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 The Last of Us  wins big at the DICE Awards
The Last of Us wins big at the DICE Awards
February 7, 2014 | By Mike Rose

February 7, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Days after Naughty Dog's The Last of Us picked up a writing award from the Writers Guild of America, the game has now sweeped the DICE Awards, grabbing 10 awards in total.

The DICE awards, now in its 17th year, aims to honor the most innovative games from the last year, and is part of the two-day DICE conference.

The Last of Us picked up the Game of the Year award, along with the awards for Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Achievement in Story.

Elsewhere, Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V and Super Mario 3D World were also honored. The full list of winners is as follows:

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Outstanding Character Performance
The Last of Us (Ellie) - Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Bioshock Infinite - Irrational Games

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Story
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering
Grand Theft Auto V - Rockstar Games

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Action Game of the Year
Bioshock Infinite - Irrational Games

Adventure Game of the Year
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Fighting Game of the Year
Injustice: Gods Among Us - NetherRealm Studios

Role Playing Game/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Diablo III - Blizzard Entertainment

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
XCOM: Enemy Within - Firaxis Games

Casual Game of the Year
Plants VS Zombies 2 - PopCap

Family Game of the Year
Super Mario 3D World - Nintendo

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 5 - Turn 10 Studios

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 14 - Electronic Arts

Downloadable Game of the Year
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - Starbreeze Studios

Handheld Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - Nintendo

Mobile Game of the Year
Plants Vs Zombies 2 - PopCap

Online Game of the Year
World of Tanks -

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

Game of the Year
The Last of Us - Naughty Dog

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Vinicius Couto
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Good for Naughty Dog. The Last of Us was a great game indeed and they deserve awards.

That being said, an award that aims to honor innovation not even mentioning The Stanley Parable or Gone Home... I dunno... it might need some revision.
More specifically, "Outstanding Game Innovation"? It was (as pointed out on an article here on Gama) a serie of outstandingly well executed cliches, but not too much innovation.

Scott Lavigne
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Praise The Stanley Parable for writing all you want, but it doesn't do anything in the mechanics department. It's a source mod with guns and jumping disabled. Mechanically, Gone Home isn't far from that either. Power to you if you like the games, but you can't really argue that they've done anything new outside of writing.

Theresa Catalano
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I agree, they are both interesting games in terms of narrative and meta-narrative. But in terms of game mechanics, absolutely nothing innovative. Once again, Wonderful 101 is a no-brainer for this category. It should be obvious to anyone following the games industry.

Sam Knudson
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You can say the Stanley Parable is not innovative at all but you can not defend TLoU for innovation. TLoU was a very safe polished game it brought absolutely nothing new to the table or even a spin on anything.

Theresa Catalano
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The Last of Us is a good, albeit overrated game. I don't mind it getting some awards, but this is just ridiculous. Most "innovative" game? I can only imagine that the people who voted just haven't played many games. There's very little innovative about The Last of Us, and it's a crime that something like Wonderful 101 didn't win instead. I don't think it deserves art direction awards either, there's clearly games out there with a more original artistic vision.

Pay-to-win crap like Plants vs Zombies 2 should never win awards, period.

Best RPG, Diablo III? In a year where Shin Megami Tensei IV, Etrian Oddysey, and Fire Emblem came out? That is stunningly absurd. Not only is Diablo III not a very good RPG, it's a port of a 2012 game!

The Writers Guild of America apparently have awful taste and zero perspective on video games. Good to know.

Dave Bellinger
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I appreciate and even agree with some of your opinions, even if I don't believe they warrant vitriol such as condemning and generalizing the voters for these awards :)

To be fair to Diablo 3, there were considerable mechanical changes to the console version that likely warrant its consideration in a standalone capacity from the PC version. It's not the best of examples, but you wouldn't DQ Ys: The Oath in Felghana because it's a remake of Ys III, would you?

I'd say there are a great number of titles from the indie scene as well as the quieter franchises out there, but to be honest, this was quite a landmark year for AAA titles: Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, Super Mario 3D World. All the heavy hitters were really there this time around.

Theresa Catalano
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I wouldn't put Bioshock Infinite or GTA V on any best lists. That's just me. The Last of Us and Mario 3D World do deserve to be there, but TLoU is way over-represented in these awards, and certainly doesn't deserve half of them.

Sam Stephens
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Some of these categories are just weird. I understand they don't want to have fifty categories, but why have a strategy/simulation category? They are completely different genres that have few inherent similarities.

Also, BioShock for Best Action Game? I guess the voters have really bad taste in gameplay which makes sense considering this is a writers guild and not a game design guild (we need one of those).

Alex Covic
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I am really disappointed that Naughty Dog did not win "Best Sports Game", too - but hey ... you can't catch them all?