2012 Spike Video Game Awards: Winners

2012 Spike Video Game Awards: Winners

The 10th Annual Spike Video Game Awards are now behind us, and while in past years we have criticized the shows awards but applauded its ability to secure some pretty high profile exclusives, this year was almost a complete role reversal. While the trailers on display during the event were still intriguing there was a significant lack of new or unexpected “stuff” on display, even if there was plenty of trailers to go around.

Save for the reveal of The Phantom Pain — a game that may or may not be Metal Gear Solid 5 — gamers knew exactly what they were going to get out of the show. Yes, it was nice to see some of BioShock Infinite‘s sandbox-esque gameplay and to better understand when Gears of War: Judgment resides in the timeline, but this show is usually the winter E3, and it really wasn’t this year.

That could be due to a lack of content — a byproduct of the generational transition from PS3 to PS4, Xbox 360 to 720, and so on and so forth — or it could just be that the mystery titles are not yet ready for public criticism. A similar sentiment was felt after E3, with most coming away with the impression that if developers showed their in-development projects they would, at the same time, be forced to discuss Sony and Microsoft‘s new consoles.

Nevertheless, this is an awards show we are talking about after all, and on that front we were pleasantly surprised to see some of the year’s standout titles receive some recognition. Even more surprising is the fact that new IPs or smaller franchises were able to come away with hardware in some pretty high profile categories. Games like Journey and Dishonored were able to beat out the likes of Assassin’s Creed 3 and Borderlands 2 — something we could never imagine happening even one year ago.

But most impressive of all is the fact that The Walking Dead — a downloadable title that is arguably more an emotionally moving experience than a game — was able to come away with Game of The Year. Granted, the competition might not have been as stiff (where was Halo 4?), but giving The Walking Dead the highest honor of the night makes a bold statement.

See what else came away with the coveted monkey award below:

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3

Studio of the Year

  • Gearbox Software
  • 343 Industries
  • Arkane Studios

Best Xbox 360 Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored
  • Borderlands 2

Best PS3 Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dishonored

Best Wii/Wii U Game

  • The Last Story
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • ZombiU

Best PC Game

  • Diablo 3
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Torchlight 2

Best Shooter

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Halo 4
  • Max Payne 3

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Darksiders 2
  • Sleeping Dogs

Best RPG

  • Diablo 3
  • Torchlight 2
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

Best Multi-Player Game

  • Guild Wars 2
  • Halo 4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Best Individual Sports Game

  • Hot Shots Golf World Invitational
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
  • WWE ’13

Best Team Sports Game

  • FIFA Soccer 13
  • Madden NFL 13
  • NHL 13

Best Driving Game

  • Dirt: Showdown
  • F1 2012
  • Forza Horizon

Best Song in a Game

  • “Castle of Glass” by Linkin Park – Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  • “I Was Born for This” by Austin Wintory – Journey
  • “Tears” by Health – Max Payne 3

Best Original Score

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Halo 4
  • Max Payne 3

Best Graphics

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored
  • Journey

Best Independent Game

  • Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Fez
  • Mark of the Ninja

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Gravity Rush
  • LittleBigPlanet (Vita)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2

Best Performance By a Human Female

  • Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright – Sleeping Dogs
  • Jen Taylor as Cortana – Halo 4
  • Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard – Mass Effect 3

Best Performance By a Human Male

  • Dave Fennoy as Lee Everret – The Walking Dead
  • James McCafferey as Max Payne – Max Payne 3
  • Nolan North as Captain Martin Walker – Spec Ops: The Line

Best Adapted Video Game

  • Disney Epic Mickey 2
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Best DLC

  • Leviathan – Mass Effect 3
  • Mechromancer Pack – Borderlands 2
  • Perpetual Testing Initiative – Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game

  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Sound Shapes

Best Social Game

  • Draw Something
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance
  • Sim City Social

Game of the Decade

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • BioShock
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Portal
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Wii Sports
  • World of Warcraft

Most Anticipated Game

  • BioShock Infinite
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Character of the Year

  • Connor Kenway – Assassin’s Creed III
  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect 3
  • Master Chief – Halo 4
  • Raul Menendez – Call of Duty: Black Ops II

What do you think of Spike’s choices for winners? Are you surprised to see that The Walking Dead won Game of the Year? What did you think of the show in general?

Make sure to check out all of our coverage of the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards including all of the new trailers here.


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