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10th Annual Spike TV VGAs: And Here Are The Nominees

It's that time of year again.

Today, Spike TV has announced the nominees for "VGA TEN," or the 10th annual Video Game Awards, to be hosted once again by Samuel L. Jackson. The event will also feature musical performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D. If you want to catch it, tune in to Spike TV on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 pm. PST; it will also simultaneously air on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Borderlands 2, Halo 4, and Journey lead the nomination haul, as each title has garnered seven. Assassin's Creed III nabbed six and Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, and The Walking Dead: The Game got five nominations apiece. You can also expect to see several exclusive world premieres, including Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, Epic Games' Gears of War: Judgment, and Obsidian Entertainment's South Park: The Stick of Truth.

For the full list of nominations, head over to the official site. But here are the most significant categories:

Game of the Year

  • “Assassin’s Creed III” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • “Dishonored” (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
  • “Mass Effect 3” (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
  • “The Walking Dead: The Game” (Telltale Games)

Best Action Adventure Game

  • “Assassin’s Creed III” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • “Darksiders II” (THQ/Vigil Games)
  • “Dishonored” (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • “Sleeping Dogs” (Square Enix/United Front Games)

Best Shooter

  • “Borderlands 2” (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
  • “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” (Activision/Treyarch)
  • “Halo 4” (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  • “Max Payne 3” (Rockstar Games)

Studio of the Year

  • 343 Industries
  • Arkane Studios
  • Gearbox Software
  • Telltale Games

Most Anticipated Game

  • “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games)
  • “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games)
  • “South Park: The Stick of Truth” (THQ/Obsidian Entertainment)
  • “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog)
  • “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics)

Tags: spike tv video game awards, spike tv game awards, spike tv game award nominations

11/15/2012 9:13:44 PM John Shepard

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Comments (25 posts)

bebestorm
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 10:24:35 PM
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Its great seeing psn games Journey and The Walking Dead with so many nominations.

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Pandacastro
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 10:50:15 PM
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As much as P4A being the better fighting game, its going to lose to SFXT for not being popular. Good to see Journey and walking dead though. KH3DDD should have been nominated instead of sound shapes for best handheld.

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Pandacastro
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 11:01:01 PM

Also Mass effect 3 nominated for best RPG? As much as I like the game I wouldn't call it a RPG. Here's hoping Xenoblade or Torchlight 2 gets it.

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TheCanadianGuy
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 10:53:41 PM
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i'm glad the walking dead is getting the respect is deserves. it should definitely be in GOTY discussion i'm pretty sure its gonna be my personal GOTY ( mind you i'm not getting assassin's creed III until christmas so i may change my mind in the new year)

but regardless the walking dead is the game i've enjoyed the most this year.

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 10:57:04 PM
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Dishonored, but Assassins Creed 3 was close

Assassins Creed 3

Halo 4

343 industries

GTA V, but Bioshock was pretty close.

You heard it from me :)

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xenris
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 11:21:41 PM
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Assassins Creed 3

Assassins Creed 3

Black Ops 2

343 industries

GTA5

My prediction. Although I wish journey to take home GotY it wont, and I wish dishonored would get Action game of the year it wont :(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 11:24:50 PM
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I'd love to see Dishonored take the GOTY, it needs the publicity.

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Beamboom
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 10:46:10 AM

Yup.

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Temjin001
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 11:29:56 PM
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flip'n Journey Norris

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Riku994
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 1:06:19 AM
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Borderlands 2 seriously isnt up for GOTY?

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cLoudou
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 1:37:26 AM

Seriously, This ^

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Beamboom
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 10:47:01 AM

Good point. It should be.

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cLoudou
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 1:35:49 AM
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Would love to see The Walking Dead or Journey to take GOTY, which I think might given the nominees. AC3 might take it just for its popularity alone.

Action/Adventure : AC3, would like to see Sleeping Dogs get it
Shooter : Borderlands 2
Studio : Gearbox
Anticipated : GTAV, would prefer to see The Last of Us

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FAREEZ
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 2:10:55 AM
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I hope journey or Dishonored will win game of the year awrd...

