‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Tops Spike VGX 2013 Award Winners List

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 16th, 2013 at 3:17 pm,

VGX 2013 Winners

As we run into December, it’s that time of year again where gamers come together to debate, argue and ultimately celebrate the previous twelve months of gaming. While everyone will keep a mental note of their favorite game, Spike TV’s awards ceremony often signals the beginning of ‘Game of the Year’ articles popping up just about everywhere on the internet. Although procedure was a little different this year as the VGAs went through a bit of a makeover.

Previously known as the Spike Video Game Awards (VGAs), the show has had a lick of paint over the last year being re-branded as VGX. While it put bigger focus on reveals such as a new generation remaster of Tomb Raider and Telltale Games taking on both Game of Thrones and Borderlands episodic series, the entire affair was still framed by awards.

It was an incredibly strong showing for games this year with three major ‘Game of the Year’ contenders in Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite all hogging the nominations. In fact, the program featured close categories throughout with Game of the Year, Studio of the Year, Best Independent Game and acting categories being especially tight calls.

In the end, what we got was a seemingly fair distribution of awards with GTA V winning the Best Game, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag winning the Best Action/Adventure, BioShock Infinite winning Best Shooter and Naughty Dog winning the Best Studio.

But those weren’t the only winners. With the show now over, here is a complete list of the the games that won and those that missed out.

Game of the Year

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Studio of the Year

  • Irrational Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • Rockstar North
  • The Fullbright Company

Best Shooter

  • Battlefield 4
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Metro: Last Light

Best Independent Game

  • Gone Home
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Grand Theft Auto 5 VGX

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 14
  • MLB 13: The Show
  • NBA 2K14
  • NHL 14

Best RPG

  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Pokemon X/Y

Best Fighting Game

  • Divekick
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Killer Instinct
  • Tekken Revolution

Best Driving Game

  • F1 2013
  • Grid 2
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Need for Speed Rivals

The Last of US VGX

Best DLC

  • Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
  • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Mast Effect 3: Citadel

Best Xbox Game

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Tomb Raider

Best PlayStation Game

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Rayman Legends
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Best Nintendo Game

  • Pikmin 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Wonderful 101

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 4
  • Gone Home
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best Handheld Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Pokemon X/Y
  • Tearaway
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Casual Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Disney Infinity
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2
  • Skylanders Swap Force

Bioshock Infinite VGX

Best Voice Actor

  • Troy Baker (as Joel in The Last of Us)
  • Troy Baker (as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite)
  • Steven Ogg (as Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto V)
  • Willem Dafoe (as Nathan Dawkins in Beyond: Two Souls)

Best Voice Actress

  • Ashley Johnson (as Ellie in The Last of Us)
  • Courtnee Draper (as Elizabeth in BioShock Infinite)
  • Camilla Luddington (as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider)
  • Ellen Page (as Jodie Holmes in Beyond: Two Souls)

Best Soundtrack

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • The Last of Us

Best Song in a Game

  • “A.D.H.D.” performed by Kendrick Lamar (Grand Theft Auto V)
  • “Sleepwalking” performed by The Chain Gang of 1974 (Grand Theft Auto V)
  • “Survival” performed by Eminem (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
  • “Will the Circle be Unbroken” performed by Courtnee Draper & Troy Baker (BioShock Infinite)

Most Anticipated Game (Viewer Voted)

  • Destiny
  • Titanfall
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Watch Dogs

Character of the Year (Viewer Voted)

  • Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
  • Trevor Phillips (Grand Theft Auto V)
  • The Lutece Twins (BioShock Infinite)
  • Naiee and Nyaa (Brothers)

Best Mobile Game (Viewer Voted)

  • Angry Birds: Star Wars
  • Infinity Blade 3
  • Plants vs. Zombies: It’s About Time
  • Ridiculous Fishing

***As the other awards become official we’ll update the list accordingly.


More: Watch All The Trailers From The Spike VGX


What say you? Do you think VGX correctly called game of the year? Is there any other category you particularly disagree with? Stick up for your game of choice in the comments below, but just remember to play nice.

