2012 AIAS Awards Announced

Posted by Conor Murphy on January 12, 2012 in Big Fish News -- Share:

AIAS Awards 2012 We’re happy to bring you The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences 2012 list of nominees for the Interactive Achievement Awards. Drawn: Trail of Shadows has been recognized as one of the five finalists for Downloadable Game of the Year along with Bastion (Supergiant Games), Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Fuel Cell), Ms. Splosion Man (Twisted Pixel Games), and Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment).

Other titles receiving nominations included Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog) outdistancing the field with a dozen nominations over 11 categories, Portal 2 (EA) with 10 nominations, and L.A. Noire with nine. Other games nominated for multiple categories included Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Skyrim, each with six nominations.

 

The top three publishers receiving nominations were Electronic Arts with 21 nominations, Sony with 18 nominations, and Microsoft with 13 nominations.
Uncharted 3 was well appreciated by the AIAS.

The 15th annual Interactive Achievement Awards will be handed out Thursday, February 9 at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. See the complete list of categories, nominees, and publishers below.

Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Portal 2 (Valve)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Little Big Planet 2 (Media Molecule)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
InFamous 2 (Sucker Punch)
Portal 2 (Valve)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Battlefield 3 (DICE)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Need for Speed: The Run (EA Black Box)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Bastion (Supergiant Games)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Portal 2 (Valve)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Character Performance

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Adam Jensen) (Eidos Montreal)
L.A. Noire (Cole Phelps) (Team Bondi)
Portal 2 (Wheatley) (Valve)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Nathan Drake) (Naughty Dog)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Victor Sullivan) (Naughty Dog)

Downloadable Game of the Year

Bastion (Supergiant Games)
Drawn: Trail of Shadows (Big Fish Games)
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Fuel Cell)
Ms. Splosion Man (Twisted Pixel Games)
Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment)

Casual Game of the Year

Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick Studios)
Tiny Wings (Andreas Illiger)
Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios)
Monsters Ate My Condo (Adult Swim/PikPok)
Where’s My Water? (Creature Feep)

Social Networking Game of the Year

Army Attack (Digital Chocolate)
CastleVille (Zynga)
Gardens of Time (Playdom)
The Sims Social (Playfish)
Triple Town (Spry Fox)

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Dark Souls (From Software)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal)
Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (CD Projekt)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Bastion (Supergiant Games)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (Toys for Bob)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 12 (EA Canada)
Madden NFL 12 (Tiburon)
MLB 11: The Show (SCE San Diego)
NBA 2K12 (Visual Concepts)
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (Firemint)

Racing Game of the Year

Forza Motorsport 4 (Turn 10 Studios)
Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo)
Real Racing 2 HD (Firemint)

Fighting Game of the Year

Fight Night Champion (EA Canada)
King of Fighters XIII (SNK Playmore)
Mortal Kombat (NetherRealm Studios)
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Capcom)

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Iron Brigade (Double Fine)
Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment)
Total War: Shogun 2 (The Creative Assembly)
Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Signal Studios)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution (Relic Entertainment)

Family Game of the Year

Dance Central 2 (Harmonix)
Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft Paris)
Kinect Disneyland Adventure (Frontier Developments)
Little Big Planet 2 (Media Molecule)
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (Toys for Bob)

Mobile Game of the Year

Contre Jour (Chillingo)
Dead Space (EA Mobile)
Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment)
Tentacles (Press Play)
The Dark Meadow (Phosphor Games Studio)

Handheld Game of the Year

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (Capcom)
Kirby Mass Attack (Hal Laboratory)
Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo)
Professor Layton and the Last Specter (Level 5)
Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)

Adventure Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Portal 2 (Valve)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play

Battlefield 3 (DICE)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games)
Gears of War 3 (Epic Games)
Little Big Planet 2 (Media Molecule)
Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play

Battlefield 3 (DICE)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games)
Dragon Age II (BioWare Edmonton)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Action Game of the Year

Battlefield 3 (DICE)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games)
Dead Space 2 (Visceral Games)
Gears of War 3 (Epic Games)
Saints Row: The Third (Volition)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Rayman Origins (UbiArt Montpellier)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Battlefield 3 (DICE)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Rayman Origins (UbiArt Montpellier)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Crysis 2 (Crytek GmbH)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Rage (id Software)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (Toys for Bob)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Portal 2 (Valve)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

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Conor is a Marketing Manager with Big Fish, working out of the Seattle office. In his spare time he enjoys watching science documentaries and playing old school adventure games. Get in touch with him on Twitter! or Google+