Spike TVs first annual Video Game Awards, which took place Tuesday night in Las Vegas, will air tonight at 9:00 p.m. A list of winners has already been released, so if youre opposed to spoilers, you may not want to read beyond this point. Otherwise youll know that EA Sports Madden NFL 2004 took Game of the Year from Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Ubi Softs Tom Clancys Splinter Cell. The football title, however, came up short of the endzone in the category Best Sports Game, losing to Tony Hawks Underground from Ativision.
Other winning titles include Namcos Soul Calibur II, which bested Sony Online Ents PlanetsSide and EA Games The Sims: Superstar for the distinction of Most Addictive, and Microsofts Halo: Combat Evolved, which won Best PC Game. The upcoming Halo 2 was also named Most Anticipated Game, winning out over Activisions Doom 3, Ataris Driv3r, Microsofts Fable, THQs Full Spectrum Warrior SCEAs Gran Turismo 4, VU Games Half-Life 2, Konamis Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, EA Games The Sims 2 and Ubi Softs Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.
Tecmos Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball nabbed Best Animation, winning out over Vice City and Blizzard Ent.s Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
The battle of the blockbusters was won by Ataris Enter the Matrix, which snatched Best Game Based on a Movie from EA Games The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Lucas Arts Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. But Knights didnt go empty-handed. The game took Best Fantasy Game from Nintendos The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Square Enixs Final Fantasy XI. FFXI would get its revenge on the Jedi in the category Best Online Game, beating Star Wars Galaxies and EA Games Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome.
NASCAR Thunder 2004 from EA Sports sped past Nintendos F-Zero GX and VU Games The Simpsons: Hit & Run to take the cup for Best Driving Game, and Activisions True Crime: Streets of LA made a quick getaway with Best Action Game. EA Games Freedom Fighters and Rockstar Games Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne were also up for that category.
The crime spree continued as Actor Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Identity) picked up the award for Best Performance by a Human. His role in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was favored over that of fellow cast member and porn star Jenna Jameson. He also beat out rapper Snoop Dogg in True Crime: Streets of LA (Activision), X-Files actor David Duchovny in XIII (Ubi Soft) and the Def Jam Crew (DMX, Ludacris, Method Man and Red Man) in Def Jam Vendetta (EA Big).
The distinction of Best Fighting Game was bestowed upon THQs WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes the Pain, which put the smackdown on EA Bigs Def Jam Vendetta and Namcos Soul Calibur II.
Rounding out the 16 categories was Best Handheld Game, which went to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Best Music for Def Jam Vendetta, and Best First Person Action for Activisions Call of Duty.
The first annual Spike TV Video Game Awards (VGAs) is the second televised video game awards show behind G4s G4oria, which was held earlier this year. Actor/comedian David Spade hosts the ceremony from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. For all Spike VGA results, log on to www.spiketv.com.