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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer's Choice Awards 2015.

Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo's mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, Best Mobile/Handheld and Best Visual Art categories.

Here's the full list of winners:

    GDC Awards 2015
  • Game of the Year: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Innovation Award: Monument Valley
  • Best Debut: Stoic Studio (The Banner Saga)
  • Best Design: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Monument Valley
  • Best Visual Art: Monument Valley
  • Best Narrative: Kentucky Route Zero: Episode 3
  • Best Audio: Alien: Isolation
  • Best Technology: Destiny

Meanwhile, the 2015 Independent Games Festival was dominated by a handful of repeat titles in the nominations for all categories. Outer Wilds, which took home the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, also received Best Design, making it the only multi-award winner.

Here's the full list of winners:

  • Excellence in Visual Art: Metamorphabet (Patrick Smith)
  • Excellence in Narrative: 80 Days (inkle Studios)
  • Excellence in Design: Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)
  • Excellence in Audio: Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure (SuperChop Games)
  • Nuovo Award: Tetrageddon Games (Nathalie Lawhead)
  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize: Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)

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