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Post VGX: A list of last night's winners and nominees

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It's been a big year for gaming. Both Sony and Microsoft have released their eighth generation consoles, and we've seen some amazing titles from both major and independent developers. We've already told you what games we thought were this year's best, but there's also Spike TV's annual Video Game Awards (rebranded as VGX), which was held last Saturday. Here's a rundown of the nominees and winners for each category.

Game of the Year:

  • BioShock Infinite

  • Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Super Mario 3D World

  • The Last of Us

  • Tomb Raider

It seems nothing could compete with the massive open world of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5. The latest in the long-running GTA series featured three protagonists for players to switch between, which made for three separate and well-written stories and a larger world map than any previous game in the franchise had ever hoped to offer. For a game whose claim to fame came from unbridled violence and sexuality, GTA 5's charming playfulness allowed it to take home this year's big prize.

Studio of the Year:

  • Irrational Games

  • Naughty Dog

  • Rockstar North

  • The Fullbright Company

Naughty Dog's PS3 exclusive The Last of Us may not have been crowned this year's best game, but that didn't stop the company from being recognized for their hard work. Under the creative direction of Neil Druckmann (who is also credited as the game's writer), The Last of Us brought us the amazing journey of Joel and Ellie as they made their way through a derelict post-apocalyptic world.

Most Anticipated Game: (voted by fans)

  • Destiny

  • Titanfall

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Watch Dogs

This was another tough call, with nominations for new IP from Bungie and Ubisoft on the list. Even so, Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall was voted this year's most anticipated game. This mech-based FPS is expected to launch for the Xbox One and PC on March 11th.

Best Shooter:

  • Battlefield 4

  • BioShock Infinite

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • Metro: Last Light

Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite made quite an impact on critics and fans when it released earlier this year. It had some pretty big shoes to fill, with the original BioShock being considered a classic by many, and it managed to do so with its intriguing story and well-written characters. While this award may not reflect that side of the game, it does recognize the title for its satisfying gameplay.

Best Indie Game:

  • Gone Home

  • Kentucky Route Zero

  • Papers, Please

  • The Stanley Parable

Lacking any real 'action', The Fullbright Company's exploration title was an unexpected success. The carefully crafted setting and rich story of Gone Home captivated players. Many gamers most likely identified with the 90's setting, while others may have seen shades of themselves in Samantha, the rebellious teenage daughter.

Best Action Adventure Game:

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

  • Grand Theft Auto 5

  • The Last of Us

  • Tomb Raider

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed IV brought a new spin to the franchise. Black Flag put players in the role of pirate Edward Kenway on his journey across the sea. This game captured the freedom of adventure like no other title this year.

Best Sports Game:

  • Fifa 14

  • MLB 13: The Show

  • NBA 2K14

  • NHL 14

In a year where Fifa, PES and Madden all boasted about their new physics engines, NBA 2K14 still took home the gold.

Best RPG:

  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening

  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

  • Pokémon X and Y

In a year that featured new installments in the Final Fantasy and Pokémon series, it would take something truly special for a new IP to be recognized as this year's best RPG. That's where Ghibli, the studio responsible for anime classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, come in. Ni no Kuni looked and felt like one of the studios' films, capturing the same magic and childlike wonder that fans have come to love.

Best Fighting Game:

  • Divekick

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us

  • Killer Instinct

  • Tekken Revolution

NetherRealm Studios gave comic book fans a darker look at Superman, Batman and the other characters from the DC universe with this year's new fighting game. There was a lot of hype surrounding this release, all of which was met through the game's wide variety of playable characters and interactive stages.

Best Driving Game:

  • F1 2013

  • Grid 2

  • Forza Motorsports 5

  • Need for Speed Rivals

Best DLC:

  • Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

  • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall

  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

  • Mass Effect 3: Citadel

Ubisoft's Blood Dragon DLC gave fans the over-the-top 80's action extravaganza they didn't even know was missing from their lives. It came completely out of left field, making it this year's most memorable add-ons.

