2013 Canadian Videogame Awards Vancouver Finalists

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A list of over 100 nominations for Canadian made games has been boiled down to the top 25 of 2012. The list is impressive. On April 20, 2013, Canadian developers will converge upon the Vancouver Convention Center to see who will return to their studio with prize in hand.

For a second year, the award show will be held in conjunction with Fan Expo 2013 and it will be televised across Canada shortly after. Another similarity to last year is that the host will be an industry icon. Elias Toufexes has been in many hit games like Assassins Creed, the Splinter Cell series and he was most notably last year’s CVA Best New Character as Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

This year’s list of finalists is star studded. Vancouver’s own United Front Games was nominated in 12 categories for their open-world, Hong Kong based, action adventure game – Sleeping Dogs. They are finalists in 5 major categories including Best Console Game, Best New Character, Best Animation, Best Writing and Best Original Music. Vancouverites should be proud of our dev scene as three of five finalists for the Best Technology are from local companies, which include Piranha Games for Mechwarrior Online, Radical Entertainment for Prototype 2, and EA Sports for SSX!

Here is a partial list of CVA Finalists. I’ve highlighted the Vancouver studios, but if you’d like to see the full list please visit www.canadianvideogameawards.com/

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
  • Papo & Yo (Minority Media/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Console Game

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
  • FIFA Soccer 13 (EA Sports)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix Ltd.)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Incredipede (Northway Games)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft)
  • MechWarrior Online (Piranha Games/Infinite Games Publishing)
  • Shank 2 (Klei Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Waveform (Eden Industries)

Best Animation

  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft)
  • Prototype 2 (Radical Entertainment/Activision)
  • Shank 2 (Klei Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix Ltd.)

Best New Character

  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft) – Vaas
  • Nun Attack (Frima Studio) – The Nun Squad!
  • Papo & Yo (Minority Media/Sony Computer Entertainment) – Quico
  • Prototype 2 (Radical Entertainment/Activision) – James Heller
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix Ltd.) – Wei Shen

Best Original Music

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal) – Main Theme Song
  • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/Electronic Arts) – Leaving Earth
  • Papo & Yo (Minority Media/Sony Computer Entertainment) – Liberation
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix Ltd.) – Sleeping Dogs Score
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment) – Cities

Best Technology

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft)
  • MechWarrior Online (Piranha Games/Infinite Games Publishing)
  • Prototype 2 (Radical Entertainment/Activision)
  • SSX  (EA Sports)

Best Writing

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix Ltd.)

 

Future Shop Fans’ Choice Award

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman Arkham City Armored Edition (WB Games Montreal)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft)
  • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/Electronic Arts)
  • Papo & Yo (Minority Media/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Prototype 2 (Radical Entertainment/Activision)
  • Sleeping Dogs (United Front Games/Square Enix Ltd.)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Waveform (Eden Industries)

“We’re looking forward to another action-packed Canadian Videogame Awards in the home city where Future Shop started,” said Elliott Chun, Communications Manager, Future Shop. “The award nominees list is impressive, especially the 10 in the Future Shop Fans’ Choice Award. All these titles are strong sellers for us in-store and on Futureshop.ca, but we’ll let our customers and fans vote for their favourite.”

Tickets are available for the public here  http://www.canadianvideogameawards.com/ where you’ll also find more event details and the complete list of Finalists. Be a part of the Canadian Videogame Awards by casting your vote for the 2013 Future Shop Fans’ Choice Award here www.canadianvideogameawards.com/game-of-the-year/.

I’ll be live-tweeting at the event so that you can get in on the behind the scenes action!

@LorenzoKayo

 

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