New Alan Wake Revealed, More On Metal Gear Solid: Rising Promised Next Month

Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception all made the cut for the annual Video Game Awards' game of the year shortlist. But you may be surprised what didn't.

The SpikeTV Video Game Awards show airs on December 10 this year on MTV2, SpikeTV and While the awards are the focus of the night, the biggest draw increasingly are the cavalcade of new game announcements and trailers rolled out throughout the evening.

This year's show promises to follow in that tradition with appearances by Hideo Kojima, who will reveal "the truth" about Metal Gear Solid: Rising with a spectacular world premiere, the announcement of a new project from the folks behind Mass Effect 3 and our first look at the "all-new adventure" starring Alan Wake.

Now about those awards. Both Stephen Totilo and I are judges on the panel that helps to select the nominees and, eventually, the winners, but we're sworn to secrecy. All we can give you now is the list of Game of the Year and Most Anticipated Game nominees.

Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City

Portal 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Most Anticipated Game

BioShock Infinite

Diablo III

Halo 4

Mass Effect 3

The Last Guardian

Fans can start voting for the Most Anticipated Game today over on the official page for the show.


    I'm a little surprised at this list. How is this list basically only populated by games that game out very recently or not yet? Its Game of the Year, not Game of the Month.

    Alan Wake!!!
    MGS: Rising!!!


    How can games not even released yet be nominated?I mean it is possible however unlikely that either they're really bad or really buggy, maybe not quit as unlikely in Skyrim's case.

      The judges already got review copies of the games that aren't out.

      Er.. It says "most anticipated", unless I missed something...

        Yeah, you kinda missed something....

    Same concept as the academy awards or any other bs for that matter :p

    Where is Bastion and Deus Ex: Human Revolution? Where's Gears 3?

    It's official, game journos don't know what a great game is!

      Let's put that theory to the test then.

      *Walks path the journalists with a trolly full of copies of Grim Fandango, Monkey Island, Myst, Fallout 1 and Broken Sword.*

      I know, I am a sucker for adventure games, but what can I say? They are so well made!

        *hijacks trolley, throws in copies of Full Throttle and Sam and Max: Hit the Road, runs for dear life*

          Hugh Bliss: "I know how to fix this!"

          *Uses his magic to turn all the games in the trolly into that of Zelda: Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon.*

    I wonder what Bioware are going to announce?

    DA3, or the Origins sequel mayhaps?

    Boo on that list. Dark Souls is easily the best game this year.

      I'm actually inclined to agree with this. While not nessecarily being the most anticipated game nor the most hyped. For what it is, dark souls is probably the the most complete, value for money, enjoyable and well crafted game this year (With two or three others who have come up close).
      In my opinion, it's the only "Sequel" to come out this year that is really and truely better than its progenitor and has improvements across the board.

      Imo, Dark Souls kind of offered a level of content and satisfaction in a purchase that I haven't had in alot of games in almost a decade.

    VGA's have about as much credibility as the NSW A/G at the moment.

    A quality annual award show should not be mixed with advertising and announcements.

    Why the fuck is there no Dark Souls on that list?

    And just this morning, while playing Alan Wake, I was wondering if there would be a sequel/DLC to continue after The Writer.

    My pants... I think they need to be replaced.

    I've never seen an awards show that wasn't completely BS.

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