Exceeding expectations

Amongst classic Hideo Kojima mind tricks, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 commercials, and some lewd Samuel L. Jackson skits, this year’s Spike Video Game Awards also doled out a handful of gongs to the creators of 2012’s very best software. In the end, it turned out to be a banner year for downloadable titles, with both The Walking Dead and Journey bringing home a bevy of trophies between them.

Thatgamecompany’s tour-de-force snapped up three awards, for Best PS3 Game, Best Original Score, and Best Independent Game. Meanwhile, Telltale’s episodic adventure lapped up Best Downloadable Game, Best Adapted Game, and Game of the Year. The Californian outfit also grabbed Studio of the Year.

Elsewhere, Sound Shapes netted awards for Best Handheld Game and Best Song in a Game (that was Beck’s ‘Cities’ in case you’re curious), while Borderlands 2 scooped Best Multiplayer Game and Best Shooter. We’ve included the full list of winners in the space below. Let us know whether you agree with the selections in the comments section.

Spike VGAs 2012 Winners

Game of the Year - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Studio of the Year - Telltale Games
Best Xbox 360 Game - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
Best PS3 Game - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
Best Wii / Wii-U Game - New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)
Best PC Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)
Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)
Best Shooter - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
Best Action Adventure Game - Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
Best RPG - Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
Best Multi-Player Game - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
Best Individual Sports Game - SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)
Best Team Sports Game - NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)
Best Driving Game - Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)
Best Fighting Game - Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)
Best Adapted Video Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Best Independent Game - Journey (thatgamecompany)
Best Graphics - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
Best Song in a Game - "Cities" by Beck (Sound Shapes)
Best Original Score - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
Best Performance By a Human Male - Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Best Performance By a Human Female - Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)
Best Downloadable Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Best Social Game - You Don't Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)
Best DLC - Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)
Most Anticipated Game - Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)