‘Skyrim’ Dominates 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 14th, 2012 at 12:15 pm,

15th AIAS Interactive Achiement Award Winners - Skyrim

Even with the PlayStation Vita less than two weeks away and the floodgates of Mass Effect 3 news inbound, it’s hard to forget (or stop playing) the games of 2011, one of the best years for indie and triple-A releases the industry has ever seen.

It was a tough year to narrow down which developers did the best work in their respective genres and no matter who won our own Game Rant Video Game Awards or the Spike Video Game Awards, we all have to recognize the top games in each category. Last month, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences shared the nominees for 15th annual Interactive Achievement Awards and last night at the D.I.C.E. Summit, the winners were announced.

Similar to two years ago where Uncharted 2 earned 10 nominations, Naughty Dog’s latest Nathan Drake adventure in Uncharted 3 led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations out of the 26 categories. But in the end, The Elder Scolls V: Skyrim won out by taking home five awards.

The Highlights:

  • Despite its bugs and a few missing basics, Skyrim dominates the year by taking home awards for game direction, gameplay engineering, best story, best RPG and Game of the Year.
  • Uncharted 3 takes home 3 tech/art awards.
  • Activision wins with their money-makers: Call of Duty and Skylanders.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic winning “outstanding achievement” in online play despite offering online features that most other MMOs have been doing for years.
  • Portal 2 takes home a pair of awards, one for Wheatley.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Game of the Year

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
  • LittleBigPlanet 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)
  • 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)

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)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
  • 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)

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)
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventure (Frontier Developments)
  • LittleBigPlanet 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)

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games)
  • Dragon Age II (BioWare)
  • 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)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
  • Rayman Origins (Ubisoft)
  • 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 (Ubisoft)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • Crysis 2 (Crytek)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
  • Rage (id Software)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (Toys for Bob)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
  • 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)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

How do you feel about Skyrim dominating the awards? Is it deserving for offering such a wide-ranging experience or should the industry encourage more polished products?

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Source: AIAS

TAGS: Activision, Bastion, Batman Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Bethesda, BioWare, Call of Duty, ChAIR Entertainment, DICE, EA Sports, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, FIFA 12, Forza Motorsport 4, Fruit Ninja Kinect, Halfbrick, Infinity Blade 2, Infinity Ward, LittleBigPlanet 2, Media Molecule, Microsoft, Modern Warfare 3, Mortal Kombat, Naughty Dog, NetherRealm Studios, Nintendo, Orcs Must Die, P 2, Robot Entertainment, Rocksteady Studios, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Skyrim, Sledgehammer Games, Sony, Star Wars, Super Mario 3D Land, Supergiant Games, The Elder Scrolls, The Old Republic, The Sims, Toys for Bob, Turn 10 Studios, Uncharted 3, Valve, Warner Bros. Interactive

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  1. Skyrim will probaby be E3′s Game of the Year, due to how many Game of the Year awards it has won. But it’ll have to put up with competition like Arkham City.

  2. How that unpolished jun—game got so many awards, specially in the Outstanding Gameplay baffles me. How MW3 won best action game baffles me. How Assassin’s Creed Revelations did not get mentioned in Best Story, Music Composition, and Adventure I have no clue, and how Skyrim beats Arkham City angers me that devs can get away with dated graphics, buggy releases, gamebreaking bugs and all that crap, game is just not polished. The awards have all been retarded in my personal opinion.

    • All of those things don’t rule out the experience of the game. I’ve played Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. While the last two are definitely amazing games, especially Arkham City, Skyrim is definitely GOTY in my opinion. It gives you an experience like no other game last year. It had everything I could want in a game and more.

      • And with the release of the editor. The Skyrim is just going to take off even more. Look at the Game Rant post about possible additions that bethesda has been pitching out there.

    • hey the only disagreement i had with this years awards was MW3 even being IN the awards ceremony seeing how the series won the BAFTA Game of the year 3 years running, id like it if CoD dosen’t even go in awards shortlists at all, i like how we get some awards ceremonies where there is no Shooter Award seeing how CoD won them every year with no new one since World At War, and in refference to that “dated graphics” thing, dude Seriously 3.0, look at Minecraft, do you even know WHY we have 8-bit like graphics on MC? who knows but it maybe because Notch wanted MC to reach the widest audiences as possible and dated graphics or not, MC got over 4 million buyers

      • @Deric Will that’s your opinion, for me I got bored of it fast, I had more fun with BF3 while it was having stuttering issues with my new GFX card than that game. I’d like to hear what other things you wanted that were implemented, for me it’s the visuals and fluid gameplay/combat, and a rollercoaster ride experience. Defo not what I got from Skyrim.

        @Crisius I don’t see the mods giving me the visuals and fluid gameplay/combat I desired, though implementing large crabs and Portal 2′s Space Core looked pretty kool, but all the other games I mentioned did not need mods to impress me.

        @sporeboy100 yeh I almost threw up when I saw MW3 even mentioned there, not to mention that I did spit out my soda when I saw it won an award. o_O And I’ve had my share of both Minecraft and Skyrim, couldn’t continue playing Minecraft cause I got bored of it quick, and Skyrim didn’t give me the fluidity I wanted, and the visual experience I expected. I had more fun with Kingdom of Amalure – Reckoning Demo than I did with Skyrim, the game looked better, combat was basically God of Warish, fluid combat scheme, fluid action-reaction animations and whatnot, though the overall look was wayyy too cartoony for me to take seriously so I’m not bothering buying it. Well the 4m Minecraft players can have fun shovelling stuff in an 8bit world all they want.

  3. I’m glad MW3 only won 1 award, but I don’t think it deserves Action Game of the Year. I feel like MW3 only wins awards because of its popularity.

  4. BF3 only won one award, just for Sound Design.

  5. Sorry, but while the overall “Game of the Year” award for Skyrim can still be explained by the hype, the rest of the awards it received is plain ridiculous. But then again, if I look for example at “story”, I wonder how they came up with the nominations list to begin with.

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