Best Xbox Game:

  • Bioshock Infinite

  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

  • Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Tomb Raider

Oddly enough, none of these nominees were exclusive to Microsoft's console. This creative puzzle game had players taking simultaneous control of both brothers as they navigated the lush landscape near their home in search of a cure for their ailing father.

Best PlayStation Game:

  • Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Rayman Legends

  • The Last of Us

  • Tomb Raider

The only exclusive on this list, The Last of Us was easily this year's best PlayStation game. This game did a beautiful job of setting up a post-apocalyptic world, and Naughty Dog's take on the horror genre was spot on.

Best Nintendo Game:

  • Pikmin 3

  • Rayman Legends

  • Super Mario 3D World

  • The Wonderful 101

Anyone who has read our recent review of Super Mario 3D World knows that Nintendo's latest game is nearly perfect. This four player co-op platformer is some of the most fun we've had on the Wii U and is one of this year's must-have games.

Best PC Game:

  • Battlefield 4

  • Gone Home

  • Papers, Please

  • The Stanley Parable

Fullbright managed to take home another award for Gone Home. Every room of this game's empty home felt detailed and lived-in, making it a joy to explore.

Best Handheld Game:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf

  • Pokémon X and Y

  • Tearaway

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The latest entry in the Legend of Zelda franchise did well to change a few things about the series' standard conventions. This sequel to A Link to the Past gave players brand new ways to explore a familiar world, and became an instant hit with fans.

Best Casual Game:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf

  • Disney Infinity

  • Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • Skylanders: Swap Force

New Leaf was easily the freshest installment the franchise had seen since the original debuted on the Gamecube a decade ago. This entry had players acting as mayor, allowing them to customize their town with new properties and landmarks. Everything can be done at the player's own pace, making it the perfect game to relax to.

Best Voice Actor:

  • Troy Baker (as Joel in The Last of Us)

  • Troy Baker (as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite)

  • Steven Ogg (as Trevor Phillips in Grand Theft Auto 5)

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

There's no surprise that Troy Baker received this honor (there's a reason he was nominated twice). His performance as Joel brought that character to life, strengthening the dynamic between the game's two protagonists.

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)

Of course, Troy Baker wasn't the only one to give a terrific performance in The Last of Us. Ashley Johnson's work as Ellie made players genuinely care about this character, and drove their desire to protect her.

Best Soundtrack:

  • BioShock Infinite

  • Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

  • The Last of Us

Featuring music from Elton John, War, Kendrick Lamar and a slew of other artists spanning across several genres, it's no wonder that Grand Theft Auto 5 won for this year's best soundtrack. It certainly doesn't hurt that Queen's “Radio GaGa” has become this game's unofficial theme.

Best Song in a Game:

  • “A.D.H.D.” performed by Kendrick Lamar (Grand Theft Auto 5)

  • “Sleepwalking” performed by The Chain Gang of 1974 (Grand Theft Auto 5)

  • “Survival” performed by Eminem (Call of Duty: Ghosts)

  • Will the Circle be Unbroken” performed by Courtnee Draper & Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite)

This piece was performed by the two leads of BioShock Infinite and perfectly set the tone for the rest of the game. There's a lot to be said when one of the most memorable parts of this year's “best shooter” is a quiet duet with an acoustic guitar.

Character of the Year: (voted by fans)

  • Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

  • Trevor Phillips (Grand Theft Auto 5)

  • The Lutece Twins (Bioshock Infinite)

  • Naiee and Nyaa (Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons)

It was apparent from the beginning of Bioshock Infinite that there was more to these clever, snarky twins than meets the eye. They appear several times throughout Booker's journey, usually offering cryptic advice or some witty banter. We wouldn't mind seeing more of these characters in the future.

Best Mobile Game: (voted by fans)

  • Angry Birds Star Wars

  • Infinity Blade 3

  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

  • Ridiculous Fishing

Within the last few years the mobile market has grown into a mainstay of gaming. The first Plants vs. Zombies title was a smash success, and players couldn't wait to get their hands on a sequel.

Another fantastic year of games has come and gone. With big titles like Titanfall, Destiny and Super Smash Bros. on the way, as well as the continued momentum of all three eighth generation consoles, 2014 looks to be just as exciting.

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