Limbo nabs seven GDC Award noms

Playdead's IGF winner joined by Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2 as top contenders at Game Developers Choice ceremony; indie frontrunner Minecraft up for three.

The Independent Games Festival Awards and Game Developers Choice Awards have traditionally been joined at the hip, considering both occur on the same night of the Game Developers Conference, but this year's shows will be more so than usual. Today, show organizers announced nominees for the 2011 GDCAs, and the top contender walked off with a couple of top prizes at last year's IGFAs.

Playdead's dark horse faces stiff competition.

That game is Playdead's Limbo, which took home top honors for Technical Excellence and Visual Art at the indie spectacle last year. As it takes on the main event this year, the macabre puzzle-platformer is up for seven awards, including Game of the Year.

Limbo, which received plaudits from critics upon its release through Xbox Live in July 2010, is also in the running for Best Game Design, Innovation, Best Audio, Best Downloadable Game, Best Debut Game, and Best Visual Art.

Despite the plethora of nominations, Limbo's victory in the Game of the Year category is anything but a lock. To win, it will have to best such top-tier titles as Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption (six nominations), BioWare's Mass Effect 2 (five nominations), Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops (two nominations), and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (two nominations).

Adding an additional link to the IGFAs and GDCAs, Mojango's Minecraft will be competing in both award-bestowing events. Having received three nominations in the indie showcase, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Minecraft is up for a trio of GDCAs: Innovation, Best Downloadable Game, and Best Debut.

This year's GDCAs will follow the IGFAs on March 2 as part of GDC 2011. This year's conference will return to San Francisco's Moscone Center, running from February 28-March 4.

Game of the Year
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
Limbo (Playdead)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)

Best Game Design
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Limbo (Playdead)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)

Innovation
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Kirby's Epic Yarn (Good-Feel & HAL Laboratory)
Minecraft (Mojang)
Limbo (Playdead)
Dance Central (Harmonix)

Best Technology
Starcraft II (Blizzard)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)

Best Handheld Game
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Ready At Dawn/SCE Santa Monica)
Cut the Rope (ZeptoLab)
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Kojima Productions)
Game Dev Story (Kairosoft)
Dragon Quest IX (Level 5)

Best Audio
Limbo (Playdead)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Halo: Reach (Bungie)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DICE)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)

Best Downloadable Game
Costume Quest (Double Fine)
Limbo (Playdead)
Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)
Minecraft (Mojang)
Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)

Best Writing
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Costume Quest (Double Fine)
Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian)

Best Debut Game
Limbo (Playdead)
Darksiders (Vigil Games)
Minecraft (Mojang)
Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)
Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)

Best Visual Arts
God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
Limbo (Playdead)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)

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104 comments
sirius237
sirius237

ME2 does NOT deserve GOTY, it has an EXTREMELY lame story the and combat is that great and there are better looking games out there, and Red Dead is just GTA with horses and a few tricks what a joke

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

This is why I hate awards, most of the time they go to the wrong things for the wrong reasons..... Mass Effect 2 deserves GOTY but New Vegas doesn't deserve best writing however it does deserve best sound.... RDR and COD don't deserve anything but the mentions they may have lead 2010 in sales but that hardly gives them the honor of GOTY or any of the other credits everyone gives them.

Spybreak
Spybreak

Limbo was good but not that good sorry. I might play Limbo a second time but with RDR and Mass Effect 2 I've played those more than twice happily doing so.

isaacmj
isaacmj

No Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Halo Reach for game of the year but Black Ops and Assassins Creed: Brotherhood is up there. I don't like these awards.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Anyone remember 'Another World' by Delphine on the old CBM AMIGA? Someone should remake that. Back on Track, Limbo is trully brilliant, and deserves all the praise it recieves.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

sleepnsurf How do you know it won't sell on PS3? How do you know that on PC it is going to be pirated and no one will buy this? This assumption is based on...? Just take a look at the countless indi games on the PC (many more than on consoles) which sold like crazy. Sure, people will pirate games, but this happens on consoles too. Steam is a good example for a platform that allows indi developers to sell their games. And they sell extremal well.

stratfender89
stratfender89

A very good reminder of what games you need to play from 2010. I love how Gamedev Story made it on the list =)

mardinn
mardinn

Minecraft is not a game. At least yet. It should not be up for the awards.. for the moment.

funnysplay
funnysplay

@helborhamy I know what your saying is true, but somehow it felt very much like a rehashed version of the first game with a different story. Maybe the problam is with me, maybe im just a game critic i dunno, but i just didn't like ME3.

RonTorque
RonTorque

I haven't finished it yet but i'd say it's one of the best independent games i have played.

jinilthedon
jinilthedon

God!Let LIMBO remain an xbox 360 exclusive,or another fanboy WAR gonna Happen.. Now exclusives really matter for picking up a console and there is no need to port this game to PC and PS3 at all.. of course the devs have told it would remain xbox 360 exclusive and their next game would be multiplatform!

