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The Last of Us, Tearaway, Gone Home lead GDC Award noms

The Last of Us, Tearaway, Gone Home lead GDC Award noms

Thu 09 Jan 2014 6:43pm GMT / 1:43pm EST / 10:43am PST
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High-profile Sony games join Fullbright Company debut with five nominations a piece

The final nominees for this year's Game Developers Choice Award have been announced, and the honored games represent an impressive cross-section of the diversity on display in the industry these days.

Leading the pack with five nominations each were a pair of Sony titles--Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic PS3 blockbuster The Last of Us and Media Molecule's PS Vita-exclusive papercraft platformer Tearaway--as well as The Fullbright Company's PC environmental storytelling game Gone Home. Following close behind were Rockstar's open-world crime game Grand Theft Auto V and Galactic Café's experimental first-person game The Stanley Parable, each of which garnered nominations in four categories.

As for Game of the Year, the games in the running for that designation include the aforementioned Gone Home, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Last of Us, as well as Nintendo's Super Mario 3D World and Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboot. As in previous years, the GDC Awards had a nominations process open to industry professionals, with winners chosen by the International Choice Awards Network, "an invitation-only organization comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry."

The GDC Awards will be given out March 19 during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. A list of the main categories and nominees follows below. There will also be an Audience Award given out based on an online poll that will open in February.

Game of the Year

Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)

The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo)

Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

Honorable Mentions: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo), Papers, Please (Lucas Pope), The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe), Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony).

Innovation Award

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Honorable Mentions: Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games), Candy Box (Aniwey), Kerbal Space Program (Squad), The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony), Proteus (Ed Key/David Kanaga).

Best Debut

Blue Manchu (Card Hunter)

The Fullbright Company (Gone Home)

Galactic Cafe (The Stanley Parable)

Squad (Kerbal Space Program)

Undead Labs (State Of Decay)

Honorable Mentions: Facepalm Games (The Swapper), Frogmind Games (Badland), Grinding Gear Games (Path Of Exile), Suspicious Developments (Gunpoint), Warner Bros. Games Montreal (Batman: Arkham Origins).

Best Design

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)

The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo)

Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

Honorable Mentions: DOTA 2 (Valve) Pokemon X & Y (Game Freak/Nintendo), Rogue Legacy (Cellar Door Games), The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe), SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form), TowerFall (Matt Thorson/Miniboss/Alec Holowka).

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

Fire Emblem: Awakening (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)

Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)

Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Honorable Mentions: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo), 868-HACK (Michael Brough), Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games/Nintendo), Plants Vs. Zombies 2 (PopCap/Electronic Arts), The Room Two (Fireproof Games), SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form).

Best Visual Art

BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)

DmC (Ninja Theory/Capcom)

The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (Level 5/Namco Bandai)

Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Honorable Mentions: Don't Starve (Klei Entertaintment), Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games), Papers, Please (Lucas Pope), Puppeteer (SCE Japan/Sony), Ryse: Son Of Rome (Crytek/Microsoft), Wonderful 101 (Platinum Games/Nintendo).

Best Narrative

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games)

Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)

The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)

Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Honorable Mentions: Attack Of The Friday Monsters (Millennium Kitchen/Level 5), BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games), The Cave (DoubleFine Games), Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (Level 5/Namco Bandai), Shadowrun Returns (Harebrained Schemes).

Best Audio

BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)

Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Games)

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)

Saints Row IV (Volition/Deep Silver)

Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Honorable Mentions: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo), Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts), Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft), Gone Home (The Fullbright Company), Metro: Last Light (4A Games/Deep Silver).

Best Downloadable Game

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games)

Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Resogun (Housemarque/Sony)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Honorable Mentions: Guacamelee (DrinkBox Studios), Gunpoint (Suspicious Developments), State Of Decay (Undead Labs), SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form), TowerFall (Matt Thorson/Miniboss/Alec Holowka), The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games).

Best Technology

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)

The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)

Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games/Sony)

Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Honorable Mentions: Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts), DOTA 2 (Valve), Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Games), Metro: Last Light (4A Games/Deep Silver), Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix).

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