God of War rolls D.I.C.E.

Sony's Greek myth-inspired actioner takes home AIAS' top honor; Guitar Hero rocks out with five awards.

LAS VEGAS--"I'm telling you, you haven't lived until you had a Nintendog sniff your crotch!" That crack from comedian and self-proclaimed gamer Jay Mohr set the tone for the annual Interactive Achievement Awards. The "#$%@ing Star Trek-lookin' trophies," as the Jerry Maguire and Action star called them, were handed out at a raucous ceremony he emceed at the Hard Rock Casino. The ceremony is the capping event of the annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Create, Entertain) convention, put on for the last nine years by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) game-development association.

The evening kicked off with a preceremony reception at the Hard Rock's in-house club, Body English. Other than the cocktail waitresses' fishnet-and-leather-short ensembles, the most risqué thing going on was the red-carpet ceremony, where a virtual Mario on a plasma HDTV got semi-fresh with attendees. Later, on stage, Mohr would accuse the virtual Italian plumber of performing a lewd act on his fiancee, Las Vegas star Nikki Cox (pictured), to uproarious laughter from the crowd.

Mohr's ebullient and off-the-cuff remarks made laughter the prevailing form of expression of the evening--other than the game clips that preceded each category's award. As predicted, Sony Computer Entertainment America's action game God of War, which was also named GameSpot's 2005 PlayStation 2 Game of the Year, won almost every category it was nominated in. Besides overall Game of the Year and Console Game of the Year, it also took home prizes for: Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Outstanding Character Performance: Male, and Action/Adventure Game of the Year.

Though the exclusion of Resident Evil 4 on a technicality made God of War's victory almost assured--a fact the winning game's director David Jaffe all but acknowledged during his keynote speech earlier in the day--the Interactive Achievement Awards saw some pleasant surprises. Foremost among them was the qiuntuple win by the critically acclaimed rhythm game Guitar Hero. The peripheral-based PlayStation 2 game won the second-most awards of the evening, scoring in the Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Outstanding Achievement: Soundtrack, Family Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement: Game Play Engineering, and Outstanding Achievement: Game Design categories.

Electronic Arts walked away with the PC Game of the Year prize, thanks to its military shooter Battlefield 2, which also won Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play honors. Shadow of the Colossus got the third-biggest haul of the evening, triumphing in the Outstanding Achievement: Art Direction and the Outstanding Achievement: Visual Engineering fields. A complete list of nominees and winners is below, with winners highlighted in bold.

GAMES OF THE YEAR
Overall Game of the Year:
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- Call of Duty 2 (P: Activision, D: Infinity Ward)
- Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)

PC Game of the Year:
- F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (P: Vivendi Universal Games, D: Monolith)
- Sid Meier's Civilization IV (P: 2K Games, D: Firaxis Games)
- Battlefield 2 (P: EA, D: Digital Illusions)
- Age of Empires III (P: Microsoft, D: Ensemble Studios)
- The Movies (P: Activision, D: Lionhead Studios)

Console Game of the Year:
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- Call of Duty 2 (P: Activision, D: Infinity Ward)
- Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
- Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- The Movies (P: Activision, D: Lionhead Studios)

Outstanding Achievement: Animation
-Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
-Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montreal)
-Rise of the Kasai (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Bottlerocket Entertainment)
-Oddworld Stranger's Wrath (P: EA, D: Oddworld)

Outstanding Achievement: Art Direction
-Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
-Peter Jackson's King Kong (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montpellier)
-Ultimate Spider-Man (P: Activision, D: Treyarch)
-Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: Bioware)

Outstanding Achievement: Soundtrack
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- SSX On Tour (P: EA, D: EA-Canada)
- Wipeout Pure (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Studio Liverpool)
- The Warriors (P: Rockstar Games, D: Rockstar Toronto)
- Burnout Revenge (P: EA, D: Criterion Games)

Outstanding Achievement: Original Music Composition
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Rise of the Kasai (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Bottlerocket Entertainment)
- Gun (P: Activision, D: Neversoft Entertainment)
- Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: Bioware)
- Kameo: Elements of Power (P: Microsoft, D: RARE)

Outstanding Achievement: Sound Design
- F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (P: Vivendi Universal Games, D: Monolith)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (P:/D: Ubisoft)
- Condemned: Criminal Origins (P: Sega, D: Monolith)
- Peter Jackson's King Kong (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montpellier)