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___________
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 3:15:38 AM
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as depressing as this is, id have to go for uncharted golden abyss for GOTY!
its THE ONLY game this year that got every single thing right, in fact it was perfect!
and its the only game in the series that actually makes you feel like a true treasure hunter!
but if i had to stick to the list than id go with ME3.
as disappointing the story was, and as disappointing the characters and lack of side missions and scale, the gameplay was so vastly improved over 2, and the space battles, oh my god the space battles!
better than freaking star wars!
watching whole alien race ships going up in smoke was just beautiful!

best action adventure game should go to dishonoured.
it had its flaws, mainly the lack of choices if you want to go stealth, but if your happy to play sir rambo and blow everything to kingdom come its SO much fun!
had a decent story, and decent characters too.

best shooter no comparison there, has to be halo 4!
cant believe that was not nominated for GOTY, but whatever.
MP3 was good, but it just lacked that epic scale fun feel you expect.
it just felt too much like GTA, very serious and stern it does not have enough of a personality and humor.
and maxs melodramatic whining to everything gets really old and annoying after the first five minutes!

best studio, again no competition 343i.
not only did they step up to one of the biggest best developers in the industry, not only did they step up to the immense expectations of fans, not only did they step up to the immense expectations of themselves, they exceed EVERYTHING!
AND they proved the naysayers wrong, constantly complaining the 360 has not had a exclusive to really rally ps3 exclusives on a graphical front.
well 343 met that challenge, and knocked it out of the park!
looks just as good as any game out there, if not better, and my god the scale of everything!
this is not your typical corridor shooter! cough uncharted and killzone.......
everything was perfect, from the story, to the characters, to the combat, AI, graphics, EVERYTHING perfecto!
we FINALLY have the worthy successor to halo combat evolved!

id have to throw in another category too, the most disappointing title of the year.
and that would have to be AC3!
its the exact opposite to halo 4!
instead of getting everything right, ubisoft managed to somehow get everything wrong!
everything is worse compared to the previous games.
story sucks oh so bad, especially the abrupt lackluster endings.
no epic boss battles, just a small scuffle on the ground?
really?
wow, how anticlimactic!
to the simplified gameplay, to the local, to the bugs oh my lord the bugs!
sorry ubisoft, but this may not even be the most disappointing game of the year!
perhaps even more of a disappointment than GTAIV!
lord, never thought id be saying that!

oh, and as for most anticipated game for next year, as much as i hate to admit it, as much as im convinced its going to suck, i just cant help but get swept up in the hype.
come on, how cant you its freaking GTA!!!!!!!
i see the trailers, the new content, and i remember GTAIV.
than i forget, and all i can remember is all the wonderful memories the series has left with me, albeit last gen.
sigh, please R* can i just have ONE series how it will be?
please!?

hey, ill make you a deal.
make GTAV the old school let your hair down, have fun, use a tank on the streets as a vigilante mission, and ill stop complaining about franchises changing so much.
deal?
just one, i just want one!!!!!!!!!

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Killa Tequilla
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 3:47:32 AM

Halo 4 is a great game and it is very well paced. Halo 4 is a perfect game for anyone. Im so glad I got to experience such great quality.

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Underdog15
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 8:43:29 AM
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Remember when a Final Fantasy game would always make this list?

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Temjin001
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 9:35:18 AM

These are dark times Underdog. Dark times.

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Underdog15
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 1:19:10 PM

It's almost comical. FFXIII-2 is really and honestly just considered "another game".

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Draguss
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 7:24:36 PM

Remember when you could mention that and not make someone teary?

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Temjin001
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 9:34:04 AM
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Their Most Anticipated is just wrong. Tomb Raider or South Park over MGS? Whatever. Tomb Raider hasn't been goty status ever, I think. And South Park? What, huh, is that a joke?

Sometimes I wonder about how "influenced" these choices are.

Anyway, using goty nominees and best studio nominees my guess for their goty is Dishonored. It would seem to me the only way a studio would be best if they produced something best, right?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 10:59:41 AM

I still don't think MGS is coming next year.

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DeusExMachina
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:48:36 PM

Know exactly what u mean Temjin, no Metal Gear Rising or Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros! Complete BS! ITs Spike VGA tho, what did u expect tho?

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DeusExMachina
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:46:02 PM
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My oppinion:

Journey

Darksiders 2

Max Payne 3

Telltale Games

The Last of Us

Nominations that will most likely win the categories tho:

Assassins Creed 3/Mass Effect 3 (sequels, not new IPs, so they will obviously try to push them as much as possible cause they selling like crazy already)

Action/advnture can actually go either direction, they prob gonna go for Assasins Creed3 or Darksiders 2 tho.

Best shooter, they obviously picking Blops2.

They prob gonna give best studio to 343.

And I can totally see them picking GTA V for most anticipated.

Spike VGA is mostly about the masses, so I dont usually pay attention to them, unless they happen to be unveiling a new Uncharted (which wont be happening this year, but we will get a bit more of Last of Us hopefully)

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DeusExMachina
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:50:00 PM

Actually my most anticipated game for next year isnt on their stupid list: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros.

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