2011 VGA Nominees Announced


All the nominees for the 2011 VGA’s have been announced along with a interesting piece of info in regards to Zelda being the first franchise to be inducted into the hall of fame. Guess Link has paid his dues. You can even bet your points on the VGA game of the year! Now on with the nominees.

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

Best Wii Game

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
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 Multiplayer

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
Mortal Kombat
WWE All Stars

Best Motion Game

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

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 Original Game

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

Best Graphics

Batman: Arkham City
L.A. 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 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

GameTrailers.com Trailer of the Year

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer
Batman: Arkham City – Hugo Strange Reveal Trailer
Dark Souls – Ignite ’11 Debut Trailer
Dead Island – GDC 11 Cinematic Trailer
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Purity First Infomercial
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – In-Game Debut Trailoer
Hitman: Absolution – E3 2011 Trailer
Prey 2 – E3 2011 Trailer
Tomb Raider – E3 2011 Trailer
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – E3 2011 Trailer

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

Best Original Score

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

Most Anticipated Game

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

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

Personally Im not happy with the line up in a few of the category’s but what are we gonna do. Below is the official press release

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Spike TV today announced the creation of its first ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award. This annual honor will recognize the most memorable and innovative video game franchises in history. The inaugural recipient, “The Legend of Zelda,(TM)” is one of the most influential and beloved gaming franchises of all time. The legendary series will take its rightful place as the first entry into the Video Game Hall of Fame, with a special tribute at the 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) – the network’s ninth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in games. Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year will premiere LIVE on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

“The ‘VGAs’ always celebrate the best games of the year and previews the future with world premieres,” said Casey Patterson executive producer of the “VGAs” and executive vice president of event production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group. “Now our Video Game Hall of Fame will recognize the game franchises throughout history that have brought the industry to where it is today.”

“It is only natural to start with ‘Zelda,’” said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge, publisher relations, Spike. “‘The Legend of Zelda’ is a franchise that inspired many of us to see the potential of games when it debuted 25 years ago, one that has successfully transitioned from one game console generation to the next and has continually shown the narrative and artistic potential of the medium.”

“All of us at Nintendo are truly honored to have ‘The Legend of Zelda’ as the first inductee into Spike’s Video Game Hall of Fame,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “As we mark the 25th anniversary of the ‘Zelda’ series, we look forward to the December 10th ‘VGA’ event as a very special way to celebrate with fans and SPIKE viewers around the globe.”

The 2011 “Video Game Awards” will feature world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond. In addition to the previously announced exclusives debuts of BioWare’s next project, the next “Alan Wake” game and “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” this year’s viewers will get the first look at footage from “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” and Most Anticipated Game nominee, “BioShock Infinite.” Additional exclusives will be announced in the coming weeks.

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Leading the way with 12 nominations is “Portal 2″ by Valve. Rocksteady Studios’ second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, “Batman: Arkham City” garnered 10 nominations, while the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” by Naughty Dog and independent game “Bastion” rounded out the top most nominated games with 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.” For a full list, please go to VGA.spike.com.

GAME OF THE YEAR”Batman: Arkham City” (Warner Bros Interactive / Rocksteady Studios)”The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios)”The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” (Nintendo)”Portal 2″ (Valve)”Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEARBethesda Game StudiosNaughty DogRocksteady StudiosValve

BEST SHOOTER”Battlefield 3″ (Electronic Arts / DICE)”Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ (Activision / Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Games)”Gears of War 3″ (Microsoft Studios / Epic Games)”Rage” (Bethesda Softworks / Id Software)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME”Bastion” (Supergiant Games)”Minecraft” (Mojang)”Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP” (Capybara Games)”The Binding of Isaac” (Edmund McMillen)

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com. Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world. In addition, the show will include unique interactive opportunities only available to viewers during the initial live broadcast. Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “Video Game Awards” are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN and KFC Hot Wings. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.


Written by: Jason - News Contributor


  1. #1 by dragon290513 on November 17th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    dragon age II instead of the witcher 2 as best RPG? blasphemy!

  2. #2 by Pedro on November 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I have one thing to say : Dead Island GDC 11 Cinematic Trailer FTW !

  3. #3 by Pedro on November 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @dragon I haven’t played witcher 2, but I agree completely. I love DAO but DA2 is average at best.

  4. #4 by CHEETO on November 17th, 2011

    Hmm, I have a this feeling that Skyward Sword might pick the GOTY award this year. I voted UC3, but I bet on SS …

  5. #5 by Isli on November 17th, 2011 [ 42435 Points ]

    I always hated when “Best Xbox/Best PS3 game” had multi-platform titles. In my opinion, it should only be exclusives for those two categories. Arkham City and Portal 2 were both better than some of the PS3 nominations.

    Aside from Dragon Age II under best RPG, I think that category is phenomenal, and it shows we’ve had a great year in RPGs. Every other category is just…wrong.

  6. #6 by Jason on November 17th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    dragon age II instead of the witcher 2 as best RPG? blasphemy!

    Multi platform always wins sadly.

  7. #7 by Jason on November 17th, 2011 [ 27516 Points ]

    I always hated when “Best Xbox/Best PS3 game” had multi-platform titles.In my opinion, it should only be exclusives for those two categories.Arkham City and Portal 2 were both better than some of the PS3 nominations.Aside from Dragon Age II under best RPG, I think that category is phenomenal, and it shows we’ve had a great year in RPGs.Every other category is just…wrong.

    Can I get an Amen!

  8. #8 by Pedro on November 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Isli I couldn’t agree more. You nailed it.

  9. #9 by kennygk on November 17th, 2011 [ 25138 Points ]

    I always hated when “Best Xbox/Best PS3 game” had multi-platform titles.In my opinion, it should only be exclusives for those two categories.Arkham City and Portal 2 were both better than some of the PS3 nominations.Aside from Dragon Age II under best RPG, I think that category is phenomenal, and it shows we’ve had a great year in RPGs.Every other category is just…wrong.

    Notice that all the “Best PS3 game” and “Best Wii games” nominees are exclusives, but the “Best Xbox games” are half multi-platform? Just shows which platforms had the best exclusives this year

  10. #10 by Ajescent on November 17th, 2011 [ 2440 Points ]

    Nice lists

  11. #11 by dragon290513 on November 18th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    they should add Revelations into the GOTY list

  12. #12 by Oly on November 22nd, 2011 [ 131925 Points ]

    My picks…

    Studio of the Year

    Bethesda Game Studios Rage, Skyrim, FO:NV

    Best PS3 Game

    Uncharted 3 will win, but I actually think I had more fun with inFamous 2

    Best Shooter

    MW3

    Best Action Adventure Game

    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    Best RPG

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Best Multiplayer

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    Best Fighting Game

    Marvel vs. Capcom 3

    Best Adapted Video Game

    Batman: Arkham City

    Best Original Game

    Portal 2

    Best Graphics

    RAGE

    Best Performance By a Human Male

    Nolan North as Nathan Drake – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    Best DLC

    Portal 2 – Peer Review

    GameTrailers.com Trailer of the Year

    Dead Island – GDC 11 Cinematic Trailer

    Best Original Score

    Portal 2

    Most Anticipated Game

    Diablo III

    Game of the Year

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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