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Dice Awards 2018 roundup: Breath of the Wild and Cuphead dominate

This week seen the 21st annual DICE awards, hosted by Jessica Chobot and Greg Miller. The awards come from the Academy of Interactive Science and Arts and are voted on by over 33,000 members. The awards are the academy’s method of recognizing how important video games are as an entertainment medium and technical achievement.

It should come as no surprise that Nintendo have absolutely dominated the awards. After an incredible year they have very deservedly been showered with praise. Breath of the Wild is the most commended title at this year’s event, while Snipperclips also gets a lot of love. The second biggest title at the awards is Indie darling Cuphead, championed by Microsoft on Xbox. The game’s unique design receives some well earned recognition here. Playstation’s flagship exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn also took multiple awards and had the most nominations of any game with ten, four above Breath of the Wild. Without any further ado, here is a list of the awards and the winners of each category:

Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding achievement in game design: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding achievement in game direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding achievement in animation: Cuphead

Outstanding achievement in art direction: Cuphead

Outstanding achievement in character: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Senua

Outstanding achievement in original music composition: Cuphead

Outstanding achievement in sound design: Super Mario Odyssey

Outstanding achievement in story: Horizon Zero Dawn

Outstanding technical achievement: Horizon Zero Dawn

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Action Game of the Year: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Adventure Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Family Game of the Year: Snipperclips

Fighting Game of the Year: Injustice 2

Racing Game of the Year: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Role Playing Game of the Year: Nier Automata

Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Mario x Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Immersive Reality technical achievement: Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Immersive Reality Game of the Year: Lone Echo/Echo Arena

D.I.C.E Sprite Award: Snipperclips

Handheld Game of the Year: Metroid – Samus Returns

Mobile Game of the Year: Fire Emblem Heroes

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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