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Revealed: Spike VGA winners and losers

The high-profile Spike TV Video Game awards ceremony took place yesterday, a glittering star-studded event memorable, not just for its musical performances, raft of celebrity guests, and sexy trailer interludes, but rather that it saw the first notable ‘Game of the Year’ award bestowed upon 2K and Take-Two’s underwater epic BioShock.

More pointedly, the critically acclaimed shooter bagged three awards in total, which were Game of the Year, Best Original Score, and Best Xbox 360 Game; all well deserved considering that BioShock successfully reinvented the first-person shooter genre while introducing emotive choice-led narrative and layered character evolution more readily seen in the RPG arena. The fact that it’s drop dead gorgeous is also a huge plus too.

Other big name winners saw the likes of Activision’s Call of Duty 4 snaffle Best Shooter and Best Military Game, while Valve’s Half-Life 2: The Orange Box secured Best PC Game and Breakthrough Technology (for Portal). Also, Microsoft’s flagship title Halo 3 managed to take home two (second string?) honours, which were Best Multiplayer Game of the year and also the Dew-sponsored Most Addictive award.

While some may have been surprised to see Super Mario Galaxy fail to romp home with Game of the Year (especially given its meteoric review scores), the iconic Italian plumber’s latest adventure did land Best Wii Game and Best Action Game, while The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass took home Best Handheld Game. From Sony’s standpoint, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction took a firm grip on Best PS3 Game.

Also, in the hotly contested Rhythm category, Rock Band took the award, the groupies, and the private jet home, while Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s, Jam Sessions, and Guitar Hero III were left to board the tour bus with the sweaty roadies.

From a ‘who left disappointed’ perspective, while Bungie might have been hoping for more for Halo 3, Ubisoft secured nada for Assassin’s Creed, while BioWare only took Best RPG for Mass Effect, and not one single Sony or Nintendo title made it into the Spike VGA ‘Game of the Year’ shortlist.

The full list of winners and nominees are as follows:

Game of the Year: BioShock
Halo 3
Mass Effect
The Orange Box

Best Shooter: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
BioShock
Halo 3
The Orange Box

Best Action Game: Super Mario Galaxy
Assassin’s Creed
God of War 2
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Best Rhythm Game: Rock Band
Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Jam Sessions

Best RPG: Mass Effect
Eternal Sonata
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Best Driving Game: Colin McRae: DiRT
Forza Motorsport 2
Need for Speed ProStreet
Project Gotham Racing 4

Best Military Game: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
World in Conflict

Studio of the Year: Harmonix
Bungie Studios
Irrational Games
Valve

Best Graphics: Crysis
BioShock
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Mass Effect

Breakthrough Technology: Portal
Crysis
Halo 3
Rock Band

Best PS3 Game: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Heavenly Sword
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Warhawk

Best Wii Game: Super Mario Galaxy
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Super Paper Mario

Best Xbox 360 Game: BioShock
Halo 3
Mass Effect
The Orange Box

Best PC Game: The Orange Box
BioShock
Crysis
World in Conflict

Best Individual Sports Game: Skate
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
Virtua Tennis 3

Best Team Sports Game: Madden NFL 08
NBA 2K8
NHL 08
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007

Best Handheld Game: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: The Simpsons Game
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Stranglehold

Best Soundtrack: Rock Band
BioShock
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground

Best Original Score: BioShock
God of War 2
Halo 3
Mass Effect

Best Multiplayer Game: Halo 3
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Rock Band
The Orange Box

Most Addictive Game Fueled by Dew: Halo 3
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Team Fortress 2
Wii Sports

Thanks to mu for submitting.

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27 comments on 'Revealed: Spike VGA winners and losers'

Comment by StGermain on 2007-12-10 06:18:50

I see only one mention of a non console game: Crysis.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-12-10 14:06:34

there’s a category for BEST PC GAME too…

Comment by hotpocket Fanny on 2007-12-10 06:19:52

Mass Effect should have won on soundtrack to put a music game in that category is ridiculous, the Mass Effect soundtrack was great really held out on its own and created that Cameron’esq feel to the game was great

Comment by İlker Yasin Yıldız on 2007-12-10 07:20:25

Best Driving Game: Dirt? What???!
Forza 2(King of the Simulators) and PGR4(King of the arc-sims)
Whatte hel is Dirt? You are driving empty cans in the race :))))

Comment by mu on 2007-12-10 15:31:35

i agree. i spent about a hundred hours playing forza, and like ten playing dirt. fakey MP makes dirt an easy second or third at best in my book.

Comment by fakiefakeskins on 2007-12-10 07:29:57

i dont take spike tv’s vga seriously. Very unreputable source. Plagued by money and popularity

Comment by Worms on 2007-12-10 15:33:00

I’m more suprised anyone could sit through the entire Spike VGA. It’s so bad…

Comment by nolekilla on 2007-12-10 10:09:05

i dont think they had a good choice for any… they needed more titles becasue there were more than just 5 different games released. i watched family guy anyways and went to bed, i didnt even watch it. didnt really care.

