Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood wins Writers Guild trophy

Ubisoft's action-adventure beats out Fallout, God of War III, Prince of Persia, Singularity, and Force Unleashed II; organization defends process that excluded Red Dead, Mass Effect 2.

Over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America handed out trophies in its annual Writers Guild Awards. Top honors in film went to Christopher Nolan for his original screenplay for Inception and to Aaron Sorkin for his adapted screenplay for The Social Network. TV series that scored plaudits included Mad Men, Modern Family, and Boardwalk Empire.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood took top honors at the WGAs Saturday night.

The WGAs also have a video game category, where the winner was Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The game's story was written by Jeffrey Yohalem, Corey May, and now ex-Ubisoft creative director Patrice Desilets. Its lead script writer was Jeffrey Yohalem, with Ethan Petty, Nicholas Grimwood, and Matt Turner serving as script writers.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood beat out five other games in the category: Fallout: New Vegas, Singularity, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, God of War III, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. However, its win was not without controversy. The exclusion of several of 2010's most awarded games, including Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2, led to some criticism of the WGA's game category.

In an op-ed on Gamesindustry.biz, Writers Guild of America's Videogame Writers Caucus chair Micah Wright defended the selection process, saying BioWare and Take-Two Interactive refused to submit the scripts for Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption, respectively.

"Maybe they hate unions, or maybe they just hate winning awards, or maybe they have enough statues on their mantle," said Wright. "No way to know. So another game gets what would likely have been their nomination. Are we happy about it? No…but rules are rules and our rules are clear and very fair."

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72 comments
prioritymail
prioritymail

I am happy for AC, but Mass Effect should have at least made it into the nominations.

Krinnium
Krinnium

... damn red dead redemption did have a good story too... not that im disappointed with the results i just wouldve liked to see who woulda won out in a fair competition

irwin888
irwin888

I don't know how these guys can pick ONE out of all the awesome games, but thank you for making that one Brotherhood!!

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

well i don't rate these award systems, how ever they make their decisions or why some obvious contenders are just not there!? THE thing that really matters or should matter, is what us (the gamers) think of the games! After all, the money that they make from their games, mostly, comes from us through purchases... We Decide Who Wins!!! lol

4nationfury
4nationfury

To be honest, I'm simply glad Brotherhood won another award. I know it isn't bug free, but it saddened me to see it lose out so much to other (albeit great) games like Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption. I know some people are saying the story wasn't the greatest but I really like it. It's not so full of twists and conspiracy theories, but I love seeing Ezio's exploits as he retakes Rome. Plus the characters are the best in the series yet. At least, that's my opinion on it all.

Takeno456
Takeno456

Good job to all the creators and founders of our brotherhood!

pidow
pidow

A Super Game.

Jimbobthon
Jimbobthon

An awesome game, well deserved to win this award.

slippship
slippship

Mass Effect sounds like a really good game, Brotherhood has a good story, bit weaker than II and I got bored of GOW III. Red's constant attempts to make Marston intelligent/cowboy at times made it feel a bit bizarre and the script wasn't as good as the overall story, if that makes sense. Heavy Rain and Alan Wake had good scripts too, some awards might not mean too much to developers.

jnw93
jnw93

well the game is great

Henninger
Henninger

Since when do u need the script??? Its called play the game. U play the game & then u'll get the material u need 2 make the decision on whether or not u put the game down as a nominee. Sounds like laziness 2 me.

fishballz
fishballz

GOW3 was nominated? I love the game but it had the weakest story out of the series. If Bioware had submitted scripts from any of their games, they would win by default. Maybe they wanted to give others a chance.

Yuyutsu_152
Yuyutsu_152

ok i love brotherhood and god of war 3 story they r thr best but why is forgotten sands nominated sand of time, two thrones and waqrrior within r way better than it

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Too bad that some games decided not to abide by the rules in order to be considered but I don't mind that Red Dead didn't win another award for story. I like the game but the wooden writing and dialogue were tedious and boring far too often.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

It's like winning by default. I love GoW3, but let's just say that the writing is not one of its forte.

willywonkamusic
willywonkamusic

Great Job to the writer! He deserves it for creativity and uniqueness

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Best story, really? Did they play until the ending? The writing in New Vegas was way better then Brotherhoods, I can't speak about the other games since I haven't played them but New Vegas should have gotten this above Brotherhood.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Fix. Assassin's Creed has great gameplay but shockingly bad story. I remember when AC2 finally started to unfold, plot-wise, and I couldn't keep playing, it was almost like a middle finger to history and well-crafted stories.

ash162
ash162

Great game. Doesn't matter who gets the award people...

