Talking Point: Will Hellblade 2 Be A Genuine Game Of The Year Contender This Year?

As we close in on a month-or-so before launch, the Hellblade 2 hype is building. This is Xbox's first big exclusive launch of 2024, and it should hopefully get the ball rolling for a fantastic year in regards to Xbox first-party.

As good as the game looks so far — and always has done since it was first unveiled — do you think it could be a genuine 2024 Game of the Year contender? We're not talking a personal pick here, we mean, does this have a chance at winning The Game Awards' top prize at this year's event in December?

Looking back at the first Hellblade game, although it was something of a critical darling, it wasn't even up for a GOTY nomination at the 2017 show. Admittedly, it was a pretty stacked year, with Nintendo's Zelda: Breath of the Wild eventually taking the win - but we're somewhat surprised that the likes of PUBG and Horizon Zero Dawn pipped it for a nomination.

Hellblade 2 is exactly the sort of game that has the potential to win a GOTY award, and it's also just the thing that Xbox's first-party lineup tends to miss out on. A cinematic style, gorgeous next-gen visuals, story-heavy, all from a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective? This should be a slam dunk all day!

In all seriousness though, there's lots to come during the rest of 2024 from loads of talented dev teams, so the jury is definitely still out here - not to mention that we haven't actually played Hellblade 2 yet! But, based on what we've seen so far, do you think it could win? Do you think Xbox has a chance at taking the 2024 Game of the Year award with this title in particular?

Vote in the score poll down below, and if you think it could be a genuine GOTY contender, let us know!

What Metacritic Score Range Do You Expect Hellblade 2 To Reach? (298 votes)

  1. 0-102%
  2. 11-20  0%
  3. 21-30  0%
  4. 31-40  0%
  5. 41-501%
  6. 51-60  0.3%
  7. 61-705%
  8. 71-8016%
  9. 81-9048%
  10. 91-10027%