Further cementing its place atop the list of 2014 games, Dragon Age: Inquisition scooped up Game of the Year honors at the 2015 D.I.C.E. Awards held by The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS).
Inquisition beat out fellow nominees Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Far Cry 4 and Destiny for the top honors at the 18th annual D.I.C.E. Awards, which directly follows the multi-day D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit composed of game developers and publishing executives in Las Vegas.
Shadow of Mordor held its own, however, leading the way as a winner in eight categories such as Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, Story and Game Direction, while the main protagonist, Talion, won the Outstanding Character class.
Destiny hauled in four awards, including Action Game of the Year, and Hearthstone collected two honors with Mobile Game of the Year and Strategy Game of the Year.
The AIAS also took time at the show to honor Al Alcorn and Ralph Baer with the Pioneer Award for their groundbreaking work in the video game industry. Alcorn is best known for his work at Atari as the designer of Pong, while Baer is referred to as the “Father of Video Games” as an innovator and creator of the first home video game console.
The full list of winners is available below:
Adventure Game of the Year: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Family Game of the Year: LittleBigPlanet 3
Mobile Game of the Year: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Handheld Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. 3DS
Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Art: Monument Valley
Outstanding Technical Achievement: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Online: Destiny
RPG/MMO Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Strategy Game of the Year: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition: Destiny
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Destiny
Outstanding Achievement in Narrative: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Character: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 15
Racing Game of the Year: Mario Kart 8
Fighting Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. WiiU
Action Game of the Year: Destiny
Sprite Award: Transistor
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
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Dragon Age: Inquisition is clearly a wonderful game, but I can’t get over Destiny winning Action Game of the Year. But anyway, good for BioWare winning yet another Game of the Year honor and also Shadow of Mordor cleaning up at the awards show. Most importantly, hats off to AIAS for showing respect to Al Alcorn and Ralph Baer. We may not be here if those two followed different passions in life.
Brian Hoerst is an Associate Editor for MONG. Follow him on Twitter.