The Last of Us wins DICE awards game of the year

The Academy of Arts and Sciences announced their video game winners during the the annual D.I.C.E. awards ceremony. The Last of Us swept several categories, but check out the full list of winners.

Today at the conclusion of the D.I.C.E. video game summit, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced their award winning games of 2013.

Freddie Wong and Felecia Day hosted the show, and the full list of winners (along with nominated games) follows below.

Game of the Year

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • WINNER: The Last of Us
  • NOMINEES
  • Battlefield 4
  • BioShock Infinite
  • God of War: Ascension
  • Grand Theft Auto V

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • WINNER: The Last of Us
  • NOMINEES
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • BioShock Infinite
  • The Novelist
  • Tomb Raider

Outstanding Character Performance

  • WINNER: The Last of Us -- Ellie
  • NOMINEES
  • Grand Theft Auto V --Trevor
  • Ryse -- Marius Titus
  • The Last of Us -- Joel
  • The Stanley Parable -- Narrator

Downloadable Game of the Year

Casual Game of the Year

  • WINNER: Plants vs. Zombies 2
  • NOMINEESCandy Box
  • Peggle 2
  • Rayman Fiesta Run
  • Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • WINNERS: Diablo III
  • NOMINEES
  • DotA 2
  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Pokémon X and Y

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

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

Sports Game of the Year

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

Racing Game of the Year

Fighting Game of the Year

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

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

Family Game of the Year

  • WINNERS: Super Mario 3D World
  • NOMINEES
  • Disney Infinity
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Rayman Legends
  • Skylanders Swap Force

Mobile Game of the Year

  • WINNER: Plants vs. Zombies 2
  • NOMINEES
  • Fetch
  • Flick Kick Football Legends
  • Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption
  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1

Handheld Game of the Year

Adventure Game of the Year

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

Online Game of the Year

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

Action Game of the Year

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

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

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • WINNER: The Last of Us
  • NOMINEES
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Puppeteer
  • Rayman Legends
  • Tearaway

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

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

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

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

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

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

Three members of Rockstar were also inducted into the Academy of Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame: Sam Houser, Dan Houser, and Leslie Benzies. They accepted the award for their studio as a whole.

The Academy's Pioneer Award was given to Eugene Jarvis, the creator of Defender, Robotron: 2084, and the Cruisn' series of driving games.

And that pretty much wraps up awards for 2013. But if you want to relive GameSpot's choices, you can read up on our own 2013 game of the year awards here.

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231 comments
bourne2live
bourne2live

lol

"The Last of Us swept several categories, but check out the full list of winners anyway."

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Not a bad list of nominees and winners. A couple of surprise appearances but nothing that makes me think 'what the fff....?'

JoenMclaren
JoenMclaren

Just downloaded patch firmware 4.55 and it solved the Last Of Us Stability Issue.  Thank you sony for cleaning up this mess.  FYI its software issue my other games were working fine.  I understand its bad press if you don't admit mistakes but it's dishonest as well.  Big Brother is watching

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Starting today there should be a new meme. Winner: The Last of Us

JoenMclaren
JoenMclaren

A game that makes your PS3 Shutoff does not deserve GOTY.

divinejester
divinejester

The fact that Diablo III won rpg year completely discredits this award, even had Ni No Kuni not been in this category.

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

Yeah, an award for innovation was uncalled for, but TLOU really took the cake. Despite its flaws (terrible AI for example), it was really an awesome game with a lot of thought, spirit and effort put into it. ...Besides, the competitors were really lackluster.

fabz
fabz

@thefinalzapkeet

I completely agree with you about the useless bashing culture that seems to persist. It takes civility to appreciate the value of differing opinions and I'm afraid we're not there yet on the civility front.


I also agree with you that there is no right or wrong in these selections. Opinions are completely subjective. Gamespot obviously saw the GOTY that way. It was Gamespot's opinion and it is worthy of respect. What I would say as my opinion is that to me the Gamespot decision felt a little like when Hollywood gives the best movie award to a drama that nobody wants to watch, instead of to the movie that was popularly enjoyed and hailed far and wide as something special. 


Personally I found it a little harder to understand why Gamespot gave TLOU 8 seeing the incredible qualities of the title. I feel that perhaps Gamespot missed (didn't get) something special here (reviewed on a small TV? No surround? Dodgy controller? :) ). 

The quality of the story, the acting, the direction, the script, the seamless integration between gameplay and story (and the emotions generated by them) is way above anything ever seen before in a video game (in my opinion of course). So I do find it hard to understand the 8...

I'm almost half way through the highly acclaimed Tomb raider TDE on PS4. Good game, I'm enjoying it, but IMO no where near the standard set by Naughty Dog with TLOU (and Uncharted).

TLOU was my GOTY for the qualities listed above. One of the most enjoyable and unforgettable games I've played. Games as good as this don't come around too often. 10.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Most important of all awards in my opinion as this one is handed by the developers themselves.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Damn, 10 awards for The Last of Us, that's huge.

JoenMclaren
JoenMclaren

I would give it an -5 for making it my PS3 fat shut off most of the time in its initial release.  WTF Naughty Dog Weren't you testing your wares in different SKU's

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

and GS gives it an 8? F U C K   Y O U !!

