And The Nominees For Games Of The Year Are...

Spike TV's Video Game Awards show seems to improve a bit every year. This year's show kicks off on December 11 with a very strong line-up of contenders for a myriad of awards.

One note, both Stephen Totilo and myself are judges for the show, though this list of nominees reflects the votes of quite a few judges.

We plan to unveil the nominees for Kotaku's Goaties in December, until then here's the Spike TV VGA noms.

Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Black Ops God of War III Halo: Reach Mass Effect 2 Red Dead Redemption

Studio of the Year

Bioware Blizzard Entertainment Bungie Studios Rockstar San Diego

Best Xbox 360 Game

Alan Wake Fable III Halo: Reach Mass Effect 2

Best PS3 Game

God of War III Heavy Rain Modnation Racers Red Dead Redemption

Best Wii Game

Donkey Kong Country Returns Kirby's Epic Yarn Metroid: Other M Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best PC Game

Fallout: New Vegas Mass Effect 2 Sid Meier's Civilization V Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Handheld Game

God of War: Ghost of Sparta Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Super Scribblenauts

Best Shooter

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Bioshock 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops Halo: Reach

Best Action Adventure Game

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood God of War III Red Dead Redemption Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best RPG

Fable III Fallout: New Vegas Final Fantasy XIII Mass Effect 2

Best Multiplayer

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops Halo: Reach Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Individual Sports Game

EA Sports MMA Shaun White Skateboarding Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 UFC Undisputed 2010

Best Team Sports Game

FIFA Soccer 11 Madden NFL 11 NBA 2K11 MLB 10: The Show

Best Driving Game

Blur Modnation Racers Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Split/Second

Best Music Game

Dance Central DJ Hero 2 Def Jam Rapstar Rock Band 3

Best Soundtrack

Def Jam Rapstar DJ Hero 2 Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Rock Band 3

Best Song in a Game

Basket Case - Green Day Black Rain - Soundgarden Far Away - Jose Gonzalez Goldeneye - Nicole Scherzinger Won't Back Down -Eminem Replay / Rude Boy Mashup - Iyaz and Rihanna

Best Original Score

God of War III Halo: Reach Mass Effect 2 Red Dead Redemption

Best Graphics

God of War III Heavy Rain Kirby's Epic Yarn Red Dead Redemption

Best Adapted Video Game

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best Performance by a Human Male

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Blood Stone 007 Gary Oldman as Sgt Reznov in Call of Duty: Black Ops John Cleese as Jasper in Fable III Martin Sheen as Illusive Man in Mass Effect 2 Nathan Fillion as Sergeant Edward Buck in Halo: Reach Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man Rob Wiethoff as John Marston in Red Dead Redemption Sam Worthington as Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops Best Performance by a Human Female Dame Judi Dench as M in Blood Stone 007 Danica Patrick as herself in Blur Emmanuelle Chriqui as the Numbers Lady in Call of Duty: Black Ops Felicia Day as Veronica in Fallout: New Vegas Jennifer Hale as Commander Sheppard in Mass Effect 2 Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman in Assassin's Creed Botherhood Tricia Helfer as Sarah Kerrigan in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Yvonne Strahovski as Miranda Lawson in Mass Effect 2

Best Downloadable Game

Costume Quest Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Monday Night Combat Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game

Best DLC

Bioshock 2: Minerva's Den Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare

Best Independent Game

Joe Danger Limbo Super Meat Boy Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

Most Anticipated Game

Batman: Arkham City Bioshock: Infinite Gears of War 3 Portal 2

Video Game Awards 2010 [Spike TV]


    :O I am shocked. "a myriad of awards"?? Myriad is an adjective not a noun. You mean "a variety of awards" or "myriad awards." Dammit Crecente! Most influential journalist my FOOT!


      the word myraid can be used as both a noun and an adjective... to say 'myriad of something' is actually perfectly fine

      it's true! look it up :)

    'Sam Worthington as Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops'

    You are kidding me right? He was absolutely terrible.
    Most Anticipated Game

    Batman: Arkham City
    Bioshock: Infinite
    Gears of War 3
    Portal 2

    I am eagerly anticipating all these games, but I am surprised there is no Last Guardian in that list. Or inFamous 2. OR LBP2. Or ICO/SOTC. Wow. Next year shall be freaking awesome.

