COD4, Orange Box, BioShock, Rock Band D.I.C.E. up Interactive Achievement Awards

Activision's military shooter takes top prize, but 2K Games' undersea actioner, Valve's compilation, and MTV/Harmonix's rhythm game also get their props.

LAS VEGAS--What the Oscars and the Emmys are to film and television, the Interactive Achievement Awards wants to be to games. Its sponsor, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, not only takes its nomenclature cues from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, it also put on a glitzy affair for the 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which unfolded Thursday night in the largest ballroom in the Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

After an extended red carpet ceremony, the awards began fashionably late, with a group of sharply attired executives and cramped reporters rubbing elbows in front of the awards hall. After the obligatory hobnobbing and posing for cameras, the nearly 1,000-strong crowd gradually seated themselves and awaited the entrance of emcee Jay Mohr, who hosted the event for the third year running.

Unlike past events, this year's awards tried to enforce a strict "business attire" dress code on its nearly all-male audience. As evidenced by the flood of denim entering the hall, the upscale fashion edict didn't take. However, the skewed gender ratio of the audience did not go unnoticed by Jay. "It's like a hooker's fantasy in here," he proclaimed after taking the stage after several false starts.

Mohr then delivered some impromptu statistical analysis: "So 38 percent of gamers are women and older and 20 percent are over 50....that means 10 percent of gamers are cougars! Or as I like to call then, MILFs--moms I'd like to frag."

Following a round of applause, Mohr entered into a less typically NC-17-rated monologue than usual. "We’re streaming live on the Web right now," he said referring to GameSpot's live webcast, "so keep the profanity to a minimum." He then jokingly challenged a certain game designer: "I'm talking to you, Jaffe!" Appearing later on in the broadcast, the infamously outspoken game developer did not disappoint, letting forth a B-52's worth of F-bombs just to make his point.

Mohr's opening monologue also obliquely--and explicitly--referenced Web animator Zero Punctuation's recent review of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The subtle cue was no accident. The critically acclaimed shooter from Activision and its Infinity Ward studio took home the evening's biggest prizes, including overall game of the year, console game of the year, action game of the year, and outstanding achievement in online game play.

Tying COD4 at the four-award mark was top-nominee-getter BioShock, which won outstanding achievement in sound design, outstanding achievement in original music composition, outstanding achievement in story development, and outstanding achievement in art direction. Another favorite, Harmonix and MTV Games' Electronic Arts-distributed rhythm game Rock Band, took home trophies for outstanding innovation in gaming, outstanding achievement in soundtrack, and family game of the year.

Another title scoring a trifecta wasn't exactly a newcomer. Valve Software's Orange Box, which compiles 2004's Half-Life 2 with its two episodic sequels, the online shooter Team Fortress, and the darkly comic puzzler Portal took computer game of the year, outstanding achievement in game play engineering, and outstanding character performance. Other notable winners of the evening include World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (massively multiplayer game of the year), Super Mario Galaxy (adventure game of the year), and Mass Effect (role-playing game of the year).

But perhaps the night's biggest winner was Ken Kutaragi, the former head of Sony Computer Entertainment and the so-called "Father of the PlayStation." Largely unseen since he retired from Sony last June, the executive looked relaxed, sporting a tailored leather jacket and semilong hair as he took the stage to receive a lifetime achievement honor. However, the once-famously-aloof executive delivered a heartfelt speech thanking his family, colleagues, and the industry for the chance to help turn games from a novelty activity into mainstream entertainment.

A full list of tonight's Interactive Achievement Award winners are listed below in bold.

