So, Spike TV’s Video Game Awards are coming up, so I’m going to hit up some categories and make my predictions /choices on each. If I feel the need to elaborate, I will. If I don’t, well, I still might. I’m playing this by ear.
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Game Of The Year – Assassin’s Creed III (Want: Mass Effect 3)
It should be is Mass Effect 3, but the timing of the release doesn’t make it really conducive toward winning this award. Assassin’s Creed III also has a unique clarity of vision, both in how the developers wanted their story to be laid out and in what they wanted to say.
Mass Effect 3‘s open world allows for a story of your own making, with your own meaning attached. Assassin’s Creed III gives you some choices, but ultimately is a story of order vs. chaos, and your decisions won’t affect the ultimate outcome.
The endings on both I’m completely happy with — and Assassin’s Creed III‘s epilogue goes way deeper into showing the new post-Desmond storyline than one may realize at first glance — but I think ACIII’s going to pull it out.
Studio Of The Year – Telltale Games
They made you feel feelings a whole lot with The Walking Dead.
Best Shooter – Halo 4 (Want: Black Ops II)
It should be Black Ops II, and I could be wrong and it will be, but I think Halo 4‘s going to pull it out.
Best RPG – Mass Effect 3
If Diablo III wins this, I swear I’ll burn this mother down.
Best Performance By A Human Female – Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect 3)
She’s the Commander Shepard most of you didn’t play, and that was a terrible, terrible mistake on your part.
Jennifer Hale is a global treasure.
Best Character – Ratonhnhaké:ton/Connor (Assassin’s Creed III)
I’d put up Commander Shepard, but they’re also including Male Shepard, who is terrible. Ratonhnhaké:ton is a killer lead, the first in Assassin’s Creed games that questioned many of the assumptions set in previous installments. He’s also one of the most accurate portrayals of an American Indian in quite some time — in any medium.
Question: What are your choices for the VGAs?