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The Last of Us leads D.I.C.E. Awards with 13 nominations

5:00 PM on 01.16.2014 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
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Awards to be livestreamed on February 6 at 7:30PM PT

The 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards take place in Las Vegas from February 4 to February 7 and the nominations have been announced by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Last year the Sony exclusive Journey was up for 11 awards, and went on to win game of the year. This year we see another Sony exclusive, The Last of Us, with 13 nominations.

No word on who will be hosting the awards this year, but I'm hoping to see a return of Chris Hardwick, founder of Nerdist.com. He absolutely killed it as host last year. I'm also hoping another drunk developer crashes the stage again (2:07:30).

The award ceremony will be taking place on February 6 and will be livestreamed starting at 7:30PM PT.

Here's the full list of categories and awards:

Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag  
Bioshock Infinite            
Grand Theft Auto V      
The Last of Us  
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds     

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons  
Grand Theft Auto V      
Papers, Please
Tearaway          
The Last of Us   

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Grand Theft Auto V      
Papers, Please
Tearaway          
The Last of Us  
The Stanley Parable       

Adventure Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag  
Tearaway          
The Last of Us  
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds    
Tomb Raider     

Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 4     
Bioshock Infinite           
Dead Rising 3   
DmC: Devil May Cry      
RESOGUN          

Downloadable Game of the Year
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons  
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Gone Home     
Papers, Please
The Stanley Parable       

Online Game of the Year
Battlefield 4      
Borderlands 2  
Diablo III
The Last of Us
World of Tanks 

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Beyond: Two Souls
Bioshock Infinite
Puppeteer
rain
Rayman Legends

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield 4
Bioshock Infinite
God of War: Ascension
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Beyond: Two Souls
Bioshock Infinite
The Last of Us
The Novelist
Tomb Raider

Outstanding Character Performance
Grand Theft Auto V
Ryse
The Last of Us
The last of Us
The Stanley Parable

Casual Game of the Year
Candy Box
Peggle 2
Plants VS Zombies 2
Rayman Fiesta Run
Ridiculous Fishing

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Diablo III
Dota 2
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Pokémon X & Y

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 14
Madden NFL 25
MLB 13 The Show
NBA 2K14
NHL 14

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 5
Gran Turismo 6
Grid 2
Need for Speed Rivals
Real Racing 3

Fighting Game of the Year
Divekick
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Killer Instinct

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Europa Universalis 4
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
XCOM: Enemy Within

Family Game of the Year
Disney Infinity
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Rayman Legends
Skylanders Swap Force
Super Mario 3D World

Mobile Game of the Year
Fetch
Flick Kick Football Legends
Plants VS Zombies 2
Ridiculous Fishing
The Wolf Among Us

Handheld Game of the Year
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Pokémon X & Y
Tearaway
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
Beyond: Two Souls
Puppeteer
Rayman Legends
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Bioshock Infinite
Puppeteer
Rayman Legends
Tearaway
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Grand Theft Auto V
Ryse
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering
Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag
Forza Motorsport 5
Grand Theft Auto V
Super Mario 3D World
The Last of Us

Game designer Eugene Jarvis (Defender, Robotron: 2084) will also be receiving the Pioneer Award for his contributions from the golden age of the arcade and beyond.






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