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Skyrim Has A Big Night At IAAs

The 15th annual Interactive Achievement Awards have been handed out, and quite a few fantastic games picked up some hardware.

But The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim landed the big awards: Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction. Bethesda's epic, literally endless RPG also picked up Outstanding Achievement in Story (which should've gone to L.A. Noire in our eyes), Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception came home with three- Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, and and Outstanding Achievement in Animation. It lost out to Batman: Arkham City in the Adventure Game of the Year category, though. Valve's Portal 2 was another big winner, picking up awards in the Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, and Outstanding Character Performance (Wheatley) categories. We gave out the same award for the latter, by the way; it's just such an obvious choice.

We're gonna have to disagree with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as Action Game of the Year (should've been either Gears of War 3 or Battlefield 3 in our opinion), and Outstanding Innovation in Gaming should not have gone to Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. Catherine just got no love at all...

Tags: iaa, interactive achievement awards, the elder scrolls v, skyrim

2/10/2012 10:08:29 AM Ben Dutka

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 10:30:09 AM

I didn't know that people knew Skylanders exists :/

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 10:31:16 AM

Uncharted 3 should have gotten GOTY.

Sure, it's only 10 hours in length, but it is a fulfilling adventure with characters you'll find yourself caring about.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 10:58:14 AM

Im glad to see Batman win. How did Skyrim win for story? I would of chosen The Witcher 2 for rpg.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 10:59:19 AM

Skyrim is the reason why there's a games sale slump in Jan. Dont need to buy one for a while!

My kids LOVE skylanders; as an innovative gimmick - it's defintely up there.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 12:38:10 PM

I agree with pontiac... Uncharted was just such an amazing experience from beginnning to end. The walk across the desert was such an amazing part of game... Absolutely epic and when sully got shot I felt genuinely at a loss and truly disturbed, sad if you will. It definitely deserves the outstanding achievement in graphics though. Such a beautiful game...

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 12:44:51 PM

By the way, the 1.4 update for skyrim is coming out across regions.

For it to work properly you must create TWO new game saves. Here are the instructions acording to Eurogamer:

Shared Bethesda community manager Nick Breckon:
1.To ensure the fastest jump in performance after applying the patch, be sure to first create a new manual save by entering the save menu and choosing 'save game'. You should then restart your PlayStation 3 before continuing to play.
2.If you encounter strange behaviour while playing immediately following application of the patch, do not be alarmed - this is a temporary effect of Skyrim scripts correcting themselves after the update. Once this process runs its course, be sure to make a new save and restart your PlayStation 3.

I hope it helps and let us know if it worked out for you.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 1:44:54 PM

That's strange, I installed it and didn't have to do any of that... no lag whatsoever in a few hours of play. I suppose that's what's recommended, but not completely necessary unless problems persist to ensure they disappear. Glad the patch finally dropped, the lag was getting rather bad.

As for the awards, I think Skyrim definitely deserved them :) It wouldn't have been bad to have Uncharted 3 get Game of the Year though... I loved that game so much, it was great. Naughty Dog didn't get as much love this time.

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Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 4:33:11 PM

And at the Visual Effects Society awards three days ago, Diablo 3 and Gears of War 3 were the only games to win awards.

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