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Old 12-23-2009, 04:57 PM
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Default 2009: the official GAME OF THE YEAR thread -- sites/publications

Rules:

- reputable sites/pubs only;
- only the categories people are likely to care about (e.g., "GOTY," "action GOTY," "best graphics," -- not "worst use of in-game ads" or "best puzzle game");
- nominations and awards listed where possible -- if no winner is known yet, no nomination will be bolded yet;
- cross-platform awards only (no "best PS3 game," etc.);
- a site is only listed if some awards are known for it, otherwise it is omitted until that time;
- if a site is listed, but some awards are not yet known, they're listed as TBD until they are known;
- only critic-decided awards -- no user-voted awards (this includes Spike VGAs).

Here we go.

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CURRENT TALLY
(still to come: GDC)

*** Overall GOTYs ***

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- 7.
2. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- 2.
T3. Demon's Souls, Assassin's Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum -- 1.

*** Technical/overall graphics awards ***

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves won ALL 8.

*** Story/story-telling/writing awards ***

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- 5.
T2. Cryostasis: The Sleep Of Reason, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time -- 1.

*** Action game awards ***

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- 5.
2. Batman: Arkham Asylum -- 1. (GameTrailers. U2 was in diff. cat.)

*** Shooter (first- or third-person) awards ***

1. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- 5. (GameTrailers. Cat: "FPS.")
T2. Killzone 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves -- 1. (U2: GameTrailers. Cat: "TPS.")

*** Multiplayer (coop and vs.) awards ***

1. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 -- 8. (x2 for GiantBomb.)
2. Left 4 Dead 2 -- 2.
3. Killzone 2 -- 1.

*** RPG awards ***

1. Dragon Age: Origins -- 5.
2. Demon's Souls -- 2.
3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story -- 1.

*** Fighting awards ***

Street Fighter IV won ALL 7.

*** Sports awards ***

1. FIFA 10 -- 3.
2. NHL 10 -- 2.
T3. Fight Night Round 4, Wii Sports Resort -- 1.

*** Driving awards ***

1. Forza Motorsport 3 -- 6.
2. DiRT 2 -- 1.


RESULTS FOR EACH PUBLICATION

IGN

Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, KZ2, MW2, RE5, Batman: AA
Story: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, H3: ODST, Ass Creed II, inFamous, Batman: AA
Multiplayer: Left 4 Dead 2, Borderlands, MW2, H3: ODST, Uncharted 2
Downloadable: Shadow Complex, Fat Princess, 'Splosion Man, Shatter, LostWinds

Action/Adventure: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: AA, RE5, Ass Creed II, Shadow Complex
Shooter: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands, H3: ODST, KZ2, L4D2
RPG: Dragon Age: Origins, Demon's Souls, Dragon Quest V, Risen, Star Ocean IV
Driving: Forza Motorsport 3, ExciteBots, MotorStorm: AE, NFS: Shift
Fighting: Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Tekken 6
Music: The Beatles: Rock Band, DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Rhythm Heaven, Rock Band: Unplugged
Sports: FIFA 10, NHL 10, Punch-Out!! Wii, Tiger Woods, Wii Sports Resort
Strategy: Halo Wars, Warhammer 40k: DoW II, Empire: Total War, Might & Magic: CoH, Plants vs. Zombies

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Borderlands, MW2, Batman: AA

GameSpot

Technical Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, KZ2, Forza 3, Ass Creed II, RE5
Artistic Graphics: Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Flower, Trine, Brutal Legend, Beatles: Rock Band
Vs. Multiplayer: Killzone 2, MW2, Warhammer 40k: DoW II, L4D2, Fat Princess
Coop: Left 4 Dead 2, Demon's Souls, H3: ODST, RE5, Borderlands
Innovative: Demon's Souls, 1/2-min Hero, Scribblenauts, Harry Hatsworth, MW2
Story: Cryostasis: The Sleep Of Reason, Prof Layton, Dragon Age, Mario & Luigi, Ass Creed II
Writing/Dialogue: Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, Uncharted 2, Dragon Age, Mario & Luigi, Brutal Legend
Downloadable Game: Comet Crash, Flower, Trials HD, Fat Princess, Bit.Trip Void
Boss Fights: Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?, Mario & Luigi, Demon's Souls, Wolfenstein, Ninja Blade