Overall Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Console Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Computer Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Vivendi Games, Blizzard Entertainment)

Handheld Game of the Year
Drawn to Life (THQ, 5th Cell)
Jeanne d'Arc (SCEA, Level 5)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher, Infinite Interactive, 1st Playable Productions)
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (SCEA, High Impact Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
EVE Online: Trinity (CCP, CCP)
Guild Wars: Eye of the North (NCsoft, AreaNet)
Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (NCsoft, Destination Games)
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (Midway, Turbine)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Vivendi Games, Blizzard Entertainment)

Action Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie Studios)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (Namco Bandai Games America, Namco Bandai Games)
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Electronic Arts, EA LA)

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (THQ, Relic)
Supreme Commander (THQ, Gas Powered Games)
World in Conflict (Vivendi Games, Massive Entertainment)

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA Soccer 08 (Electronic Arts (Electronic Arts)
MLB 07: The Show (SCEA, SCE San Diego)
NBA 2K8 (2K Sports, Visual Concepts)
NHL 08 (Electronic Arts, EA Canada)
Skate (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Adventure Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
God of War II (SCEA, Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve, Valve)

Racing Game of the Year
DiRT (Codemasters, Codemasters)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 Studios)
Motorstorm (SCEA, Evolution Studios)
Need For Speed Pro Street (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)
Project Gotham Racing 4 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bizarre Creations)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Eternal Sonata (Namco Bandai Games America, Tri-Crescendo)
Jeanne d'Arc (SCEA, Level 5)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
Rogue Galaxy (SCEA, Level 5)
The Witcher (Atari, CDProjekt Red)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm)
Skate (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)
Need for Speed ProStreet (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Guitar Hero III (Activision, Neversoft)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Singstar POP (SCEA, SCEE London Studio)
Skate (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
BioShock (2K Games (2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)
God of War II (SCEA, SCE Santa Monica)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
Lair (SCEA, Factor 5)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Azada (Big Fish Games, Big Fish Games)
Build-a-Lot (HipSoft, HipSoft)
flOw (SCEA, That Game Company)
Peggle (PopCap, PopCap)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher, Infinite Interactive, 1st Playable Productions)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 Studios)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie Studios)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
World in Conflict (Vivendi Games, Massive Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Story Development
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Drawn to Life (THQ, 5th Cell)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
The Darkness (2K Games, Starbreeze Studios)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Character Performance
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)
The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero III (Activision, Neversoft)
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)

Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Microsoft Games Studios, Screenlife)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo, Nintendo)

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zacattack214
zacattack214

Heavenly Sword really should have won something.

NukeU
NukeU

Found an awsome Easter Egg for Half Life 2! As soon as u get out of the train at the very beginning, use the NOCLIP cheat, and fly out of the train station. Then u should see another building just floating near The train station. Inside, you can see the portal test chamber that started it all.

EPaul
EPaul

Woot Motorstorm deserves this award

Mp3Astra
Mp3Astra

Motorstorm wins Racing game of the year??? No way! It's a good game but it is outclassed by many others.

bombfanatic
bombfanatic

COD4 is the game. it just gets better and better.

Tking1293
Tking1293

Bioshock all the way, GOTY in my books.

NyGin07
NyGin07

tf2 is cool but theres a lack of game modes

NyGin07
NyGin07

halo 3, bioshock, rock band and super mario galaxy were my favorites of 07

Dementedpancake
Dementedpancake

Why aren't you talking about The Orange Box? I mean for any of you who havn't played TF2 it is the best game if you like strategy and gameplay and dont want to be pissed off every time you die. And the Half-Life series!! I mean HOW CAN'T YOU LIKE THEM? They are brilliant and even though they may appear un-realistic you don't notice and you are sucked in and feel part of the world that VALVe have created. Now i get to Portal... WOW It may be small, you may only want to play it once. but if you have it you wan't to show it off and brag and brag about how great it is and how you beat it and how you aren't confused about the complexity of using the portalgun to pass the tasks. I personally recon that it is a master peice. And Ha! $50 (US) FFS its cheap... over all i rate the whole thing 9.5 out of 10 im great. =D If you read this... i say nw.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Wow, COD4 game of the year? That's so f-ed up. It's a military shooter that had a decent single player and great multiplayer. Don't get me wrong, I liked the hell out of the game, but GOTY? Really? I'm sorry, but you people have your priorities wrong. Bioshock is and will be one of the greatest games of all time because it's so unique and engaging.

jcmorgado
jcmorgado

COD4 its a Master piece ! I never saw such an amazing created story, with no room for individual recreation , but strong story, amazing graphics without compromising the PC health ! COD4 is by far the best game this lasy year !

