Limbo, Red Dead Redemption lead 2011 Game Developers Choice nominees

The nominees for the 2011 Game Developers Choice Awards, which will be handed out on March 2 during the Game Developers Conference, have been announced.

The monochromatic XBLA puzzle-platformer Limbo took seven nominations, more than any other game. But Rockstar’s cowboy opus Red Dead Redeption was close behind with six while BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 received five.

Other big nominees include God of War III, Heavy Rain and Minecraft, all of which received three nominations. Minecraft’s inclusion among the nominees marks the first time a game has received a GDC Award nomination and was selected as a finalist in the Independent Games Festival.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.

Best Game Design

  • God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)

Innovation

  • Dance Central (Harmonix)
  • Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Good-Feel & HAL Laboratory)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)

Best Technology

  • God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
  • Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard)

Best Handheld Game

  • Cut the Rope (ZeptoLab)
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Starry Skies (Level 5)
  • Game Dev Story (Kairosoft)
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Ready At Dawn/SCE Santa Monica)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Kojima Productions)

Best Audio

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DICE)
  • Halo: Reach (Bungie)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Costume Quest (Double Fine)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)
  • Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)

Best Writing

  • Costume Quest (Double Fine)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian)
  • Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)

Best Debut Game

  • Darksiders (Vigil Games)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)
  • Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)

Best Visual Arts

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
  • God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
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