Action/Adventure: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, GTA: Chinatown Wars, inFamous, Batman: AA, Ass Creed II
Shooter: Killzone 2, MW2, H3: ODST, Borderlands, L4D2
RPG: Demon's Souls, Dragon Age, Mario & Luigi, SMT: Devil Survivor, Dragon Quest V: HAOTHB
Driving: Forza Motorsport 3, Dirt 2, Gran Turismo (PSP), Race Pro, Excitebots
Sports: FIFA 10, MLB 09, Tiger Woods (Wii), UFC 2009 Undisputed, Madden
Music Game: The Beatles: Rock Band, Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero, Rock Band Unplugged, SingStar Queen
Platformer: Ratcher & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, New Super Mario Brothers Wii, 'Splosion Man, Trine, Henry Hatsworth
Fighting: Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, BlazBlue
Strategy: The Sims 3, Comet Crash, Dawn of Discovery, Plants vs. Zombies, Warhammer 40k: DoW II

OVERALL: Demon's Souls, Uncharted 2, The Sims 3, Batman: AA, Forza 3, Ass Creed II, Dragon Age: Origins, GTA: Chinatown Wars, KZ2, R&CF: ACIT

X-Play

Story/writing: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Batman: AA, Brutal Legend, GTA IV: TBOGT
Innovation: Demon's Souls (multiplayer), Boderlands (Gun Tech), MW2 (death perks), Red Faction: Guerrilla (New Geo-Modding), Scribblenauts (vocabulary)
Animation: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Fight Night R4, R&C F: ACIT, Street Ftr IV
Art Direction: Brutal Legend, Uncharted 2, Ass Creed II, Beatles: Rock Band, Borderlands
Multiplayer: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, H3: ODST, Borderlands, Uncharted 2, L4D2

RPG: Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Demon's Souls, SMT: Devil Survivor 4, Torchlight, Dragon Age
Driving: Forza Motorsport 3, Dirt 2, Fuel, NFS Shift
Sports: Fight Night Round 4, FIFA, MLB 09, Tiger Woods (Wii), Wii Sports Resort
Downloadable Game: Shadow Complex, 'Splosion Man, Flower, BF 1943, 1 vs. 100
Shooter: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, KZ2, Borderlands, H3: ODST, L4D2
Action/Adventure: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Batman: AA, inFamous, R&C F: ACIT
Music Game: The Beatles: Rock Band, DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, LEGO Rock Band, Rock Band Unplugged
Fighting: Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Borderlands, inFamous, MW2

Eurogamer

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

GamesRadar

OVERALL: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2

GameTrailers

Downloadable Game: Fat Princess, Flower, Shadow Complex, 'Splosion Man, Trials HD
Single-player Campaign: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: AA, Ass Creed II, MW2, RE5
Innovative: Scribblenauts, Demon's Souls, DJ Hero, Wii Sports Resort, Flower
Story: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, RE5, GTA IV: TBOGT, Ass Creed II
Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, KZ2, BlazBlue, RE5, MW2
Multiplayer: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fat Princess, L4D2, Uncharted 2, Street Fighter IV

First Person Shooter: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, KZ2, H3: ODST, L4D2, F.E.A.R. 2
3rd Person Shooter: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, GTA IV: Episodes, RE5, Resistance: Retribution, Red Faction: Guerrilla
RPG: Demon's Souls, Borderlands, Dragon Age, 1/2-min Hero, Mario & Luigi
Sports: NHL 10, Tiger Woods (Wii), FIFA, MLB 09, Madden
Action/Adventure: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Ass Creed II, New Super Mario Brothers Wii, inFamous, R&CF: ACIT
Driving: Forza Motorsport 3, Dirt 2, Motorstorm: AA, NFS Shift, Trials HD
Strategy: Empire: Total War, Fat Princess, Halo Wars, League Of Legends, Dawn Of War II
Music Game: DJ Hero, Beatles: Rock Band, Beaterator, Guitar Hero 5, Rhythm Heaven
Fighting: Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue, Fight Night R4, UFC Undisputed, Tekken 6

OVERALL: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2, Ass Creed II, Batman: AA, Street Fighter IV

GameSpy

Downloadable Game: Shadow Complex, 'Splosion Man, Mighty Flip Champs
Multiplayer: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, New Super Mario Brothers Wii, L4D2

OVERALL: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2, Batman: AA, Ass Creed II, New Super Mario Brothers Wii

GiantBomb

Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: AA, R&CF: ACIT
Vs. Multiplayer: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Street Fighter IV, L4D2
Coop: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2, RE5
Download: Shadow Complex, Shatter, Noby Noby Boy

