Shadow of Mordor Wins Game Developers Choice Awards 2015

Shadow of Mordor Wins Game Developers Choice Awards 2015

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has won Game of the Year at the 15th annual Game Developers Chocice Awards, which were held last night with veteran game designer Tim Schafer as host.

In winning Game of the Year, Shadow of Mordor beat out Bayonetta 2, Destiny, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Alien: Isolation. 

The MC Escher-esque puzzle game Monument Valley took home the most awards on the night, winning the Innovation Award, Best Visual Art, and Best Mobile / Handheld Game. Elite creator David Braben won the Pioneer Award, while his latest game Elite: Dangerous won the Audience Award. Longtime game designer Brenda Romero won the Ambassador Award, which recognizes those whose actions have helped video games to “advance to a better place,” and as previously announced, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi took home the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Game Developers Choice Awards are voted on by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), an invitation-only group made up of leading creators from all parts of the game industry. Here are all the winners; where applicable nominees are listed as well, with the winner in bold:

Game of the Year

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Innovation Award

  • Bounden (Game Oven)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • This War of Mine (11 bit studios)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Best Debut

  • The Astronauts (The Vanishing of Ethan Carter)
  • Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall)
  • Stoic Studio (The Banner Saga)
  • Upper One Games (Never Alone)
  • Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight)

Best Design

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo EAD Tokyo and 1-Up Studio/Nintendo)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • 80 Days (Inkle Studios)
  • Hearthstone (Blizzard)
  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS (Sora Ltd. and BANDAI NAMCO/Nintendo)
  • Threes! (Sirvo)

Best Visual Art

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Hohokum (Honeyslug and Sony Santa Monica/Sony)
  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)

Best Narrative

  • 80 Days (Inkle Studios)
  • Kentucky Route Zero: Episode 3 (Cardboard Computer)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • This War of Mine (11 bit studios)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Best Audio

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Hohokum (Honeyslug/Sony)
  • Transistor (Supergiant Games)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Best Technology

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments)
  • Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames/Bethesda)

Audience Award

  • Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments)

Pioneer Award

  • David Braben

Ambassador Award

  • Brenda Romero

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Hironobu Sakaguchi


 

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Comments Comments (3)

 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Saturday 7 Mar 2015 8:59 AM
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Although I don't disagree that Shadow of Mordor was a great game and is more than deserving of the accolade there's other games in that list that have won multiple categories but don't even feature in the GotY award category. It makes you think that they've relied on just the big games for that category when some others are looking like they should have been considered too.

In saying that though could you imagine the outcry in the gaming world if they awarded GotY to a handheld game lol.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Sunday 8 Mar 2015 9:22 PM
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Destiny was up for GotY? and no DA:Inquistion? damn thats some funky list. Glad Shadow of Mordor won though!
 
 
 
lexcalibur
Posted by lexcalibur
On Monday 9 Mar 2015 10:31 AM
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I loved Shadow of Mordor, but I think Bayonetta 2 was my favourite game of last year. It did everything so well. Having said that so did SoM...actually I'm not really a COD guy but Advanced Warfare was a lot of fun to it was an amazing complete package!