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Spike VGA 2012 Nominees and Predictions – Part 1

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm by Stephen Janes

So here we embark on a lengthy process of predicting who will walk away victorious from the Spike VGA 2012 Nominees and predict who has the best chance of winning these prestigious awards. Taking place on December 7 and obviously airing on Spike Network, this award show will be the 10th anniversary of the VGA’s, the Academy Awards for gamers. You can expect to see various different installments in the next few days with different categories and predictions. In short, I will be picking a personal and a spoiler pick. The personal pick will be who I feel is the best candidate for the respective award, while the spoiler pick features the underdog with the best chance at winning.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the first bundle of categories, including Game of the Year and best game for each respective home console.


Game of the Year

 Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal) [spoiler pick]
Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/Thatgamecompany)
Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/Bioware)
The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games) [personal pick]

I wrote in my Assassin’s Creed III review that it deserved to be nominated for GOTY and here we are. I still think that AC3 is a strong contender to win, but I would really like to see The Walking Dead take it home. For a game that lasts only two hours (each episode) and is more about the story taking place than gameplay or graphics, how amazing would it be for Telltale to win this award on a game that had a much lower budget than the other nominees? I wasn’t completely sold on The Walking Dead until I played episode five, and by the end of the game I was sold that this had to win. The Walking Dead has a great chance to win, but bigger titles like Assassin’s Creed III and Mass Effect 3 still have a good chance.


Studio of the Year

343 Industries (Halo 4) [personal pick]
Arkane Studios (Dishonored)
Gearbox Software (Borderlands 2)
Telltale Games (The Walking Dead: The Game) [spoiler pick]

This is a tough call, but I might be leaning towards 343 Industries. Halo 4 was the first time a Halo game was developed exclusively by 343 after taking the reigns from Bungie. Halo 4 is selling very well and has been met with great reviews everywhere you go. The fact that they went from understudy to big dog with astounding numbers proves that 343 deserves this award. Telltale also did a great job with The Waling Dead, but I feel like 343 will get tons of credit for what they did.


Best Xbox 360 Game

Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2 [spoiler pick]
Halo 4 [personal pick]

I would be very surprised if Halo 4 does not win this award. As highly as I think of AC3, Halo 4 (and subsequently all Halo games) are the reason you buy an Xbox 360 in the first place. I have always wondered why they don’t separate exclusive games from multi-platform games, but either way Halo 4 is an easy pick for this one.


Best PS3 Game

Assassin’s Creed III [personal pick]
Borderlands 2
Journey [spoiler pick]

It would be something if AC3 swept all best game categories, but with Halo 4 nominated in the Xbox 30 category that won’t happen. I do believe it has a better chance in the PS3 category, but do not count out Journey, because I haven’t met a single person who said they disliked Journey. I prefer a game to occupy as much of my time as possible and for me, AC3 fits that bill more-so than Journey. Again, do not count out Journey as it has been universally loved, but I feel as (originally) a downloadable title, it might not have as much staying power.


Best Wii/Wii-U Game

New Super Mario Bros. U
The Last Story [personal pick]
Xenoblade Chronicles
ZombiU [spoiler pick]

It’s hard to bet against a Super Mario game, but I feel like NSMBU was somewhat bland. The Last Story was a great title and was very reminiscent to the Final Fantasy franchise (created by the same person). JRPG titles don’t often get the recognition they deserve here in America, but I do feel this was the strongest title in the bunch. The Last Story, I thought, was very interesting and exciting. ZombiU looked like a lot of fun and despite only being out for a short amount of time has already garnered many positive reviews, making it my spoiler pick here.


Best PC Game

Diablo III [personal pick]
Guild Wars 2
Torchlight II [spoiler pick]
Xcom: Enemy Unknown

Diablo III is an easy pick here, but Torchlight II will provide a good fight. D3 was hotly anticipated and was met with outstanding reviews, despite the few issues it had in the first week. I can’t see anything else winning this award, to be quite honest.


Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Gravity Rush
Littlebigplanet PS Vita [spoiler pick]
New Super Mario Bros 2 [personal pick]
Sound Shapes

Handheld Super Mario Bros. games have been very strong in recent years, so this year shouldn’t be any different. I did mention earlier that NSMBU didn’t offer anything different, but I do think NSMB2 was fun enough. One new feature was the Coin Rush, which pit two players against each other to see who could collect the most coins in three random levels, which I thought was pretty fun. The other three Sony titles are all great plays, with Littlebigplanet PS Vita being my front-runner here.

Stay tuned for future installments for the Spike 2012 VGA Nominees and Predictions. We covered the major console/handheld releases here, and the next article will showcase the specific genre’s and types of games.

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