2015 was an absolutely crazy year in gaming. Open-world games took the industry by storm with the releases of The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and more. It wasn’t just open-world games either. We saw games like Bloodborne, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rocket League, Pillars of Eternity, Her Story, Ori and the Blind Forest, Halo 5: Guardians and the list goes on. There really is a game for everyone these days.

The 19th DICE Awards were held this week with several games, big and small, racking up awards. Fallout 4 scored Game of the Year along with Role-Playing / Massively Multiplayer and Game Direction.

Don’t worry The Witcher 3 fans, Geralt and company racked up several Outstanding Achievement Awards in Technical, Game Design and Story.

The Witcher 3 Geralt and Ciri

My personal Game of the Year, Rocket League, won Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay and the DICE Sprite Award. I just double dipped on the Xbox One version and convinced several friends of the awesomeness that is Rocket League. It is the perfect game. Five-minute matches go quick, and before you know it, you’ve played 20 of them.

Rocket League wall riding

The fantastic Ori and the Blind Forest also scored three awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Art Direction and Original Music Composition.

Here’s the full list.

Game of the Year(s)
– Game of the Year: Fallout 4
– Action: Star Wars Battlefront
– Adventure: Metal Gear Solid 5
– Fighting: Mortal Kombat
– Family: Super Mario Maker
– Handheld: Helldivers
– Mobile: Fallout Shelter
– Role-Playing / Massively Multiplayer: Fallout 4
– Strategy / Simulation: Heroes of the Storm
– Sports: Rocket League
-Racing: FORZA Motorsport 6

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Outstanding Achievement(s)

– Technical: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
– Animation: Ori and the Blind Forest
– Art Direction: Ori and the Blind Forest
– Character: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Lara Croft)
– Game Design: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
– Game Direction: Fallout 4
– Online Gameplay: Rocket League
– Original Music Composition: Ori and the Blind Forest
– Sound Design: Star Wars Battlefront
– Story: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
– Technical Impact Award: Microsoft Visual Basic
– DICE Sprite Award: Rocket League

It’s hard to argue against any of these choices. I don’t necessarily agree with Fallout 4 as Game of the Year, but it’s not a bad game by any stretch. I’m a Rocket League junky so that would have been the top game for me.

I figured Bloodborne would have won an award, but the competition was stiff. Plus, Bloodborne released early in the year. It’s easy to overlook it once The Witcher 3 and other games started to come out.

Is your favorite game missing? Let me know in the comments.

The 2016 DICE Awards will crown another fantastic slate of games. XCOM 2, Firewatch, The Division, Dark Souls 3 and more are either here already or coming very soon. And the second half of 2016 is pure insanity. Let’s speculate. What will be Game of the Year for 2016 at the DICE Awards? I’m going with Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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