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15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards


Honoring the Best Games of 2014


Lifetime Achievement Winner


Hironobu Sakaguchi

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career and achievements of a developer who has made an indelible impact on the craft of game development and games as a whole.

 

Pioneer Award Winner


David Braben

The Pioneer Award (formerly known as the First Penguin Award) celebrates those individuals who developed a breakthrough technology, game concept, or gameplay design at a crucial juncture video game history - paving the way for the myriads who followed them.

 

Ambassador Award Winner


Brenda Romero

The Ambassador Award honors an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art.

 

Audience Award Winner


Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments)

 

    Game of the Year


    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

    Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
    Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
    Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
    Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)


    Honorable Mentions: Titanfall, Valiant Hearts, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Super Smash Bros.
    Wii-U

 

    Innovation Award


    Monument Valley (Ustwo)

    Bounden (Game Oven)
    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)


    Honorable Mentions: Crypt Of The Necrodancer, Extrasolar, Elite: Dangerous, Elegy For A Dead World, 80 Days

 

    Best Audio


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

    Honorable Mentions: Child Of Light, Far Cry 4, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, Bayonetta 2, Crypt Of The Necrodancer

 

    Best Debut


    The Banner Saga (Stoic Studio)

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


    Honorable mentions: CounterSpy, The Long Dark, Leo's Fortune, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Crossy Road

 

    Best Design


    Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)

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


    Honorable Mentions: Mario Kart 8, Alien: Isolation, Destiny, Monument Valley, Far Cry 4

 

    Best Handheld/Mobile Game


    Monument Valley (Ustwo)

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


    Honorable Mentions: Bounden, Bravely Default Flying Fairy, Desert Golfing, Velocity 2X, Fantasy Life

 

    Best Narrative


    Kentucky Route Zero: Episode 3 (Cardboard Computer)

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


    Honorable Mentions: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Valiant Hearts, Tales From The Borderlands, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, Hatoful Boyfriend

 

    Best Technology


    Destiny (Bungie/Activision)

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


    Honorable Mentions: Assassin's Creed Unity, The Last Of Us: Remastered, Sunset Overdrive, Alien: Isolation, Infamous: Second Son

 

    Best Visual Arts


    Monument Valley (Ustwo)

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


    Honorable Mentions: Never Alone, The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, Transistor, Broken Age: Episode 1, Destiny

 

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