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

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
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            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.

              Hamza Aziz