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 God Of War  Sweeps Interactive Achievement Awards
God Of War Sweeps Interactive Achievement Awards
February 10, 2006 | By David Jenkins

February 10, 2006 | By David Jenkins
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The winners of the 9th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards have been announced at a ceremony in “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the D.I.C.E Summit yesterday.

Hosted by comedian Jay Mohr, the awards were dominated by Sony Computer Entertainment America’s God of War which won seven awards, including overall Game of the Year and Console Game of the Year. Harmonix’s rhythm action game Guitar Hero also performed exceedingly well with five awards, including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming.

Sony Computer Entertainment Interactive’s Shadow of the Colossus won three awards, including Outstanding Achievement: Art Direction, while Digital Illusions’ Battlefield 2 also won three awards, including PC Game of the Year.

GAMES OF THE YEAR
Overall Game of the Year:
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

PC Game of the Year:
Battlefield 2 (P: Electronic Arts, D: Digital Illusions)

Console Game of the Year:
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)

Outstanding Achievement: Animation
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Art Direction
Shadow of the Colossus (P:/D: Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Outstanding Achievement: Soundtrack
Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)

Outstanding Achievement: Original Music Composition
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Sound Design
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Story and Character Development
Call of Duty: Big Red One (P: Activision, D: Treyarch)

Outstanding Achievement: Gameplay Engineering ***TIE***
Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)
Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)

Outstanding Achievement: Online Game Play
Battlefield 2 (P: Electronic Arts, D: Digital Illusions)

Outstanding Achievement: Visual Engineering
Shadow of the Colossus (P: SCEA, D: SCEI)

Outstanding Achievement: Game Design
Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)

Outstanding Character Performance: Male
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Character Performance: Female
Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: BioWare)

GENRE AWARDS
Sports Game of the Year
SSX On Tour (P: Electronic Arts, D: EA Canada)

First-Person Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 2 (P: Electronic Arts, D: Digital Illusions)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Jade Empire (P: Microsoft, D: BioWare)

Fighting Game of the Year
Soul Calibur III (P:/D: Namco)

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
God of War (P: SCEA, D: SCEA-Santa Monica)

Racing Game of the Year
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (P: Electronic Arts, D: EA-Vancouver)

Children's Game of the Year
We Love Katamari (P:/D: Namco)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Wik: Fable of Souls (P: Microsoft, D: Reflexive)

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero (P: Red Octane, D: Harmonix)

Simulation Game of the Year
The Movies (P: Activision, D: Lionhead Studios)

Strategy Game of the Year
Civilization IV (P: 2K Games, D: Firaxis)

Massively Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year ***TIE***
City of Villains (P: NCsoft, D: Cryptic Studios)
Guild Wars (P: NCsoft, D: ArenaNet)

Handheld Game of the Year
Nintendogs (P: Nintendo, D: Nintendo EAD)

Cellular Game of the Year
Ancient Empires II (P:/D: Glu Mobile)

As previously noted, a number of favorably reviewed 2005 titles, such as Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 and Majesco’s Psychonauts were not been included in the list of nominees, as the publishers in question are not AIAS members and/or have not paid the $1,000 submission fee for separate nominations to the awards.


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