Little Big Planet, Braid lead GDC Award noms

PS3 platformer leads Game Developers Choice Awards finalists with seven nods; puzzler takes five; Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, MGS4 also nominated.

Harmonix cofounders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozyare, along with Video Games Live maestro Tommy Tallarico, are already known winners at this year's Game Developers Conference. What remains to be seen, however, is which title from 2008 will rise above the rest to receive the conference's coveted Game of the Year award.

Much GDC love for Sackboy.

Today, GDC show runners Think Services narrowed down the prospects, announcing the finalists for the ninth annual Game Developers Choice Awards. As with the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' awards, Media Molecule's PlayStation 3-exclusive Little Big Planet received the most recognition of 2008's offerings. Of the 10 total categories, the customizable platformer placed in seven of them, including Best Game Design, Best Debut, Innovation, and Game of the Year.

A number of other award-season stalwarts joined Little Big Planet as Game of the Year finalists. Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3 and Valve's Left 4 Dead each received nominations in four categories, including Game of the Year. Along with the top category, Rockstar's money-minting Grand Theft Auto IV received two other nods. Lionhead Studios' Xbox 360-exclusive Fable II is also in the running for the Game Developers Choice Awards' top honor.

Though it was not party to the Game of the Year proceedings, Jonathan Blow's Braid placed second only to Little Big Planet in total award nominations. The puzzle-heavy platformer, which received substantial critical praise upon its release in August, garnered nominations in the Best Game Design, Best Writing, Best Debut, Innovation, and Best Downloadable Game categories.

The full roster of Game Developers Choice Awards finalists is listed below.

Game of the Year
Fable II (Lionhead Studios)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)
Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)

Best Game Design
Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
Braid (Number None)
Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)

Best Visual Art
Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
Prince of Persia (Ubisoft Montreal)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)
Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

Best Technology
Spore (Maxis)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)
Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)
Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

Best Writing
Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
Braid (Number None)
Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)

Best Audio
Dead Space (EA Redwood Shores)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

Best Debut
Braid (Number None)
Sins of a Solar Empire (Ironclad Games)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)
World of Goo (2D Boy)
Soul Bubbles (Mekensleep)

Innovation
Spore (Maxis)
World of Goo (2D Boy)
Boom Blox (EA Los Angeles)
Braid (Number None)
Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)

Best Handheld
Patapon (Pyramid/SCE Japan)
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (Intelligent Systems)
God of War: Chains of Olympus (Ready At Dawn Studios)
Echochrome (SCE Japan)
The World Ends With You (Jupiter/Square Enix)

Best Downloadable Game
Castle Crashers (The Behemoth)
Braid (Number None)
World of Goo (2D Boy)
N+ (Metanet/Slick Entertainment)
Pixeljunk Eden (Q-Games)

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133 comments
ShockerX01
ShockerX01

I am quite shocked and insulted that MGS4 is not as the GOTY finalist. I love L4D,its nice to see it as a finalist, but it just does not compare to MGS4 :(

Wesleyp_6
Wesleyp_6

this was probably before killzone 2 was released :(

Stabby
Stabby

LBP will win... not that I think its the better game, haven't played it. Its just these awards seem to go for this more, look at Portal last year. This isn't a bad thing or a complaint, just an observation.

iBuSHiDo
iBuSHiDo

Left 4 Dead is on the list for GoTY over MGS4? I have L4D and I really like it, but it's basically just a really fun shoot-em-up. It doesn't have the story, the graphics, the characters, the depth of gameplay, etc. I know it has an awesome way to play co-op and a cool system for enemy spawning, but that shouldn't carry it up to the top when it doesn't compare in all other aspects.

SchumiF1
SchumiF1

Man they dropped the ball not putting MGS4 for GoTY. Fable II, c'mon.....

Kenshin100
Kenshin100

How the hell does Fable 2 Outshine MGS4 for game of the year? What the hell is GDC doing?

Kenshin100
Kenshin100

Thats pure bull at its finest. MGS4 = Game of the year. Dont understand why it's not up there. Game of the year should be a game that shines all around, not in one area. MGS4 outshines the whole list. Not taking GDC very seriously this year.

el_rika
el_rika

MGS4 - best writing, best visual art & best sound. Gears 2 - best tehnology. GOTY - LBP.

