GotY 2008 Nominees: Platform Awards

Hello again! This is my third of three updates this week with me listing my Game of the Year 2008 Nominees. In this last part I will be revealing my nominees for Platform Awards. After perusing my nominees, tell me what you think in the comments!

The winners will be decided upon and revealed in 2-3 weeks. Thanks to all who read and commented on these blogs!

NOTE: A GAME ELIGIBLE FOR MY AWARDS MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:

THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

BEST GAME BOY GAME
R-Type DX
King of Fighters ’95
Adventure Island
Battle Arena Toshinden

BEST DS GAME
Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou
Nanostray 2
The World Ends With You
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

BEST PSP GAME
Mega Man Powered Up
Sega Genesis Collection
Twinbee Portable
• SNK Arcade CIassics Vol. 1
Space Invaders Extreme

BEST FAMICOM GAME
Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima II (Adventure Island II)
Twinbee 3: Poko Poko Daimaou
Star Force
Star Soldier

BEST SUPER NINTENDO GAME

Raiden Trad
Super R-Type
Skyblazer

BEST NINTENDO 64 GAME
Dual Heroes
Deadly Arts
Mace: The Dark Age
Mystical Ninja starring Goemon
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth

BEST PLAYSTATION GAME
Gekioh: Shooting King
Codename: Tenka
Kaze no Klonoa: Door to Phantomile [from namCollection]
Namco Museum Vol. 2
Battle Arena Toshinden 2 Plus

BEST PLAYSTATION 2 GAME
Yakuza 2
Espgaluda
Arcana Heart
God of War II
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil

BEST PLAYSTATION 3 GAME
Burnout Paradise
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
LittleBigPlanet
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

プラットフォーム賞

GotY 2008 Nominees: Genre Awards

It’s that time of year again where we all like to weigh in on what was the year in video games and award the ones that we deem the best. This is my second of three updates this week with me listing my Game of the Year 2008 Nominees. In the second part I will be revealing my nominees for Genre Awards. After perusing my nominees, tell me what you think in the comments!

NOTE: A GAME ELIGIBLE FOR MY AWARDS MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:

• THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
• THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
• THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE
Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2)
God of War II (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Yakuza 2 (PS2)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

BEST ACTION/PLATFORMER
Kaze no Klonoa: Door to Phantomile [from namCollection] (PS1)
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2)
Bionic Commando Rearmed (PS3)
Mega Man 9 (PS3)
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

BEST SHOOTER
Darkwatch (PS2)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
kill.switch (PS2)
Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 [from The Orange Box] (PS3)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Arcana Heart (PS2)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Sengoku Basara X (PS2)
Last Blade 2 [from Bakumatsu Roman: Last Blade 1 & 2] (PS2)
DOA2: Hardcore (PS2)

BEST PUZZLE GAME
Wetrix (N64)
Portal [from The Orange Box] (PS3)
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP)
Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA)

BEST RPG
Dragon Warrior I & II (GB)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2)
The World Ends With You (DS)

BEST SHMUP
DoDonPachi DAI-OU-JOU (PS2)
Twinbee Da!! [from Twinbee Portable] (PSP)
Espgaluda (PS2)
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
R-Type Final (PS2)

BEST DRIVING/RACING GAME
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Stuntman Ignition (PS3)
Ridge Racer 7 (PS3)

BEST SPORTS GAME
Sega Superstars Tennis (PS3)
Neo Turf Masters [from SNK Arcade CIassics Vol. 1] (PSP)
Baseball Stars 2 [from SNK Arcade CIassics Vol. 1] (PSP)
Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory [from SNK Arcade CIassics Vol. 1] (PSP)
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)

ジャンル賞

GotY 2008 Nominees: Special Achievement

It’s that time of year again where we all like to weigh in on what was the year in video games and award the ones that we deem the best. This is my first of three updates within the next week with me listing my Game of the Year 2008 Nominees. In this first part I will be revealing my nominees for Special Achievement. After perusing my nominees, tell me what you think in the comments!

