12th Annual NAVGTR Award Nominations Announced

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The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR ), has announced today the 12th Annual 2012 NAVGTR Award nominations. The winners will be announced on March 24, 2013 right after PAX East. This year, there are 53 categories where a panel of 918 video game trade voters determined the nominees through a ranking system.

Coming out on the top spot, taking away the most nominations was Far Cry 3 with Max Payne 3 and Mass Effect 3 right behind. Assassin’s Creed III, The Walking Dead, and Journey round out the other top contenders.

In addition to the regular categories, special recognition will be given to Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky who will receive honorary awards for their gaming industry documentary film, “Indie Game: The Movie.”

You can view the full and considerably lengthy list of nominees below. Which games do you want to come out on top?:
GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Borderlands 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Journey
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Torchlight II
  • The Walking Dead

ANIMATION

  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Karateka
  • Max Payne 3

ANIMATION, INTERACTIVE

  • Journey
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Shank 2
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

ART DIRECTION, PERIOD

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Dishonored
  • Dragon’s Dogma
  • Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai

ART DIRECTION, FANTASY

  • Botanicula
  • The Bridge
  • Darksiders II
  • Dokuro
  • Fez

ART DIRECTION, CONTEMPORARY

  • The Darkness II
  • Far Cry 3
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  • The Unfinished Swan

CAMERA DIRECTION IN A GAME ENGINE

  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Max Payne 3
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • The Walking Dead
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

CHARACTER DESIGN

  • Darksiders II
  • Dishonored
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Skullgirls
  • The Walking Dead

CONTROL DESIGN, 2D OR LIMITED 3D

  • Escape Plan
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Soul Calibur V
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

CONTROL DESIGN, 3D

  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
  • Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers
  • ZombiU

CONTROL PRECISION

  • Borderlands 2
  • Fez
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Wipeout 2048

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • WWE 13

DIRECTION IN A GAME CINEMA

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Far Cry 3
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Resident Evil 6

GAME DESIGN, NEW IP

  • Dishonored
  • Dokuro
  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Sound Shapes
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

GAME DESIGN, FRANCHISE

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Far Cry 3
  • Mass Effect 3
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • XCOM: Enemy Unkown
  • Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

GAME ENGINEERING

  • Crush 3D
  • Dragon’s Dogma
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Spelunky
  • Trials Evolution
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL

  • Far Cry 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Spec Ops: The Line

INNOVATION IN GAME TECHNOLOGY

  • Gaikai
  • Gameglobe
  • Google Native Client NaCl
  • Sphero
  • Symphony

LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY

  • John de Lancie as “Prof. Fitz Quadwrangle,” Quantum Conundrum
  • David Eddings as “Claptrap,” Borderlands 2

LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA

  • Dave Fennoy as “Lee Everett,” The Walking Dead
  • Will Yun Lee as “Wei Shen,” Sleeping Dogs
  • Michael Mando as “Vaas,” Far Cry 3
  • Mackenzie Mason as “Cortana,” Halo 4
  • James McCaffrey as “Max Payne,” Max Payne 3
  • Matthew Porretta as “Alan Wake,” Alan Wake’s American Nightmare”

LIGHTING/TEXTURING

  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Dear Esther
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Hitman: Absolution

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, NEW IP

  • Botanicula
  • Dyad
  • Escape Plan
  • Fez
  • Papa & Yo
  • Spelunky

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, FRANCHISE

  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Touch My Katamari
  • Wipeout 2048

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, NEW IP

  • Dear Esther
  • Journey
  • The Last Story
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Sleeping Dogs

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, FRANCHISE

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Karateka
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

ORIGINAL/ADAPTED SONG

  • “9 Circulos,” Max Payne 3
  • “Help Me Help You,” Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • “I Was Born for This,” Journey
  • “Love,” NeverDead
  • “Love Psalm,” Silent Hill: Book of Memories
  • “Nino Precioso,” Call of Duty: Black Ops II

SONG COLLECTION

  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Forza Horizon
  • Little Big Planet PS Vita
  • Lollipop Chainsaw
  • Lumines Electronic Symphony
  • Max Payne 3
  • Sleeping Dogs

SOUND EDITING IN A GAME CINEMA

  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Starhawk
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss

SOUND EFFECTS

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Sine Mora
  • Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