Horrortot1
Horrortot1

To ----jamx97---- i got halo 3 and played online for about 2 weeks before it got boring, once you have got passed having fun on some features or going in some vehicles its really dull nothing makes you want to keep playing. Unlike COD4 there are weapon unlocks, custom weapons, custom weapon sets, EXP multiplyers and loads of unlocks to keep the game fresh as you play it. I judge a game by its game play not features.

jamx97
jamx97

i rented COD 4 and thought it was average. played it for a week and went back to HALO 3. COD 4 is just to slow and plain. i did not like the overall sound of the game, the people running around and the stupid bullets flying unrealistically all over the place. And the voice of those rag heads just annoyed me. As for H3, I thought should have won or at least been nominated for GOTY. I mean more things to do in H3 ie jumping, grenade placing, dual wielding, equipment use, strategically using various combination of weapons to win the game, THE BATTLE RIFLE, sniping, vehicles, jacking vehicles, jump portals. In addition, forge, theatre, file sharing etc.. so many features and different strategies to employ while playing. COD 4 is just plain avgerage and that is why more poeple on XBL play halo 3 than COD 4. Why anyone would think COD 4 is better is beyond me, it is without a shadow of a doubt way overrated.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

i'll buy COD 4 when it drops down to 20 bucks. heck even bioshock and orange box had to 25 bucks each before i bought them on black friday.

lasseee
lasseee

The Darkness was flooded in mainstream games, that sucks, i really found it enjoyable, and thought i should have won something

zhivago_x
zhivago_x

I agree with this. I mean I always liked Cod series, yet I never loved playing it in multiplayer. I am more Counterstrike/UT/Quake fan. And this new CoD is a great game but it is too short in singleplayer especially for the money I gave for it.

vincentga
vincentga

Hi, A game can be good to play in single player mode but be boring or less good when playing multiplayer. Or this game don't have multiplayer mode. And in same way, a game can be good to play online but be boring or less good when playing singleplayer. Or this game don't have singleplayer mode. In same side a game can be good, but player need to pay money each month to play with it online. In this case it's not the same that to buy a game and be able to play this game online without need pay something by month. We must put things in perspective. We must compare similar products. Else we must say what is hide behind, like companies who ask pay fee by mounth to be able to play their games. So I find you must add categories in your award to represent the reality. So why not add FREE and PAY games in your awards. Free meaning player buy the game and no need pay money to play this game online. Pay meaning player must pay money to be able to play this game online. Why not to number your awards? Like that: 1- Overall Game of the Year 2- Console Game of the Year 3- Computer Game of the Year 4- Handheld Game of the Year 5- Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year 6- Action Game of the Year 7- Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year 8- Sports Game of the Year 9- Adventure Game of the Year 10- Outstanding Innovation in Gaming 11- Outstanding Achievement in Game Design 12- Racing Game of the Year 13- Role-Playing Game of the Year 14- Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design 15- Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack 16- Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition 17- Downloadable Game of the Year 18- Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play 19- Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering 20- Outstanding Achievement in Story Development 21- Outstanding Character Performance 22- Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering 23- Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction 24- Outstanding Achievement in Animation 25- Family Game of the Year You have the following prize: 18- Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play But why not add the following: Free to play online -------------------- Best Multiplayer Games Best LAN Games Best Popular Games Best Fisrt Person Shooter Game Best Real Time Strategy Game Pay money to play online ------------------------ Best Multiplayer Games Best LAN Games Best Popular Games Best Fisrt Person Shooter Game Best Real Time Strategy Game Where Multiplayer mean playable on Internet (online). Singleplayer (Offline) ---------------------- Best Fisrt Person Shooter Game Best Real Time Strategy Game Strategy games are not simulations games. Better to give each a award.

GamingButty
GamingButty

I like to think D.I.C.E. awards aren't fixed. Of course, we all do. This is an informative update, but Tim Surette & Laura Swisher did a below-average job in the "AIAS Red Carpet" interviews in the video herein. The production was so poor & their questions so redundant that I had to stop watching fifteen minutes into what could have been a great video (interviews with big-wigs from Blizzard, 2K, Activision, etc.)

