Uncharted 3 gets a dozen Interactive Achievement Award nods

Naughty Dog leads the pack with 12 nominations for AIAS-organized honors, joins Portal 2, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, and Zelda: Skyward Sword as Game of the Year candidates.

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences today released its full list of nominees for the Interactive Achievement Awards, with Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3-exclusive Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception leading the pack of 2011 games with a dozen nominations across 11 categories, including Game of the Year. The remaining candidates for the top IAA honor include Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Uncharted 3 was well appreciated by the AIAS.

Uncharted 3's 12 nominations tops the nine nods put up by last year's IAA darling Red Dead Redemption, but the territory isn't quite uncharted. In 2010, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves garnered 15 nominations, winning 10 categories, including Game of the Year.

The next most frequently nominated game was Portal 2 with 10 nods, followed by L.A. Noire with nine. The only other games that made the cut in more than three categories were Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Skyrim, with six nominations each.

As for the publishers, Electronic Arts topped the list, collecting 21 nominations spread across 14 games. Uncharted 3 pushed Sony into the second place (18 nominations between five games), while Microsoft managed to take the bronze with 13 nominations for 11 games.

The 15th annual Interactive Achievement Awards will be presented Thursday, February 9 at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. GameSpot will be live streaming the event, with comedian Jay Mohr once again hosting the ceremony. A complete list of categories and nominees follows below.

Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
Portal 2--Valve
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--Bethesda Game Studios
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword--Nintendo
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Little Big Planet 2--Media Molecule
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog
InFamous 2--Sucker Punch
Portal 2--Valve

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield 3--DICE
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3--Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Need for Speed: The Run--EA Black Box
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Bastion--Supergiant Games
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Portal 2--Valve
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--Bethesda Game Studios
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Character Performance
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Adam Jensen)--Eidos Montreal
L.A. Noire (Cole Phelps)--Team Bondi
Portal 2 (Wheatley)--Valve
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Nathan Drake)--Naughty Dog
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Victor Sullivan)--Naughty Dog

Downloadable Game of the Year
Bastion--Supergiant Games
Drawn: Trail of Shadows--Big Fish Games
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet--Fuel Cell
Ms. Splosion Man--Twisted Pixel Games
Orcs Must Die!--Robot Entertainment

Casual Game of the Year
Fruit Ninja Kinect--Halfbrick Studios
Tiny Wings--Andreas Illiger
Jetpack Joyride--Halfbrick Studios
Monsters Ate My Condo--Adult Swim/PikPok
Where's My Water?--Creature Feep

Social Networking Game of the Year
Army Attack--Digital Chocolate
CastleVille--Zynga
Gardens of Time--Playdom
The Sims Social--Playfish
Triple Town--Spry Fox

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dark Souls--From Software
Deus Ex: Human Revolution--Eidos Montreal
Star Wars: The Old Republic--BioWare Austin
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--Bethesda Game Studios
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings--CD Projekt

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Bastion--Supergiant Games
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Portal 2--Valve
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure--Toys for Bob
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--Bethesda Game Studios

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 12--EA Canada
Madden NFL 12--Tiburon
MLB 11: The Show--SCE San Diego
NBA 2K12--Visual Concepts
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition--Firemint

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 4--Turn 10 Studios
Mario Kart 7--Nintendo
Real Racing 2 HD--Firemint

Fighting Game of the Year
Fight Night Champion--EA Canada
King of Fighters XIII--SNK Playmore
Mortal Kombat--NetherRealm Studios
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition--Capcom
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3--Capcom

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Iron Brigade--Double Fine
Orcs Must Die!--Robot Entertainment
Total War: Shogun 2--The Creative Assembly
Toy Soldiers: Cold War--Signal Studios
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution--Relic Entertainment

Family Game of the Year
Dance Central 2--Harmonix
Just Dance 3--Ubisoft Paris
Kinect Disneyland Adventure--Frontier Developments
Little Big Planet 2--Media Molecule
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure--Toys for Bob

