Nathan Drake might pick up a bit more treasure next month.

Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves leads the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, netting 15 nominations including game of the year.

In the game of the year category, Uncharted 2 is up against Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2, Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham Asylum, Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins.

Having completely loved Uncharted 2 from start to finish, this is great news to me. It doesn’t look like it’ll be easy for Uncharted 2 to sweep the categories, however. Assassin’s Creed 2 picked up 10 nominations, Modern Warfare 2 has nine nominations, Batman: Arkham Asylum has eight nominations and Sony’s Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time and Double Fine Productions’ Brutal Legend each have four nominations.

All of these were incredible games, and worth playing in their own right regardless of who wins the award. It really shows what a great year for gaming 2009 was.

This year the AIAS also created three new awards, for portable game of the year, outstanding achievement in game design and social networking game of the year. The awards will be given on February 18 in Las Vegas during the DICE Summit 2010. Comedian and actor Jay Mohr returns for his fifth year hosting the show.

Here’s a partial list of nominees. A full list can be found here.

Overall Game of the Year

Assassin’s Creed II

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Publisher: Eidos/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Infinity Ward

Dragon Age: Origins

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: BioWare

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Naughty Dog

Action Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Infinity Ward

Left 4 Dead 2

Publisher: Valve Software

Developer: Valve Software

Prototype

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Radical Entertainment

Red Faction: Guerrilla

Publisher: THQ

Developer: Volition

Shadow Complex

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Developer: Chair Entertainment

Casual Game of The Year

Drawn: The Painted Tower

Publisher: Big Fish Games

Developer: Big Fish Games

Flower

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

Flight Control

Publisher: Firemint

Developer: Firemint

Plants Vs. Zombies

Publisher: PopCap Games

Developer: PopCap Games

Scribblenauts

Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: 5th Cell Media

Role Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Borderlands

Publisher: 2K Games

Developer: Gearbox Software

Champions Online

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Cryptic Studios

Demon’s Souls

Publisher: Atlus

Developer: From Software

Dragon Age: Origins

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Bioware

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Alphadream

Social Networking Game of the Year

Bejeweled Blitz

Publisher: PopCapGames

Developer: PopCap Games

Farmtown

Publisher: Codebell

Developer: Codebell

FarmVille

Publisher: Zynga

Developer: Zynga

Restaurant City

Publisher: Electronic Arts/Playfish

Developer: Playfish

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Demon’s Soul’s

Publisher: Atlus

Developer: From Software

Farmville

Publisher: Zynga

Developer: Zynga

Flower

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

Scribblenauts

Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: 5th Cell Media

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Naughty Dog

Adventure Game of The Year

Assassin’s Creed II

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Publisher: Eidos/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Insomniac Games

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Naughty Dog

Members of the publishing and development communities are able to vote in the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards up until Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (Mass Effect 2 day!). Award winners will be announced at the Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony on February 18, 2010, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.

What do you think of the selections and what should win each category?

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