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Good stuff. Good game. Good story. Was it the best? No. Why did they say maybe they hate unions? Haha. For that reason alone I hate unions. So a group that no one cares about gives an award that means nothing. Whatever

ZeroOne0
ZeroOne0

"organization defends process that excluded Red Dead, Mass Effect 2" These awards aren't even worth their weight in fecal matter.

blasterchief
blasterchief

I really liked Brotherhood, but it kind of won by default.

mardinn
mardinn

Ubisoft. I am still waiting for the PC version!

marxux_1
marxux_1

AC Brotherhood is a very good game....and i wished it to have some award this year...games like RDR and ME2 are brilliant and if they kept away from awards its better...coz they would hav easily been a powerful contender....awards are no doubt a bonus over a multimillion sale of a title..but Bioware and Rockstar dont need awards to justify their standards...they are awarded by each and every gamer who hav played their games and loved them...

DEATH775
DEATH775

They deserve it all right kudos to you

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

Howie said it all. That just shows how pathetic the video game story market really is. But props for AC brotherhood

howie1926
howie1926

The story in AC:Brotherhood was far from award winning. And this is coming from a diehard AC fan.

majere613
majere613

If I had to speculate, and I am, so presumably I do, it may well be that the way the scripts for ME2 and RDR were originally written didn't fit with the format the WGA were using. ME2 in particular would have a very conditional script that would read almost like a flowchart based on a lot of factors from ME etc. I'd guess organising those scripts into the sort of document the WGA were looking for would have taken a fair amount of someone's time, and therefore money, which they felt was better spent on other things, like making games :)

filmboy85
filmboy85

Surprised Singularity got a nomination... the game was great and the story entertained me, but more in a "they're not taking this seriously so I won't either and enjoy the ride" way than a "I'm so intellectually and emotionally invested in this fantastic piece of fiction" way. Red Dead or Mass Effect probably should have won but hey, if they didn't submit the scripts then they obviously did not want to be considered.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Curioser and curioser. Red Dead could have been a good contender. I wonder what their reason for withholding the scripts was?

Scotterius
Scotterius

@MEDzZ3RO In my opinion, if you have not played Mass Effect (1)....you are definitely missing something :)

AnubisofSumeria
AnubisofSumeria

Ac got an award for there story in brotherhood? the story was the poorest out the saga.. and dont bother thumbs downing me because i'm an AC fan myself i'm just stating the facts

meke186
meke186

Ha i love how some nominees were fallout and SW the force unleashed. Yet gamespots and igns reviews for them were horriblely critical saying fallouts story sucked even thoughs 3's was worse and they never said 3's was bad and ign said SW sucked too even though i think it was awesome. But im glad AC got it

Little_Socrates
Little_Socrates

Best writing of the year STILL goes to Deadly Premonition or Red Dead Redemption. I liked AC: Bro quite a bit, but the writing has nothing on those games.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@ExtremePhobia Assassin's Creed like Mass Effect will be a trilogy. Storywise they lead on from eachother but as standalone games the animus still remains a unique storypoint. Expect the current story to end in Assassin's Creed 3. Mass Effect's decision making's nice but I never felt heavily morally challenged in making that decision. That may possibly be because I never played the original and have missed something or perhaps because I bought Mass Effect 2 having heard the hype the game had; it's a good game but I was expecting more. Whilst where Assassin's Creed was concerned I thought it would be a Prince Of Persia cop off attempting to do GTA. I was surprisingly blown away by the game. In Creed I felt Ezio has taken the lead story whilst Desmond has kept the main plot going. All subject to opinion though. There's not really a right or wrong anwser we can say to one another.

Vastano
Vastano

@Kojo222 Well, that opens up the debate on whether Heavy Rain can be classified as a video game or an interactive movie. @ExtremePhobia To be honest, I think that the writers of AC are kind of melding Campbell's Monomyth with the Aristotelian 3-part structure. Desmond's side of the story seems to be more in line with the Monomyth, but the other characters (Altair & Ezio) seem to be following the 3-part narrative. Also I think the imagination involved with AC is most likely centered around the mythos of the Assassin Order - which is also rather cliche'd, like you mentioned with the "big brother" reference. And I think you're half right, I think the story will continue as long as people are buying. Maybe the whole Desmond story arc will end, but I think they would likely find a way to expand it or just create a new arc.

lamprey263
lamprey263

this must be a case of nobody else submitting their work to the Writers Guild for awards

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

congrats to them and I found the story somewhat confusing at times...

