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Spike VGA 2012 nominees announced

Today the Spike VGA's announced their nominees for all categories. The game of the year nominees include Assassins Creed 3, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, Journey and the Walking Dead (Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, The Walking Dead: Episode 1 "A New Day", Xbox 360)

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Nimblest-Assassin  +   713d ago
Anyone else surprised that Halo 4 and Borderlands 2 didn't make the cut?

However, all of these nominees for GOTY are extremely great games.

I actually want walking dead to win this

My hopes

GOTY-Walking Dead
Studio of the year-Gearbox
Xbox 360 game- Halo 4
PS3 game- Assassins Creed 3
Wii Game- Xenoblade chronicles
PC Game- Guild Wars
Shooter- Borderlands 2
Action Adventure-Assassins Creed 3
RPG- Xenoblade
Multiplayer- Borderlands 2
Not a fan of sports or driving games
Best Song- Tears Max Payne
Best Score- Journey (surprised AC3 didn't make it)
Graphics- Halo 4
Independant game- Journey
Handheld game- LBP vita
Performance by female- Jennifer Hale as Shepard
Performace by Male- Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack
Adapted video game- Walking dead
Downloadable game- Walking dead
Most anticipated- Bioshock infinite
Best Character- Between Connor or Claptrap... but mostly claptrap
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Godchild1020  +   713d ago
I'm surprised PlayStation All Stars is not up there for best PS3 game. It may be because it's not out yet but, there are 2 Wii U games up there and they come out 2 days before PSASBR.

GOTY- Walking Dead
Studio of the year- TellTale Games
Xbox 360 game- Halo 4
PS3 game- Journey
Wii Game- Xenoblade chronicles
PC Game-
Shooter- Halo 4
Action Adventure- Sleeping Dogs (I might be alone)
Multiplayer- Borderlands 2
Sports- SSX
Team Sport - Madden 13 (The engine makes a difference)
Driving- Forza Horizon with NFS making a close second
Best Song- Journey or Sound Shapes
Best Score- Journey
Graphics- Assassin's Creed 3
Independant game- Fez
Fighting- Tekken Tag
Handheld game- Gravity Rush
Performance by female-
Performace by Male-
Adapted video game- Walking dead
DLC- Dawnguard
Downloadable game- Journey
Social Game - Draw Something
Most anticipated- The Last Of Us
Best Character-
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Dante112  +   713d ago
Halo 4 didn't get nominated for GOTY? Wow, I thought at least one Xbox exclusive would win this gen. Maybe next year though. I'm voting for Assassins Creed 3.
Nimblest-Assassin  +   713d ago
Looking at my disagrees, compared to yours... our lists are essentially the same... except I though AC3 was the best action adventure game and PS3 game...

yet I get disagreed to oblivion

HarryMasonHerpderp  +   713d ago
If Mario wins best handheld game I will not be happy.
Gravity Rush deserves it for being original and amazing.
LittleBigPlanet is also really good though.
Also where's PS All Stars?
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ABizzel1  +   713d ago
I saw this a while ago. And I was surprised Halo 4, Black Ops 2, and Borderlands 2 didn't make the list. Then I looked at the comments and got some of the best laughs ever......fans & fanboys you kill me.

It's Spike's GOTY awards. They choose the nominees, gamers vote on them. If it was the gamers GOTY then we could include anything we wanted.

That being said I'm hoping for The Walking Dead, Journey, or Dishonored. AC3 and ME3 are good, but I hoping something bold and new wins it.
Brownghost  +   712d ago
Why all stars? Its should be in most anticipated.
guitarded77  +   712d ago
I'm just glad to see Journey getting so much attention. It was my pick for GOTY when it came out, and is still my pick for GOTY today. Truly an amazing game. 343 is my clear pick for studio of the year... they have done a fantastic job with Halo 4. Congrats to all the nominees.

