Uncharted 3 sweeps AIAS 2011 award nominees

The past month or so has been crammed with Top 10 lists and “Best of year” categories, but we’re not out of the woods just yet. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has just announced the finalists for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards – and if Nathan Drake goes home empty-handed, something’s gone wrong somewhere.

Drake – specifically, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception from Sony – is up for a whopping twelve awards, including Game of the Year.

Valve‘s action-puzzler Portal 2 has received 10 nominations, while L.A. Noire took home nine for Rockstar, and six nominations went to Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Other noteworthy nominees: Australia’s Halfbrick Studios for snagging not one, but two Casual Game of the Year noms, and Firemint for their Real Racing 2 HD Racing Game of the Year nomination. Congratulations, guys!

[img_big]center,8322,2011-08-28/jetpackjoyridescreen_04.jpg,Jetpack Joyride, by Halfbrick[/img_big]

Here’s a list of nominees for your perusal:
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Dead Space 2
Gears of War 3
Saints Row: The Third

Adventure Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dark Souls
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Star Wars: The Old Republic
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Mobile Game of the Year
Contre Jour
Dead Space
Infinity Blade II
The Dark Meadow

Handheld Game of the Year
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Kirby Mass Attack
Mario Kart 7
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Super Mario 3D Land

Downloadable Game of the Year
Drawn: Trail of Shadows
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Ms. Splosion Man
Orcs Must Die!

Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

[img_big]center,7236,2011-11-01/airport_night_drake_elena.png,Uncharted 3[/img_big]

The awards themselves will be held in Las Vegas on February 9th, as part of the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain). Just like last year, it’ll be hosted by the delightful Jay Mohr – but don’t let that discourage you. It’s one of the industry’s best awards nights and traditionally has some pretty awesome speeches, to boot.

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