In America, thereís one thing you can count on before you open your presents and react like a beast to getting that console youíve always wanted. The Spike TV Video Game Awards, which celebrates the best the industry had to offer throughout 2009.
This year, the show saw a number of surprising announcements and showcases of highly anticipated games. Among these were reveals of Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 (reported over here with trailer), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Green Day: Rock Band, Deadliest Warrior: The Game and True Crime.
While people where whooping at a new Batman game being made, there were also first looks at Halo: Reach, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, the new Medal of Honour, Spec Ops: The Line, Crackdown 2, UFC 2010 Undisputed and Tron: Evolution. And here you thought December was a quiet time of the year for game news.
The awards themselves invited a flurry of debate as to which game truly deserved the title, even in the SPOnG Underwater Castle where the serene landscapes and inoffensive coral seldom have us arguing about anything (OK, thatís a lie).
While Uncharted 2: Among Thieves picked up some well deserved awards, such as Game of the Year and Best Graphics, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition managed to win the Best Cast award. But thatís cool, because we know they really meant Brutal Legend, right? And of course, Megan Fox winning Best Female Performance would have nothing to do with her actual performance.
Street Fighter IV won Best Fighting game, and in a pleasantly surprising twist Flower won the Best Independent Game award. Thatís some good news right there. Modern Warfare 2 earned its fair share of multiplayer and shooter-based prizes, and Rocksteady Studios (Batman: Arkham Asylum) caught the Studio of the Year title. DJ Hero won Best Soundtrack, a fact that Svend is still trying to purge from his mind, bless him.
In general, the VGAs was a fun-filled evening packed with talking points galore and revelations aplenty. Any results that you disagree with? Voice those concerns in the SPOnG forum. If you want to see a list of the winners, theyíre at the bottom of this page - just below is a tower of videos of all the first looks and reveals made at the event. Enjoy!
Medal of Honour
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Green Day: Rock Band
Spec Ops: The Line
UFC 2010 Undisputed
Deadliest Warrior: The Game
Game of the Year - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Studio of the Year - Rocksteady Studios (Batman: Arkham Asylum) Best Independent Game - Flower Best Xbox 360 Game - Left 4 Dead 2 Best PS3 Game - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Best Wii Game - New Super Mario Bros. Wii Best PC Game - Dragon Age: Origins Best Handheld Game - Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Best Shooter - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Best Fighting Game - Street Fighter IV Best Action Adventure Game - Assassinís Creed II Best RPG - Dragon Age: Origins Best Multi-player Game - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Best Individual Sports Game - UFC 2009 Undisputed Best Team Sports Game - NHL 10 Best Driving Game - Forza Motorsport 3 Best Music Game - The Beatles: Rock Band Best Soundtrack - DJ Hero Best Original Score - Halo 3 ODST Best Graphics - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Best Game Based On A Movie/TV Show - South Park Letís Go Tower Defence Play! Best Performance By A Human Female - Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes Best Performance By A Human Male - Hugh Jackman as Wolverine Best Cast - X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition Best Voice - Jack Black as Eddie Riggs Best Downloadable Game - Shadow Complex Best DLC - Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony Most Anticipated Game - God of War III