As predicted the Spike Video Game Awards show at the weekend featured the debut of a number of new games which had never before been seen or announced, including a sequel to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Although little known outside the US, the show featured a series of game reveals and celebrity appearances, threatening to push the awards themselves into the background.
The most unexpected reveal was a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum from Warner Bros, while other debuts included LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Take-Two Interactive's Spec Ops: The Line, MTV Games' Green Day: Rock Band and a new title in Activision's True Crime series.
Previously announced games which choose to debut their first trailers during the show included Bungie's Halo: Reach, EA's new Medal of Honor, Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, THQ's UFC Undisputed 2010, Disney's Tron Evolution and TV tie-in Deadliest Warrior.
A more detailed trailer for Crackdown 2 was also unveiled for the first time - one of the few trailers to feature actual in-game footage rather than pre-rendered scenes.
In terms of the actual awards, the Game of the Year gong went to Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Studio of the Year went to UK team Rocksteady Studios, developer of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
A full list of award winners is as follows:
- Game of the Year: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Studio of the Year: Rocksteady Studios
- Best Independent Game Fueld by Dew: Flower
- Best Xbox 360 Game: Left 4 Dead 2
- Best PS3 Game: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Best Wii Game: New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Best PC Game: Dragon Age: Origins
- Best Handheld Game: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter IV
- Best Action Adventure Game: Assassin's Creed II
- Best RPG: Dragon Age: Origins
- Best Multiplayer Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Best Individual Sports Game: UFC 2009 Undisputed
- Best Team Sports Game: NHL 10
- Best Driving Game: Forza Motorsport 3
- Best Music Game: The Beatles: Rock Band
- Best Soundtrack: DJ Hero
- Best Original Score: Halo 3: ODST
- Best Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Best Game Based On A Movie/TV Show: South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!
- Best Performance By A Human Female: Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- Best Performance By A Human Male: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Best Cast: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Best Voice: Jack Black in Brutal Legend
- Best Downloadable Game: Shadow Complex
- Best DLC: Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
- Most Anticipated Game of 2010: God of War III