GTAIV, Media Molecule top Spike's VGAs

Rockstar's acclaimed action adventure scores network's Game of the Year; Little Big Planet developer named Studio of the Year.

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Over the weekend, Spike TV officially inaugurated award season 2008 with the first batch of year-end accolades. Hosted this year by Jack Black (star of Double Fine's EA-published Brutal Legend), the VGAs laid laurels at the feet of a number of sure-to-be stalwarts of the award season, as well as featured trailers from several 2009 hopefuls.

Walking away with top honors at the event was Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV. One of two games to score a 10 from GameSpot this year, GTAIV also won a number of other awards, including Best Performance by a Human Male (Michael Hollick as Niko Bellic) and overall Best Action Adventure.

GameSpot's other top-rated game, Metal Gear Solid 4 from Konami, scored a number of its own nods, including Best Performance by a Human Female (Debbie Mae West as Meryl Silverburgh), Best Original Score, and Best Graphics.

Another big-name exclusive for Sony, Little Big Planet from Media Molecule, was also honored in abundance. The Sackboy-led platformer was named best PlayStation 3 title, and SpikeTV named Media Molecule proper as Studio of the Year, beating out GTAIV makers Rockstar North, Rock Band 2 creators Harmonix, and Fallout 3 survivors Bethesda Softworks.

SpikeTV's VGAs also featured trailers from a number of hotly anticipated games, including Sony's God of War III, Naughty Dog's Uncharted II: Among Thieves, Rockstar's GTAIV: The Lost and the Damned, Double Fine's Brutal Legend, Warner Bros. Watchmen, and EA's just-announced Dante's Inferno.

The full lineup of SpikeTV's VGA nominees and winners is listed below. Category winners have been bolded.

Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Fallout 3
Gears of War 2
Little Big Planet

Studio of the Year
Media Molecule
Rockstar North
Harmonix
Bethesda

Best Team Sports Game
NHL 09
FIFA Soccer 09
NBA 2K9
Madden NFL 09

Big Name in the Game - Female
Jenny McCarthy - C&C: Red Alert 3
Judi Dench - Quantum of Solace
Eliza Dushku - Saints Row 2
Liv Tyler - The Incredible Hulk

Big Name in the Game - Male
Kiefer Sutherland - Call of Duty: World at War
Liam Neeson - Fallout 3
Ricky Gervais - Grand Theft Auto IV
Daniel Craig - Quantum of Solace

Best Performance by a Human Female
Debbie Mae West - Metal Gear Solid 4
Keeley Hawes - Tomb Raider: Underworld
Paula Tiso - No More Heroes
Nathalie Cox - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Best Performance by a Human Male
Michael Hollick - Grand Theft Auto IV
Stephen Fry - Little Big Planet
David Hayter - Metal Gear Solid 4
Jason Zumwalt - Grand Theft Auto IV

Best Multiplayer Game
Left 4 Dead
Gears of War 2
Call of Duty: World at War
Resistance 2

Best Original Score
Metal Gear Solid IV
Fallout 3
Little Big Planet
Spore

Best PC Game
Left 4 Dead
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Crysis Warhead
Spore

Best PS3 Game
Little Big Planet
Grand Theft Auto IV
Resistance 2
Metal Gear Solid 4

Best Wii Game
Boom Blox
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
No More Heroes
Wii Fit

Best Xbox 360 Game
Gears of War 2
Fallout 3
Grand Theft Auto IV
Fable II

Best Soundtrack
Rock Band 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
Guitar Hero World Tour
Little Big Planet

Best Action Adventure Game
Grand Theft Auto IV
Metal Gear Solid 4
Mirror's Edge
Dead Space

Best Driving Game
Burnout Paradise
Mario Kart Wii
Midnight Club: Los Angeles
PURE

Best Music Game
Rock Band 2
SingStar
Wii Music
Guitar Hero World Tour

Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show
Lego Indiana Jones
Naruto: The Broken Bond
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Quantum of Solace

Best Graphics
Metal Gear Solid 4
Fallout 3
Little Big Planet
Gears of War 2

Best Handheld Game
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Patapon
God of War: Chains of Olympus

Best Individual Sports Game
Shaun White Snowboarding
Skate It
Wii Fit
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09

Best Fighting Game
Soulcalibur IV
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Best RPG
Fallout 3
The World Ends With You
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Fable II

Best Shooter
Gears of War 2
Left 4 Dead
Resistance 2
Far Cry 2

Best Independent Game Fueled By Dew
World of Goo
PixelJunk Eden
Braid
Audiosurf

Discussion

323 comments
Davidooooo
Davidooooo

Now, everyone can have and has an oppinion.. I just say I dont agree - GTA 4 ? (PC) + the Best game ? Sorry, that doesnt really link together in my oppinion..

