2015 D.I.C.E. Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 2015 D.I.C.E. Awards have been revealed. The prestigious awards show honors the best in gaming from 2014. This year’s contenders for Game of the Year are Dragon Age: Inquisition, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Destiny, Far Cry 4, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

In addition, Al Alcorn and Ralph Baer will both receive the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Pioneer Award, the highest honor in the industry. Baer, who tragically passed away late last year, will have his award accepted by sons Mark and Alex.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Destiny
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Titanfall

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Monument Valley
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Outstanding Character

  • Jonathan Irons – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Abigail “Fetch” Walker – inFAMOUS First Light
  • Delsin Rowe – inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Talion – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Destiny
  • Far Cry 4
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Transistor

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Far Cry 4
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • This War of Mine
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Wolf Among Us

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Far Cry 4
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Sunset Overdrive

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Far Cry 4
  • Titanfall
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Adventure Game of the Year

  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • The Wolf Among Us

Family Game of the Year

  • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Project Spark
  • Skylanders Trap Team

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Guilty Gear Xrd
  • Nidhogg
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Mario Kart 8
  • The Crew

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • The Banner Saga
  • Bravely Default
  • Divinity: Original Sin
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 15
  • Madden NFL 15
  • MLB 14: The Show
  • NBA 2K15

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Boom Beach
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Endless Legend
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

  • The Banner Saga
  • Hohokum
  • Monument Valley
  • Threes!
  • Transistor

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Bravely Default
  • Child of Light
  • Shovel Knight
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Mobile Game of the Year

  • 80 Days
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Kingdom Rush Origins
  • Monument Valley
  • Threes!

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Destiny
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • World of Tanks: XBox 360 Edition

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • Destiny
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Project Spark

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Far Cry 4
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Titanfall

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Lumino City
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Monument Valley
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter