Horizon Zero Dawn leads 2018 D.I.C.E. Awards nominees

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Leading the way is Horizon Zero Dawn with 10 nominations including Adventure Game of the Year and Game of the Year.

Awards seasons is upon us and while movies and TV shows come to mind, video games are also awarded annually. Over the weekend, the  Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced the 2018 D.I.C.E. Awards nominees across a wide number of categories.

Leading the way is Horizon Zero Dawn with 10 nominations including Adventure Game of the Year and Game of the Year. Cuphead, a Canadian game that’s received plenty of high marks and accolades, was nominated for five awards. CupheadPLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDSSuper Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rounded out the nominations for Game of the Year category. The winners will be announced on February 22nd in Las Vegas at the end of the 2018 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit. It will be hosted by Greg Miller of Kinda Funny and Jessica Chobot from Nerdist News. The ceremony will be live streamed courtesy of IGN starting at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET.

Check out the complete list of nominees below, and let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook what you think of the nominees.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

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

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

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

Outstanding Achievement in Character

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

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

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

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

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

Outstanding Achievement in Story

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

Outstanding Technical Achievement

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

Action Game of the Year

Call of Duty: WWII
Cuphead
Destiny 2
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 

Adventure Game of the Year

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

Family Game of the Year

DropMix
GNOG
Just Dance 2018
SingStar Celebration
Snipperclips 

Fighting Game of the Year

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

Racing Game of the Year

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

Role-Playing Game of the Year

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

Sports Game of the Year

Everybody’s Golf
FIFA 18
Golf Clash
Madden NFL 18
MLB The Show 17 

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

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

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

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

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

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

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

Everything
Gorogoa
Night in the Woods
Pyre
Snipperclips 

Handheld Game of the Year

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

Mobile Game of the Year

Cat Quest
Fire Emblem Heroes
Gorogoa
Monument Valley 2
Splitter Critters 

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

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

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

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

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

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

Game of the Year

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

  Source: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
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