January 5, 2010
2009 FUTUREGAMEZ AWARDS
~ PART 2 ~
Here we go the second part of the 2009 Futuregamez.net Awards, and in this section we look at the best game in the most popular categories including Platform game, Sports game, Fighting game and so on. We also take a look at the best new Technology and Best Intro and Cut Scenes in this years games. 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 Metallica (PS3, Neversoft)
Your opinion of this winner will likely very much depend on your liking of the band. Indeed we do love Metallica here, but the game doesn't win due to their music, but rather the detail that has gone into this production including the extra trivia, the motion capturing for the visuals and of course the tracklisting which is brilliant and includes all of Metallica's hits.
Runners Up: DJ Hero (PS3, FreeStyleGames), Katamari Forever (PS3, Namco Bandai).
Best Strategy/Simulation Game
Winner: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (PS3/PSP, Gaijin Entertainment)
In a pretty lean year for strategic or simulation titles there was one that caught our eye and proved to be a fairly entertaining WWII flight simulation - IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. It's a bit of a shame we never got to review this game (We did buy and play it though) as it would have scored quite high. If you like fights sims then this is a title to check out.
Runners Up: PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe (PSP, Q Games), Mushroom Wars (PS3, Creat Studios).
Best Role Playing Game
Winner: Dragon Age: Origins (PS3, Bioware/Edge of Reality)
In what could only be described as a terrible year for RPG fans (2010 is looking mighty fine though) there was little to choose from, but the winner is deserving of the first place with an epic RPG from one of the best developers in the history of RPG's, Bioware. The console ports, handled by Edge of Reality, were on par with the epic PC version making this a clear winner.
Runners Up: Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (PS3, Ascaron), Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP, Square-Enix).
Best (First of Third Person) Shooter Game
Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3, Infinity Ward)
This category is all about the guns and the action and there is no doubt that the biggest shooter of 2009 has to go to Activisions phenomenally intense game. Never have battles been so intense, with dozens of characters (enemies and civilians) running around the screen, a brilliant Co-Op mode and of course multiplayer. It all comes together as one of the most intense gaming experiences of all time.
Runners Up: Killzone 2 (PS3, Guerilla Games), Resident Evil 5 (PS3, Capcom).
Best Action/Adventure/Platform Game
Winner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, Naughty Dog)
As the lines between genres becomes more and more blurred this latest Naughty Dog title is placed in this category due to the inclusion of plenty of platforming and puzzle solving elements as well. Brilliantly produced Uncharted 2 is everything that Indiana Jones should have been in his last outing. A clear winner which is an essential purchase.
Runners Up: Infamous (PS3, Sucker Punch), Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time (PS3, Insomniac).
Best Fighting Game
Winner: UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3, Yukes)
BOOM! Out of nowhere comes a UFC game which made Electronic Arts look stupid for turning the license down, and provides as much depth and entertainment as one could ever expect from a fighting game. For the first release in the franchise it was a brilliant title (no doubt due to the developers Yukes) and a game which appealed to UFC fans, and fighting fans in general.
Runners Up: Street Fighter IV (PS3, Capcom), Tekken 6 (PS3, Namco-Bandai).
Best Sports Game
Winner: FIFA 10 (PS3, EA Canada)
Electronic Arts have come a long way in recent years and no game provides more evidence of this then FIFA 10. Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer was reigning supreme only a couple of years ago but EA's title has now well and truly taken the crown with brilliant visuals, great gameplay and a level of spit and polish not seen in many other titles.
Runners Up: NBA 2K10 (PS3, Visual Concepts), Ashes Cricket 2009 (PS3, Transmission Games).
Best Racing Game
Winner: Colin McRae DIRT 2 (PS3, Codemasters)
We never previewed, nor reviewd, this game but the second title in the Colin McRae franchise on PS3 is the first without the legendary drivers input due to his recent passing. This is a technically brilliant and gameplay-friendly title which ticks all the right boxes and should be in every racing fans collection.
Runners Up: Motorstorm: Arctic Edge (PSP, BigBig Studios), Need For Speed: Shift (PS3, Black Rock Studio).
Best Game People Forgot to Buy
Winner: LittleBigPlanet (PSP, Media Molecule)
The PS3 version of this game has shifted around 3 million units, but the PSP version has only sold 300,000 copies after 5 weeks on sale. We certainly expect the game to have long legs, but inital sales are disappointing. Perhaps a lack of review code to some outlets (hint, hint Sony) may be partially to blame. Either way it's a brilliant title worth a purchase.
Runners Up: Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3, Volition), Shatter (PS3, Sidhe).
Best New Technology or Game Engine
Winner: Naughty Dog Engine 2.0 - Uncharted 2 (PS3, Naughty Dog)
The first game on the PS3 was a technically polished title that remains great to this day. This sequel improves in almost every area with great animation, superb texturing and gorgeous lighting and effects. While 1080p was apparently the way of the future if 720p games look this sexy then this is what we will be more then happy with.
Runners Up: inFamous (PS3, Sucker Punch), Killzone 2 (PS3, Guerrilla Games).
Best Intro & Cut Scenes In A Game
Winner: Uncharted 2: Among Theives (PS3, Naughty Dog)
There have been a few games with great cut-scenes this year, but Naughty Dog's effort easily surpasses all others. The interaction between the characters is so realistic, with great scripting and natural delivery of the dialogue. Never has a game provided a "feeling" of watching a movie like this game does. It's superb and sets all-new benchmarks.
Runners Up: Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time (PS3, Insomniac), Resident Evil 5 (PS3, Capcom).
Best Artistic Style In A Game
Winner: Borderlands (PS3, Gearbox)
When this game was first unveiled it had a very "normal" game look to it with a realistic game world and character modelling. The artists at Gearbox revolted however and changed the artwork to this cel-shaded style which looks original and gives the game a very unique personality. Fortunately the gameplay matches the great visual style and the game has (deservedly) sold quite well...
Runners Up: Flower (PS3, thatgamecompany), Street Fighter IV (PS3, Capcom).
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