Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and Portal 2 all took awards home at the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, held by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in Las Vegas. Noone could compete with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which took Game of the Year in a total of five awards, but it was stilla good showing for the first person shooter genre.
Portal 2 took Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, beating Uncharted 3, LA Noire, LittleBigPlanet 2 and InFamous 2.
Portal 2 also won in Outstanding Character Performance, with Wheatley beating Uncharted 3 dueo Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan, Cole Phelps from LA Noire, and Adam Jensen of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. And finally, Portal 2 also took Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity over Battlefield 3, CoD: MW3, Dragon Age 2 and Uncharted 3.
Battlefield 3 won the Outstanding Achivement in Sound Design, beating FPS rival Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, L.A Noise, Need for Speed: The Run and Uncharted 3.
And Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 did take the win in Action Game of the Year, against Battlefield 3, Dead Space 2, Gears of War 3 and Saints Row: The Third.
Portal 2 was awarded the Ultimate Game of the Year in association with Alienware at the annual Gamesmaster Golden Joystick awards on Friday, picking up the top accolade in the 29th year of the awards.
In addition to the award for Valve’s first person puzzle game, Call of Duty: Black Ops picked up the Shooter Game of the Year in association with Turtle Beach.
The awards came from voting by the general public, with over 2.06 million votes cast, which is a new Guiness World Record for a gaming awards.
It’s been a big year for FPS shooting games, and that’s reflected in the 2011 Gamesmaster Golden Joystick Award shortlist, with several of the nominees in the Best Shooter category also having a good chance of potentially claiming the Ultimate Game of the Year in the world’s longest-running videgame awards.
The shortlist for your votes in the Best Shooter category are:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Crysis 2
- Dead Space
- Goldeneye 007
- Halo Reach
- Killzone 3
- Medal of Honor
- Red Faction Armageddon
If we had to try and predict the winner, seeing as it’s entirely based on user votes, we’d probably go for Black Ops due to the record-breaking number of sales, and continued success of the series, but there are a few titles that could cause an upset (Crysis 2, Halo Reach, Killzone 3 for example, although platform exclusives are at a big disadvantage).
The Ultimate Game of the Year also includes several shooters:
- Call of Duty Black Ops
- Fallout New Vegas (Also in the RPG category)
- Killzone 3
- Portal 2 (Which is also in the Best Action/Adventure category)
In the Mobile Gaming category, N.O.V.A 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance is a possible FPS winner.
And finally, there’s the One to Watch category with:
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Battlefield 3
- Bioshock Infinite
- Farcry 3
- Halo 4
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
That’s a lot of voting to get done, so you better start now! About the only big release not getting a mention is Duke Nukem Forever, which despite reasonable sales has had a very mixed reception.
Call of Duty: Black Ops has received two nominations in the prestigious 11th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, including becoming a finalist for the Game of the Year title.
It’s up against four top titles to be crowned Game of the Year, which pits it against Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego), Mass Effect 2 (BioWare), Limbo (Playdead) and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal). The Treyarch developed CoD is also in the running for the Best Visual Arts category, again fighting with Limbo, Assassin’s Creed: Bortherood and Red Dead Redemption, who are joined by God of War III (SCE Santa Monica).
The winners will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards show on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Moscona Convention Center, during the 2011 Game Developers Conference in San Diego.
The other FPS games in contention for awards are:
Halo: Reach (Bungie) and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DICE) who are in the Best Audio category (against Limbo, Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2).
Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian) for Best Writing – against Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2 and Costume Quest.