MaverickSY
MaverickSY

most of the finalists i agree with but MGS4 definitely deserves to WIN game of the year hands down no contest

ryano23277
ryano23277

MGS4 definately deserved to be on the list and I would have put it in front of GTAIV and I think GTAIV is also a good consideration. Little Big Planet although I haven't gotten into yet, it certainly is interesting. After saying that, Fallout 3 gets my nod

sasha08
sasha08

It's good to see that most of the games that are up are all decent!

CyberAltair5
CyberAltair5

World of Goo deserves to get at least one award.

jerryschust
jerryschust

Wow, really not understanding how Metal Gear Solid 4 wasn't nominated for Game of the Year. If this is how today's developers view greatness...

killa4lyfe
killa4lyfe

@murano DUDE!!! i have played Fallout 3 and *SPOILER* after i found the father dude, the story only went downhill and I just kind of didn't feel like finishing the game afterwards, it was a really great game, especially the awesome part where you go into the machine and stuff! LOVED THAT PART *SPOILER-END* BUT mgs4 is much more fun than fallout 3 (for me at least) so i do not know where you are coming from

killa4lyfe
killa4lyfe

i still can't get over the fact that mgs4 did not get nominated for GOTY. It didn't many of those and i thought that the game totally deserved it too. :( jus saying that there weren't many GOTY awards handed to one of the best games of this gen, maybe even THE BEST (for me of course:P)

linyoa
linyoa

@batmanknights littlebigplanets joy is kinda unexplainable, but its still awsome (not as awsome as fallout 3 or GTA4 mind you, but still awesome) you look at the game and all you see is a plattformer... but... well never mind. I agree with you about system wars though

batmanknights
batmanknights

why do you twirps constantly argue about which system is better.....pick your system,play, have fun and zip it.Pc, wii, xbox, ps3 are all alot of fun. In my opinion, I enjoyed fallout 3 the best, so its gets my vote.Why people enjoy big planet is beyond me, but thats just me.

lthall
lthall

What the hell is wrong with you people?! I forked out for a @#*#@#* PS3 and the thing sucks. The graphics are grainy, and anyone who thinks Little Big Planet constitutes a good game is either a moron or has never played anything else in their entire life. I couldn't sell the PS3 so I bought an XBOX 360 and the thing rips. If the game of the year doesn't go to a 360 game it proves the panel is taking bribes. PS. Castle crashers for best downloadable game .

solid_shark88
solid_shark88

mgs4 is great, not worth 10/10, more like 9/10. the dlc is ok and mgo is stupid but the story and customization is cool

solid_shark88
solid_shark88

I luv LBP @murano28: geez, whats with bashing mgs4? yes, fallout is amazing, i play it more than mgs4 but why bash it the most, gears of war is clearly way worse and thats why it didnt get nominated. mgs4 won't win because it is unbalanced and has crappy online and DLC. Fallout probably will because of the longer story and the DLC. Stop whining man

10679
10679

from the game of the year list it looks like GTAIV will win again as they usually do. from that lis t i disagree with the choice of fable as a nominations for goty. i have finished the game and the game is good but not game of the year quality. its surprising that gears of war2 didn't make it on the list. and also did't make teh best game design list.

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Go go LittleBigPlanet! I've yet to be bored with that game, not with all the new lvls being created all the time and all the fun you have doodling around with friends. :)

richioso
richioso

@bruno_fmenedes How can the academy of arts and sciences be a more credible award than one awarded by the GDC?

HyBridFuRy
HyBridFuRy

Ahh....what? MGS4 should've been one of the Game of The Year Winners.

lnexus
lnexus

I agree with their game of the year list. MGS4 is a good game but the games on that list are better IMO.

twodollarcuts
twodollarcuts

Ekustix, I've read a lot of the reviews. IGN's, Gamespot's, EGM's (R.I.P.), and I still don't remember any of them saying it was the "best game of all time." If you find those exact words, you let me know. Until then, keep trying.

murano28
murano28

metal gear is overhyped and got very high score because of it is graphics and story maybe. Other than that it is not fun................

murano28
murano28

Fallout 3 should get at least 3 awards. best game of the year. best game design and best visual art. Best atmosphere also..

murano28
murano28

fallout 3 is 100 times better and fun then mgs 4!!! In fallout 3 you get addicted,,,in msg 4 you get sleepy...this is true!!

