Game of the Year Announced at DICE Summit

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 9:58 AM
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The D.I.C.E. Summit; a large annual event where all the big names in gaming gather to discuss the industry, the games, the successes and failures.

Last night was all about the successes though, as the D.I.C.E. Award winners were announced...

The full list of award winners:

Action Game of the Year - Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software)

Mobile Game of the Year - Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)

Handheld Game of the Year - Paper Mario Sticker Star (Intelligent Systems)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Outstanding Achievement in Story - The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

Outstanding Character Performance - The Walking Dead: Lee Everett (Telltale Games)

Downloadable Game of the Year - The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

Casual Game of the Year - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Web Based Game of the Year - SimCity Social (Maxis, Playfish)

Family Game of the Year - Skylanders Giants (Toys for Bob)

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Mass Effect 3 (Bioware)

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Sports Game of the Year - FIFA Soccer 13 (EA Canada)

Racing Game of the Year - Need for Speed Most Wanted (Criterion Games)

Fighting Game of the Year - PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (SuperBot Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity - Halo 4 (343 Industries)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation - Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering - Halo 4 (343 Industries)

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games)

Adventure Game of the Year - The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Game of the Year - Journey (thatgamecompany)

Many games were nominated, and there were some expected winners, such as Borderlands 2 for Action Game of the Year, and Mass Effect 3 as best RolePlaying/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year. However, the real surprise is Journey - winning 8 awards and taking Game of the Year.

The Journey studio, ThatGameCompany, actually went bankrupt before releasing the game, but these awards prove that the game was a fantastic success for the developers.

Are you guys surprised by any of these? Who do you think should have won in these categories? Tell us below!

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11:20 Feb-15-2013

When will they release dragon age 3 screenshots?
I want to see how the game looks on DICE's engine

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19:24 Feb-11-2013

Yeah, Borderlands 2!

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12:07 Feb-12-2013

It sucks ;P

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18:15 Feb-12-2013

;(

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11:21 Feb-15-2013

Its get too repetetive

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17:22 Feb-15-2013

Maybe but I'm a die hard fan so no point in arguing with me :D

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09:15 Feb-11-2013

What the...? What's Most Wanted doing there? :D

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09:20 Feb-11-2013

Yeah, I didn't really get into Horizon but surely it's better than Most Wanted.

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10:49 Feb-11-2013

you might better knew it tero

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06:44 Feb-10-2013

Walking Dead got my vote.

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06:26 Feb-10-2013

for me Max Payne 3 : )

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06:32 Feb-10-2013

yeah it was a class game

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10:40 Feb-10-2013

It was hilarious :D

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14:42 Feb-09-2013

journey is awesome but for me it didnt deserve the "game of the year".
I think Far Cry 3 should be the "game of the year".
Black Ops 2 was awesome too.

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14:45 Feb-09-2013

Yep Far Cry 3 was my GOTY :D

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14:45 Feb-09-2013

I agree FC3 Should have been GOTY

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14:51 Feb-09-2013

My GOTY of 2012 is also FC3 :D

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15:02 Feb-09-2013

I think, even tho the year has just begun, that the GOTY of '13 will be DmC xD

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15:03 Feb-09-2013

Yes mine is DmC even if more games will be even better :D

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15:13 Feb-09-2013

Woah jumping the gun a bit there lol.. DmC might be for now but lets just wait and see. :D

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15:36 Feb-09-2013

Yeah you're right. But if they ARE games better than DmC due this year, I'll have a VERY fun year!

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15:38 Feb-09-2013

Just wait and see how other games turn out :D

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15:46 Feb-09-2013

My point exactly, things are looking promising though :D

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15:47 Feb-09-2013

Sure are :D

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21:20 Feb-08-2013

wish journey would come to other systems instead of just ps3. Never got to play it for that reason. but ive seen gameplay and i dont think its game of the year. I think its just that because of its presence as an indie title.

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18:50 Feb-08-2013

where is maxpayne 3 , farcry 3 ,cod bo2........?

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18:59 Feb-08-2013

BO2?!!?

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19:26 Feb-08-2013

I'm sorry sir what is this Black ops 2 you speak of? :3

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19:27 Feb-08-2013

As I think BO2 was outstanding to be given any award :D But everyone has his own choice :D

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19:30 Feb-08-2013

I don't like BO2...

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19:30 Feb-08-2013

Me too :D

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20:59 Feb-08-2013

po**** game

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10:57 Feb-10-2013

as i have played only two games from cod series 1 cod mw3 and 2 cod bo2 cod mw3 was booooring but i enjoyed cod bo2 very much because it is very cool game by the way every one has his own choice.......:D

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12:10 Feb-10-2013

as i have played only two games from cod series 1 cod mw3 and 2 cod bo2 cod mw3 was booooring but i enjoyed cod bo2 very much because it is very cool game by the way every one has his own choice.......:D

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14:51 Feb-08-2013

JOURNEY!?!?!? that 1 hour game? ;D good list

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15:09 Feb-08-2013

1 Hour game ? Its too short :/

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15:58 Feb-08-2013

It's short but it's brilliant. It's one of an hand full of games I liked from 2012.

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17:19 Feb-08-2013

Whats its type ?

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17:59 Feb-08-2013

Walking.

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18:06 Feb-08-2013

Adventure. :D

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19:18 Feb-08-2013

Ok. Thanks Guys!