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: AA

GamePro

Innovation: Scribblenauts, Flower, 1/2-min. Hero, DJ Hero
Story-telling: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Dragon Age
Download: Shadow Complex, Trine, Flower, Pixeljunk Shooter, Eliminate (iPhone), Plants vs. Zombies, BF 1943

OVERALL: Assassin's Creed II, MW2, Uncharted 2, Street Fighter IV

Game Informer

Vs. Multiplayer: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Download: Battefield 1943

Shooter: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Action/Adventure: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
RPG: Dragon Age: Origins
Driving: DiRT 2
Sports: NHL 10
Music Game: DJ Hero
Fighting: Street Fighter IV

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Games Developers' Choice
(winners TBD)

Game design: Uncharted 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Flower, Plants vs. Zombies, Ass Creed II
Technology: MW2, Red Faction: Guerrilla, KZ2, Ass Creed II, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Visual art: Borderlands, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, MW2, Flower
Writing: Brutal Legend, Batman: AA, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Dragon Age, H3: ODST
Innovation: Scribblenauts, Uncharted 2, Plants vs. Zombies, Demon's Souls, Flower
Download: Plants vs. Zombies, PixelJunk Shooter, Shadow Complex, Flower, Trials HD

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Dragon Age, Batman: AA, Demon's Souls, Ass Creed II

AIAS

Art Direction: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, RE5, Machinarium, MW2, Ass Creed II
Visual Engineering: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, KZ2, MW2, Ass Creed II, R&CF: ACIT
Innovation: Scribblenauts, FarmVille, Demon's Souls, Flower, Uncharted 2
Online Multiplayer: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands, FarmVille, L4D2, Uncharted 2

Strategy: Brutal Legend, Fire Emblem: Shadows Dragon, Halo Wars, The Sims 3, Warhammer 40k: DoW II
RPG: Dragon Age: Origins, Borderlands, Champions Online, Mario & Luigi, Demon's Souls
Adventure: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, R&CF: ToD, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Batman: AA, Ass Creed II
Action: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, L4D2, Prototype, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Shadow Complex

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ass Creed II, Batman: AA, MW2, Dragon Age

RPGFan

RPG: Dragon Age: Origins, Demon's Souls

1UP

Technical Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Artistic Graphics: Flower
Multiplayer: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Action/Adventure: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Shooter: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
RPG: Dragon Age
Driving: Forza Motorsport 3
Sports: Wii Sports Resort
Music Game: The Beatles: Rock Band
Fighting: Street Fighter IV
Strategy: Plants vs. Zombies

OVERALL: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

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So far, we have the complete GameSpy awards, complete X-Play awards, complete GamesRadar awards, and partial GameSpot and GameTrailers awards. Still to come are AIAS, IGN, Edge, Eurogamer, and many more.

The GameSpy and GamesRadar awards are rather barebones, but such is life.
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GameSpot genre awards added. The biggest surprise is Killzone 2 wins the Shooter award (over MW2).
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Yeah, that is a surprise.

Mostly I'm just happy to see The Beatles: Rock Band winning out over Guitar Hero 5. Console-warriors who only worry about hardware wars won't care, but I'm gratified to see Harmonix pass by Neversoft/Activision.
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Yeah, that is a surprise.

Mostly I'm just happy to see The Beatles: Rock Band winning out over Guitar Hero 5. Console-warriors who only worry about hardware wars won't care, but I'm gratified to see Harmonix pass by Neversoft/Activision.
That is indeed marginally satisfying in that "I want to be a dick to Activision" sort of way. Honestly, GH: Metallica was a much better Metallica game than Beatles: RB was a Beatles game. Not sure about Guitar Hero 5, but I bet Activision/Neversoft aren't happy about it.
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That is indeed marginally satisfying in that "I want to be a dick to Activision" sort of way.
Yes. Yes it is. It's not very mature, but I can't help it. 2009 was a bad year for Activision making epic blunders in public.
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Yes. Yes it is. It's not very mature, but I can't help it. 2009 was a bad year for Activision making epic blunders in public.
And Bobby Kotick want to "take the fun" out gaming.
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I'm not really getting into the awards thing this year.. There were just too many great games.
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I can't believe Ninja Blade made it haha, but it does have some epic boss battles.

Demon Souls should have won that though, granted the last boss was ugh.

I also declare this thread bunk unless Play magazine is counted
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Forza 3 sweeping through. Definitive racer this year, that's for sure.
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