It Takes Two gets crowned Game of the Year at the DICE Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ 25th annual DICE Awards took place yesterday, and among the big winners were Hazelight’s It Takes Two and current man-of-the-gaming-moment Phil Spencer, who received a lifetime achievement award. In case you’re curious, DICE stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain.

There are quite a lot of awards: I’ll put the full list below, but the biggies are probably It Takes Two scooping both Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design. Deathloop received Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, which sounds rather similar to the latter, while Halo Infinite bagged both Action and Online Game of the Year. Age of Empires 4 scored the best strategy/simulation title, while Forza Horizon 5 got Racing Game of the Year. There was a bit of love for Unpacking, too, which received the Outstanding Achievement for an Indie Game award.

  • Game of the Year—It Takes Two (Hazelight)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design—It Takes Two (Hazelight)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction—Deathloop (Arkane Studios)
  • Action Game of the Year—Halo Infinite (343 Industries)
  • Online Game of the Year—Halo Infinite (343 Industries)
  • Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game—Unpacking (Witch Beam)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation—Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction—Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement—Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)
  • Family Game of the Year—Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition—Returnal (Housemarque)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design—Returnal (Housemarque)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story—Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Square Enix)
  • Adventure Game of the Year—Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Square Enix)
  • Fighting Game of the Year—Guilty Gear Strive (Arc System Works)
  • Racing Game of the Year—Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games)
  • Role-Playing Game of the Year—Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Square Enix)
  • Sports Game of the Year—Mario Golf: Super Rush (Camelot/Nintendo)
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year—Age of Empires IV (World’s Edge/Microsoft)
  • Immersive Reality Technical Achievement—Lone Echo II (Ready at Dawn)
  • Immersive Reality Game of the Year—Lone Echo II (Ready at Dawn)
  • Mobile Game of the Year—Pokemon Unite (TiMi Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character—Resident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu

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