Kratos_OMEGA
Kratos_OMEGA

COD4 was easily oen of the best games of the year. It also won Readers GOTY here on Gamespot. It's simply too good.

zhivago_x
zhivago_x

Looking at this list I am under the impression that Crysis didn't win the Computer Game of the Year award simply because it's not a multiplatform title.

Ek-Andy
Ek-Andy

CoD 4 was nominated in almost every catagory that it could be. I even think it was nominated for best score (musical score that is)! You could even tell just by looking at the nominations it was fixed that CoD 4 would be the winner. To be honest id say these rewards are more a popularity contest than anything else. Still CoD 4 is a good game, and mabye should have deserved the award, i myself would have chosen SMG, but thats just my opinion.

wiidominance
wiidominance

Just so you guys know, the Gamespot awards are actually more popular, at the very least SMG got the adventure award, I really think COD4 got way too much, I was really hoping it won't get GOTY, anything but COD4 and Halo3. However, the latter won sadly. A game that has too much propaganda is a no no in my book, despite all technical achievements, this is something many of you won't like, but at an international spectrum, many will understand my point.

football_legend
football_legend

Mass Effect could have been a great game, its bugs prevented it from getting higher achievements sadly. As for GOTY, my pick was COD 4 or Bioshock. COD 4 slightly because of a truely addictive multiplayer and breathtaking visuals at 60FPS. If only the Campaign was longer, than its a 10/10 for me.

pikachu01
pikachu01

juan99692k6: infinity ward isn't making COD5, some other group is. Infinity ward is making COD6 though.

acesion
acesion

Mass Effect should have got GOTY, but its a thinking game unlike the twitchy finger COD. Still COD had a decent SP(C130 mission rocked) and the multiplayer is the top notch for FPS's(just wish guns sounded like real guns in the game). Im so glad AC didnt get the same kind of pandering that the revier on GS gave it. That game is a POS so in my book I am pritty happy of the results. As far as nedo99 is concerned I would say play more games, AC was a derivative POS that had no heart and sole with a **** storyline and a repetative game mechanic. Hell I am playing Blue Dragon right now and find the random battle system to be far less repetative then the POS that Assasins Creed is. On a final note Dirt should have got best racer, because it truely is, the only reason why it didnt get it was because its a game not many people played. Its one of those games that I played the demo(not expecting to like it) and was just totaly blown away with the sense of speed that the and the amazing graphical experience that the game provides. Sure you cant upgrade your cars(hopefully you can in the next one), but you can fine tune them to your liking and they are the best looking cars in any racer out there. I suppose the other major downfall of the game was the lack of MP, which I suppose could take the racing title away from it because that is a nessesity of Racers these days.

Jose_Rizal
Jose_Rizal

What's BluRay for again? Putting 10 Gigs worth of music to fill up disk space. Would Bioshock play better if it was on BR disk or is there a difference with COD4 between 2 platforms?

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

i kinda like these awards..maybe im being fan boy ish....but leavin halo outta some of those categories and then not winning a thing just doesnt seem right to me...after reading on here somehwere that its the most played online game on live....i woulda at least thought multiplayer... o well though, COD and bioshock were deff worthy of there awards

Malcom90k
Malcom90k

To those whining about Orange Box winning the character award, you seem to cite only the Portal characters or Team Fortress characters. Has everyone forgotten about Episode 2? Episode 2 was fantastic, it had everything that made Half-Life 2 great, and hosted some of the most epic battles in an FPS game. You seem to forget Alyx was one of the characters, and a damn compelling one at that. (Still wonder why CoD4 won GOTY though. Great multiplayer, but that's all anyone talks about. Shouldn't the single-player be important too? And to be honest, while CoD4's singleplayer is fun, it doesn't compare to Orange Box or Bioshock.)

Lightbarier
Lightbarier

After looking some of the winners for some of the games I would have to say they realy didn't think about the catagory that much and shouldn't even be allowed to throw these awards ceremonys or what ever you want to call this crap.

