December 29, 2006

~ PART 2 ~

Here we go the second part of the 2006 Awards, and in this section we look at the best game in many of the most popular categories including Platform game, Sports game, Fighting game and so on. If you didn't check out Part 1 we suggest you start there before reading this list. You can also see the rules associated with the awards there too. Enjoy.

Best Puzzle/Music Game
Winner: Guitar Hero II (PS2, Harmonix)
While the original Guitar Hero was released in June 2006, this sequel took the series to a whole new level. A much improved track list - albeit heavily rock based - superb training modes and some wonderful multi-player action make this one of the best music games of 2006 - if not of all time. Sure, it is a little pricey, but we've had more fun playing this game then any other this year. An essential purchase even for non musicians. Bring on Guitar Hero III...
Runners Up: SingStar Legends (PS2, Sony Europe), We Love Katamari (PS2, Namco).

Best Strategy Game
Winner: Field Commander (PSP, Sony Online Ent.)
So who would have ever thought that a portable strategy game could ever beat out those on the Playstation 2. Well it has happened, and quite easily too. Field Commander from Sony Online Entertainment, and distributed in Australia through Ubisoft, wouldn't be out of place on a PC. Impressive visuals, great unit variety and more turn based strategy then you can poke a stick at this title was one of the highlights of 2006 and an essential purchase for strategy fans.
Runners Up: Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (PS2, Atlus/Nippon Ichi), Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers (PS2, Pandemic Studios).

Best Role Playing Game
Winner: Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King (PS2, Level 5)
2006 has actually been a pretty solid year for RPG's here in Australia, with a couple of big titles from Square-Enix, but also plenty of other titles from other companies providing solid alternatives. This game though takes the cake for a wonderful reinvention of the series; stunning visuals, superb audio and a game which will have you playing for weeks on end. Certainly the best RPG of 2006 and possibly the best on the PS2 to date.
Runners Up: Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, Square-Enix), Tales of Eternia (PSP, Namco).

Best Action Game
Winner: Canis Canem Edit (aka Bully) (PS2, Rockstar)
So technically there might be better, and there’s no multi-player but Canis Canem Edit does everything right. It has an engrossing storyline, a good range of missions, is fairly lengthy, has solid combat and is also very entertaining. While the PS2 may not have a new GTA title this Christmas this game, on many levels, is superior. Forget about the misplaced controversy over this game - it's not overly violent or degrading, but deserving of being in any collection.
Runners Up: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2, Kojima Productions), Killzone Liberation (PSP, Guerilla).

Best Platform and/or Adventure Game
Winner: Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, Sony Japan)
This was a pretty tough year to call this winner. All three titles are stunning and should be in every collection. While Daxter is technically more polished it's the unique gameplay and environment in Shadow of the Colossus that pulls it ahead slightly. From the creators of ICO this game is yet another stunner which shows just how games should be developed - fun.
Runners Up: Daxter (PSP, Ready at Dawn), Tomb Raider Legend (PS2/PSP, Crystal Dynamics).

Best Fighting Game
Winner: Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP, Namco)
What's this? Not just a Tekken title taking the prize, but one which was released on the PSP rather then the usual home of Sony's Playstation 2. Namco amazed the game world however by developing a title every bit as polished, detailed and exciting as the Playstation 2 versions. With 19 stages and over 30 fighters (including two newcomers) to get to grips with it's little wonder this game has become one of the highlights on the system in 2006.
Runners Up: Fight Night Round 3 (PS2, EA Sports), WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007 (PS2/PSP, Yukes).

Best Sports Game
Winner: Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PS2/PSP, Konami)
The series took top honors last year, and this year’s version is improved yet again. More teams and more option this game has it all but where it really wins is the improved defense making this less of a goal shootout and more of a true simulation. This game requires patience, and skills, and is probably the most accurate representation of the World Game that we have ever seen - oh, the PS2 version is vastly superior to the XBox 360 version too with many more stadiums and options.
Runners Up: NBA 2K7 (PS2, 2K Sports), Madden NFL 07 (PS2, EA Sports).

Best Racing Game
Winner: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix (PS2, Rockstar San Diego)
It's been a pretty solid year for racing fans. There were a tonne of releases, and several of them were certainly worth purchasing. These three titles are well worth picking up, each with their own focus. Rockstar's title was released a couple of years ago but wins this category due to added content including a entirely new city to race around in - Tokyo, 24 new cars on top of the original 60, and a re-release at a budget price! There really is no reason not to pick up this game - even if you own the original release. A fabulous title with plenty of positives.
Runners Up: V8 Supercars 3 (PS2, Codemasters), Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2/PSP, Sega/Sumo Digital).

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