2011 VGA GOTY Nominees

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  1. AlphaMan

    AlphaMan The North Remembers...

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    .... It's that time of year again!!

    We are in the midst of the great game deluge of 2011. The year started off slow but there are some really great games coming out now. Most of the nominees are recent releases within the last month.

    They are:


    Batman Arkham City

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Portal 2

    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


    There seems to be nothing new under the sun as these are all sequels of some sorts. Is it because all the best developers get first crack at established IP's or something? Who knows.

    I have played 3 of the 5 on this list ( Uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City and Portal 2) and there is a strong possibility that I'll play the TESV: Skyrim near Christmas. I have no plans to play Zelda at all as I do not own a Wii.

    My prediction, for what it's worth, is that This will finally be Batman's year. Uncharted 2 won GOTY in 2009 beating out Batman Arkham Asylum and honestly, I think AA deserved it that year. This year, Uncharted 3 was the most immersive and fun experience in gaming this year for me, but the truth is that it was more of the same from Uncharted 2... just a beter context in terms of story and programming.

    Arkham City on the other hand was a vast departure from Arkham Asylum. It gave you a sense of freedom and choice that AA did not. The fact that the game gave you the tools to feel and perform like Batman and when you failed, it made it feel like you were the one that let Batman down and not some random computer glitch was just awesome. By the end of a game, I'd be sitting in an air conditioning vent over a room full of 13 bad guys... 2 of them with armor, 4 with knives and 2 more with assault rifles... I'd go to my self "I can do that" and jump down in the middle of them. It's awesome that a game can make you feel that way and still give you a challenge the entire time. Reluctantly so, but this is my GOTY.

    Of course, I haven't played Skyrim. This game has been getting superlative press. It might just win it all this year.

    I guess what I'm really trying to say is that Portal 2 and Skyward Sword will not win GOTY this year. :shrug:
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    Skyrim will win. It's just amazing!
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    Ive only played 2 of those, Portal 2 and Skyrim.
    Portal 2 is great fun, challenging and enjoyable, Skyrim is simply amazing.

    Ive a feeling Ill still be playing Skyrim in 3-4 years,... although I am a bit of a TES fan :)
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    Portal 2 definitely deserves the win.

    Very innovative gameplay and builds much further on the first Portal's interface.

    Not saying the other games aren't deserving, but they're pretty much just a riff (albeit an excellent riff) on FPS/role-playing/fantasy games.
  5. AlphaMan

    AlphaMan The North Remembers...

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    The rest of the nominees in other categories have been announced:

    GAME OF THE YEAR

    Batman: Arkham City
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Portal 2
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    STUDIO OF THE YEAR

    Bethesda Game Studios
    Naughty Dog
    Rocksteady Studios
    Valve

    BEST XBOX 360 GAME

    Batman: Arkham City
    Forza Motorsport 4
    Gears of War 3
    Portal 2

    BEST PS3 GAME

    inFAMOUS 2
    Killzone 3
    LittleBigPlanet 2
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    BEST Wii GAME

    Disney’s Epic Mickey
    Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
    Lost in Shadow
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    BEST PC GAME

    Battlefield 3
    Minecraft
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    Portal 2

    BEST HANDHELD/MOBILE GAME

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    Infinity Blade
    Super Mario 3D Land
    Jetpack Joyride

    BEST SHOOTER

    Battlefield 3
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    Gears of War 3
    Rage

    BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME

    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
    Batman: Arkham City
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    BEST RPG

    Dark Souls
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Dragon Age II
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    BEST MULTI-PLAYER

    Battlefield 3
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    Gears of War 3
    Portal 2

    BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME

    Fight Night Champion
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
    Top Spin 4
    Virtua Tennis 4

    BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME

    FIFA Soccer 12
    NBA 2K12
    NHL 12
    MLB ’11: The Show

    BEST DRIVING GAME

    DiRT 3
    Driver: San Francisco
    Forza Motorsport 4
    Need For Speed: The Run

