Skyrim wins top prize at Spike VGAs

DERRIK J LANG
Last updated 11:43 12/12/2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

BY CROM: Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was the big winner at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim flew away with the game of the year trophy at the Spike Video Game Awards over the weekend.

The dragon-slaying epic also won as best role-playing game, and Skyrim developer Bethesda Softworks was selected as the studio of the year on Saturday at the ninth annual Spike Video Game Awards, which honours outstanding achievements within the gaming industry over the past year.

"We poured ourselves into this for the past three years," said Skyrim game director Todd Howard.

Valve's sci-fi puzzler Portal 2 bounced away with the most awards, winning five trophies for best PC game, multiplayer and downloadable content, as well as best performance by female human for Ellen McLain as GLaDOS and male human for Stephen Merchant as Wheatley.

Other titles winning multiple trophies included Rocksteady's superhero sequel Batman: Arkham City for best character for the Joker and best action-adventure, adapted and Xbox 360 game; Supergiant Games' role-playing fable Bastion as best downloadable game, song and original score; and the latest entry in Nintendo's Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which was chosen as the best motion and Wii game.

The fantastical 25-year-old Zelda role-playing series itself became the first gaming franchise to be inducted into the show's hall of fame. Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto from Japan was on hand to accept the honour.

"None of this would be possible without you," Miyamoto told the crowd. "We all at Nintendo are humbled by your support."

Chuck star and avid gamer Zachary Levi hosted the ninth annual ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios, appearing on stage on stage alongside three-dimensional "augmented reality" versions of characters and weapons from game of the year nominees.

The two-hour extravaganza, which featured performances from The Black Keys and Deadmau5, put more emphasis on upcoming games than awards though.

The show featured never-before-seen footage from such titles as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots and BioShock Infinite. It also served as the launch pad for newly announced games like The Last of Us, Fortnite and Alan Wake's American Nightmare.

Other winners included Mortal Kombat as best fighting game, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception as best graphics, World of Warcraft developer Blizzard as gamer god and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as best shooter.

"This is awesome, especially in a year like this when we have so many good games coming out, especially multiplayer games like Gears of War, which is amazing," said Robert Bowling, creative strategist at Modern Warfare 3 co-developer Infinity Ward.

The winners of most of the show's categories were chosen by an advisory council, while the best trailer and most anticipated game winners were selected by viewer votes. The stealthy historical title Assassin's Creed: Revelations was awarded the best trailer trophy, and sci-fi saga Mass Effect 3 won for most anticipated game.

FULL WINNERS LIST

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Game of the Year
Winner:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Runners up: Batman: Arkham City, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Portal 2, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Studio of the Year
Winner:
Bethesda Game Studios - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Runners up: Naughty Dog - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Rocksteady Studios - Batman: Arkham City, Valve - Portal 2

Character of the Year
Winner:
The Joker - Batman: Arkham City
Runners up: Nathan Drake - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Marcus Fenix - Gears of War 3, Wheatley - Portal 2

Best Xbox 360 Game
Winner: Batman:
Arkham City
Runners up: Forza Motorsport 4, Gears of War 3, Portal 2

Best PlayStation 3 Game
Winner:
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Runners up: inFAMOUS 2, Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2

Best Wii Game
Winner:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Runners up: Epic Mickey, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Lost in Shadow

Best PC Game
Winner:
Portal 2
Runners up: Battlefield 3, Minecraft, The Witcher 2

Best Handheld / Mobile Game
Winner:
Super Mario 3D Land
Runners up: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Infinity Blade, Jetpack Joyride

Best Shooter
Winner:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Runners up: Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, RAGE

Best Action Adventure Game
Winner:
Batman: Arkham City
Runners up: Assassin's Creed: Revelations, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Best RPG
Winner:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Runners up: Dark Souls, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age II

Best Multiplayer
Winner:
Portal 2
Runners up: Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3

Best Individual Sports Game
Winner:
Fight Night Champion
Runners up: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, Top Spin 4, Virtua Tennis 4

Best Team Sports Game
Winner:
NBA 2K12
Runners up: FIFA 12, NHL 12, MLB 11: The Show

Best Driving Game
Winner:
Forza Motorsport 4
Runners up: DiRT 3, Driver: San Francisco, Need for Speed: The Run

Best Fighting Game
Winner:
Mortal Kombat
Runners up: The King of Fighters XIII, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, WWE All Stars

Best Motion Game
Winner:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Runners up: Child of Eden, Dance Central 2, The Gunstringer

Best Independent Game
Winner:
Minecraft
Runners up: Bastion, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, The Binding of Isaac

Best Adapted Videogame
Winner:
Batman: Arkham City
Runners up: Back to the Future: The Game, Captain America: Super Soldier, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Best Song in a Game
Winner:
Build that Wall (Zia's Theme) by Darren Korb - Bastion
Runners up: Exile Vilify by The National - Portal 2, I'm Not Calling You a Liar by Florence + the Machine - Dragon Age II, Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme) by Darren Korb - Bastion, Want You Gone by Jonathan Coulton - Portal 2

Best Original Score
Winner:
Bastion
Runners up: Batman: Arkham City, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Portal 2

Best Graphics
Winner:
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Runners up: Batman: Arkham City, L.A. Noire, RAGE

Best Performance by a Human Male
Winner:
Stephen Merchant as Wheatley - Portal 2
Runners up: JK Simmons as Cave Johnson - Portal 2, Mark Hamill as The Joker - Batman: Arkham City, Nolan North as Nathan Drake - Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Performance by a Human Female
Winner:
Ellen McLain as GLaDOS - Portal 2
Runners up: Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Emily Rose as Elena Fisher - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Batman: Arkham City

Best Downloadable Game
Winner:
Bastion
Runners up: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Stacking, Iron Brigade

Best DLC
Winner:
Portal 2 - Peer Review
Runners up: Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues, Mass Effect 2 - Arrival, Mortal Kombat - Freddy Krueger

Most Anticipated Game of 2012
Winner:
Mass Effect 3
Runners up: BioShock: Infinite, Diablo III, Halo 4, The Last Guardian

- AP

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