NOTE: A GAME ELIGIBLE FOR MY AWARDS MUST MEET THESE CRITERIA:

• THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
• THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
• THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

BEST MUSIC
Normally I will only have a maximum of five nominees for each category, but music in video games has been off the charts this year and these nominees prove it!
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
God of War II (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
The World Ends With You (DS)
Bionic Commando Rearmed (PS3)
Mega Man 9 (PS3)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)

BEST SOUND EFFECTS
Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (DS) [also known as Retro Game Challenge – due out Jan. 6 in North America]
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)

MOST SURPRISINGLY GOOD GAME
Fire Pro Wresting Returns (PS2)
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth (N64)
kill.switch (PS2)
Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2)
DOA2: Hardcore (PS2)

BEST GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
• Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
• Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

BEST GRAPHICS, ARTISTIC
• LittleBigPlanet (PS3)
Arcana Heart (PS2)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
• Space Invaders Extreme (PSP)
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2)

BEST COMPILATION
• Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (DS)
Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 2 (PS2)
Taito Memories II Gekan (PS2)
Sega Genesis Collection (PSP)
• SNK Arcade CIassics Vol. 1 (PSP)

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
• Burnout Paradise (PS3)
• Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
• The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
• LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

MOST IMPROVED SEQUEL
• Mega Man 9 (PS3)
• Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
• Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (PS2)
R-Type Final (PS2)

MOST DISAPPOINTING GAME
• Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)
Sega Superstars Tennis (PS3)
• Unreal Tournament III (PS3)
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)
Ghosthunter (PS2)

特別業績

Uroboros

Hey everyone! Usagi is back! 😀

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The greatest band on the planet, Dir en grey, has released their seventh full-length album this past week! Uroboros is here and it is markedly better than 2007’s The Marrow of a Bone. Not that TMoaB is bad by any stretch, I just felt it was a small step backward for them. I think the overall best track is Vinushka which is a 9+ minute epic! Other standouts include: Glass Skin, Dozing Green, Red Soil, and Doukoku to Sarinu ( 慟哭と去りぬ ). Check out the Uroboros page on Last.fm to listen to a number of the tracks and decide for yourself!

I still can’t say anything specific regarding the Killzone 2 beta, but I will say that if the full game is as polished and as great as the beta, expect it to be one of the best of 2009. I’m looking forward to it more now thanks to the beta!

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is out next week for both systems! PS3 is on Tuesday (because of Thanksgiving weekend) and X360 on Wednesday! Get hype!

ウロボロス

Faith and Sackboys

* I finished Yakuza 2 about a week ago and even though it is very similar mechanically, gameplay, and visually to the first one, which disappointed me at first, it was still a very satisfying experience that anybody remotely interested in an action adventure set in Japan will surely love! Shenmue is remembered fondly by a lot of people and if you liked that, you will certainly enjoy the Yakuza series and is a must play.

* I picked up and started taking a look a My Japanese Coach for DS. Seems to be a pretty good supplement for learning the Japanese language. I think it relies a little to much on using romaji in place of the kanas which can be a problem, but it isn’t a big enough of a problem to worry about if you are thinking about giving this title a shot. One of my favorite things about it is the ability to use the touch screen to practice writing the characters.

* LittleBigPlanet has been with me for a week now and I really am loving the creativity of the game and I am very impressed with the depth of the level creator. The best things about this game is checking out what the community has created and playing online with others. My least favorite things are the less than precise jumping and the lack of much to do from a gameplay perspective other than running, jumping, and grabbing onto things. LBP is game that every PS3 owner needs in their collection regardless of its flaws because it is simply something that doesn’t exist for any other platform out there and it is a whole lot of fun too!

* The Mirror’s Edge demo amazed me far more than I could have ever expected! I thought that the first-person perspective would take away from the experience and make it tough to judge jumps and such, but to my surprise it was the very thing that added so much to the experience. It really did feel like you were doing those things the character was doing! I’m definitely looking forward to this game now and I hope to be able to get it before the end of the year.

* The Resistance 2 beta sold me on the game. The multiplayer seems to be the best thing going for it. Playing the co-op was easily the best multiplayer mode and was a ton of fun when you were with a good sized team that worked together and played their classes well. If you have a team that isn’t playing correctly, then it can seem nearly impossible to complete a mission. I played medic most of the time and maxed out at lv. 10 in the beta with the class. The medic may be the weakest on offense, but once you level up enough to use abilities like the Chloroform berserk powerup, you can really be a huge help for your team on offense.

* I also picked up Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia which I haven’t started playing yet because of something that just came up…

* That something would be entry into the Killzone 2 beta! Just hours ago I checked my email and up popped an email stating I am in the KZ2 beta even though I didn’t know anything about it and thus could not have tried to sign up for it. It was just there and I don’t know why, but I immediately downloaded and started playing it. I can’t say anything about my experiences with it since Sony seems to have participants agree that they will not divulge information about their experiences with it outside of the official KZ2 forums–at least as far as I know.

キルゾーン