2009 Interactive Achievement Award Finalists Announced

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 21, 2010 7:20pm PST The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the extensive list of finalists for its 13th annual Interactive Achievement Awards.

Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves leads the pack with fifteen nominations, followed by Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal) with ten. Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 snagged nine nods, with Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Asylym grabbing eight. All of the nominations were were chosen by "industry leaders and members of the interactive entertainment software creative community."


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Assassin's Creed 2.
The awards also gain three new categories this year: Portable Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Social Networking Game of the Year. Actor Jay Mohr will host the event for the fifth year in a row.

All of this year's winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the 2010 D.I.C.E. Summit on February 18th. You can check out the massive list of nominees below.

    Overall Game of the Year
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Dragon Age: Origins / Electronic Arts / BioWare
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
    • Demon's Souls / Atlus / From Software
    • FarmVille / Zynga / Zynga
    • Flower / Sony Computer Entertainment America / thatgamecompany
    • Scribblenauts / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / 5th Cell Media
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Nintendo / Alphadream
    • Plants vs. Zombies / PopCap Games / PopCap Games
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Brutal Legend / Electronic Arts / Double Fine Productions
    • Flower / Sony Computer Entertainment America / thatgamecompany
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Adventure Game of the Year
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Nintendo
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Insomniac Games
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • Borderlands / 2K Games / Gearbox Software
    • Champions Online / Atari / Cryptic Studios
    • Demon's Souls / Atlus / From Software
    • Dragon Age: Origins / Electronic Arts / BioWare
    • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Nintendo / Alphadream
    Sports Game of the Year
    • FIFA Soccer 10 / Electronic Arts / EA Canada
    • MLB 09: The Show / Sony Computer Entertainment America / SCE San Diego
    • NBA 2K10 / 2K Sports / Visual Concepts
    • NHL 10 / Electronic Arts / EA Canada
    • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) / Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon
    Racing Game of the Year
    • DiRT 2 / Codemasters / Codemasters
    • Forza Motorsport 3 / Microsoft Game Studios / Turn 10 Studios
    • Need for Speed SHIFT / Electronic Arts / Slightly Mad Studios
    Fighting Game of the Year
    • Fight Night Round 4 / Electronic Arts / EA Canada
    • Punch-Out!! / Nintendo / Nintendo
    • Street Fighter IV / Capcom / Capcom
    • Tekken 6 / Namco Bandai Games / Namco Bandai
    • UFC 2009 Undisputed / THQ / THQ Fighting Group/Yuke's Osaka
    Action Game of the Year
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Left 4 Dead 2 / Valve Software / Valve Software
    • Prototype / Activision / Radical Entertainment
    • Red Faction: Guerrilla / THQ / Volition
    • Shadow Complex / Microsoft Game Studios / Chair Entertainment
    Portable Game of the Year
    • LittleBigPlanet / Sony Computer Entertainment America / SCE Cambridge Studio
    • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Nintendo / Alphadream
    • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box / Nintendo / Level-5
    • Scribblenauts / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / 5th Cell Media
    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks / Nintendo / Nintendo
    Family Game of the Year
    • Guitar Hero 5 / Activision / Neversoft
    • LEGO Rock Band / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment/MTV Games / TT Games/Harmonix Music Systems
    • The Beatles: Rock Band / MTV Games / Harmonix Music Systems
    • Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Nintendo
    • Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Nintendo
    Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
    • Brutal Legend / Electronic Arts / Double Fine Productions
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon / Nintendo / Intelligent Systems
    • Halo Wars / Microsoft Game Studios / Ensemble Studios/Robot Entertainment
    • The Sims 3 / Electronic Arts / The Sims Studio
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 / THQ / Relic Entertainment
    Casual Game of the Year
    • Drawn: The Painted Tower / Big Fish Games / Big Fish Games
    • Flower / Sony Computer Entertainment America / thatgamecompany
    • Flight Control / Firemint / Firemint
    • Plants vs. Zombies / PopCap Games / PopCap Games
    • Scribblenauts / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / 5th Cell Media
    Social Networking Game of the Year
    • Bejeweled Blitz / PopCap Games / PopCap Games
    • Farm Town / Codebell / Codebell
    • FarmVille / Zynga / Zynga
    • Restaurant City / Electronic Arts/Playfish / Playfish
    Outstanding Achievement in Portable Game Design
    • Henry Hatsworth / Electronic Arts / EA Casual Studios
    • LittleBigPlanet / Sony Computer Entertainment America / SCE Cambridge Studio
    • LocoRoco 2 / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Sony Computer Entertainment International
    • Patapon 2 / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Sony Computer Entertainment International
    • Scribblenauts / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / 5th Cell Media
    Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
    • Borderlands / 2K Games / Gearbox Software
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • FarmVille / Zynga / Zynga
    • Left 4 Dead 2 / Valve Software / Valve Software
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Animation
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Insomniac Games
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Machinarium / Amanita Design / Amanita Design
    • Resident Evil 5 / Capcom / Capcom
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Killzone 2 / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Guerrilla Games
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Insomniac Games
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Forza Motorsport 3 / Microsoft Game Studios / Turn 10 Studios
    • Left 4 Dead 2 / Valve Software / Valve Software
    • New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Nintendo
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Character Performance
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum - Joker / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Brutal Legend - Eddie Riggs / Electronic Arts / Double Fine Productions
    • Resident Evil 5 - Sheva Alomar / Capcom / Capcom
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Chloe Frazier / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Nathan Drake / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Adapted Story
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Ghostbusters: The Video Game / Atari / Terminal Reality
    • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 / Activision / Vicarious Visions
    Outstanding Achievement in Original Story
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Brutal Legend / Electronic Arts / Double Fine Productions
    • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box / Nintendo / Level-5
    • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Insomniac Games
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Batman: Arkham Asylum / Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Flower / Sony Computer Entertainment America / thatgamecompany
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog
    Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
    • Brutal Legend / Electronic Arts / Double Fine Productions
    • DJ Hero / Activision / FreeStyleGames
    • Skate 2 / Electronic Arts / EA Black Box
    • The Beatles: Rock Band / MTV Games / Harmonix Music Systems
    Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
    • Assassin's Creed II / Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / Activision / Infinity Ward
    • Flower / Sony Computer Entertainment America / thatgamecompany
    • Skate 2 / Electronic Arts / EA Black Box
    • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony Computer Entertainment America / Naughty Dog

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