Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood takes Writers Guild Award

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has taken the award for Best Videogame Writing in the 2011 Writers Guild of America awards, placing the title alongside such winners as Inception (Original Movie Screenplay), The Social Network (Adapted Screenplay), and Mad Men (TV Drama). Story writers Patrice Desilets, Jeffrey Yohalem and Corey May were honored for their work on the game in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 5.

Also honored were the game's scriptwriters Ethan Perry, Nicholas Grimwood and Matt Turner. (What's the difference between Story and Script? Basically, the former decide what's going to happen, and the latter decide how it happens – though as Lead Scriptwriter, Yolahem gets props at both stages of the process).

Above: Ezio engages in some award-winning banter 

The awards only honor writing by Guild insiders, whose presence among videogame writers isn't as ubiquitous as it is in film or TV. That makes titles like Red Dead Redemption ineligible. We've previously had a bit of a go at that criteria – but if you were going to give a high-profile award to any game's writing, Brotherhood's a pretty worthy contender, Guild or no.

What do you think? What was the best-written game of 2010 in your opinion?

Feb 7, 2011


  • Odis - February 8, 2011 11:41 a.m.

  • Cosmis - February 8, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    "Best story" =/= "best writing." That being said, Mass Effect was heads and shoulders above everything else this year in both departments. And that's not an insult to RDR (or Brotherhood).
  • Crimmy - February 8, 2011 6:07 a.m.

    @GR Tyler: God of War 3? BWAHAHAHA what a joke. Story: Kratos kills everything. Other gods try to stop him, but fail.He then kills them. His dad is really Zeus. He kills Dad, then himself. THE END.
  • The4X - February 8, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    We need that on PC!!!
  • ShaneCedt - February 8, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    Great stories should always end with the hero stabbing a lady for some odd reason. Red Dead Redemption all the way.
  • kyle94 - February 8, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    Well, it is better considered some of the other games that were on a list. Shame that games like Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption weren't able to be included. Though, I do agree that the series is absolutely insane. Assassins and allies of assassins are everyone from Dante Alighieri to Niccolò Machiavelli to Marco Polo to Leonardo Da Vinci. I would not be surprised that in the next game they reveal that Santa Claus was an assassin and Montezuma was a Templar somehow.
  • H2A2I00 - February 8, 2011 1:51 a.m.

    seriously the two top stories came from ME2 and Red Dead I would vote for Red Dead story wise just because of that amazing characterization of John Marston but i absolutely love ME2 and I am constantly replaying it
  • Z-man427 - February 8, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    Ugh... AC:B had one of the most boring scripts. The dialog was completely wooden and disjointed. The ending was shocking and maddening, but that part could be considered well written because of that.
  • gunslingerbil - February 8, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    even though ME2,RDR and AC had good stories i fell in love with alan wake's.probably because of the little kid in me who enjoyed silent hill.
  • babyhenchy1 - February 7, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    The most well-written game this year in my mind was Mass Effect 2, followed by RDR and Enslaved. That said I did love Brotherhood, but it saddens me that games can't get acknowledged because of that criteria.
  • vadorsoul - February 7, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    Mass effect 2 all the way across the sky
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 7, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    As much as I love the AC series, I really wish that Red Dead Redemption had been allowed to enter.
  • Daruniah - February 7, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    Would've loved to see Red Dead take the award. Strange criteria for it. Although, it is nice to see video games as a whole get recognized as a form of free speech with this.
  • asspills - February 7, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    I seem to be the only one who thinks the Assassins Creed storyline has been slowly jumping the shark since AC2. I understand Renaissance Italy had alot of influencial people, but does Ezio really need to become best buddies with every single one of them?!?! Also, everyone in the past who was ever bad is ACTUALLY A TEMPLAR!!!! Ezio should get Leonardo Da Vinci to build him a giant machine gun carrying hang-glider to take out ALL OF THE PAST!!! I do love the games though. And the Dialogue is generally well written. Just... It's kinda got ridiculous.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - February 7, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    @Clovin64 Only games written by Guild Members could be nominated, hence some strange inclusions, such as God of War III and Prince of Persia, and exclusions, like Red Dead Redemption.
  • Clovin64 - February 7, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    Hmmm...I'm sure I played some games last year with better writing than Ass Creed Bro Ho.
  • LanceW - February 7, 2011 10 p.m.

    First! Besides that, I feel the AC story line really deserved it. Fantastic storyline in all 3 games.

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