Game Rant’s 2010 Video Game Award Nominations

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Game Rant's 2010 Video Game Awards

The wave of major new video game releases finally settled weeks ago as 2010 winds down and we prepare to celebrate the new year. But before we look forward to an even bigger year of gaming in 2011, let’s reflect back on what the gaming industry entertained us with in 2010.

Tomorrow marks not only the very last day of 2010 but the end of our first full year of operation here at Game Rant and what better way to go out than with the beginning of an annual tradition with the Game Rant Video Game Awards!

For the first of many to come, we’ve carved out seven key categories to capture some of the most important elements of gaming. Without further ado, here are the nominations:

Game of the Year

  • Halo: Reach
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Minecraft
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • StarCraft II

Most Innovative

  • Backbreaker
  • Heavy Rain
  • Minecraft
  • ModNation Racers
  • Sleep is Death

Biggest Disappointment

  • Alpha Protocol
  • Command & Conquer 4
  • Crackdown 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • Final Fantasy XIV

Best Presentation

  • Halo: Reach
  • Limbo
  • The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
  • Split/Second
  • StarCraft II

Best Gameplay

  • Bayonetta
  • Mass Effect 2
  • StarCraft II
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Vanquish

Best Multiplayer Experience

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Halo: Reach
  • Minecraft
  • StarCraft II

Best Story

  • Alan Wake
  • Amnesia
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Heavy Rain
  • Red Dead Redemption

Nominations were carefully selected based on input from all members of the Game Rant staff and many hours of deliberation. Share your comments on what you believe deserves to win and come back next week for the award winners!

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TAGS: Alan Wake, Alpha Protocol, Amnesia, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Backbreaker, Bayonetta, Black Ops, Call of Duty, Command & Conquer 4, Crackdown 2, Final Fantasy 14, Force Unleashed 2, Game Rant Video Game Awards, Halo Reach, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2, Minecraft, ModNation Racers, Red Dead Redemption, Sleep is Death, Split Second, StarCraft 2, Super Meat Boy, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, Vanquish

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  1. Minecraft FTW

  2. Minecraft isn’t even out yet and it’s getting nominated! Yeah, it’s that good.

  3. Here are my picks!

    Game of the Year
    Mass Effect 2

    Most Innovative
    Heavy Rain

    Biggest Disappointment
    Final Fantasy XIV

    Best Presentation
    StarCraft II

    Best Gameplay
    Mass Effect 2

    Best Multiplayer Experience
    Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

    Best Story
    Heavy Rain

  4. Mass Effect 2.. Game of the Year for sure (for me)..

  5. My picks:

    Game of the Year
    Mass Effect 2

    Most Innovative
    Minecraft

    Biggest Disappointment
    Final Fantasy XIV

    Best Presentation
    Limbo

    Best Gameplay
    Super Meat Boy

    Best Multiplayer Experience
    Halo: Reach

    Best Story
    Alan Wake

  6. Game of the Year
    Red Dead Redemption

    Most Innovative
    Heavy Rain

    Biggest Disappointment
    Final Fantasy XIV

    Best Presentation
    Limbo – though I think Alan Wake should be in there for the episodic storytelling

    Best Gameplay
    Mass Effect 2

    Best Multiplayer
    CODBLOPS

    Best Story
    Red Dead Redemption, but I’m okay if Alan Wake wins as well

  7. Woahwoahwoahwoah wait a minute.

    Where is Super Mario Galaxy 2 on that GoTY list?!

  8. Heavy Rain HAS to win SOMETHING Game Rant! That game was just brilliant!

  9. My picks:

    Game of the Year
    Red Dead Redemption

    Most Innovative
    Heavy Rain

    Biggest Disappointment
    Final Fantasy XIV

    Best Presentation
    LIMBO

    Best Gameplay
    Vanquish

    Best Multiplayer
    CoDBlOps – toughest choice by far.

    Best Story
    Red Dead Redemption – Great Western, let alone videogame. Some of the writing and dialogue (Marston, Sheriff) were film-quality.

  10. Minecraft as GOTY… maybe when it comes out of beta xP

    Mass Effect 2 for me, PS3 owners should be delighted with the double helping of Mass Effect they’re getting in 2011 :)

  11. Just to be clear, the official unofficial name for these awards is ‘The Rantees,’ correct? :D

    • lol, I like it, but I also like the GRAWARDS.

  12. My picks:

    Game of the Year
    Halo: Reach (I have put more hours into the online multiplayer than any game in recent history)

    Most Innovative
    Minecraft (I haven’t even played this game, but I’ve watched hours of videos and that is enough to convince me)

    Biggest Disappointment
    Metroid Other M (I was prepared for this game to be amazing and it wasn’t much more than “meh”)

    Best Presentation
    Super Meat Boy (This game looks awesome in HD)

    Best Gameplay
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 (If it wasn’t for Halo: Reach, this would be my GOTY)

    Best Multiplayer
    Halo: Reach ( =) What a no-brainer)

    Best Story
    UNDECIDED (I haven’t played Red Dead Redemption, but I have a feeling it might belong here)

  13. i don’t think XBL titles should be amongst the others, regardless of how ‘fun’ they might be they still dont measure up with time/man power that the other games required.

    Game of the Year: non i hate them all

    Most Innovative: haven’t played any of them but mod nation looks pretty cool.

    Biggest Disappointment: again haven’t played any but i hear crackdown 2 was a PoS so i’ll go with that (hated the franchise ever since)

    Best Presentation: reach is the only thing i have played from the list and imo that was bad at times (frame rate lag etc) so nothing from here.

    Best Gameplay: all garbage regardless of what people say. i should have to wait for a sequel to have improved menus and a better combat system etc

    Best Multiplayer Experience:

    Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – the most decent out of all but a whole new game for a feature that could have been sold for half of what it was and been an add on to #2 PASS

    Call of Duty: Black Ops – full of ‘young adults’ who hate halo

    Halo: Reach – full of little kids

    Minecraft – wtf is this sh*t ?

    StarCraft II – don’t care

    Best Story: does anyone even pay attention to story anymore ? the best story i played through was bioshock 1 that that was a few yrs back. pretty sad that dev’s cant come up with more interesting/attention grabbing narrative.

    note: i haven’t played most because they haven’t grabbed my attention, i’m cynical so i wont just pick up a game b/c one person likes it hence why i hate pretty much everything up for nomination… better luck next yr (which is this yr)

    • haha, what are five best games you picked up in 2010?

      • to be honest nothing, the last decent/addictive game i played was borderlands and before that bioshock. i’m very cynical, if a game doesn’t pull me in the 1st few hours then give it a paragraph or so worth of profanities and return it only to get another PoS ‘popular’ game.

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