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'Assassin's Creed: IV Black Flag,' 'Bioshock Infinite,' 'Grand Theft Auto V' and 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds' also up for Game of the Year

Sony and Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us” has received 13 D.I.C.E. Awards nominations, including game of the year, from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

The nominations are the most received for any video game released in 2013. Other contenders for the top prize are Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag,” 2K Games’ “Bioshock Infinite,” Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto V” and Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.”

“Grand Theft Auto V” followed “The Last of Us” with seven nominations, while “Bioshock Infinite” received six. “Assassin’s Creed IV” and Sony and Media Molecule’s “Tearaway” both tied with five.

The D.I.C.E. Awards are considered the Oscars of the video game industry, with the Academy’s more than 22,000 members voting for their peers in categories that represent their field of expertise. The International Game Developers Assn is also part of the Academy’s voting body.

The 17th D.I.C.E. Awards will take place Feb. 6 from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Video games vet Eugene Jarvis will also receive the Pioneer Award during the ceremony for creating iconic arcade games “Defender” and “Robotron: 2084.”

“The games from 2013 are a mix of memorable, small footprint independent games and true blockbusters from the past console generation as they wind down in high style with notable games like ‘Grand Theft Auto V,’ ‘The Last of Us’ and ‘Bioshock: Infinite,’” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “Each year our voters grapple with a surplus of impactful games, and 2013 was no different with its selection of stunning visuals, innovative gameplay and challenging narratives.”

This year the Academy announced “Online Game of the Year” as a newly re-defined category to celebrate titles of any genre with a significant portion of the gameplay experience transpiring online. Category celebrates titles outside of the current calendar year alongside this year’s releases, with a focus on games which provide constantly evolving experience and consistent content updates.

“As the gaming industry continues to evolve, it’s important that we update our honors to reflect the finest achievements among modern developers and publishers,” said Rae. “With the continued growth of online games and the idea of games as a service, we created the online game of the year category to recognize not only the best in online games from 2013, but also online games from previous years that continue to evolve over time.”

Nominees in the top categories are:

Game of the Year: “Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal); “Bioshock Infinite (2K Games, Irrational Games); “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games, Rockstar North); “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment America, Naughty Dog); “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” (505 Games, Starbreeze Studios); “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games, Rockstar North); “Papers, Please” (Lucas Pope); “Tearaway” (SCEA, Media Molecule); “The Last of Us” (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games, Rockstar North); “Papers, Please” (Lucas Pope); “Tearaway” (SCEA, Media Molecule); “The Last of Us” (SCEA, Naughty Dog); “The Stanley Parable” (Galactic Café).

Adventure Game of the Year: “Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal); “Tearaway” (SCEA, Media Molecule); “The Last of Us” (SCEA, Naughty Dog); “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo); “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix, Crystal Dymanics)

Action Game of the Year: “Battlefield 4″ (Electronic Arts, DICE); “Bioshock Infinite” (2K Games, Irrational Games); “Dead Rising 3″ (Microsoft Studios, Capcom Games Studio Vancouver); “DmC: Devil May Cry” (Capcom U.S.A., Ninja Theory); “RESOGUN” (SCEA, Housemarque)

Downloadable Game of the Year: “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” (505 Games, Starbreeze Studios); “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal); “Gone Home” (The Fullbright Co); “Papers, Please” (Lucas Pope); “The Stanley Parable” (Galactic Café)

Online Game of the Year: “Battlefield 4″ (EA, DICE); “Borderlands 2″ (2K Games, Gearbox Software); “Diablo III” (Blizzard Entertainment); “The Last of Us” (SCEA, Naughty Dog); “World of Tanks” (Wargaming Public Company, Wargaming.net)

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