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D.I.C.E. Awards: Nominees for 2019 announced

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189   //    11 Jan 2019, 01:14 IST

Kratos is very excited about his many nominations
Kratos is very excited about his many nominations

We're in that time of year where we look back at the year previous by handing out trophies to people. It's sometimes called awards season, and even the video game world is smack dab in the middle of it right now. One of the biggest names in games awards are the D.I.C.E. Awards, handed out by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

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The D.I.C.E. (which stands for "Design Innovate Communicate Entertain") Awards, which will be presented this year on February 13th in Las Vegas, are, in a lot of ways, the "Oscars" of video games based on their longevity (this will be the 22nd edition) and prestige they carry. 23 awards in total will be presented, with 56 games receiving nominations. Sony and Santa Monica Studio's God of War leads the nomination count with 12, shortly followed by Marvel's Spider-Man, also by Sony (and Insomniac Games) with 11.

As with most awards of this variety, each year sees an individual given a special career achievement award (think the Cecil B. DeMille Award Jeff Bridges received at the Golden Globes this year). For the D.I.C.E. Awards, this is their Hall of Fame Award, and this year it will be given to Bonnie Ross, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries.

So, here we go with the list of awards and nominees. For brevity's sake, we're just going to list the game title and not the studios. If you'd like to see that, you can find the whole announcement here.

Game of the year

God of War
Into the Breach
Marvel's Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
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Return of Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Florence
God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

God of War
Into the Breach
Marvel's Spider-Man
Return of Obra Dinn
Subnautica

Online Game of the Year

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Fortnite
Laser League
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sea of Thieves

Portable Game of the Year

Dandara
Donut County
Dragalia Lost
Florence
Oddmar

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

Celeste
Florence
Into the Breach
Minit
Return of Obra Dinn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Moss
Sprint Vector
Transference

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Dr. Grordbort's Invaders
Tónandi
Torn

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Bad North
Frost Punk
Into the Breach
Northgard
RimWorld

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 19
Mario Tennis Aces
MLB The Show 19

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
MONSTER HUNTER: World
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Racing Game of the Year

F1 2018
Forza Horizon 4
Wreckfest

Fighting Game of the Year

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Dragon Ball FighterZ
SOULCALIBUR VI
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Family Game of the Year

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Kirby Star Allies
LEGO DC Super-Villains
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Unravel Two

Adventure Game of the Year

Detriot: Become Human
God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of Obra Dinn

Action Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Black Ops IV
Celeste
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Far Cry 5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Outstanding Achievement in Technical Achievement

ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Battlefield V
God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Florence
God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Return of Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Battlefield V
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Detriot: Become Human
Forgotton Anne
God of War
Marvel's Spider-Man
Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Kassandra
God of War - Atreus
God of War - Kratos
Marvel's Spider-Man - Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Red Dead Redemption 2 - Arthur Morgan

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Detroit: Become Human
God of War
GRIS
Marvel's Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

God of War
GRIS
Moss
Marvel's Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
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