Mobile Game of the Year
Contre Jour--Chillingo
Dead Space--EA Mobile
Infinity Blade II--Chair Entertainment
Tentacles--Press Play
The Dark Meadow--Phosphor Games Studio

Handheld Game of the Year
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective--Capcom
Kirby Mass Attack--Hal Laboratory
Mario Kart 7--Nintendo
Professor Layton and the Last Specter--Level 5
Super Mario 3D Land--Nintendo

Adventure Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Portal 2--Valve
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword--Nintendo
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Battlefield 3--DICE
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3--Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games
Gears of War 3--Epic Games
Little Big Planet 2--Media Molecule
Star Wars: The Old Republic--BioWare Austin

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity
Battlefield 3--DICE
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3--Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games
Dragon Age II--BioWare Edmonton
Portal 2--Valve
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 3--DICE
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3--Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games
Dead Space 2--Visceral Games
Gears of War 3--Epic Games
Saints Row: The Third--Volition

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed: Revelations--Ubisoft Montreal
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Rayman Origins--UbiArt Montpellier
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
Battlefield 3--DICE
Portal 2--Valve
Rayman Origins--UbiArt Montpellier
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
Crysis 2--Crytek GmbH
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Rage--id Software
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
Portal 2--Valve
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure--Toys for Bob
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--Bethesda Game Studios
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword--Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Batman: Arkham City--Rocksteady Studios
L.A. Noire--Team Bondi
Portal 2--Valve
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--Bethesda Game Studios
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--Naughty Dog

[CORRECTION]: This story originally referred to the Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity category as Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play. We regret the error.

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81 comments
Kyrylo
Kyrylo

SKyrim - story???? Those combination of words makes me laugh. It has one of the most cliche-dull stories of all RPGs in 2011

jalen_222
jalen_222

terrific ... now how about porting this thing over to pc ???????????????

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

hey you japanese dwarves ! When would we could see a pc version ? Eh ?

dnguyen3
dnguyen3

Yes! Batman Arkham City got 7 nominations. Great job Rocksteady keep up the good work :)

666Rich666
666Rich666

How did Dark Souls only get nominated in one category?

Immortalsaiyan
Immortalsaiyan

It's kind of shocking that To The Moon never got nominated for story but Uncharted 3 and Skyrim did.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@risako9 To be fair it's partly because I loved the original and hated the loss of features. Such as the fact that I played a dwarf through the entire game and came to Dragon Age 2 to have no option to carry him on. DA2 partly gets a worse score just because it's a sequel that throws away some old features (and it added some too though) and I don't think that is appropriate for a sequel unless the features were actually bad. Anyway your right, other people have other interests.

risako9
risako9

@Sigil-otaku It's nice to have someone who shares the same outlook in gaming as me. BTW, I'd like Halo too if i have a 360 sadly it's too late for me to buy one. And i saw your profile and you gave Dragon Age 2 a 5.0; That's the point, I love Dragon Age 2 and you don't, same goes for UC end of story. :DD

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@risako9 I can understand people liking other games and that's fine, I'm not a fan of racing games but I'd never blast someone for saying a racing game was good if they had valid reasons for it and I respect it's not my taste but equally can have good qualities I simply don't appreciate. But it has to be actually be worth that praise or I simply get a little annoyed by the comments, uncharted isn't bad because it's over rated but it's simply below what people say. I'm not offended but personally uncharted is a pet peeve series of mine if only due to being over rated (massively), I don't dislike the games and would consider them an 8/10 but people act like it's an 11/10 and deserves every award going and call every aspect of the game from characters, to plot, to pacing just 'perfect'. I respect you for staying firm on your opinion that you like it while still being fair to listen to my points but for me uncharted is simply the battlefield 3 or call of duty of the PS3. It's quick and easy fun with good graphics and plenty of vehicle crashes / explosions so it's praised on a main stream level. I hope I've not offended you and apologise if I have done so but my anger comes not from you but largely from the uncharted fanbase as a whole which I think is just a little too dedicated to the games. I hope you don't consider this a fanboy thing but yes I love Halo (several reasons due to gameplay, colourfulness, story, mechanics etc,) and it has haters.

