‘The Last of Us’ Dominates 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards

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2014 DICE Awards The Last of Us Wins

At the 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards members of the games industry gathered in glitzy Las Vegas to recognize the achievements of their own. The awards show was not without its fair share of unexpected winners, but ultimately the big award winner(s) came as no surprise.

As expected, The Last of Us dominated the D.I.C.E. Awards, snagging 10 trophies in total. Considering the game was nominated for 13 categories (out of a possible 24), most expected Naughty Dog‘s latest to be well represented, but few saw it winning this many awards.

Other titles that took home awards included The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for ‘Handheld Game of the Year,’ Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for ‘Downloadable Game of the Year,’ and Grand Theft Auto 5 for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering.’ Although the night truly belonged to The Last of Us, there were plenty of other stellar 2014 releases honored throughout the ceremony.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Game of the Year
-Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag
-Bioshock Infinite
-Grand Theft Auto V
-The Last of Us
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
-Brothers — A Tale of Two Sons
-Grand Theft Auto V
-Papers, Please
-Tearaway
-The Last of Us

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
-Grand Theft Auto V
-Papers, Please
-Tearaway
-The Last of Us
-The Stanley Parable

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
-Beyond: Two Souls
-BioShock Infinite
-Puppeteer
-rain
-Rayman Legends

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
-Battlefield 4
-BioShock Infinite
-God of War: Ascension
-Grand Theft Auto 5
-The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Story
-Beyond: Two Souls
-BioShock Infinite
-The Last of Us
-The Novelist
-Tomb Raider

Outstanding Character Performance
-Grand Theft Auto 5 – Trevor
-Ryse – Marius Titus
-The Last of Us – Ellie
-The Last of Us – Joel
-The Stanley Parable – Narrator

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
-BioShock Infinite
-Puppeteer
-Rayman Legends
-Tearaway
-The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
-Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
-Battlefield 4
-Grand Theft Auto 5
-Ryse
-The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering
-Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
-Forza Motorsport 5
-Grand Theft Auto 5
-Super Mario 3D World
-The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
-Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
-Beyond: Two Souls
-Puppeteer
-Rayman Legends
The Last of Us

Adventure Game of the Year
-Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag
-Tearaway
-The Last of Us
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
-Tomb Raider

Action Game of the Year

-Battlefield 4
-Bioshock Infinite
-Dead Rising 3
-DmC: Devil May Cry
-Resogun

Downloadable Game of the Year
-Brothers — A Tale of Two Sons
-Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
-Gone Home
-Papers, Please
-The Stanley Parable

Online Game of the Year
-Battlefield 4
-Borderlands 2
-Diablo 3
-The Last of Us
-World of Tanks

Mobile Game of the Year
-Fetch
-Flick Kick Football Legends
-Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time
-Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption
-The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 — Faith

Handheld Game of the Year
-Fire Emblem: Awakening
-Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
-Pokémon X and Y
-Tearaway
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Sports Game of the Year
-FIFA 14
-Madden NFL 25
-MLB 13 The Show
-NBA 2K14
-NHL 14

Racing Game of the Year
-Forza Motorsport 5
-Gran Turismo 6
-Grid 2
-Need for Speed Rivals
-Real Racing 3

Fighting Game of the Year
-Divekick
-Injustice: Gods Among Us
-Killer Instinct

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
-Europa Universalis 4
-Fire Emblem: Awakening
-Sid Meier’s Civilization 5: Brave New World
-StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
-XCOM: Enemy Within

Family Game of the Year
-Disney Infinity
-LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
-Rayman Legends
-Skylanders Swap Force
-Super Mario 3D World

Casual Game of the Year
-Candy Box
-Peggle 2
-Plants vs Zombies 2
-Rayman Fiesta Run
-Ridiculous Fishing — A Tale of Redemption

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
-Diablo 3
-Dota 2
-Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
-Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
-Pokémon X and Y

Two of the more peculiar winners out of the bunch were Diablo 3 for ‘Role-Playing/MMO Game of the Year’ and World of Tanks for ‘Online Game of the Year.’ In Diablo 3‘s case, the competition wasn’t exactly stiff, but it’s hard to consider a game one of the best if it was impossible to play it at launch.

For World of Tanks, the win isn’t so much a question of did it deserve it — all of Wargaming‘s titles have large and devoted communities — but whether or not it should have been nominated for this year’s awards. World of Tanks has been available to the public since 2011 here in North America, and its Xbox 360 Edition doesn’t hit until next year. Still, it is the most original online experience out of the nominees, but it may not necessarily be the best. Had Battlefield 4‘s launch not been a total mess, it likely would have won.

Like last year’s awards, which honored titles like Journey and The Walking Dead, this year’s D.I.C.E. Awards favored the games that did something for the video game industry as a whole. Many of these titles have pushed the industry forward in at least one respect, and all are certainly deserved of the recognition.

Are you surprised by any of the award winners? Which game do you think deserved Game of the Year?

TAGS: BioShock: Infinite, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, World of Tanks

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  1. of course it did… i hate the awards like spikes because its just like the wanna shar the awards equally. last of us was clearly a one of a kind game and there won be another for a while. truth about gta 5 was that weve already seen that… and there i arguably more to do in gta4

  2. D3 didn’t deserve it, I see nothing obvious about that choice as you’ve insinuated. I grew up playing RPG’s that are done well and work upon release as they are intended, making the obvious choice Ni No Kuni.

  3. Ni no kuni is the rpg of the year for me.

  4. Glad to see that the video games equivalent of Oscar bait apparently baited all of the video game Oscars. Terrible writing, painfully unlikeable characters, jarringly-immersion-breaking gameplay mechanics, and just generally nothing to say is what we celebrate in gaming, so long as the graphics are good.

    • I have to say I 110% disagree with this statement. I thought the last of us was spectacular. It deserved all the awards it received.

      • To each his own.

        • I would like to add, I’m glad we could disagree with cool heads haha. So often it seems like it turns into a screaming match. But yes, to each his own.

    • … explain, give examples. i really wanna know what ganes you like because what you just said is total bullsht.

  5. Also, even thought D3 was a solid game, but Ni No Kuni got robbed. That game was one of the best RPG games I’ve played I’m ages.

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