The Last of Us leads DICE awards show with 13 nominations

Naughty Dog's acclaimed PS3 game leads the way for the 17th annual DICE Awards; GTA 5 and BioShock Infinite also up for Game of the Year.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 17th annual D.I.C.E. Awards, with Naughty Dog's acclaimed PlayStation 3 game The Last of Us leading the way with 13 nominations, including a nod for overall Game of the Year.

Also up for Game of the Year is Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The Last of Us also led the pack for the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards with five nominations.

"Floored and deeply honored that The Last of Us has been nominated for 13 awards this year. So exciting," Naughty Dog said on Twitter.

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, February 6 at the the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as part of the 2014 D.I.C.E. Summit. A live-stream will be available beginning that night at 7:30 PDT.

In addition to handing out awards for individual games, the 17th annual D.I.C.E. Awards will honor Defender and Robotron: 2084 designer Eugene Jarvis as its Pioneer Award recipient. Titles nominated for awards this year were played and evaluated by members of the Academy's Peers Panel. The Academy's 22,000+ members will now vote to determine the final winners to be announced the evening of the show.

The full list of Awards categories and nominees is below.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • 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
  • 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 -- Marius 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 and Y

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 and 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
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Hurvl
Hurvl

Huh, BF 4 got 3 nominations. It's funny that Dice will be represented at DICE, but more in a funny=strange way than anything else.

dyze
dyze

I find it disgraceful that Beyond: Two Souls isn't nominated for more awards, especially for outstanding character performance and game of the year.


It is without a doubt the most powerful experience I've had in gaming this year.

I got Last of Us and Beyond for xmas and played through Last of Us first.

It's a decent game, but imo it's not as amazing as everyone makes it out to be. the american-ness of some of the characters gets to annoying highs throughout most of the game.

Having the roles of Protagonist and Antagonist mixed throughout the game was however something interesting and they deserve props for that, but that also forced the game into more of a cinematic adventure than a game.

Which brings me to Beyond.

The first thing people will "dis" the game for, is being too much of an interactive novel/movie etc. However, imo Last of Us is even more so an interactive tale than Beyond.

Why? it isn't gameplay. Those two are of course very different and with Last of Us you get to control and manipulate your character, very nicely I might add, but the difference is in the choices and interactivity you have as the player. Your way of manipulating what is going on and what is happening.

You can actually change things, you have choices, and you can alter the story. People can die, that weren't suppose to. Jodie can be more timid or more agressive etc.

Most importantly, You're allowed to fail, and things will still progress. 

This is something that's a pretty big change for games.  In gaming comes Challenge, and through challenge you're allowed to progress through the story and game. 

With Beyond and it's predecessor Heavy Rain, you were allowed to continue even if you didn't accomplish the challenge. That's pretty big imo. The ability to fail and have the show/game/story continue and adapt to what has happened and give you a different outcome is, imo, much greater than a single linear tale.


I'd like to add that I don't think Last of Us is bad. I think it's a great step in the right direction for games. It's a very good medium between story, gameplay and art. I think it deserves praise, without a doubt, I do however believe that Beyond: Two Souls deserves a lot more than it's gotten. Since it's only reason for not being as mainstreamly accepted is because of the hate that QTEs have surrounding them.

Which is a shame, since Beyond actually manages to make QTEs intuitive rather than the bad QTEs we're used to in most games. Which is where we want QTEs to be.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

It's good to see the industry is all participating in this self-congratulating, innovation-free circle jerk together. Fucking pathetic. The only award TLOU should have been nominated for, which probably doesn't exist, is Best Overall Package - nothing else. And no I'm not just railing against TLOU - AC4 deserves to be GOTY but honestly its the same as the other seven games. And GTAv doesn't even deserve a nomination for anything that isn't a technical award.

Link3301
Link3301

They nominated AC IV and Bioshock Infinite for game of the year but not Super Mario 3D World. Also why is ARR not nominated for RPG/MMO but Diablo III (A game from last year) is.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: ALBW, and Plants vs. Zombies 2 are the only games that stand out, the rest are just really bland. 

PS4andXoneGamer
PS4andXoneGamer

And the DICE award for worst developer goes to: DICE

kingtemplar
kingtemplar

When will game spot finally change their review of last of us.  IGN gave it game of the year award.  (PS  I hate gamespot new look)

ace-meza
ace-meza

no fighter within ?!!! this list is a complete joke

fatee
fatee moderator moderator

Very deserving.

Opus_Rea-333
Opus_Rea-333

probably a copy paste of an older build (gameplay focused build with the rendering effects/other fancy stuff turned off so people can gather errors and report to the developer for a Day one patch)


thats my guess.    the game development already over.  But obviously they can still work with patches LOL. again my guess.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

Well, I played The last of us to death and loved it. I'm no playing GTAV to death and loving it. It's like Sophie's choice, so hard.


