Fallout 4 has taken home ‘Game of the Year’ at the 19th annual D.I.C.E Awards last night in LA.

‘Game of the Year’ wasn’t the only award the title snatched up, tying for ‘Most Total Hardware’ with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Rocket League and Ori and the Blind Forest. It’s also the second consecutive year a game has won both ‘Best RPG/MMO’ and ‘Game of the Year’, with Dragon Age Inquisition taking home both last year.

Rise of the Tomb Raider received nine nominations, but only picked up one award in the end, ‘Outstanding Achievement in Character’ for Lara Croft.

Alongside the 22 awards given to specific categories, the D.I.C.E Awards also recognized Visual Basic with the second ever ‘Technical Impact Award’, Hideo Kojima was traversed into the show’s Hall of Fame, with Satori Iwata posthumously receiving the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.

The full list of categories and nominations can be found below, with the winners in bold text.

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Batman: Arkham Knight
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Ori and the Blind Forest
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Destiny: The Taken King
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Star Wars Battlefront
The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Fallout 4
Her Story
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Tales from the Borderlands
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Technical Achievement
Just Cause 3
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Star Wars Battlefront
The Order: 1886
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Character
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — Evie Frye
Her Story — Hannah Smith
Life is Strange — Maxine Caulfield
Rise of the Tomb Raider — Lara Croft
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Geralt of Rivia

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award
Galak-Z
Her Story
Kerbal Space Program
Rocket League
Undertale

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gaming
Destiny: The Taken King
Halo 5: Guardians
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Rocket League
Splatoon

Mobile Game of the Year
DomiNations
Fallout Shelter
Lara Croft GO
PAC-MAN 256
The Room Three

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Bloodborne
Fallout 4
Pillars of Eternity
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Undertale

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 16
Madden NFL 16
MLB 16 The Show
NBA 2K16
Rocket League

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 6
Need for Speed
Project CARS

Fighting Game of the Year
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Mortal Kombat X
Rising Thunder

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Cities Skylines
Fallout Shelter
Grey Goo
Heroes of the Storm
Kerbal Space Program

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero Live
LEGO Dimensions
Rock Band 4
Super Mario Maker
Tearaway Unfolded

Handheld Game of the Year
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
Helldivers
Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
Yo-Kai Watch

Adventure Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham Knight
Life is Strange
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Action Game of the Year
Destiny: The Taken King
Helldivers
Just Cause 3
Splatoon
Star Wars Battlefront

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Batman: Arkham Knight
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Lara Croft GO
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Star Wars Battlefront
The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Fallout 4
Her Story
Lara Croft GO
Massive Chalice
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Fallout 4
Life is Strange
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Witcher: Wild Hunt
Undertale

Game of the Year
Bloodborne
Fallout 4
Ori and the Blind Forest
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • How on earth did Fallout 4 win any awards whatsoever?

    It’s just a remaster of Fallout 3. The game is obviously built on an outdated game engine, as you spend almost as much time looking at loading screens as you get to play the game, just like on the PS3/360. The story is about as shallow as the characters, meaning caring about either is just about impossible. The graphics are BAD, not even looking as good as some remastered PS3 games, like The Last of Us. The character animations are awful, the voice acting is just passible, and the world feels like an approximation of a real world, unlike Witcher 3’s world, which feels absolutely alive and real. The game is the very definition of mediocrity.

    This game, for all its hype, is the biggest disappointment of 2015 and due to the SHOCKING lack of any innovation whatsoever, I think I’m going to give Bathesda games a pass for a good long time. Maybe I’ll look into getting a new Bathesda RPG whenever they stop making the same game on the same tired old game engine over and over and over.

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