Spike Video Game 2012 Award Winners

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2012 Spike Video Game Awards Winners

Televised video game awards earn such a niché audience. The appeal to the medium is considerably minuscule compared to film or music. For the last 10 years, Spike has attempted to draw in the masses by injecting mainstream pop culture into their own Video Game Awards show. Establishing a more interactive element, this year’s Spike VGAs brought new life to the awards show. See the full winners list after the break.

A new interactive awards show wasn’t the only thing Spike was bringing to the table. Never before seen footage from the most highly anticipated games made their way to the stage, including Gears of War: Judgement, South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, BioShock; Infinite, and many more.

There was also one big introduction to a game entitled, The Phantom Pain, which many are speculating it to be in relation to Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes or even a hint of Metal Gear Solid 5. Squee!

Aside from the big footage premieres, the winners list was the talk of the industry. Many who follow the video game awards scene typically disregard the antics of the Spike VGAs due to their mainstream pandering. Despite this repeat offense, fans of the games nominated were very happy to see well-deserving titles being awarded top honors rather than some of the obvious big studio choices.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Walking Dead (Winner)

Studio of the Year

  • Gearbox Software
  • 343 Industries
  • Arkane Studios
  • Telltale Games (Winner)

Best Xbox 360 Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored
  • Borderlands 2
  • Halo 4 (Winner)

Best PlayStation 3 Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Borderlands 2
  • Journey (Winner)
  • Dishonored

Best Wii/Wii U Game

  • New Super Mario Bros. U (Winner)
  • The Last Story
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • ZombiU

Best PC Game

  • Diablo 3
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Torchlight 2
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Winner)

Best Shooter

  • Borderlands 2 (Winner)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Halo 4
  • Max Payne 3

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored (Winner)
  • Darksiders 2
  • Sleeping Dogs

Best RPG

  • Diablo 3
  • Mass Effect 3 (Winner)
  • Torchlight 2
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

Best Multi-Player Game

  • Borderlands 2 (Winner)
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Halo 4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Best Individual Sports Game

  • Hot Shots Golf World Invitational
  • SSX (Winner)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
  • WWE ’13

Best Team Sports Game

  • FIFA Soccer 13
  • Madden NFL 13
  • NBA 2K13 (Winner)
  • NHL 13

Best Driving Game

  • Dirt: Showdown
  • F1 2012
  • Forza Horizon
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Winner)

Best Song in a Game

  • “Castle of Glass” by Linkin Park – Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  • “Cities” by Beck – Sound Shapes (Winner)
  • “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
  • Journey (Winner)
  • Max Payne 3

Best Graphics

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dishonored
  • Halo 4 (Winner)
  • Journey

Best Independent Game

  • Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Fez
  • Journey (Winner)
  • Mark of the Ninja

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Persona 4 Arena (Winner)
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

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

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
  • Melissa Hutchison as Clementine – The Walking Dead  (Winner)

Best Performance By a Human Male

  • Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack – Borderlands 2 (Winner)
  • 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
  • The Walking Dead (Winner)
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Best DLC

  • Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (Winner)
  • Leviathan – Mass Effect 3
  • Mechromancer Pack – Borderlands 2
  • Perpetual Testing Initiative – Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game

  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Sound Shapes
  • The Walking Dead (Winner)

Best Social Game

  • Draw Something
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance
  • Sim City Social
  • You Don’t Know Jack (Winner)

Other top mentions of the night go to Half Life 2 as game of the decade and Grand Theft Auto 5 as the most anticipated game of the year.

Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the 10th Annual Spike Video Game Awards were presented on Friday, December 7.


About Author

Tyler Schirado is the founder and editor-in-chief of Turn The Right Corner. Legend has it, he’s said to have rode on the back of a T-Rex and has the natural survival instincts to live through the zombie apocalypse. His spirit animal is a corgi.


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