risako9
risako9

@Sigil-otaku I completely understand what you mean, i have respect for video games and i've been gaming for 14 years now. So yes, in your point of view UC 3 is overrated. For me it's great. I've played so many games in my life and i can say some are not as good as UC 3 and some are far better than UC3. You're saying that the puzzles are dumb and redundant but what about other gamers who enjoy it? Admit it, there are some games that you like that others don't. So if you find my comment offending on your end then accept my deep apologies. I am not here to blurt out my fanboyism just expressing my love for the game. EDITED: and i agree with you when it comes to MGS 4.

graveyardfire
graveyardfire

Uncharted3 is the best game on ps3 in my opinion

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@risako9 Uncharted is over rated, The humour is stilted by the fact that every character has the same humour except of course the 'evil' people which are all bound to humourless stereotypical criminal types. Gaming at it's finest? Only if you enjoy little plot (honestly, the stories don't even connect in any significant way which means even gears of war has a bigger overall narrative and even then gears has single player DLC too which is just sad for uncharted story lovers). Other than set pieces and graphics it's just a regular, linear shooter with insultingly easy puzzles and too many cliches. The only thing going for the games is that they have a good pacing but that is marred in atrocious decisions such as forcing the puzzles to be for babies despite them being 1,000 year old unsolved mysteries etc. Honestly, I remember that uncharted 2 temple where the puzzle was just pointing a mirror to reflect some light and before that turning a buddha's hands to match a picture. Bravo naughty dog, please never make a puzzle game. Coming back to gaming at it's finest. Do you have any respect for gaming? Even on the PS3 I have played the Metal Gear Solid franchise which is another TPS only far better due to added stealth, a proper story that doesn't repeat itself every game, a stronger and more sophisticated narrative and even then it has better game mechanics in my opinion. It's less casual and less flashy though so obviously it can't be gaming at it's finest *rolls eyes*

LittleTut75
LittleTut75

i chosed uncharted every time it came up

Warhawk613
Warhawk613

Is anyone else surprised that Skylanders is on the list of nominations?

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator

Pity Uncharted 3 wasn't as good as Uncharted 2. Oh well, time to go play Godrim instead.

supersackboy23
supersackboy23

For those of you who didn't get my last comment: it said Arkham ASYLUM.

risako9
risako9

@vicsrealms Even PC gamers fell in love with Uncharted.Because it's a video game at its finest. :)) To real gamers: I hate it when people tell me Uncharted is overrated and Call of duty is great. UC is humorous , polished and beautiful (even Drake is hot!)

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

How is Witcher 2 not even nominated for achievement in story?

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

GoTY is going to be a close one this year I think. I'm yet to play Zelda and Skyrim, but as far as the others go none of them were particularly groundbreaking. They were pretty much more of the same (which certainly isn't a complaint), just bigger and more refined. Nothing that I felt was revolutionary like RDR, Uncharted 2 or MGS4.

thebezd
thebezd

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thebezd
thebezd

UNCHARTED 3: EPIC Game of the year for me

karloss01
karloss01

I hope Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution wins the strategy award. its an awesome game, exspecially now that they dumped Games For Windows S***e.

makryu
makryu

I expected Deus Ex HR to get more deserved recognition...

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Now, if only the Uncharted series would come to the PC I would probably jump into the series. Its just not my type of console game.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

That's a lot of awards to get there.

supersackboy23
supersackboy23

"The only other games that made the cut in more than three categories were Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Skyrim, with six nominations each. " Anyone notice anything off about this sentence?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Uncharted 3 deserves all the praise it gets, no other 3rd person game comes close. Well deserved Naughty Dog, it's awesome.

