Shadow Of Mordor Won A Best Story Award, Which Actually Makes Sense

Shadow Of Mordor Won A Best Story Award, Which Actually Makes Sense

Dragon Age Inquisition may have taken Game of The Year at last night's 18th annual DICE Awards, but how about Shadow of Mordor winning for Outstanding Achievement In Story? The scripted story wasn't so hot, but if they were judging by the stories that emerged as players sparred with enemies who became tougher through the game's Nemesis system? Then, well-deserved!

Full winners list follows:

Game of the Year

Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: BioWare

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Action Game of the Year Destiny

  • Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Developer: Bungie

Adventure Game of the Year Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Family Game of the Year LittleBigPlanet 3

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
  • Developer: Sony Worldwide Studios Europe/Sumo Digital

Fighting Game of the Year Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Sora Ltd./BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc./BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.

Racing Game of the Year Mario Kart 8

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: BioWare

Sports Game of the Year FIFA 15

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: FIFA Development Team -- EA Canada

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award Transistor

  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Developer: Supergiant Games

Handheld Game of the Year Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Sora Ltd./BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc./BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.

Mobile Game of the Year Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay Destiny

  • Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Developer: Bungie

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Outstanding Achievement in Animation Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Monument Valley

  • Publisher: ustwo
  • Developer: ustwo

Outstanding Achievement in Character Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Talion)

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition Destiny

  • Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Developer: Bungie

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design Destiny

  • Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Developer: Bungie

Outstanding Achievement in Story Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Outstanding Technical Achievement Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Monolith Productions

Comments

    Completely agree with every award handed to shadow of mordor. Best game to come out of last year imo and sure it didn't do a whole heap of new things but that nemesis system omg so good.

    Shadow of Mordor was a great game, no mistake... but best character award for Talion...?

    For serious?

      Yeah, that seems a little odd. I wonder if it was restricted to protagonists.
      I mean, Talion's VA was good, the character design was aesthetically fantastic, and as a man in an unenviable position, he reacted in a relatively relate-able way and was admirably noble in general. Not a 'great' character, but if limited to protagonists, there's not much competition.

      I don't know what it takes to get nominated or if those were the only games in the pool, but if the category was restricted to protagonists, then out of the games above... it makes a bit more sense. Lotta blank slate non-character protagonists in the year's big games.

    Really don't understand why this game receives so much praise. Story was worse than Destiny's.

      Ugh. No it wasn't. At least Mordor actually had characters and a protagonist and a single plotline that developed over time with some twists (no matter how predictable) to something beyoned, "There is a big bad. Here is a weapon. Go kill shit." Destiny's 'story' is one of the deepest insults to video game storytelling in years.

      Last edited 08/02/15 8:29 pm

    Goes to show how high on the list story is in games. Second from the bottom...

    Whilst I finished the game, I felt rather underwhelmed. I mean, yeah I could start a little feud with a monster thing which would get it to make a comment. Then I could find it, extending or ending the little feud by killing them the right way or the wrong way. I'm not sure how much this really pertains to narrative though as I found it an entirely empty experience. Just a list that has a clever way of refilling itself.

    well if hobbit 3 wins any awards, not that its a whole movie, but those awards should go to this as well since they just copied the cgi and even the sound effects.

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