Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Wins Game Of The Year At DICE Awards

Breath of the Wild picked up four wins in all, including Game of the Year.

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2017 may be over, but the video game industry is not yet finished celebrating the year's best games. The 21st DICE Awards took place this evening in Las Vegas, and Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took home the highly coveted Game of the Year award.

Breath of the Wild won four awards in all tonight. In addition to Game of the Year, it won Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Adventure Game of the Year.

Studio MDHR's Xbox One and PC game Cuphead won three awards, while Horizon: Zero Dawn, Lone Echo/Echo Arena, and Snipperclips each took home two awards each. Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes won Mobile Game of the Year, while the company's racing game Mario Kart 8 was awarded Racing Game of the Year. FIFA 18 won Sports Game of the Year, while Injustice 2 nabbed Fighting Game of the Year. The hugely successful PUBG was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay.

In addition to these awards, DICE honoured Nintendo's Genyo Takeda with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was instrumental in the development of the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii.

You can see a full rundown of DICE Awards categories, nominees, and winners below. The winners are in bold.

21st D.I.C.E. Awards Winners

Game of the Year

  • Cuphead
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • PUBG
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Cuphead
  • For Honor
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Cuphead
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Little Nightmares
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Assassin's Creed Origins - Bayek
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - Senua
  • Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy
  • Star Wars Battlefront II - Iden Versio
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Chloe Fraiser

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Cuphead
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • RiME
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Destiny 2
  • Injustice 2
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Night in the Woods
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Cuphead
  • Destiny 2
  • PUBG
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Family Game of the Year

  • DropMix
  • GNOG
  • Just Dance 2018
  • SingStar Celebration
  • Snipperclips

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Arms
  • Injustice 2
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Tekken 7

Racing Game of the Year

  • Dirt 4
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Project Cars 2

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • NieR:Automata
  • Persona 5
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera

Sports Game of the Year

  • Everybody's Golf
  • FIFA 18
  • Golf Clash
  • Madden NFL 18
  • MLB The Show 17

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Endless Space 2
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Total War: Warhammer II
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Robo Recall
  • Star Trek Bridge Crew
  • The Invisible Hours
  • Wilson's Heart

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
  • Robo Recall
  • Space Pirate Trainer
  • Wilson's Heart

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

  • Everything
  • Gorogoa
  • Night in the Woods
  • Pyre
  • Snipperclips

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  • Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Monster Hunter Stories

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Cat Quest
  • Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Gorogoa
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Splitter Critters

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • Gorogoa
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • PUBG
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Gorogoa
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • What Remains of Edith Finch

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XenomorphAlien

Well deserved. BOTW is a masterpiece.

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Ohaidere

PUBG didn't deserve a goty nomination over Nier, P5 or Divinity OS2.

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Soliaired50

Not surprised that BotW won since it's a Zelda game and pretty much everyone automatically gives it a win. Seriously though, it's got to be the most overrated game of this generation and I think SMO is even better than BotW. Game has several flaws that just didn't sit well enough with me to even consider it the best.

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Doctor_MG

@soliaired50:

Zelda games don't typically sweep the majority of the GOTY awards, so people aren't just giving it an automatic win because it's Zelda. Pretty much every Zelda game aside from Ocarina of Time has been beaten heavily in number of GOTY awards by it's competition.

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Terminator95

Japanese Nintendo and SONY Win.

American Xbox loses again.

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chiefwiggum16

Horizon should've won, BOTW is GROSSLY over rated and I've put in over 50 hours into it.

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Doctor_MG

@chiefwiggum16:

I don't agree one bit. I think Zelda:BotW is an excellent game, and I've put in over 150 hours into it. Sorry you didn't get into it.

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chiefwiggum16

@doctor_mg: I did get into it, I just thought a lot of it was dumb and people rated it great for the name alone. WAAAAY too many downfalls for the game to rated so high. And many are NOT subjective but fact.

Biggest problem I had was the rewards for quests or chests, 95% of them were garbage and if they had put the amiibo unlocks into the chests instead of trying to cash in on extra amiibo sales.....that would have fixed that. to lower the number to at least 40% crap rewards.

Shrines were fun but FAAAR too repetitive and frequent with again...useless chests.

Endless and useless collectibles to cheaply extend gameplay

Say what you will but the world is empty plain and simply

Divine beasts were similar design to the shrine and no real dungeons to speak of in the game.

I personally can't stand degrading weapons but that's an opinion and some like it so no pints deducted.

I honestly would've rated it a 7/10

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Doctor_MG

@chiefwiggum16: Here is my breakdown of what you've said:

1. Objective, though the scoring depends what emphasis you have on certain facets of game design. Personally, I've always preferred the experience of the quest than the reward for the quest itself. This is true for just about every game I play, whether it's an Elder Scrolls title or a JRPG.

