VGA Awards 2009 Nominees and Results

By Neil McCormick

So Saturday saw the VGA Awards. I do not why but for some reason, I am not all that fussed by the results. In fact I think some of the winners are a strange choice, and perhaps reveals more about who voted and where the awards are from.

Nominees below. Winners are in bold.

Game of the Year

* Assassin’s Creed 2
* Batman: Arkham Asylum
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Left 4 Dead 2
* Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

For me , this category was a two horse race between Batman and Uncharted2 which would require a photo finish to determine the winnner. As much as I think Batman was a fantastic game overall Uncharted 2 is worthy of the win.

Studio of the Year

* Infinity Ward
* Naughty Dog
* Rocksteady Studios
* Valve

Im torn on this one, whils Rocksteady are worthy winners, I expected this to go to Naughty Dog for Uncharted 2

Best Independent Game Fueled by Dew

* ‘Splosion Man
* Flower
* Osmos
* Trials HD
Again a two horse race between Flower and Trials HD for me. Flower probably tips the edge for its sheer originality.

Best Xbox 360 Game

* Batman: Arkham Asylum
* Halo 3: ODST
* Forza Motorsport 3
* Left 4 Dead 2

No way – well of the mark here – Forza 3 should have won.

Best PS3 Game

* Killzone 2
* Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
* Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Definately a no brainer Uncharted 2 deserves the award.

Best Wii Game

* Madworld
* New Super Mario Bros. Wii
* Punch-Out!!
* Wii Sports Resort

To be fair, Mario is the only big gun in this category so comes as no surprise.

Best PC Game

* Dragon Age: Origins
* Left 4 Dead 2
* Plants vs. Zombies
* The Sims 3

I am disappointed with this result i really believed Popcap deserved the win here for the wonderful Plants vs Zombies.

Best Handheld Game

* Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

* Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
* Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
* Scribblenauts

As much as I enjoyed Chinatown Wars, I was expecting Professor Layton to take away the prize.

Best Shooter

* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Halo 3: ODST
* Killzone 2
* Left 4 Dead 2

Did anyone else in the category bother to turn up ?- the hype train is in town.

Best Fighting Game

* Blazblue: Calamity Trigger
* Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny
* Street Fighter IV
* Tekken 6

Was not sure about this one, had it down to Street fighter 4 and Tekken 6. Think the reviews of Tekken 6 may have swayed it.

Best Action Adventure Game

* Assassin’s Creed 2
* Batman: Arkham Asylum
* Brutal Legend
* Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

For me the jury is out in this one, personally I would have had Batman or Uncharted 2 as the main contender for this award.

Best RPG

* Borderlands
* Demon’s Souls
* Dragon Age: Origins
* Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

This is a strange lot of nominees, Dragon age origins to me is the only true RPG in the category, Bordrlands would be the closest rival and it is meant to be an RPG / FPS hybrid.

Best Multi-player Game

* Borderlands
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Halo 3: ODST
* Left 4 Dead 2

Sorry other nominees , you didnt stand a chance.

Best Individual Sports Game

* Fight Night Round 4
* Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
* UFC 2009 Undisputed
* Wii Sports Resort

Pleasantly pleased with this result – i enjoyed UFC 2009 immensely.

Best Team Sports Game

Fifa Soccer 10
Madden NFL 10
NBA 2k10
NHL 10

This is the only one of the 4 nominees I have not played. Based on the three I have played I think NBA 2K10 deserved mention

Best Driving Game

* Dirt 2
* Forza Motorsport 3
* Gran Turismo (PSP)
* Need for Speed Shift

Really the only main contender in the group – so not a surprise.

Best Music Game

* DJ Hero
* Guitar Hero 5
* LEGO Rock Band
* The Beatles: Rock Band

Toss up between Beatles and DJ Hero for me.

Best Soundtrack

* Brutal Legend
* DJ Hero
* Guitar Hero 5
* The Beatles: Rock Band

Im surprised here, I expected Brutal Legend to run away with it.

Best Original Score

* Assassin’s Creed 2
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Halo 3: ODST
* Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Given the pedigree of ODST’s predecessors, not surprised it would be a winner.

Best Graphics

* Batman: Arkham Asylum
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Killzone 2
* Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Fully deserved, probably the most spectacular graphics in a game in 2009 , from cut scenes to in game footage – top notch.

Best Game Based on a Movie/TV Show

* Ghostbusters: The Video Game
* South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!
* The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition

Something does not ring true with this result. I have played all of the nominees , there is no way this is the best game. I believe Xmen Wolverine deserved this award.

Best Performance by a Human Female

* Eliza Dushku as Rubi Malone
* Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman
* Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes
* Tricia Helfer as Dare

Well deserved.

Best Performance by a Human Male

* Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
* Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
* Samuel L Jackson as Afro Samurai/Ninja Ninja
* Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky
* Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick

True winner

Best Cast

* Brutal Legend
* Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
* Ghostbusters: The Video Game
* South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!
* Wolverine

Hmm not sure about this, would have thought having the likes of Lemmy and Ozzie on Board would have gave it to Brutal Legend.

Best Voice

* Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn
* Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer
* Jack Black as Eddie Riggs
* Mark Hamill as The Joker
* Nolan North as Nathan Drake

Wrong – Should have been Hammil’s for his portrayal of the Joker

Best Downloadable Game

* Battlefield 1943
* Fat Princess
* Plants vs. Zombies
* Shadow Complex
Again I think two other contenders in the category are equally as worthy, Battlefield 1943 and Plants v Zombies.

Best DLC

* Fallout 3 – Broken Steel
* Fallout 3 – Point Lookout
* Grand Theft AUto IV: The Lost and the Damned
* Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Surprised here, I expected fallout 3 DLC to pick up this award.

Most Anticipated Game

* BioShock 2
* God of War III
* Mass Effect 2
* Starcraft II

Agree with this, but also expect that Bioshock 2 must be a close runner up!


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