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Dice Awards Definitive Guide 2013

GAME OF THE YEAR
Borderlands 2
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Far Cry 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Journey
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: thatgamecompany
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games

ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DIRECTION
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Dishonored
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Far Cry 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
The Unfinished Swan
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Giant Sparrow
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

INNOVATION IN GAMING
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Nintendo Land
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Developer: Nintendo
Sound Shapes
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Queasy Games
The Unfinished Swan
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Giant Sparrow
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

DOWNLOADABLE GAME OF THE YEAR
Fez
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Polytron
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Mark of the Ninja
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Klei Entertainment
The Unfinished Swan
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Giant Sparrow
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR
Gravity Rush
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Japan Studio
Paper Mario Sticker Star
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Resident Evil: Revelations
Publisher: Capcom USA
Developer: Capcom USA
Sound Shapes
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Queasy Games
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Sony Bend Studio

MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR
Fairway Solitaire
Publisher: Big Fish
Developer: Big Fish
Hero Academy
Publisher: Robot Entertainment
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Horn
Publisher: Zynga
Developer: Phosphor Games Studio
Rayman Jungle Run
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Pastagames, Ubisoft Montpellier

WEB-BASED GAME OF THE YEAR
Bingo Bash
Publisher: BitRhymes
Developer: BitRhymes
Burrito Bison Revenge
Publisher: Adult Swim
Developer: Juicy Beast Studio
CityVille 2
Publisher: Zynga
Developer: Zynga
Sim City Social
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Maxis, Playfish
Song Pop
Publisher: FreshPlanet
Developer: FreshPlanet

ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR
Borderlands 2
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Far Cry 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Halo 4
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries
Hitman: Absolution
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive A/S
Sleeping Dogs
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: United Front Games

ADVENTURE GAME OF THE YEAR
Assassin’s Creed III
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Darksiders II
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Vigil Games
Dishonored
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
New Super Mario Bros. Wii U
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

CASUAL GAME OF THE YEAR
Fairway Solitaire
Publisher: Big Fish
Developer: Big Fish
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Puzzle Craft
Publisher: EA
Developer: Ars Thanea
Rayman Jungle Run
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Pastagames, Ubisoft Montpelier
Sound Shapes
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Queasy Games

FAMILY GAME OF THE YEAR
Dance Central 3
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Harmonix Music Systems
Just Dance 4
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Bune, Ubisoft Milan
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: TT Games
Nintendo Land
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Skylanders Giants
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob

FIGHTING GAME OF THE YEAR
Persona 4 Arena
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Arc System Works
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Soulcalibur V
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Project Soul
Street Fighter X Tekken
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Bandai

RACING GAME OF THE YEAR
Forza Horizon
Publisher: Microsoft Studios/Turn 10 Studios
Developer: Playground Games
LittleBigPlanet Karting
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: United Front Games
MotorStorm RC
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Evolution Studios
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Publisher: EA
Developer: Criterion Games
Trials: Evolution
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: RedLynx

ROLE PLAYING/MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER GAME OF THE YEAR
Diablo III
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Dust: An Elysian Tale
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Humble Hearts
Guild Wars 2
Publisher: NC Soft
Developer: ArenaNet
Mass Effect 3
Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare
Torchlight 2
Publisher: Runic Games
Developer: Runic Games

SPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR
FIFA Soccer 13
Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Canada
MLB The Show 2012
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: San Diego Studios
NBA 2K13
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts

STRATEGY/SIMULATION GAME OF THE YEAR
FTL
Publisher: Subset Games
Developer: Subset Games
Minecraft 360
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Mojang/4J Studios
Orcs Must Die 2
Publisher: Robot Entertainment
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Total War: Shogun 2 — Fall of the Samurai
Publisher: Sega
Developer: The Creative Assembly
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games

ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION
Assassin’s Creed III
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Far Cry 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Hitman: Absolution
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive A/S
Mark of the Ninja
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Sony Bend Studios

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
Borderlands 2
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Dishonored
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Far Cry 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Halo 4
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany

CHARACTER PERFORMANCE
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Far Cry 3: Vaas Montenegro
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Halo 4: Cortana
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries
Mass Effect 3: Female Commander Shepard
Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare
The Walking Dead: Lee Everett
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

ACHIEVEMENT IN CONNECTIVITY
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch
Halo 4
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries
Nike+ Kinect Training
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Sumo Digital

ACHIEVEMENT IN GAMEPLAY ENGINEERING
Dishonored
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Gravity Rush
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Japan Studio
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale games
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games

ACHIEVEMENT IN ONLINE GAMEPLAY
Borderlands 2
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch
Diablo III
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Halo 4
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany

ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION
Diablo III
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Far Cry 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Mass Effect 3
Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND DESIGN
Assassin’s Creed III
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Diablo III
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Publisher: EA
Developer: Danger Close Games
Syndicate
Publisher: EA
Developer: Starbreeze Studios

ACHIEVEMENT IN STORY
Dishonored
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Arkane Studios
Journey
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Sleeping Dogs
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: United Front Games
Spec Ops: The Line
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Yager Development
The Walking Dead
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL ENGINEERING
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch
Halo 4
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: 343 Industries
Hitman: Absolution
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: IO Interactive A/S
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Publisher: EA
Developer: Criterion Games
Total War: Shogun 2 — Fall of the Samurai
Publisher: Sega
Developer: The Creative Assembly

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