Spike’s Video Game Awards Nominees Announced, No Surprises

Spike's VGX nominees have been announced, and it doesn't hold any surprises, but there sure is a lot of competition. Here is the list of noms, and who we think will (and should) win...

Spikes Video Game Award, now named Spike’s VGX, nominess have been announced, and there is certainly a great deal of competition–even if it is from the video games that you would only assume had to be nominated.

2013 is a year filled with absolutely incredible video game titles; titles that push the medium forward.  With games like BioShock Infinite changing everything we thought we knew about the BioShock series, Grand Theft Auto V setting an unprecedented expectations for an open world single-player campaign, and The Last of Us being the best post-apocalyptic video game experience to date, there is certainly no lack of competition for game of the year.

Those interested will be able to stream this year’s Spike VGX online on December 7th, beginning at 6pm EST/3pm PST. Streams will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Twitch, iOS, Gametrailers.com, and of course Spike’s official website. Here is the full list of nominees, as well as our prediction of who WILL win, as marked by (P) for probable, and who Den of Geek thinks SHOULD win, as marked by (S) for should.

Game of the Year

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  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (S)
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Last of Us (P)
  • Tomb Raider

Studio of the Year

  • Irrational Games
  • Naughty Dog (P)
  • Rockstar North (S)
  • The Fullbright Company

Best Shooter

  • Battlefield 4 (P)
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Metro: Last Light (S)

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • The Last of Us (P)(S)
  • Tomb Raider

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 14
  • MLB 13: The Show
  • NBA 2K14 (P)(S)
  • NHL 14

Best Independent Game

  • Gone Home (P)(S)
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best RPG

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  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn (P)(S)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Pokemon X/Y

Best Fighting Game

  • Divekick
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (P)(S)
  • Killer Instinct
  • Tekken Revolution

Best Driving Game

  • F1 2013
  • Grid 2
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (P)(S)
  • Need for Speed Rivals

Best DLC

  • Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep (P)
  • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (S)
  • Mass Effect 3: Citadel

Best Xbox Game

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (P)(S)
  • Tomb Raider

Best PlayStation Game

  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Rayman Legends
  • The Last of Us(P)(S)
  • Tomb Raider

Best Nintendo Game

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  • Pikmin 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • Super Mario 3D World(P)(S)
  • The Wonderful 101

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 4 (P)(S)
  • Gone Home
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best Handheld Game

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

Best Casual Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf(P)
  • Disney Infinity(S)
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
  • Skylanders Swap Force

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 5(S)
  • Willem Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins in Beyond: Two Souls(P)

Best Voice Actress

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

Best Soundtrack

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  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto 5(P)(S)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • The Last of Us

Best Song in a Game

  • “ADHD” by Kendrick Lamar (Grand Theft Auto 5)
  • “Sleepwalking” by The Chain Gang of 1974 (Grand Theft Auto 5)
  • “Survival” by Eminem (Call of Duty: Ghosts)(P)
  • “Will the Circle be Unbroken” by Courtnee Draper & Troy Baker (BioShock Infinite)(S)

Most Anticipated Game

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