Spike TV Names Video Game Awards Finalists

Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity and EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2004 lead the pack as Spike TV announces the finalists for its first annual Video Game Awards (VGAs). The event will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 4 (9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Actor/comedian David Spade will serve as host as interactive titles are honored in 16 categories.

Viewers and video game fans are encouraged to cast their votes at Spike TV’s web site at www.spiketv.com. Winners will be chosen by gaming industry experts, public opinion and Spike TV’s editorial board.

Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity and Madden NFL 2004 each received three nominations. The titles are competing for Game of the Year, along with Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell from Ubi Soft. They also go head-to-head for Best Music, with Def Jam Vendetta from EA Big rounding out that category.

ViceCity earned its third nom for Best Animation, competing with Dead or Alive XtremeBeachVolleyball from Tecmo and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne from Blizzard Ent.

Madden is also up for Best Sports Game, where the other nominees are NBA Street Vol.2 from EA Big and Tony Hawk’s Underground from Activision.

It’s a battle of the blockbusters for Best Game Based on Movie as Atari’s best-selling Enter the Matrix gets some heated competition from EA Games’ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and LucasArts’ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Other nominees are:

Best Action Game

Freedom Fighters (EA Games)

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Rockstar Games)

True Crime: Streets of LA (Activision)

Best Driving Game

F-Zero GX (Nintendo)

NASCAR Thunder 2004 (EA Sports)

The Simpson’s: Hit & Run (VU Games)

Best Performance by a Human

Def Jam Crew–DMX, Ludacris, Method Man and Red Man for Def Jam Vendetta

(EA Big)

Jenna Jameson for Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity (Rockstar Games)

Ray Liotta for Grand Theft Auto: ViceCity (Rockstar Games)

Snoop Dogg for True Crime: Streets of LA (Activision)

David Duchovny for XIII (Ubi Soft)

Most Anticipated

Doom 3 (Activision)

Driver 3 (Atari)

Fable (Microsoft)

Full Spectrum Warrior (THQ)

Gran Turismo 4 (SCEA)

Half-Life 2 (VU Games)

Halo 2 (Microsoft)

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami)

The Sims 2 (EA Games)

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Ubi Soft)

Most Addictive

PlanetSide (Sony Online Entertainment)

Soul Calibur II (Namco)

The Sims: Superstar (EA Games)

Best PC Game

Halo: Combat Evolved (Microsoft)

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Rockstar Games)

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Online Game

Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome (EA Games)

Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix)

Star Wars Galaxies (Lucas Arts)

Best Handheld Game

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Nintendo)

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Nintendo / Sqare Enix)

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell (Ubi Soft)

Best Fighting Game

Def Jam Vendetta (EA Big)

Soul Calibur II (Namco)

WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes the Pain (THQ)

Best First Person Action

Call of Duty (Activision)

Halo: Combat Evolved (Microsoft)

Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (Ubi Soft)

Best Fantasy Game

Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Lucas Arts)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo)