DICE Awards 2013: Journey scores eight gongs and GotY

Friday, 8th February 2013 03:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dice Summit 2013 is well under way, and tonight Vegas plays host to one of the most coveted industry awards shows in the biz. Journey didn’t manage to score in all 11 categories it was nominated for, but thatgamecompany carried home eight trophies.

Nominees were announced in mid-January and a few big names led the pack.

Journey scored 11 nods, and TellTale’s The Walkind Dead adventure series managed eight. Other much nominated titles include Far Cry 3 (seven), Halo 4 (six), Borderlands 2 (five) and Dishonored (five). Journey, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Walking Dead and XCOM: Enemy Unknown were in the running for Game of the Year, the major award.

The DICE Awards are in their 16th year. A full list of winners is below.

    Game of the Year categories

  • Game of the Year 2012: Journey
  • Action: Borderlands 2
  • Mobile: Hero Academy
  • Handheld: Paper Mario Sticker Star
  • Sports: FIFA 13
  • Racing: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Fighting: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
  • Downloadable: The Walking Dead
  • Casual: Journey
  • Web based: SimCity Social
  • Family: Skylanders Giants
  • RPG or MMO of the year: Mass Effect 3
  • Strategy or simulation: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Adventure: The Walking Dead
    Other categories

  • Outstanding achievement in original music: Journey
  • Outstanding achievement in original sound design: Journey
  • Outstanding achievement in original story: The Walking Dead
  • Outstanding achievement in character performance: The Walking Dead (Lee Everett)
  • Outstanding achievement in art direction: Journey
  • Outstanding innovation in gaming: Journey
  • Best online gameplay: Journey
  • Oustanding achievement in connectivity: Halo 4
  • Outstanding achievement in animation: Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Outstanding achievement in gameplay engineering: XOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Outstanding achievement game direction: Journey



  1. Brenna Hillier

    We’re finished, and Journey predictably got practically everything.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    Ya know what, I don’t really agree with all the The Walking Dead love. I finished it and thought that it was… okay. I like that it’s kind of original, but I think it’s loved a little more than it really deserves.

    Anyway, glad to see that Journey and Borderlands 2 got love…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ignisbadguy

    “Fighting: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale”


    #3 2 years ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    @1 yeah it’a bit divisive, one of those love-or-meh things. Nobody seems to just like it.

    @3 it’s probably the only fighter to come out within three months of the nominations, sooooo

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    @4 – Tekken Tag 2?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    @5 that was September, two months further back. Nominations came out in January.

    Also, DICE is pretty keen on innovation in general, so, you know, a new IP probably has a better chance than a sequel.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Sini

    Handheld: Paper Mario Sticker Star


    #7 2 years ago
  8. tatsujin

    Journey just owned everything.


    #8 2 years ago
  9. mathare92

    Next up the Baftas, then the GDC Choice Awards. Hope thatgamecompany don’t run out of space in the trophy room.

    It’s quite nice to know the industry has these classy, grown-up awards shows. You know, as a kind of antidote to the poison that Spike concocts every year. :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. YoungZer0


    #10 2 years ago
  11. woe

    Best online gameplay: Journey? what a joke lol

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    Not actually played it have you?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SlayerGT

    Nicely done Journey.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Gnosis

    Awesome. Congratulations and my respekt to Jenova Chen and his guys. Especially after reading about thatgamecompany almost going bankrupt because of this game. Glad it was worth it.

    #14 2 years ago

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