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.


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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.