Outstanding Achievement: Story and Character Development
- Peter Jackson's King Kong (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montpellier)
- Gun (P: Activision, D: Neversoft Entertainment)
- Call of Duty: Big Red One (P: Activision, D: Treyarch)
- Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (P: Ubisoft, D: Gearbox Software)
- Sly Cooper 3: Honor Among Thieves (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America D: Suckerpunch)

Outstanding Achievement: Gameplay Engineering ***TIE***
- Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Lumines (P: Ubisoft, D: Q Entertainment)
- Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species (P: Microsoft, D: Blue Fang)

Outstanding Achievement: Online Game Play
- Battlefield 2 (P: EA, D: Digital Illusions)
- Mario Kart DS (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)
- Age of Empires III (P: Microsoft, D: Ensemble Studios)
- Project Gotham Racing 3 (P: Microsoft, D: Bizarre Creations)
- Call of Duty 2 (P: Activision, D: Infinity Ward)

Outstanding Achievement: Visual Engineering
- F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (P: Vivendi Universal Games, D: Monolith)
- Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- Kameo: Elements of Power (P: Microsoft, D: RARE)
- Call of Duty 2 (P: Activision, D: Infinity Ward)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Game Design
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)
- Peter Jackson's King Kong (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montpellier)

Outstanding Character Performance: Male
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Gun (P: Activision, D: Neversoft Entertainment)
- Oddworld Stranger's Wrath (P: EA, D: Oddworld)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (P:/D: Ubisoft)
- Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: Bioware)

Outstanding Character Performance: Female
- Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: Bioware)
- Gun (P: Activision, D: Neversoft Entertainment)
- Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montreal)
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted (P: EA, D: EA-Vancouver)

GENRE AWARDS
Sports Game of the Year
- NBA 2K6 (P: 2K Games, D: Visual Concepts)
- MLB 2006 (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- SSX On Tour (P: EA, D: EA Canada)
- MLB 2K5: WS Edition (P: 2K Games, D: Visual Concepts)
- Super Mario Strikers (P: Nintendo, D: Next Level)

First-Person Action Game of the Year
- Call of Duty 2 (P: Activision, D: Infinity Ward)
- Condemned: Criminal Origins (P: Sega, Monolith)
- Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (P: Ubisoft, D: Gearbox Software)
- F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (P: Vivendi Universal Games, D: Monolith)
- Battlefield 2 (P: EA, D: Digital Illusions)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
- Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: Bioware)
- Dragon Quest VIII (P: Sqaure Enix, D: Level 5)
- Dungeon Siege II (P: Microsoft, D: Gas Powered)
- Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (P: Nintendo, D: Intelligent Systems)
- Radiata Stories (P: Square Enix, D: Tri-Ace Inc.)

Fighting Game of the Year
- Soul Calibur III (P:/D: Namco)
- Tekken 5 (P:/D: Namco)
- Fight Night Round 2 (P: EA, D: EA-Chicago)
- WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw (P: THQ, D: Yuke's Co. Ltd.)

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
- God of War (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sony Computer Entertainment America-Santa Monica)
- Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (P:/D: Ubisoft)
- Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Montreal)
- The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (P: Vivendi Universal Games, D: Radical Entertainment)

Racing Game of the Year
- Forza Motorsport (P: Microsoft, D: Microsoft Game Studios)
- Project Gotham Racing 3 (P: Microsoft, D: Bizarre Creations)
- Mario Kart DS (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted (P: EA, D: EA-Vancouver)

Children's Game of the Year
- Chicken Little (P: Buena Vista Games, D: Avalanche Software)
- Madagascar (P: Activision, D: Toys for Bob)
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (P: Sony Computer Entertainment America, D: Sucker Punch)
- Tak 3: The Great Juju Challenge (P: THQ, D: Avalanche)
- We Love Katamari (P:/D: Namco)

Downloadable Game of the Year
- Oasis (P: PlayFirst, D: Mind Control Software)
- Egg v. Chicken (P: PlayFirst, D: GameLab)
- Chuzzle (P:/D: PopCap)
- Tradewinds Legend (P:/D: Sandlot)
- WIK: Fable of Souls (P: Microsoft, D: Reflexive)

Family Game of the Year
- Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)
- Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (P: Nintendo, D: Konami)
- LEGO Star Wars (P: TT Games, D: Traveler's Tales)

