GDC Award nominee games unveiled

Dishonored box art

2012’s best games compete in a variety of categories for the prestigious awards.

The Game Developers Conference Award nominees have been announced, with blockbuster titles Mass Effect 3, Dishonored and XCOM: Enemy Unknown duking it out for Game of the Year, among others.

Indie-made adventure title Journey rakes in the most nominations at six, including Best Game, Best Design, Best Downloadable Game, Best Audio Best Visual and Innovation.

This is closely followed by Arkane Studio’s stealth-stabber Dishonored, which has been honoured with four nominations, Best Narrative, Best Visual, Best Design and Game of the Year.

Other leading nominees include comic book tie-in The Walking Dead and sci-fi action-RPG Mass Effect 3.

Nominations were open to any game on any platform that was released in 2012, with industry professionals invited to put forward their favourite titles and asked to help narrow down the finalists.

Winners will be selected by the International Choice Awards Netowrk and announced at the ceremony on Wednesday, March 27th, during the 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

The complete lists of nominees follows:

Best Technology

  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
  • Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Room (Fireproof Games)
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising (Sora/Nintendo)

Best Narrative

  • Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Entertainment/2K Games)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Virtue's Last Reward (Chunsoft/Aksys Games)

Best Visual Arts

  • Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software/2K Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Innovation

  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
  • The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Game of the Year

  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

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