TAGS: BioShock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, Spike Video Game Awards, The Last of Us

  • Mark Hard

    EA Games should have won the Studio of The Year award.

    • Mike

      Not sure if trolling or stupid.

  • Shalkowski

    I for one thought this whole this was just bad. I liked Spikes VGAs a lot better. This was just so dry. There was zero suspense as to who won what. They just rushed right into it. And I thought they said that there will be new news on Destiny. Not just some stupid trailer. Very disappointed in the whole thing.

  • Jacob

    Bioshock infinite should have won soundtrack. Gtav music was meh to me

    • Ken J


      But this is aimed toward the young “Cool” crowd and GTA V has to win everything for them…

  • boogoo

    A few things don’t quite make sense to me. How can Assassin’s Creed 4 win Best Action Adventure game over GTA5 when GTA5 won Game of the Year? And if AC4 won Best Action Adventure game, beating out Tomb Raider and The Last of Us, then shouldn’t it have at least been nominated for Game of the Year? Hmmm…

    • slyko

      Or how far cry 3: blood dragon won best dlc when it was its own stand alone arcade game

      • dan

        I know right!!!

        Was really pulling for Citadel, myself.

    • Aizen

      i think this is bullshiit thats all …

  • Zlat

    I thought it strange that BioShock Infinite won best shooter as the gunplay was by far the weakest part of that game.

    • Ken J


      I agree, I loved Bioshock Infinite, but not for its action, but its characters, voice acting, and a story that intrigued me all the way until the end. But yes, the actual gunplay is just there, more just something you have to do to see the story progress… I think Battlefield 4 should have won best shooter, and Bioshock Infinite should have won something else like Best Story, which isn’t even a category since apparently all of the “cool kids” that watch this show don’t care about that…

  • Ajeno

    Lovely to see ‘Ni No Kuni’ get some love. Also, the Lutece twins being awarded favourite character raised a knowing and agreeable smile.

    Other than that, reasonably predictable. Quite the year for Troy Baker though.

  • Rhett

    Well to be honest, whoever chose the nominations is pretty, uh, dull. Neither of the protagonists from The Last of Us nominated for Best Character? Excuse me what? I’ve never felt as attached to a character as Ellie in my whole gaming career. I mean, how does Lara Croft get in there? We’ve had Lara Croft for years! Alright, Last of Us fanboy rant over.

    Onward! GTA V Best Soundtrack. wut. GTA V has a better sound track than Ni No Kuni, The Last of Us, and Bioshock Infinite? Are we serious here? All three of those, especially Ni No Kuni had AMAZING soundtracks. I’m confused how a game whose soundtrack mainly consists of non-original content can win that category.

    • dan

      I think it went to GTA V simply because of the breadth of music available in its soundtrack. It didn’t win because it’s better, it won because there’s, well, more. The list of tracks is very long, and each one is its own commercially available song.

  • hatorian

    It seems Spike was forced to let dual console games to win the major awards. Not suprised but The Last of Us was the best game of the year and at very list the best action adventure game. If it wasnt exclusive i bet it wins one of those.

  • djnforce9

    I am surprised Titanfall got the “Most anticipated” award over Watchdogs but that’s just me. Only selection I fully disagree with is “Bioshock Infinite” as “Best Shooter”. It excelled in certain aspects (visuals especially) but not as a “shooter”. I would have given that award to “Battlefield 4″ due to the variety of guns/equipment and solid controls and wicked 64 player battles online. It also had an absolutely stellar single player and multiplayer as opposed to one of the two just being “tacked on”.

    when putting aside the technical issues it had prior to patching.

  • Jack Solomon

    I think GTA deserved to have game of the year. They spent the most money ever to make a game. It was one of the best selling games ever. The game is great. I play it everyday and when I’m working I’m watching spoofs on youtube like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDyFxxNwtXw