GDC Award Nominations

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#1 Posted by xxBenblasterxx (70 posts) -

Best Audio
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Best Debut
Humble Hearts (Dust: An Elysian Tail)
Polytron Corporation (Fez)
Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan)
Subset Games (FTL: Faster Than Light)
Fireproof Games (The Room)

Best Game Design
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

Best Downloadable Game
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull)
Trials: Evolution (RedLynx/Microsoft Studios)
Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Technology
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Room (Fireproof Games)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (Sora/Nintendo)

Best Narrative
Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Entertainment/2K Games)
Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
Virtue's Last Reward (Chunsoft/Aksys Games)

Best Visual Arts
Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software/2K Games)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Innovation
Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment)
ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Game of the Year
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

So whats everyones thoughts/expectations on these?

Journy sure has picked up alot of nominations, could clean up. The 'Best Narrative' catagory looks pretty interesting could be an unexpected reward for ol' Spec Ops.

#2 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

Strong set of nominees. Aside from ME3 for GOTY, any of the nominees winning their category would strike me as reasonable.

I still haven't gotten to the full game of Virtue's Last Reward (shakes fist at Persona 4: The Golden) but I enjoyed the demo and it seems to be popping up on a ton of favorites lists.

#3 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

I love 3 of those games on the GOTY year list but even so it seems like a pretty weak list for some reason.

I imagine that category, as well as downloadable game award, will be a two-horse race between The Walking Dead and Journey.

#4 Posted by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -
Looks like the indie games, or at least games that didn't have billion-dollar market campaigns, are dominating the nominations this year. Is this normal for the GDC? The last time I seriously followed them was the year they gave Best Handheld Game to Phantom Hourglass. Not that I disagree, it's just I kinda forgot about them after that. Glad to see Spec Ops: The Line get nominated for best narrative, though.
#5 Posted by Yagr_Zero (27837 posts) -
Not sure I agree with ME3 being nominated for best narrative or GOTY, but otherwise good list.