2018 DICE Awards Recap: Nintendo Dominates As Zelda Wins GOTY

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Nintendo reigned supreme at the 21st Annual DICE Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday night.  Among the publisher’s 11 wins, four were for Zelda: Breath of the Wild including Game of the Year.  The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences also awarded longtime Nintendo Developer and current Special Corporate Advisor Genyo Takeda with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Hired in 1972, Takeda has been hailed as Nintendo’s first video game designer, having worked on their first game EVR Race.

Takeda’s other career highlights include developing games like Punch-Out, and Star Tropics, amongst designing multiple forms of hardware for Nintendo.  This year’s DICE Awards also saw many wins for indie developers as well.  With Studio MDHR’s Cuphead winning three awards, and Ninja Theory’s HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice winning Outstanding Achievement in Character.  See the full list of DICE Awards winners below!

DICE Awards

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION

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Cuphead (Winner)
For Honor
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION

Cuphead (Winner)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Little Nightmares
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHARACTER

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Senua (Winner)                                                          Assassin’s Creed Origins – Bayek                                                                           Horizon Zero Dawn – Aloy
Star Wars Battlefront II – Iden Versio
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Chloe Fraiser

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION

Cuphead (Winner)                                                                                                    Call of Duty: WWII
Horizon Zero Dawn
RiME
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND DESIGN

Super Mario Odyssey (Winner)                                                                            Destiny 2
Injustice 2
Star Wars Battlefront II
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN STORY

Horizon Zero Dawn (Winner)                                                                          Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Night in the Woods
What Remains of Edith Finch
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Horizon Zero Dawn (Winner)                                                                          Assassin’s Creed Origins
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Lone Echo/Echo Arena
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR

PLAYERUNKOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (Winner)                                                        Call of Duty: WWII                                                                                              Cuphead
Destiny 2
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 

ADVENTURE GAME OF THE YEAR

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner)                                          Assassin’s Creed Origins
Horizon Zero Dawn                                                                                                 Super Mario Odyssey
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 

FAMILY GAME OF THE YEAR

Snipperclips (Winner)
DropMix                                                                                                                  GNOG
Just Dance 2018
SingStar Celebration

FIGHTING GAME OF THE YEAR

Injustice 2 (Winner)                                                                                              ARMS
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
Nidhogg 2
Tekken 7 

RACING GAME OF THE YEAR

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Winner)                                                                                DiRT 4
Forza Motorsport 7
Gran Turismo Sport
Project CARS 2 

ROLE-PLAYING GAME OF THE YEAR                                                                            

NieR: Automata (Winner)                                                                                     Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Persona 5
Torment: Tides of Numenera                                                                                             Divinity: Original Sin 2

SPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR
FIFA 18 (Winner)                                                                                         Everybody’s Golf
Golf Clash
Madden NFL 18
MLB The Show 17 

STRATEGY/SIMULATION GAME OF THE YEAR 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Winner)
Endless Space 2
Halo Wars 2
Total War: Warhammer II
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen 

IMMERSIVE REALITY TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT 

Lone Echo/Echo Arena (Winner)                                                                            Robo Recall
Star Trek Bridge Crew
The Invisible Hours
Wilson’s Heart 

IMMERSIVE REALITY GAME OF THE YEAR  

Lone Echo/Echo Arena (Winner)                                                                 Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Robo Recall
Space Pirate Trainer
Wilson’s Heart 

D.I.C.E. SPRITE AWARD

Snipperclips (Winner)                                                                                    Everything
Gorogoa
Night in the Woods
Pyre

HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR 

Metroid: Samus Returns (Winner)                                                                      Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Monster Hunter Stories 

MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR 

Fire Emblem Heroes (Winner)                                                                                  Cat Quest
Gorogoa
Monument Valley 2
Splitter Critters 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ONLINE GAMEPLAY

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (Winner)                                                    Call of Duty: WWII
Destiny 2
Fortnite
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DESIGN

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner)                                           Gorogoa
Horizon Zero Dawn
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
Super Mario Odyssey

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DIRECTION

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  (Winner)                                                      Gorogoa
Horizon Zero Dawn
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
What Remains of Edith Finch

GAME OF THE YEAR

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner)                                           Cuphead
Horizon Zero Dawn
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
Super Mario Odyssey