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

Thank god they didn't pick crappy gear solid 4. Bad enough gamespot picked that as game of the year, despite it having the worst story i have every came across in a game. Only reason anyone likes it is becuase they make the story seem alot bigger than it actually is.

keatman
keatman

chill guys, it's just awards. it wont be remembered for long. hope there will be better games next though.

Proman84
Proman84

Hooray for Boom Blox for the best Wii game! Way to go!!!

nebacadneezer
nebacadneezer

Funny, I must have missed all the fabulous wii titles... I mean why else would they sell 45 million + units...oh wait...people are so stupid

TheClown24
TheClown24

fallout 3 is the rightful winner, i hated GTAIV and yes deadspace should have been in the mix the people at "spike" got it all wrong

Great-1
Great-1

no that really should have ben metal gear but i dont care cos the way i see it mgs4 IS the game of the year

Nokoryous
Nokoryous

shameful for GTA IV to win this. shameful for Gamespot to hand it a 10. and pointing out Niko's voice acting as a plus!? am i losing my mind here? the voice acting in this game drove me crazy!

gpgn001
gpgn001

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Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

Also, I agree with farigor, Where the hell is Deadspace?

Steel_Rain777
Steel_Rain777

Ok out of MGS 4, GEoW2, LBP, and fallout 3, The award goes to GTA IV...??? THis is why I the VGA's suck, The show has been a crock of $hit since it started. GTA IV should get "Most Dissappointing Game of theYear" award. The other 4 games are clearly superior to this. LBP, MGS4, or Fallout 3 would've been my vote, screw the VGAy's

farigor
farigor

Hey man... where is DEADSPACE ????!!!!????!!!! sh**

annegab
annegab

Killzone 2 will crush next year.

SPARKY329spx
SPARKY329spx

gta 4 was the worst game that was nominated. game of the year my @ss!!!

TaintedSaint666
TaintedSaint666

Media_Mind. You know that's a stupid comment. List seems fair, not bought like News of the World....

Vito126
Vito126

GoDofWaR7845, u are obviously a PS3 fanboy

GoDofWaR7845
GoDofWaR7845

Most is alright but Game of the year should've been MGS4 best shooter should've been resistance 2. and best multiplayer resistance 2.

beekayjay
beekayjay

I'm sick and tired of the GTA4 dong-suck. It is seriously the most over-rated game in the history of games. Massively over-rated. In fact, I will go on record in saying that I get more enjoyment from Super Puzzle Fighter, a downloadable 10 buck game than I did from GTA4. GOTY???? Seriously???? Garbage.

canderson85
canderson85

@ AdamK47 I know what you mean, It seemed almost an embarrassment getting a Spike VGA. The most notable instance was award the World of Goo creator with "best independent game fueled by Dew". Poor guy creates a great, unique game and gets an award that screams corporate sellout more then any other award in the history of awards. The look on his face said it all. I Wish he grabbed the award, smashed it on the ground, and yelled "I fking Hate Mountain Dew", then use his gooballs to construct a scaffold for him to escape via roof pipe. Maybe he would come out on the other side and be at a REAL VGA show that isn't full off washed up celebs and overhype.

canderson85
canderson85

Not sure about Spike's choices, although, I would have a hard time picking a game of the year and I suppose GTA4 is right up there. Best Wii game in 2008 was No More Heroes... nothing else comes close to it. Fallout 3 was a great game, but its flaws should keep it from being game of the year. That game has some serious limitations you can't really ignore in the end. Lack of unique and craftable items, relatively short playtime for all sides/main quest completion, and dialog bugs. (Example: Blow up megaton, and all thats left is a mutilated Moira that says the same thing as she does in her shop, and all I can ask her is 'can you repair my stuff'. Would it have killed them to add a few dialog options like 'wtf happened here?' or something. plus hundreds of other dialog that just doesn't match the situation you are often in). How about the famed Karma system, where you can kill a person in their sleep without penalty, but stealing a cup off the decease's kitchen table after murdering them is evil! I often wonder what this game could have been if it wasn't all 'Bethusda-y' all over the place.

TreyTable
TreyTable

Seems like a fair list. But it's not set in stone. It's not law. One needs not to agree with Spike, or anybody except themselves.

R41N_M4K3R
R41N_M4K3R

I love GTA IV and MGS 4 but I feel that Fallout 3 deserved Game of The Year

BuckGame
BuckGame

Game of the Year should of BEen MEtal Gear SOLID i think GTA got it cause its on Xbox and PC to thats it

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

GOTY is Metal Gear Solid 4. Only hype gave it to GTA4.

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

This seems to be based on all the games that are most hyped rated.

AdamK47
AdamK47

I'd actually consider it a dishoner to whoever was "honored" on this sham of an awards show. I felt dirty watching just 2 minutes of it.

