2011 VGAs – all nominees announced

Spike TV has finally announced all nominees for the 2011 VGAs, including "Best Graphics" and "Studio of the Year".

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xtheownerzx2100d ago (Edited 2100d ago )

Nice a lot of good candidates. some questionable ones though for certain categories.

Bleucrunch2100d ago

Yes I agree, for one if their is a category for best 360 game....shouldn't it be only games that are only available on the 360??

The Studio of the Year will be VERY interesting because all of these developers made some killer titles and they all deserve it....but SKYRIM man....Oh SKYRIM man!

fluffydelusions2100d ago

Skyrim will definitely win a lot. Probably GOTY too. Well deserved as well IMO.

Iroquois_Pliskin2100d ago


Can i have some of that stuff youre smoking?

Ch1d0r12100d ago

@Iroquois_Pliskin Are you sure you want to be that stupid?

Trekster_Gamer2100d ago

sofocado you really should take off those RAGE colored glasses.

Rage should win in one catagory if it existed.

"Game Most Pretty Until you get close and notice there is ugliness everywhere!"

Rage would win that hands down!

Bleucrunch2100d ago

lmao hilarious....just Hilarious...

clearelite2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

Of course! They might as well nominate Skyrim for best PS3 game, but they won't because $ :D Award shows are generally full of politics and I doubt this one is any different. Not really sure if I'll be watching yet.

Skip_Bayless2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

Lol at the "best xbox 360 game". Spike sure had a hard time finding a xbox 360 game nominees when two of the nominees aren't even xbox 360 exclusive. Obviously it's gonna go to Gears of War 3 because by principle it's the only worthwhile exclusive. But Batman technically is the better game compared to Gears 3. And also Portal 2's not too shabby 94% aggregate score compared to Gears 91% aggregate score.

mikeslemonade2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

Game of the Year is stacked. It can really go to any of those five nominees. It's like you have Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose. Who is the best of the year!?

Skyrim has the aggregate score advantage but not by much. The difference is so slim that you almost can't go by scores alone. Just because a certain game got two less 10s or 9.5s doesn't mean it's been ruled out of contention.

MysticStrummer2099d ago

sofocado has to be joking... right?

HD_GAMER19892099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

i have one question why isnt killzone 3 in the best fps category. and wtf is rage doing in it.

so mw3 is seen as a better fps then killzone 3??. i guess nubes really appreciate their killstreaks that get more kills then they do most of the time. facepalm

Commander_TK2099d ago

The people who think that Uncharted 3 has a shit on the PC version of Rage, let alone any PC game, must really lay off the crystal meth.

buddymagoo2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

I can't believe Skyrim gets a free pass for being so glitchy. No game should be allowed to be game of the year with this many glitches. It leads to sloppy development.

Philoctetes2099d ago

"for one if their is a category for best 360 game....shouldn't it be only games that are only available on the 360??"

That's what happens when you don't produce exclusives.

Boody-Bandit2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

Zelda is nominated for best action adventure game.
Isn't it an RPG?

COD MW3 is nominated for shooter of the year but Killzone 3 isn't nominated? (Popularity does not equate to quality)

Multiplat titles are listed for best XBox 360 title. Why not just list Exclusives and give kudos to those that deserve it?

Spike needs to create a best multiplat category.

Best driving game, NFS The Run and Driver: Sanfransico are listed. Does Spike know there is this format called a PC and a couple top tier racing games were released in 2011 that are heads and shoulders better than the trash that is NFS:TR & D:S.

Best graphics LA Noire & Rage but no Skyrim, really? I have seen / played them all and that is plain ridiculous.

About the only catergory I dont have complaints with is GOTY.

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princejb1342100d ago

competition is fierce, i was looking the list and couldn't decided the best of each category cause their that good, good luck to each studio and game

im kinda mad they added the captain america game in there against batman arkham city

TheXgamerLive2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

I don't seen Gears of War 3, huge mistake, otherwise a nice list. Crysis 2 also a miss on their part.

skyrim isn't GOTY material, there's too many bugs, yet yes it's a very very good game. People will whine over that but it's true and especially getting the vampirism removed, huge mistakes. oh well. lvl system is also flawed.

