Halo 3, BioShock top Spike TV noms

Shooters from Bungie and 2K get most nods for testosterone-infused network's December 9 award show.


No Caption Provided Even without the next two weeks' lineup of highly promising offerings, 2007 has seen more than its fair share of critically acclaimed games. Although the high quantity of high quality is unequivocally great for gamers, it's sure to create a massive headache for those looking to parse out the best of the best. Charged with the onus, Viacom-owned Spike TV unveiled its nominees for the 2007 Video Game Awards today through its official Web site.

This year, Spike has trimmed off a few of last year's more superfluous categories, such as Cyber Vixen of the Year (Half-Life 2's Alyx Vance in 2006, for those counting), by nominating games in 22 categories. Microsoft console-exclusives dominate the coveted game-of-the-year category, with noms this year being Halo 3 and Mass Effect, as well as BioShock and The Orange Box. 2K Games' dystopian shooter BioShock and Bungie Studios' sci-fi shooter Halo 3 received the most nominations with seven apiece. Valve Software's compilation The Orange Box semimatched that number with five overall, as well as solo nominations for Portal and Team Fortress 2.

To be eligible for nomination, a game's release date must fall between November 16, 2006 and December 1, 2007. The nominees were chosen by Spike TV's advisory panel, which is made of nearly two dozen game journalists, including editors from the San Jose Mercury News, EGM, Game Informer, and GameSpot. The category of most addictive game will be selected by online voters polled on the official VGA site.

Spike TV's Video Game Awards will air December 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern on Spike. Last year, Samuel L. Jackson emceed the event, which featured live performances from Jack Black's Tenacious D and rockers AFI. Spike has not yet announced the master of ceremonies or other entertainers for this year's event.

A complete list of nominees for Spike TV's 2007 Video Game Awards is listed below.

Game of the Year
Halo 3
Mass Effect
The Orange Box

Best Shooter
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Halo 3
The Orange Box

Best Action Game
Assassin's Creed
God of War 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Best Rhythm Game
Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Jam Sessions
Rock Band

Best RPG
Eternal Sonata
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Mass Effect
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Best Driving Game
Forza Motorsport 2
Need for Speed ProStreet
Project Gotham Racing 4

Best Military Game
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
World in Conflict

Studio of the Year
Bungie Studios
Irrational Games

Best Graphics
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Mass Effect

Breakthrough Technology
Halo 3
Rock Band

Best PS3 Game
Heavenly Sword
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Best Wii Game
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Paper Mario

Best Xbox 360 Game
Halo 3
Mass Effect
The Orange Box

Best PC Game
The Orange Box
World in Conflict

Best Individual Sports Game
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
Virtua Tennis 3

Best Team Sports Game
Madden NFL 08
NHL 08
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007

Best Handheld Game
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show
The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
The Simpsons Game

Best Soundtrack
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
Rock Band

Best Original Score
God of War 2
Halo 3
Mass Effect

Best Multiplayer Game
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Halo 3
Rock Band
The Orange Box

Most Addictive Game Fueled by Dew
Halo 3
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Team Fortress 2
Wii Sports

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i remember watching this a long while ago ya bioshock won

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Of all the BS, pay-to-win, bogus, corrupt, video game awards shows, this one is the king of all BS, pay-to-win, bogus, corrupt, video game awards shows.

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'Orange Box' all the way

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I never take the Spike awards too seriously. Granted they are trying to make it more legitimate but when people who obviously care nothing or have nothing to do with the industry are doing the presenting/hosting and what not (musical guests especially) then I can't help but write it off.

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WTF why would there be a best military game award - it's like f$#%ing advertisement.

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man no offense to halo3 but its not that great... Call of Duty definetly should have won multiplayer of the year. Call of Duty has an AMAZING multiplayer with a rewards system and their ranking is fantastic! halo3 ranking systems are not as good as they can be.

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Blasto19 is right P3 is IMO one of the greatest RPGs of all time and was really under rated

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persona3 is awesome, too bad not alot of ppl played it

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Bioshock is much much much more original than any other game released this year. Halo 3 is a great but pretty standard shooter with a nice addition (Forge) which is to limited. They should have released a map editor for Halo 3 which you can use on the PC and then transfer the file using a USB stick or by Bungie.Net. Just like Epic wants to do with the new Unreal. If they did that then by now there would be maby 100+ nice multiplayer maps.

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i think halo 3 should have won best original score like halo or not the game had some of the best music in gaming

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Bioshock is awesome deserves all the awards it got it is the best game of the year...

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This is bull. Cod4 is deffinately game of the year. It's multi platform and was waaaaaaaaaaay way better than Halo 3. Spike knows nothing of video games. The Orange Box should be taken out because it is a group of games, not one individual game.

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The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar was not based on a movie or TV show. It was based on Tolkien's writings. The license they have is for the books, not the movies. Thus, the game doesn't look like the way the movies showed everything.

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Cod ftw

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why isn't Crysis running for game of the year? Mass Effect? i mean mass effect is a good game and all but it's no where near crysis.

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I like Bioshock, most people will probably vote Halo 3, but I think Bioshock should get this since it's a rather unique game with a though-provoking storyline and really incredible design in characters and enviorments.

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most you ppl have never even seen or can play Crysis or own a PC for that matter.

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They should rename the GotY catagory to "best games that are on consols. Honestly - Halo 3 gets a nod and Crysis doesn't? BIAS!

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Please, Resistance was trying to be the Gears of War on PS3 and it failed, big time.

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Resistance Should be on here even if it missed the date by days!

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This list sucks. They leave out important games in every category and to not have Super Mario Galaxy in the running for Game of the Year?

