2011 VGA nominees – The entire list

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Gaming has grown considerably in recent years, standing proudly side by side with the big brother movie and music industries. And while they have their Oscars and Grammies, the one night where the majority of gamers can sit down and revel in the festivities, is the annual Video Game Awards that is normally held on Spike TV.

It’s a more frivolous and carefree event, embracing the fun that gaming represents, instead of the usual boring and sombre moments of other awards shows. Here’s a look at the nominees for the best of the best that 2011 had to offer.

Studio of the Year

Bethesda Game Studios
Naughty Dog
Rocksteady Studios
Valve

Best Xbox 360 Game

Batman: Arkham City
Forza Motorsport 4
Gears of War 3
Portal 2

Best PS3 Game

inFamous 2
Killzone 3
LittleBigPlanet 2
Uncharted 3

Best Wii Game

Epic Mickey
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
Lost in Shadow
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Best PC Game

Battlefield 3
Minecraft
The Witcher 2
Portal 2

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Infinity Blade
Super Mario 3D Land
Jetpack Joyride

Best Shooter

Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Gears of War 3
RAGE

Best Action Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best RPG

Dark Souls
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Dragon Age II
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Multiplayer

Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Gears of War 3
Portal 2

Best Individual Sports Game

Fight Night Champion
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
Top Spin 4
Virtua Tennis 4

Best Team Sports Game

FIFA Soccer 12
NBA 2K12
NHL 12
MLB ’11: The Show

Best Driving Game

DiRT 3
Driver: San Francisco
Forza Motorsport 4
Need for Speed: The Run

Best Fighting Game

The King of Fighters XIII
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Mortal Kombat
WWE All Stars

Best Motion Game

Child of Eden
Dance Central 2
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Gunstringer

Best Independent Game

Bastion
Minecraft
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
The Binding of Isaac

Best Adapted Video Game

Back to the Future: The Game
Batman: Arkham City
Captain America: Super Soldier
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Best Original Game

Bastion
Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Portal 2

Best Graphics

Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
RAGE
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Performance By a Human Male

J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson – Portal 2
Mark Hamill as the Joker – Batman: Arkham City
Nolan North as Nathan Drake – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game

Bastion
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Stacking
Trenched

Best DLC

Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues
Mass Effect 2 – Arrival
Mortal Kombat – Freddy Krueger
Portal 2 – Peer Review

GameTrailers.com Trailer of the Year

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer
Batman: Arkham City – Hugo Strange Reveal Trailer
Dark Souls – Ignite ’11 Debut Trailer
Dead Island – GDC 11 Cinematic Trailer
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Purity First Infomercial
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – In-Game Debut Trailoer
Hitman: Absolution – E3 2011 Trailer
Prey 2 – E3 2011 Trailer
Tomb Raider – E3 2011 Trailer
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – E3 2011 Trailer

Best Song In A Game

“Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion
“Exile Vilify” by The National – Portal 2
“I’m Not Calling You a Liar” by Florence + the Machine – Dragon Age II
“Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion

Best Original Score

Bastion
Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Portal 2

Most Anticipated Game

BioShock: Infinite
Diablo III
Halo 4
Mass Effect 3
The Last Guardian

Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Portal 2
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Personally, I’m a little disappointed to not see two of my highlights of the year, Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 anywhere on the list, but then again, this has been a really great year in gaming, with some really strong competition.

The awards show will take place on December 10 this year.

Last Updated: November 17, 2011

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