On November 17th, Spike TV released the list of nominees for the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards, which will be aired on December 11th. The list included video games, voice actors, songs, and studios in 26 categories. While the results won’t be made public until the award show is aired live, based on these nominations, the following predictions are the most likely winners of each category.
Most Anticipated Game – Batman: Arkham City – This is a close race between Batman: Arkham City and Portal 2, but the intense internet advertising campaign for the former seals the deal.
Best Independent Game – Super Meat Boy – After five years in development, this old school side scroller has critics’ attention.
Best DLC – Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker – Extra content is always appealing and Mass Effect 2 has the most nominations this year for a reason.
Best Dowloadable Game – Costume Quest – With all due respect to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, the unique game play of Costume Quest deserves this title.
Best Performance by a Human Female – TIE, Dame Judi Dench as M and Tricia Helfer as Sarah Kerrigan – Judi Dench is a consummate actress and her performance as M is just as great as in the movies, but fans have been waiting anxiously for the return of Sarah Kerrigan.
Best Performance by a Human Male – Nathan Fillion as Sergeant Edward Buck – Nathan Fillion has an amazing voice and Halo is a popular series. The combination makes this practically a sure bet.
Best Adapted Video Game – LEGO: Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – The inclusion of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 in this category can only be considered a cruel joke. Of those remaining, Harry Potter is the strongest contender in a field with better competition than most years.
Best Graphics – Heavy Rain – While this game didn’t live up to the hype in many ways, the graphics truly are the best of the generation.
Best Original Score – God of War III – Ancient Greece has never sounded more intense and theatrical than in God of War III.
Best Song in a Game – “Won’t Back Down” by Eminem – “Goldeneye” probably deserves this honor, but between the star power of Eminem and the success of Black Ops, expect this song to win.
Best Soundtrack – Def Jam Rapstar – With all of the nominees being music games, the game with the most unique soundtrack is likely to win the prize.
Best Music Game – Rock Band 3 – Even with the recent massive popularity of Dance Central, the addition of a real keyboard and real guitar assures the win for Rock Band 3.
Best Driving Game – Blur – ModNation Racers probably deserves this win, but realistic games practically always win this category.
Best Team Sports Game – NBA 2K11 – Until FIFA announced the 2022 host nation, FIFA Soccer 11 was probably assured the win, but now NBA 2K11 is the game with most hype.
Best Individual Sports Game – UFC Undisputed 2010 – Nothing with Tiger Woods in the name will win this year, which leaves the competition between Shaun White Skateboarding and the slightly better UFC Undisputed 2010.
Best Multiplayer Game – Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – Despite a powerful single player campaign, there is no doubt that this game was basically designed with multiplayer in mind first and foremost.
Best RPG – Mass Effect 2 – Between glitches and unmet expectations, the rest of the competition for this title is lagging way behind.
Best Action Adventure Game – Red Dead Redemption – Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, God of War III, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are all great games that simply do not improve much upon their predecessors, which puts a slight dull on their shine.
Best Shooter – Halo: Reach – Even with the excellent Black Ops as competition, Halo: Reach is the purer game when it comes to the shooter genre.
Best Handheld Game – Professor Layton and the Unwound Future – How Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep got snubbed is anyone’s guess, but of the remaining competition, this game deserves the win.
Best PC Game – Civilization V – This year may be one of the best years in recent memory for solid PC games. Between the two PC exclusives, Civilization V is the more complete package, improving on almost every single aspect of the previous titles in the series.
Best Wii Game – Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Critics nearly universally rated this game better than its predecessor, which was already one of the highest rated games ever.
Best PS3 Game – Red Dead Redemption – When it comes to sandbox style games, nobody makes them better than Rockstar and this game deserves all the accolades it has received.
Best Xbox 360 Game – Mass Effect 2 – With an approximately 40 hour storyline and excellent replay value, this game is the clear choice in a category that has surprisingly weak competition given the strength of the Xbox 360.
Best Studio – BioWare – If the Cataclysm expansion to World of Warcraft could be counted, Blizzard would be the clear favorite. But, since it will be released after the deadline, BioWare has to get the credit for this category.
Game of the Year – Call of Duty: Black Ops – It is practically criminal that Rock Band 3 wasn’t at least a nominee for this category. Though, even if it were, the critically acclaimed Call of Duty: Black Ops with unsurpassed game play and graphical eye candy would deserve this award.