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

I love GTA, but I think the GOTY award should have been given to MGS 4. Other than that, all the awards are pretty wisely distributed. Anyway.

tntkng
tntkng

They got it right GTA IV absolutely best game of the year!

Petros957
Petros957

I didn't find GTA IV all that compelling! Then again I'm from a different generation, and so I'm immune to the hype.

xVaughn360x
xVaughn360x

I agree that Burnout: Paradise won Best Driving game because it continues to grow with awesome updates (even though "Big Surf Island" is paid-content). What I've noticed was that Burnout series won in '04, '05' '06' and '08' every mainstream Burnout game that came out in those years... yes that includes the 360 edition of Revenge except 07' because Dominator was a disappointment. Rock Band 2 wins best soundtrack and best music games because Harmonix knows they can make better games. Guitar Hero makes charts for most fun and RB2 makes charts for most accurate. Can someone tell me why SSBB didn't win Best Wii Game? L4D definately best multiplayer game.Can't wait to play The Lost and the Damned on GTA IV.

king_bobo
king_bobo

I agree with most of the awards, although I feel that Resistance 2 should have won the best multiplayer award and I don't think GTA IV should have won GOTY. That's just opinion though...

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Looking at that list I have to say they weren't taking many chances were they? Really playing along with the hype, jeesh. I guess we have about the same list since over here it's voted upon them by gamers and that means a lot of fanboyism. These awards are nothing more then popularity contests if you ask me, I rather see game awards done by a critic who actually has an objective look at the games market so you can better see where real innovation is at. To me, all the good games that came out this year are all #1 to me.

da_illest101
da_illest101

how can gta 4 be game of the year if it didn't win best ps3/360 game. Gta 4 was overhyped, i remember not being able to sleep before it came out and i kinda foce myself to finish it, it's not a bad game but it's inferiour to both gta vice city and my favorite game of all time gta sa

gpgn001
gpgn001

And im not sure u would get bored fast as u would get bored in mgs4 u need to play all other mgs game b4 playing that so goodluck people if first time and fallout 3 is awsome but really it get boring so fast u just going to find your father wow AN Adventure to find your dad how great like gta4 deserves all of it and it didint win ps3 or 360 awards becuz its for both console people wanted to pick games that are only for ps3 and 360 becuz gta4 was multiconsole game

gpgn001
gpgn001

wow there are so much pathetic gamers in this world like u say gta would get boring oh im not sure u would like playing mgs4 all over again or fallout 3 all u do is shoot runnning around in a enviroment thats empty oblivion much better then fallout and if u get bored then gta play online like comon use common sense and i think gta lasts more then all those other games

leon-fenrir
leon-fenrir

-groans- I can't believe that GOTY went to such a harshly overrated game. It should've been either MGS4 or Fallout 3. I'll admit GTAIV was better than the last installments (-cough- Vice City -cough-), but that's not saying much since once again, I feel like I'm replaying GTA3. But then again, as much as I like Spike, they always give GOTY to games like GTA.

Gold_horde
Gold_horde

I agree with malfarf, Fallout 3 should have won more, and GTA 4 less. I can see why GTA 4 got them, who doesnt like a now a day go around a big city killing others, and other stuff, i know i like to, but it does get boring. Fallout 3 probably has one of the most original landscapes of all the games i have played. Who ever imagined of playing a game where you play in a land full of destruction, radiation, and alot more. It's after all the (well almost all) Atomic Bombs go off in the world. Oh P.S, Fallout 3 anyone can play with out playing the first 2 original fallouts.

malfarf15869
malfarf15869

well i'm kinda disappointent by everything. Fallout 3 should've won more, GTA 4 should've won less... lots less.

marklovesbaseba
marklovesbaseba

dude gta4 was ok but terrible compared to many games i mean after going on a rampage and killing everyone its extremely boring it was fun for a week but then it was already boring...garbage

bluefishhead
bluefishhead

wooo we love you kiefer you the man "outstanding marines, out-f******-standing" can't wait for new 24 series :)

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

oh man resistance didn't win anything :(

CrazyGeneral
CrazyGeneral

Fallout 3 should have won game of the year imo.

Zippedychick
Zippedychick

I can't believe David Hayter didn't win! Bah! Meh everything else is ok I guess

guzzie482
guzzie482

that's kinda weird. gta 4 wins game of the year, but not on the respective platforms it was for...

hassy94
hassy94

Amir26, I agree, I just think it's funny you mentioning the Dark Knight as the best selling blu-ray 'in history' as 'in history' really means the last 3 years while they've existed. No doubt it's one of my favourite films ever! These awards shows always suck, the only people who can give real gaming awards are reviewing websites like IGN & Gamespot. All T.V. ones end up sucking...

pheria
pheria

Audiosurf for the win. It has the best soundtrack, too. ~_^