    BEST FIGHTING GAME

    The King of Fighters XIII
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
    Mortal Kombat
    WWE All Stars

    BEST MOTION GAME

    Child of Eden
    Dance Central 2
    The Gunstringer
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

    Bastion
    Minecraft
    Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
    The Binding of Isaac

    BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME

    Back to the Future: The Game
    Batman: Arkham City
    Captain America: Super Soldier
    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    BEST SONG IN A GAME

    “Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion
    “Exile Vilify” by The National – Portal 2
    “I’m Not Calling You a Liar” by Florence + the Machine – Dragon Age II
    “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion
    “Want You Gone” by Jonathan Coulton – Portal 2

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    Bastion
    Batman: Arkham City
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Portal 2

    BEST GRAPHICS

    Batman: Arkham City
    LA Noire
    Rage
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE

    J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson – Portal 2
    Mark Hamill as The Joker – Batman: Arkham City
    Nolan North as Nathan Drake – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE

    Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    Ellen McLain as GLaDOS – Portal 2
    Emily Rose as Elena Fisher – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    Tara Strong as Harley Quinn – Batman: Arkham City

    BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

    Bastion
    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
    Stacking
    Trenched

    BEST DLC

    Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues
    Mass Effect 2: Arrival
    Mortal Kombat: Freddy Krueger
    Portal 2 Peer Review

    MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

    BioShock: Infinite
    Diablo III
    Halo 4
    Mass Effect 3
    The Last Guardian


    http://www.spike.com/articles/in9d1...-batman-arkham-city-lead-2011-vga-nominations

    I have to say that I could not be more dissappointed in the nominees for best shooter than I am right now. Basically, the usual suspects get a blind nomination. I've played all of the games nominated in this category and I wouldn't consider any of them to be the best in that category.... Then the nominations for best multiplayer is basically the same list.

    For what it's worth, Crysis 2 and Resistance 3 were the best shooters this year. The current nominees are just regurgitated rehashes of their past iterations.
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    The big day is this saturday... any one care to make some predictions?


    GAME OF THE YEAR

    Batman: Arkham City
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Portal 2
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    I really don't know. I'll say Batman because it was my favorite. Skyrim is still buggy especially on the PS3, but it's gotten superlative press. Uncharted was great, but could be dismissed as more of the same. Skyward Sword, also great, but not in HD... but who cares, right? Portal 2 was not my sort of game, but people seem love it. Honestly, I could live with any of them, but I say Batman.

    STUDIO OF THE YEAR

    Bethesda Game Studios
    Naughty Dog
    Rocksteady Studios
    Valve

    How do you win GOTY and loose studio of the year? You release several top rated games in one year.

    BEST XBOX 360 GAME

    Batman: Arkham City
    Forza Motorsport 4
    Gears of War 3
    Portal 2


    Gears. Although Batman was better, Gears is a true Xbox game because it was exclusive.


    BEST PS3 GAME

    inFAMOUS 2
    Killzone 3
    LittleBigPlanet 2
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    Uncharted 3... I'd love to see inFAMOUS 2 get some love here, but damn... Uncharted 3 was just awesome.

    BEST Wii GAME

    Disney’s Epic Mickey
    Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
    Lost in Shadow
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    I don't know... I'll say Skyward Sword because it's nominated for GOTY.

    BEST PC GAME

    Battlefield 3
    Minecraft
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    Portal 2

    Witcher 2...

    BEST HANDHELD/MOBILE GAME

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    Infinity Blade
    Super Mario 3D Land
    Jetpack Joyride

    Finally, iOS games get some recognition!! I have no idea becauseI've not played any of these games and I've read no press about any of them.

    BEST SHOOTER

    Battlefield 3
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    Gears of War 3
    Rage

    Kiss my whole, entire, black ass. Crysis 2 was the best shooter I played this year followed by Resistance 3. Neither were considered here, so I don't really care.

    BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME

    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
    Batman: Arkham City
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    UC3 IMHO.

