Red Dead Redemption takes 5 AIAS awards

Mass Effect 2 is game of the year; Limbo, Heavy Rain receive multiple gongs

Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption has taken five Interactive Achievement Awards at the DICE Summit, awarded by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in Las Vegas today.

The open-world game was honoured for art direction, gameplay engineering, character performance, game direction, and action game awards

Quantic Dreams' Heavy Rain took visual engineering, original music and innovation awards, BioWare's Mass Effect 2 grabbed story and RPG gongs and Playdead's Limbo was awarded in sound and adventure categories. CityVille and Angry Birds were given social and casual game gongs.

The Pioneer Award went to Bill Budge, creator of Pinball Construction Set, while BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka were inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. EA veteran Bing Gordon was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The full list of winners follow:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: God of War III
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Red Dead Redemption
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Heavy Rain
  • Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering: Red Dead Redemption
  • Outstanding Character Performance: Red Dead Redemption
  • Family Game of the Year: Dance Central
  • Racing Game of the Year: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story: Mass Effect 2
  • Role Playing / MMO Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2
  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Heavy Rain
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music: Heavy Rain
  • Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack: Rock Band 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Limbo
  • Adventure Game of the Year: Limbo
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • Action Game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption
  • Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 2011
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Super Street Fighter IV
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • Portable Game of the Year: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • Casual Game of the Year: Angry Birds HD
  • Social Game of the Year: CityVille
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bing Gordon:
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Red Dead Redemption
  • Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2
  • Pioneer Award: Bill Budge

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Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC11 years ago
Well deserved. Rockstar had the ambition and vision to release a game in a genre that's been dead for ages in all entertainment formats (the Western), executed an entertaining way to get to Point A to Point B in an open-world game, and wrote an engrossing story with heart and meaning. Congratulations!
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Neil Vidyarthi Editor, Social Times11 years ago
Glad to see Heavy Rain receive further industry recognition. I hope to see more games so focused on powerful narrative.
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Lee Hansiel Lim Game Developer - Unity3D, Anino PlayLab11 years ago
Really deserving games, congratulations! I agree with @Neil, more narrative/story-based stuff please!
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Jack Molloy Studying BTEC Level 3 Art and Media In Games Developemt, Derby College11 years ago
Glad Mass Effect 2 got GOTY as it was easily my most favourite game of the year.
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