‘Skyrim’ Dominates 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

By | 4 years ago 

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