Uncharted 2 scores five at GDC Awards, full video inside

GDC 2010: Naughty Dog's acclaimed shooter nets record number of statuettes, including Game of the Year; Batman: Arkham Asylum upsets in Game Design category; Scribblenauts top handheld; Flower and Farmville also win; Deus Ex 3 trailer debuts.

SAN FRANCISCO--When the Game Developers Choice Awards nominees were announced in January, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves scored an impressive seven nods. Tonight at the GDCAs proper, Naughty Dog's acclaimed action adventure won a record five statuettes for Game of the Year, Best Writing, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, and Best Audio. The victory comes just weeks after the game crushed the opposition with 10 wins at the Interactive Achievement Awards, also including Game of the Year.

Uncharted 2 coldcocked the competition at the GDCAs Thursday night.

The heavily favored Uncharted 2 was upset in the Best Game Design category, which went to Batman: Arkham Asylum, the first game from rookie British shop Rocksteady Studios. Best Handheld Game went to Scribblenauts, which also managed to swipe the Innovation Award away from Naughty Dog's juggernaut. On Tuesday, the game's producer gave a presentation at the ongoing Game Developers Conference, which accompanies the GDCAs.

Rounding out the GDCAs were the soon-to-be PlayStation Move-compatible Flower, which earned a Best Downloadable Game trophy for Los Angeles-based thatgamecompany. Best Debut Game honors went to Torchlight from indie developer Runic Games. Lastly, the first award for Best New Social/Online Game went to Zynga for its ubiquitous title Farmville.

The evening's noncompetitive awards went to two giants of game development. John Carmack, cofounder and current chief technical officer of id Software (Doom, Quake), received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his nearly two decades in the industry. Gabe Newell picked up the Pioneer Award for his groundbreaking work at Valve Software, creators of the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, and now Portal series.

To see the Game Developers Choice Awards firsthand, check back soon for archived video of the entire event, which was streamed live on GameSpot. The ceremony was hosted by Deus Ex and Thief cocreator Warren Spector, who is currently developing Epic Mickey at Disney Interactive Studios.

10TH ANNUAL GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS:

Lifetime Achievement Award
John Carmack, id Software

Pioneer Award
Gabe Newell, Valve Software

Scribblenauts doodled 5th Cell another Handheld Game of the Year award.

Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Demon's Souls (From Software)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Game Design
Assassin's Creed 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
WINNER: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Handheld Game
Flight Control (Firemint)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Leeds/Rockstar North)
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo EAD)
WINNER: Scribblenauts (5th Cell)
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)

Best Visual Art
Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Borderlands (Gearbox Software)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

id Software's John Carmack picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best Technology
Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward)
Killzone 2 (Guerrilla Games)
Red Faction: Guerrilla (Volition)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Writing
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Brutal Legend (Double Fine)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Halo 3: ODST (Bungie)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Audio
Brutal Legend (Double Fine Productions)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Rock Band: The Beatles (Harmonix)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Batman: Arkham Asylum snatched the Best Game Design award from Uncharted 2.

Innovation
Demon's Souls (From Software)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
WINNER: Scribblenauts (5th Cell)
Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Debut
League of Legends (Riot Games)
The Maw (Twisted Pixel)
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)
WINNER: Torchlight (Runic Games)
Zeno Clash (ACE Team)

Gabe Newell: Game Pioneer.

Best Downloadable Game
WINNER: Flower (Thatgamecompany)
PixelJunk Shooter (Q Games)
Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
Shadow Complex (Chair Entertainment)
Trials HD (RedLynx)

Best New Social/Online Game
Bejeweled Blitz (PopCap)
Dungeon Fighter Online (Neople/Nexon)
WINNER: Farmville (Zynga)
Free Realms (Sony Online Entertainment San Diego)
Restaurant City (Playfish)

The awards were also followed by the world premiere of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer, viewable below:

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187 comments
mat1775
mat1775

and only xbox 360's fan boy find's this game overated

mat1775
mat1775

How can a game that just won game of the year be overrated?

RunBlock
RunBlock

Uncharted 2 was by far the best game out this past year and anyone who disagrees is for sure retarded

daman246
daman246

uncharted 2 is pretty good but i think is highly overrated extremely overrated

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Like Uncharted 2 needed to be more overrated, then this happens.

awesome
awesome

Yea Uncharted 2 FTW! Lol look at Gabe Newells' Picture- He seems so happy with himself- what a kn**b for and publically hating on the Ps3 when left4dead2 was released last year and saying PS3 was going to fail- Who cares for Left4dead now? We got Uncharted 2 & God of War 3 & Demons souls - so stick that up ur pipe chubby cheeks!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Uncharted 2 is one of the finest games I own. It is a solid masterpiece in everything.

laptop12
laptop12

this year, red dead redemtion will rock just like its step brother gta4

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

I hope someday Uncharted 2 comes to Xbox 360... Nearly impossible, for the moment I just applausse!!!

Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

just finished the game.. damn! that's one awesome game.. to all haters out there, sorry but you can't change the fact that uncharted 2 is one of the best games of all time..

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

Good to see SOMEONE got the Game of the Year right *cough GameSpot cough*.

RonTorque
RonTorque

Uncharted 2 will be a memorable game remembered for years.

dwd_27
dwd_27

uncharted 2 is a heck of a game and it deserves to get credit

Doolum
Doolum

Nice to see Demons Souls there.Man,this game is killing and rocks. An yes,Unchartered 2 deserves what it got as it is the best amongst the rest

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

uncharted has got most the GOTY awards (over multiple evernts) and its batman that announced game of the year edition? am i missing something?