    Ok, these awards are officially bullcrap.

    The fact that Black Ops has made the list over games like New Vegas (especially due to it's release just weeks ago) proves that these awards are a piss-take.

    I hate these kinds of award shows!



    Oh on a serious note, can we assume that "Game of the Year" equates to "Highest budget spend" with a sub-category for "Highest marketing spend"? Not that I don't really like ME2 and RDR, but those games are so predictable its not even funny.

    Yeah never mind about that whole GT5 thing... :P

    Personally would have swapped out GoW3 for either Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Super Mario Galaxy 2 or StarCraft 2.

    OK, so how the hell does COD: Black Ops get a nomination for overall game of the year when it couldn't even get nominated as the best game on any one of PS3, 360 or PC?

    Why are females listed in "best performance by a human male" ?

    That's not funny.

    And how is Black Ops in the running for best game of the year?! THAT IS COMPLETE BS.

      To be fair, the heading "Best Performance by a Human Female" is there, just not formatted properly. I don't think it's meant to be a joke, just an oversight.

      Also, Gary Oldman as Reznov (I love that guy, he's such a bro. Plus as an actor, he has such great diversity) and a split between Jennifer Hale and Felicia Day. Jennifer Hale for quality, Felicia Day for the great one liners she has. Too bad she didn't have more lines, I think she's a great companion to have around.

    How in the hell is Super Meat Boy not nominated for best downloadable game? What a crock!! Of those games Scott Pilgrim should (and probably will, win).

    Of the GOTY - hopefully common sense prevails and Mass Effect 2/Red Dead Redemption.

    If COD:BO wins, I call bullshit.

    Lets make either

    Halo Reach (A last goodbye to the bungie guy's halo world, and it was a incredible game)

    Mass Effect 2 (should really win it hands down)


    COD!? Get stuffed it would be like me putting up FIFA or something up there as there mass produced every 6 months and bring nothing new to the table

    Hurry n die COD you generic jock video game!

    why is SC2 not a GOTY nominee, its pedigree in gaming imo out does GOW, Halo and COD.

    And frankly the only reason COD and Halo got on the list is because its COD and Halo. Theres a 360 only and a PS3 only, get black ops out and put in SC2.

    and if ME2 doesn't win i'll eat my shoes

    The best RPG catagory is depressing.

    I lol'd at the Best Wii game category - 1) Just about none of those games compare with ANY of the others, and 2) none of the games have any orignal characters either, just the same junk Nintendo keeps pumping out over and over.

    And my vote is for ME2 to win, but I am equally disappointed SC2 isn't in the list. Shame.

    That screenshot just looks like the "Grizzly Men Holding Guns" award -.-

    I got upset when I noticed the distinct lack of SMG2 for GOTY. It's just my opinion and I know people will probably disagree but I think it should at least be in there as a replacement for GoW3.

    Black ops will most likely win everything its nominated for unfortunately. It's great, but it's also not GOTY material.

    I hate it when these awards aren't proper rewards where any game that could deserve the award is put forward, and instead are just "(Big budget/big studio/"AAA" title game) x of the year".

    Very surprised Starcraft II and Civ V don't get a top spot. They're the real games for gamers (who game) of 2010.

    Martin Sheen for best actor in a game though, hands down. His Illusive man was just brilliant. You so wanted to trust that voice but every part of you told you not too. If he pulled up alongside me and offered candy I'd be stumped.

    Mass Effect 2 (Game)
    Blizzard (studio)
    Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC)
    Call of Duty: Black Ops (shooter)
    Red Dead Redemption (action adventure)
    Mass Effect 2 (RPG)

    AHhahhaha. Sam Worthington nominated for best voice? Seriously? I honestly thought Mason was supposed to be an Australian for most of Black Ops (Hey! They have an Aussie character! Cool!)

    PS: Why are there multiplatform games for the PS3/360 nominations? Pointless.

    Mass Effect 2 for me.

    If you have as much money as Activision does, it don't matter when you release your game.

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