December 29, 2007

~ PART 2 ~

Here we go the second part of the 2007 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: SingStar (PS3, Sony Europe)
This was a bit of a tough call as the PS3 version probably isn't the best compilation in the series. Why does it win then? Well besides bringing improved visuals and an interface there is massive potential here due to the downloadable content. At the moment the 60-odd downloadable songs sell for $2.45 each which is great value - if Sony can start delivering bigger songs and more themes on a regular basis then this could be the 'must have' music game on the PS3.
Runners Up: Guitar Hero III (PS2/PS3, Neversoft), Lumines Plus (PS2, Q? Entertainment).

Best Strategy Game
Winner: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP, Square-Enix)
Square-Enix are back with a stunning port of their Playstation classic Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. Superb visuals, engrossing gameplay and engaging storyline make this a clear winner for Best Strategy Game of 2007.
Runners Up: Worms Open Warfare 2 (PSP, Team 17), Sid Meier's Pirates (PSP, Firaxis).

Best Role Playing Game
Winner: Final Fantasy XII (PS2, Square-Enix)
Well 2007 was another fantastic year for RPG's, but don't look to Sony's next-gen PS3 for anything much (well, ok, except our runner up here!). No, it was Square-Enix's masterpiece that wins this one hands down, with another of their titles taking third place. Final Fantasy XII looks the part, has a great storyline and will keep you engrossed for weeks.
Runners Up: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3, Bethesda Softworks), Rogue Galaxy (PS2, Level-5).

Best (First of Third Person) Shooter Game
Winner: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Infinity Ward)
What we have here is one of the most intense, one of the most brutal, and one of the most exciting shooters ever put to videogame form. The online component is also brilliant however a lack of local servers, and pretty average lobby system holding the game back a little bit. Still any self-respecting FPS fan (and yes, that includes you Michael!) should race out and buy this game no.
Runners Up: Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3, Insomniac), Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (PS3, Ubisoft).

Best Action/Adventure/Platform Game
Winner: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3, Naughty Dog)
Hitting store shelves in December Uncharted is a game which hasnít quite hit the top of the sales charts, but certainly deserves to do so. The third person action adventure game has some great puzzle solving elements, some great action sequences, brilliant motion captured cut-scenes and superb storyline. What more could you want? How about a sequel...
Runners Up: Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3, Insomniac), Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (PSP, High Impact Games).

Best Fighting Game
Winner: Virtua Fighter 5 (PS3, Sega AM2)
So the game lacked any form of online gameplay due to a lack of development time in order to hit the PS3's launch day, but there is no denying that Sega put everything into making this an arcade perfect port of what is often recognised as one of the best fighting games of all time.
Runners Up: Tekken: Dark Resurrection Online (PS3, Namco), Fight Night Round 3 (PS3, EA).

Best Sports Game
Winner: NBA 2K8 (PS3, Visual Concepts)
This category is getting harder to pick these days. Do you look at established franchises that aren't really going anywhere? Do you look at the leader of the pack? Or do you look at something new that still needs a bit more depth or development? In 2007 we have picked what provides the most well rounded experience - longevity, online gameplay, great offline gameplay, use of motion sensing, great graphics and plenty of depth. A tough choice but 2K Sports' title come sout on top.
Runners Up: Virtua Tennis 3 (PS3, Sega AM3), Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007 (PS2, Codemasters).

Best Racing Game
Winner: Motorstorm (PS3, Evolution Studios)
While there may technically have been better games released during 2007, or racing games with more tracks and cars there is no denying that this is graphically impressive racing game. As well as a decent single player game the online gameplay will easily double its life and with regular patches and additions being released to this day it remains a benchmark title on Sony's new system.
Runners Up: Wipeout Pulse (PSP, Sony Europe), Colin McRae Dirt (PS3, Codemasters).

Best Game People Forgot to Buy
Winner: Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3, Insomniac)
Well, OK, so the game did sell about 150,000 units in America in the four weeks since launch, but when you consider that some games - such as Motorstorm and Resistance had sold over 1 million units each to date, and even newcomer Call of Duty 4 an impressive 638,298 units in only 6 weeks the numbers have to be disappointing for Sony - especially given that Ratchet & Clank is scoring well over 90% on most gaming sites. Do yourself a favour and pick up this game now. It's a blast.
Runners Up: Okami (PS2, Capcom), Rogue Galaxy (PS2, Level-5).

Best New Technology or Game Engine
Winner: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Engine (PS3, Naughty Dog)
So there are some tiny issues with screen tearing but looking back this game engine pushes the envelope in terms of lush visuals, stunning lighting and gorgeous animations. Naughty Dog has given us a glimpse of what the PS3 is capable of and we only expect everything to get bigger and better in future. A technological marvel that bodes well for the PS3's future.
Runners Up: The Eye of Judgment (PS3, Sony Japan), John Woo Presents Stranglehold (modified Unreal Engine 3.0) (PS3, Midway).

Best Intro & Cut Scenes In A Game
Winner: Final Fantasy XII (PS2, Square-Enix)
When it comes to cut-scenes in games Square-Enix never miss a beat, and their monster RPG can't be bettered this year. It looks and sounds great, and deserves the award without any hesitation. Obviously it's not in HD like PS3 titles, but it is still brilliant.
Runners Up: Heavenly Sword (PS3, Ninja Theory), Folklore (PS3, Game Republic).

Best Artistic Style In A Game
Winner: Okami (PS2, Capcom)
There were so many brilliant games this year that took the concept of videogames being art to new levels. Great character design, great backgrounds. This game though pushed new boundaries with a brilliant artistic style that remained seamless between the artwork, cut-scenes and gameplay. It really was a surprise hit that every PS2 owner needs to add to their collection. Gorgeous.
Runners Up: Rogue Galaxy (PS2, Level-5), Every Extend Extra (PSP, Q? Entertainment).

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