PlayStation Awards 2019: 'The Last of Us,' 'Persona 5,' 'Nier Automata' among Japan & Asia Users' Choice winners

'Monster Hunter World: Iceborne' added new creatures, companions, equipment and home bases to the 2018 hit

Held on the afternoon of December 3 in Japan, the 2019 PlayStation Awards celebrated some of the console brand's best-selling titles of the past year, as well as a septet of games unbound by release date that won a Users' Choice vote.

Post-apocalyptic survival adventure "The Last of Us Remastered," Jungian world-saving quest "Persona 5," and fantasy epic "Dragon Quest XI" were among the recipients of a Users Choice Award at the 2019 PlayStation Awards ceremony.

PlayStation users from the Japan and Asia region also voted up "Marvel's Spider-Man," mind-bending android mission "Nier: Automata," creature feature "Monster Hunter: World" and mythological hero's struggle "God of War."

Users Choice awards were not restricted to the last year, though the event's other categories were, serving to highlight the gaming console brand's best-selling titles over the past year.

"Nier: Automata," "God of War" and "Marvel's Spider-Man" were joined in the Platinum Prize category by Wild West adventure "Red Dead Redemption II" and Disney crossover "Kingdom Hearts III" signifying over 1 million regional sales apiece.

A September 2019 expansion for "Monster Hunter World: Iceborne" featured in the Gold Prize category for 500,000 sales in the company of three soccer games -- 2018's "PES 2019," "FIFA 19," and this September's "FIFA 20."

They mingled with ahistorical ninja warrior game "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice," franchise resurrection "Devil May Cry 5," high definition remake "Resident Evil 2" (aka. "Biohazard 2"), arcade flight sim "Ace Combat 7" and 2018's "Call of Duty: Black Ops III."

Both "Monster Hunter World: Iceborne" and "FIFA 19" popped up again in the company of "Fortnite" to win the PlayStation Network Award as the online service's top three revenue generators.

The show also had a section dedicated to smaller developers.

Receiving an Indie & Developer Award were beautifully animated action adventure "Hollow Knight," comedic playground "Human Fall Flat," kitchen rush "Overcooked! 2," yarn tale "Unravel Two" and fighting game "Hardcore Mecha."

"Ace Combat 7," meanwhile, was credited with making one of the largest contributions to the growth of PlayStation VR, along with "Astro Bot: Rescue Mission" and "Beat Saber."

While "Beat Saber" is available for both PlayStation VR and supported Windows PC VR headsets, the VR mode for "Ace Combat 7" only becomes available on PC from early 2020, after a year's exclusivity to PlayStation's PSVR; "Astro Bot" was developed by one of PlayStation's Japanese teams specifically for the PSVR platform.

The PlayStation Awards took place on the 25th Anniversary of the first PlayStation console, which debuted on December 3, 1994 in Japan, followed by international releases over the next year.