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Uncharted 3, Portal 2 lead Interactive Achievement Awards nods

Friday, 13th January 2012 14:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced finalists for its 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 3 leads the field with a total of 12 nominations across 11 categories.

Other titles with multiple nominations were Portal 2 with ten, L.A. Noire with nine, and six nominations each for Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Uncharted 3, Arkham City, Skyrim, Portal 2, and Skyward Sword will be competing for the IAA Game of the Year.

The Interactive Achievement Awards take place February 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Red Rock Resort during the D.I.C.E. Summit. Comedian Jay Mohr will once again be hosting.

GameSpot will provide live streaming video of the awards ceremony, as well as online content from D.I.C.E. as an exclusive partner of the AIAS.

The full list on nominees are below.

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • L.A. Noire
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • InFamous 2
  • Portal 2

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • L.A. Noire
  • Need For Speed: The Run
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Bastion
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Character Performance

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Downloadable Game of the Year

  • Bastion
  • Drawn: Trail of Shadows
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • Orcs Must Die!

Casual Game of the Year

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect
  • Tiny Wings
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Monsters Ate My Condo
  • Where’s My Water?

Social Networking Game of the Year

  • Army Attack
  • CastleVille
  • Gardens of Time
  • The Sims Social
  • Triple Town

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • Dark Souls
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • Bastion
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 12
  • Madden NFL 12
  • MLB 11 The Show
  • NBA 2K12
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Motorsport 4
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Real Racing 2 HD

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Fight Night Champion
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Iron Brigade
  • Orcs Must Die!
  • Total War: Shogun II
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution

Family Game of the Year

  • Dance Central 2
  • Just Dance 3
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventure
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Contre Jour
  • Dead Space
  • Infinity Blade II
  • Tentacles
  • The Dark Meadow

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  • Kirby Mass Attack
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter
  • Super Mario 3D Land

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play

  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity

  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dragon Age II
  • Portal 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Action Game of the Year

  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Saints Row: The Third

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • L.A. Noire
  • Rayman Origins
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Battlefield 3
  • Portal 2
  • Rayman Origins
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

  • Battlefield 3
  • Crysis 2
  • L.A. Noire
  • RAGE
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Portal 2
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

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  1. NinjaMidget

    I’m not sure that awards that celebrate genre are the way to go. Certainly the AIAS hit the nail on the head with awards the celebrate ‘outstanding achievement’ in story, innovation, sound design, art direction, animation etc.

    But if we take genre categories such as fighting or sports. These groups are hindered by their intrinsic form. Whilst fighting games are marvellous in the multiplayer aspect of fighting that can almost emulate real life thought processes that go into fencing for example, when was the last time that one from this genre truly innovated past graphical fidelity? The same can be said of sports genres. FIFA is great year over year and slowly, inch by inch, it manages to simulate the feeling of playing real football or watching real football just a little bit more. But when was the last big jump?

    I think these categories are a bit flawed and may pander to the mainstream award show forms. If this particular one wants to define itself as the standard it should be for the industry, which I believe it does, it has to drop the unnecessary and give credit where it is due!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. mathare92

    Giving awards according to genres is a bit old, to be honest. Keep the “Oustanding Achievement” stuff and get rid of the rest, I say.

    Still… this, the Baftas, and of course, the GDC Awards, are the only gaming awards I bother paying attention to each year.

    #2 3 years ago