With E3 fading in the rearview mirror, the next major video game convention is just days away! Gamescom kicks off in Cologne, Germany on August 21st. The week-long event is sure to be packed with announcements (including an Xbox presentation from Microsoft), and it's also a chance to highlight the best of the best when it comes to upcoming games.

Ahead of the big event, Gamescom has just released the complete list of nominees for The Gamescom Awards 2018. Over 100 nominations were submitted, and a panel of journalists and YouTubers have whittled them down to the final choices in each category, which you can view below. Attendees of the event will also be able to vote for Best Streamer/Let's Player, Best Developer, and Best Publisher via the official Gamescom app. This also includes the Gamescom "Most Wanted" Consumer award.

Best Action Game

- Marvel's Spider-Man (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
- Metro Exodus (Deep Silver)
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Activision Blizzard)

Best Add-on/DLC
- Destiny 2: Forsaken (Activision Blizzard)
- State of Decay 2 Daybreak (Microsoft)

Best Casual Game
- Life is Strange 2 (Square Enix)
- Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (Koch Media)
- Team Sonic Racing (Koch Media)

Best Family Game
- LEGO DC Super-Villains (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
- Life is Strange 2 (Square Enix)
- Super Mario Party (Nintendo)

Best Puzzle/Skill Game
- Astro Bot Rescue Mission (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Microsoft)
- Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (Koch Media)

Best Racing Game
- F1 2018 (Koch Media/Codemasters)
- Forza Horizon 4 (Microsoft)
- Team Sonic Racing (Koch Media)

Best Role Playing Game
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
- Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)

Best Simulation Game
- Anno 1800 (Ubisoft)
- F1 2018 (Koch Media/Codemasters)
- Farming Simulator 19 (astragon Entertainment)

Best Social/Online Game
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Activision Blizzard)
- Dying Light Bad Blood (Techland)
- Rend (Frostkeep Studios)

Best Sports Game
- F1 2018 (Koch Media/Codemasters)
- FIFA 19 (Electronic Arts)
- PES 2019 (Konami)

Best Strategy Game
- Anno 1800 (Ubisoft)
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
- Total War: Three Kingdoms (Koch Media)

Best Console Game Sony PlayStation 4
- Marvel's Spider-Man (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
- Project Mephisto (working title)

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox One
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Microsoft)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
- Forza Horizon 4 (Microsoft)

Best Console Game Nintendo Switch
- LEGO DC Super-Villains (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
- Starlink - Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)

Best PC Game
- Anno 1800 (Ubisoft)
- Life is Strange 2 (Square Enix)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)

Best Mobile Game
- Hyperdrome (Travian Games)
- Shadowgun War Games (MADFINGER Games)

Source: Gamescom

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