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14:09 Feb-08-2013

i am just happy Fifa beating PEs 2013

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14:15 Feb-08-2013

Actually PES 13 has better gameplay but FIFA 13 has better graphics :)

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14:22 Feb-08-2013

wow dude!! you got some amazing 500 thumbs

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14:30 Feb-08-2013

Thanks Bro !

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14:56 Feb-08-2013

and fifa also has better physics

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15:00 Feb-08-2013

I haven't played both mainly due to my friends being Fifa fans and playing online but have to admit I have noticed a nice improvement over last years one. I like the 360 ball control too.

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15:09 Feb-08-2013

Yeah its got better Physics too :D

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15:13 Feb-08-2013

What raviii said then :D I just wished the pc version had 3d grass and better crowds!

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14:21 Feb-08-2013

Isn't that always the case...

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14:22 Feb-08-2013

But again : Everyone has his own choice :)

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04:40 Feb-09-2013

hey C2Q you say every thing but fifa is the best

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04:51 Feb-09-2013

Yeah I think FIFA is better.. But how come you play it C2Q, I don't think you like sports.....?

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13:52 Feb-08-2013

Game of the year to Journey! Thats ridiculous!
I mean thats just like giving the award to "THE ARTIST" for Best Colour

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14:27 Feb-08-2013

hahaha thumbs up for that!

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13:45 Feb-08-2013

I think 2011 was a better year for gaming than 2012
2011 was full of unexpectations
2012 was full of expectations gone wrong

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13:47 Feb-08-2013

I agree with you :D :D

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13:50 Feb-08-2013

yeah agree with you and 2013 is also full of expectation

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13:57 Feb-08-2013

2012 saw some decent releases, some of which could or should have been included on this list.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Alan Wake, Prototype 2, Max Payne 3, and Sleeping Dogs to name a few.

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14:23 Feb-08-2013

Max payne 3 for sure

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14:04 Feb-08-2013

For 2012,
A theory is something everybody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something nobody believes, except the person who made it.

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14:22 Feb-08-2013

Hit the nail on the head there! What will this year bring I wonder?

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13:26 Feb-08-2013

Get ready for incoming wave of indie artsy fartsy games to rise from this news.

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13:46 Feb-08-2013

I really hope it won't come to that. If games like Journey became commonplace, it just might be enough to make me lose my appetite for gaming altogether. I'm hoping that this is one of those games that gets critical praise but does so badly in sales that people stay far away from this one...although I just looked up the sales numbers and it broke PSN sales records. Well, we're doomed. No more interesting, immersive, fun, interesting games with an environment, story, characters, dialogue, things to do for us. :P It's kind of like if everyone else was painting Mona Lisa, the devs of Journey would simply draw a circle on a piece of paper, and just because it's different it's labelled as "innovative" and given extreme praise.

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13:54 Feb-08-2013

well said dude
yougave two really good mini-reviews

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13:58 Feb-08-2013

Thanks! :D I would like to review games eventually but I don't think anyone would want to hire me because I'm way too critical haha

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00:03 Feb-09-2013

I see you don't get jokes.

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13:08 Feb-08-2013

Really? Journey swept up that many awards?? I played a little bit of it and it didn't seem like there was well, ANY gameplay to be found...simply walking to the target...I even looked up some gameplay videos to see if maybe I was just being impatient (I literally just stopped playing because I was so bored that I began to hate myself and my life) and it didn't even LOOK any different. Now I understand, it wasn't inherently a BAD "game"; there will be people who will enjoy it of course, but for me I just didn't have the patience for it and frankly, trying to was almost exhausting. To me, it was simple running, waiting and waiting and waiting to reach your destination while the environment didn't even change in the slightest. I found myself looking at the ground mindlessly holding the analog stick just waiting until something happened, occasionally looking up at my screen to see that I was still on that mundane, seemingly endless, mindnumbingly uninteresting course. Personally, I couldn't handle it, but that's just my opinion.

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13:43 Feb-08-2013

Although i haven't played the game, but watching the game walkthroughs, u r correct. No action, no hands, no night, just simply surfing on the sand.

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13:47 Feb-08-2013

Not even surfing...at least that would be doing something. This is plain boring walking with nothing to look at and nothing to do. Why it exists is honestly beyond my comprehension.

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13:56 Feb-08-2013

Got ur point, lol the circle thing

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12:57 Feb-08-2013

What the......... Where is Far Cry 3 ? :/

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13:14 Feb-08-2013

Well, judging from the list of winners, these guys probably played about 4-5 games and didn't even get to FC3... :s

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13:44 Feb-08-2013

Ahahah :D

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13:44 Feb-08-2013

Maybe they didnt have money to buy games, so they only played the free ones

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13:45 Feb-08-2013

LOL LOL xD xD xD

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12:53 Feb-08-2013

Where the hell is Farcry 3!?

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12:48 Feb-08-2013

Where is Dishonored? Where is Far Cry 3? WHERE?! : (

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12:22 Feb-08-2013

No Awards for Battlefield 3 :(

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11:59 Feb-08-2013

Journey winning all so many awards is like applying salt on the burnt area. I hope it might go multiplatform someday. >.>

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11:55 Feb-08-2013

Not me, not at all, except for well maybe Journey considering I never even heard of the game until yesterday.

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