Finalists announced for Interactive Achievement Awards

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Finalists announced for Interactive Achievement Awards
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The finalists have been announced for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs), which is essentially the Oscars of the gaming industry. There are 26 categories in total ranging from the expected Game of the Year and individual genres to categories such as Outstanding Achievement in Online Play, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering. As part of these awards, more than a hundred titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has picked up twelve nominations. Valve’s Portal 2 picked up ten nominations, while L.A. Noire received nine nominations. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 9th at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas during the 2012 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit. They will be hosted by comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr. This year’s IAAs will be streamed live on GameSpot.com in its entirety at 7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET.

President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences praised the industry for its work and produce over the past year. He said that “these games exemplify the highest standard of excellence and quality, from the breathtaking cinematics, to the bold storytelling and the innovative technology.”

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
L.A. Noire
LittleBigPlanet
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
InFamous 2
Portal 2

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
L.A. Noire
Need For Speed: The Run
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Bastion
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Outstanding Character Performance
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Adam Jensen)
L.A. Noire (Cole Phelps)
Portal 2 (Wheatley)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Nathan Drake)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Victor Sullivan)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Bastion
Drawn: Trail of Shadows
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Ms. Splosion Man
Orcs Must Die!

Casual Game of the Year
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Tiny Wings
Jetpack Joyride
Monsters Ate My Condo
Where's My Water?

Social Networking Game of the Year
Army Attack
CastleVille
Gardens of Time
The Sims Social
Triple Town

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dark Souls
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Star Wars: The Old Republic
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Bastion
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 12
Madden NFL 12
MLB 11 The Show
NBA 2K12
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 4
Mario Kart 7
Real Racing 2 HD

Fighting Game of the Year
Fight Night Champion
King of Fighters XIII
Mortal Kombat
Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Iron Brigade
Orcs Must Die!
Total War: Shogun II
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Family Game of the Year
Dance Central 2
Just Dance 3
Kinect Disneyland Adventure
LittleBigPlanet 2
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

Mobile Game of the Year
Contre Jour
Dead Space
Infinity Blade II
Tentacles
The Dark Meadow

Handheld Game of the Year
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Kirby Mass Attack
Mario Kart 7
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Super Mario 3D Land

Adventure Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Gears of War 3
LittleBigPlanet 2
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Dragon Age II
Portal 2
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Dead Space 2
Gears of War 3
Saints Row: The Third

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
Rayman Origins
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Batman: Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Portal 2
Rayman Origins
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Battlefield 3
Crysis 2
L.A. Noire
RAGE
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Batman: Arkham City
Portal 2
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake's Decep


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