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The Last of Us sweeps DICE Awards

The Last of Us sweeps DICE Awards

Fri 07 Feb 2014 5:22am GMT / 12:22am EST / 9:22pm PST
DICE 2014

Naughty Dog's adventure wins 10 awards including the Game of the Year

The 17th annual DICE Awards have just finished up and it was clearly Naughty Dog's night. The Last of Us dominated most categories, taking home a total of 10 awards, including Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, and more. Other titles that won multiple awards included BioShock Infinite and Plants vs. Zombies 2.

The AIAS also took the opportunity to honor Eugene Jarvis (creator of Defender) with the Pioneer Award and the Rockstar team (Sam and Dan Houser and Leslie Benzies) with a Hall of Fame induction. Upon receiving the award, Sam Houser stressed that none of the 10 Rockstar members on stage could solely take credit. "It should be several hundred [here]... we're a family," he said.

As for the talented directors at Naughty Dog, Bruce Straley was very outspoken about Neil Druckmann, hugging him on stage and saying "he's my man." Straley pointed out that Druckmann is primarily responsible for the gripping story in The Last of Us.

Here's the final list of winners from this year's DICE Awards:

Game of the Year

The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Story

The Last of Us

Outstanding Character Performance

The Last of Us - Ellie

Casual Game of the Year

Plants VS Zombies 2

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Diablo III

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

The Last of Us

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 14

Racing Game of the Year

Forza Motorsport 5

Fighting Game of the Year

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

XCOM: Enemy Within

Family Game of the Year

Super Mario 3D World

Mobile Game of the Year

Plants VS Zombies 2

Handheld Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Adventure Game of the Year

The Last of Us

Online Game of the Year

World of Tanks

Action Game of the Year

Bioshock Infinite

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

Grand Theft Auto V

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

BioShock Infinite

Downloadable Game of the Year

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

2 Comments

Christopher Ingram Editor-at-Large, Digitally Downloaded

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The Last of Us is a fantastic video game. It is also a "Hollywood blockbuster" style of video game - its extremely strong narrative pushes you from one stealth/action segment to the next, as your weaponry improves to deal with the ever stronger enemy forces. There is no innovation here - this is a tired gameplay formula that's become a standard in the shooter genre.

If the gaming industry ever wants to be considered as a viable form of art by the mainstream, the gaming media has to start taking its awards ceremonies seriously - thank you Gamesindustry for creating a real ceremony that looks at the real "innovation" in this industry! - and stop giving all of the awards to these "Hollywood blockbuster" style games.

If the film industry critics would have selected these winners, I feel very certain that the likes of Gone Home, Papers, Please and Tearaway (to name a select few) would have taken some of these awards from The Last of Us.

Posted:8 months ago

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Richard Browne EVP Gaming and Interactive, Evergreen Studios

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Well I'm not sure that's true Christopher, the Golden Globes, Grammy's, Oscars are all popularity contests (or worse political) over actual content award shows. There's a reason Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan for the Oscar, and it had nothing to do with which movie was better.

I've have my qualms with The Last of Us, there's absolutely no way in the blockbuster Game of the Year category it can match up to GTA V. That's the only heinous award they were given, GTA from a game perspective is just streets ahead of anything else (and metacritic and sales figures will confirm that).

I was truly surprised by Bioshock Infinite's win as well. The nominators play through all these games, clearly the voters don't.

Posted:8 months ago

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