Simulation Game of the Year
- The Movies (P: Activision, D: Lionhead Studios)
- Silent Hunter III (P: Ubisoft, D: Ubisoft-Romania)
- Animal Crossing (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)

Strategy Game of the Year
- Age of Empires III (P: Microsoft, D: Ensemble Studios)
- Civilization IV (P: 2K Games, D: Firaxis)
- Empire Earth II (P: Vivendi Universal Games, D: Mad Doc)

Massively Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year ***TIE***
- City of Villains (P: NCsoft, D: Cryptic Studios)
- Guild Wars (P: NCsoft, D: ArenaNet)
- Lineage II: The Chaotic Principle (P:/D: NCsoft)
- Final Fantasy XI: The Vana'diel Collection (P:/D: Square Enix)

Handheld Game of the Year
- Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (P: Nintendo, D: Capcom)
- Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (P: Rockstar, D: Rockstar-Leeds)
- Burnout Legends (P: EA, D: EA-UK Fusion)
- Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (P: Nintendo, D: Alpha Dream)
- Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)

Cellular Game of the Year
- Mile High Pinball (P: Nokia, D: Bonus.com)
- Skipping Stone (P: I-Play, D: Gamevil)
- One (P: Nokia, D: Digital Legends)
- Ancient Empires II (P:/D: Glu Mobile)
- High Seize (P: Nokia, D: Red Lynx)

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silentmobius
silentmobius

DOA better than Tekken? Ohh yeah, that must be why the Tekken series continues to get better reviews than DOA.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Great stuff but I think F.E.A.R. got robbed for First-Person Action Game of the Year . And why the hell wasn't this televised?!?! This beats the hell out of the Spike awards show hands down.

VFA-102
VFA-102

Why wasn't DOA4 nominated for best fighting game of the year? Technically it came out before 2006 began. Sorry Tekken fans, but the Dead or Alive series has blown away Tekken since DOA 3 came out.

ctownsoldier09
ctownsoldier09

Bad judging in my opinion. GoW is a great game though.

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

I'll put God of War and RE4 on the same playing field, both being outstanding games. But I got more replay value out of RE4 and it was just that damn good. I'm also not a big fan of David Jaffe. Nothing personal, but he sounds like nothing more than a spoiled fanboy who won a lotttery he never bought a ticket for. Sorry David, but there's a reason Sony was the only one who'd consider your game.....

slikonebtz
slikonebtz

yea god of war is goty, but sc 3 better than tekken 5? tekken 5 is in a league of its own : /

Kwzy
Kwzy

God of War is the best game of 2005!! end this case

gmrgirl68
gmrgirl68

I agree wholeheartedly that GOW was an exellent game, but why did it get discontinued?

GunslingerMan
GunslingerMan

F* Jade empire best rpg ? * Strarts vomiting *

aboghannam
aboghannam

Can we take those awards seriously if some publishers are not qualified to the nominations?

brotherscampos
brotherscampos

RE4 is the best RE and have the innovation factor on its side but God of war is God of war not more words about this the PS2 show that Sony Rulers on video game consoles first the increible Psone after the magnificent PS2 slim a on the future the most powerfull and modern console of all the times the......

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

God of War is a great game but no way best game of the year. If it is the best then that doesn't speak very well for the current state of gaming.

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

RE4 could have won big. Anyway that list pretty standard. Im surprised that some DS gams didnt get any recognition.

Sha01in
Sha01in

Surprised Civ 4 didn't get PC game of the year.

Alaris83
Alaris83

Two things... 1) Something is seriously wrong when a FPS wins the award for Story and Character Development. What does that say about the RPG genre, a group of games that pride themselves in that category? 2) How is it that there is no representative of the PC category in the Overall category? Is the best PC game of the year not good enough to qualify?

hindug
hindug

Wow is that a picture of Nikki Cox? Man she fell-off.

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

I love game awards. . God of War deserved all that it won

SaintA2J
SaintA2J

People have to pay to get their movies nominated for the Academy Awards. This is no different. As much as it sucks, it's the reality of the thing.

toadblat
toadblat

I have the feeling that GoW would have done so well had Resident Evil been there...why wouldn't Capcom wan't to be a member of the AIAS?

s0l0123
s0l0123

God of War was a great game, it deserved those awards. Hulk was a really good game too, I felt sad when I clocked it.

ShockerD19
ShockerD19

jade empire over dragon quest 8? anyway...

