Uncharted 2 gets seven GDC nods

Tuesday, 19th January 2010 15:34 GMT By Johnny Cullen


The Game Developers Choice awards nominations have been announced, with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves leading the way with seven.

The Naughty Dog shooter is up for Best Game Design, Best Innovation and the main Game of the Year award alongside Batman: Arkahm Asylum, Assassin’s Creed II, Dragon Age: Origins and Demon Souls.

Flower has the second most nominations behind UC2, with five.

Find the full nominations count and catagories below, thanks to Gama.

Nominations count:

  • Uncharted 2: Among  Thieves – 7
  • Flower – 5
  • Assassin’s Creed II – 4

Best Game Design
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady)
Assassin’s Creed 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Plants Vs. Zombies (PopCap)

Best Visual Art
Borderlands (Gearbox Software)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)

Best Technology
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward)
Red Faction: Guerrilla (Volition)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Killzone 2 (Guerrilla Games)
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)

Best Writing
Brutal Legend (Double Fine)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Halo 3: ODST (Bungie)

Best Audio
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Rock Band: The Beatles (Harmonix)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Brutal Legend (Double Fine Productions)

Scribblenauts (5th Cell)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Plants Vs. Zombies (PopCap)
Demon’s Souls (From Software)

Best Debut
The Maw (Twisted Pixel)
League Of Legends (Riot Games)
Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)
Torchlight (Runic Games)
Zeno Clash (ACE Team)

Best Downloadable Game
Plants Vs. Zombies (PopCap)
Trials HD (RedLynx)
PixelJunk Shooter (Q Games)
Shadow Complex (Chair Entertainment)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)

Best New Social/Online Game
Restaurant City (Playfish)
Farmville (Zynga)
Dungeon Fighter Online (Neople/Nexon)
Free Realms (Sony Online Entertainment San Diego)
Bejeweled Blitz (PopCap)

Best Handheld Game
Scribblenauts (5th Cell)
Flight Control (Firemint)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Leeds/Rockstar North)
Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)
Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo EAD)

Game Of The Year
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Demon’s Souls (From Software)
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)

The awards take place during GDC on March 11.

It’s already been announced that Valve boss Gabe Newell will be given the Pioneer award on the night.



  1. onlineatron

    Also, Uncharted 2 has won 40 GOTY awards

    #1 5 years ago
  2. onlineatron

    Well… 40.5 (one publication gave half to U2 and Half to ACII)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SniperWolf

    news at 11
    it is U2 it will continue to take other awards in 2010 too

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    There are waaaaaaaay too many gaming websites. lol

    #4 5 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    Yep.. The only one I need is VG247 *wink*

    (PS. Send me free stuff please)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Eregol

    Is it getting too old to keep saying grats to Naughty Dog?

    EDIT: Just noticed how blocky that ‘villain’s’ head is in the main pic.
    Kind of funny.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Razor

    UC2 under Best Innovation? Come on…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    I suppose it innovated with it’s train section (the train was a moving object rather than a background that moved past a static train).

    Other then that I can’t find much reason for it to be in that category.

    Demon’s Souls is the only one that deserves to win as it’s the only game that has innovation that could transfer into other games. Scribblenauts was a laugh but impractical when put to use, Flower is fantastic in it’s context and Plant’s VS Zombies did little to innovate (despite being a great game).

    Demon’s Souls online elements can be adapted to other games.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Aimless

    In terms of game development I’m sure Uncharted 2 was innovative. Naughty Dog’s use of the PS3′s SPUs is unprecedented, and I imagine a lot of left field thinking went into making the game look so good.

    I’d agree with onlineatron that Demon’s Souls should win it, mind.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. The Hindle

    Its looking more and more likely there will be another Uncharted game out this year Norh hints at it in a recent Gamepro interview.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    That would be way too soon.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    Defintely. Maybe it’s in production for next year.

    Poor Naughty Dog.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. onlineatron

    Hey, ever rule anything out in today’s gaming climte. It’s highly unlikely but it would be a way to make Sony a quick buck.

    Ubisoft have another AC game coming this year don’t they?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. pha1r

    Justice. MW2 not nominated for Goty.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. No_PUDding

    A new proper Uncharted would take 2 years, unless they reuse assets.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. The Hindle

    Its on Ign with the title North spills on Uncharted 3. Personally i think its the Psp game

    #16 5 years ago
  17. onlineatron

    God I hope not!

    The draw of Uncharted is it’s beautiful graphics, technical showcases and flawless performance capture.

    All that would be lost in a PSP game and we’d end up with a mediocre TPS… Unless they got Sony Bend to do something cool with it (ala SF and Resistance).

    #17 5 years ago
  18. No_PUDding

    Jesus. That makes NO SENSE onlineatron.

    Uncharted doesn’t have technical showcases… It IS a technical showcase. And I think you made up ‘flawless performance capture’, whatever that means, hasn’t been invented yet.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. onlineatron

    Calm down…

    The set pieces could be described as technical showcases ( what the system is capable of) like the Train being a moving object.
    And I over exaggerated with one adjective… Am I the first person on the internet to ever do that?!

    That was quite the unprovoked attack ey Pud?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Aimless

    Eh? It makes perfect sense.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. reask

    I thought ODST would be in audio section the soundtrack was excellent imo.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. onlineatron


    Agreed, I’m not a fan of Halo games but their soundtracks are always brilliant!

    #22 5 years ago
  23. onlineatron

    I think there’s a mistake on ‘Best Début’

    It’s listed as ‘The Maw (Twisted Pixel)’ but i’m pretty sure that didn’t come out in the last year. Most likely is meant to read ‘Splosion Man.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. NiceFellow

    Not a surprise, although deserved for Uncharted 2

    I’m very happy to see Flower with 5 though. Not just the best downloadable console game of the year but a great game period.

    It and Scribblenauts (even though it was flawed) are far and away the two most innovative titles on that list – much as I like Demon’s Souls and Uncharted 2.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. onlineatron

    I struggle to class Flower and Scribblenauts as ‘innovative’.

    Yes they have unique gameplay mechanics but would those mechanics, taken out of context, benefit or push forward gaming?

    I don’t think so.

    But then a persistent online world in a single player game (Demon’s Souls) could easily be refined to create better experiences in gaming.

    Don’t get me wrong. I LOVED Flower and enjoyed messing around in Scribblenauts but they are really niche in their flexibility.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Aimless

    Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean starting a trend, it simply refers to doing something differently.

    By your definition Portal isn’t innovative.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. onlineatron

    1) I can easily see Portal’s mechanics being used outside of Portal (Darksiders for example).

    2) I know by definition innovation doesn’t mean that but I believe if something is going to be praised for innovation said innovation should be trend setting.

    Well, not necessarily trend setting but something that could possibly have greater ramifications for games than just a singular, fun and unique experience.

    #27 5 years ago

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