SUPPORTING PEFORMANCE IN A COMEDY

  • Steven Blum as “Ra’s, Penguin, Bane, Alfred,” Lego Batman 2: DCSH
  • Dameon Clarke as “Handsome Jack,” Borderlands 2
  • Rob Paulsen as “Riddler,” Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Danny Wallace as “Narrator,” Thomas Was Alone
  • Frank Welker as “Oswald,” Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA

  • Nigel Carrington as “Narrator,” Dear Esther
  • Jenna-Louise Coleman as “Melia,” Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Rosario Dawson as “Lily Drawl,” Syndicate
  • Melissa Hutchison as “Clementine,” The Walking Dead
  • Matthew Porretta as “Mr. Scratch,” Alan Wake’s American Nightmare”
  • Blake Ritson as “Lord Jirall,” The Last Story

USE OF SOUND, NEW IP

  • Journey
  • The Last Story
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Sound Shapes
  • The Walking Dead

USE OF SOUND, FRANCHISE

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss

WRITING IN A COMEDY

  • Abobo’s Big Adventure
  • Borderlands 2
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • WWE 13

WRITING IN A DRAMA

  • The Darkness II
  • Far Cry 3
  • The Last Story
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Walking Dead

GAME, CLASSIC REVIVAL

  • Jet Set Radio HD
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Shater HD

GAME, MUSIC OR PERFORMANCE

  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Dance Central 3
  • Rock Band Blitz

GAME ORIGINAL ACTION

  • Dishonored
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Fez
  • Hybrid
  • I Am Alive
  • Spelunky

GAME, ORIGINAL ADVENTURE

  • Botanicula
  • Closure
  • Dear Esther
  • The Dream Machine
  • Resonance
  • The Walking Dead

GAME, ORIGINAL CHILDREN’S

  • Amazing Alex
  • Dokuro
  • Double Fine Happy Action Theater
  • Gets to the Exit

GAME, ORIGINAL FIGHTING

  • Awesomenauts
  • Skullgirls

GAME, ORIGINAL RACING

  • Road Warrior: Multiplayer Racing
  • Ski Safari
  • Slingshot Racing
  • Subway Surfers

GAME, ORIGINAL ROLE PLAYING

  • Dragon’s Dogma
  • The Last Story
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

GAME, ORIGINAL SPORTS
no nominations

GAME, FRANCHISE ACTION

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Far Cry 3
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Max Payne 3
  • Prototype 2
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

GAME, FRANCHISE ADVENTURE

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

GAME, FRANCHISE CHILDREN’S

  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star

GAME, FRANCHISE FIGHTING

  • Karateka
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • UFC Undisputed 3
  • WWE 13

GAME, FRANCHISE RACING

  • Dirt Showdown
  • F1 Online: The Game
  • Forza Horizon
  • Little Big Planet Karting
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Trials Evolution

GAME, FRANCHISE ROLE PLAYING

  • Diablo III
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Torchlight II

GAME, FRANCHISE SPORTS

  • FIFA 13
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Mario Tennis Open
  • NHL 13
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  • SSX

GAME, SIMULATION

  • Cart Life
  • Tropico 4

GAME, SPECIAL CLASS

  • Crush 3D
  • Cubemen
  • Dyad
  • Journey
  • Lumines Electronic Symphony
  • Sound Shapes

GAME, STRATEGY

  • King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame
  • Orcs Must Die 2
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
  • Total War Battles
  • Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

HONORARY AWARD

  • Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky, “Indie Game: The Movie”

NOMINATION TOTALS

  • 12 Far Cry 3
  • 10 Max Payne 3
  • 10 Mass Effect 3
  • 09 Assassin’s Creed III
  • 08 The Walking Dead
  • 08 Journey
  • 06 Resident Evil 6
  • 06 Borderlands 2
  • 05 XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • 05 The Last Story
  • 05 Mark of the Ninja
  • 05 Halo 4
  • 05 Fez
  • 04 Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  • 04 Street Fighter X Tekken
  • 04 Spec Ops: The Line
  • 04 Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • 04 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • 04 Dishonored
  • 04 Dear Esther
  • 04 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • 04 Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • 03 Xenoblade Chronicles
  • 03 WWE 13
  • 03 Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • 03 Spelunky
  • 03 Sound Shapes
  • 03 Sleeping Dogs
  • 03 New Super Mario Bros. U
  • 03 Karateka
  • 03 Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • 03 Dragon’s Dogma
  • 03 Dokuro
  • 03 Botanicula

[via: NAVGTR]

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