‘Red Dead Redemption’ branded game of the year

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rockstar Games’ Wild West epic “Red Dead Redemption” rounded up four trophies at Saturday’s Video Game Awards in Los Angeles, including Game of the Year.

Other multiple honorees at Spike TV’s eighth annual event were BioWare/Electronic Arts’ “Mass Effect 2,” which won best Xbox 360 game and two other prizes; and Sony’s “God of War III,” whose two prizes included best PlayStation 3 game.

Additional major winners included Nintendo’s “Super Mario Galaxy 2,” best Wii game; Activision Blizzard’s “StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty,” best PC game; and Sony’s “God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” best handheld game.

Spike’s award show has become a high-profile showcase for forthcoming video games. This year’s broadcast featured debut trailers for BioWare’s “Mass Effect 3,” Warner Bros.’ “Batman: Arkham City,” and Sony’s “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.”

The program was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who won the “best performance by a human male” VGA for providing the voice of Peter Parker and Spider-Man in Activision’s “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.”

Besides taking home the big prize, “Red Dead Redemption” _ from the studio behind the controversial “Grand Theft Auto” series _ also won VGAs for best song, best original score and best downloadable content.

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