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Because it is one of the best games of the year, maybe? Also, lol @ the JRPG nerd smack talking Mass Effect. There is a reason you guys don't get girls.

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Why is the Orange Box in the game of the year namination???

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 nominated? And Fifa not? I agree with the rest of the list, but this last nomination is ridiculous...

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Eternal Sonata, or Persona3(P3 better get it, cause Mass Effect does not deserve this, IMO) Sorry, had to say that, now I'll take my leave.

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halo 3 rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Game of the year is Crysis hands down. Theres no other game thats even in the same level as Crysis. Not even Bioshock can match up to Crysis.

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Liked BioShock had scary moments where it made you sit back an go woah. But didnt have the entire Survial Horror feel about it like you did with say F.E.A.R or any of the Silent Hill games. Also CoD4 Awesome, everything the graphics the A.I the sounds the lighting effects. Weapon Tech. everything All tops. Game I am most disappointed about. Kane an Lynch, I believe with as well as Eidos has done \, (Not a steller Success But not in the basement of the industry.) Could have done a little bit better with the gameplay, like the aiming is elementary the A.I is pretty retarded, Bang Bang Bang oh shucks gettin hit here guess I will move Bang ooop nevermind. The Story however I liked its a good Anti hero story you know you shouldnt want them to succeed but you look at it like what is the lesser of the 2 evils. And Finally Assassins Creed. Man Awesome Awesome game dont like the Travel time between missons but the investigating the mark and helpin the locals. Awesome adds more to the story then say Hitman did...which is still one of my Fav. Games ever. and the movie better rock or I shall be Livid.

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Game of the year, Bioshock or Orange Box. Halo 3 has one of the shorest campains ive played(no i havent played through CoD4's campain). Mass Effect isn't even out yet. Bioshock has the weirdest, craziest, scariest campains ever, and to top that it looks fantastic and plays flawlessly. Orange Box has the same as bioshock, but with Team Fortress 2 which is multiplayer, but Orange Box consists of two games that werent released at least one year ago each. Best shooter, i've got to give it to call of duty 4, its just way too insane.. Runner up - halo 3 Action game, God of war 2, because i havent played any of the other nominations yet. Rythem - I have no idea, my moneys on rock band but its not out yet so you cant be sure. Guitar hero 3 was medicore, rocks the 80's was worse, and what's "Jam Sessions" RPG - Havent played any of these, mass effect's spose to be woahafying. Driving - Forza, because nothing else is really as awesome on the list. Military - Call of duty 4, its just "woah". Studio - Definently Irrational Games, bungie would be the winner but the fact that they havent fixed the bug which makes my halo 3 not work correctly, a bug that has been reported since the launch date. I miss halo 3 (BUG = Best Graphics - I don't care actually. Mass effects graphics look horrible in my opinon. Breakthrough - Halo 3, the replay/saved films feature is awesome, Forge is imentsly fun(although its not garrys mod). PS3 - Uncharted Wii - Super mario galaxy Xbox360 - Halo 3, because bioshock is avalible on the pc so its just another game ON the 360 not only FOR the 360. PC - Crysis I DONT CARE FOR THE NEXT 3 CATEGORYS. Best spin off game - Stranglehold or Naruto: Rise of a Ninja theyre both decent, but most spin off games suck hard. Score - Bioshock gave me chills Multiplayer - Halo 3 or CoD4. Addictive - Halo 3

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god of war 2 is the best ps2 game it should have an award

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I really think CoD4 deserves GOTY nominee, not Halo 3. Bioshock deserves the win though.

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If the panel judges aren't braindead morons, no, no one should have to warn them. Yet.

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... Should I like, warn your family?

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If Persona 3 doesn't win RPG of the year, I'm going to go beserk on my family.

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im sorry but bioshock is in best shooter and crysis isnt

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Critical Error: Halo 3 in too many categories.

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the orange box is very impressive and excellent game... so The Orange Box should be "best shooter" , "best pc game" , "game of the year". also Valve Software should be "the studio of the year" ..

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mr17x the break through in halo 3 is gameplay, forge, and saved films. if you say the gameplay is the same since halo 2, then why do people still play it? maybe its that good? i dont know what you think, but if the same exact gameplay is being played for 3 years and is going to keep going strong then maybe the gameplay might be alittle good?

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Wouldn't Crysis win best graphics?

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Look at the Game of the Year category, than the 360 category; they're the same!

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halo 3's tecnological achievement was the saved games and forge feature

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this is quite on the useless side ... Forcing Halo 3 into everything is really a worrying trend in the industry. And whats with the game of the year nominations, do they have anything apart from shooters? I consider Mass Effect to be in the shooters universe, lets see if Halo 3 did not win game of the year ... that would be interesting ..

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is this a popularity contest? because i dont see Blue Dragon in best RPG awards, also Mario Galaxy should be in GOTY nominates

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lol yea most of them are on 360. Well i hope Halo 3, Mass Effect, Bioshock, SOD4, GH3 Naruto: ROAN and assassin's creed get their awards because they deserve them.

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kave-man007: "did anyone notice dat all the games of the year nomanies are 360 titles" Actually Orange Box and Bioshock are also PC games but you do make a point; according to this list 360 kicked but this year.

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1.Best military game category should not exist. 2.What is so brake trough about Halo 3 (I seriously don't know). 3.Sad that the "Game of the Year" list is almost the same as "Shooter of the Year".

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Well there you go, "awards" based on popularity.

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yeah its all just opinionated and i do think that they did just go on hype unless they played them already which could be the case but they are good games for the most part i mean good choices

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yup..... its spike tv......yup.......... spike tv sux commercial ass.