As you may or may not have heard, Spike TV has announced the nominees for its annual Video Game Awards. The show will air on December 11th, but we thought we’d give you a little preview of what’s to come. While these award shows are all matters of opinion, we here at Piki Geek pride ourselves on always having the right opinion, so we’re going to partake in a little results forecasting. Not only will we tell you what games will win, but we’ll also tell you who should win. Keep in mind that we’ve only based our choices on the field of nominees, so despite South Korean outcry, Starcraft II won’t be our pick for game of the year.
So, without further ado, start your imaginary drumroll and get ready for some mind-blowingly accurate divinations.
Best PC Game
What will win: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. This game has been in the wings (har har) for over a decade and is the sequel to the best RTS of all time. It lives up to the hype, and is already in the process of recreating the magic that is the Starcraft professional scene.
What should win: Sid Meier’s Civilization V. Civ V is a true step forward in the best turn-based strategy series of all time, and while there are some issues (the AI isn’t the greatest), multiplayer is an incredible experience. Hexagonal tiles and the city-states have really changed the dynamic of the game, making diplomacy actually relevant, even in multiplayer games. Starcraft II, on the other hand, is really just an updated form of the original: a perfectly balanced RTS with a complex rock-paper-scissors counter system. It’s more like Starcraft 1.5. I’m not hating on Starcraft II at all, and I do think it’s a great game, but I have to go with the innovator even if the execution isn’t flawless.
Best Wii Game
What will win: Super Mario Galaxy 2. It’s a new Mario game that has essentially polished and improved upon the formula of an older, extremely successful Mario game. Besides, who can resist the temptation of riding Yoshi?
What should win: While Donkey Kong Country Returns is a great game that resurrected the franchise and Metroid: Other M had some fantastic innovations, Super Mario Galaxy 2 definitely deserves this one.
Best PS3 Game
What will win: Red Dead Redemption. As a very well received, innovative GTA-style game set in the Wild West, there’s nothing not to like.
What should win: While there is an argument to be made in favor Heavy Rain’s experimental and emotionally evocative gameplay, Red Dead Redemption is just too much fun to not pick here.
Best Xbox 360 game
What will win: Halo: Reach. Halo is the definitive experience on Xbox, so I don’t see this going any other way.
What should win: Alan Wake was one of the most unique games on the Xbox 360 this year, and how it presented the storyline really brought the player into the world. This is the type of game that will allow video games be realized as a true art form alongside movies and television. The next time someone says, “It’s just a game,” let them experience the sense of dread from walking a darkened street, the excitement of seeing a glimmer of light in the distance, and then have them tell you that again.
Game of the Year
What will win: Halo: Reach. Duh, it’s the conclusion to one of the most hyped series of all time. It was also an incredible experience, and a very strong conclusion to the Bungie’s work on the Halo franchise.
What should win: Since no Wii or PC games even make the list, we think the only option is Red Dead Redemption. All the other games, while arguably just as good, were so heavily hyped that they couldn’t live up to expectations. Black Ops and Reach both feel like they’ve been done many times before, God of War III is a thrilling but ultimately shallow ride, and Mass Effect 2’s story was almost non-existent. Red Dead Redemption, on the other hand, seemed to show a progression for the GTA-type game, moving away from random acts of violence and towards amazing environments, meaningful characters and plenty of options to keep you coming back to the Wild West for more.
So there you have it. Come December 12th, we’ll be gloating about how right we were, and you’ll be groveling before us, ashamed that you ever questioned our glorious powers. Disagree with our genius? Feel free to let us know in the comments.