    BEST RPG

    Dark Souls
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Dragon Age II
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    At this point, all I've played was Deus Ex. I will play Skyrim but I don't feel comfortable

    Skyrim FTW...

    BEST MULTI-PLAYER

    Battlefield 3
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    Gears of War 3
    Portal 2

    Meh. I wasn't overly impressed with any of these to be honest. I'll say Portal 2.

    BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME

    Fight Night Champion
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
    Top Spin 4
    Virtua Tennis 4

    BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME

    FIFA Soccer 12
    NBA 2K12
    NHL 12
    MLB ’11: The Show

    BEST DRIVING GAME

    DiRT 3
    Driver: San Francisco
    Forza Motorsport 4
    Need For Speed: The Run

    BEST FIGHTING GAME

    The King of Fighters XIII
    Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
    Mortal Kombat
    WWE All Stars

    BEST MOTION GAME

    Child of Eden
    Dance Central 2
    The Gunstringer
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

    Bastion
    Minecraft
    Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
    The Binding of Isaac

    Bastion was grest.... Surprised that Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet was not considered here.

    BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME

    Back to the Future: The Game
    Batman: Arkham City
    Captain America: Super Soldier
    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    Batman Arkham City. I really need to play Captain America. I heard that was basically a rip off of Batman Arkham Asylum, but it was a good rip off of it.

    BEST SONG IN A GAME

    “Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion
    “Exile Vilify” by The National – Portal 2
    “I’m Not Calling You a Liar” by Florence + the Machine – Dragon Age II
    “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion
    “Want You Gone” by Jonathan Coulton – Portal 2

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    Bastion
    Batman: Arkham City
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Portal 2

    BEST GRAPHICS

    Batman: Arkham City
    LA Noire
    Rage
    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE

    J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson – Portal 2
    Mark Hamill as The Joker – Batman: Arkham City
    Nolan North as Nathan Drake – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE

    Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    Ellen McLain as GLaDOS – Portal 2
    Emily Rose as Elena Fisher – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
    Tara Strong as Harley Quinn – Batman: Arkham City

    BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

    Bastion
    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
    Stacking
    Trenched

    Ahhh!! ITSP is here.... but I'll say Bastion.

    BEST DLC

    Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues
    Mass Effect 2: Arrival
    Mortal Kombat: Freddy Krueger
    Portal 2 Peer Review

    Mortal Kombat Freddy Kruger



    MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

    BioShock: Infinite
    Diablo III
    Halo 4
    Mass Effect 3
    The Last Guardian

    BioShock Infinite for me.

    What do you think?
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    This should win :TKO:
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    Sick awards show. It seems like that short montage was really sweet.

    I feel like this is an awards show we can all feel good – No! – GREAT about!

    My only complaint is that there were too many awards given, and not enough cool advertisements thrown at me.
  12. AlphaMan

    AlphaMan The North Remembers...

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    I've always seen all awards shows as propaganda. Oscars, Emmys, Grammys... It's all a bunch of people who decide to pat themselves on the back so that the public can gawk at them and buy more of their shit. The VGAs get it and they don't bother with the pretense... That and the fact that I like to see what video games I want to buy in the future is why I watch it. I honestly don't give much credence to who won what from whom. It's not going to change my enjoyment of games that I like.
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    You don't feel at least a little bummed out when they make terrible teabagging jokes directed at you? Or bring out celebrities that nobody should care about anymore? Or totally leave out any real reason to watch the show except for use as an infomercial? You get more out of the awards if you look at a list online. The fact that they bill this as a legitimate gaming awards show is offensive when the awards are only an afterthought.
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    Nah... Not really. I thought the teabagging of the MW3 crew was quite hilarious seeing as how that franchise made it famous.

    Maybe I'm getting more cynical as I get older but everything you see on TV is designed to take your money and make it someone else's money. Atthe same time, I am in the market for good games. I don't see the harm in this. Hell I could do without the awards altogether to be honest. I'd appreciate a special every year where developers show what they've been working on and give the game buying public some insight on their creative choices. :shrug: