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The Last of Us wins Game of the Year at 2014 GDC Awards

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The 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards were handed out last night and The Last of Us took home “Game of the Year.” Naughty Dog’s unquestioned dominance in this year’s awards season really makes you wonder, does it ever get boring for Neil Druckmann and company? I’m guessing no, but after winning several BAFTAs, multiple DICE Awards, the Writer’s Guild Award for Videogame Writing, and a Warp Zoned Golden Pixel Award, it stops being surprising. In addition to being selected as “Game of the Year,” The Last of Us was also honored with the “Best Game Design” and “Best Narrative” awards.

But The Last of Us wasn’t the only winner last night. Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was picked as the “Best Handheld/Mobile Game” while IGF darling Papers Please took home the award for “Best Downloadable Game” as well as the “Innovation Award.”

The only other multi-award winner of the night was BioShock Infinite, which was recognized for its sights and sounds with the “Best Visual Art” and “Best Audio” awards. Finally, the low-key Gone Home (and its developer, The Fullbright Company) was picked as the “Best Debut” while the bombastic Grand Theft Auto V took home “Best Technology.”

The full list of this year’s winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us wins ten statues at 2014 DICE Awards

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When Santa Claus asks if you’ve been naughty or nice, if you’re a game developer, you might want to answer “naughty.” During last night’s DICE Awards in Las Vegas, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us took home the top prize in ten categories (out of 13 possible nominations). The only other game to win multiple awards was BioShock Infinite, which took home two (Action Game of the Year and Oustanding Achievement in Original Music Composition).

With such a big haul, The Last of Us naturally took home Game of the Year honors. The game also won Adventure Game of the Year, Oustanding Achievement in Game Direction, Oustanding Achievement in Story, Oustanding Achievement in Animation, Oustanding Achievement in Art Direction, Oustanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Oustanding Achievement in Sound Design, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Character Performance (for Ashley Johnson’s portrayal of Ellie).

A few other games did manage to wrestle a few awards away from Naughty Dog, but that’s mostly because The Last of Us didn’t qualify for every category. For example, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons won Downloadable Game of the Year, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds won Handheld Game of the Year, and Plants vs Zombies 2 won Casual Game of the Year.

The complete list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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The Last of Us leads 2014 DICE Awards with 13 nominations

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for this year’s DICE Awards. This year, The Last of Us leads all games with 13 nominations, including “Game of the Year.” It will compete against four other games for the honor: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Each of this year’s “Game of the Year” nominees has a chance to collect multiple awards as Grand Theft Auto V (seven), BioShock Infinite (six), and Assassin’s Creed IV (five), and A Link Between Worlds (three) were all nominated in multiple categories. With five nominations, Tearaway is also up a huge number of awards. All told, 61 games received nominations in 24 categories this year.

The 2014 DICE Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 6 during the close of this year’s DICE Summit. A complete list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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GTA5 is “Game of the Year” at the 2013 VGX Awards

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The first ever VGX Awards (formerly known as the Spike TV Video Game Awards) were held last night and the best games of 2013 were once again crowned by GameTrailers.com’s Geoff Keighley (with an assist from Community‘s Joel McHale). The general consensus among the Internetatti is that the show still doesn’t know what it wants to be and that the “intimate studio setting” (and McHale) made the whole thing feel a bit bizarre. But what about the award winners?

In what is sure to be the first of many, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V was named “Game of the Year” by the VGX Advisory Council. Rockstar’s crime saga also took home “Best Soundtrack.” But, the developer missed out on “Studio of the Year” honors. That award went to Naughty Dog for their work on The Last of Us. Their apocalyptic story was also awarded “Best PlayStation Game.” “Best Voice Actor” (Troy Baker), and “Best Voice Actress” (Ashley Johnson). Other multiple award winners include indie sensation Gone Home (“Best PC Game” and “Best Independent Game”) and BioShock Infinite (“Best Shooter” and “Best Song in a Game”).

A complete list of this year’s winners, including the remaining genre awards, “Best Xbox Game” (the surprising Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons), and “Best Nintendo Game” (Super Mario 3D World), can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: Link Between Worlds, more

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The big is almost here! In fact, we’re just one day away! I refer, of course, to the launch of Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

What did you think I was talking about?

Anyway, new entries in Nintendo’s biggest franchises will be available in stores tomorrow and digital download versions will land on, respectively, the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop at the same time. The two massive games will also be joined by Mario Party: Island Tour, the first Mario Party game for the 3DS.

If you’re looking for a new game that’s available today, Wii U owners will also get the chance to download Edge, retro-style platformer, and Coaster Crazy Deluxe, a new coaster sim from the creators of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.

More information on all of these games (and almost a dozen more) can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: Xbox One, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, More

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Are you ready for “Part Two” of this year’s next-generation console extravaganza? After months of hype, Microsoft is ready to deliver the Xbox One to store shelves this week. If you haven’t already ordered one, it’s unlikely you’ll find the system in stores, but it’s always worth a shot. However, there will be plenty of Xbox One game available, including:

If you’re not quite ready to hop on the Xbox One bandwagon, there are plenty of brand new current-generation games out this week including:

The complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo officially announces Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL bundle for US

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The Legend of Zelda is one of the most iconic franchises in all of the video game world. The name alone is usually enough to sell at least a million units. In fact, the only Legend of Zelda title not to hit the one million mark was The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures. Not bad for a series that contains almost two dozen titles.

With such strong success in the franchise’s past, Nintendo is hoping to capitalize on the public’s demand for more games starring Link, Zelda, and Ganon with their latest announcement. For those of you who don’t own a 3DS, or for those who do and want something a bit more special, Nintendo will be releasing a special The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds system bundle on November 22. The bundle will include a 3DS XL adorned with a picture of the legendary Triforce on the exterior and complimented by a gold-and-black color scheme that fits the Legend of Zelda mythos perfectly. The spectacular system will come packaged with a download code for the new game, so players can show their Zelda pride by playing the newest Zelda game on the newest Zelda-themed system. Nintendo has priced the system bundle at $219.99.

Eiji Aonuma, the producer in charge of the Legend of Zelda franchise, wanted to share his excitement for the system bundle in a special video message, which you can find after the break. (more…)

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Ganon returns in latest Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds trailer

The big bad of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has revealed himself in the latest trailer and its… drumroll please… because it’s going to legend… wait for it… dary… oh, nevermind, it’s Ganondorf/Ganon. Or rather, a being that bears a remarkable resemblence to the resilient swinish sorcerer.

In this new trailer, Ganon stuffs Princess Zelda into a painting and absconds with her. Link gives chase and eventually stumbles across a portal to “Lorule,” a mirror universe version of Hyrule. There, he meets Hilda, another prnicess. Could we surmise that there’s a mirror universe version of Link out there as well?

We’ll find out on November 22, when The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is officially released for the 3DS.

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