Skyrim takes top honors at this year’s GDC, Portal 2 bags big as well

The winners of the annual Game Developers Choice awards have finally been announced at GDC, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes home the much coveted “Game of the Year” title.

Portal 2 received the most awards, managing to grab  the “Best Narrative”, “Best Game Design”, and “Best Audio”. This year also saw several breakthroughs in the visuals department, with two titles in particular delivering graphics years ahead of its time. Both Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 are extremely impressive titles, but DICE’s Frostbite 2.0 engine edges out forward and picks up the “Best Technology” award.

Here’s the full list of nominees and winners:

Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal)
  • Dark Souls (FromSoftware)

Best Narrative

  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • The Witcher 2 (CD Projekt RED)
  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
  • Saints Row: The Third (Volition)

Best Game Design

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • Dark Souls (FromSoftware)

Best Technology

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
  • Crysis 2 (Crytek Frankfurt/UK)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Visual Arts

  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
  • Rayman Origins (Ubisoft Montpellier)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition Japan)
  • Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Debut

  • Supergiant Games (Bastion)
  • Team Bondi (L.A. Noire)
  • Re-Logic (Terraria)
  • Bioware Austin (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
  • Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

Innovation Award

  • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Toys For Bob)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Tiny Tower (NimbleBit)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)
  • Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick)
  • Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment)
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

Best Audio

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Dead Space 2 (Visceral Games)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Stacking (Double Fine)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier)
  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Outland (Housemarque)
  • Frozen Synapse (Mode 7)