Untitled Goose Game wins Game of the Year at the DICE Awards 2020

By Heidi Nicholas,
The titular goose in Untitled Goose Game is well-known for turning up and making off with whatever goodies it can get its hands (wings?) on, but it stole the show at the 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards this year for a whole different reason: the indie sensation won three awards, including Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Character, and Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game of the Year.

Untitled Goose Game available now in Xbox Game Pass

Untitled Goose Game was a huge success. It initially released on Nintendo Switch, quickly beating out the Link's Awakening remake for the top spot on the Nintendo eShop, before arriving into Xbox Game Pass late last year. It's a mash-up of action, stealth, and sandbox elements, but the gist of it is that you're a goose on a simple mission: to ruin everyone else's day. It's a quickly-addictive premise as you waddle about stealing slippers, glasses, flowers, and anything else you can manage, while upsetting as many people as you can by tripping them up, scaring them, and basically doing everything possible to be the biggest inconvenience you can be.

Remedy Entertainment's third person shooter Control was one title which seemed to have unfairly flown under the radar at first, but it too cleaned up at the awards. It won Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Action Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, as well as being nominated for four more awards. Several more titles also did well; Apex Legends won Online Game of the Year, Disco Elysium won Outstanding Achievement in Story, and FIFA 20 won Sports Game of the Year. Mortal Kombat 11, meanwhile, made off with Fighting Game of the Year. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order won Adventure Game of the Year, with good reason; our own site review also had a lot of good things to say about EA's single-player Star Wars adventure, giving it a 4/5. The Outer Worlds won Role-Playing Game of the Year — again, our own site review had a lot of praise for Obsidian's brilliantly wacky sci-fi RPG, giving it a 4.5/5.

If you'd like to see what else did well at the DICE Awards, you can check the full list here. And, if you're yet to try DICE's Game of the Year; Untitled Goose Game can still be found on Xbox Game Pass.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!