Grand Theft Auto IV took Game of the Year honours at last night's Video Game Awards - the Spike TV venture in the US that's staking its claim on the vacant position of videogame Oscars.
GTA IV also won best action adventure, and "best performance by a human male" for Michael Hollick, who voiced Niko.
Other multiple winners were Gears of War 2 (best shooter, best Xbox 360 game), Rock Band 2 (best soundtrack, best music game), Left 4 Dead (best multi-player game, Best PC game), Metal Gear Solid 4 (best graphics, best original score, best female human performance) and LittleBigPlanet, which claimed best PS3 game as well as Studio of the Year for Media Molecule.
Boom Blox was judged the best Wii release of the year. Burnout Paradise won the racing game award, Fallout 3 was the best RPG, Soul Calibur IV took fighting honours, Professor Layton was voted the best handheld game, and Wold of Goo won best independent game.
Most surprising loser was Fable II, which went home empty-handed. Most surprising winner? Shaun White Snowboarding, probably.
Here's the full list:
- Best Independent Game: World of Goo (2D Boy)
- Studio of the Year: Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet)
- Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
- Best Team Sports Game: NHL 09 (EA Canada)
- Big Name in the Game Female: Jenny McCarthy (C&C: Red Alert 3)
- Big Name in the Game Male: Kiefer Sutherland (CoD: World at War)
- Best Performance by a Human Female: Debbie Mae West (MGS4)
- Best Performance by a Human Male: Michael Hollick (GTA IV)
- Best Multi-Player Game: Left 4 Dead (Valve)
- Best Original Score: Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
- Best PC Game: Left 4 Dead (Valve)
- Best PS3 Game: LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
- Best Wii Game: Boom Blox (EA Casual Studios)
- Best Xbox 360 Game: Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)
- Best Soundtrack: Rock Band 2 (Harmonix)
- Best Action Adventure Game: Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
- Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise (Criterion)
- Best Music Game: Rock Band 2 (Harmonix)
- Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: LEGO Indiana Jones (Traveller’s Tales)
- Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
- Best Handheld Game: Professor Layton and the Curios Village (Level 5)
- Best Individual Sports Game: Shaun White Snowboarding (Ubisoft Montreal)
- Best Fighting Game: Soul Calibur IV (Project Soul)
- Best RPG: Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
- Best Shooter: Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)