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

this last year was a good year with games that will be remembered, i know any pc gamer will remember BF2, and all ps2 owner will remember god of war, game cube owners won't soon forget resident evil. i really like all the games that won, to bad resident evil wasn't entered, but taht is also good for god of war, it deserved some of the lime light. i though am still suprised to see that Call of duty 2 pc didn't get any recognition.

frankeyser
frankeyser

it is more of a hollywood hype up than a real game awards production.

Cartman86
Cartman86

the DICE awards have always been the most respected. They are voted on my the people in the industry. Just like the Oscars. If a company doesnt want to submit a game then it won't be nominated. The reason you never see this problem at the oscars is because of how big they are. One of these days there will be a huge game awards show, but not yet. I will admit though that it seems that the awards show was trying to get a little more hip this year. I dont know if that has anything to do with some of the crazy games that won, but maybe.

247k
247k

By the GODS!

Gmex
Gmex

can't wait to get the game.....

sussexj
sussexj

Man look at all those sony nominations and awards. I guess it shows which company has the most quality games on the table. Yeah go ps3!!!!

Javier
Javier

As stated by several people in comments above, RE4 is WAY better than GOW. How can you hand out awards not considering EVERY game released this year...This awards ceremony is really phony.

FFIXOwner
FFIXOwner

I still cant but think the awards were bias toward American games, but it was nice to Shadow of the Colossus and Nintendogs nominated for so many.

SaintSadistic
SaintSadistic

Welp, God of War winning was kinda obvious without Resident Evil 4. I'm just glad that SSX: On Tour won, along with Guitar Hero.

spinecaton
spinecaton

"Funny how Microsoft gets pwned at all this ceremonies. If they have a Halo game, they get awards, otherwise, nobody even nominates them... LOL " Of course no one nominates them here, you have to pay to be nominated in D.I.C.E. idiot

decebal
decebal

Funny how Microsoft gets pwned at all this ceremonies. If they have a Halo game, they get awards, otherwise, nobody even nominates them... LOL

Gary_Stanton
Gary_Stanton

In terms of THIS awards, God of War = Apollo Creed, Resident Evil 4 = Rocky Balboa. Even though it almost owned this year's awards show, somewhere in the gaming world, there is a game that completely destroys God of War. And God of War knows this, and it had better thank it's GOD that the other games' publisher, Capcom, is not a part of the AIAS (the one and only true reason why God of War won). And that other game is Resident Evil 4.

spinecaton
spinecaton

GoW was fun for the five hours it took to beat, it really doesn't deserve all those awards though. The fighting was fun but everything else was lacking. Not that many boss fights, the puzzles were LAME, and the entire "mortal killing a god" wasn't all that new of an idea. Seems like this is the worst award show I have ever seen. Developers paying to be in, how do we not know that some of the developers "gave more money" to have a better chance at winning? Oh, and Jay Mohr sucks, he is a horrible comedian, he rigged his reality show "Last Comic Standing" and mostly likely had a say in this poor excuse for a award show too.

DHeesch
DHeesch

Why the hell wasn't Shadow of the Colossus up for Outstanding Original Music Composition or Sound Design? This game has some of the best music ever in a video game.

RykuXr
RykuXr

The only reason GoW won most of those awards is because RE4 wasn't there, not that GoW wasn't good, but it had nothing on RE4.

dru26
dru26

WoW should have won MMO obviously, Forza should have won racing, some of you guys are cutting Jade short, it was bad ass for non turn based kung fu fans.

molivers7
molivers7

CoV picks up the MMO award. Nice.

Imavnas
Imavnas

Im sorry but to me God of War isnt as great as these people make it sound. Fine it has great gameplay, fine it has amazing bosses. But then theirs the fact im playing as a character whos trying to kill Ares. HOW many times have "if" versions of greek mythos been redone? I mean seriously, you dont see Norse mythos even REMOTELY as much, and not many games regarding them have been done, yet we see a game of yet again more greek mythos "if's". And worse yet, its of the overly reused "to kill a god" premise. If RE4 wasnt excluded it should definately have taken a great share of War's prizes. Too bad, id be nice if D.I.C.E. actually took EVERY game into consideration, instead of every companys game that was able to PAY to get in (which is a sad thought indeed). EDIT: Jay Mohr's comedy is barely even to the level of "o that sounded like it could be funny so lets laugh and make him feel good". I feel sorry for Mrs. Cox, lol.