Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor snags 8 DICE awards, Dragon Age named year’s best

While Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor won eight of the nine awards it was up for at tonight’s 18th annual DICE awards, it was Dragon Age: Inquisition that was named game of the year.

The announcement, the last award handed out of the evening, drew a gasp of surprise from the audience before thunderous applause.

The Dragon Age developers who took to the stage to accept the award joked about the Shadow of Mordor team needing a Fitbit, before saying the award for game of the year was incredibly humbling. Dragon Age: Inquisition also was named the best role-playing, massively multiplayer game of the year.

The evening’s awards were hosted by comedian and podcaster Pete Holmes and included a Technical Impact award for Apple and pioneer awards for Ralph Baer and Al Alcorn.

You can find the full list of winners below.

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