Fallout 4, Ori and the Blind Forest, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Rocket League all had stellar evenings at the 19th annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony Thursday night. For those unfamiliar, the D.I.C.E. Awards are voted on by a board composed of developers and respected industry peers, so receiving honors at this show are a game maker’s dream come true. Many industry insiders regard a D.I.C.E. award as the highest honor there is. Unless you’re Activision, in which case it’s all about them dolla dolla bills!
Todd Howard and Bethesda Studios were among those who went home quite pleased: Fallout 4 took the coveted Game of the Year award, alongside honors for Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction and Role-Playing / Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Rocket League also snagged three awards each–the latter of which won Sports Game of the Year. Sorry, Fifa!
The biggest winner of the night, however, was late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award. Nintendo of America boss and Iwata’s iced-comrade Reggie Fils-Aimé was on hand to accept the award for the Iwata family. He is the sixth person to receive this honor at the D.I.C.E. Awards, and lord knows it is well deserved.
Check out the complete list of last night’s winners:
Game of the Year: Fallout 4
Action Game of the Year: Star Wars Battlefront
Fighting Game of the Year: Mortal Kombat
Family Game of the Year: Super Mario Maker
Mobile Game of the Year: Fallout Shelter
Outstanding Achievement in Character: Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lara Croft
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Ori and the Blind Forest
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Star Wars Battlefront
Outstanding Achievement in Story: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Outstanding Technical Achievement: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Ori and the Blind Forest
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Ori and the Blind Forest
Role-Playing / Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Fallout 4
Strategy / Simulation Game of the Year: Heroes of the Storm
Sports Game of the Year: Rocket League
Racing Game of the Year: FORZA Motorsport 6
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Rocket League
Handheld Game of the Year: Helldivers
Technical Impact Award: Microsoft Basic
Adventure Game of the Year: Metal Gear Solid 5
DICE Sprite Award: Rocket League
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Fallout 4
Since we’re now two months into the new year, has your favorite game of 2015 changed at all? How crazy is it that Rocket League has swept the sports category at every game awards show this year? Give your thoughts in the comments below.