This year's award show saw the addition of The Game Awards Orchestra, an ensemble assembled of "some of the world's most talented orchestral and rock musicians," as explained by award show host and creator Geoff Keighley.
The Game Awards Orchestra started off the show alongside Avenged Sevenfold's guitarist Synyster Gates and world-renowned Cellist Tina Guo to bring to life musical clips from select nominated games during the evening.
"Overwatch" received a special tribute near the end of the evening in honor of their win at The Game Awards 2016 for Game of The Year. The game also snagged a few awards during the 2017 awards, including Best Ongoing Game and Best Esports Game.
The final performances of the night honored all the games nominated in the Game of The Year category. The ensemble played clips from the scores of "Horizon Zero Dawn," "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," "Persona5," "Playerunknown's Battleground" and "Super Mario Odyssey."
French indie band Phoenix also delivered an energetic performanced during the show, complete with video game sounds and effects. Check out all these performances and more from The Game Awards 2017 below:
The Game Awards 2017 Show Open
The Game Awards Orchestra: Overwatch
Game of The Year Winner