It's like comparing a novel to a great tv series, like Breaking Bad. Trevor is great and funny, but Joel and Ellie evolve as characters - there's an arc there. As in the zombie genre, the key thing is loss and trying to recover from it. 


I like beyond 2 souls and bioshock inf - but they're not on the same level as the former games.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Videogame award season is as long as Hollywood award season, It's getting ridiculous!

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

What a joke, where is Battlefield 4? Mediocre people are responsible for this awards.

L0vnThatBuddah
L0vnThatBuddah

Cheers Naughty Dog u guys make me glad I own a PS

sakaixx
sakaixx

too many sony and nintendo games on this list, they should add atleast 2 or 3 microsoft games for the kicks.

GreenvaleXYZ
GreenvaleXYZ

the invisible companion emotional not-zombie stealth game, starring captain dickhead

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Alright, I'm gonna go play some Powerstar Golf, which (shockingly, I might add) wasn't nominated for any of this crap. The fix is in! 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

This has easily become my favorite game of all time, so I am glad to see this. I don't really think it is overrated, because ND did an AMAZING job with the story, and that's what it's advertised to be - a story game.

guitarpete462
guitarpete462

I think that having great character development is more important than having a great character. This is why TLoU is superior to practically anything else this year. Those characters had brilliantly written arcs, the kind of which you don't see often in this medium.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@ahpuckNo, this is a sign that the videogame industry is getting as large and acknowledged (and horrible) as the other entertainment/culture industries.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@Diegoctba Try looking under the category of,  Outstanding Achievement in Bugs and Glitches

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

@L0vnThatBuddah The Last of Us was the last Sony exclusive to make me finally buy a PS3 last September. I only wished I got one sooner, but I'm not complaining since I got the GOW Red one for less than $300 and everything from the Killzones, Resistances, MGS4, Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls, Uncharteds, and Twisted Metal. I've been one happy customer so far :)

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

@sakaixx Microsoft made a complete joke of this year, and relied on heavily on Halo 4. 

L0vnThatBuddah
L0vnThatBuddah

Haha if there were any to begin with and if they were worthy

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@EasyComeEasyGo Honestly that's pathetic. There is no gameplay in TLOU. Completely linear, gameplay experience is always the same, and the gameplay is barely fun in the first place.

L0vnThatBuddah
L0vnThatBuddah

My personal rating is 9.5 and favorite game of mine at that. Would give it a 10 but the AI not noticing ur allies ripped me right out of the moment. One moment heart is pounding while I sneak around and the next I'm like WTF HE DIDN'T JUST SEE ELLIE RUN RIGHT PAST HIM or WTF THE CLICKER DIDN'T HEAR BILL'S FAT ASS RUNNING THROUGH HERE?! I see what Mc Shea was talking about in his review although he still looks like someone I wouldnt mind performing the immobilizer on (kick to the saggy nuttz and double ear clap) ka-pow!

fatee
fatee moderator moderator

@UnrealPro @L0vnThatBuddah Good choice. MGS4 is pretty epic in itself. I highly recommend picking up Journey while you are at it!

CatPuncher
CatPuncher

True, though it would've been frustratingly difficult if the enemies did respond to the bizarre AI choices of the followers.. I thought surely it was designed that way to prevent those kinds of frustrations that (many will remember) spoiled RE4

ahpuck
ahpuck

@Rotondi@Diegoctba The best game ever with men as a protagonist? It's gotta be Journey to Silius. If you haven't played it, you are missing out.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

@Rotondi@Diegoctba My favorite games of all time: Battlefield 4, Cod: Ghosts, Modern Warfare 3, Modern Warfare 2, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft, any mobas, Sonic (he is an anarchist that destroys the system, way better than Watch Dogs, that for me it's just a poor imitation). You should start with that.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@Diegoctba @Rotondi Seems like I'm off to a good start then.  Which game is the best which has men as the protagonists?

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

@fatee @UnrealPro @L0vnThatBuddah Well I've been an Xbox guy since the beginning of 2002, and a PC gamer and Sega Genesis, Dreamcast guy before that, and I've been a FPS guy since the early 90's. I also play RPGs like Fallout 3 and New Vegas (also FPS) and adventure games like Last of Us and RTSs like the Command and Conquer games. Basically, any game where you have to kill or destroy, as long as I have options and it's not extremely linear or repetitive.

L0vnThatBuddah
L0vnThatBuddah

Why so confrontational did ur mother not love u or something or are u the Mr. Garrison type whose traumatized cuz his dad didn't molest him... Boo ya ka sha

L0vnThatBuddah
L0vnThatBuddah

Ur right man thx for the input they are a bit spazzy wen it comes to maneuvering about and it would suck were it the other way around