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@kozzy1234 We couldn't really disagree more. Heavy Rains story is blown up out of proportion of what it really is. Take away the controls and the story's not as good as it's hyped to be. I'm uncertain of what the film's going to turn out like, I can't see it personally; I may be wrong. I loved Heavy Rain as a game though, very emotional and involving . Fallout.... I love Fallout I've always found the story flat? Mass Effect's a good game with good gameplay but gameplay-wise I don't feel it's on par with Uncharted 2, Vanquish or Dead Spaces shooting sequences. Voice acting is good but I felt Red Dead Redemption has better voice acting. The stories good but it just seems to follow the traditional sci-fi story a bit too much for my liking. Red Dead has a great story and you do care about what happens to the characters. I liked it and it was definately a top contender in this area for me. I can't mention Singularity because I haven't played it long enough. My brother got it and I had a quick go but I've never got around to actually playing it. I blame GT5, Brotherhood, God Of War 3, Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2 for that, lol. Unsurprised MW2 and Haze are on your list of disappointments and I can see why you wouldn't like the original Assassins Creed. I'm a bit surprised by the mention of the second Assassins Creed though. I really rate it; it was the game that got me into the Creed games. All subject to taste and preferances though; no worries.

Kojo222
Kojo222

If RDR and ME2 didn't send in scripts, fine. But what's their excuse for not having Heavy Rain in there?

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@MEDzZ3RO I could say even less of Assassin's Creed. Aside from the Animus (which, mind you, was introduced two games ago), Assassin's Creed games are a romanticizing of historical events. Where, exactly, is the imagination then? And that's not considering the actual short comings of the story itself. I mean, really, how many Pieces of Eden are there? When I was taught how to write, I was taught that there was a beginning, middle, and an end to any good story. Does anybody else get the feeling that this story will run as long as people want to buy the games? And as for cliche, should I point out the just how cliche the "Big Brother" qualities of Abstergo/the Templars are? Mass Effect. Let's touch upon one simple thing. Going into Mass Effect 3 there are over 1,000 variables to deal with. And that's not considering that those multiple variables can possibly (and some likely do) have multiple values. That means that this story can be different in literally every playthrough. In fact, it would actually be rather difficult to duplicate a given playthrough even if you tend to pick things in a pattern. And how often does it flub? If you stripped away Miles' story and just left the assassinating, I'd still buy it but if you did the reverse I probably wouldn't. Mass Effect is the opposite. If you stripped the story, I wouldn't be interested in the gameplay. But if you stripped the gameplay and left the story? Well, you'd have some pretty good books. You know, the ones I bought.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I guess my biggest question is, where was Heavy Rain? I loved ME2 but Heavy Rain was extremely well-written and is definitely deserving of the prize, especially over those other games.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

@MEDzZ3RO You make some good points and I respect your opinion, but to me the idea behind the story in AC is cool and same with the setting but it was horribly put together and way it was told (its like a movie with a good story but just not put to the screen well or adapted from the book well. On paper the story sounds good but it just seems like a wasted opportunity in the end) . The characters are among some of this gens worst also. I did not care what happened to these characters or interested in there past or future at all. The blue print is there for an amazing story and interesting characters but the AC games just didn't tell a good story or have interesting characters imo. - Heavy Rain = better story and characters - ME2 = better story as a whole and characters (not to mention much better voice acting and atmosphere). - Fallout New Vegas = Better story no doubt - Red Dead = Great western story with great characters. - Singluarity = A FPS with a good story? Yes sir (: To me those games this year had far superior stories, characters, dialogue and writing then AC did. AC1/2 are up there with Call of Duty MW2, Madden11 and Haze as the games that I was really looking forward to but just didn't deliver this generation and I wish I didnt buy them now. No hard feels bud, just my honest opinion. So much potential this series I just don' think its been reached yet.

No_asylum
No_asylum

ronnet Yes much better stories... AC2 mainly. I like ACB.. but no way should have got this award.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

I quit playing the game. I don't like how you cannot movie forward in Single Player unless you do EXACTLY as the mission specify's. I preferred the old way. The Multi-Player is a one trick Pony. It is fun for awhile, then wears off quick as you soon realize all you do is the same thing over and over.