-Alpha2099d ago (Edited 2099d ago )

It just didn't make the cut. Looking at those GOTY contenders I can see why

I would nominate GeoW3 for best graphics over L.A. Noire though, I assume a lot of the reason behind that nomination had to do with the face tech

As for Skyrim: You must consider the game as a whole and realize a game of that caliber is going to have some bugs that will seep through. It's not like Uncharted 3 or Gears where the whole experience is highly linear in comparison and lacks depth outside of the main story

That said, I personally see GOTY going to a highly polished linear game over an open world game like Skyrim simply because it's more consistent in presentation. I am so happy to see Portal 2 nominated, that game deserves the win as much as the rest of them

Kingdom Come2099d ago

Alpha, have you even played Gears of War 3? And if so have you played online? It's just I vaguely remember you saying you couldn't for some reason get on the beta and I was wondering if you even purchased the game. Gears of War 3 is a HUGE contender for GOTY. It received a multitude of perfect scores and was handed unfortunately to Jim Sterling for the Destructoid review. It currently along with Dark Souls sits as Gamespot's highest reviewed game of the year.

And if you think L.A Noire and Batman deserve nominations for best graphics over it then you are clearly blind...

-Alpha2099d ago

No I have never played, I'm just saying that it's not hard to see why it wasn't on there: the other contenders were apparently more valued

Kingdom Come2099d ago

Then I'm sorry but you can't provide a fair assessment as to whether Gears of War 3 is a GOTY Contender. Too many people are reliant on Metacritic on this site, yet unless a review is posted in positive light to their preferred game, they dismiss it. GOTY is personal opinion. VGA's are targeted at creatin positive feedback from the viewers and to establish more viewers. In the past te VGA's have been criticised for being too Xbox friendly, if this speculation continued the Sony Market would stop watching.

I'm sorry Alpha, but you need to experience this game. It is DEFINETLY worthy of GOTY...

Gam3rSinceBiRTH2099d ago

Yeah Gears of War 3 is definitely a GOTY contender. I enjoyed it much more than Uncharted 3. The HORDE mode keeps me coming back.

But SKYRIM should easily win it. If it doesn't, than the powers to be don't know anything about what constitutes a GOTY. The difference between SKYRIM vs. Uncharted 3, Portal 2, Gears of War 3, Batman, etc... is HUGE! It's not even close.

JeffGUNZ2099d ago

@ Alpha

In about 2-3 years I think we have always agreed, but not this time. Gears of War 3 is great. Sure, I think Skyrim will win, but Gears of War 3 is a blast in every aspect. How can you say it doesn't make the cut when you haven't played it?

I do have to admit, I am quickly growing tired of Gears 3 and plan to pick up MW3 soon. The MP is fun and all, but I have noticed in the last month or two that the dedicated servers are down more then they are up, which is annoying.

TheXgamerLive2098d ago (Edited 2098d ago )

La Noire and Batman were graphically good games, not great. Rage has the years best graphics.
Especially LA Noire, the facial animations were excellent however the graphics were just "good" not great and most definately not Best graphics or even GOTY material. This was a crazy choice.

Gears 3 in every catageory was highly polished and incredible to play and even view.

Skyrim being just released, they would need to patch this game before I would of presented it as a GOTY contender. They had skyrim in their list before it was even release based on name sake alone.

Highly unprofessional and without merit was this done. This years VGA's are smeared unless rectified.

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vasilisk2099d ago

Best Adapted Video Game

Batman: Arkham City

Best Original Game

Batman: Arkham City

How can a game be on both categories? It's either adapted or original, can't be both...

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Pandamobile2100d ago

The best graphics category is pretty laughable considering they left out the three best looking games of the year... Namely BF3, Crysis 2 and The Witcher 2.

Bleucrunch2100d ago

Witcher 2 is just pure sexiness man...smh who is in charge of the candidates.....we gamers need to interject.

LOGICWINS2100d ago

What we need is gamers supporting games they like with their dollars. Buying games supports this industry, worrying about how the VGAs coincide with our opinions doesn't.

caboose322100d ago (Edited 2100d ago )

And of course most people will hit the disagree button because most havent played it.

That's a shame because it really is one of the best looking games I have ever seen.

And I'm kind of upset they didn't add Shogun 2: Total war. It's one of my favorite RTS games in a long time.

RedDead2099d ago

Yeah...VGA's though. Never get anything right

Dac2u2099d ago

@Pandamobile: I completely agree.

Though, I liked the game, I can't believe LA Noire is on the list for best graphics. Personally, I thought the graphics were pretty bad by today's standards, the facial animations were great, but the graphics looked weird to me.