GTAIV named EMA's GOTY

Rockstar's opus takes the top prize from retailer trade group; World at War and Wii Fit garner three awards each.

Award season in the gaming industry isn't over just yet. The Entertainment Merchants Association announced its Video Game Home Entertainment Awards today, with Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV taking home the retailer trade group's Game of the Year honors.

Niko thinks winning GOTY but not the 360 or PS3 GOTY awards is a turd sandwich thiiiis big.

The blood-spattered immigrant tale also claimed the Action/Adventure Game of the Year category, but was bested by a pair of games in terms of award quantity. Nintendo's Wii Fit earned three awards from the retailer group: Most Innovative Game of the Year, Wii Game of the Year, and Casual Game of the Year. Meanwhile, Activision's Call of Duty: World at War took home its own trio of honors as the PlayStation 3 Game of the Year, Xbox 360 Game of the Year, and Military/Shooter Game of the Year.

Nominees and categories were chosen by an EMA committee that consisted of retailers and distributors. The winners were then chosen by the rest of the EMA's retailer and distributor member base. To be eligible, a game had to be released during the calendar year 2008.

Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV--Rockstar Games

Most Innovative Game of the Year
Wii Fit--Nintendo

DS Game of the Year
Guitar Hero: On Tour--Activision

PC Game of the Year
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King--Activision/Blizzard

PS2 Game of the Year
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed--LucasArts

PS3 Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War--Activision

PSP Game of the Year
God of War: Chains of Olympus--Sony Computer Entertainment

Wii Game of the Year
Wii Fit--Nintendo

Xbox 360 Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War--Activision

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV--Rockstar Games

Casual Game of the Year
Wii Fit--Nintendo

Family/Children’s Game of the Year
Mario Kart Wii--Nintendo

Fighting Game of the Year
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe--Midway

Game Graphics of the Year
Gears of War 2--Microsoft

Non-Sequel Game of the Year
Left 4 Dead--Electronic Arts

Racing Game of the Year
Mario Kart Wii--Nintendo

RPG/Strategy Game of the Year
Fallout 3--Bethesda Softworks

Shooter/Military Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War--Activision

Sports Game of the Year
Madden NFL 09--Electronic Arts

Best Third-Party Video Game Publisher
Electronic Arts

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124 comments
mand_450
mand_450

RPG/Strategy game of the year? Why the heck are those two genres combined?

dcwdcw
dcwdcw

i think fifa 09 should of got sport game of the year and cod should of got game of year

cat29f
cat29f

They name GTA IV their goty, then they make both PS3 and 360 goty call of duty? And best graphics to Gears? I mean they were pretty damn good, yeah, but half the time you're playing MGS4 you think you're looking through a window or having an acid flashback or something. Only game with better graphics I've ever seen isn't even out yet and that's the KZ2 demo.

anik786
anik786

Why the hell is metal gear solid 4 not on any of these awards???? This list is ridiculas!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

No MGS4? At all?! Wow. Do the people that give out these awards even play these games?

jamesfffan
jamesfffan

best graphics of the year? lol i would think crysis warhead had that medal but oh well. Also looking at some of these other picks have these people giving these awards even played a game before lol, i would agree with fallout 3 rpg of the year, and most likely gta goty, buying it for pc sometime once some more patches come out.., mario kart? lol hmm what about midnight club: la or pretty much any other racing game.. how much bribery went on here

Xternal
Xternal

I take it this is a joke?

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Why was Call of Duty allowed to win Console game of the year on multiple systems? There were better games that came out for those systems anyways.

funnysplay
funnysplay

I agree with arashcrysis. Both of his choices are like my favorite games right now.

Arashcrysis
Arashcrysis

These Choices are Very Better Than 'GAMESPOT' Choices. MGS4 GOTY??????????? I am Ashamed of...

Arashcrysis
Arashcrysis

Wii Fit? Call WAW? Mortal Kombat? Mario Kart wii? GH? HA HA HA HA GTA IV and GEARS 2 is Chosen Correctly ONLY

Arashcrysis
Arashcrysis

Wii Fit? Call WAW? Mortal Kombat? Mario Kart wii? GH? HA HA HA HA GTA IV and GEARS 2 is Chosen Correctly ONLY

Arashcrysis
Arashcrysis

Wii Fit? Call WAW? Mortal Kombat? Mario Kart wii? GH? HA HA HA HA GTA IV and GEARS 2 is Chosen Correctly ONLY

yman173
yman173

EA as best third-party publisher? Hmmm...kinda easy to win such an award as theyre becoming more & more the only game in town. Lets close up some more smaller studios & see what happens next year.

silentmage_245
silentmage_245

Best DS and Wii games are just WRONG WRONG WRONG

adamh1981
adamh1981

GTA4 was most *disappointing* GOTY.

