Game of the Year Nominees Revealed for SXSW Gaming Awards

Shadow of Mordor, Bayonetta 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Shovel Knight, and Dark Souls II nominated for Game of the Year.

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South by Southwest Gaming organizers have announced the nominees for this year's SXSW Gaming Awards, which will take place March 14 in Austin, Texas. Game of the Year finalists are Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bayonetta 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Shovel Knight, and Dark Souls II.

You can see a full breakdown of categories and nominees for this year's show below.

Hosting this year's awards show will be actress and comedian Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra), along with YouTube personality Markiplier. The SXSW Gaming Awards will run alongside the 2015 SXSW Gaming Expo, a free, public event coming to Austin March 13-15.

Game of the Year:

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Shovel Knight

Mobile Game of the Year:

  • Bravely Default
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Monument Valley
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS
  • Threes!

Table Top Game of the Year:

  • Dead of Winter
  • Five Tribes
  • King of New York
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Star Realms

Excellence in Gameplay:

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Nidhogg
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  • Titanfall

Excellence in Art:

  • The Banner Saga
  • Child of Light
  • Monument Valley
  • Transistor
  • The Wolf Among Us

Excellence in Animation:

  • Assassin's Creed Unity
  • inFAMOUS: Second Son
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  • Titanfall

Excellence in Technical Achievement:

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive

Excellence in Visual Achievement:

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Far Cry 4
  • Monument Valley
  • Transistor
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Excellence in Narrative:

  • The Banner Saga
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Excellence in Design and Direction:

  • Dark Souls II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • The Talos Principle

Excellence in SFX:

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • The Evil Within
  • Far Cry 4
  • Titanfall

Excellence in Musical Score:

  • The Banner Saga
  • Destiny
  • Child of Light
  • Transistor
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Excellence in Multiplayer:

  • Destiny
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  • Titanfall
  • Towerfall Ascension

Excellence in Convergence:

  • Alien: Isolation
  • Disney Infinity 2.0
  • FIFA 15
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Wolf Among Us

Most Valuable Character:

  • Bigby Wolf (The Wolf Among Us)
  • Ellie (The Last of Us: Left Behind)
  • The Goat (Goat Simulator)
  • Octodad (Octodad: Dadliest Catch)
  • Red (Transistor)

Most Valuable Esports Team:

  • Alliance
  • Cloud9
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic
  • SK Gaming

Most Valuable Online Channel:

  • Cynical Brit
  • Rooster Teeth
  • SMOSH Games

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