I think it's interesting how there is a "Vita has no games/is dead" articles every 5 seconds on this site, but 3 or the 4 nominees in the handheld section are Vita exclusives. Put that in your pipe and smoke it naysayers.
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Blacktric  +   713d ago
"Studio of the year-Gearbox"
"Best Character- Between Connor or Claptrap... but mostly claptrap"

Please don't.

"PS3 game- Assassins Creed 3"

Just no.

"I wouldn't want it to go to the Walking Dead, come on it's good but not that good"

Just when I thought it couldn't get worse.
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Nimblest-Assassin  +   713d ago
Oh I'm sorry I have a different opinion than you.

Didn't know your opinion was the only right one... I'll remember next time

@blactric below

Ummm ok? I don't understand how I was presenting my opinion as a fact

When I say I hope walking dead is goty, that's my opinion

When a game wins it, then it is a fact
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Blacktric  +   713d ago
Implying that I was presenting those as facts... Wait, weren't you actually doing THAT yourself?

Stay mad.
Marquis_de_Sade  +   713d ago
Wow, crazy
Jinkies  +   713d ago
Everything else fair enough except your GOTY

I wouldn't want it to go to the Walking Dead, come on it's good but not that good

Journey - Mostly because as a PSN game it's stunning, it's like art packaged into a video game

Dishourned - Mostly because it's a new fresh IP and it fuels hope for a sequel.

For the studio I would have to go with GearBox, they made Borderlands 2 and since that didn't get nominated for GOTY it would be nice for them to win.

Female Voice Actress....has to be Cortana, I'm sick of people going on about tme mo cap actress, Jen Taylor is the one who brings her to life.

Dameon Clarke HAS to get best Actor, he was hillarious in Borderlands 2 as Jack....sorry Max

Jeez theres a lot of Walking Dead stuff...I hope people don't just pick it based on the fact its downloadable game and it would be weird seeing a downloadable game win so many awards. TT games will just continue making point and click games then, I want to see them do other things.

Claptrap has to win best character, that COD character better not win, I have no idea why he is there most COD characters are the same personality wise. Maybe one year, when Uncharted 4 comes out Nolan will FINALLY win an award.

I have to admit the choices this year seem a little funny. Kind of poor in my opinion
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NonApplicable  +   713d ago
We're at the point now where the line between downloadable games and retail games is becoming irrelevant. In the infancy of XBL and PSN, they were neat little snippets of content and nothing but simplistic fun. Today we have downloadable games that surpass retail releases in terms of graphics, gameplay, depth, but ultimately in the quality of the experience. Lets face it, the experience has always been at the core of why we love video games. Why segment that?
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dboyc310  +   713d ago
Hopefully journey wins. The other nominees are good but journey was just breath taking and a great experience in the first play through. That game is a gem and shows that gaming can be art.
piroh  +   713d ago
i'm voting Journey as best graphics, best PS3 game and overall GOTY. The Last of Us is my most anticipated game next year, i was considering GTA5 but Naughty dog is Naughty dog
morganfell  +   713d ago
The Walking Dead? They can't be bothered to master a simple technical detail like inverted aim but let's give them GOTY.

No, just no.
moparful99  +   713d ago
@Morganfell We should be picking game of the year based off of the emotional connection and the enjoyment we get out of the game not based off of obscure technical details.. I've always agreed with you and had your back through the years but I feel we shouldnt scrutinize details like that when considering GOTY.. Please don't take this as an attack just voicing my opinion.. Peace :)
vortis  +   713d ago
OMG dude, why do you care about disagrees?

Only a bunch of fanboy kids downvoted/disagreed with you because...well, they're fanboys.

Don't put too much esteem into the N4G community, you're better than that, bro...you're better than that.
mobijoker  +   713d ago
My choices will be:

Game of the Year: Dishonored (Why not Borderlands 2 or Darksiders 2 nominated?!?)

