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Bloodborne, Metal Gear Solid 5 among SXSW Gaming Award nominees

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Winners announced March 19

This year's SXSW Gaming Awards finalists include a diverse array of games, from Fallout 4 to Undertale to Rocket League. Each nominee was selected by the SXSW Gaming advisory board, but it's the event's attendees who choose the victors.

SXSW Gaming Expo visitors will vote during this year's show, which runs from March 17-19 in Austin, Texas. Each of the 40 nominated games will be playable on the showfloor. Votes will be tallied and finalists will be crowned during the free, public awards ceremony on March 19.

You can find the full list of nominees across each category below.

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Tabletop Game of the Year

  • Above and Below
  • Blood Rage
  • Codenames
  • Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
  • Pandemic Legacy

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Downwell
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Her Story
  • Lara Croft GO
  • SteamWorld Heist

Excellence in Gameplay

  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Excellence in Art

  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Bloodborne
  • Ori & the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Yoshi's Woolly World

Excellence in Animation

  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Order: 1886

Excellence in Technical Achievement

  • Fallout 4
  • Just Cause 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Until Dawn

Excellence in Visual Achievement

  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • The Order: 1886
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Excellence in Narrative

  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • SOMA
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Excellence in Design

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Rocket League
  • Super Mario Maker

Excellence in SFX

  • Bloodborne
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • STar Wars Battlefront
  • The Order 1886
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Excellence in Musical Score

  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Excellence in Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Excellence in Convergence

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition
  • Guitar Hero Life
  • Rock Band 4
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Most Enduring Character

  • Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Hannah Smith (Her Story)
  • The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
  • Ori (Ori and the Blind Forest)

Most Valuable esports Team

  • Cloud9
  • Counter Logic
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team Archon
  • Team EnVyUs

Most Entertaining Online Personality

  • Angry Joe
  • Greg Miller
  • Markiplier
  • PewDiePie
  • Tim Schafer

Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game

  • Broken Age
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Kingdom Death: Monster
  • PIllars of Eternity
  • Undertale

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

  • Bloodborne
  • Life is Strange
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Splatoon
  • Undertale

The Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

  • Emily is Away
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Undertale