2016 was another solid year in gaming. Too bad I was still hooked on the best game of 2015. Sorry, I just can’t stop playing Rocket League. Today, The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the upcoming 20th D.I.C.E. Awards.

The winners will be revealed on February 23rd following the 2017 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit.

You’ll recognize most of the names here. Let’s take a look.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

INSIDE
The Last Guardian
Overwatch
Street Fighter V
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Battlefield 1
Firewatch
INSIDE
The Last Guardian
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Nick Reyes
Firewatch – Delilah
Firewatch – Henry
The Last Guardian – Trico
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan Drake

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

ABZU
Battlefield 1
DOOM
The Last Guardian
Titanfall 2

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Battlefield 1
INSIDE
The Last Guardian
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Firewatch
INSIDE
Oxenfree
That Dragon, Cancer
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Battlefield 1
No Man’s Sky
Overwatch
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Action Game of the Year

Battlefield 1
DOOM
Gears of War 4
Overwatch
Titanfall 2

Adventure Game of the Year

Firewatch
INSIDE
King’s Quest: The Complete Collection
The Last Guardian
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Family Game of the Year

Dragon Quest Builders
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ratchet & Clank
Rock Band Rivals
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

Fighting Game of the Year

EA Sports UFC 2
Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
Killer Instinct: Season 3
Pokken Tournament
Street Fighter V

Racing Game of the Year

DRIVECLUB VR
Forza Horizon 3

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Dark Souls 3
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Hyper Light Drifter
Tom Clancy’s The Division
World of Warcraft: Legion

Sports Game of the Year

EA Sports FIFA 17
Madden NFL 17
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2K17
Steep

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

The Banner Saga 2
Deus Ex GO
Fire Emblem Fates
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
XCOM 2

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Firewatch
INSIDE
SUPERHOT
That Dragon, Cancer

Handheld Game of the Year

Dragon Quest Builders
Fire Emblem Fates
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Severed

Mobile Game of the Year

Clash Royale
Crashlands
Gardenscapes – New Acres
Pokemon Go
Reigns

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Battlefield 1
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Overwatch
Titanfall 2
Tom Clancy’s The Division

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

I Expect You To Die
INSIDE
Overwatch
Owlboy
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Battlefield 1
INSIDE
The Last Guardian
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Game of the Year

Battlefield 1
INSIDE
Overwatch
Pokemon Go
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

There is a whole lot of Uncharted, INSIDE, Battlefield 1, The Last Guardian, Firewatch and Overwatch on that list. The only one I haven’t had a chance to play yet is Inside. I’ve heard tons of great things about it, though.

What game did you play the most in 2016?


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