Studio of the Year:Gearbox Software

Best Xbox 360 Game:Halo 4

Best PlayStation 3 Game: Journey

Best Wii / Wii U Game: Xenoblade Chronicles

Best PC Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Best Shooter: Borderlands 2

Best Action Adventure Game: Darksiders II/Sleeping Dogs (Tie for me)

Best RPG: Xenoblade Chronicles

Best Multiplayer Game: Guild Wars 2

Best Team Sports Game:FIFA 13

Best Driving Game:F1 2012

Best Graphics:Dishonored
Best Independent Game:Dust: An Elysian Tail
Best Performance by a Human Male:Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)

Best Adapted Videogame: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Best Downloadable Content:Mechromancer Pack - Borderlands 2

Most Anticipate Game:Bioshock Infinite
otherZinc  +   713d ago
This show is a joke.

When Gears 3 wasn't nominated last year, I called Bullsh**! Sold more than all exclusives by a mile, played to death, had more options than any game period, & was absolutely fantastic!

Now Halo 4! This is some lol crap here.
Whatever, I can play some of the Halo 4 modes Ive yet to play because I'm still playing in the super campaign (during the show). Now playing Legendary, then on to something else.
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Gamer1982  +   713d ago
Why isn't Borderlands 2 should be gunning for GOTY.
Rayansaki  +   712d ago
because it's not really goty material ?
Muffins1223  +   712d ago
Really im not a pc gamer?My steam ID is
and my ps3 id is Fries1223
and my ps vita Id is TheAsskicker1223
Lets go bitch

All i said that both the 360 and the ps3 where holding it back.How am i a fanboy?For saying they where equal lol? wtf

Also blocking someone is the pussy way of saying "i lost the argument"

Simon_Brezhnev  +   712d ago
I'm mostly a console gamer but Guild Wars 2 shatters all the nominated GOTY games. AC3 is my most disappointed game of the year.
Axecution  +   712d ago
These are stupid...

Borderlands 2, Assasins Creed, Journey, and Halo 4, and Walking Dead are just gonna win everything because there's no other options.
Seriously wtf Journey is nominated for like every category i mean i loved it and voted for it but still haha. We should be able to vote for nominees xD

Hell the games in the "Best PS3" category are like the exact same as the games in the "Best 360" category xD That's ridiculous.

Oh well who cares lmao
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NYC_Gamer  +   713d ago
I'm only watching for some new premieres/trailers.
LOGICWINS  +   713d ago
There are some rumblings that Infamous 3 will make an appearance :)
Godchild1020  +   713d ago
Hiphop Gamer mentioned that in one of his videos. I'm waiting to see some new info about The Last Of Us. And any new IPs from the big three. I know it's not E3, but one game from at least one of them is good.
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Y_5150  +   713d ago
That better be LOGICAL!!!!!
neoMAXMLC  +   712d ago
Hot damn! This is the best post I've read from you all week.
RivetCityGhoul  +   713d ago
hopefully they show fallout 4. if that game is shown it will become my most anticipated game over GTA V
mynameisEvil  +   713d ago
YES. Trust me, I'm anticipating a new Fallout game so much. BETHESDA. DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR ONCE AND ANNOUNCE A NEW FALLOUT GAME. I DEMAND IT.

See, if I don't demand it, then they don't give it. But, you know, if I, a single person on the internet, demands it, then that means they shall listen.
Eldyraen  +   713d ago
It's what I'm most interested in seeing too. Award shows have never been my thing but at least VGA knows what gamers want: more games ;)

Looking forward to seeing both some announced titles as well as hopefully some new ones. Especially PS3 as first/second party have a lot of unannounced projects but also something from MS... other than Judgement, XBLA, or Kinect as those are really main exclusives we "know" about for '13. If they aren't waiting to announce next gen anyways, I'd like to see something at least as no Late year games have been announced yet (Sony has several TBA release dates at least).
Relientk77  +   713d ago
This is what I am looking forward to too
Jinkies  +   713d ago
Isn't that the main reason why we all watch it....I mean most of the awards are fixed anyway

Neil patrick Harris hosts the show...oh and look at that he wins best voice actor..........for Spiderman (REALLY)

Best Voice 2009, Jack Black who was there even though Nolan North should of won for his work in Uncharted 2. Stephen Merchant big celeb won for Wheatly over Nolan again in 2011....I mean come on.

