'Dishonored' Big Winner at Gamescom Awards
COLOGNE, Germany - Dishonored - The Mask of Anger, the fantasy assassination video game from Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios, is the big winner of this year's Gamescom Awards, taking three trophies including the top "Best of Gamescom" honor for titles showing at Europe's largest gaming conference this year.
The game, in which players take the role of supernatural assassin Corvo, also won in the categories Best Console Game for both the PS3 and XBox360 platforms.
"With ‘Dishonored,' Arkane and Bethesda have created a wonderful, distorted world. Fantastic graphics join with a great deal of freedom in solving the game. The tools that players have at their disposal make this game something special, while the combination of action and supernatural forces makes it a completely new action adventure," the international jury of video game journalists said in a statement explaining their decision.
In addition to its cutting-edge graphics, Dishonored features some top-end voice talent, including Susan Sarandon, John Slattery, Carrie Fisher, Michael Madsen and Lena Hendey.
Raymond Legends, the family-friendly title from French studio Ubisoft, won for Best Family Game as well as Best Console Game for Wii.
Sony Computer Entertainment picked up prizes for LittleBigPlanet, which won Best Mobile Game and Wonderbook: The Book of Spells, which took the Best Hardware honor.
Activision Blizzard's blockbuster title Call of Duty: Black Ops II, arguably the most hotly anticipated game of the year, won for Best Online Multiplayer Game while the prize for Best PC Game went to Electronic Arts for SimCity.
Warface from Crytec won for Best Social/Casual/Online Game.
Twenty video game journalists and experts from around the world, including THR's John Gaudiosi, voted for the winners of the 2012 gamescom awards.
Some 275,000 people attended this year's gamescom, which ran August 15-19 in Cologne.