Bioshock, Grand Theft Auto V Highlight Spike VGX Awards

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The nominees for Spike VGX awards have been announced, with Grand Theft Auto V receiving the most nominations. Formerly known as Spike Video Game Awards, VGX will take place on December 7th, this time giving the fans a chance to voice their opinion by voting for their favorites on the official website. Gamers will also be able to dictate the outcome of one category: “Most Anticipated Game.” 

These Spike awards have always been hit and miss with the gaming crowd, mainly because they just don’t feel official, unlike the Grammy’s, Emmy’s or the Academy Awards. Controversial selections, like games that haven’t even been released, and awkward presentations given by the hosts and guests are also to blame for fans being cynical about the whole event. Regardless, it’s another way for video games to continue to garnish mainstream appeal, and for lesser-known titles (especially those in the indie category) to get their time in the sun. 

Here’s a complete list of the nominees, courtesy of Game Informer

Game of the Year

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Studio of the Year

  • Irrational Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • Rockstar North
  • The Fullbright Company

Most Anticipated Game

  • Destiny
  • Titanfall
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Watch Dogs

Best Shooter

  • Battlefield 4
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Metro: Last Light

Best Independent Game

  • Gone Home
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 14
  • MLB 13: The Show
  • NBA 2K14
  • NHL 14

Best RPG

  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Pokemon X/Y

Best Fighting Game

  • Divekick
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Killer Instinct
  • Tekken Revolution

Best Driving Game

  • F1 2013
  • Grid 2
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Need for Speed Rivals

Best DLC

  • Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
  • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Mast Effect 3: Citadel

Best Xbox Game

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Tomb Raider

Best PlayStation Game

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Rayman Legends
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Best Nintendo Game

  • Pikmin 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Wonderful 101

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 4
  • Gone Home
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best Handheld Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Pokemon X/Y
  • Tearaway
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Casual Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Disney Infinity
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2
  • Skylanders Swap Force

Best Voice Actor

  • Troy Baker (as Joel in The Last of Us)
  • Troy Baker (as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite)
  • Steven Ogg (as Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto V)
  • Willem Dafoe (as Nathan Dawkins in Beyond: Two Souls)

Best Voice Actress

  • Ashley Johnson (as Ellie in The Last of Us)
  • Courtnee Draper (as Elizabeth in BioShock Infinite)
  • Camilla Luddington (as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider)
  • Ellen Page (as Jodie Holmes in Beyond: Two Souls)

Best Soundtrack

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • The Last of Us

Best Song in a Game

  • “A.D.H.D.” performed by Kendrick Lamar (Grand Theft Auto V)
  • “Sleepwalking” performed by The Chain Gang of 1974 (Grand Theft Auto V)
  • “Survival” performed by Eminem (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
  • “Will the Circle be Unbroken” performed by Courtnee Draper & Troy Baker (BioShock Infinite)
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