SoulTaker23
SoulTaker23

dead space defiantly deserved that award, that game scared you know what out of me ha. The other games respectively deserve those other awards as well

bruno_fmenedes
bruno_fmenedes

The Game Developers Choice award noms are lame, when compared to those announced by the more credible Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

darkhorse286
darkhorse286

Fallout 3 for best writing? With that ending? I still think its a great game overall though.

MaNiKore
MaNiKore

I think LBP is gonna be the big winner this year.

andalore
andalore

Left4dead was waaaaay too short, it was good, for a bit, Falllout 3 is immense

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

@ mgs4 fanboys A lot of you dont know this but mgs4 has a metacritic score of 94 and not all websites gave it a perfect 10, other professional sites like Gametrailers gave it 93 and 1up gave it 91. 1up said: " The further you play into the game, the less you actually play. Surrendering so much control to make way for MOVIE sequences is galling, especially when the dialogue makes such a big deal about freedom and free will...Despite this gradual decay, though, MGS4 is absolutely a great game. The second half may lack sorely in comparison to the innovative, immersive brilliance of the first .... "

aurora_born_93
aurora_born_93

Fallout 3 and GTA IV are really good games, but Metal Gear Solid 4 is a really GREAT game. It just doesn't make any sense to me that it wasn't nominated for Game of the Year, i mean, even if you didn't play MGS4 you still must think it's weird that it achieved a perfect score on numerous websites but it's still not nominated for Game of the Year or Best Technology when it's being called "technicallyf flawless". I don't know this all seems very strange to me.

T4Tony00
T4Tony00

Fallout 3 and GTA 4 were both really good games

lucky711t
lucky711t

I think Spore will win for Technology!! It does have a lot more stuff in it then other games have never had before! Even though it isn't the best game out there, it does bring something new to the gaming world! :D

assasain13
assasain13

GTA and Fallout FTW! Metal Gear, go home to cry (cue millions of thumbs-downs from mgs fanboys....I might set a new record :P)

assasain13
assasain13

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funnysplay
funnysplay

Who rates this crap on here? Left 4 dead and fable 2 beat out MGS4! Dont get me wrong ive played both those games and their pretty good. But thier no means better than the likes of MGS or GOW. I dont really care i guess my prime source is Gamespot.

ShadowWhiteHawk
ShadowWhiteHawk

What is this?! Verifiable sources? Realistic arguments? TRUTH? ON MY INTERNET?! NO WAI. Seriously though, Ekustix is correct.

Ekustix
Ekustix

yeah...SERIOUSLY. All caps no less! My sources? Gamespot (6 games reviewed with perfect 10s since 96) Direct quote: "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the most technically stunning video game ever made." IGN (15 games reviewed with perfect 10s) Gamepro Have you even read the reviews? Looks like your circle of friends missed something...

Cpt-Salt
Cpt-Salt

twodollarcuts. I'd just keep quiet, he's right, without question.

twodollarcuts
twodollarcuts

Ekustix, I'm not quite sure where you're getting that information about "widely considered best game of all TIME." All caps, no less. Seriously? Best game of all time? I'd really like to see where you getting this information from. Maybe in your circle of friends perhaps? Can you honestly link me to a site that says "MGS4 is the best game of all time" on it? Anyways, my thoughts on the GOTY nominees: I am pretty sure GTA and Fable II won't get it and I believe LBP deserves it. All are awesome nominees, though.

Ekustix
Ekustix

MGS4 on the shelf after a week? You are dead wrong.. MGO alone has kept my interest for well over 200 hours, I've played through the single player 3 times and I am currently working on a 4th. Everybody I know with this game has been playing it since launch. MGS4 is widely considered the best game of all TIME, let alone GoTY, by many critics and gamers alike. The fact that it is not even nominated for GoTY blows my mind. Sure, LBP is innovative and cute, but when compared to MGS4s narrative, technical prowess, and incredible gameplay? GDC=FAIL.

noclue_27
noclue_27

Predicted winners (Or at least the ones that should win out of the crappy selection of nominees). GoTY: LBP Visual Art: MGS4 Technology: LBP Writing: MGS4 Audio: MGS4 Debut: Braid Innovation: LBP/Braid? Handheld: The World Ends With You (or Advance Wars) Downloadable: Braid

noclue_27
noclue_27

Tough between The World Ends With You, and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. Personally I'd go with The World Ends With You, but I wouldn't be upset if Advance Wars won. Where's Crisis Core though???