2. Subjective. I appreciated the frequency of shrines. It provided new things to discover in addition to korok puzzles, villages, and stables that kept you wanting to search your environment.

3. Objective though partially false. I presume you are speaking of Korok seeds. Not only do they have an end, but they also have a use. Though they are in abundance. This actually works in your favor though, unless you are a completionist.

4. Subjective. I don't think the world is empty at all. It's filled with puzzles, quests, and secrets layered on an incredibly interactive environment. Not to mention the villages, stables, enemy encampments, and overall beautiful aesthetic.

5. Objective and agreed. The dungeons were a bit too similar to the shrines (though it makes sense story wise). Hopefully they return to more traditional and themed dungeons in the future.

Honestly, some of your complaints are found in Horizon: Zero Dawn as well (which you would prefer to have won), such as padded collectibles and unrewarding quests (aside from the cauldrons). Personally, I wouldn't call it's world any more full than Zelda's. Everything in Zelda has a use and function, most things in Horizon don't and serve as mere eye candy.

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Xristophoros

@chiefwiggum16: i haven't touched botw, but i hear your sentiments about the game quite often; that it is over rated along with mario odyssey. i guess it depends on the type of gamer you are. i personally don't like crafting in games, nor do i like focusing on stamina meters or needing to replace weapons which constantly break. how is any of that fun? it is just busy work. maybe botw wild isn't for me either lol... when i get a switch i will definitely give it a go, though.

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chiefwiggum16

@Xristophoros: Oh geez don't get me started on Mario Odyssey, I put in about 5 hours into the game waiting for a level and never got to one. Terrible game 6/10

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XenomorphAlien

@chiefwiggum16: Waiting for a level?

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chiefwiggum16

@xenomorphalien: Yeah like an actual level or stage you run through. Instead it was useless small overworld areas with not real end.

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XenomorphAlien

@chiefwiggum16: Technically that was fighting the bosses.

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chiefwiggum16

@xenomorphalien: and in reality, it was garbage

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XenomorphAlien

@chiefwiggum16: Not really

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Pongman75

My Goty is Subnautica. Again lol

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AfroMakka

sound design not hellblade .. AGAIN !!!!!

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nintendians

that's good for nintendo.

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justincoool

YAAAS! Nintendo deserved to win! The last time Nintendo won overall GOTY from DICE was 10 years ago (20...sorry) with The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time! Breath Of The Wild is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ohaidere

@justincoool: OoT was 20 years ago.

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justincoool

@Ohaidere: Haha, yes it was....I was excited when typing my comment!

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Ohaidere

@justincoool: when I first saw your comment it actually took me a moment to realize it really had been 20 years lol

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salty101

@Ohaidere: Time flies when you have a good game.

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lebanese_boy

Congrats to Nintendo! Breath of the Wild was one heck of a game and definitely deserves it's accolades!

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NTM23

Horizon has a decent story, but it beat out those others ones? Hmm. I'd say Wolfenstein, at least to me, had the best story. Also, I liked Zelda fine, but it probably doesn't crack my top five.

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JEF8484

Congrats to Yoko Taro and Nier: Automata- good to see that game get some recognition.

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Solaryellow

Nintendo and Cuphead took names for sure. Rightfully deserving for sure!

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lionheartssj1

I'd agree with a lot of these, for a change. Cuphead definitely deserves the kudos it got. Mario+Rabbids was a ton of fun, but I can't speak much to the other games in that category. Snipperclips is a great family game too. One of the few video games I can get my wife to play with me, haha.

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Pupchu

Mario Kart 8 won... In your face sim racers!

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justincoool

@Pupchu: Mario Kart 8 (now Deluxe) now has the distinction of winning DICE's Racing Game Of The Year TWICE!!!!!! Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) won for 2014. With now 15 million plus sold maybe some of the naysayers should see why it's so great! One of my very favorite Nintendo games of all-time!

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BigboX

Can’t believe Forza Horizon 3 didn’t win in its category. It’s the best racer I’ve played in a long time.

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darkelf83

@bigbox: Wasn't even considered as it came out in 2016.

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translucent17

Lmao Mario cart beat forza.... time to spice things up MS seriously...

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Abdulrahman1981

No love for Nioh, Gravity Rush 2 and The Evil Within 2! I didn’t play The Evil Within 2 yet but still I think it should be on this list:)

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JEF8484

@Abdulrahman1981: Nioh got snubbed by many lists this year...even though score wise it was right up there with other games...pretty lame.

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BigboX

Thoroughly deserved. Easily one of the best games of this gen so far and easily the best open world game of 2017. And it’s one of the best Zelda games yet. Perhaps the best. It’s between this and OOT.

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sakaiXx

Only persona 5 matters.

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Fenbops

It was a great game, the best of the year? Nah. There was better games that should have won.

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