19th Annual DICE Awards Nominations Announced, Led By Rise Of The Tomb Raider

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Earlier this week, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announced the 19th annual DICE Awards nominations. The Xbox exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider led the way with nine nominations including Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, and Adventure Game of the Year. It was also announced that Hideo Kojima will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame, and Satoru Iwata — the former president of Nintendo — will posthumously receive a Lifetime Achievement award. The awards ceremony will be hosted by comedian Pete Holmes on February 18th.

“Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles cateringg to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18th will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.”

Check out the full list of nominations below, and be sure to let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook what games you think should have been included.

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Fallout 4
  • Life is Strange
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Life is Strange
  • METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Action Game of the Year

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Helldivers
  • Just Cause 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Splatoon

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Dominations
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Lara Croft GO
  • PAC-MAN 256
  • The Room Three

Dice Sprite Award

  • Her Story
  • Galak-Z
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Rocket League
  • Undertale

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Lara Croft GO
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Order: 1886
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — Evie Frye
  • Her Story — Hannah Smith
  • Life is Strange — Max
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider — Lara Croft
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Geralt of Rivia

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Starcraft II: Legacy Of The Void
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Fallout 4
  • Her Story
  • Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Just Cause 3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • The Order: 1886
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Family Game of the Year

  • Guitar Hero Live
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Rock Band 4
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Tearaway Unfolded

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
  • Rising Thunder

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Need for Speed
  • Project CARS

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 2016
  • Madden NFL 2016
  • MLB 15 The Show
  • NBA 2K16
  • Rocket League

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Grey Goo
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Kerbal Space Program

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
  • Helldivers
  • Pokemon: Super Mystery Dungeon
  • Yo-Kai Watch

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • Fallout 4
  • Her Story
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Massive Chalice
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  Source: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
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