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The 16th annual DICE awards were held in the states yesterday and, unsurprisingly, downloadable titles literally stole the entire show with thatgamecompany’s critically-acclaimed Journey accumulating a whopping eight awards – including game of the year. That is not to say that there weren’t any AAA-titles that managed get a foothold as well, as Halo 4 nabbed the award for best “visual engineering and connectivity” and X-COM: Enemy Unknown won the strategy/simulation game of the year.
The show was held in Las Vegas and hosted by actor, comedian and certified geek Chris Hardwick. The annual DICE awards show has been held since 1996 and has consistently honored games, developments teams and individuals and their sheer excellence and hundreds of titles this year were evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels.
Here is the full list of winners decided by a peer-based voting system.
Action Game of the Year: Borderlands 2
Mobile Game of the Year: Hero Academy
Handheld Game of the Year: Paper Mario Sticker Star
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Journey
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Journey
Outstanding Achievement in Story: The Walking Dead
Outstanding Character Performance: The Walking Dead: Lee Everett
Downloadable Game of the Year: The Walking Dead
Casual Game of the Year: Journey
Web Based Game of the Year: SimCity Social
Family Game of the Year: Skylanders Giants
Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Mass Effect 3
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Journey
Sports Game of the Year: FIFA Soccer 13
Racing Game of the Year: Need for Speed Most Wanted
Fighting Game of the Year: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Journey
Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity: Halo 4
Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Assassin’s Creed III
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Journey
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Halo 4
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Adventure Game of the Year: The Walking Dead
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Journey
Game of the Year: Journey
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