VGA Nominees + My Thoughts

The Spike VGA’s are the “pinnacle” of gaming. Where developers and gamers come to unite to see which games receives the prestigious blue monkey aka the “Game of the Year” award. Spike recently announced their nominees for their respected categories and to no one’s surprise, once again this award show displays that this is nothing but a popularity contest filled with celebrities who really don’t give a damn about games, weak trailers for the next Call of Duty game and your occasional, shameless plug for another terrible action flick.  You can find the nominees and my honest opinion below.

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)

Dishonored does not deserve to be in this category, Mass Effect 3’s ending was a fail. Where is Borderlands 2, RE6 and Halo 4 at? This category was so jacked, however big props to two downloadable games making it to this category. I believe AC3 will win.

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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)

I can agree with this category but once again where is RE6? Sleeping Dogs makes absolutely no sense, it’s a good game but i just cant get behind this nom. I believe AC3 will win.

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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)

Max Payne 3 was trash in a box but okay? Once again Spike shows that this show isn’t made for the fans. I want Halo 4 to win but i know CoD will get it.

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Studio of the Year
· 343 Industries
· Arkane Studios
· Gearbox Software
· Telltale Games

I agree with this category, all these studios delivered good games this year. 343 and Telltale could both get it.

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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)

The Last of Us shall win. Pardon me i had to laugh that South Park is even on there.

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One response to “VGA Nominees + My Thoughts

  1. Game of The Year:
    Hmm. I’ve heard some say that Ezio’s outings were more enjoyable than Conner’s, so that makes me think it won’t be ACIII. Dishonored is a very under-the-radar title that I think definitely deserves mention. As for it being Game of the Year, I don’t think so. I’ve heard many say that Mass Effect 2 was better than Mass Effect 3, so I don’t expect ME3 to win. That just leaves the two downloadable titles. No doubt The Walking Dead is a good game but I think much of its popularity is derived from the success of the TV show. Journey is the one game on this list I really hope wins this award.

    Best Action / Adventure Game:
    I immediately narrow it down to ACIII and Dishonored as these two are both nominees for GotY. Between the two it’s a tough toss-up. On the one hand ACIII wins the popular vote but I think Dishonored deserves it, so we’ll see. I think Dishonored may win this category, though.

    Best Shooter:
    This is a category filled with heavy weights. CoD is the popular choice, Borderlands 2 was huge, and Halo is always a titan. I think Halo 4 deserves this.

    Studio of the Year:
    343 Industries deserves credit as I think a lot of fans were pleased that Halo 4 turned out as well as it did considering the developer shift. However, I’d award this to TellTale Games. They married an under-valued genre to a popular franchise to produce something of quality. The selection of studios here does raise an eyebrow in that ThatGameCompany isn’t mentioned. Could this be a hint that The Walking Dead Game will win GotY after all? It is difficult to imagine Journey winning GotY while its studio isn’t even nominated for Studio of the Year.

    Most Anticipated Game:
    BioShock Infinite looks great, but it’s just BioShock in the sky as opposed to under water. GTA5 is going to be great, but aside from more realistic graphics, a better story, and multiple protagonists it’s really just another GTA. The Last of Us is hotly anticipated by many, but let us be honest, it’s just a different version of Uncharted. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we’ve seen something like this before. Tomb Raider? It’s Uncharted with a female lead and more drama. South Park seems like a breath of fresh air. It says something that I’m not attached to the license or interested in RPG’s at the moment, but still want to play this game. I would choose South Park for this award.

    Now, if I could nominate anything for Most Anticipated Game it would easily be Xi: Continuum. More than any game mentioned above, I’m more excited for Xi: Continuum than anything else next year. Furthermore, Xi: Continuum is free which only sweetens the deal.

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