Spike TV’s eighth annual “Video Game Awards” was a night to remember, as industry giants gathered to celebrate the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the world of gaming over the past year. A host of gaming industry developers and other luminaries from all over the entertainment world witnessed Rockstar Games’ “Red Dead Redemption” net four awards including “Game of the Year,” “Best Song,” “Best Original Score,” and “Best DLC.”
Other multiple winners included “Mass Effect 2” which took home three prominent awards, including “Studio of the Year” for the game’s developer BioWare, “Best Xbox 360 Game” and “Best RPG,” and “God of War III” which won “Best PS3 Game” and “Best Graphics.”
A full list of winners is included below:
GAME OF THE YEAR
Thoughts: While I don’t know if this would have been my vote, I’m not totally against it as the GOTY. RDR was actually more than a game this year, it became a movement in and of itself. I mean even today people are still playing Red Dead Redemption as if had just come out. Congrats to the team at Rockstar on the win.
STUDIO OF THE YEAR
These guys not only dropped Mass Effect 2 which was a beast all by itself, but they also took the time to drop Dragon Age: Awakenings which was an expansion pack to the original Dragon Age: Origins that could have been a separate game all by itself.
BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Mass Effect 2 (Electronic Arts / BioWare)
Even though we don’t focus on Xbox 360 that much here at ZKG there is no doubt that Mass Effect 2 was epic and I just can’t wait to play both it and Mass Effect 3o on the PS3.
BEST PS3 GAME
They absolutely got this one right, people tend to forget just how great this game was because it came out so early in 2010, but this was one hell of a way to close of Kratos story. If you haven’t played it yet, do yourself a favor in thus lull at the end of 2010 and go pick it up, you won’t be disappointed we promise.
BEST Wii GAME
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo / Nintendo)
This one is really outside our lane, but all our colleagues who are in the know say that this is a more than acceptable choice so we will take their words for it.
BEST PC GAME
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard Entertainment / Blizzard Entertainment)
See previous response about Super Mario Galaxy 2.
BEST HANDHELD GAME
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready At Dawn Studios)
Kratos is awesome and even on a handheld that fact just can’t be denied.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision / Treyarch)
This could have been considered the year of the shooter, with tons of great shooters coming out this year and while games like Medal Of Honor made us stand up and think that perhaps COD is not the only shooter that matters, no one quite managed to dethrone the franchise. There were plenty of skeptics wondering if Treyarch could continue to make this franchise the standard for FPS’s after the meltdown at Infinity Ward and we were glad to see that the answer was a resounding yes.
BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
This one was completely on point, ACB came in late in the year and just blew the competition away by delivering the best installment in the history of the franchise. We can’t wait for the next Assassin’s Creed rumored to be dropping around the same next year.
Mass Effect 2 (Electronic Arts / BioWare)
There is definitely a lack of good RPG’s in general and like I said we don’t do Xbox here that much yet, but I have to listen to my staff and colleagues who know and have played this game and they say its a runaway winner.
Halo: Reach (Microsoft / Bungie Studios)
This one is tough for me since I don’t do Xbox and I think that COD: Black Ops or even Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s unique MP could have been a worthy choice but I won’t argue this one.
BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon)
Hmm.. don’t know what else to say besides what other game’s actually fit into this category. Seems like an easy win to me.
BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NBA 2K11 (2K Sports / Visual Concepts)
NBA 2K11 absolutely deserves this award, its not only the best sports game this year but it may be the best sports game ever (even better than Super Tecmo Bowl). The patch that 2K released a few weeks ago definitely rubbed a lot of gamers including me the wrong way but we will wait to see what they do based on the community’s response to render final verdict.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Electronic Arts / Criterion Games)
This wasn’t a great year for driving games and most folks will wonder why Gran Turismo 5 didn’t win this one but the truth is it just wasn’t out long enough before the votes went in and even then I don’t know if it would have won. There was no way GT5 could live up to the hype.
BEST MUSIC GAME
Rock Band 3 (MTV Games / Harmonix)
Anything here would suffice, these type games are losing a bit of their luster no?
DJ Hero 2 (Activision / FreeStyleGames)
Loved DJ Hero 2 and this game could have been swapped with the one above.
BEST SONG IN A GAME
Far Away by José González (Red Dead Redemption)
This is a difficult one but this was excellent song so we will let it ride.
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games / Rockstar San Diego)
Again, anytime a song wins song of the year and it bodes well for the quality of the overall score and this win just proves that.
God of War III (Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Santa Monica)
The team at Sony just did an awesome job on this game, they did things in this game that haven’t and may not be duplicated. They truly pushed the PS3 to its limits to deliver a games who’s visuals were absolutely stunning.
BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft Chengdu)
While most games based on film or TV suck, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was actually pretty awesome. By making it a downloadable game and not not trying to do too much they made on of the best downloadable games of the year and definitely one of the best adapted games of the year.
Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker / Amazing Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions / Activision)
This was a complete sham, first off how can NPH win this award when he is the host for god’s sake. What made this even more of a sham was that T.C. Carter, voice of Kratos in God Of War trilogy, was not even considered in this category. The performances that he has given throughout the franchise are classic, and essentially made the character that we all know and love that much more deep and appealing. This one was a complete farce.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Tricia Helfer as Sarah Kerrigan (StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty / Blizzard Entertainment)
Not familiar with this one, we can go with it.
BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
Costume Quest (THQ / Double Fine Productions)
Didn’t play this one myself, so I may be a bit biased but there just seems to be a lot of games that could have won in this category. I could have went for Deathspank, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, or probably my favorite Shank.
Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare (Rockstar Games / Rockstar San Diego)
What more can we say about RDR, it was awesome and this DLC was just sick and we mean that in a good way.
BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Didn’t play it so I really can’t say anything about this one.
Portal 2 (Valve / Valve)
We are going to agree with this wholeheartedly because judging from the feedback and response to every bit of Portal 2 info we give, people are clamoring for this one.
Ok folks thats it, now you know how we feel what were your thoughts on last night’s awards?