chumley’s Speakeasy Award for Best Hidden Gem: Signalis
  • NYC GWB Award for Best DLC: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
  • Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism: Justin Heckert, Vanity Fair
  • Elizabeth Jennings Graham Award for Best Educator: Ryan O'Callaghan
  • Andrew Yoon Legend Award Recipient: Phil Spencer

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Marie Dealessandri joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2019 to head its Academy section. A journalist since 2012, she started in games in 2016 at B2B magazine MCV. She can be found (rarely) tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack. GI resident Moomins expert.