Aelfredus
Aelfredus

TLOU is not a fucking interactive movie. You want an interactive movie? Play To The Moon, Gone Home or Beyond: Two Souls.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

With each award given to the game around the globe Tom McShea feels a little pin prick in the back of his head.

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

Is there any way I can watch the replay? I totally missed the livestream! I thought it was gonna be at March

doublelayer26
doublelayer26

Really want to play this game but when my son left home for the real world he took his PS3 with him. Glad to see it get so many awards . I'm so tired of every year sequels of milked franchises winning over and over again.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I'm glad this game is getting credit. It was my game of the year for 2013. However it seems strange it was awarded outstanding innovative game. It's a great game, but theirs nothing there naughty dog, or other games haven't done before. That should've been awarded to one of the indie nominees.

Daian
Daian

Oh look Gamespot, somebody that gives the right game the GOTY title instead of getting blinded by nostalgia.

daviz88
daviz88

Only on PlayStation 3

thefinalzapkeet
thefinalzapkeet

I played TLOU and enjoyed it.  but I just don't see what others see in it.  I thought the story was good, but nothing exceptional. I thought the ending was worse than Mass Effect 3's pre EC ending, and i feel like the story and gameplay kind of hampered each other in ways.  I would give it a solid 8/10.  Great game, but just too many flaws


With that being said, I just can think of so many other games in this year along that I enjoyed more:

Fire emblem: Awakening

Bioshock infinite (my personal GOTY)

Dead Rising 3

Assassin's creed 4

Ni No Kuni

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

GTAV


Granted that's just an opinion and I understand that my tastes can differ from other people's. which is fine, a wonderful thing about the gaming community is the diverse tastes that everyone shares.  I can get why people loved TLOU as much as they did even if i wasn't included in that. the only main "issue" i have is TLOU winning the innovative award


What I DON'T understand is the hostility the gaming community has shown recently.  Just look at these comments for example.  There's a lot of microsoft bashing for reasons I can't comprehend.  I've also seen some comments bashing Gamespot saying they got the "wrong GOTY".  Why were they wrong? because they didn't pick the game YOU liked?  And that this company is more right because they picked the one YOU liked?  And microsoft vs sony has nothing to do with this article at all, so i don't even know where those comments come from (all consoles brought out great games this year, as they do every year)


If we want gaming to be taken seriously as an artform, we need to clean up the audience first. people who are bashing other game's and a company should be ashamed of themselves.  people who think that gamepot is "wrong" should be ashamed of themselves.  I hate to see how you guys are in real life if you can't even accept someone's opinion over a video game of all things

shadowheart7
shadowheart7

You know what Gamespot? Its time you started appreciating Naughty Dog. You were the ONLY ONE not give Uncharted 2 your GOTY back in 2009. Now you do the same thing with The Last of Us. I know Kevin doesn't like Naughty Dog which is why it will NEVER win any awards on this site. 

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Excellent news! TLOU certainly deserves all of the praise it has been getting.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

TLOU dominated most of the awards. I never saw a game winning in almost every category. It is well deserved.

For me, TLOU is the game that defined last generation. Congratulations to both Sony and ND.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yup - The Last Of Us cleaned up for sure - that's got to be some kind of record?

Naughty Dog's studio floors must be paved in gold these days.

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

The Last Of Us is precisely the kind of game that should not be winning any competitive awards of merit. Just as The Avengers or Transformer movies have no place winning a serious cinema award when compared to cinema that is genuinely artful and meaningful, The Last Of Us is the kind of blockbuster fun that deserved every dollar that it made, but it does a very poor job of representing the greatest creativity that the games industry can offer.

When it comes to a "game of the year" award, it should go to a game that does something that neither film nor literature can do better. The game of the year should be a game that maintains games as an equal, if not superior, form of expression as film or literature. There's no shortage of these kinds of games. Everything from Rain to Shelter, Papers, Please and right through to the extreme "high art" of Luxuria Superbia demonstrate that games are legitimate works of art and able to provide thematically deep experiences that would be impossible in another medium

faizanhd
faizanhd

Diablo 3 over DOTA 2 ?  Dafuq....................

I hate opinions. Makes everything needlessly complicated :)

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Oh dear, video game awards are becoming even more irrelevant than the Oscars.

khuzko
khuzko

Eddie should've won the "Mr.trolltastic-Very-Fantastic" award 

khuzko
khuzko

Bruce Lee should've won all the awards 

dBoy7
dBoy7

@canuckbiker  I think when they say innovative they mean it's the best of what you can get from that category of games. TLOU pushed the boundaries of that genre a little higher and gave us an improved perpective of what we can and sould expect from future releases. Kind of like a statement of what games have become and what they can do :-)  Although i understand your arguments. 

bolandjf
bolandjf

@canuckbiker I was thinking the same thing. It was a decent enough game for something that's single player only, but innovative? Not in the least.

thefinalzapkeet
thefinalzapkeet

@Daian Except Link Between Worlds has been universally praised.  it was a great game and it's perfectly understandable why someone would rate it GOTY. it isn't being "blinded by nostalgia"


