Here are the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ best games of last year

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Thought the world was done  bestowing accolades on last year’s games? You thought wrong – but the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science’s awards are a little different. Instead of winners being selected by the public or the gaming media, they’re voted on and chosen by the organisation’s 20 000-strong membership, made up of developers, artists, engineers, animators, game designers et al within the industry; the peers of those nominated.

Here are the winners of the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement awards:

  • Best Original Music Composition: Portal 2
  • Best Sound Design: Battlefield 3
  • Best Story: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Best Character Performance: Wheatley
  • Best Downloadable game: Bastion
  • Best Casual Game: Fruit Ninja Kinect
  • Social Networking Game of the Year: Sims Social
  • Role-playing / MMO Game of the year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Skylanders
  • Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 12
  • Racing Game of the Year: Forza 4
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Mortal Kombat
  • Strategy / Simulation Game of the Year: Orcs Must Die
  • Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee: Tim Sweeney
  • Family Game of the Year: LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Mobile Game of the Year: Infinity Blade 2
  • Handheld Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D Land
  • Adventure Game of the Year: Batman: Arkham City
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity: Portal 2
  • Action Game of the Year: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Uncharted 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Uncharted 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Uncharted 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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I’m ok with those winners – except perhaps Skyrim receiving the Best Story award. I loved the 85 hours I spent with the game (mostly bug-free!), but its actual narrative was most certainly secondary; you carved your own, through your solitary exploration of the world. It was hardly a story-driven game. I’d go so far as to say even Mortal Kombat had a better story structure – and its narrative was beyond ludicrous. Personally? I’d probably have picked Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but mostly because it’s just not gotten the love it deserved when it comes to awards.

Any others you’d like to contend?

Last Updated: February 10, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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