Basicaly whoever is there in the audience celeb wise and they are nominated, they will win.



Most likely, even if she's not there she'll probably win. She wasn't even that good in the game.
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Nimblest-Assassin  +   713d ago
5 bucks emma stone will win best female actress
Analcarnage  +   713d ago
Maybe a new Bayonetta 2 gameplay trailer will show up
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Marquis_de_Sade  +   713d ago
I save myself from the utter trash that makes up the rest of the event and watch the trailers online after.
TOGC  +   713d ago
Here is my two cents. Halo 4 got nominated for best Xbox 360 game but not GOTY? The game is nothing but awesome and a ton of people bought the game...ugh >.>
Hasanhastam  +   713d ago
Ac3 should not be there.
SnotyTheRocket  +   713d ago
Played it, Beat it. yes, yes it should be there.
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Majin-vegeta  +   713d ago
2 top things i want release date for TLOU&MGS:GZ.
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BitbyDeath  +   713d ago
How's Borderlands 2 not a GOTY nominee?
Norrison  +   713d ago
I know, Borderlands 2 is my personal GOTY.
Journey is good but it's WAY too short
ME 3 is a decent game that fails in the storytelling department
Dishonored is like journey, good but WAY too short
AC 3 is a buggy mess
TWD got stellar storytelling but it's more like an interactive movie.
BL2, Halo 4, Journey, TWD and GW2 would be my nominees.
SnotyTheRocket  +   713d ago
Skyrim was a buggy mess, still won GOTY.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   712d ago
I agree with you on GW2 i cant comment on 360 games since i dont have one. AC3 is a buggy mess and story is the worst and not talking about the ending. ME3 also fails in the storytelling.

GOTY should have great gameplay and great storytelling followed by graphics.
Relientk77  +   713d ago
I am suprised Journey got nominated for the Game of the Year catergory, instead of like Borderlands 2 or something. But Journey is a very good game.
fucadastates  +   713d ago
thats a good thing if you ask me. the best game of 2012. borderlands 2 is a great game aswell, but journey is just WOW
ado908  +   713d ago
Actually I'm not surprised the game is really good. Actually according to Game of the year picks blog Journey is the only game released this year that won a GOTY award and it's from Gamecity Prize(UK)
ShadowGhost  +   713d ago
Did anyone see the category for "Best Handheld/Mobile Game"? Out of 4 games, 3 were PS Vita games and 1 was only a 3DS game. I hope Gravity Rush wins it because it has been my favorite handheld game this year. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a great game, but it's more of the same. I want something new to win it this time.
Hicken  +   713d ago
Isn't that rather ironic? All this talk about the Vita not having games, or there being no games worth playing on the system, but most of the nominees are from the system. Something doesn't seem to match up there...

Personally, as much as I love both LBP and Sound Shapes, I want to see Gravity Rush come away with the win.
OmniSlashPT  +   713d ago
If Journey wins, a new era of gaming begins. Screw Halo 4, BLOPSII and Borderlands 2, glad to see some fresh ideas as contenders.
Norrison  +   713d ago
Screw you, journey is good but it's way too short to be a better game than BL2, maybe it's better than halo 4 but not BL2.

The VGAs are BS, with this lame nominee list I'm not even watching them for the trailers when I can watch them on youtube next day.
Rayansaki  +   712d ago
I never knew games were about length. Guess MMO's should win GOTY every time then. I'm voting guild wars 2.
Kalowest  +   712d ago
WTF... it's Journey, Halo 4, and Borderlands 2; not in that order.
Sizzon  +   713d ago
Journey is an amazing game, hope it wins in some categories and Halo 4 aswell for best Shooter, Xbox 360 game and best multiplayer :)
jachensnc  +   713d ago
Where the hell was Tiny Tina for character of the year?
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JasonXS12  +   713d ago
Where's Max Payne for best graphics or Most Wanted.
I really hope Arkane gets studio of the year. They released a patch less nearly bug free game and considering Dishonored is a new IP it did exceptionally well without a need for a prequel hype.
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Trago1337  +   713d ago
it would have been nice to see Borderlands 2 and Halo 4 get a GOTY spot, but it's cool that Dishonored and 2 indie games got nominated.

it seems that they addressed some of the complaints from past years like having 5 freakin' music categories. The nominees are pretty varied as well, not too bad.

my only concern is that we don't get pointless celebrity cameos, and those stupid "in between" game show activities like last year. There should be some integrity with these awards.

