Best of 2007 – Special Achievement WINNERS

Now it is time for what you have all been waiting for: the glorious winners of the most prestigious awards for video games!

NOTE: Any game I have played for the first time this year, regardless of when it was originally released, is eligible to be nominated. If I have not played a game, it is NOT eligible!


BEST GAME ANNOUNCEMENT
• Street Fighter IV
• Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
• Resident Evil 5
• Bionic Commando
• Contra 4

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Being the fighting game freak I am and a huge Street Fighter fan, is it any surprise Street Fighter IV would win this one? After waiting nearly a decade just for Capcom to announce a new entry in this illustrious franchise, you can bet it is the best game announcement of 2007! (Check out EGM’s current SFIV cover story for a lot of great new info!)

RUNNER-UP: Contra 4
Being that the original NES Contra is my current all-time favorite game for that system, is there really any doubt this announcement would at least be runner-up?

BEST MUSIC
• Contra 4 (DS)
• Everyday Shooter (PS3)
• Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)
• Lumines II (PSP)
• 燃えろ!熱血リズム魂 押忍!闘え!応援団2 (DS)

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With fantasic music that blends old with the new, it’s hard not to want to kick some alien ass!

RUNNER-UP: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Great orchestrations of the old tunes from the original game make for a real treat.

MOST SURPRISINGLY GOOD GAME
• Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DS)
• Aegis Wing (X360)
• Evil Zone (PS1)
• Double Switch (SAT)
• Spider-Man 3 (DS)

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A good movie-based game? Huh? Yup, that is right! In fact, this version is the only one of Spider-Man 3 that is worth playing. It may be short and not overly impressive, but the touch screen based combat is a lot of fun and the voice acting is pretty decent too!

RUNNER-UP: Aegis Wing
Not only was this game made by interns, but also in a genre that is largely seen as irrelevant nowadays. Those ingredients could have very easily produced a turd, but much to my surprise it was a well made game and the fact that it was free didn’t hurt.

BEST SOUND EFFECTS
• MotorStorm (PS3)
• Crackdown (X360)
• Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
• Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)
• Everyday Shooter (PS3)

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No matter if it was gun fire or explosions, the sound effects from Resistance made the battle come alive!

RUNNER-UP: Everyday Shooter
The innovative combination of the guitar riffs from killing enemies with the great music made Everyday Shooter an audio experience that is unlike anything else!

BEST GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
• MotorStorm (PS3)
• Virtua Fighter 5 (PS3)
• Table Tennis (X360)
• Odin Sphere (PS2)
• Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)

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In Japan, arcades lease VF5 because the cabinet is that expensive! With graphics this polished, it is no wonder!

RUNNER-UP: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Easily the best looking shooter I have ever played! Its main fault is when you get close to things like grass and other foliage, that is where the game looks noticeably worse.

BEST GRAPHICS, ARTISTIC
• Everyday Shooter (PS3)
• Alien Hominid (PS2)
• 北斗の拳 (PS2)
• Odin Sphere (PS2)
• Gitaroo Man Lives! (PSP)

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The graphics in Odin Sphere are easily the best and most beautiful 2D ever! If there ever has been an example that shows 2D graphics are still relevant, this is it!

RUNNER-UP: 北斗の拳
The fact that Arc Systems was able to portray the settings and characters of the anime so perfectly is why this is the runner-up.

BEST COMPILATION
• Mega Man X Collection (PS2)
• Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)
• King of Fighters Orochi (PS2)
• Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (PSP)
• Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol. 1 (PS2)

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Not only does this game have the previously unreleased outside of Japan Rondo of Blood and its remake, but it also includes arguably the best Castlevania game of all time, Symphony of the Night and it is all portable!

RUNNER-UP: Mega Man X Collection
The Mega Man X series has had some ups and downs for sure, but getting the first six games on one disc is a great value and a great gaming experience!

BEST DOWNLOADABLE CONSOLE GAME
• Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (PS3)
• Everyday Shooter (PS3)
• Super Stardust HD (PS3)
• Warhawk (PS3)
• Aegis Wing (X360)

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Talk about bang for your buck! Getting the latest Tekken game in glorious HD with online play for only $30? Sign me up!

RUNNER-UP: Warhawk
The only thing that stopped Warhawk from winning this award was the price versus content when it came out. Otherwise, the actual game is something all shooter fans should play!

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
• MotorStorm (PS3)
• Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)
• Ultimate Mortal Kombat (DS)
• Warhawk (PS3)
• WarTech: Senko no Ronde (X360)

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Since this is a multiplayer only game, they better have gotten it right. I can say without a doubt that Warhawk passes with flying colors here. The most fun I had playing online this year!

RUNNER-UP: WarTech: Senko no Ronde
With its blend of fighting game and shoot-’em-up and nuanced gameplay that separates the good from the great players, this is a game that is best played with other human opponents.

MOST IMPROVED SEQUEL
• King of Fighters 2006 (PS2)
• World Heroes Perfect (SAT)
• Fighter’s History Dynamite (SAT)
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2)
• Wipeout Pure (PSP)

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With the disappointment that was Wipeout Fusion for PS2, it was great to see the series get back on the right foot in a big way in Wipeout Pure!

RUNNER-UP: Fighter’s History Dynamite
Never did I expect a series that started as a big Street Fighter II ripoff actually have an entry that not only plays great, but even still has tournaments being put on for it in Japan.

MOST DIFFICULT GAME
• Ninja Gaiden Σ (PS3)
• Contra 4 (DS)
• Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)
• The Red Star (PS2)
• Radiant Silvergun (SAT)

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This game requires memorization, precise movements, and using the right weapon for the job. Oh, did I forget to mention dodging lots of bullets is also mandatory and at the same time as everything else? Beast!

RUNNER-UP: Contra 4
One word: Manly!


The winners for Genre Awards and Dubious Honors will be coming up next, so come back in two days time!

ベスト オフ 2007

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