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

Plz infinity make the next COD at least 2 players online!!!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

@prophetng2 - well, I at least have to give CoD4 credit for steering us away from the redundancy of WWII FPSs, and in that sense, the game is very refreshing

856891
856891

they seem very anti crysis

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Just incestuous big publisher get together's. it's these self back slapping award ceremonies that lead to the terrible gaming industry we have!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Super Mario Galaxy should've won more awards. It was easily GOTY.

prophetng2
prophetng2

@lamprey263- I totally agree with you that COD4 has an awesome multiplayer experience. I have always respected the level of entertainment Infinity ward was able to accomplish with their multiplayer maps and gameplay. I am merely stating that a game of the year should challenge and set a precedence for other games to come, as well as instilling an emotional aspect that many gamers will recollect for years to come. Unfortunately I didn't feel this with COD4 as it was much of the same old for me.

nedo99
nedo99

Wow no love for assassin's creed. Isnt this supposed to b awards for like technical achievements! I mean yeah i luv my COD4 and Orange Box, but cmon portal was cool and everything but it only lasted all of 3 hours even though im still laughing. Assassins creed was unlike anything iv ever played b4 and probably ever will unless its another Assassin's creed. I mean i really think ubisoft made something nobodys ever touched upon ( not to that scale at least). Ppl trash it for being repetitive, but remember this is the first of its kind and I thought that everything looked so smooth and crisp and awesome that i wouldnt mind seeing it again. Anyway i think it should have won character performence(i mean portal cmon u dont even see the character or know her name) and been nominated for story development, character performance and console GOTY(WTF Mass effect i havent heard one person i know that likes it. It seems like a game for role-playing trekkies who wanna have wierd fantasies with aliens.)

Livewirez
Livewirez

I think that these awards are flawed because if a game is GOTY it wil automatically win another award in it's genre (action rpg etc.) and if that game had multiplayer it would also win that award as well, so if a game is GOTY then it automatically wins three awards? Whatever genre the GOTY is in, that genre's award should be disabled I think. I'm really dissapointed with COD4 receiving GOTY all across the board when it tried nothing new with the gameplay. It's multiplayer is fun but god it gets boring after a while since the gametypes are so generic and there's no twists on any standard ones. When COD6 eventually comes out, I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't changed that much from COD4 ((btw no.5 is set in ww2) and hopefully, it won't receive GOTY again...

lamprey263
lamprey263

@prophetng2 - well, I definately get a lot of replay out of Call of Duty 4 through the multiplayer, this is already after I exhausted playing the single player campaign. I think leveling up and completing challenges in multiplayer to get better equipment and perks are those thing that keeps people playing online... well, that and the fact that online multiplayer is a lot of fun, and CoD4 does it really well.

prophetng2
prophetng2

How COD4 can be given game of the year is beyond me as a gamer. I believe a game of the year title should challenge one's concepts of a game as well as establishing an emotional connection throughout the entire experience. How can COD4, with its same rehashed call of duty game play, get top billing with people? Have these people not played the old COD titles? Same run and shoot game play, same explosion filled environments, same limited story experience. The only thing different in this game was the better visuals and the modern setting. Although this game was fun in the COD setting it hardly evoked anything other than a rehashed, overdone style that will ultimately be forgotten over much more memorable games.

doomsoth
doomsoth

COD4 is really overrated.

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

COD 4 is a great game!! I play it for my PS3 all the time. I also play Halo 3 a lot as well. Both games are fantastic but I feel COD 4 gets going faster online. Halo 3 I have to search for people to frag and by the time I find them, others have gained points because I am trekking across a map that is too large for a simple six player map. COD 4 has a radar that is more intuitive in my opinion. These are only my opinions and therefore are not set in stone. Halo 3 on the other hand has some HUGE multi-player maps that keeps the player always moving. Each has their strong points and weak. It's just a game. Enjoy it.

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Only one award to Super Mario Galaxy? See, this is why I like GameSpot. They know good games. Generally.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Dang, God of War 2 didn't get an award, though at least it was nominated, but Persona 3 didn't even get a nomination for best RPG, and Eternal Sonata Rogue Galaxy did; wtf?!

TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

Heavenly Sword didn't get anything for Character Design or Animation? I call shennanigans on this

thenewau25
thenewau25

HAHAHHA cod4 game of the year and bioshock the crysis folows aritstic design outstanding outstanding and outstanding COD4 cryis...pfff