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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xtheownerzx2287d ago (Edited 2287d ago )

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

Bleucrunch2287d 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!

fluffydelusions2287d ago

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

Iroquois_Pliskin2287d ago


Can i have some of that stuff youre smoking?

Ch1d0r12287d ago

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

Trekster_Gamer2287d 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!

Bleucrunch2287d ago

lmao hilarious....just Hilarious...

clearelite2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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_Bayless2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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.

mikeslemonade2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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.

MysticStrummer2286d ago

sofocado has to be joking... right?

HD_GAMER19892286d ago (Edited 2286d 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_TK2286d 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.

buddymagoo2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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.

Philoctetes2286d 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-Bandit2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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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princejb1342287d 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

TheXgamerLive2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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.

-Alpha2286d ago (Edited 2286d 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 Come2286d 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...

-Alpha2286d 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 Come2286d 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...

Gam3rSinceBiRTH2286d 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.

JeffGUNZ2286d 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.

TheXgamerLive2285d ago (Edited 2285d 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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vasilisk2286d 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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Pandamobile2287d 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.

Bleucrunch2287d ago

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

LOGICWINS2287d 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.

caboose322287d ago (Edited 2287d 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.

RedDead2286d ago

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

Dac2u2286d 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.

mandf2286d ago

LA Noire should have gotten tech award nominee but not graphics. Killzone3 should have gotten the award beacause it's native 720p and has a stable framerate throughout the game.

mandf2286d ago

LA Noire should have gotten tech award nominee but not graphics. Killzone3 should have gotten the award because it's native 720p and has a stable framerate throughout the game.

death2smoochie2286d ago

They should have best graphic category for consoles and the PC.
The very fact Crysis 2, BF3 and The Wicther 2 for the PC is not on the list for best graphics is laughable at best as those are the best looking games out this year bar none. Those games on a PC look better than any console game.
It seems they just listed console games for best graphics. What's new....

Kingdom Come2286d ago (Edited 2286d ago )

*Looks at Disagrees for Pandamobile's Comment*
So, people consider Batman: Arkham City's graphics to match those of Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Witcher 2 and such?

I mean, damn, I'd say Batman's on par with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 in the graphics department...

Slightly off topic: The funny thing is, Gears of War 3 will beat Batman Arkham City to "Best Xbox 360 Game", confirming it to be a better game than Batman, and yet its not up for GOTY. The VGA's are just trying to satisfy the PS3 fans who have criticised them for being allegedly biased in the past and overly thank Rocksteady for the exclusive reveal of Arkham City last year...

BigShotSmoov0072286d ago

Totally agree with that. The Witcher 2 on a high end PC is just gorgeous, how you leave that out. Plus Crysis 2 on consoles to me is still the best looking game I've seen and on consoles running on DX11 is just banana's. Plus how the hell do you leave BF3 out, really, Really REALLLY?

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Mohdunknown2287d ago

WTF is Epic Mickey doing on that list??? Isn't that 2010?

Evildoomnerd2287d ago (Edited 2287d ago )

However, many Award shows have cut off dates, and since Epic Mickey was released in November 2010, the nominations board probably bumped it for next year. Then again, Skyward Sword is a nominee, so thats a bit perplexing.

Dark-vash2287d ago

So... Where's Xenoblade then? probably the best RPG this gen and no where to be seen! oh... w8... Are those for us released games only?

The Great Melon2286d ago (Edited 2286d ago )

\begin rant

I really wish they would put Xenoblade on the list and make sure it wins a bunch of awards to kick Nintendo in the a$$ for being so obstinate. I will likely import that game within the next month from the UK if I don't hear any word from Nintendo.

The same goes for The Last Story. Why would you NOT bring games over to the US if they have or will be localized for other English speaking countries.


It is times like this that I am proud to have hacked my Wii, so I can enjoy games that Nintendo would otherwise prevent me from playing by use of the prison known as region locking.

Quit treating your fans like trash Nintendo of America.

\rant off

Ch1d0r12287d ago

Might of been one of those December games, they usually fall into a black hole and never get in. Kinda like GT5, if i recall it didn't get nominated last year and this year, came out late Nov. 2010.

FighterJoe2286d ago

Exactly, it fell into the black hole and didn't have a chance, if Epic Mickey got nominated then GT5 should have too, it could have been eligible for a few of the categories.

akaFullMetal2287d ago

Kind of laughable that some of the 360's best games are multiplatform games.

LOGICWINS2287d ago

It's kind of laughable that you take the VGAs seriously. It started being a joke since 09' when Jersey Shore castmembers presented an award.... and when AC2 beat out UC2 for best Action/Adventure, yet somehow UC2 won GOTY even though AC2 was voted to be a better Action/Adventure game.

piroh2287d ago (Edited 2287d ago )

i smell hatred against PS3 in you

i think VGAs are more respected than you

ZippyZapper2287d ago

Jersey Shore castmembers go to the VGA's? LoL that's some funny sh!t. Can't get anymore white trash than that. :0

LOGICWINS2287d ago

"i smell hatred against PS3 in you"


shoestring2286d ago

It's believed that only AC2 won action/adventure only because UC2 had already won damn near EVERYTHING else expect the nobel peace prize that year so they was being very generous towards AC2 (Which don't get me wrong was a great game by the way)

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perdie2286d ago

Thats because the 360 had like 2 exclusives, real talk

Gam3rSinceBiRTH2286d ago

Infamous 2 and Kz3 are pretty average. If we're talking about "BEST" games than Batman and Portal 2 should easily bump Infamous 2 and KZ3.

I think that they added Infamous 2 in that list is laughable.

AntiTroll2287d ago

Studio of the Year

Bethesda Game Studios
Naughty Dog
Rocksteady Studios

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
The Witcher 2
Portal 2

Best Action Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

DonaldBeck2287d ago (Edited 2287d ago )

looks like uncharted is claiming victory again

_Aarix_2286d ago

to you cause your a fanboy.

MysticStrummer2286d ago

No Dark Souls = Failed List

I'm playing the hell out of Skyrim and loving it, but it's second to Dark Souls for me. Portal 2 would get third and Uncharted 3 would get fourth if I was Lord of the Awards. All amazing games though. Haven't played Batman: Arkham City yet but I intend to eventually.