And what makes this company "right" and gamespot "wrong"? or do you not understand what an opinion is?

bolandjf
bolandjf

@Kr3isen I agree wholeheartedly, but you're going to get a lot of hate from story noobs who have trouble reading and outrageous fanboys who should be old enough have developed some sense of self awareness.

dr_derogatory
dr_derogatory

@Kr3isen Everyone is, of course entitled to their own opinion, and I respect yours.  That said, I do disagree.  Why should competitive award merits be limited to games few people have played or heard of?  I've said for a long time that award ceremonies such as The Oscars frequently select some - for lack of a better phrase, "artsy" - film that no one has ever heard of and gives it a slew of awards.  Which is fine, and maybe the acting is organic and it feels "real", but if no one has ever heard of the movie, does it not cheapen the win to some extent?  What good is winning an award if no one gives a crap about your movie?  Movies exist to make money and tell a story.  Mostly to make money, because frankly, that's how more movies are made.  


On the flip side, I see your argument that just because something sells a boatload of copies, or a ton of people go see a movie, that doesn't mean it is the best movie.  I think people frequently vote with their wallet, though.  I truly believe People's Choice awards are a much better barometer for the merits of a movie.  Just because some snooty dude in the Actor's Guild said a movie is the best movie, that frankly doesn't mean anything to me.  

As for The Last Of Us, the game really was exceptionally done, in my opinion.  I didn't feel as though it was a playable movie as some people do.  The experience came from interacting with Ellie, not rushing through and trying to beat it as quickly as possible.  The merit - again, in my opinion - is that Naughty Dog created a world and story that made me want to interact with her.  I think that, based on the superlatives given to the game from multiple facets of the gaming community, that it was a moving game for a lot of people.  Again, I see where you're coming from, and I understand it, but just sharing my side of the story with you.  Well thought out post from you, which I always appreciate, and +1 for that reason, regardless of my disagreement.

shingui5
shingui5

@Kr3isen

You make some good points, but this in no possible way undermines TLoU being a fantastic game, one that tells a very moving, emotional story, and does so in a way that is enhanced by the gameplay and the interactivity. I hate this close-minded idea that, just because a game has a cutscene, it's trying to imitate film, and therefore it isn't worthy of being called a game, or winning game awards. And i hate it because it ignores what most of these games do: use the gameplay in an interactive way to enhance the story that is being told, either by making you care about the characters you are controlling and trying to protect (in the case of Ellie), or by adding tension, atmosphere and drama to the game.

If you want a game to try and hate on because of the huge dissonance between gameplay and story, go after Bioshock: infinite.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Kr3isen I don't think a game should win based off whether it's good 'art' it should win if it's a good game, because that's what games are... games.

faizanhd
faizanhd

@dolchi21  

I'd personally give it to Papers Please or Stanley Parable. This really is a more objective category than a matter opinion. What did TLOU do that's innovative ? Its a fantastic game but it mostly a combination of technology and concepts already in exsistence .

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Why? Because the game you wanted to win didn't?

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Just because a game or film has a limited audience, for whatever reason, does that cheapen the quality of the product?

dr_derogatory
dr_derogatory

@Divisionbell Quite the contrary, which is why I see both sides of the story, and why I liked the original post.  I think you can take a game like Limbo, which had a modest reception, and you can see a game that is truly unique (in its story/delivery, not that it is a side scroller as that is clearly NOT unique) and quite good.  Or, say the game Journey, from last year.  Games can emote feelings regardless of the broadness of their audience.  


That said, it also begs the question, if the game is so good, why aren't more people playing it?  The same goes for movies.  Ever see The English Patient?  Or The Pianist?  Or lets really ruffle some feathers, have you ever seen Citizen Kane?  In my personal opinion, they suck.  Not just a little bit, but big heavy donkey balls suck.  Citizen Kane, for certain, marks a top score for most every film critic I've ever read.  Why?  I couldn't really tell you, because it bored me to tears.


The point I'm trying to make is that, in my opinion, People's Choice awards will usually indicate what the gaming audience at large truly thinks is the best.  Not snooty critics that potentially have some agenda to push.  Does that mean I think Star Wars is better than American Beauty?  Well, that probably depends on what day you ask me, what kind of mood I'm in, and in what capacity you are asking me.  If you're asking me which movie is more entertaining, certainly that would be Star Wars.  If you're asking me which movie is more moving from an emotional stand point, I would probably tell you American Beauty.

After re-reading my original post, I can see why your question came up.  I truly wasn't trying to be abrasive, and it might have come across that way.  I apologize if it did.  I'm just trying to get across the point that just because something is hyped, and is critically acclaimed, that it is often done so for a reason.  A game shouldn't be penalized for generating hype and for being appreciated by the consumers.  If indie games are of a certain level of polish and deserving of the praise, we owe it to ourselves as gamers to get the word out on those games.  Make them the games that everyone talks about.  That would be doing the publisher/developer justice.  Far more, in my opinion, than getting an award from some critic to whom their game "struck a chord".  Just my two cents, for what it is worth.