X-The-Doctor-X
X-The-Doctor-X

I think RDR deserves GOTY, it had great graphics, engaging and well written plot and had a one of a kind story.

shaunn191
shaunn191

I'd preffer Limbo on PS3 than Littlebigplanet..

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Here again a 360 game pwns! Developers know that 360 is the way to go as there are more players and revenue on the 360 to be had. The game will be pirated on the pc and not enough players will buy it on the PS3.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Nice choices overall although like usual, it feels like they discard the majority of the industry titles. What I am trying to say, is that there are no major surprises, like a game that I might have overlook and GDC heightens my awareness. And yes, congrats to Limbo. Also, I wish they had genre categories like fighting, racing, etc...

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

little big limbo will be fun, with added multiplayer =P

Bulzeeb3088
Bulzeeb3088

@Noir2000 I'm sorry all the Naruto games this year failed you.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Gotta admit, For a man that isn't much for the xbox this game did get my interest a while back. Shame they chose Microsoft - it's now a 'family' console after all.

Noir2000
Noir2000

AC: Brotherhood Game of the year?!?!?!?!? Where are we?! The twilight zone?!?!

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kristaps194
kristaps194

Sad that these are only console/multiplatform games. Wanted too see Amnesia at least somewhere here :( And it's can't agree with Limbo more. Finished that game yesterday. One helluva a great game and story (if you choose "the car theory" (check GS forum for Limbo))!!! P.S. And LOL at PS3-Gamer :D How can a person be so fanboyic? :D

Litchie
Litchie

I would soooooooo play Limbo if it wasn't 360 exclusive.. Looks awesome.

halfbottle
halfbottle

Best Writing? Deadly Premonition without doubt!

biokrysty
biokrysty

there were great games this year

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AsszStake
AsszStake

Limbo is a Danish developed game, JUST SAYING!!! i'm a little more proud being a dane now, after IO Interactive's horrendous K&L games!

helborhamy
helborhamy

@funnysplay The first one had more RPG and more important choices to make, but the second one had more action, more intensity, better graphics, better gameplay, better music, and better cutscenes. So overall mass effect 2 is better but still both of them are two of my favorite games.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

They need to release Limbo on PS3 and PC, but until then i'm more than happy with the LittleBigPlanet version.

steelmouth
steelmouth

damn why coudnt limbo be on disk i would have long got it

funnysplay
funnysplay

I gonna get thumbs down for this, but i really didn't care for mass effect 2. The first one was better in my opinion.

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

What makes me sad...and this is kind of off topic...is I was linked to this story from the Latest PSN News section. I realize because some of the games are Playstation exclusive why it was there. But given the title was about Limbo, I was hoping the game was coming to PSN. I may break down and finally download it for my Xbox because I am tired of waiting!

thetravman
thetravman

I never played Limbo, and I really want to. But I hghly doubt it belongs in the GOTY category. Galaxy 2 should be on there, or God of War 3.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

My picks: -Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2 -Best Game Design: Mass Effect 2 -Innovation: Minecraft -Best Technology: Mass Effect 2 or God of War III (too hard!) -Best Handheld Game: God of War: Ghost of Sparta -Best Audio: Halo: Reach -Best Downloadable Game: Limbo -Best Writing: Mass Effect 2 -Best Debut Game: Limbo -Best Visual Arts: Limbo

sircyrus
sircyrus

(Limbo developers) Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom :)

slingshot_ylo
slingshot_ylo

I like a few games on this impressive list, but LIMBO just really clicked with me on a lot of levels more than any other game or movie or song has in a long time. Maybe I'm just biased for LIMBO for personal reasons, but I do think it deserves the recognition it's getting and hope it wins.

Nexustras
Nexustras

hope they release limbo on pc and ps3. everyone needs to play it. definitely one of the best games i've played this gen.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

With all the praise it gets, it saddens me that Limbo is only on 360. Not trying to bash the 360, but more people deserve to play this game!

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

It's hard to take these awards seriously when Call of Duty Black Ops is nominated for some heavy awards. :roll:

dkdk999
dkdk999

I get that limbo has a great atmosphere. But I think it's ovverated. I played braid and it was one of the best games I've ever played.I didn't have very fun with it's puzzles. Thats just my experience though.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Good luck to Limbo - the game is definitely worth the hype.

ZombieReaper33
ZombieReaper33

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DICE) should have won game of the year!!

shakensparco
shakensparco

I could see how Limbo would win best visual art or best audio, but the game wasn't exactly innovative. The puzzles weren't hugely different than anything you might see and the platforming wasn't revolutionary. All the factors just came together to make an amazing package.