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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Dominates Nominations for This Year’s D.I.C.E. Awards

by on January 16, 2014 4:20 PM 2

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences just released the full list of nominations for the 17th Annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards, that will honor 2013′s best achievements in video games.

According to the press release, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is in the lead with 13 nominations, including the candidacy for the coveted Game of The Year award. Other nominees competing for the top honor are Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag, Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Other titles that received several nominations are Grand Theft Auto V with seven, Bioshock Infinite with six, and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Tearaway with five each.

The awards ceremony will be held on February the 6th at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and will also be livestreamed.

Below you can find the full list of nominees, that were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields. Winners will be chosen via a vote by the Academy’s 22,000+ members.

Game of the Year

  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag
  • The Last of Us
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Beyond: Two Souls 
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Puppeteer 
  • rain 
  • Rayman Legends

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Battlefield 4 
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • God of War: Ascension 
  • Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Beyond: Two Souls 
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • The Last of Us
  • The Novelist
  • Tomb Raider

Outstanding Character Performance

  • Grand Theft Auto V – Trevor
  • Ryse – Titus
  • The Last of Us – Ellie
  • The last of Us – Joel
  • The Stanley Parable – Narrator

Downloadable Game of the Year

  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Gone Home
  • Papers, Please 
  • The Stanley Parable

Casual Game of the Year

  • Candy Box
  • Peggle 2 
  • Plants VS Zombies 2
  • Rayman Fiesta Run 
  • Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • Diablo III 
  • Dota 2 
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Pokémon X & Y Nintendo Game Freak

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Papers, Please
  • Tearaway
  • The Last of Us
  • The Stanley Parable

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 14 
  • Madden NFL 25 
  • MLB 13 The Show 
  • NBA 2K14 
  • NHL 14

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Motorsport 5 
  • Gran Turismo 6 
  • Grid 2 
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Real Racing 3

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Divekick 
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us 
  • Killer Instinct

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Europa Universalis 4 
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World 
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 
  • XCOM: Enemy Within

Family Game of the Year

  • Disney Infinity
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Rayman Legends
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • Super Mario 3D World

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Fetch 
  • Flick Kick Football Legends 
  • Plants VS Zombies 2 
  • Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption
  • The Wolf Among Us

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening 
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 
  • Pokémon X & Y 
  • Tearaway 
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag 
  • Tearaway 
  • The Last of Us 
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Tomb Raider

Online Game of the Year

  • Battlefield 4 
  • Borderlands 2 
  • Diablo III
  • The Last of Us 
  • World of Tanks

Action Game of the Year

  • Battlefield 4 
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Dead Rising 3
  • DmC: Devil May Cry
  • RESOGUN

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag
  • Beyond: Two Souls 
  • Puppeteer 
  • Rayman Legends 
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Puppeteer 
  • Rayman Legends 
  • Tearaway
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

  • Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag 
  • Battlefield 4
  • Grand Theft Auto V 
  • Ryse 
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

  • Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag 
  • Forza Motorsport 5 
  • Grand Theft Auto V 
  • Super Mario 3D World 
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons 
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Papers, Please
  • Tearaway
  • The Last of Us

Join the Discussion

  • PhantomVash808

    It’s not only Naughty Dog dominating the list but Sony Computer Entertainment overall. For some nominations 3 of 5 nominees are from SCE Games.

  • Richard Attila

    This is one of the best game I’ve ever played…You have everything in this game.naughty dog is the best studio…….

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