Also, this is just me, but i think it would've been nice to have a category like, "Best Boss Battle," or "Most creative level," because it'd be great to point out the good things that the developers worked so hard in designing, just a thought :P
ado908  +   713d ago
I hope either AC3, Dishonored or Journey win GOTY. Still stumped as to why Halo or Borderlands ain't there
Dlacy13g  +   713d ago
That GOTY list is pretty horrid considering all the games that should have been on that list.
NeoTribe  +   713d ago
Pretty lame vga this year. When rehashed garbage has a chance at goty (assasins creed 3), you know its bad.
dddxxrr  +   713d ago
Rehashed garbage? Sounds more like BLOPs, lol. When any FPS ACTUALLY gets new gameplay feature... then they should be nominated right away, right? AC3 is a true sequel, far from rehashed. Play the game before you judge. It deserves its spot as GOTY far more then BLOPs, and I'd say Halo 4 too, though Halo 4 should most definitely be there...
Sarobi  +   713d ago
What.. No Borderlands 2?.. that makes no sense at all
DarthBigE  +   713d ago
was there really no Big PS3 game that came out this year other than All-stars(not out yet)?
Sizzon  +   713d ago
Journey, right there, nominated for 7 categories, but it's a downloadable title. But still epic.

Other than that no, All-Stars (we have to see), Twisted Metal and Starhawk became single A at best tho.
Rayansaki  +   712d ago
There was Starhawk and Twisted Metal, but they came out way too early in the year to have any sort of chance on this. It's sad that games that are released at the end of the year always get more nominations regardless of the quality.
Trekster_Gamer  +   713d ago
Halo 4 is not even an option for GOTY?
Proves that Spike VGA awards is complete crap. It gets worse each year.
ritsuka666  +   713d ago
VGA = Mainstream bull shit.

Don't wanna see a bunch of C-list celebrities pretending to be GAMERS. This show should be all about Developers and hardware manufactures like Nvidia.
nikrel  +   713d ago
Best villain of all time.

Handsom Jack.
Y_5150  +   713d ago
Why are people neglecting Journey for the award just because it was apparently too short? I find Journey as a great length for game that it is.
dboyc310  +   713d ago
The quality in Journey surpasses most triple A games that are 7hrs+ even though it's 2-3 hrs long. QUALITY>QUANTITY any day. Won't be surprise if it wins most of the awards it was nominated on.
Plagasx  +   713d ago
Hoping for a Mirror's Edge 3 reveal....
Roccetarius  +   713d ago
Too bad that this is nothing but a popularity contest, but i do hope Dishonored slips away with some awards. I certainly don't think Assassin's Creed 3 should get it.
ginsunuva  +   713d ago
Walking Dead? What? But otherwise, I'm glad they didn't put CoD up there like every single year.

And Journey!!! Yesssss. Insta win
RockmanII7  +   713d ago
It doesn't matter that Halo 4 wasn't nominated because a multiplayer centric game will never win GoTY. Game of the Year and Single Player Game of the Year are synonyms, if anything we need a Multiplayer Game of the Year award if that was the case I'm sure Halo 4 would be nominated. As for the GoTY nominee's, the only games I can see winning it are AC3 and Dishonored.
trippyaaron  +   713d ago
I'm sad Unfinished Swan isn't on there for anything, but hopefully Journey wins all of the categories it's in.
isarai  +   713d ago
Why isn't ThatGameCompany in best studio? Talltale games? really?
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