17th Annual DICE Awards nominations led by The Last of Us

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 17th Annual DICE Awards today, to be held during the annual DICE Summit in Las Vegas on Feb. 6.

Topping the list is Naughty Dog's The Last of Us with 13 nominations, including votes for performances by both Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson as Joel and Ellie. Grand Theft Auto 5 received seven nominations while BioShock Infinite received six. Media Molecule's Tearaway and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag both received five.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Last of Us along with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds are up for game of the year. Last year, the coveted game of the year award went to thatgamecompany's Journey.

The entire list contains 24 categories including the new Online Game of the Year award, which recognizes titles launched outside of the current calendar and aims to commemorate the "constantly evolving experiences persistent online titles provide." This year's ceremony, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET will be livestreamed by DICE.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Beyond: Two Souls
BioShock Infinite
Puppeteer
rain
Rayman Legends

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield 4
BioShock Infinite
God of War: Ascension
Grand Theft Auto 5
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Beyond: Two Souls
BioShock Infinite
The Last of Us
The Novelist
Tomb Raider

Outstanding Character Performance
Grand Theft Auto 5 — Trevor
Ryse — Marius Titus
The Last of Us — Ellie
The Last of Us — Joel
The Stanley Parable — Narrator

Downloadable Game of the Year
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Gone Home
Papers, Please
The Stanley Parable

Casual Game of the Year
Candy Box
Peggle 2
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Rayman Fiesta Run
Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Diablo 3
Dota 2
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Pokémon X and Y

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Grand Theft Auto 5
Papers, Please
Tearaway
The Last of Us
The Stanley Parable

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 14
Madden NFL 25
MLB 13 The Show
NBA 2K14
NHL 14

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 5
Gran Turismo 6
Grid 2
Need for Speed Rivals
Real Racing 3

Fighting Game of the Year
Divekick
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Killer Instinct

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Europa Universalis 4
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Sid Meier's Civilization 5: Brave New World
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
XCOM: Enemy Within

Family Game of the Year
Disney Infinity
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Rayman Legends
Skylanders Swap Force
Super Mario 3D World

Mobile Game of the Year
Fetch
Flick Kick Football Legends
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption
The Wolf Among Us

Handheld Game of the Year
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Pokémon X and Y 
Tearaway
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Adventure Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Tearaway
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Tomb Raider

Online Game of the Year
Battlefield 4
Borderlands 2
Diablo 3
The Last of Us
World of Tanks

Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 4
BioShock Infinite
Dead Rising 3
DmC: Devil May Cry
Resogun

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Beyond: Two Souls
Puppeteer
Rayman Legends
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
BioShock Infinite
Puppeteer
Rayman Legends
Tearaway
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Grand Theft Auto 5
Ryse
The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
Forza Motorsport 5
Grand Theft Auto 5
Super Mario 3D World
The Last of Us


Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons
Grand Theft Auto 5
Papers, Please
Tearaway
The Last of Us

Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
BioShock Infinite
Grand Theft Auto 5
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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