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'Shadow of Mordor,' 'Destiny,' lead Game Developers Choice Award noms

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Celebrating the year’s most innovative and technically dazzling work, the Game Developers Conference has revealed its nominations for the 2015 GDC Awards.

Highlighting the best games from 2014, the awards, which will be part of the Game Developers Conference in March, give credit to a number of major big-budget releases as well as games developed by much smaller teams.

Monolith Studios’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor leads the pack with five nominations, with Bungie’s Destiny and Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation following close behind with four nominations each.

A companion to the GDC Awards, the Independent Games Festival Awards were revealed earlier this week, with some games, like 80 Days and This War of Mine, being nominated in both awards shows.

In addition to the main nominations in each category, honorable mentions can be found on the GDC website, which acts as a host of additional recommendations for some of 2014’s best games.

Check out the full list of nominees below, and look for more coverage of these games and those nominated for the IGF Awards in the weeks leading up to the ceremonies, which will be held on March 4.

Game of the Year

Bayonetta 2

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Destiny

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Alien: Isolation

Innovation Award

Bounden

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

This War of Mine

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Monument Valley

Best Debut

Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight)

Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall)

The Astronauts (The Vanishing of Ethan Carter)

Stoic Studio (The Banner Saga)

Upper One Games (Never Alone)

Best Design

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shovel Knight

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Threes!

Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Hearthstone

80 Days

Monument Valley

Best Visual Art

Monument Valley

Hohokum

Child of Light

Bayonetta 2

Alien: Isolation

Best Narrative

80 Days

This War of Mine

Kentucky Route Zero: Episode 3

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Best Audio

Alien: Isolation

Hohokum

Destiny

Transistor

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Best Technology

Destiny

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Elite: Dangerous

Far Cry 4