January 5, 2011

~ PART 2 ~

Here we go the second part of the 2010 Futuregamez.net Awards, and here 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 year’s 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: DJ Hero 2 (PS3, Neversoft)
Last year's title was something fresh for the music genre and despite some slow sales the sequel was already in development. Rather than dump a sequel on the market the developers went all out to expand and improve the sequel with much better music mixes, the inclusion of vocals, and more Freestyle mixing opportunities. If you like dance music this really is a must-have music title.
Runners Up: Rock Band 3 (PS3, Harmonix), Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (PS3, Namco Bandai).

Best Strategy/Simulation Game
Winner: R.U.S.E. (PS3, Ubisoft)
Again, a pretty lean year in this category, extremely lean in fact, however this Ubisoft title takes the prize for a strategy game which received a major release at retail. Not only did the game look great, but it plays well too and if you own a PlayStation Move controller you can use it to move your units around the levels.
Runners Up: After Burner Climax (PS3, Sega), Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 (PS3, UbiSoft).

Best Role Playing Game
Winner: Heavy Rain (PS3, Quantic Dream)
Sadly 2010 didn't turn out the be the year of the RPG that we expected. This game isn't an RPG in the sense of HP and Mana, but provides and in depth experience of playing a detailed story as four characters. It really is a brilliant game that will be remembered years from now as a groundbreaking title, despite a couple of small niggles.
Runners Up: Demon's Souls (PS3, From Software), Resonance of Fate (PS3, Sega/tri-Ace).

Best (First of Third Person) Shooter Game
Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, Treyarch)
One of the biggest questions entering 2010 was whether Treyarch could live up to the brilliance of Modern Warfare 2 with their Cold War based shooter. The answer was a resounding yes, well extremely close to it at least. Not only is there a great single player campaign, but a stunning online experience and a few bonus games as well. FPS fans need to add this to their collections.
Runners Up: Just Cause 2 (PS3, Avalanche Studios), Vanquish (PS3, Platinum Games).

Best Action/Adventure/Platform Game
Winner: Red Dead Redemption (PS3, Rockstar San Diego)
It was a very good year for action/adventure games on the PS3 and each of the three titles here deserves their place on the list (and there were a few more close to making it too). Ultimately the uniqueness of this effort from Rockstar gets it over the line, as well as the superb artistry and story telling. Few people believed a Western could be so compelling but the developers have proven not only their talent, but that even "stale" ideas can be brought to live with much love and care.
Runners Up: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3, UbiSoft Montreal), God of War III (PS3, SCEA Santa Monica).

Best Fighting Game
Winner: Super Street Fighter IV (PS3, Capcom)
To be honest it was a bit of a weak year for fighting games on consoles. This top three is represented by an updated 2D brawler, a annual update of a licensed product and an all-new, but somewhat obscure, 2D fighter for the hardcore. In the end Capcom's upgraded game get the nod due to the number of improvements, and of course the near-perfectly balanced gameplay.
Runners Up: UFC Undisputed 2010 (PS3, Yukes), BlazBlue (PS3, ArcSystem Works).

Best Sports Game
Winner: NBA 2K11 (PS3, Visual Concepts)
NBA 2K11 was a big release for 2K Sport this year, primarily as they had the simulation market all to themselves following EA's cancellation of NBA Live 11 due to quality concerns. Fortunately this title isn't just a great alternative, but also one of the most impressive games we have ever seen - on a visual level, sonic level and gameplay level.
Runners Up: FIFA 11 (PS3, EA Canada), International Cricket 2010 (PS3, Trickstar Games).

Best Racing Game
Winner: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3, Polyphony Digital)
This really was a tough call as all three games here deserve to be in the collection of every racing fan. In the end we gave it to Sony's title simply due to the sheer size and scale of the title with over 1000 cars and 70 tracks that would have been impressive, but a great physics model, 1080p visuals and near 60fps makes it a visual masterpiece too. There are some issues however multiple patches already have seen vast improvements.
Runners Up: F1 2010 (PS3, Codemasters), Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (PS3, Criterion).

Best Game People Forgot to Buy
Winner: DJ Hero 2 (PS3, FreeStyle Games)
The original game in this franchise failed to set the retail shelves alight, but strong word of mouth saw it eventually sell in the numbers it deserved. When the much improved sequel was released it stunned by failing to sell in any real quantities at all. Indeed after 10 weeks on sale in Europe and America the PS3 version of the game has only sold 224,000 copies according to VGChartz. That's a disaster and given the brilliance and quality of the title an utter disappointment.
Runners Up: Vanquish (PS3, Platinum Games), Resonance of Fate (PS3, Sega/Tri-Ace).

Best New Technology or Game Engine
Winner: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Engine (PS3, MercurySteam)
So technically there may be better then this out there, but for such a small Spanish development team to come up with this is very impressive indeed. The engine allows for enemies dozens of times larger than the games hero, the landscapes look to have been taken straight out of Lord of the Rings. All-in-all a stunning game engine that we hope to see much more of in future.
Runners Up: God of War III (PS3, SCEA Santa Monica), Just Cause 2 (PS3, Avalanche Studios).

Best Intro & Cut Scenes In A Game
Winner: Final Fanatasy XIII (PS3, Square-Enix)
There's no doubt about it the Cut-Scenes in Square-Enix's latest RPG are second to none. In fact we'd say they were the whole reason for continuing to play through the game as they were a continual joy to watch. Sadly it is also true that the quantity of these cut-scenes could have also contributed to the games poor reception, it seems the developers forgot to include some gameplay!
Runners Up: Heavy Rain (PS3, Quantic Dream), Red Dead Redemption (PS3, Rockstar San Diego).

Best Artistic Style In A Game
Winner: Red Dead Redemption (PS3, Rockstar San Diego)
The Wild West has never looked so good with an attention to detail rarely seen in any form of entertainment - TV, motion pictures, or video games. While you may find some slightly higher resolution textures in other games, or character models with a few more polygons it's the creation of the wide-open spaces, with the day/night cycle, the makes this game look sensational.
Runners Up: God of War III (PS3, SCEA Santa Monica), Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3, UbiSoft Montreal).

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