Leonagard
Leonagard

Innovation is something that games lacks nowadays... they shouldn't have nominated innovation... I'm aiming to Kingdoms of Amalur this year... Skyrim has been improved over Oblivion but still the same game with better mechanic... next game if they really care for doing something new with this franchise, I hope they put some cinematics as your action influence the ending what means if you did ally with Daedra Lords to evil purpose keep your char EVIL wtf!... the ending was the same no mater what... that destroyed Skyrim for me... Dragon Age Origins still the best ending for this gen IMO even Fallout 3 has an ending...

blamix99
blamix99

grow up you stupid xbox fanboys.. you will never get a game like uncharted

blamix99
blamix99

it's funny when i see someone say's uncharted 3 is the best.. there's like 2-5 thumbs down. xbox fanboys are around

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@jbul - Know anyone personally who's had problems with it? Not to be argumentative but I've got 120 hours, my buddy has sank 160, and I know 3 other PS3 Skyrimmers and NONE of us have had ANY major problems; even having save files over 12.

helldude90
helldude90

@hella_epic Hahahahahah & paintball guns.

helldude90
helldude90

Uncharted 3 is a game, all gamers should at least try.

firehawk998
firehawk998

I have recently bought a new HDTV and a PS3 and this is the first game I got. The campaign is awesome( though I wish it was paced a bit like UC2), the co-op is something I sinked in hours with my friends and the MP is really really fun and challenging. This is a great game you could get your money worth. Anyone on the fence for buying this game get it you wont be disappointed.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Also, I think people misunderstand what story can be in video games. A story in a game is not the same as a story in a movie or a book. Video gaming presents a different narrative styIe along with completely different approaches regarding how to present a story. It's not just what happens and in what order, it's in what world it happens, how you interact with it, how you can change it and how you progress through it. In that regard, few games have made as great an effort towards creating a dynamic story and world as Skyrim. The lore is most assuredly part of the story, and I applaud that gaming goes in a different direction in telling a tale of fiction than the norm. In the same way, Dark Souls has a fantastic story. It has next to NO narrative, yet the world it presents and its context is wonderful. Hopefully, people understand that a game's script and overall lead premise is not the only thing that constitutes story.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Out of the chosen nominees, I find Skyrim to be the best. Lack of Dark Souls and Xenoblade Chronicles is disquieting.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Meh, this series is good but very overrated.

mehrdad19872010
mehrdad19872010

Take that GameSpot's 2011 awards!! But, seriously, Uncharted 3 was an awesome achievement for Naughty Dog, congrats to them and all PS3 owners.

X-RS
X-RS

Game better be 5.0X better than the last. Uncharted 2's campaign was a pos.

Gigawattblade
Gigawattblade

I'm a little disappointed that MW3 wasn't nominated for Original Music Composition. Brian Tyler did an amazing job with MW3's ost.

alenth
alenth

A shame that World of Warcraft Cataclysm didn't came out this year, it wins Casual game of the Year for sure.

Kirbside
Kirbside

Interesting that the category for Handheld Game of the Year are all Nintendo games :). My guess is the fight will be between Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land.

dwils
dwils

The only two categories I see a clear and away winner in are Sound Design (Battlefield 3) and Innovation (LA Noire). Other than that, meh?

SSJSasuke10
SSJSasuke10

My ranking for the GOTY Nominees -Uncharted 3(Best graphics, great story,chars,animations,gameplay and set-pieces) -Batman: Arkham City -Skyword Sword -Portal 2 -Skyrim

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Uncharted 3 had quality you would expect from naughty dog, but still I felt the SP was all over the place at points in the game. Hope the script is better on the 4th game.

Masoodahmedkk
Masoodahmedkk

Batman Arkham City was the best game of 2011, but that does not mean it's technology was better than Uncharted 3. They both are amazing games.