Destiny Contend For Game Of The Year At DICE Awards

A total of 56 games were nominated this year. Monolith’s Lord of the Rings game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor leads the pack with nine nominations, including Game of the Year. The other Game of the Year nominees this year are Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Other games receiving multiple nominations included Far Cry 4 (with 7), Destiny and Hearthstone (6 each), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Monument Valley (5 each), and Infamous: Second Son, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Valiant Hearts: The Great War (4 each).

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A new category this year is called the D.I.C.E Sprite Award, and it will go to a game that has “disproportionate resources for development and exposure (as compared to AAA titles), represents a higher degree of risk tolerance, and advances our industry with innovative gameplay and experiences.” Nominees this year for the first-ever award are The Banner Saga, Hohokum, Monument Valley, Threes!, and Transistor.

The full list of nominees is below. The show itself will take place Thursday, February 5, starting at 7 PM PDT. Industry icons Ralph Baer and Al Alcorn will also be honored during the event.

The Academy also has announced that comedian Pete Holmes of The Pete Holmes Show will serve as this year’s host, replacing Jay Mohr. Destiny power leveling offers more help.

Game of the Year:

  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Lumino City
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Monument Valley
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Adventure Game of the Year

  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • The Wolf Among Us

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Far Cry 4
  • Titanfall
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Mobile Game of the Year

  • 80 Days
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Kingdom Rush Origins
  • Monument Valley
  • Threes!

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

The Banner Saga
Hohokum
Monument Valley
Threes!
Transistor

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Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Monument Valley
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Outstanding Character

  • Jonathan Irons (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare)
  • Far Cry 4 (Pagan Min)
  • Infamous: First Light (Abigail “Fetch” Walker
  • Infamous: Second Son (Deslin Rowe)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Talion)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny Far Cry 4
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Destiny
  • Far Cry 4
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Transistor

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • infamous: Second Son
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Titanfall

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Far Cry 4
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • This War of Mine
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Wolf Among Us

Family Game of the Year

  • Disney Infinity 2.0
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Project Spark
  • Skylanders: Trap Team

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
  • Nidhogg
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Mario Kart 8
  • The Crew

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Boom Beach
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Endless Legend
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • The Banner Saga
  • Bravely Default
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 15Madden NFL 15
  • MLB 14: The Show
  • NBA 2K15

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Bravely Default
  • Child of Light
  • Shovel Knight
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • Destiny
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Monument Valley
  • Project Spark

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Far Cry 4
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Titanfall