Journey dominates at the DICE awards



There’s no question which title impressed the The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences most in the last year. This year’s DICE awards were dominated by thatgamecompany’s Journey as it claimed eight awards including game of the year. There were also four gongs for Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and two for Firaxis’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

The full list of winners for the 16th Annual DICE Awards is as follows:

– Action Game of the Year: Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software)

– Mobile Game of the Year: Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)

– Handheld Game of the Year: Paper Mario Sticker Star (Intelligent Systems)

– Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Outstanding Achievement in Story: The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

– Outstanding Character Performance: The Walking Dead’s Lee Everett (Telltale Games)

– Downloadable Game of the Year: The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

– Casual Game of the Year: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Web Based Game of the Year: SimCity Social (Maxis, Playfish)

– Family Game of the Year: Skylanders Giants (Toys for Bob)

– Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Mass Effect 3 (Bioware)

– Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games)

– Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Sports Game of the Year: FIFA Soccer 13 (EA Canada)

– Racing Game of the Year: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Criterion Games)

– Fighting Game of the Year: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (SuperBot Entertainment)

– Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity: Halo 4 (343 Industries)

– Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)

– Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Halo 4 (343 Industries)

– Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games)

– Adventure Game of the Year: The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

– Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Journey (thatgamecompany)

– Game of the Year: Journey (thatgamecompany)

You can read more about the philosophy which drives Journey in our interview with thatgamecompany’s creative director Jenova Chen here, and read our Journey review here.