Rakuho
Rakuho

is this a serious list or are just mentioning the few main stream games that they know? All i just care about is who will win the "most irrelevant game awards of the year" award. I think these guys really want it this year, EMA FTW!!! :roll:

Pitlord3
Pitlord3

Damn straight. gta iv deserves it

tacoeater831
tacoeater831

I can see wii fit winning most innovative. I am a gamer, and I think its fun. But COME ON, Smash bros NOT winning wii game of the year like it rightfully deserves? Niko, I think that deserves a turd sandwich too man. Also, how did guitar hero on tour win for DS? The world ends with you was SOOOOOOOOO much better than that. This group clearly is only gonna vote for already popular franchises instead of games that are better. Niko, i need another turd sandwich here.

zeeshan810
zeeshan810

Rockstargames did it again :D Cheers Rockstargames :)

pakhair
pakhair

Wow MGS 4 not even awards & Fallout is no where to be seen near best

enoslives7
enoslives7

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Halo3g0d
Halo3g0d

I have a problem with 2 things. 1. If GTA4 won GOTY how did cod waw win 360 and ps3 GOTY? 2. NHL 09 was MUCH better then madden 09

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I have more of a problem with Wii Fit winning for best Wii Game than GTAIV winning GOTY, Does Wii-Fit have online multiplayer? NO! Does Wii-Fit have Home Run Bats? NO! Does Wii-Fit Have SmashBalls? NO! Does Wii-Fit have Kirby? NO! Wii fit can win...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8hvqTSCg-g

Phoenix32623
Phoenix32623

I strongly disagree with the winners here... though i find it kind of funny that they didnt let MGS4 have any awards... was it nominated? anywho, i think it should have at least gotten something. Fable 2 also deserves an awards and MK vs DC should NOT have the fighting award in my eyes, SSBBrawl deserves it.

twodollarcuts
twodollarcuts

The list is pretty atrocious. Racing game of the year..Mario Kart...really? I guess the list is based strongly on sales.

akiwak
akiwak

This is a joke right? Looks like April 1st came early this year??? I think we are all getting punk'd.... (where is the camera?)

meboney1985
meboney1985

My hat goes off to GTA 4 and Fallout 3. Two of the best written games for the entire year that you can constantly go back to whenever you want to, and always discover something new.

arcelonious
arcelonious

This list was horrible. The only category winner I agree with is Fallout 3. Otherwise, every other winner just doesn't make sense. Best fighter is Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe? No way is that better than Soul Calibur IV. And Grand Theft Auto was game of the year? I bought the game, played it for a few days, and never picked it up again. Metal Gear Solid 4, on the other hand, I played that game straight through and only wanting to play it more once I beat it. I don't know how they selected the winners for each group, but they sure didn't select them by actually playing them, that's for sure, lol.

Petruvai
Petruvai

This list seems reasonable except that it doesn't make sense for GTAIV to win game of the year and then be bested in PS3 game of the year & XBOX360 Game of the year by CoD: WaW. It just seems odd. It's like saying that the Godfather is the best movie of all time and then saying that the Poseidon Adventure was the best movie of 1972.

george999819
george999819

goku8565: This list is a joke right? If not, then EMA just earned themselves the "biggest joke of an awards organization" award for 2008 and probably henceforth. The only way they could have earned themselves that is if they had chosen MGS4 for any category.

goku8565
goku8565

This list is a joke right? If not, then EMA just earned themselves the "biggest joke of an awards organization" award for 2008 and probably henceforth.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I definitely don't agree with a large portion of this list. CoD: WaW was definitely not the best game on the PS3 or the Xbo360 in 2008. I guess that all comes from the group of people who decided these awards. They were all basing their decision off of sales numbers and not on the quality of the games. That's not to say that these were all bad games. I just don't agree with all of the awards given.

Link-kun
Link-kun

Wow.. this list is bad.. very bad.

KiLlEr4453
KiLlEr4453

these are all well deserved awards

bgranli
bgranli

What a list... *cue eyeroll*

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

Well actually Mario Kart Wii is GOTY as it racked up the most SALES in 08.

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

PC Game of the Year - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, what do you eat for breakfast? The Dest on PC is Fallout 3!!!

CTR360
CTR360

i think best console graphics the winner MGS4. GEARS2 its amazing game but MGS4 have better graphics for me

daabulls23
daabulls23

COD:W@W won best game of the year for 360 and PS3? Not even Fallout 3 made the list on anything.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

racing game of the year MARIO KART WII?? WTF? and GotY GTA4.... these people are high in weed... man.

wahyudil
wahyudil

Fighting Game of the Year Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe--Midway .... what the .... oh well, Tatsunoko vs Capcom has never been translated and SF 4 is not out yet ....

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Well, i can honestly say... GTA IV isnt worthy of GOTY, shoud barely even be concidered. Apart from nice graphics for a free-roam game, GTA IV bought nothing to the genre. That said, it was a pretty slow year for games imo, alot of epic promised games turned out to be big belly flops.

TheAustrian
TheAustrian

What a joke. COD: World at War took top honors for 360 and PS3? It's not a bad game, but come on. What were they looking at to decide? Sales figures? Even so, MGS4 STILL sold more than COD. Lame.