Comment by Martins on 2007-12-10 10:44:34

Go check Colin Mcrae dirt, you moron the game is awsome

Comment by FordGTGuy on 2007-12-10 11:03:07

Dirt is good but its not anywhere close to Forza 2 good.

Comment by Wet Vein on 2007-12-10 11:29:52

I don’t why why people get so bent out of shape when others don’t agree with them. I mean it is an opinion. Imagine trying to decide who the hottest woman is…. some like big tits, small tits hard tits soft tits, ski-lopers, hard boiled - poached or scrambled. Everyone is different.
As far as driving games are concerned…. hard core gear heads usually pick Forza, then there’s people who like cars, but not as much as weed or tits, well they usually pick Dirt or Gotham. Pure adrenalin guys might pick Burnout… Personally, I prefer Dirt. Sure it’s not a sim, but it’s fun. The tracks have jumps and the environments are fun to race around…. that’s important to allot of people. And just for the record, I like small-ish to mid sized firm tits…. sunny side up.

Comment by whatev on 2007-12-10 15:59:13

COD4

Comment by BleedingEyes on 2007-12-10 12:28:17

No offence but I think the results are quite “obvious”. SpikeTV has very tight contacts with Microsoft and some of Spike’s biggest shows are usually sponsored by Microsoft.

Can’t really be impressed with the above results.

Comment by Travis on 2007-12-10 13:45:43

Just wait till other places start releasing there game of the year awards fag. It will also be dominated by 360 games. Not because of your conspiracy theory about microsoft having close ties to the companies, but because all the best games came out on the 360 this year. Queer. the 360 had 8 games come out this year that averaged 90 or above on metacritic. (since you are a dumbass, metacritic cannot be biased because it is a site that averages all reviews for each game), the wii had 2 and the ps3 had 2.

Comment by BleedingEyes on 2007-12-10 15:37:30

I’m not surprised that Microsoft will take the bigger part of all prizes this year but I cannot take a prize seriously if the “voting-system” is owned & run by a Microsoft-sponsored company.

Comment by Kamon on 2007-12-10 12:43:34

…Halo 3 getting the Dew award. Big surprise.

‘Game Fuel’, anyone?

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-12-10 13:35:06

Mass Effect should have got more awards IMO but Bioshock is also an incredible game

Comment by mass9 on 2007-12-10 14:05:35

“…considering that BioShock successfully reinvented the first-person shooter genre “

um….great game, but what the hell are you talking about? It was a fresh franchise, but new ideas alone don’t reinvent anything.

and the award for BREAKOUT TECH. should’ve definately gone to Halo 3.

EVERY GAME THAT FOLLOWS FROM HERE ON OUT SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO INTRODUCE SAVED FILMS AND SCREEN SHOTS. POSSIBLY THE BEST ADDITION TO GAMES SINCE THE RUMBLE CONTROLLER.

oh, and Forza2 FTW in driving category.

Best Multi.
hands down, Halo is king.

nice to see CoD4 get the nod for best Military game. It is. Single player, its great. Can’t touch MC for multi though…..

Comment by mu on 2007-12-10 15:34:57

“EVERY GAME THAT FOLLOWS FROM HERE ON OUT SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO INTRODUCE SAVED FILMS AND SCREEN SHOTS. POSSIBLY THE BEST ADDITION TO GAMES SINCE THE RUMBLE CONTROLLER.”

agreed! saving movies and coop campaigns are both becoming my most sought after features.

Comment by 360norml on 2007-12-10 14:30:41

Holy Cow was that show a waste. A series of “world premieres” mixed in with a collection of “stars” who 1st had to declare their love of video games and 2. Yell to show just how excited they were to be there.

Biggest loser from the 07 VGA’s me and everyone else that watched it.

Comment by Jaz Bronzewood on 2007-12-10 18:08:17

I’m glad these awards shows don’t actually mean anything to the industry, if they did that would be scary.

Comment by EvolutionOX on 2007-12-10 19:53:14

This is such bullshit Halo 3 should have raped the competition I mean give the game the respect it needs its all over no more Halo, why shouldn’t it go out with a bang? I also agree this so not serious and spike tv video game awards are unreputable sources!

Comment by lilnikka on 2007-12-10 21:14:45

For one, Halo 3 was good.. But overhyped.

Two, there’s going to be another Halo.

Comment by Arian on 2007-12-10 21:38:31

Not exactly Halo (unless you are talking about the RTS) but from the same universe, quite possibly but under a different name. The name Halo comes from that story ark.

Comment by Vol on 2007-12-11 05:47:49

Bleh… it’s obvious Halo was game of the year. Check the scoreboard (SALES). Bungie shouldn’t drop their head.

Comment by lilnikka on 2007-12-11 11:17:59

A game doesn’t deserve GOTY for selling well.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-12-11 13:41:10

No, but it should factor in the decision.
Also, flawless 4 player campaign (no other game does this), insane multi (the backbone of Halo 3 IMO), innovative features such as saved films and screens, coupled with a level editor should give you a bit of a leg up.
;)

2007 was a good year for games.
You could make a strong case for at least 4 titles, maybe 5. Each for different reasons.

We should hope for such tough choices every year. :D

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