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GameZone Game of the Year Nominations

Gaming has seen its high and lows in 2010. Whether it's the fantastic sequel to Mass Effect or the disappointing results within Lost Planet 2, it has been a glorious ride from start to finish. Having said that, we'd like to take the time to honor those games that have met expectations and made gamers rejoice globally.

We will be revealing our winners over the course of December 20-24. For now, we reveal to you our Game of the Year nominations for 2010:

Specialty Awards Best Story Mass Effect 2 Darksiders Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Best Weapon Bayonetta’s Hair – Bayonetta Chaos Eater – Darksiders Drill – BioShock 2

Best Use of a License (Non-Sports) Transformers: War for Cyberton Disney Epic Mickey Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Remake/Reboot GoldenEye 007 Wii Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Donkey Kong Country Returns

Best DLC Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Best Cooperative Game Halo Reach Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Donkey Kong Country Returns

Best Boss Fight Shadow Broker – Mass Effect 2 DLC Bayonetta v Jubileus – Bayonetta Trypticon – Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best New Character Bayonetta – Bayonetta War – Darksiders Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy

Best Original IP Alan Wake Darksiders Bayonetta

Best Use of Atmosphere Alan Wake Red Dead Redemption Limbo

Best Competitive Multiplayer Halo Reach Super Street Fighter IV Starcraft II

Technical Awards Best Licensed Soundtrack Rock Band 3 DJ Hero 2 Dance Central

Best Graphics, Technical Mass Effect 2 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Split/Second

Best Graphics, Artistic Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Limbo 3D Dot Game Heroes

Best Innovation in Game Design Dance Central Rock Band 3 (Pro Mode) Kinect

Best Presentation Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Mass Effect 2 Bayonetta

Best Voice Acting Mass Effect 2 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Darksiders

Best Writing/Dialogue Mass Effect 2 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Red Dead Redemption

Best Peripheral/Accessory Rock Band 3 – Keyboards Kinect Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade Stick

Best Sound Design Alan Wake Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Best Original Soundtrack Mass Effect 2 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

Genre Specific Awards Best MMO Vindictus Dungeon Fighter Online World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Best Fighter Super Street Fighter IV Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Best Racer Split/Second Gran Turismo 5 Blur

Best FPS Call of Duty: Black Ops Halo Reach Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Best Sports NBA 2k10 UFC Undisputed 2010 NHL 10

Best RPG Mass Effect 2 Persona 3 Portable Fable III

Best Action/Adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Bayonetta Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Best Strategy Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Civilization V Toy Soldiers

Best Rhythm/Music Rock Band 3 DJ Hero 2 Dance Central

Best Platformer Super Meat Boy Super Mario Galaxy 2 Bit.Trip.Runner

Best Puzzler Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Puzzle Quest 2 Super Scribblenauts Best Shoot-em-up / Top-down Shooter Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Deathsmiles Espgaluda II

Platform Games of the Year PS3 Game of the Year (Exclusive) God of War III Heavy Rain 3D Dot Game Heroes

Xbox 360 Game of the Year (Exclusive) Halo Reach Fable III Dance Central PC Game of the Year (Exclusive) Starcraft II Civilization V World of Warcarft: Cataclysm Wii Game of the Year (Exclusive) Super Mario Galaxy 2 Kirby’s Epic Yarn No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Nintendo DS Game of the Year (Exclusive) Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Pokemon HeartGold Version / SoulSilver Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

PSP Game of the Year (Exclusive) Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Persona 3 Portable Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Mobile Game of the Year Plants vs. Zombies Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Espgaluda 2

Digital Download (PSN/XBLA/XBLIG/WiiWare/etc.) Game of the Year Super Meat Boy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Game of the Year Mass Effect 2 Bayonetta Super Meat Boy Red Dead Redemption

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