January 1, 2007

2007 FUTUREGAMEZ AWARDS
~ PART 3 ~

Welcome to the third and final part of the 2007 Futuregamez.net Awards where we pick the winners in categories such as best technology, best graphics and sound and the Best Overall Game of 2007. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of the awards where the best and worst of 2007 as well as best developers, peripheral and games in each genre were awarded then I would suggest you go there to check out the other winners first. If you've checked them out then read on...


Best Sound in a PSP Game
Winner: Every Extend Extra (Q? Entertainment)
To be honest it was a rather weak year on the PSP for games, and a very weak year for picking games with great audio design. But we have selected Q? Entertainment's title due to the integration of music into the gameplay experience. It's quite varied and upbeat which suits the tone of the game perfectly.
Runners Up: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (High Impact Games), Burnout Dominator (Criterion).

Best Graphics in a PSP Game
Winner: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (High Impact Games)
The PSP did have some solid titles graphically this year with developers still managing to squeeze even more out of the little handheld. Certainly one of the highlights was this game which captured the look and feel of the PS2 games, with little sacrifice in quality.
Runners Up: Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (Square-Enix), Every Extend Extra (Q? Entertainment).

Best Sound in a PS2 Game
Winner: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Harmonix)
In terms of licensed tracks Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was a rocking disc and while debate continues if the track list surpasses that of the second title in the series (we think it is slightly inferior) there is no doubt this game still kicks the competition tot he ground. The covers of songs were pretty good too with many being near identical to the originals. Who could ever stop jamming to songs such as Barracuda, Welcome to the Jungle, One and The Number of the Beast. This wins Best Sound in a PS2 Game by a long shot. (Note: The PS2 game is virtually identical to the PS3 version which we reviewed and linked to for this article).
Runners Up: God of War II (Sony Santa Monica), Final Fantasy XII (Square-Enix).

Best Graphics in a PS2 Game
Winner: Okami (Clover Studio)
So Okami won the award for best Artistic Style in a game, but it also wins overall graphics. The game looks slick, is full of visual effects and brings to life a world which shouldn't work in video game form. If more games looked as gorgeous as this then could be no argument about video games being an art form.
Runners Up: God of War II (Sony Santa Monica), Final Fantasy XII (Square-Enix).

Best Sound in a PS3 Game
Winner: Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory)
So the game was short, it lacked any form of multi-player, the graphics weren't quite the perfect jaw dropping beast we expected, but the sound was completely different. Heavenly Sword has some of the, if not the, best sound design we have ever heard. From the voiceovers (including Andy 'Gollum' Serkis) to the epic orchestral music this game has it all.
Runners Up: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward), The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks).

Best Graphics in a PS3 Game
Winner: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward)
When it comes to next-gen games there have been some brilliant titles with stunning visuals. It really was hard to pick a winner this year, but for sheer realism, brilliant effects and stability then Infinity Ward's title has to win. There has been some question about the game being rendered at 640p and then upscaled (has that even been confirmed!?), but if that's what it takes to get games looking like this we'll live with that any day.
Runners Up: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (Naughty Dog), Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (Insomniac).


BEST OVERALL GAME OF 2007

WINNER: CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE

Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Distributer: Activision
Release Date: 7/11/2007

This has actually been a pretty tough year to select the winner but in the end Activision's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare wins for a number of reasons. On a technical level the graphics and audio really demonstrate what next-generation is about. The battles are intense and unrelenting and the gameplay as good, if not better then, every other FPS ever released. Online gameplay is also engrossing with many game unique game modes, thousands of players around the globe (actually more like several hundred thousand!) and a great leveling up and character customisation system. While there were some problems with online gameplay early on they have now mostly been ironed out, and an upcoming patch looks set to only improve the game even further. If you have a PS3 then this is the game which must be in your collection without question.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a worthy winner of the 2007 Futuregamez Game of the Year.

Runners Up: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3, Naughty Dog), Final Fantasy XII (PS2, Square-Enix), Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3, Insomniac), Okami (PS2, Clover Studio), The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3, Bethesda Softworks), Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (PSP, High Impact Games), God Of War II (PS2, Sony Santa Monica), Rogue Galaxy (PS2, Level-5), SingStar (PS3, Sony Europe).


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