DICE 2016 is coming to a close, so of course it’s time for the award ceremony. Fallout 4 took home the big one and was crowned Game of the Year. Did it deserve it? Maybe? I guess?
Not only did Fallout 4 beat out Bloodborne, Ori and the Blind Forest, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for game of the year, but it also took home the awards for Game Direction and Role-Playing / Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year. I guess there wasn’t a good contender for MMO this year, forcing DICE to fill the category with a bunch of single player games. Why they’d even lump the two together, who knows? I guess they have to stick MMORPGs somewhere when they do happen to come out and are good enough to be recognized.
Was Fallout 4 really the best game of 2015? In a word, no. Seems like every game in that category deserved it more, but I guess this is why you shouldn’t take these type of game awards too seriously. They’re just industry people getting together and having some fun. Fallout 4 was by no means a bad game. Maybe a little stale, but not bad. In terms of big open world sprawling RPGS, Witcher 3 deserved it more, but Witcher 3 has already received a lot of accolades, both so maybe they felt like honoring Falout 4 instead. Todd Howard was there, too. Couldn’t let him go home sad.
Anywho, here’s a full list of the awards. It’s nice to see Ori and the Blind Forest taking home so many accolades, and even if Witcher 3 didn’t take home game of the year, it still did well for itself.
- 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