Sandallman
Sandallman

yeah, uncharted 2 is pretty awesome.

jeffv541
jeffv541

I bought this game (used) just to throw it at a train. I still only give it 2 stars FAILURES!

thekey
thekey

Uncharted 1, 2 is one of the best action adventure games I have ever played,

ClayMeow
ClayMeow

How did Dragon Age: Origins not win Best Writing??? Seriously?

timmy00
timmy00

Dungeon Fighter Online lost to Farmville? *sigh*

bruno_fmenedes
bruno_fmenedes

The "Best Visual Art" GDC award is a total insult to the developers that have an outstanding talent to create truly artistic visuals. Uncharted 2 has the best technical graphics, and also has some great visual art, but it's far from being the best visual art of the year. But the most absurd pick is Modern Warfare 2. It has outstanding technical graphics, but the visual art is not even great. There were at least 10 games that deserved much more to be nominated for that category (Ex.: Muramasa, Brutal Legend, Trine, The Beatles: RB, Street Fighter IV, Batman: AA, etc...).

flowjo69
flowjo69

in an award show like this i wouldnt expect demons souls to win goty, but on reputable sites like gamespot and few others they gave credit where credit is due and that is realizing that demons souls is a brilliant and innovative game. it was my personal goty as well followed closely by uncharted 2

Haseo106
Haseo106

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Haseo106

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ekultus
ekultus

Gabe Newell/Valve are making their own OS. Thats what I think.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

@DamnedApples: Tell me about it. Many games I play, and love, are panned by most critics. If a game had terrible graphics, terrible sound, yet was fun as heck to play, I would jump on it in an instant. Games aren't all about visuals and sound, and if something sticks in the mind of the critic, that's THEIR OPINION, NOT YOURS. Yes, it does contribute to the experience, but... oh well. I'm done.

dapman418
dapman418

Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside story wasn't even a nominee for best handheld game?

bm1212
bm1212

Yay finally Uncharted gets the credit that it sorely deserves.

tricky-crazy
tricky-crazy

@ DamnedApples Finally someone understand this! Games are not just about great visual or story: it's just about having fun! A game with the best visual of all time, with the greatest story ever made isn't worth anything if you don't have any fun with it! Anyway, it's just a matter of taste!

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

The original Uncharted is just as good as Uncharted 2, but the media was too busy taking M$ checks to be honest about things... huh welll not much has changed.

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

On another note uncharted 2 was the greatest game ive played in years

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

Gabe newell just sits on his fatass and eats. Releasing the unimportant games constantly and ignoring hl2ep3

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

uncharted 2 is a great game, should play it if you havent already.

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

@clqtte your avatar absolutely terrifies me.

clqtte
clqtte

Uncharted 2 is incredible........

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I COULD go on a rant about how the simple enjoyment gaming has been raped and butchered by self-anointed "experts" and the self-declared "hardcore gamer" (whatever the hell that means), but I've largely moved most of my rants to TheEscapist, since they seem to fall on deaf ears here. However, after a brief glance at these message boards, it seems little ever changes. People take the judgments of the "experts" as infallible, so long as they reaffirm their favorite titles, 'hardcore gamers" tend to refer to everybody who plays games simply for fun in a condescending manner, and young boys and girls who only got one console for their birthday vent their rage on the console they didn't get and its users. I'm going to say this for the last time. Your gaming experience is subjective to you--no critic, "expert", "hardcore gamer" can change that FACT. Games are about having fun. I happen to be an artist myself (drawing, painting--oils, acrylics, pastels, etc...), so I respect artistic expression as much or maybe more than the next guy. When a game blends art and entertainment very well (eg. Okami) then that is fine, but the primary merit of a game is how much fun YOU had playing it. Is LoTR: Conquest a very well-designed game? No. Was it fun to play it w/ some 4-player split-screen on New Year's Eve? Yup. But yeah, I won't waste anymore of your time and belabor the point. Thanks and Good day.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

I'm glad to see that Uncharted 2 cleaned house at the awards. It was clearly the best game released last year (um, unless you listen to GameSpot, who thought Demon's Souls was). I'm surprised it also didn't win Best Game Design, but I guess Uncharted 2 couldn't have won every major award. At least it didn't win the Innovation award. Also, I bow before the greatness of John Carmack and Gabe Newell, for whom gaming owes a great debt.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

PS3 is really dominating all of gaming. About time... loving FF13, and soon GOW3. Gaming might still have some life in it thanks to Sony.

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

lol uncharted 2 "innovative" what the heck is it doing there????

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

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ANDYmerkedYOU

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Pete5506
Pete5506

Uncharted 2 was a great game, glad to see it win

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

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jadefury27
jadefury27

the uncharted series so far is the one to beat for overall experence on a next gen console, but i'm mad at naughty dog. I really want a true jak sequel that doesn't feel tacked on but for me the series ended very well on ps2 with part 3. i don't want them to milk this just for the sake of the almighty dollar. *sigh* :>\ what to do...

Chyaku
Chyaku

@rp108 maybe because the PS3 has a large variety of exclusive games to choose from? Hmm, I guess sales don't mean much. Even more because MW2 and Halo 3 are Xbox 360's only good selling games in America only. It does poorly everywhere else O:

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

I got Uncharted 2 a few months ago, and it's awesome, anyone with a PS3 should get this game, really !!!

rp108
rp108

Wonder why it didn't sell so well.

djpetitte
djpetitte

I've been playing games for 27 years and Uncharted 2 was right up there with my all time greats. The first song at the menu screen, I have to listen to completely through before I start playing the game. I love it.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

Gabe Newell won Game Pioneer awards... That is surprising, consider that his game always stick on PC or 360 (which also use the PC architecture)