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'Fallout 4' is the DICE Awards game of the year

'Ori' and 'The Witcher 3' also win big.
Aaron Souppouris, @AaronIsSocial
February 19, 2016
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Bethesda's Fallout 4 has taken home the top prize at the DICE Awards. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' ceremony -- now in its 19th year -- also gave the developer best RPG and game direction for Fallout 4 and best mobile game for Fallout Shelter.

Although Bethesda took home the most awards, there was plenty of love for small-budget games as well. The Microsoft-exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest took home three awards for music, animation and art direction. Rocket League beat out heavy hitters like FIFA 2016 and NBA 2K16 to take home best sports game, and was also the winner of the Sprite award, which honors games with a low budget and big impact. Other big winners include CD Projekt Red, whose The Witcher 3 topped three categories -- sound design, story, and technical achievement -- tying with Ori and Fallout 4 for most-awarded game of the night.

In addition to awarding individual games, The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences also awarded individuals for their contributions to the industry. Nintendo's late president Saturo Iwata was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was accepted by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was inducted into the academy's hall of fame.

Here's the full list of awards:

Game of the Year(s)

  • Game of the Year: Fallout 4
  • Action: Star Wars Battlefront
  • Adventure: Metal Gear Solid 5
  • Fighting: Mortal Kombat
  • Family: Super Mario Maker
  • Handheld: Helldivers
  • Mobile: Fallout Shelter
  • Role-Playing / Massively Multiplayer: Fallout 4
  • Strategy / Simulation: Heroes of the Storm
  • Sports: Rocket League
  • Racing: FORZA Motorsport 6

Outstanding Achievement(s)

  • Technical: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Animation: Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Art Direction: Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Character: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Lara Croft)
  • Game Design: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Game Direction: Fallout 4
  • Online Gameplay: Rocket League
  • Original Music Composition: Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Sound Design: Star Wars Battlefront
  • Story: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Technical Impact Award: Microsoft Visual Basic
  • DICE Sprite Award: Rocket League
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